JAY DHANI MATANG DEV
MINUTES OF INAUGURAL MEETING FOR FORMATION OF ALL INDIA MAHESHWARI YOUTH FEDERATION (AIMYF) HELD ON 21.02.2010 (SUNDAY) AT 11.00 A.M. AT BAGTHADA TEMPLE, ANJAR (KACHCHH).
Around 200 youths representing entire Kachchh District i.e. Gandhidham, Adipur, Anjar, Mundra, Mandvi, Naliya, Bhuj, Nakhatrana including youths from villages like Nani Khakhar, Rayan (Mandvi), Kukma, Lakhond (Bhuj), Moti Nagalpur, Chandia, Dudhai, Sinugra, Ningar (Anjar), etc.
This first meeting of proposed All India Maheshwari Youth Federation (AIMYF) was presided over by Shri Navin Kishanchand Bhoiya, resident of Gandhidham (Kachchh).
Initiating the discussions, Shri Navin Bhoiya chanted Ludang Dev Arji and requested all gathered people to first listen Agendas of proposed AIMYF and offer comments for modification in Agendas, if any, one by one.
It was apprised to all that this concept of forming National level organization is based on the fact that our Maheshwari Meghwar community comprises national population of more than 4 lakhs, out of which the District of Kachchh alone comprises more than 2.50 lakhs and nearby locations like Saurashtra, Jamnagar, Ahmedabad, Mumbai etc. also possesses good presence. Despite this huge human resource, we do not have our national organization, where our people can assemble under one umbrella. It is therefore very essential that there should be our own National Organization for uniting our brethrens for socio-economic developments of our community. This Federation will be a Non-Political and Secular organization and will function as a Central Command Body of our community, wherein various social-cum-educational activities will be performed through State – District – Taluka and Village levels. Various State Units/Chapters will be formed at Saurashtra, Jamnagar, Ahmedabad, Mumbai etc.
Following activities of AIMYF were taken for discussion as under:-
1. Daily newspapers in Gujarati/English languages.
As our population in Kachchh District is more than 2.50 lakhs and total Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe community comprises very good population, it is inevitable to run our own daily newspaper for propagating our unification message and giving proper place to our cause in print media arena. This daily newspaper will be bilingual i.e. Gujarati and English languages, which would be probably the first bilingual newspaper in Kachchh District.
2. Constructing various Schools in English/Gujarati mediums at most required locations.
Proper implementation of human resource of more than 4 lakhs people will enable us to generate huge funds. This huge fund will be utilized to run our own Schools in English/Gujarati mediums at deserving places for imparting quality education to the students of all castes and religion. Preference will be given to village students.
3. Construction of Night School/College at District level so that deserving boys/girls of poor families also get education.
It is observed that due to poverty, many children/youths are not able to pursue their education due to lack of time to attend Day School/College. In order to enable these students from poor families, Night School and Night College will be operated by AIMYF encouraging all such students, of all castes and religions, to gain quality education.
4. Construction of Boys and Girls Hostels.
In order to facilitate Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe Boys & Girls to gain maximum benefit of education, Boys and Girls Hostels for SC/ST students will be operated by AIMYF at appropriate places.
5. English speaking classes at Village levels.
Our village students are still lacking behind in English speaking skills. In order to promote English speaking abilities to our village students, English Speaking Classes will be operated by AIMYF at village levels comprising one Institute for every 10 villages for which remuneration or salary will be paid to Teacher/Trainer by AIMYF.
6. Issuing Scholarships to outstanding meritorious students.
AIMYF will grant scholarships to outstanding meritorious students of our community enabling them to acquire higher education. Preference will be given to meritorious students of poor families.
7. Motivating students for pursuing higher studies and doing Ph.D in various subjects.
It is seen that very few people in our community have acquired Doctorate Degree (Ph.D). Therefore, efforts will be initiated by MAHESHWARI YOUTH FEDERATION (MYF) to motivate learned students of our community to pursue Ph.D. on various subjects.
8. Sponsoring students for higher studies in reputed National/International Universities.
AIMYF will reserve appropriate funds for sponsoring deserving students of our community to acquire higher education in reputed National/International Universities. Screening committee will finalize names of students by selecting extremely efficient students.
