Why we should follow Dr SN Subba Rao (Bhaiji) ?

    03-Nov-2021
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Salam Rupachandra Singh
We read Gandhiji, his teachings and insights we experienced in Bhaiji as a his manifestation in our time. He was born on 2nd February, 1929 and breathed his last on 27th October, 2021 at SMS hospital at Jaipur. He was invited there by the Chief Minister of Rajasthan for inaugurating a project, however, due to abrupt illness followed by cardiac arrest, he passed away.
He was a great puller of youths & people and they became his followers by virtue of his Gandhian philosophy, practicing principles of non-violence and following of all religious preachings. His voice so melodious tuned in eighteen different Indian languages inclusive of Manipuri. That is why people have love, affection and readiness to follow him. He joined Indian Freedom Movement at the age of 13.
India is such a country of diversity in many fields wherein a personality like him had sought for youth energy which can mould the shape of India as a leading Nation in the world. Bhaiji launched National Youth Project movement as its Director which has different programmes. The followers were associated with him for decades together. The mission, features and achievements of NYP are the basics of the movement.
The vast and multidimensional country India has often been described as "a rich country with poor people!" It has a glorious legacy of rich history, minerals, forest and other natural wealth, beautiful rivers and mountains and talented citizens. The country still suffers from some shortcomings that are eating into the very vitals of its glory. The country's youths who are the future citizens, are naturally concerned with the state of affairs in their country. During their discussions, they have identified some priority problems of threat of disintegration of the country, widespread violence and criminalization of politics, corruption, economic and social disparities, poverty, unemployment, over population, superstition, ignorance, gender discrimination, environmental problems and drugs addiction, alcoholism.
In 1970, some youth workers met at the Mahatma Gandhi Seva Ashram at Joura in the once dacoit affected Chambal valley in Madhya Pradesh. Which had played host to hundreds of notorious dacoit bandits surrendering to Gandhian principles. The consensus was that the one force that can help build an India free from these shortcomings is the youth of the country. Hence the need for a Youth Movement that is free from religious, linguistic, regional bias and from prejudices of political ideologies.
As in many other countries, thousands of youths came out with dedication and sacrifice to join the struggle for freedom and the motivating force then was to free their country from foreign rule. Now it should be to free their country from shortcomings. Activities that will help build the 'espirit-de-corps' among the youths include community work for the benefit of the needy, all-religious prayers and learning each other's language for National integration. Youths will have other activities devoted to the process of making a family of youths belonging to all religions, regions, languages and political thinking.
NYP organised youth camps and other programmes in many parts of India such as Nagaland, Manipur, Sikkim, Ladakh, Lakshadweep, Andaman, Bhagalpur, Aligarh, Bombay, Godhra, Kanpur, Nakodar and other riot affected places. Padyatras by the youths in these affected areas are found most helpful in bridging the gulf between people. The youths could establish that in spite of differences due to religion, caste, language or status they could live together and be friendly to one another, bringing forth living meaning to the spirit of "Unity in Diversity". After their experience in the NYP camps the youths themselves felt that their life became more meaningful when they participated in Nation building activities. (To be contd)