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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A pilgrimage to Chandrapur

A pilgrimage to Chandrapur.
Chandrapur is a relatively smaller town near Nagpur, with a great history of excelling in the field of education and culture. Three RSS Sarsanghchalaks had an opportunity to study here including Param Pujya Shri Guruji (M.S.Golwalkar), Shri K.S.Sudarshan ji and Shri Mohan Rao Bhagwat ji. The city takes inspirations from Lokmanya Tilak and Dr Ambedkar . In 1935 New Model School was established to provide best of education to the city 's growing number of students on the ideals of Lokmanya Tilak and in 1955 it was renamed after the great Swarajya Leader Tilak as Lokmanya Tilak Vidyalaya. Not only Shri Mohan Rao ji Bhagwat studied here, it has the honour of having many distinguished scientists and social activists like Dr Rani Bang, Dr Sudhakar Agarkar, Shri Shailesh Deshmukh and the present Memebr of Parliament, Loksabha Shri Hansraj Ahir as its alumni. Gadhchiroli, the dense forest area with a mojority of tribal population falls in this district, which is more known for the Maoist activities. As also the inspiring 'pilgrim centres ' of social work of Baba Amte and the  dedicated couple -Shri and Smt Bang. Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram, Rashtra Sewika Samiti and Sewa Bharati runs several tribal development projects, like schools, medical help centres and hostels in this region. The region is also known for coal mines and one of the biggest thermal power station in Asia.

This year Lokmanya Tilak School invited me to deliver their annual Lokmanya Tilak Memorial Lecture on 23rd July , the birth day of Lokmanya.  Here are some pictures of the well attended programme, inspite of heavy rains.

Lighting the lamp, L to R- Tarun Vijay, Shri Ravindra Bhagwat ( senior advocate and secy of Lokmanya Tilak Smarak Mandal), on the right, and Dr. S.S. Mungantiwar, Chairman

Shri tarun Vijay offering flowers at the portraits of Lokmanya, Bharat Mata and  Goddess Saraswati.  Advocate Chandra Kant Deshmukh, Vice President of the Mandal ( in middle) and Dr Mungantiwar are also seen.

A view of the audience

Students of Lokmanya school  

The dias-l to R-Shri Deshpoande, Dr Mungantiwar Shri Vijay and Shri Bhagwat 

Another view of the audience

Shri Tarun Vijay being presented a souvenir

Shri Tarun Vijay speaking on the legacy of Lokmanya and the challenges Hindu society is facing today

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