Dear Sir / Madam,
Greetings from Snehalaya family!
The “National Youth Integration Camp" organized by National Youth Project and Snehalaya will be inaugurated tomorrow on 25th Feb. 2012. The 25 campers from north-east states, 38 from U.P. Kerala- Karnataka, 60 from various districts of Maharashtra, have already reached last evening and about 400 are reaching today and tomorrow. Equal number of selected youths are participating in the youth camp from Ahmednagar district and rest of Maharashtra. The venue of the camp is "Swami Vivekanand Prerana Nagari " set up at Bhingar (suburban and cantonment of Ahmednagar)
The day before yesterday, all the organizing committee members and volunteers had a long dialogue with Anna Hajare at his Ralegansiddhi village. Anna has proposed this Youth Camp at Ahmednagar in June 2011. Anna said that, ‘There is an urgent need of motivating youths in the country for addressing directly the issues of primary education, health, rural development ,vocational skills and soft skills, etc. No change is possible just by blaming the government system. The differences on the basis of caste-religion-region-language-sex-political parties are weakening our national power. Anna further told that the constructive work is the basis of all types of fights against the corruption, injustice and discrimination. Youth camp will definitely give the right -rational direction of constructive work to Youths.
Anna also assured to share maximum possible time in the camp upon his return from Delhi on 25th Feb and invited all campers to Ralegan Siddhi on 29th Feb. 2012.
Bhaijee's Letter to Defense Minister
Founder of National Youth Project and freedom fighter Dr. S .N. Subbarao allies Bhaijee yesterday took a press conference along with Mr. Krishna Prakash (district police chief) and Dr. Sanjeev Kumar (D.M.). The local press club felicitated the 'Cheerful-optimistic Young Man' of just 85 years. Bhaijee had briefed about the history of National Youth Programme (NYP), present situations in the country, need of character building and motivating youths for nation building, and need to remember the philosophy of freedom struggle.
Bhaijee justified the venue of the camp by saying 'Bhingar is the birth place of Anna Hajare and all our national leaders in freedom struggle were imprisoned in Ahmednagar fort for 3 years (1942 to 1945).' The camp venue is just in front of the fort. All Youths wants to take a Oath inside the fort in the premises of then jail barracks. But since the Army has denied the permission for Oath ceremony inside the fort, the premises close to fort has been obtained by organizers for camp. In the press conference, Bhaijee condemned the military authorities for not respecting the patriotic sense behind the proposal in the press confrence. Bhaijee has shown a letter send by him on 22/2/2012 to Mr. A .K. Antony, defense minister of India requesting the reason behind this negative attitude.
Dialogues and public shows
Bhaijee and Krishna Prakash briefed about the detailed program of the camp. The campers will be full time busy from morning 5 AM to night 10 PM. The day will start with Yuva gan-Yoga-shrama Dan-Bhasha Varga. Every evening, the programmes of peace march-Sarva dharma Prarthana-cultural programme 'Bharat ki Santan 'have been arranged at different locations. The Organizers have selected the communally sensitive places like Jamkhed-Sangamner-Newase -Ahmednagar for evening programmes. These places have experienced the worst communal riots in recent days. Our initiatives will bring the 2 communities closer. This will give an experience of direct intervention in a social issue to campers. Mr. Hajare will inaugurate the camp at 4 PM tomorrow after a Peace March. Mr. Pravin and Priti Patkar will talk to youths at 1 PM on 27th Feb. Architect of Hivare Bazar Rural Development Project Mr. Popatrao Pawar, Anna Hajare and Rajdeep Sardesai will talk with campers on 29th Feb. Mr. Srikanth Belwadi (Product Manager of Google, Executive Committee Member of Snehalaya and Caring Friends Network) will talk to youths about the use of technology / I.T. skills for the NGOs and social change on 1st March. Mr. Ajit Thadani (founder of Retailware Software Company and social activist, Pune) will accompany and help Mr. Belwadi. On 2nd March, Mr.Krishna Prakash , a dynamic and honest IPS will speak how even a single person in the system can bring a change. Dr. Sanjay Malpani (Founder of Geeta Pariwar Movement) will preside the event. Campers will get the chance to interact with each other, to know the social and other issues from other parts of the country in a 'Youth Talk' session. Anyone can join this camp even if he is senior in age. Because for us 'Youth is who keeps a mental and physical energy and will of change.'
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