9. Compilation of our entire Ginan literature of Barmati Panth and acquiring patent on discourses of Mamaidev. It will be done through calling learned Matangs and erudite people.
Our heritage of Barmati Panth Ginan literature is rich and varied but the same has not been compiled as on date. Different Matang Auvas and erudite people possess great collection of Ginan but it lacks orderly continuity. Therefore, AIMYF will initiate work of compilation of our entire Ginan literature through learned Matangs and erudite people and also acquiring patent on these discourses so that our ginan discourses are not stolen by any vested interests.
10. Organizing Ginan Classes for imparting our Barmati Panth discourses to willing students/persons through conducting periodic classes.
AIMYF will organize Ginan classes at various places to facilitate our community people and young students to learn discourses of Mamaidev for building moral character.
11. Formation of our own Cooperative Banks.
AIMYF will build, operate and manage Co-operative Banks through which various loans will be disbursed to our community people and other SC/ST community brethrens. If our people will operate Savings and Salary account in these Cooperative Banks, huge income can be generated, which will be ultimately utilized for the betterment of our Society.
12. Forming various Co-Operative Housing Societies for needy and poor people.
AIMYF will build, operate and manage various Co-operative Housing Societies. Through which low-cost houses will be constructed for needy and poor people of our community. Preference will be given to destitute people.
13. Disbursement of loans to poor people at a marginal rate of interest.
It is seen that many people are taking loans from moneylenders at high rate of interest to meet with inevitable expenses like marriage of one’s daughter, bearing unprecedented hospital expenses, etc. However, these moneylenders take undue benefit from these people by charging exorbitant rate of monthly interest. To curb this menace, AIMYF will lend loans to needy people at a very nominal rate of interest to safeguard our needy persons.
14. Creation of libraries.
It is said that library is a place of character building. AAIMDF will build many libraries of worthy books, so as to enable our community readers to acquaint themselves with exhaustive encyclopedic knowledge.
15. Personality Development.
AIMYF will organize Personality Development Classes from time to time, so that our youths can be taught intricate aspects involving Personality Development.
16. Competitive Exam Training Centre for imparting training to our youths for Banking/Staff Selection Examination and UPSC Civil Services Examinations.
As the SC/ST community is safeguarded by constitutional right of ‘Reservations’, our people can appear for UPSC exams upto attaining the age of 35 years. Despite this age relaxation, not a single Maheshwary Meghwar student has been able to successfully clear UPSC Final exams. Therefore, AIMYF will operate Competitive Exam Training Centre at District headquarter, so as to impart necessary coaching to our youths and other SC/ST community brothers for successfully passing Banking/Staff Selection Board competitive examinations and UPSC Civil Services Examinations.
17. Various programs for Health Awareness.
AIMYF will launch various health awareness programs for enabling our community to maintain healthy body and mind.
18. To avail maximum benefit from Central/State Governments as applicable to Charitable Organization.
AIMYF will work in such a manner that all the benefits of prevalent Schemes applicable to SC/ST communities will be availed from Central as well as State Governments.
19. To acquire Section 80-G Certification under Income Tax Act, 1961 for tax benefit to Donors.
As per Section 80-G of Income Tax Act, 1961, payment to any Charitable Organization is exempted from paying income tax to Government of India. AIMYF will ensure to get registration of Section 80-G from Income Tax Authorities facilitating our donors to get tax benefit.
20. Organizing our Federation’s National Convention every year.
AIMYF will arrange National Conventions every year so that our community people residing in every nook and corner of country can assemble at one place under one platform wherein important topics concerning development of our community will be taken for discussion. Learned speakers and renowned guests will be invited to grace the occasion. In the national convention, yearly events undertaken by Federation will be apprised and brain storming sessions for future activities will be discussed upon.
21. Forming Executive Bodies at Saurashtra, Jamnagar, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Mumbai and all places where our people reside.
After acquiring registration of our Federation, various meetings will be conducted at Saurashtra, Jamnagar, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Mumbai, etc. and efforts will be taken to include all our community brethrens under our Federation for practically making it a true National level Federation.
