Internal security threats far more dangerous than external challenges – Dr. P.V. Ramana

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D.r P.V. Ramana, National security expert was speaking at a one-day seminar- Social Media Sangamam organized by Samachara Bharati on 9th Feb 2020 at Hyderabad.

D.r P.V. Ramana delivered the keynote address in the seminar on Social Media challenges to national security and cautioned on the many internal threats posed by Islamic Radicalization in Jammu and Kashmir especially, eastern and western borders (SIMI, ISIS, LeT, JeM etc) radical militia in the North-East (insurgency groups) and Left-Wing Extremism. The borders are especially vulnerable with porous immigration checks, massive money laundering and big trading in Fake counterfeit currency. Left-Wing Extremism impacts more than 90 districts in 11 states. He explained about the dual-use technologies which are not only used for trivia on social media, but also used for Propaganda and indoctrination, fake news and misinformation. He said whether it is insurgency, radical Islam, left extremism or terrorism, all are threats to internal security of the country.

He added that unlike the popular narrative that these are misguided elements, all these outfits are very clear about their destructive agenda, and they pose a big threat to the authority of the state, and to the country’s unity and integrity. These destructive agendas create fear psychosis, sows disharmony, changes demography, affects industries and businesses, and stresses the resources. It is detrimental to the country’s integrity and economy. He said that social media is a double-edged sword and is being used to indoctrinate and recruit youth with misinformation and propaganda, and lies and misinformation should be countered with facts effectively in real time crisply.

Speaking on the session on `Fake News’, Sri Chalasani Narendra of Nijam web-portal stated that Social Media is being used to create mistrust by spreading misinformation and lies against all democratic institutions. Preventing misinformation on mainstream media or misuse of social media is a big challenge we are facing today. Massive agitations across the world whether in Hongkong or Shaheenbagh are being generated through social media.

Sri Sai Krishna of National Hub Youtube channel said that the anti-national propaganda is presented as neutral and intellectual, and hence we need to develop nationalistic thinking as well as nationalistic media tools to refute the misinformation campaign. Yet negative propaganda with lies is succeeding still. He recounted his personal experience of visiting Jammu and Kashmir post abrogation of Article 370, and said there is all-round normalcy in the state despite restrictions on internet, whereas in reality, the common people have been used to disturbances in the valley for decades, and are prepared with household provisions months in advance.

Speaking on the subject of `RTI & Legal Activism’, Sri AS Santosh from Legal Rights Protection Forum (LRPF) in his unique presentation explained about `online legal activism’ presenting a case- study of addressing the religious conversions issue of church evangelism, foreign missionaries holding events in India violating visa norms, NGOs violating foreign funding norms of FCRA and the way LRPF addressed some of these issues through existing RTI and legal provisions in the law. He also explained several unknown legal provisions regarding construction of churches and the various permissions needed from authorities, as well as misuse of electoral reservations by Christian converts.

In the session `Women Security’, well-known video-blogger, RJ of `good-morning America’ Smt. Kiranmayee recounted her personal experience of speaking up for the country in the cause of nation, and the bouquets and brickbats she received for her social media work. She said as a woman, she faced several issues including abuse and threats, and recounted the ways she has shielded herself to some extent as well as the moral support she received from her family.

Advocate Sushree Niharika Reddy in her address stated that we as citizens are not aware of our own Constitution , it’s preamble, various laws etc, yet people are spreading lot of misinformation regarding CAA; she said irrespective of ideologies, national security should be paramount. Women are not aware of laws which protect them, or the provisions present for cyber bullying & harassment and cyber crimes. She said we cannot progress as a nation if 50% of the society is being harassed, and women too have a duty to make themselves aware of laws and policies. We also need changes in IT Act for cyber stalking and harassment.

Senior journalist, author, Youtube channel `Rakalokam’ video-blogger Sri Raka Sudhakar Rao, in his valedictory address stated that today we are in the midst of `Hybrid warfare’, the war of perception and information warfare. He said Facebook and social media, Cambridge Analytica and other agencies have been instrumental in influencing US elections, Brexit etc. The mainstream media and social media today are directing voting patterns, and are creating confusion in the minds of people by planting apprehensions and suspicions and mistrust. Today’s information warfare is directed in 4 stages of subversion- Demoralization, Destabilization, Crisis and Normalization, it is uncanny that KGB’s agent theorized on this decades ago. Over 5000 Pak-based social media handles are spreading fake news, fake videos and false propaganda on CAA, including Pakistan Prime Minister and President, which get retweeted by pro-Pak lobbies within India and outside. Govt of India initially banned several incendiary handles following the abrogation of Article 370. While others are doing concerted efforts to spread propaganda against India, Indian media and social media are content to post trivia or simply quote western or Chinese news sources in Indian media. Today there is a great demand for authentic information among people of India, we should ready ourselves to observe, track, research and refute misinformation campaigns. Open Source Intelligence enables us to research, gather and disseminate authentic information in a dignified way, we need to recognize our own strengths and be prepared to fight this uneven information warfare.

