Guwahati: Akhil Bharatiya Samanvay Baithak (annual coordination meeting) 2023 of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is being held in Pune (Maharashtra) on 14-16 September, in which 266 key officials from 36 organizations are participating. Five issues namely environment friendly lifestyle, life-value based family system, insistence on harmony, Swadeshi conduct and performance of civic duties will be discussed in the meeting, informed RSS Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh Sunil Ambekar, while addressing a press conference on Wednesday in presence of RSS Paschim Maharashtra Prant Karyavah Dr Praveenji Dabadghav. Last year the Samanvay Baithak was held in Raipur of Chhattisgarh.
RSS swayamsevaks are continuously engaged in the service of the nation through their shakha works. Along with the work of the shakhas, they are engaged in different types of work in different areas of social life. All those works are for the work of service and nation building. All the organizations attending the meeting are inspired by the Sangh and work autonomously in all spheres of social life. These organizations meet once a year, share their work and experiences and get an opportunity to learn and understand each other. All these organizations work with similar objectives and goals. Many organizations work together and such collective work is also discussed in the meetings, added Ambekar.
The purpose of the meeting is to compile the challenges faced by the society, decide a direction and work with national spirit, so that the pace of work can increase. Representatives of different organizations working in almost every walk of life will participate in it. All these organizations have been active in social life for many years and with their hard work they have created a special place in their respective fields. They will share their experiences of their respective fields in this meeting. They will also narrate his experiences here in the context of the national situation and current scenario. There will also be fundamental deliberations on many topics related to it and they will also share their plans here about what is the future direction of the organization, what they have thought in their respective fields etc.
Sarsanghchalak Dr Mohan Bhagwat, Sarkaryavah Dattatreya Hosabale, Sah Sarkaryavah Dr Krishnagopal, Dr Manmohan Vaidya, Arun Kumar, Mukunda and Ramdutt Chakradhar will attend the meeting. Representatives of Vidya Bharti, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, Saksham, Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, Seva Bharti, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Rashtra Sevika Samiti, Bharatiya Janata Party, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, Bharatiya Kisan Sangh and other allied organizations will participate in the meeting, informed Ambekar, adding that many topics such as the efforts for social change that are going on, families should be run with life values, our lives should be run with the protection of environment and our economic policies should be formulated with Swadeshi, there should be a message of harmony so that caste discrimination ends etc will also be discussed in the meeting.
Flooded pro-Hasina articles in media shock many
Guwahati: Is it usually possible to get hundreds of newspaper-articles, prepared by independent experts on Bangladesh politics, published in various countries within a few weeks, particularly at a time when the south Asian nation is approaching national elections early next year? Or was it a sponsored campaign by a number of writers with dubious credentials (even may not exist on Earth), who took it as a mission to lavishly praise the incumbent Bangla Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed for their personal gains ?
A recent Agence France-Presse (AFP, based in Paris) feature claims that many of those articles were ‘published by Chinese state news agency Xinhua, leading media across Asia, and quoted by the South Asia Brief of the Washington-based Foreign Policy magazine’. Investigation found that names forming a network of so-called experts are producing regular op-ed pieces, some posing as academics from leading global universities, some using stolen headshot photos, and others making up quotes from real analysts, added the report.
AFP analyzed more than 700 articles published in at least 60 domestic and international news sites with bylines attributed to 35 names, all of which appeared for the first time. While it was not possible to prove if all investigated bylines were real, no online presence apart from the articles could be found and none had a visible social media profile. The articles overwhelmingly endorsed narratives pushed by the Awami League led government in Dhaka, with some posted on Bangla government websites.
Speaking to this writer from Dhaka, a Bangladeshi editor (who wanted anonymity) informed that he too received a number of articles (with the early prediction of Hasina’s convincing win in the next Parliamentary polls) since the end of last year with a request for publication. He admitted that some of those articles were even published in various Dhaka-based newspapers, probably in good faith. Soon they stopped publishing those articles after it was found that one particular article was re-sent with a different byline and the trend repeated.
He even revealed that one article was sent from Assam too (but denied to inform the writer’s name) for publication in his newspaper. The article was written in correct English (with spellings inclined to the American accent) and contained extraordinary details on Bangladesh politics (unusual for a foreign writer), he pointed out, adding that a group of editor-journalists from Guwahati visited Bangladesh a few months back under a sponsored program and someone among them might had sent the article (or his/her name was used by the organisation, which had orchestrated the entire episode) !