Recent News:                                                Date:../../2013

After the devastating floods in Uttarakhand in June this year many organizations as well as individuals came forward to contribute to the massive relief and rehabilitation work going on there. The Mahamandal collected money through several units and donated it to the relief fund of the Ramakrishna Mission.

The study circle of Agartala Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal (Agartala, Tripura) is running smoothly. The unit observed Independence Day on 15 August by hoisting the National Flag in the Mahamandal office premises, followed by chanting of the Swadesh Mantra and patriotic songs. In the evening a special study circle was arranged. On 18 August, a half-day seminar was organized at Ramakrishna Mission, Gangail Road, Agartala, with 138 students of Class IX to XII. Srimat Swami Hitakamananda, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission, Agartala, was the main speaker at the camp. The training programme of the camp included discussions on mental concentration, character building, aims and objects of the Mahamandal, and a question-answer session.

A daylong youth training camp was organized on 11 August by Barhi Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal (Dist. Hazaribagh, Jharkhand) at Barhi High School. Sri Bijay Kumar Singh of Jhumritelaiya Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal inaugurated the camp by hoisting the flag of the Mahamandal. In the training programme, classes on mental concentration, life building, character building, character qualities, and the life and message of Swami Vivakananda were conducted by Sri Dharmendra Singh, Sri Ajay Pandey, Sri Ramchandra Mishra, Sri Gajanand Pathak, and Sri Ajay Agrawal respectively. Sri Bijay Singh and Sri Gajanand Pathak answered the questions of the participants. The aims and objects of the Mahamandal and the relevance of character building education were also discussed in the public session. From the Hazaribagh and Koderma districts of Jharkhand and the Gaya district of Bihar, 90 young men participated in the camp.

The North Bengal Monitoring Committee of the Mahamandal arranged a special training programme on 9 to 11 August for the organizers of the Mahamandal units in North Bengal. The camp was held in Jalpaiguri. From 17 units in the districts of Malda, Jalpaiguri, Coochbehar, and Darjeeling, 96 representatives joined the programme. Sri Birendra Kumar Chakraborty, Secretary, and Sri Amit Kumar Dutta, Assistant Secretary of Akhil Bharat Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal conducted classes on the aims and objectives of the Mahamandal, mental concentration, life building, etc. The campers themselves answered different questions on these topics as a part of the training process. They also took written tests on the life of Swami Vivekananda, general awareness, report writing, accounting, organizing programmes, etc. There were Power Point Presentations on present crisis of India and how to involve members more the work. The Secretary also gave a talk at a public session on the significance of the Mahamandal in the present situation. A musical sketch was also presented at the session on the life of Swami Vivekananda.

Nahata Vivekananda Yuva Pathachakra (Dist. North 24 Parganas, West Bengal) arranged a daylong youth training camp for the first time on 4 August at Nahata High School, which was attended by 172 campers and 25 local guests. Srimat Swami Adheyananda of Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Centenary College, Rahara, and Sri Amit Kumar Dutta, Assistant Secretary, Akhil Bharat Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal, were present at the camp. Besides regular training classes, a quiz was also arranged for the campers.

On 5 August Purulia Vivekananda Yuva Pathachakra (Dist. Purulia, West Bengal) organized a daylong youth training camp with 312 campers including students and teachers.

Kankuria Vivekananda Yuva Pathachakra (Dist. Bardhaman, West Bengal) arranged a daylong youth training camp on 18 August with 62 young participants.

Burdwan Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal (Dist. Bardhaman, West Bengal) organized a daylong youth training camp on 25 August. It was attended by 265 youths, largely from colleges and the University of Burdwan.

Champa Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal (Chhattisgarh) conducts two weekly study circles and a free coaching centre with 46 students. Ten needy students of the Coaching from far off places are provided with accommodation in the unit office. The library of the unit is very popular among the job seekers for availability of magazines for competitive examinations. A famous Homeopathic Doctor attends its weekly charitable homeopathic dispensary, where 20 to 25 persons get treatment on an average. Free checkup for blood sugar and blood pressure is also done through this dispensary.

The weekly study circle of Bilaspur Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal (Chhattisgarh) is running smoothly with an average of 25-30 participants. The children’s wing, Vivek Vahini, of this unit is organized at two localities of Bilaspur. An average of 50 children attend the programmes.

