Job Opening for ‘Executive Assistant to Trustee (Rahul Dewan), Srijan Foundation Trust’

Namaste,

I am looking for an ‘Executive Assistant’ to help me run our projects at Srijan Foundation better. As the title of the job suggests, this is NOT only a ‘secretarial job’; it is a job that requires a high-energy person with a huge hunger for success of our dharmic projects, and equally hunger for growth in development of one’s own career as well. A willingness to do secretarial jobs such as setting up calendars to having the discipline and high-energy required in organizing large scale events — is the ask from this job profile. Taking instructions and executing on it (with often the right amount of smart innovation) really well is a key aspect of this job. The job requires a very high amount of discipline, self-organisation and an ability to do grunt jobs day-in and day-out.

Job Description for ‘Executive Assistant to Trustee (Rahul Dewan), Srijan Foundation Trust’

  1. Write letters in English and Hindi (with equal flair)
    1. Write letters to various government departments and MPs on a host of issues. For example, the of nature of letters could be from extremely local issues (Delhi roads, Traffic Police, etc.) to issues of national importance (Religious conversion, lobbying for equal rights to Hindus, etc)
    2. Follow-up on these letters sent to ensure the govt departments and MPs send. To do this, the person has to be extremely self-organised and not require micro-management and spoon-feeding
    3. Write letters to social and civil society influencers such as journalists, TV anchors, spokespersons of political parties, others, educating them and sharing with them Hindu perspectives (including #HinduCharter) to raise their awareness, thus encouraging and empowering them (with data) to raise these issues in TV channels, newspaper articles and other social channels
  2. File RTIs for issues such as finding Hindu temples under govt control
  3. Build relationships with journalists (Hindi and English) around the country and organise meetups with them to introduce them to the #HinduCharter
  4. Send fundraising emails, newsletters or letters to setup meetings with donors in India including High-Networth-Individuals (HNIs) or CSR heads of various large corporations
  5. Assist (or lead) organizing #SrijanTalks events in Delhi (perhaps even spread them to other cities in India)
    1. Co-ordinate with Srijan Foundation’s volunteer teams to organize events
  6. Find and use volunteers for various tasks in this role
  7. Co-ordinate with Srijan Foundation’s social media team to bring/manage effectiveness in our social media. Also create tweets oneself on specific agreed topics
  8. Organise and mobilise people on WhatsApp/Telegram groups and via social media for specific events of interest to Srijan Foundation
  9. Coordinate with team members of all projects undertaken by SrijanFn to ensure roadblocks are removed (in co-ordination with Rahul Dewan and other Trustees)

Requirements: –

  1. Must be a strong, grounded and proud Hindu
  2. Must be an excellent writer, specifically, letters
  3. Have an equal flair of communicating in English and in Hindi
  4. Desiring to serve Dharma and the nation while earning a fair living doing so; not overtly career-minded; have minimalistic needs in life
  5. Preferably a good organizer
  6. Good verbal / oratory skills preferred
  7. Very disciplined and self-organised
  8. Demonstrated ability to work according to a calendar

To Apply: –

In order to apply for this job, please share 2-3 paragraphs note on yourself in English and Hindi and why you would want this job. If you write a blog posts or have written any articles in the past, please do share the links as well.

You may write to us at ‘support at srijanfn dot org

Our responses may be slow, hence please do not be impatient. If we like what you write, we will get back to you.

Location: – New Delhi.

About Srijan Foundation: –

Founded in Oct. 2006, ‘Srijan Foundation Trust’ is non-profit registered under the Indian Trust Act, 1882. We are exempted under 12A and 80(G) of the Income Tax Act, 1961. We encourage our donors to donate recurring amount of money per month instead of making one-time large donations. To make it easy for our donors we wish to have an online facility available for them to make such recurring donations via their Credit Cards or other payment methods such as UPI, etc.

