Monday, June 3, 2013
Haryana CM Bhupender Singh Hooda concluded his appearance at the AISCCON conference with a surprise announcement of a large personal donation of 10 lakhs to the confederation to help it develop its program.
Hooda said, furthermore, that the Haryana government has undertaken numerous different programs for the benefit of the elderly, through which they can both get self respect and also make a living. “All Indians should be ready to give up their lives for their mothers and the motherland.”
He said that the elderly might be physically weak, but their experience and blessings are powerful. We are able to face life’s greatest difficulties by making use of their experience. “Those who don’t respect the dignity of the elderly can never make progress,” he said. “Our forefathers suffered all through their lives and even went to prison so that the light of freedom could shine for us. We must show respect for their heroism.”
The local MLA Pradeep Mathur said that old age is that last stage of life, when people are in fact most needed by their families. But due to current conditions they are being left on their own. “The time has come when under the leadership of this institution the elderly throughout the country get organized and become strong so that they can get the respect they deserve.”
Confederation director R.N. Mittal said that the life of the elderly is the result of a long struggle, which results in an experience by which society can take direction.