Chandramerh Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal (Dist. Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal) organized a daylong youth training camp on 21 April, which was attended by 126 young men. The weekly study circle, charitable homoeopathic dispensary, and free coaching centre of the unit are running smoothly.

On 7 April Harigram Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal (Dist. Bankura, West Bengal) organized a daylong youth training camp with 118 young men. In the afternoon the camp was open for the general public. The topic of discussion in the afternoon session was nation building following Swami Vivekananda’s ideas and the duties of students and youths.

At the request of the District Magistrate of Purba Medinipur, Darua Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal arranged an exhibition on the life of Swami Vivekananda along with a bookstall at the Gandhi Memorial Exhibition. The unit stood first in the fair.

Under the auspices of Kusumda Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal (Dist. Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal) a blood donation camp was held on 20 April, where 42 persons donated blood for the sick. Next day a cultural competition was held for the students of Class-IV to XII with a hundred participants. The prize distribution ceremony was graced by the presence of Srimat Swami Harimayananda of the Tamluk centre of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission.

In the Hooghly district of West Bengal Dankuni Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal arranged a daylong youth training camp on 28 April with 62 young participants. In the afternoon a commemoration meeting was conducted in the memory of the famous vocalist, late Bireswar Chakraborty.

Khakurda Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal (Dist. Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal) arranged a daylong youth training camp on 1 May with 331 young campers. The children of the nursery school of the unit presented march past in the afternoon. A prize distribution ceremony was held in the evening, where Sri Jagadish Dey of Narayangarh Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal gave a talk. Later the children of the school staged a cultural programme of songs, dance, recitation, etc.

In the same district Makrampur Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal organized a daylong youth training camp on 1 May with 151 young participants.

A blood donation camp was arranged by Halalpur Vivekananda Yuva Pathachakra (Dist. Nadia, West Bengal) on 5 May, where 27 persons donated blood.

Chak Islampur Vivekananda Yuva Pathachakra (Dist.Murshidabad, West Bengal) organized a half day long Youth Training Camp on 16 June with 125 students and youths. Room Discussions in small groups were also arranged at the camp.

In cooperation with Chaitanyapur Netra Niramay Niketan, Bhimeswari Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal (Dist. Purba Medinipur, West Bengal) arranged for free cataract examination and surgery for 228 persons on 23 June.

A daylong youth training camp was held on 30 June under the auspices of Bade Khantura Vivekananda Yuva Pathachakra (Dist. North 24 Parganas, West Bengal). It was attended by 122 young men.

Rampur Vivekananda Yuva Pathachakra (Dist. North 24 Parganas, West Bengal) arranged a daylong youth training camp for the first time on 21 July. The ideals of the Mahamandal, character building, and the life of Swami Vivekananda were discussed at the camp. A quiz was also arranged. It was attended by 175 campers and 50 local guests.

Nimtala-Chowberia Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal (Dist. North 24 Parganas, West Bengal) organized a daylong youth training camp on 21 July with 175 campers. A quiz was held on the topics discussed at the camp.

A daylong youth training camp was arranged by Mahishadal Vivekananda Yuva Pathachakra (Dist. Purba Medinipur, West Bengal) on 21 July with 122 campers. At the public session held in the afternoon Dr. Ashim Kumar Bera, Principal, Mahishadal Raj College, spoke on the duties of student life.

State Level and Zonal Camps 2013

The 3rd Annual Inter-State Youth Training camp was held at Baharagora High School, Baharagora, Dist. Eat Singhbhum, Jharkhand, from 24 to 26 May 2013. From different districts of Bihar and Jharkhand 160 young men, Hindus and Muslims by religion, participated in the camp. They had different mother tongues like Hindi, Bengali, Santali, Odia, and Urdu. The Secretary of Akhil Bharat Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal, Sri Birendra Kumar Chakraborty, inaugurated the camp by hoisting the Mahamandal flag and addressed the campers at the inaugural session in Bengali. Sri Bijay Singh, President of the Jhumritelaiya unit of the Mahamandal, spoke at the session in Hindi. Classes on various topics like the aims of the Mahamandal, life building, and mental concentration, music classes, physical exercise, participative discussions, etc. were conducted by senior members of the Mahamandal. On 19 May, in the evening session, Sri Birendra Kumar Chakraborty discussed on the relevance of Swami Vivekananda’s ideas in the present context. He, along with Sri Bijay Singh, also answered questions of the campers. Srimat Swami Karunamayananda and Srimat Swami Mahabodhananda of Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Society, Jamshedpur, addressed the campers and guests at the concluding session of the camp on 26 May. That day campers shared their experience in the camp and presented a few songs. A book stall was set up and an exhibition titled “Eternal India” was displayed.