Srijan Foundation Trust is engaged in many social projects directly and supports several Indian non-profits financially. It’s areas of direct interventions are:

  1. i) non-formal education for underprivileged children
  2. ii) creating content, including video, covering issues of importance to the Indian civilization specifically concerning our history

iii) spreading spiritual values

Further, Srijan Foundation Trust supports several non-profits and individuals working in areas of social and national importance.

About #SrijanTalks

‘Srijan Foundation Trust’ runs a YouTube channel and platform called #SrijanTalks. This platform enables Indic speakers to deliver lectures on history, knowledge and current issues related to the thousands of years old Indian civilization. Our speakers are mainstream academics from India or all around the world, researchers doing independent history research on Indian heroes, activists working for preservation of Indian civilizational knowledge and spiritual leaders.

We record these lectures, carry out high quality editing, and upload these on your YouTube channel for larger global viewership. Our lectures are currently held in Delhi and Bangalore. You may see the channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/srijantalks

We run these lectures in New Delhi on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 2pm to 6:30pm. We host 3 lectures during these hours. The venue is usually INTACH in Lodhi Estate OR in Ambedkar International Centre on Janpath. In Bangalore our lectures are organised somewhat adhoc at the moment.

About Rahul Dewan

Rahul is a tech and social entrepreneur. He founded and runs Srijan Foundation which runs non-formal schools as well as several Dharmic/Indic projects. Among the important projects of the Foundation is #SrijanTalks — a platform and YouTube channel for mainstreaming and spreading Indic civilizational ideas and retelling our history from our perspectives. The foundation also runs WayOfDharma.com which hopes to make spread Hinduism globally among western and a global agnostic audience by speaking to them in their respective languages. Rahul is a member of the #HinduCharter team, a newly formed group of activists which aims to lobby with the govt to bring in legislative change ensuring Hindu interests in India are protected and furthered. He is a daily meditator and a follower of Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev.

School of Happiness meets SurManjari

The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence…Denis Waitley

The future of children is shaped by the love and care that is bestowed upon them, the environment in which they grow up and the guidance and direction that are provided to them to develop and excel. However not all the children are fortunate enough to fulfill their dreams, nor find the best of circumstances to live the life of their dreams. For them, earning their bread and butter becomes the primary objective of their life and they are forced to help their parents very early in life.

These children also have a dream to fly high, they have their passion for arts and science but they hardly get the moral and financial support to pursue those. But there is hope; social organizations like Srijan Foundation and SurManjari strive to recognize the potential in these children and dedicate their time and resources in uplifting these children of the economically weaker sections of the society.

School of Happiness was started way back in 2001 in Kishangarh, New Delhi by Srijan Foundation, with an aim to nurture these little children and help them grow in their chosen area of interest. It is a non formal after-school which the children attend to develop their skills in English speaking, in extra curricular activities like music, dance, sports etc. The School also helps the children develop technical skills to cope up with the needs of the time.

The school has been participating and excelling in several events thanks to the hard work, belief and constant encouragement from Rahul Dewan, the founder of Srijan Foundation and Retired Army Officer Col Ramakrishnan who has been at the fore front of the School of Happiness.

It is with similar intentions that the Skill’UP’LittleMore project was started by SurManjari which happens to be the Social Welfare wing of Factorize.  SurManjari  is a Music Education and Music Therapy Foundation which offers music education and Applied Music and Rhythm Therapy [AMRT] to people of all ages and stages. Conceptualized by Ruma Chakravarty, the Skill’UP’LittleMore project is an effort towards the holistic development of children from the weaker sections of the society. This project is considering a few creative & self-development courses to get the children trained & certified in those courses from reputed institutes as per feasibility. In normal circumstances, these children may not be able to opt for those skills or certification. In the words of Ruma, “The idea is to open some possibilities for the children and give them a direction, which they might be able to extend to mainstream studies/ degrees or profession when they grow up”.