Samachara Bharati General Secretary Sri Ayush Nadimpally in his closing remarks explained about today’s negative information ecosystem, and stressed the importance of finding out correct information, refute fake news, and share positive news.

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Lokahitham Special Edition

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లోకహితం తెలుగు మాసపత్రిక

పర్యావరణ ప్రత్యేక సంచిక, 2019

`లోకహితం’ మాసపత్రిక ప్రతిఒక్కరిలో జాతీయ భావాలను పెంపొందించడానికి, వ్యాప్తి చేయడానికి కృషి చేస్తోంది. 1998 సంవత్సరం నుంచి ప్రచురితమవుతోంది. తెలంగాణలో 7వేల గ్రామాలకు 10వేల కాపీలు పంపిణీ అవుతున్నాయి. మొత్తం 60వేలమంది ప్రతినెలా లోకహితం మాసపత్రికను చదువుతున్నారు. ఈ పత్రిక 20 ఏళ్ళు పూర్తిచేసుకుంటున్న సందర్భంగా పర్యావరణం అంశంగా ప్రత్యేక సంచిక ప్రచురించాలని తలపెట్టాము. 52 పేజీల (4+48) ఈ ప్రత్యేక సంచికలో పర్యావరణ విషయంపై ప్రత్యేక వ్యాసాలు ఉంటాయి. మీ వ్యాపారప్రకటన ఇవ్వడం ద్వారా మా ఈ ప్రయత్నానికి సహాయ సహకారాలను అందించండి. సమాచారభారతి (లోకహితం పత్రికను ప్రచురిస్తున్న సంస్థ) కి అందించే విరాళాలకు ఆదాయపన్ను చట్టంలోని 80(జి) కింద పన్ను మినహాయింపు కూడా లభిస్తుంది.

 

‘LOKAHITHAM’ Telugu monthly 8-page booklet is being published with an aim to strengthen the national consciousness among everyone. It is published since 1998. Currently, LOKAHITHAM has over 60 thousand readership with more than 10 thousand physical copies reaching nearly 7 thousand villages in the state.

Marking its 20th anniversary, we are going to publish 52 page (48+ 4) special number with the theme of ‘ENVIRONMENT’.

No organization can grow without the active participation of the society. Hence we request you to come forward with an advertisement to be published in this Environment special.

 

Note: You are requested to reserve your advertisement space at the latest by 22-November-19.Bills should be paid through cheques (or) Drafts only and should be drawn in favour of

SAMACHARA BHARATI CULTURAL ASSOCIATION ,

A/c No.SB406690549,

INDIAN BANK,

NARAYANAGUDA,

HYDERABAD,

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పుస్తక ఆవిష్కరణ – ‘భవిష్య భారతం’

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స్వాతంత్య్రం వచ్చిన తరువాత దేశ పునర్నిర్మాణ కార్యం నిరంతరంగా సాగాలని మహనీయులు అందరూ ఆకాంక్షించారని అని రాష్ట్రీయ్ స్వయంసేవక్ సంఘ్ సహ సర్ కార్యవాహ శ్రీ వి. భాగయ్య అన్నారు. ఈ సుదీర్ఘ యాత్ర నిరాటంకంగా ఎలాంటి లోటుపాట్లూ లేకుండా సాగాలని కోరుకున్నారు. ఇదే విషయాన్ని పరమపూజనీయ సర సంఘచాలక్ ‘భవిష్య భారతం’ ఉపన్యాసాల ద్వారా మరోసారి గుర్తుచేసారని అన్నారు. సమాజ కార్యం అందరి బాధ్యత అని గుర్తుచేయడమే కాక నిస్వార్థంగా ఆ కార్యాన్ని నెరవేర్చే వ్యక్తులను తీర్చిదిద్దడమే ఆరెస్సెస్ చేస్తున్న పని అని భాగయ్య తెలిపారు. దేశ ప్రగతికి ఆధారం సమాజము, ప్రజలే కానీ రాజకీయ శక్తి మాత్రమే కాదని ఆయన గుర్తుచేశారు.
సమాచారభారతి మరియు విజ్డం సంస్థల ఆధ్య్వర్యంలో ఫిబ్రవరి 23న హైదరాబాద్ జవహర్ లాల్ నెహ్రూ టెక్నలాజికల్ యూనివర్సిటీ ఆడిటోరియంలో జరిగిన ‘భవిష్య భారత్’ మరియు ‘ది సంఘ్ & స్వరాజ్’ పుస్తకాల ఆవిష్కరణ సభలో శ్రీ భాగయ్య ప్రసంగించారు.