The 10th Annual Bardhaman, Bankura, Birbhum & Purulia Zonal Youth Training Camp of the Mahamandal was held at Galsi Sarada Vidyapith, Galsi, Dist. Burdwan, from 24 to 26 May 2013. Srimat Swami Sukhananda, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Asansol, inaugurated the camp by hoisting the flag of the Mahamandal. After his inaugural speech Sri Ranjit Kumar Ghosh, Sri Jagadish Dey, and Sri Bidesh Ranjan Shit of the Mahamandal also spoke. The training programme of the camp included discussions and question-answer sessions on the aims and objects of the Mahamandal, character-building, mental concentration, etc. as well as physical exercise, games, singing, etc. The evening sessions were open to general public and attended by many guests form the locality. In the second evening Sri Nitai Maity spoke on Swami Vivekananda and today’s youth. Later Srimat Swami Bharupananda of the Asansol centre of the Ramakrishna Mission gave a talk on the duties of student life. Sri Nirmalendu Jana of Lowa Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal presented vocal music in Dhrupad. In the last evening Sri Ranjit Kumar Ghosh spoke on Swami Vivekananda and the role of Akhil Bharat Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal. It was followed by the farewell session, where young campers spoke about their experience at the camp. Sri Prithwish Biswas, Sri Arup Bhattacharya, and Sri Saikat Banerjee presented patriotic and devotional songs at the camp. An exhibition on the life and message of Swami Vivekananda and a bookstall on his teachings were set up. From the four districts 329 young men participated in this camp.

The 12th Annual Howrah & Hooghly Zonal Youth Training Camp was held from 24 to 26 May 2013 at Krishnarampur Deshapran High School, Jangalpara, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, with 309 young campers. Srimat Swami Divyananda, Secretary of Saradapitha, Belur Math, and one of the Trustees of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, inaugurated the camp. He addressed the campers and guests at the inaugural session, where the Headmaster of the school, Mir Murshed Ali, and Sri Vivek Bhai of Ramakrisha Sangha, Dakshineswar, also spoke. Sri Souren Mishra, Sri Srikanta Pal, and Sri Subrata Chattopadhyay of different units of the Mahamandal presented songs. Sri Amit Kumar Dutta, Assistant Secretary of Akhil Bharat Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal delivered a lecture on the relevance of Swami Vivekananda after 150 years of his birth. The main training programme started on 26 May from early morning. That evening Sri Somnath Bagchi of North Calcutta Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal gave a talk on Swamiji’s call to the youth. Sri Shyamapada Das and Sri Utpal Sinha presented devotional and patriotic songs respectively. In the last evening Sri Debkumar Mukhopadhyay, President, Konnagar Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal, discussed the life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda and the students associated with the Jangalpara unit of the Mahamandal staged a drama, Chelebelay Vivekananda, on the childhood days of Swami Vivekananda. The President of Akhil Bharat Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal, Sri Nabaniharan Mukhopadhyay, was present at the camp and answered questions from the campers. There were an exhibition on Swamiji’s life and teachings and a bookstall at the camp.