SurManjari’s first batch of students is from the School of Happiness whom Ruma Chakravarty proudly calls as ‘angels’. The classes started in June 2018 for a batch of 10-15 children. The classes happen on weekends and it takes tremendous effort both from the teacher and the students to keep the program going. The children are learning fast and enjoying it too. For them learning is fun and they love the time they spend at the school.

Only 4-5 months down the line they got an opportunity to recite the Durga Vandana on Durga Sapthami (7th day of Navratri) at the Minto Road Durga Puja, thanks to the enthusiasm  of Col Ramakrishnan and the efforts of Ruma Chakravarty.   The children enjoyed the event thoroughly and apart from the recitation participated in a few fun activities too. Post the event they had stories to tell to their friends and an experience to narrate. These kind of little exposures go a long way in building the confidence in children along with imbibing in them the love for their culture.

There is a long way to go for these children to get fully trained and certified in the Hindustani Classical Music programs but the day is not far thanks to the dedication of the students, the faith and patience of Ruma, and the continued support of Col Ramakrishnan.

These attempts at giving back to the society go a long way in shaping the future of the nation…kudos to those who spare a thought for the less fortunate.

Less Known Temples of Kerala – 3: Thirunavaya, Trippadam, Hanuman Kshetram

The three temples  are near one another and can be comfortably covered within two hours. ;    (between kottakkal & kuttipuram on Mangalore  – Cochin rd ‘ 19 km from kadampuza ). Ed visited these temples in June 2011. PS Roads in Kerala have innumerable turns , bends , forks, and junctions. Of course there are no sign boards where you need them. However people are helpful enough.

      Thirunavaya :

    Vishnu Kshetram on the banks of Bharatha Puza. It is approximately 19 Km from Kadampuzha. On the bank of the river steps have been built and maintained for convenience of pilgrims. Pitru Karma and kria ceremonies are conducted here, and many who are unable to go to Kashi or Gaya come here. You will also see many ladies performing ‘ tarpanam’, an unusual site, as normally it is the men folk who perform these ceremonies.

There is a seperate sanctum for Lakshmi. The story goes; when Adi Sankara visited this spot he found that people of the area were arrogant on account of the vast wealth they possessed.  He saw that the reason was living in the vicinity of the idol of Laksmi whose right hand with an open palm facing downwards was below the hip  level. This ensured that any one who prayed to her was showered with wealth, deserving or not. So Adi Sankara prayed to the mother goddess to revert to her normal abhaya hasta, which she did. This ensured that undeserving persons did not get wealth.

Across the Bharatha puza is a temple for Brahma. However there are no boats or bridge to cross over for a darshan of Brahma.

Trippadam ;

       Trikanangode ; Siva Ksehtram; Markandeya Moksha Sthalam

Markandeya was destined to live for only 16 years. When he found his parents sad and unhappy on the last day of life on earth he went to Trikanangode , the abode of Paramasivan, for help. He was chased by Yama dhootas and fled towards the shrine. The AAL  in front of the temple split and gave way and allowed him to pass.

Markandeya entered the temple premises and in to the sanctum sanctorum and embraced the the Linga and prayed. The Yama dhootas could not enter the area and went to complain to Yama who himself came on the scene and summoned the young lad to come out.  When Markandeya refused Yama who by then had grown angry and frustrated bloated as he was with the power he wielded over all beings, threw the the pasak kayaru at the boy. The noose wrapped around the boy and the the Linga. When Yama pulled the pasam the Siva Linga was displaced and out came Lord Siva himself , angered by the the action of yama who had dared to take away the life of his bhakta.

     It is said he covered the distance to Yama in three steps, and slew him with his trisulam. Then he went to the temple pond and washed away the stains . There is a temple at the original site and the three small temples depicting the three steps taken by Siva, near the present  main temple.

The main pujas in this temple are : Japa of Mritunjaya Mantram’, Uma Maheswara Puja ‘& Maha Rudra Yagna

Rama Temple at Alathiyoor

(12 Km from Tirur)

        It is a temple for Rama but over a period of time Hanuman has gained  pradhanam. There is a separate enclosure for Lakshmana.