22. Talent Search – Selecting talented youths/persons of our community and providing them every help to hone talent.
AIMYF will form Talent Search Committees at various places to identify talented youths/persons of our community and efforts will be taken to provide opportunities to our talented youths in the fields of arts, science and literature thereby enabling them to excel in life.
23. Conducting Sports, Athletics, Arts & Entertainment events for our youths.
AIMYF will conduct Sports & Athletics events for our youths at District, State and National levels. Apart from this, promotion will also be given to Arts & Entertainment for overall development of our youths.
24. Updating history of our Religious Gurus and ensuring that their actual good deeds are properly recorded in the books of history.
It is observed that historians have not given proper place to our religious gurus. History of Kachchh owes much to Matangdev, Ludangdev, Mataidev, Mamaidev, etc. as the Jadaja clan was able to form their rule in Kachchh due to overall help and support extended by our great gurus from time to time. Despite this fact, historians are not highlighting sacrifice of our gurus in the books of history. As per our mamaidev’s Ginan discourses, Matangdev fought a fierce battle with Haiderkhan Pastan alongwith Abda Jiyani. However, historians are silent on many such historical facts concerning our religion. Book written by Rushbrook Williams ‘The Black Hills’, also did not mention great deeds of our gurus. Even the ‘Kutch Itihas Parishad’ is not taking concrete steps to provide proper place and respect to actual deeds of our religious gurus.
It is, therefore, decided that AIMYF will form expert committee of learned people for updating history of our Religion and Great Gurus and ensuring that their actual good deeds are properly recorded in the books of history.
25. Enabling our community to share views, opinions on various Forums and Assemblies organized by different Associations/Institutions at State, District, National and International level.
AIMYF will depute our community’s learned people to represent our religion in debates and seminars organized by reputed Associations/Institutions at State, District, National and International level.
26. Spreading message of ‘Dasond’ (donating 10th part of Income) implementation for collecting huge Religious Donations worth crores of rupees annually and disbursing 10% of its total collection amongst our mandatory Religious Head posts like Lalan Peer, Adh Peer and Paa Peer.
Almost every religion prescribes donating 10th part of income. Christianity calls it ‘tithe’, Hinduism calls it ‘dashamamsha’, Buddhism – dashans, Judaism – ma’aher, Shikhism – dasvand, Islam – ushr or zakat and the Ismaili Khojas calls it ‘Dasond’. This culture of tithe or tenth part of income was made compulsory for governing the religious rule. Long ago, people of all major religions understood this tax concept and accorded their consent for its implementation. Sikkhism also adopted this religious tax concept of keeping one-tenth of one’s income for spiritual purposes namely, ‘Dasvand’, which was initiated by the 10th religious Guru- Great Guru Gobind SinghJi. Similarly, Ismaili Khojas also calls this 10th part donation as ‘Dasond’, as we all know that their religion is in very close proximity with our Barmati Panth for some historical reasons.
Our Barmati Panth religion also contains this fundamental religious concept called ‘Dasond’. Lord Mamaidev Ginan stanzas of Dasond are as under:-
DHARAM TANI DASOND Na RAKHI,
AAROGIYE ASOORO ANN,
ADHARAM ME RE UTAAMNA,
MAMAIDEV BHANE – SE JIV GHARI GHARAK THIYANT.
Having regard to the above factual position, despite this great provision of generating huge funds, our religion lacks behind in generating this tax for religious governance. In fact, Mamaidev had kept mandatory post of ‘Lalan Pir’, ‘Adhh Pir’, and ‘Paa Pir’ which never leaves unfilled. As such, this tax contribution of 10th part of income can do wonders in our religion if it is made compulsory.
AIMYF will propagate this message of ‘Dasond’ implementation from all corners for generating huge funds. Out of which, 10% of its total yearly collection will be distributed to our ‘Lalan Pir’, ‘Adhh Pir’, and ‘Paa Pir’, so that they may lead a good illustrious life and the balance amount will be utilized for social development works of our community.
