MARCH 2007 A Registered Newspaper of Shree Sanatan Dharm Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji NO.4
set for Nausori
The 48th Sanatan annual con-
vention and soccer IDC is all set
tion will feature sports competi-
tions between different branch
to kick off during the Easter teams during the day and this
weekend. will be complemented by heaps
SSDPS national president of cultural items in the night.
Surendra Kumar said that all The chief guest for this years
branches and affiliated bodies of convention will be Kanti Punja,
the Sabha has given the green who has been associated with
light for the biggest annual event the SSDPS for a long time as it’s
in the Sanatan calendar to be vice patron.
held at Saraswati Primary School “I invite all Sanatanis to unite
in Manoca Nausori from 5 – 9 in this grand event and demon-
April 2007. strate a true spirit of the teach-
“This years convention will ings of Sanatan.
be just as attractive and exciting This years theme is “Religion
as every other year,” assured Mr. – Light of life for peace,
Kumar. progress and prosperity.”
He said the Sabha has decided
to host the convention and IDC Flashback 2006...Indian High
at a school premises due to the Commissioner H.E. Ajay Singh
unavailability of Ratu Cakobau who was the chief guest
Park which was booked in ad- during last years convention
vance by another religious body. seen meeting senior citizens
Mr. Kumar said the conven- during the convention.
Ram Navmi message from Mr. Surendra Kumar, national
president of Shree Sanatan Dharm Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji
I wish to extend my sincere who actively participate in reli- No other character in the
greetings to all Ramayan gious activities such as Ram scriptures has been personified
Mandalis, Mahila Mandals and Navmi and other important with such perfect qualities in all
Sanatani’s who will be observ- events. aspects of life. He was a perfect
ing the festival of Ram Navmi ei- As we all know Ram Navmi is son, an ideal king, a true hus-
ther in their respective Manadalis celebrated to mark the birth of band, a real friend, a devoted
or homes from 20 – 27 March Lord Rama. brother and a noble enemy.
2007. Lord Rama stand out as the Carrying his bow and arrow,
As president of Shree most glorious of all characters Lord Rama symbolized alertness
Sanatan Dharm Pratinidhi Sabha found in scriptural literature. and readiness to fight against
of Fiji which is the largest Hindu In the Ramayana sage Valimiki iniquity at any time to establish
organisation in the country, it is and Goswami Tulsi Dass have justice and peace. May Lord Rama always
encouraging to see that there are symbolized Rama as an ideal of With these words I wish you shower his blessings upon us.
thousands of Sanatan followers perfection. all a happy Ram Navmi. Jai Siya Ram.
Kanti Punja appointed Kirtan nite
new patron of the Sabha
Lautoka businessman Kanti
The Shree Sanatan Dharm Brah-
Surendra Kumar praised Mr.
Punja who has been a pillar of Punja for his massive contribu- man Purohit Sabha Nadi
strength for the Sabha over a tion towards the development of Branch organized a Grand
number of years as its vice pa- the Sabha and the promotion of Bhakti Kirtan on 16th of De-
tron has been appointed as the Hindu religion as a whole. cember, 2006.
Patron of the SSDPS of Fiji. “We salute Mr. Punja for his The kirtan between Avinesh
Mr. Punja was unanimously support and look forward to his Chand and Ami Chand Sadhu,
appointed to the position during continued blessings and guid- both of Solovi Nadi was held
the national delegates meeting ance in steering the Sabha to at Prince Charles Park and the
held in Nausori on Sunday 11 greater heights,” Mr. Kumar said. main objective for organizing
March 2007. The Sabha also appointed a such an event was to bring
He succeeds Late Mrs. new vice patron Pt. Awadh peace and prosperity among
Sumitra Tribeni Maharaj who Narayan Sharma while hardware the citizens of Fiji.
passed away in March last year. tycoon Vinod Patel continues as The chief guest at the ceremony
Sabha national president serving vice patron. was the assistant secretary of
Nadi Town Council, Mr Anil
The strength of Kumar. Mr Kumar in his
speech said, that this kirtan
was one of the best organized
in Fiji. He urged the Sanatani’s
to continue organizing such
events in order to promote
The programme was also aired
live on Radio Fiji Two. This
enabled the people all over the
world to hear the talented
BY DEWENDRA PRATAP to collect funds for the purpose singers and have a glimpse of
of upgrading administration,
SYDNEY education, publicity etc.
our Sanatani’s as well.