     Here one will find a strange looking Hanuman idol, with hands folded and head tilted as if listening carefully. The sthala puranam Rama spoke to Hanuman personally and in confidence and gave him some special signs by which he could identify himself to Sita  as the special dhoota of Rama. He related to Hanuman incidents not known even to Lakshmana, who was standing at a distance. Hanuman with folded hands is listening carefully to Rama. The sight of Hanuman with folded hands and attentive demeanour cannot but bring tears in to ones eyes.

Inspiration:The Brave , the dedicated, and the simple ones

Inspiration.

A Housewife, A student, an old man, Auto rickshaw men.

All stories are real. How ordinary people do wonderful things.

Mother’s plight inspires daughter

Overcoming Odds, Domestic Help’s Child Scores 96.96% In SSLC Examination

New Picture (39)Shruthi Balakrishna | TNN

Bangalore: Sixteen-year-old Jhansi N bravely fought some battles to secure 96.96% in the SSLC exam this year. This soft-spoken teenager scored a stunning 606 out of 625. What makes the story even more remarkable is that this student of Martin Luther English School faced financial difficulties while preparing for the exam.

Her father Vasu works as a labourer and her mother Dhanalakshmi is a domestic help. Moved by her mother’s plight, this young girl decided to become an acheiver. “When my mother would come home, she’d look so tired. It would hurt me to see her work so hard. If I get a good job, she needn’t struggle like this in future,” she said. Her ambition is to become a cardiologist.

“I was little disturbed with the financial situation at home, but got over it and focused on studies,” she said.

She studied continuously for 8-10 hours a day during holidays. “Sometimes, I took breaks in between. I’d go for a walk but then too, I’d try to recall what I’d studied,” she said. As her parents were working, the quiet atmosphere at home helped her concentrate. Scoring centum in Maths was not easy.

“I found it difficult. I solved a lot of model question papers. I got one mark less for 97%,” she said.

Interestingly, she didn’t go for tuitions but studied on her own. “I won’t go for tuitions even for II PU. I’ll start preparing for the CET from I PU itself,” Jhansi said.

Though she doesn’t come from a strong academic background, she managed to excel in the exam. “I studied in a government school in a remote village in Andhra Pradesh. When I came to Bangalore I studied in a government school for Class 8 and 9 where there were no teachers.”
She loves reading including novels.

“Charles Dickens is my favourite author,” she said. Jhansi would also participate in co-curricular activities like debates and essay competition. She’s inspired by former President Abdul Kalam and read his book ‘Wings of Fire’.

“My mother is also my inspiration,” she said, with tears of joy in her eyes.
If you want to help her,
contact: 41643680/ 26569193

 

Almost 100,

he has the perfect recipe for a long, healthy life

New Picture (40)Vijay Singh I TNN

Mumbai: Watching an active Kashinath Ponde prepare his own tea and sing classical Bhavgeet on a harmonium, one can never guess that this former postmaster is 99 years old.

Ponde is perhaps the fittest nonagenarian in the country with a razor-sharp memory. He lives alone at his home in Solapur, and regularly travels to Mumbai and Pune to meet his sons and their families.

On Sunday, Ponde is throwing a bash in Pune to celebrate his 100th birthday. “There will be 200 guests. But there will be no birthday cake or candles, just good wishes and prayers of my loved ones,’’ he smiles. Ponde, who had voted during the first Lok Sabha elections in 1952, still has a clear vision, and can even read fine print without using any lenses.

“I remember I was posted in Akluj, district Solapur, in 1952 when the first elections took place. But I don’t remember who I voted for then,’’ he says. Over the last 57 years, Ponde has derived very specific conclusions on Indian politics and politicians.

“Over 90% of politicians today are in it for power, money and prestige; only 5% may be there for desh seva but they’re perhaps not elected,’’ he says.

