Ananthapuri prepares for major event

via HK Correspondent published on January 23, 2006

THIRUVANAMTHAPURAM: Rashtra Raksha Sanchalan (RRS), the great parade by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh which began at Bekkal Fort in Kasargod will conclude in front of the Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple at Thiruvananthapuram on January 24,Tuesday. The RRS will be received with “Poornakumbham” by state leaders of RSS and various social and cultural organizations. With saffron flags flying all over, the whole city of Ananthapuri wears a festive look. The concluding function of the RRS is going to be a simple function. The great day is reserved for January 26 when the capital city will turn into an ocean of saffron.


 


“It is going to be major event. The University Stadium at Palayam is being prepared for the grand finale,” said Shri Ravi Kumar, district secretary of the RSS. The Republic Day will begin with flag hoisting by Shri Mohan Bhagawat at the University Stadium at 8 am. The big event is scheduled for 3pm when more than 6000 veteran swayamsevaks selected from all districts of the state will start a grand route march from six selected points in the city. “These six route marches will merge into three lines at three points and from there it will converge at the University Stadium,” Shri Ravi Kumar explained about the programme. The Swayamsevaks will display a mass drill to the tunes of “Ghosh”, a hallmark of the Sangh. After the mass drill, Shri Mohanji Bhagawat will address the rally. “True to the Sangh style, everything has been conceived as simple but elegant. There will be no ovations after the speeches,” said Shri Ravi Kumar. He also said that the public meeting will be over within one hour.              


 


The 750 km march flagged off on January 5 took the state of Kerala by storm with an immaculate and disciplined show put out by the Swayamsevaks. Though the Communist dominated Kerala media blacked out the RRS, people all over the state were literally surprised by the smart turn out of Swayamsevaks. Irrespective of the   media blackout, thousands of people gathered on both sides of the roads covered by the RRS. More than men, it was women and children who greeted the ‘Yatris” with Thalappoli and flowers. There were no street side speeches or verbal contaminations during this march. 

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