The 34th Annual Midnapur District( Purba & Paschim) Youth Training Camp was held at Ramnagar Rao School near Digha in Purba Medinipur from 31st May to 2nd June 2013. The camp was attended by 592 youngmen from near about 80 Mahamandal units and few other schools, colleges and organisations. Swami Jnananlokanandaji , the trustee of Ramakrishna Math and Mission, Belur Math , Howrah, inaugurated the camp. In the inaugural session Dr. Srimanta Saha, President of Medinipur Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal and Sri Soumen Bhattacharya, Secretary of Candramerh Vivekananda Yuva Mahamanadal also addressed the campers. In the camp classes were taken on the importance and methods of Mental concentration, Character building, Life building and life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda. Sri Amit Kumar Dutta, Assistant secretary of Akhil Bharat Vivekananda Yuva Mahamanadal, Sri Rabi Bhattacharya of Akhil Bharat Vivekananda Yuva Mahamanadal, and Sri Jagadish De, Sri Nitai Maity, Sri Ranajit Kishore Mahanti and Sri Jugal Pradhan, senior members of various units of Mahamandal of the districts, took the classes. In the evening open session of the 1st of June Sri Amit Kumar Dutta delivered lecture on “Call of Swami Vivekananda to the Youth”. On June 2, in the Valedictory Session, Swami Harimayanandaji of Tamluk Ramakrishna Mission and Sri Sukhendu Sekhar Jana , the C –in- C of the camp addressed the campers. A quiz competition based on the topics discussed in the camp was organized. The children of Vivek Bahini of Darua Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal presented a show of P.T , Parade and drill in the afternoon of 1st June. Sri Nabaniharan Mukhopadhaya, President, Akhil Bharat Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal, had been present throughout the camp and inspired the campers by answering the questions put by them. A procession was taken out in the afternoon of June 2. A film on the stories told by Swami Vivekananda was shown in the camp. A clay model exhibition based on the life of Swami Vivekananda was shown in the camp. A bookstall containing the books published by Mahamandal and other publication centres of Ramakrishna Mission was set up.

The 28th Annual Kolkata & South 24 Parganas Zonal Youth Training Camp of the Mahamandal was held from 30 May to 2 June 2013 at Dwarikanath Girls’ School, Canning, Dist. South 24 Parganas, West Bengal. From different walks of life 349 students and youths participated in the camp as trainees. Srimat Swami Ishtabratananda of the Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Narendrapur, inaugurated the camp by hoisting the Mahamandal flag. After the flag hoisting ceremony the Swami, Sri Amit Kumar Dutta, Assistant Secretary, Akhil Bharat Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal, and Sri Nabaniharan Mukhopadhyay, President, Akhil Bharat Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal, addressed the campers and guests. The training programme started on the next day at dawn. It included physical training and classes on the aims and activities of the Mahamandal, the methods of life building, mental concentration, etc. On the second day in the afternoon the members of Vivek Vahini (children’s wing) of two local units of the Mahamandal (Nikarighata and Kankradaha-Marahaldi) presented a programme of rhymes, games, and PT. The children of Vivek Vahini of Tangrakhali Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal had a similar programme in the afternoon next day. They also enacted a drama on the story of Bhagirath bringing the Ganga on earth and another on the harmony of religions in India. The evening sessions were open for the general public. In the second evening Sri Ranjit Kumar Ghosh of the Mahamandal discussed the relevance of Swamiji’s ideas in the present milieu, and then patriotic and devotional songs were presented by Sri Utpal Sinha and Sri Tanmoy Das. On 1 June Sri Somnath Bagchi of North Calcutta Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal gave a talk on youth and Swami Vivekananda. Later the young members of the unit staged a drama, Valmiki. On the last day a colourful procession was taken out. There was an exhibition on the life and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi, and Swami Vivekananda. A bookstall with Ramakrishna-Vivekananda literature and Mahamandal publications was set up.

The 29th Annual Nadia, North 24 Parganas & Murshidabad Zonal Youth Training Camp of the Mahamandal was held from 7 to 9 June 2013 at Vivekananda Chhatrabas, Balibhara, Dist. Nadia, West Bengal, with 335 young campers. The camp was inaugurated by Srimat Swami Divyananda, Secretary of Saradapitha, Belur Math, and one of the Trustees of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission. Sri Amit Kumar Dutta, Assistant Secretary, Akhil Bharat Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal, also spoke at the session, and Sri Prithwish Biswas presented songs. In the next evening Sri Birendra Kumar Chakraborty, Secretary of Akhil Bharat Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal, spoke on the role of the Mahamandal in solving the present problems of our country. Patriotic songs were presented by Sri Subrata Das and Sri Prithwish Biswas. On 9 June a quiz was held in the afternoon on the subjects discussed at the camp and Sri Nabaniharan Mukhopadhyay, President of Akhil Bharat Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal, answered questions of the campers. In the evening Sri Arunabha Sengupta of Kalyani Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal spoke on Swamiji’s call to the youth, and the campers shared their experience at the camp. An exhibition on Swami Vivekananda’s life and message and a bookstall were set up.