కార్యక్రమానికి ముఖ్య అతిధిగా విచ్చేసిన ప్రముఖ సినీ గేయ రచయిత, పద్మశ్రీ పురష్కార గ్రహీత శ్రీ ‘సిరివెన్నెల’ సీతారామశాస్త్రి మాట్లాడుతూ, జాతీయత, సంస్కృతి గురించి కనీస అవగాహన కోల్పోయిన మనం మనదంటూ ఏదీ లేదనే భ్రమలో మునిగిపోయామని, అర్ధశతాబ్దపు అజ్ఞానాన్నే స్వాతంత్ర్యమని భావిస్తున్నామని అన్నారు. ఈ భ్రమల నుండి బయటపడినప్పుడే నిజమైన ప్రగతి సాధ్యపడుతుందని సీతారామ శాస్త్రి తెలిపారు.
కార్యక్రమంలో తొలుత మాట్లాడిన సమాచార భారతి అధ్యక్షులు, యూనివెర్సిటీ గ్రాంట్స్ కమిషన్ సభ్యులు డాక్టర్ శ్రీ గోపాలరెడ్డి, నేడు విద్యావిధానం ఏ విధంగా తప్పుదోవ పడుతోందన్న విషయాలను సోదాహరణంగా వివరించారు. భారతదేశ స్వతంత్రంలో ప్రముఖపాత్ర పోషించిన వందేమాతరం ఉద్యమం యొక్క ప్రస్తావన కూడా పశ్చిమ బెంగాల్ పాఠ్యాంశాలలో కనిపించదని, అసలు బెంగాల్ రాష్ట్రంలో పుట్టిన వందేమాతర గేయ రచయిత బంకించంద్ర చట్టర్జీ గురించి కూడా అక్కడి విద్యార్థులకు తెలియదని అన్నారు.
ఇటీవల ఢిల్లీలో ‘భవిష్య భారత్’ పేరిట 3 రోజుల పాటు నిర్వహించిన కార్యక్రమంలో ఆరెస్సెస్ సర్ సంఘచాలక్ డా. శ్రీ మోహన్ జీ భాగవత్ వెల్లడించిన పలు అంశాలను పుస్తకం మరియు సీడీల రూపంలో సంకలనం చేసి విడుదల చేశారు. అదే విధంగా ప్రముఖ రచయిత శ్రీ రతన్ శారదా రచించిన ‘సంఘ్ & స్వరాజ్’ పుస్తకాన్ని కార్యక్రమంలో ఆవిష్కరించారు. ఈ రెండు పుస్తకాలను భాగయ్య మరియు సీతారామ శాస్త్రి ఆవిష్కరించారు.

‘ది సంఘ్ & స్వరాజ్’ పుస్తక రచయిత శ్రీ రతన్ శార్దా మాట్లాడుతూ స్వాతంత్ర్య ఉద్యమంలో ఆరెస్సెస్ పాత్ర పట్ల అనేక సందేహాలు వ్యాప్తి చేసిన కమ్యూనిస్టులు నిజానికి స్వతంత్రోద్యమానికి చేసిందేమీ లేదని అన్నారు. సంఘ స్థాపకులు డాక్టర్జీతో సహా వేలాది స్వయంసేవకులు స్వాతంత్ర్య పోరాటంలో పాల్గొన్నారని, ఆ వివరాలన్నీ తన పుస్తకంలో పొందుపరిచినట్టు తెలిపారు.
కార్యక్రమంలో విద్యావేత్తలు, సామజిక కార్యకర్తలతో పాటు అనేక మంది పురప్రముఖులు పాల్గొన్నారు.

