India and Nepal: Brotherhood in difficult times

Indian army rescued nationals of 15 countries Indian army rescued nationals of 15 countries
29 Apr 15
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These are difficult times for Nepal. But every adversity presents humanity with an opportunity to rise above the odds and display the strength of love, compassion and unbendable human spirit.

The relief efforts by various organisations of India have shown the world that when it comes to Nepal, we're their blood brothers. After the devastating earthquake, the country's Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has said that the number of dead could be 10,000. In such times India launched Operation Maitri soon after the quake. In one of its quickest and most extensive responses to an international emergency, Indian government flew in rescue teams, medical supplies and relief material to Nepal.

Evacuation of people

India has helped evacuate from Nepal 170 nationals from 15 countries. Most were flown back on commercial and IAF aircrafts. These are expats from Spain, Poland, Czech Republic, the US, UK, Germany and France.

According to the UN, eight million people have been affected by the quake and 1.4 million are in dire need of food. The survivors are struggling to cope with scarcity of food and essential supplies.There is barely any time to mourn, in many places mass funerals were held.

Relief at the epicenter

The Indian Army has reached the epicenter of the earthquake at Barpak village, near Lamjung in Gorkha district of Nepal, to set up a base there as part of the relief work. The Army engineering taskforce with earth-movers has also opened up a road from Kathmandu to Pokhara to ensure relief material and equipment can now be moved to the interiors by road instead of just the air route.

Role of the RSS

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has sent senior leader Dattatreya Hosbole to Nepal to coordinate relief work with the Nepalese Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS). A group of 50 doctors went to Nepal to provide medical help. The doctors are part of National Medico Organisation (NMO) which is associated with the Sangh. The RSS has made provision for 10,000 tarpaulin sheets and same number of blankets to reach the victims. The Sewa Indiai and the Sewa International (both RSS affiliates) are not only prepared to send volunteers at short notice but have also solicited financial aid from the world over. The RSS, ready for selfless services, dispatched its volunteer and aid within no time. The volunteers are providing drinking water, food packets, clothes, temporary shelter, and medicines for the needy. The Sewa USA has committed 10,000 USD for Nepal Earth Quake relief operations.

Help by Baba Ramdev

Relief camps

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s health awareness camp has become a relief camp to serve those affected by the earthquake. The Patanjali camp is doing all it can to help the injured people. Baba’s health camp has become a life saver camp. The volunteers of Baba Ramdev have arranged blood donation camps to help the injured. People are given free medications and treatment in the camps. Baba Ramdev himself donated blood in the blood donation camp.

Adoption of orphan children

Yoga guru also adopted 500 children orphaned in the earthquake-hit Nepal and said he will render all possible help to them up to fifth standard. Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust will provide immediate accommodation to them along with education, housing, and food for free of cost. Baba Ramdev’s volunteers donated blood and his organization is offering food, drinking water, toilet and halt facility in his Yoga tent. Baba Ramdev’s organization has reached in 14 administrative zones and 75 districts of Nepal through 30,000 volunteers. In another such development, Shri Morari Bapu has offered donation of Rs. 51 lakh to Prime Minister’s relief fund.

VHP to rebuild houses and shrines

The VHP will provide free boarding and education to Nepalese kids who have lost their parents in the earthquake. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad would offer extensive support to quake-ravaged Nepal by helping to rebuild residential houses, temples and shrines which have been flattened by the earth quake. The VHP will also bring orphaned children from the country to India and provide for their education and upbringing at its numerous educational institutions spread across the country. The VHP has 150 residential schools, 50 orphanages in India which will help the Nepali children. The VHP organized street fund raising campaigns in many Indian cities to provide aid to earthquake victims of Nepal.

Other Hindu orgs
Morari Bapu immediately donated a sum of 5.1 million for the quake victims, similarly Divya Jyoti Sansthan of Ashutosh maharaj have extended financial help for the cause.

Efforts by Sri Sri's 'Art of Living'


Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of living centre in Kathmandu has been converted into a shelter camp following the earthquake. Over 500 people, who lost their homes, stayed there. The organization is providing food, shelter and other relief material to quake hit people. The volunteers of Art of Living-Nepal are on blood donation drives at Dir Hospital in Kathmandu.