Vivek Vahini

The 31st Annual Vivek Vahini Instructors’ Training Camp of the Mahamandal was held from 26 to 30 March 2013 at the students’ home of Balibhara Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal. Vivek Vahini is the children’s wing of the Mahamandal, run at its units for all round development of children. The camp was organized to train its instructors for better running of the wing. From 42 units of the Mahamandal 137 youths participated in the camp. On 26 March Sri Dipak Ranjan Mukhopadhyay of Azimgunj Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal inaugurated the camp by hoisting the Mahamandal flag. Classes were held on the aims and objects of the Mahamandal, the purpose and importance of its children’s wing, the methods of self-development, the role of environment in the development of children, child psychology, the role of instructors of Vivek Vahini, and the life of Swami Vivekananda. Sri Birendra Kumar Chakraborty, Secretary, Akhil Bharat Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal, and other senior members of the Mahamandal conducted the classes. Every day six hours were devoted to training on P.T., parade, games, and rhymes. Sri Dipak Ranjan Mukhopadhyay answered questions of the campers. Sri Nabaniharan Mukhopadhyay, President, Akhil Bharat Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal, addressed the campers on the last day of the camp.

Swami Vivekananda’s 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations & Miscellaneous

Annual Youth Rally of the Mahamandal on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda was held Kolkata Maidan at the foot of the Shaheed Minar on Sunday, 27 January 2013. Four colourful processions originating at 1 pm from Jatin Das Park (Hazra), Maharaja Cossimbazar Polytechnique School (Baghbazar), Beleghata Deshbandhu High School, and the Howrah Station met at the venue, where a public meeting was held from 4 pm. Srimat Swami Nityajnanananda, of the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math, was the Chief Guest at the meeting, who spoke in Hindi. The meeting was presided over by Sri Nabaniharan Mukhopadhyay, President, Akhil Bharat Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal. Sri Birendra Kumar Chakraborty, Secretary of the Mahamandal, gave the introductory speech. Srimati Cinmoyee Nandi, President, Sarada Nari Sangathan, also spoke at the meeting. Sri Nabaniharan Mukhopadhyay delivered the presidential speech at the end.

Almost all units of the Mahamandal observed the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda in a befitting manner, all of which cannot be reported here.

Birati Vivekananda Yuva Pathachakra (Dist. North 24 Parganas, West Bengal) observed the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda through various programmes on 9 and 10 February. On the first day competitions were held for school students on drawing, essay writing, quiz, etc. A public meeting was organized next day at a local community hall, where a colouful procession of school students culminated. Among the main speakers were Srimat Swami Pratibodhananda, Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira, Sri Rabi Bhattacharya of the Mahamandal, and some teachers, who spoke on different aspects of Swami Vivekananda’s thoughts. Sri Utpal Sinha presented songs. The members of the unit presented a musical sketch, Kathay O Gane Swamiji. Nearly three hundred persons attended the programme.

This year 3 February happened to be the birthday (Janma-tithi) of Swami Vivekananda, according to the Vishuddha Siddhanta almanac. In Andhra Pradesh a blood donation camp was held on the day in Visakhapatnam under the auspices of Visakhapatnam Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal. Dr Umabala, Principal, Prism Degree & P.G. College, inaugurated the camp. Forty two persons donated blood at the camp for the sick. Books of Swami Vivekananda were distributed among the donors. A bookstall with Vivekananda literature was set up by Universal Meditation Centre.

Fulia Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal (Dist. Nadia, West Bengal) organized a public meeting on 2 February at Sukanta Bhavan, Fulia, in commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. Srimat Swami Jnanalokananda, Trustee, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, Belur and Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Baranagar, and Sri Birendra Kumar Chakraborty, Secretary, Akhil Bharat Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal, were the main speakers at the meeting. About 350 persons attended the programme with much interest.

Under the auspices of Payradanga Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal (Dist. Nadia, West Bengal) discussions were held on the ideas of Swami Vivekananda at two schools on 8 February, where about 400 and 350 students and teachers took part. Srimat Swami Sureshananda, President, Bankimnagar Sri Ramakrishna Ashram, and Sri Ranjit Kumar Ghosh of Mahamandal addressed the gatherings.

On 12 January Danguajhar Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal (in the Jalpaiguri district, West Bengal) took out a procession and held street corner meetings to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. The regular work of the unit includes weekly study circles for youths and school students, free coaching, computer training, and children’s wing (Vivek Vahini).