Remembering the Indian leaders of his time, Ponde says he has seen stalwarts like Mahatma Gandhi and Nehru at Ahmednagar, Pune and other parts of the state before Independence.

“I also remember being very impressed by the oratory of Barrister Savarkar (Veer Savarkar) at public meetings in Pune; he had a terrific voice like that of a tiger,’’ he adds.

Born on May 10, 1910, Ponde completed his matriculation from Society High School in Ahmednagar in 1932. He even worked on farms and looms while schooling and joined the postal department in 1933. For the next 35 years, he was posted in several post offices in various towns and districts in the state. Surprisingly, the grand old man has maintained his weight through a simple yet disciplined vegetarian diet.
He walks ramrod straight, and even washes his own clothes. The only sign of ageing, perhaps, is that he is a little hard of hearing.

So what is the secret of his long life? “I used to walk four hours daily till five years ago. Then I cut down on my walking as my doctor-son advised me not to engage in such vigorous activity. I eat vegetarian meals, and my love for music keeps me happy and healthy,’’ he says.
Ponde’s diet normally consists of a chapati, rice, milk with crushed almonds in it, garlic and a vegetable or two.

“I never have aerated drinks, and never ever touch tobacco,’’ he asserts. His granddaughter Poonam Ponde, a Pune-based lecturer, says: “He keeps himself updated by reading newspapers, and has not forgotten his hard and frugal childhood. Grandpa still scolds us if we shop new clothes, as he remembers how hard it was to make cloth on a loom as a child nearly a century ago.’’

PONDE’S POINTERS

Never touch tobacco

• Be a vegetarian and have meals on time

• Walk, whenever you can

• Work honestly

• Make music a part of your life

Green gardener

In this weekly series, TOI honours the city’s unsung heroes who are doing their bit away from the public glare

New Picture (41)Anoop Jaipurkar | TNN

Waste management in the city, like anywhere else in the world, is a critical issue and needs immediate attention of not just the authorities but every responsible citizen. “Brazen neglect has resulted in dumping of tonnes of unsegregated waste at Urali and subsequent rise in pollution followed by falling health standards in the affected villages,” says Lalita Bhave, a banker, who has been creating awareness about waste segregation and decomposition of biodegradable discard for the last 14 years.

Bhave was always fascinated by greenery. So, she could never assimilate the fact that people need to be told about environment and its conservation. “I grew up in a surrounding where the need for nature and its preservation were imbibed in our psyche. And since my daughters have grown up the same way, I know, they will never feel the need for tutoring. It’s a civic sense,” she says.

Bhave’s affair with nature continued after marriage as she did a gardening course and started a plants library. Her interest in landscaping took her to a relative’s place where she saw a roof-top garden made by converting household waste into useful manure. “I decided that my terrace would also look the same. It was exactly a year’s effort. Hundreds of people have visited my garden since then.”

But she’s not the one to bask in self-glory. “The inspiration behind my effort was the desire to minimise the plight of rag-pickers, especially women, who spend most part of the day scurrying through garbage heaps in search of scrap that earns them as little as Rs 50 a day,” says Bhave.
For the last 20 years, the Bhave family has not let any trash go out of the house. Ask her an estimate of waste she has utilised at her roof-top terrace so far and she calculates it to over 10,000 kg. The city generates an estimated 1,000 tonnes of garbage a day. Imagine how much waste an estimated 6 lakh households of the city can decompose if they follow this simple methodology.
“Of course, those living in apartments do not have the luxury of maintaining a terrace garden. But the same decomposable waste can be put in flower pots in smaller quantities and leave left-over food for birds. The least one can do is just to segregate the waste. This will do a world of good not just for the municipal corporation but to the thousands of villagers in Urali-Phursungi who have been plagued by this unethical and inhuman dumping since last two decades,” she says. Bhave, who obtained a diploma in conservation of natural resources, has delivered over 150 lectures.

Recently, she suggested the PMC to formulate a plan so that the biodegradable waste can be dumped on barren land around the city to make it cultivable again.

