Plastic national flags are sold in market on large scale on the occasion of 15th August and these flags are later trampled which is an insult of national flags and it happens through different media; therefore, Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) undertook a drive all over the country, for maintaining honour of national flags. Exhibitions of life-history of revolutionaries were also held. This drive was undertaken at Amravati, Chandrapur, Gadchiroli and Raigad districts. The spontaneous response received to this drive is given below in brief.
Daryapur (Dist. Amravati)
Awareness was created in Daryapur taluka against use of plastic national flags for maintaining honour of national flags. Devout Hindus collected flags thrown on roads. Exhibition of flex-boards giving information about various revolutionaries was also held. The program was arranged by local devout Hindus. They had submitted representations to several municipal councilors; therefore, they visited the exhibition and they quite appreciated the same.
Sou. Geeta Vanjari, Chief Officer of the Municipality, municipal councilors viz. Shri. Rupesh Maliye, Shri. Sandip Gawande, Shri. Shashikant Pakhare, Shri. Uddhav Nalkande, Shri. Rameshwar Tandekar, Shri. Dilip Chavan, Shri. Amol Gaharwal and municipal councilors Sou. Rajkanya Chavan and Sou. Nirmal visited the exhibition.
1. Devout Hindus went to nearby schools and told about setting up of Information Cell after which teachers of that school brought all students to see the exhibition. The students were brought in disciplined manner. They said that they had no knowledge of many revolutionaries whose life-history was displayed in the exhibition; nor was it taught in school curriculum.
2. Shri. Nilesh Tavlare of HJS explained about national flags. Everyone liked the information and one of them gave flower bouquet to him.
Feedback from dignitaries
1. Chief Officer Sou. Geeta Vanjari – HJS drive is commendable. We always respond positively to your representation. Sale of plastic flags has gone down by almost 80% this year due to your creating awareness.
2. Professor Dr. Ranajit Ganode – This drive of remembering our great revolutionaries is quite laudable and glorifying.
Similar drive was undertaken in Amravati city.
1. Few patriotic citizens made national flag in shape of flowers and they were collecting funds for flood-affected people. HJS activists, however, told them that although their work for helping flood-affected people was good, giving of flower-shape to national flag is insult of national flags and explained to them about maintaining honour of national flags. They also responded positively and put all flags in shape of flowers in ‘honour box’, meant for collecting discarded flags.
2. Few patriotic citizens said that they didn’t know even names of many revolutionaries and the exhibition was good guidance for youth, stated 3 patriotic citizens.
Chandrapur and Gadchiroli
Awareness was created amongst people by HJS by erecting Information Cell and explaining about maintaining honour of national flags at Indira Chowk, Gadchiroli, Jatapura Gate, Chandrapur. Many citizens visited the Cell at Chandrapur to learn more about our national flags. Former Principal of Bishnoi School visited the Cell at Gadchiroli and she liked it very much. She also gave donation for activities related to protection of nation. A young boy put his national flag in collection box after listening to explanation on the subject. Few books published by HJS on issues related to nation were bought by people.
Dr. Prashant Chalakh, Gadchiroli – HJS Creating awareness towards national flags and national songs in backward area like Gadchiroli is laudable.
HJS and Sanatan Sanstha submitted representation to additional District Collector, Ghanashyam Bhugaonkar at Chandrapur; additional District Collector, Sudhakar Kulmethe at Gadchiroli; Tehasildar Dr. Ravindra Holi at Rajura and Tehasildar Vijay Pawar at Hinganghat for their demand of imposition of ban on production and sale of plastic national flags. Similar representations were submitted at Gadchiroli to Dy. Education Officer Ramesh Uche, Education Officer (Primary Sect) Deependra Lokhande at Chandrapur and Education Officer (Secondary Sect) Sanjay Borikar. They responded positively and promised to inform all schools on the subject.
Superintendent of Police (SP) Dr. Maheshwar Reddy at Chandrapur and SP Sheikh Mubarak was given representation at Gadchiroli.
Exhibition of flex-boards depicting life-history of revolutionaries was held at ‘D. N. Patil Madhyamik Vidyalaya and Junior College’ in Gangapur area. Shri. Gaurav Jamdhade of HJS explained to students about national song ‘Vande Mataram’ and on maintaining honour of national flags. More than 800 students attended the program. Devout youth from Gangapur also joined this drive.
More than 100 students visited the exhibition on revolutionaries held at Zilha Parishad’s school of Mahadevpur. Kum. Mrunal Joshi of HJS performed ‘puja’ of picture-frame of ‘Bharatmata’ on the occasion. Sarpanch Vilasraje Sandkhore, School Headmaster Avhad and retired army officer Abhimanyu Sandkhore attended the program.
1. Teachers took photographs of the flex-boards and commended HJS drive.
2. HJS activities were lauded by Shiv Sena leader Vilas Shinde, Nashik Municipal Corporation and Shri. Sudarshan Patil, Manager of ‘Dnyansadhana Shikshanprasarak Sanstha’ and offered to hold the exhibition in his Sanstha.
3. Vilasraje Sandkhore, Sarpanch, Mahadevpur – HJS activities are excellent. We could learn the meaning of ‘Vande Mataram’ because of you and could recite it with more feelings.
Sanatan Sanstha held exhibition on revolutionaries’ life-history at ‘Nandinibai Vidyalaya and Junior College’ on 14th August. 500 students from 8th and 9th standard visited the exhibition along with teachers and other staff. Smt. Charulata Patil, Headmistress of the school granted permission for undertaking similar drives in the school even in future.
Lecture on the topic of ‘Problems faced by nation and Dharma and ideal Hindu Rashtra’ was held at Green Acre Society at Vakadi near Panvel on the occasion of Independence Day. Shri. Milind Poshe of HJS presented the topic when more than 60 residents attended. Shri. Namdev Jamdade, former Sarpanch of Vakadi and President of Green Acre Society, Shri. Vaijnath Kendre, Secretary of Society and other members had invited HJS for presenting this topic.