Dhupguri Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal (Dist. Jalpaiguri, West Bengal) organized a procession on 12 January in the morning to observe the birthday of Swami Vivekananda. About 500 persons, mostly students, took part in the procession. Later the members of the unit distributed winter garments, educational aid, and fruits at a school run by Sonakhali Ban-basti and Harijan Sevak Sangha.

To observe the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda Payradanga Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal (Dist. Nadia, West Bengal) arranged a competition of writing essays and answers to questions on 20 January with 61 participants.

Burdwan Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal arranged to distribute blankets and sleeping mats among 80 dwellers of Bardhaman railway station platforms on 9 January with the assistance of the Asansol centre of the Ramakrishna Mission.

On 13 January Sitapur Palashpai Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal (Dist. Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal) arranged a public meeting to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, where Sri Sukhendu Sekhar Jana of Bhogpur Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal gave a talk on the relevance of Swami Vivekananda’s ideas in the present milieu. Discussion was also held on the role of the Mahamandal in life building of youths following the ideals of Swami Vivekananda.

About 230 persons participated in a procession in the morning on 12 January at Uluberia, Dist. Howrah, West Bengal, which was organized by Uluberia Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal to observe the birthday of Swami Vivekananda.

On the same occasion Garalgachha Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal (Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal) arranged a colourful procession and a public meeting.

In the Howrah district of West Bengal Andul-Mouri Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal took out a procession on 12 January in the morning, which culminated at Mahiyari Kundu Chaudhuri Institution, Andul-Mouri.

Khalishani Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal (Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal) took out a colourful procession on 12 January in the morning to observe the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. About 650 students, teachers, guardians, and members of the Mahamandal unit participated in it. The unit regularly runs a weekly study circle for youths, a charitable homoeopathic dispensary, etc.

Gangadhar Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal (Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal) also arranged a route march through three villages on the occasion. About 300 persons, including many students, took part in it.

Jangalpara Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal (Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal) took out a procession on 12 January, in which about 430 persons took part, including students, members of the Mahamandal unit and of the local unit of Sarada Nari Sangathan. The unit runs a weekly study circle, a charitable homoeopathic dispensary, and other service activities on a regular basis.

In the North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal Nimtala-Chowberia Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal arranged a procession on 12 January with about 360 participants and distributed blankets among ten needy persons. Next day about 400 persons attended a film show on the life of Swami Vivekananda.

Gayeshpur Vivekananda Yuva Pathachakra (Dist. North 24 Parganas, West Bengal) arranged a procession of 180 persons and various other programmes on 13 January to observe the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.

Kharua Rajapur Vivekananda Yuva Pathachakra (Dist. North 24 Parganas, West Bengal) arranged a procession and distributed blankets among ten needy persons on 20 January in commemoration of the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. The unit had organized a daylong youth training camp on 14 October last year with 135 participants.

Lalat Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal (Paschim Medinipur district, West Bengal) observed the 150 birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda through a daylong programme on 10 February. A colourful procession was taken out in the morning and then competitions were organized. In the evening prizes were distributed a public meeting, where Dr. Srimanta Saha , President of Midanpur Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal, and Sri Jugal Pradhan of Khakurda Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal addressed the audience.

Khakurda Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal (Paschim Medinipur district, West Bengal) observed the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda in a befitting manner. A procession was taken out in the morning of 12 January. Various competitions were organized on 13 January, including on classical music, which was most appreciated.

On 12 January Danguajhar Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal (in the Jalpaiguri district, West Bengal) took out a procession and held street corner meetings to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. The regular work of the unit includes weekly study circles for youths and school students, free coaching, computer training, and children’s wing (Vivek Vahini).

In Nadia district (West Bengal) Kalyani Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal organized a bookstall cum exhibition at Kalyani Book Fair from 7 to 16 December, where the members came in contact with many young men, who showed interest in the ideas of the Mahamandal. On 12 January, the National Youth Day, a procession was taken out in the morning with 180 youths. In the afternoon, a public meeting was organized in the town, where Sri Birendra Kumar Chakraborty, Secretary, Akhil Bharat Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal, gave a talk and Sri Prithwish Biswas presented songs. The unit arranged a daylong youth training camp on 23 January with 115 participants, where a documentary on Netaji’s life and struggle was shown in the afternoon. On 15 February two movies on Swamiji’s life were shown at a village on 15 February. On a regular basis the unit runs weekly study circles at four localities, a library, and a literacy-cum-awareness project for child workers of a brick kiln.

To commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda Lowa Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal (Dist. Bardhaman, West Bengal) organized a colourful procession on 19 January. About 400 persons took part in it, including the students and guardians of Sarada Shishu Vihar, the school run by Sarada Nari Sangathan, Lowa. The unit regularly conducts two weekly study circles for youths and children and also two free coaching centres for children of agricultural laborers.

Englishbazar Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal (Dist. Malda, West Bengal) celebrated the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda on 12 January. In the morning the members of the unit went to the Malda District Hospital to clean the hospital premises. Thereafter, a public meeting was held at a village named Raipur, where the unit runs a free coaching centre and discussed the ideas of Swami Vivekananda. It was organized by the students of the coaching centre. At the end there was a question-answer session. The unit also runs a weekly study circle, a free textbook bank, and a library.

Mahishadal Vivekananda Yuva Pathachakra observed the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda on 24 February through a public meeting in the afternoon. The speakers were Srimat Swami Shivajnananda, the Ramkrishna Mission centre of Tamluk, and other eminent persons. A musical sketch on the ideas of Swami Vivekananda was presented by the members of Sri Ramakrishna Sarada Pathachakra, Halda. On a regular basis, the members are visiting schools, hostels, and other students’ lodges, discussing with them on mental concentration, character building, and the aims and objectives of the Mahamandal, and inspiring them to join the weekly study circle. And they are getting good response. A monthly discussion is held at Dwariberia Adarsha Siksha Sadan. A special study circle is arranged every month on the last Sunday for the members of all nearby study circles of the Mahamandal.

Kharigeria Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal (Dist. Purba Medinipur, West Bengal) arranged a blood donation camp on 9 February, where 17 persons donated blood.

Bhogpur Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal (Dist. Purba Medinipur, West Bengal) arranged a daylong training camp for adolescent boys on 9 February, where 166 boys took part. On the following day a daylong youth training camp was held with 116 young participants. On the occasion of Durga Puja last year the unit distributed 428 new garments in 41 villages.

Azimgunj Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal (Dist. Murshidabad, West Bengal) organized a ‘sit and draw’ competition on 12 January for students of Class IV to VI. There were 140 participants in the competition.

Belghoria Vivekananda Yuva Pathachakra (Dist. North 24 Parganas, West Bengal) arranged a discussion on 12 January. Swamiji’s call to the youth and the aims and objectives of the Mahamandal were among the topics discussed. About 80 youths participated in the programme.

In North 24 Parganas Balibhara Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal observed Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birth anniversary on 3 February. A procession was taken out in the morning with about 500 participants. Various programmes were held throughout the day, including discussions and a musical sketch on Swamiji’s life. Last year the unit distributed 196 new garments among children on the occasion of Durga Puja and 33 winter garments and 50 blankets during last winter.

In the Darjeeling district Velkujote Vivekananda Yuva Pathachakra distributed winter garments among 30 odd families at the Adivasi Para on 2 December with the assistance of the Naxalbari centre of the Ramakrishna Mission.

Dhupguri Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal (Dist. Jalpaiguri, West Bengal) organized a procession on 12 January in the morning to observe the birthday of Swami Vivekananda. About 500 persons, mostly students, took part in the procession. Later the members of the unit distributed winter garments, educational aid, and fruits at a school run by Sonakhali Ban-basti and Harijan Sevak Sangha.

To observe the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda Payradanga Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal (Dist. Nadia, West Bengal) arranged a competition of writing essays and answers to questions on 20 January with 61 participants.

Burdwan Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal arranged to distribute blankets and sleeping mats among 80 dwellers of Bardhaman railway station platforms on 9 January with the assistance of the Asansol centre of the Ramakrishna Mission.

Annual All India Youth Training Camp 2012

The 46th Annual All India Youth Training Camp of the Akhil Bharat Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal was held from 25 to 30 December 2012 at Basantapur Jhareswar Bani Bhavan, Sabang, Dist. Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal.

The aim of the camp was to infuse into the youth the ideas of character-building, social awareness, citizenship, service to the nation, national integration, harmony of religions, and the way to nation-building, generally drawn from the teachings of Swami Vivekananda.