27. Forming Legal Cell comprising of learned Advocates to file and/or defend the interests of our community and Federation before various legal Forums.
AIMYF will form Legal Cell comprising of learned Advocates, so as to enable our Federation to file and/or defend the interests of our community and Federation before various legal Forums. Efforts will also be taken to secure legal aid from State and Central Government Schemes in this regard.
28. Arranging Counseling Centres at prominent locations for eradicating social evils from our community through psychological means.
Mental stress is a common illness nowadays. Due to which many unwholesome acts are occurring in our community. Instances of divorce, engagement break-up, suicide, etc. are occurring due to lack of proper guidance. In order to minimize these social evils, AIMYF will arrange Counseling Centres at prominent locations for eradicating such social evils from our community through psychological means.
29. Paying remuneration/Salary to unemployed youths who will be recruited/hired as teachers/trainers and other such professionals.
AIMYF will pay remuneration or salary to teachers/trainers/professionals of various proposed enterprises of Federation. By this way, our Federation will generate some employment opportunities for our unemployed youths.
30. Arranging Matrimonial Bureau facilitating our community’s boys and girls to select partner of their choice.
Finding a partner of choice for matrimonial tie is an important aspect in the life of Bachelors. AIMYF will arrange Matrimonial Bureau facilitating our community’s boys and girls to select partner of their choice.
31. Creating Old Age Home for destitute peoples.
All aged peoples are not blessed with good children. Some children do not give due respect to their parents. Many elder citizens of our community are living a very hard life. In order to provide them good shelter, food and basic amenities of life, AIMYF will build, operate and maintain Old Age Home for destitute elder people of our community.
32. Any other such social philanthropic activity or activities as may come to light from time to time.
Generating Income for Federation:
1. Annual Membership Fee of Rs.100/- from our members.
After detailed deliberations, it was unanimously decided that annual membership fee of Rs.100/- will be collected from our members. Efforts will be initiated to make as many members as possible.
2. Income generated through circulation of newspaper.
Considering our population of more than 2.50 lakhs in Kachchh, securing one lakh members is not impossible at all. Members of AIMYF will be our newspaper subscribers. If the cost of paper is Rs.2/-, Federation can generate Rs.2/- lakhs per day against one lakh circulation and income from advertisement will also be a good source of earning. It was therefore decided to give top most priority for circulating our newspaper and making as many subscribers as possible. Initially, this paper will be fortnightly and gradually it will be converted into daily newspaper.
3. Arranging Ginan Kathas at prominent locations.
Ginan Kathas will be organized by AIMYF at Taluka level and at prominent village locations through learned Matang Gurus and erudite Meghwar Kathakars, where people will be appealed to donate generously for materializing above charitable works.
4. Donations from wealthy peoples of our community.
Rich and wealthy people of our community and government employees will be approached for generous donations.
5. Arranging Charity Entertainment Shows for generating funds.
AIMYF will organize Charity Entertainment Shows by calling reputed Orchestra Party Groups for entertainment and generating funds for welfare activities.
6. Income from fees to be collected from our own School/College/Hostel, Cooperative Bank, etc.
After construction of our School, College, Hostel, Banks, etc., its income will be entirely utilized for social welfare activities.
7. Any other source of Income as may come to light from time to time.
It was unanimously decided to give top most priority to run our own community newspaper so that our unification message can be conveyed to one and all and it can also be made as our Federation’s good source of income at the initial stage. All the above developmental activities will be undertaken in phased manner depending upon funds available with the Federation.
After detailed deliberations, following Conveners/Co-conveners were nominated at Taluka levels:
Mr. Ashish Bherya, Commercial Pilot, Convener-Bhuj
Mr. Damji Muchadiya, Cyber Café, Co-Convener-Bhuj
Mr. Damji Dhela, M.A., Convener-Gandhidham
Mr. Nitin Jepar, Computer Institute, Convener-Naliya
Mr. B.D. Sinch, Talati – Convener-Naliya.
Mr. Amrut Vada, BA, LLB, ITI, MBA (HR), Convener-Mandvi
Mr. Khimji P. Sindhav, Government service, Convener-Anjar
The meeting ended with vote of thanks.