Shri Subhash Chandra participated in Agrakumbh 2018, the 23rd regional convention organized by Maharashtra Rajya Agrawal Sammelan in Aurangabad on Sunday.
After seeking blessings from the saints present at the gathering, Subhashji gives his address to the community members who had come in large numbers for the event.
He thanked the distinguished hosts of the event and recounted their immense contribution to the society.
Touching upon the current state of disparity in the world Subahshji talks about the conflicts in Syria and the middle east and turns towards the plight of the farmers in Maharashtra. He hails the Vaishya community for adopting 51 farmer families and helping them in solving their issues. “What ever help you need, I am with you. Further this cause and the good name of the Vaishya community because it is in the DNA of the community to assist others, irrespective of their backgrounds.”
Speaking about the history of the community, Subhashji says, “On our request, 14-15 years ago, excavation was undertaken in Agroha by Atal ji’s government. But the findings of the excavation were kept undisclosed by UPA government for 10 years. When Modi government came to power they made the findings public.”
“Till now, only 4% has been excavated and it will take more than 10-15 years to complete that. But, the current government has assured that they will bear the cost of entire excavations till it’s completed.” The findings were looked at by the Agroha Vikas Trust and they have stated that , “Agroha does not only belong to the Agrawals, but to the entire Vaishya community.” Subhashji talks about the Agroha Mela held annually on Sharad Poornima where over 60 MLAs, MPs and ministers were present from across parties and states. He also speaks about the recent Uttar Pradesh elections where 36 candidates belonging to the Vaishya community were elected which is a majority proportion in the cabinet too. “Today, while Agrawal is the biggest sub-community in the Vaishya community, however there are still people who belong to the OBC category and are socio-economically behind the others in the community.”
Elaborating on the government’s commitment towards continuing the excavation work at Agroha, Subhashji says that it will take another ten years more and about Rs. 2000 crores but the government has given a go ahead and is dedicated. “We are hopeful that something extraordinary will emerge as a result of this excavation and it will become the 5th Dham along with the other four Dhams in India,” he says.
He also says that in our scriptures there is mention of the varnas and of that all four varnas were based on the concept of Karma (work) and not Janm (birth). “In Ramayana, Mahabharata or other puranas, did Bhagwan Shri Krishna ever state that only some castes can come to my ‘leela’ and some others cannot? Or did Bhagwan Sri Ram say that only people of a certain caste can come to me?”
Subhashji talks about the effort of uniting and bringing more than 317 sub-castes of the community together. “The British used the formula of divide and rule based on our differences and this is continuing even 70 years after independence, we are making an effort to curb this.”
He references the recent unrest in Maharashtra where some arms of the media portrayed it as a fight between Hindus and Dalits. Subhashji condemned this saying, ‘Since when did Hindus and Dalits become separate from each other? They are the same!’ Continuing on the balanced portrayal of religion in the media he points out that if the majority is not secure how can the minority feel protected?
In conclusion, he urged the community to unite and serve the nation in a better way. He extended the invitation to everyone for the Agroha Mela on Sharad Poornima.