Indeed, the ideas sound very simple and reasonable. However, the major stumbling block has been the lack of awareness, and compulsions on part of the civic body. “Segregating waste and recycling it to the extent possible should become a way of life so that we do not have to teach them to the coming generations,” she concludes.

Creating an oasis IN THE CITY

This group of autorickshaw drivers works to keep their surroundings green

New Picture (43)Lakshmi Kumaraswami | TNN

When you think of autorickshaw drivers, what automatically comes to mind is reckless driving and the endless arguments you have over fares and definitely not green crusaders. But this bunch of auto drivers have been working to green the city for the last one-and-a-half years.
It is common to find them hard at work on the patch of green on the dull grey pavement outside the Kilpauk Medical Hospital. This group of 25 began planting saplings on the pavement as the area which served as their auto stand became very unhygienic.

“Some of us have been here for at least 20 years and it was disheartening to see how dirty the place was, especially outside a hospital,” says K Mathivanan, secretary of the auto stand who took the first step in adding greenery to the pavement. S Jagan adds that it was very unpleasant as they were forced them to remain in such surroundings all day.

A year and half ago, they decided to do something about it. The pavement, which at that time didn’t have concrete but mud, was swept. “We drew out a patch of the pavement and replaced the mud with soil. We then brought in some saplings,” says M Hamsa. Initially, they were planting crotons and spinach but eventually moved on to jasmine, guava and karpuravalli (belonging to the mint family).

“We also nurtured a banana plant and some creepers that grow along the hospital’s wall,” Mathivanan says, pointing to the green vines scaling the compound.

They source their plants on their daily journeys as and when they see them. “We buy around two plants a month and try to have a variety,” says Ravi Kumar. The group has planted over 50 plants and take it in turns to water the patch. “Maintaining it can be quite difficult as people pluck leaves and even spit in the area.

It is very frustrating because after all the effort we have taken we want the place to look nice,” says T Sekar. They hope to erect a plastic fence shortly but are yet to raise funds. “As autorickshaw drivers we don’t earn much, so we try to put in whatever we can, be it Rs 10 or more,” says Mathivanan.

Since they started planting saplings, things at the auto stand have never looked better. In fact, an actual pavement has also been built around the green patch. “It feels good when the doctors compliment our work,” says Hamsa. W Santosh adds that these comments encourage them to nurture their patch of green.

“We plan to do this as long as we are here and will try to work on other dry patches in the area as well. After all, Kilpauk has given us so much. We would like to do our bit for the society by keeping the area clean and green,” says Mathivanan.
lakshmi.kumaraswami@timesgroup.com

Sikhs in Pakistan forced to pay Jizia

Heading back to the days of Mohammad Gazani, Ghori and Aurangzeb?

Sikhs pay Rs 20m as ‘tax’ to Taliban


Islamabad: Members of Pakistan’s Sikh community living in the Aurakzai tribal region have paid Rs 20 million as “tax” to the Taliban after militants forcibly occupied some of their homes and kidnapped a Sikh leader.

The Taliban had demanded Rs 50 million as ‘jizia’ — a tax levied on non-Muslims living under Islamic rule — but the militants finally settled for Rs 20 million.

After the amount was paid, the militants vacated the homes they had taken over and released Sikh leader Saiwang Singh, officials in the tribal region were quoted by a newspaper. The officials said the Taliban had announced that the Sikhs were now free to live anywhere in Aurzakzai Agency.

The militants also announced they would protect the community, saying that no one would harm them after they had paid jizia. Sikhs who had left the area would now return to their homes and resume their business, the officials said.

The militants had occupied at least 10 homes of Sikhs in Qasimkhel village on Tuesday. About 35 Sikh families have been living in Qasimkhel for many years.

The Taliban demand for jizia was resolved at a jirga or council held on Wednesday through the efforts of local tribal elders. The militants had said the Sikhs should pay jizia in accordance with Sharia or Islamic law.
PTI

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