Ranchi, March 14: RSS chief Mohan Madhukar Bhagwat today preached the mantra of success and urged people to work selflessly to take the country to heights of glory.
The RSS chief was in Ranchi to participate in the silver jubilee celebrations of Ekal Abhiyan, a campaign launched by Friends of Tribal Society and other social organisations to eradicate illiteracy from the country.
Addressing a 40,000-strong gathering at Birsa Munda Football Stadium, Morabadi, Bhagwat said Ekal Abhiyan was launched as an experiment 25 years ago in Dhanbad to take the light of education to remote areas where government assistance could not reach.
“The mission has been successful and it can be replicated across the country to empower the downtrodden,” said the RSS chief, who was present when the Ekal Abiyan was launched.
As many as 5,000 schools — Ekal Vidyalayas — have been set up under the mission in remote areas across Jharkhand over the past 25 years, providing free education to tribal and poor children.
Further, the RSS chief urged everyone associated with the mission to remain immune to criticism as well as praise till the final goal was achieved. “Work with a strategy and dedication,” he added.
Bhagwat resorted to folklore to underline the importance of dedication and asked members of Ekal Abhiyan to focus on their work.
Former deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha and BJP candidate from Khunti parliamentary seat Karia Munda, state BJP president Ravindra Rai, Lohardaga sitting MP Sudarshan Bhagat, former Sisai MLA Sameer Oraon and former Assembly Speaker C.P. Singh were also present.
Earlier, processions were taken out from five different parts of the state capital that culminated at the stadium.
Organisers collected 50,000 food packets from households across the city and distributed among the participants.