Help by Indian army and Air Force

The Indian army is helping and treating the injured in makeshift tents. India has sent doctors, medical aid and other relief supplies in 13 military aircraft. Indian Air Force choppers have been carrying relief material to remote and inaccessible areas of Nepal and ferrying back this injured for treatment. India has sent army's Gorkha soldiers to quake-hit Nepal to help in relief and rescue work.

The Indian railways have distributed 722 free tickets to the needy. India has sent humanitarian relief to the remote villages as well.

India was the first to send in aid, with supplies starting within hours of the killer quake. Indian Air Force choppers have rescued many hundreds in sorties from the worst-affected districts. India has also set up a field hospital in Kathmandu and sent in its engineers to work on restoring road connectivity. The Indian Army will continue with its major relief and rescue operation till the situation becomes normal. The army has some 30,000 ex-servicemen in Nepal to help people.

Deployment of aircrafts

India has mounted a massive relief effort and has so far deployed 13 military aircraft, three civilian aircraft of Air India and Jet Airways, six Mi-17 helicopters, two Advanced Light Helicopters while two more Mi-17 choppers are kept in standby. IAF aircraft carried blankets, tents, tonnes of food, paramedics, stretches, and medicines.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

India is also sending Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to Kathmandu to map the destruction in Nepal and help rescue efforts. The UAVs will also help in locating survivors in half-collapsed buildings and can be used to look through balconies or windows for any trapped victims.

Help from Indian companies

Employees at Godrej Industries will contribute one day's salary for the quake victims and also assist in rehabilitation and reconstruction work. Beverage maker Coca-Cola sent 10,000 cases of 1-litre Kinley water bottles to Nepal and is working out ways to provide water to the affected areas.

The Mahindra & Mahindra Group has asked its local distributor in Nepal to offer the company's tractors and pick-up vehicles to the government for rehabilitation work. Dabur's subsidiary in Nepal has supplied packs of juices and glucose to the survivors in Nepal and is also offering healthcare through a dispensary it runs there.

The biggest trauma centre in Nepal, which has been flooded with patients since Saturday’s earthquake, was opened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nepalese PM Sushil Koirala in November last year.

Field hospitals and engineering teams

A 45-bed hospital and three field hospitals with 18 medical teams are functional in different areas. Twelve engineering teams with heavy equipment, including earth moving equipment, are also headed to Nepal to clear roads and tonnes of debris.

Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund

This fund is directed towards providing immediate relief in case of natural disasters. This will go towards helping Indian citizens stranded in Nepal, as well as compensation to the kin of those killed by the quake in the country.

Around 110 buses are enroute for Kathmandu for further evacuation of people. Around 4000 Indians have returned to India via road.


With big calamities come big rumors

1) There were rumors that RSS has sent 20k swayamsevaks to relief ops. RSS saw the rumors and clarified that a large number of swayamsevaks are on site indeed, but not such an exaggerated number.
2) It was rumored that movie star Akshay Kumar will donate 1st days earnings of his upcoming movie for the quake relief. He can't do so because he is not the producer for the movie, it not hsi decision to make. However, he's reiterated that he doesn't need to wait for his movie release to do his bit for the people. He's doing what's needed of him.
3) There were rumors that Gideon org was rushing 100k Bibles to the quake zones so the hungry and injured can receive the gospel. It was supposed to be humor published by a satire website. In reality, Gideon already has working printing presses in Nepal and they've 200k copied ready to be distributed so the hungry and injured can receive the gospel.

As an aside, one can observe that organizations like RSS, VHP and many Hindu saints are ridiculed by the Indian left. But at this crucial time they are doing great work for the cause of humanity. Unfortunately, no mainstream Indian media house is covering their efforts in the devastated Nepal. Earthquake scenes are being repeat telecasted but no mention is made of these Hindu organizations doing great service there (that too without any motive of conversion). 
Political parties like AAP as well as leftists who have dominated Indian media houses are nowhere to be seen in these times of crisis. They're there simply to scrutinise others, not to work themselves.

Neverthelsess, they shall be made to account for their deeds later. This is the time to make sure we do all that's needed of us, for Nepal. The people of India wish them best and pray for the well being of their Nepalese brothers.


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