Any organisation is as strong The organizing committee also
The authorities will need to thanked the sponsors, the
as the strength of its member- run leadership seminars for all
ship. Numerically we may be the audience, Radio Fiji Two and
national, branch and mandali to those who helped them in
largest organisation but are we leaders.
as strong as we should be? anyway to make the kirtan a
Ample attention has to be fo- great success.
A lot of work has to be done cused on youths and their de-
by the leaders to get all mandalis velopment.
registered with branches. May this convention be a
Financially we need to be success with the adoption of
committed to look for avenues some very positive resolutions.
Reigning champs....Cuvu, left, winners of the
Netball competition and Auckland, winners of the
soccer IDC last year. Avinesh Chand
EDITORIAL Sanatan Samachaar is a registered newspaper (#335)
Sanatan religion preaches equality for all. Our Sabha remains commit- of:
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“Religion – light of life for peace, progress and prosperity.” Skype:- sanatanfiji
Sabha clears NEWS
Maha Shiv Ratri
The auspicious day of Maha Shiv Ratri
was celebrated on Friday 16th Febru-
Devotees, worshiped Lord Shiva for
the air on
happiness and prosperity.
Free Community Service For The
The Shree Sanatan Dharm Pratinidhi
Sabha Nasinu branch organized a free
medical checkup service on 16th De-
cember, 2006 at Tulsi Tirath Mandir,
Lot 3 Nawanawa Road.
The service was provided by FSM’s
OPIC Department under the
HEALTY YOUTH, HEALTHY
The services included – blood dona-
tion, blood pressure, diabetes and
weight checkups together with free
The Nasinu Sabha president Pt. Vigyan
Sharma told the Samachaar that the
The Shree Sanatan Dharm turnout for the checkup was quite good
Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji has sus- and he has thanked the people of
greater Nasinu area for their support.
pended the officials of the He also thanked the blood bank, dia-
Sanatan Youth and Sports follow- betes group and finally the OPIC.
ing a delegates meeting held at “As Nasinu is a big area therefore, we
Nausori on 11 March 2007. are willing to organize similar medi-
cal checkups at about four venues next
The decision was taken after time,” said Mr Sharma. He urged the
the suspended officials tried to people of Nasinu to take full benefit
form a breakaway group and from such services as it is free and to
overrule the decision of the keep their health good.
Sabha. A mandali of Melbourne Australia –
The dissident group has been named Sunshine Satsang Ramayan
trying to host a rival soccer IDC Bhajan Mandali has generously do-
in Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka dur- nated a $100 Australian to the Shree
Sanatan Dharm Pratinidhi Sabha of
ing the Easter weekends con- Fiji.
trary to the decision of the Sabha The donation was received by the
to host the annual event in Nadi Branch president Ajay Kumar
Thumbs up...Fiji Football boss Dr. M S Sahu Khan, left, seen in while he was in Melbourne recently.
Nausori. The SSDPS of Fiji president, Mr
“This is a sad day for us be- this file photo with Ashok Balgovind. Surendra Kumar together with his
cause our own people are trying ten to the suspended officials of gious organizations never suc- members thanked the donor Mandali
to break the Sabha and create their decision and have ap- ceed and often find themselves and is hopeful and looking forward
pointed a group of hardworking in a very sad situation. that similar donations are given to
tensions amongst members,” the Sabha so that the needy are helped.
said Youth and Sports patron interim officials who have vowed The interim sports committee Free Local Fruit Juice Promotion
Mahendra Gosai who is also the to shoulder the huge responsi- is being headed by Ashok A free local fruit juice promotion was
vice president of the SSDPS of bility of organizing the event in Balgovind of Nasinu. conducted by the Nasinu Nari Sabha.
It was organized from 20 th to 23 rd
Fiji. Nausori. For sports enquiries, members November, 2006 and the schools
He said that after all avenues “We have the support of all can reach Mr. Balgovind on which benefited from this were -
to come to a common consen- our affiliated local and overseas email firstname.lastname@example.org, Fax Narere Sangam, Nakasi High and
sus was exhausted, a tough de- branches,” Mr. Gosai said. 3314882, Office Phone 3314883, Ahmadiya Primary School.
It is believed that the juice was dis-
cision had to be taken. He said that people who try Residence Phone 3392203 Mo- tributed to approximately 555 people.
The Sabha has officially writ- to create division within reli- bile 9990380.