The number of campers was 1593, and they came from West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Maharashtra. The campers included students and teachers of schools, colleges, and universities, engineers, physicians, lawyers, service-holders, businessmen, farmers, workers, and so on. They spoke in different languages, and they belonged to different religions.

Revered Srimat Swami Atmapriayananda, Vice Chancellor, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University, Belur, inaugurated the camp on 25 December at 4-50 pm by hoisting the flag of the Mahamandal. This was followed by Vedic anthem and Swadesh-mantra.

The inaugural function which followed began with a welcome address by Sri Birendra Kumar Chakraborty, Secretary of the Mahamandal. Then Srimat Swami Atmapriyananda delivered the inaugural address. As Sri Debabrata Sarkar, Chairman of the Union Bank of India, Mumbai, could not be present as the Guest-in-Chief due to some pressing work, the General Manager of the Kolkata Branch of the Bank, Sri AK Thakur, read out his message. Srimat Swami Atmapriyananda released a new edition of Swami Vivekananda O Amader Sambhavana, a new Bengali compilation of Swamiji’s letters, Swamijir Chithi, and the Commemoration Volume of Vivek-Jivan, all published by the Mahamandal on the occasion of Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birth anniversary. A newly launched Telugu quarterly of the Mahamandal, Vivek Bharati, was also released by Revered Maharaj. It was followed by speeches in different Indian languages. Prof. Saikh Sabir Ali gave a talk in Sanskrit. Prof. Alekha Charan Samal, Odisha State Branch of the Mahamandal, spoke in Odia, Sri Bijay Singh of Jhumritelaiya Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal in Hindi, and Prof. Prosenjit Saha of Nabadwip Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal in Bengali.

The daily programme of the camp included flag hoisting and flag down ceremonies, classes on the aims and objects of the Mahamandal, mental concentration, life building, and character-building, physical training, games, parade, discussion on various subjects in small groups, and question-answer sessions. There were special, optional classes on music, yogic exercise, first aid, children’s wing of the Mahamandal (Vivek Vahini), and the ideal and organization of the Mahamandal. Discourses on leadership and organization were also in the programme.

Every day, after the evening prayer, there was a talk on a particular subject. On 26 December Srimat Swami Jnanalokananda, Trustee, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission and Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Baranagar, spoke in Bengali on ‘India in the Vision of Swami Vivekananda’. The next day Srimat Swami Tanmayananda, Secretary, Ramakrishna Vivekananda Sevashrama, Ambikapur, Chhattisgarh, spoke in Hindi on ‘Selfless Service as a Way to Salvation’. On 28 December Sri Birendra Kumar Chakraborty, Secretary, Akhil Bharat Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal, delivered a lecture in Bengali on ‘Swamiji’s Expectation from the Youth and the Role of the Mahamandal’. The subject for talk on the following day was ‘Swami Vivekananda and Universal Brotherhood’. Srimat Swami Tyagarupananda, Principal, Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira, Belur, discoursed on the subject in English.

After the evening talk, a musical sketch, titled Ramakrishna-vibhasita Vivekananda, was presented by the members of Bakreshwar Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal on 26 December. Next evening the members of Khakurda Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal presented a musical sketch, Uttishthata Jagrata!, on the teachings of Swami Vivekananda. On 28 December Sri Madan Bhunia and Sri Utpal Singha presented devotional and patriotic songs after the evening lecture. On 29 December Srimat Swami Kalyaneshananda, Headmaster, Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama Vidyalaya, Baranagar, sang devotional songs in the evening.

The Chief Guest at the farewell session in the last evening was Srimat Swami Divyananda, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Sarada-pitha, Belur, and Trustee, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, Belur. Campers spoke of their experience at the camp, presented songs in different languages, recited poems, and played the mouth organ. Sri Nabaniharan Mukhopadhyay, President, Akhil Bharat Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal, who presided over the session, addressed the campers and guests at the closing hour of the camp.

On 29 December 300 campers and 4 guests donated blood to the mobile unit of Bhoruka Blood Bank, Kolkata. On 30 December a huge, colourful procession was taken out in the morning in the locality. There was an exhibition at the camp on the life of Swami Vivekananda. A bookstall with the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda literature and Mahamandal publications was opened for the campers and the general public who visited the camp during the open session in the evening every day.