The Deccan Chronicle
New Delhi, Feb. 22: Former queen of the Indian track P.T. Usha, former vigilance commissioner N. Vittal, former billiards world champion Geet Sethi, former cricketer Javagal Srinath and ace shooter Jaspal Rana are among the prominent members of the 122-strong Guru Golwalkar Birth Centenary Celebrations Committee formed by the RSS.
While former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee is one of the leading members, the RSS did not include Mr L.K. Advani in the committee. The committee will organise “Hindu rallies to promote social harmony” and hold public hearings along the lines of “jan adalats” in various localities to “expose corrupt people”. The campaign for “mass awareness” will begin from February 24.
Noted dancer Sonal Mansingh and violinist Lalgudi Jayaraman, Mohan veena creator Vishwa Mohan Bhatt also figure in the list. Sharing places with them are RSS general secretary Mohan Bhagwat and VHP president Ashok Singhal.
The committee will chalk out a year-long mass awareness campaign to propagate the “ideas and vision of Guruji”. In an article in the RSS mouthpiece Organiser, the chairman of the committee, Swami Satyamitranand Giri of Bharatmata Mandir, Hardwar, spelt out the programme: “Hindu rallies will be organised at the block level across the nation. Meetings of caste and religious leaders will be held to promote social harmony. Seminars and lectures will also be organised to propagate the ideas and vision of Guruji.” Another task is to make drug addicts “leave drugs”. Though Mr Advani is not included in the list, he will be among the leaders to participate at the inaugural function in Nagpur on February 24.