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Book Release-‘Bhavishya Bharatam’

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Social awakening is the life force which would reinvigorate the country when it is embedded with cultural values that we have inherited from our ancestors. When we work in this manner, we can realize the future Bharat, and our nation then will become the guiding force and Vishwa guru for the universe and will result in heralding peace in our current times, said Sri Bhagayya, Sah Sarkaryavaha of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

Sri Bhagayya ji was speaking at Bhagyanagar during the book launch “Bhavishya Bharatam” in Telugu event jointly organised by Samachara Bharati and WISDOM-JNTU on Saturday, 23 February 2019 at JNTU auditorium, Hyderabad.  “Bhavishya Bharatam” is a compilation of the lecture series of Shri Dr Mohan ji Bhagawat, organized in September 2018 in Delhi. It is a compendium of ideas, thoughts and values of Sangh and which are articulated and also implemented by Sangh.

Sri Ratan Sharda, author and TV panelist, said The Sangh & Swaraj is a compilation of events during our freedom struggle, and especially on the role of sangh.  This book is a by-product of RSS 360 which was published last year, and has been brought out to counter the deliberate distortions of history and misinformation being propagated by communists and so-called marxist historians. He also pointed out that RSS work is rooted in Bharatiya culture in an intrinsic organic way whereas Communists borrowed their ideologies from West, though both organizations started in 1925, they went on divergent trajectories.

Sri Sirivennalla Seetharama Shastry, famous poet & lyricist and Padma Shree awardee, said we should strengthen our family system which is our core strength, that is undergoing a period of conflict and difficulties in today’s times.

Sri Gopal Reddy, President of Samachara Bharati presided over this book launch event. Sri Dakshinamoorty, RSS pranth Sanghachalak, and several other dignitaries and civil society organizations from various walks of life participated in the event.

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Social Media Sangamam

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Social Media Conclave

“Information presented in audio and video formats tends to be more accessible to the users and should be used more to communicate in social media”, said Sri Milind Oak, CEO of BharatiWeb, speaking at the Social Media Sangamam event in Hyderabad on 27 January 2019. “When this information is true and delivered by credible people, it prevails over the untruths professed by detractors. In social media era, it becomes our responsibility to use available social media tools to communicate with the people of our country, by asserting our rich culture,  values and greatness that needs to be preserved and handed over to future generations”, added Sri Milind Oak.

He cautioned about anti-national forces, particularly those emerging from foreign soil, which are deliberately targeting our national identity and interests under the guise of various NGOs like Green Peace etc

Sri Ayush, convener of Samachara Bharati, has presented a ppt on the various initiatives undertaken by Samachara Bharati to inform and enthuse all the interested volunteers to work for the national cause on various social media platforms.

The theme of the first panel discussion was “Awareness of Culture & History through Social Media”.

Smt Padma Pillai, a prominent Social media activist, said, “A strong eco-system particularly from the left oriented people is trying to establish a distorted narrative of Bharat and its culture. To counter this, people on social media should be better equipped with our traditional knowledge and take pride in celebrating it.

Smt Padma recalled her fight on the #SaveSabarimala campaign on social media and explained about how she overcame the abuse and trolling by so called liberals and feminists.

Smt Padmini Bhavaraju, from MyIndMedia and Achangaa Telugu spoke about the hunger of people for information on the cultural greatness of our country, and explained about their initiatives on web radio, Telugu language books in script, audio and video formats that have become a huge success on their social media portals.

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Sri Rathnakar Sadasyula, an IT professional, spoke about temples as cultural centers and explained about how such information can be presented in tweets and blogs to reach out to people.

 

Sri Ramamurthy Prabhala, an IT professional, explained their campaigns like #Run4girlChild on social media, which helped Seva Bharati in orienting and connecting people towards seva activities that they have undertaken.

Sri Ashish Neradi, President of HSPA ( Hyderabad Schools Parents Association), explained how their social media campaign has taken on the strong commercial lobby in their fight regarding expensive school fees, and various strategies used by them on social media. He recalled the influence of SM when they had received overwhelming support from various corners of the country.

Sri Karuna Sagar, a lawyer by profession, spoke about how they used Social Media platforms in spreading legal awareness in the society. He narrated how it helped to prevent foreign evangelists to take up further canvassing, by exposing their violation of Indian Visa norms.

Dr. Gaurav Pradhan, a data scientist and prominent social media activist, said, “Social Media is a powerful tool with an edge. The content should be researched, with no foul language, and embedded with facts. He emphasized on the correct utilization of available Social media platforms by understanding the target audience, while also avoiding mixing up of personal issues with other issues on social media profiles.

Sri Gopal Reddy, President of Samachara Bharati, and Sri N Ayush, convener of Samachara Bharati, Sri Pradeep, Sri Srinivas, Smt Aradhana, Sri Santosh, Sri Bhikshapati and many social media activists and students participated in the day-long event.

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