JAMMU, July 5: Spiritual leader, Mohanji , who also heads the Mohan Ji Sewa Foundation along with others shared his nightmarish experiences of the Uttarakhand tragedy with the media persons here today.
Mohanji, along with Sumit Gupta, Sadasivan, Anand and Sajesh landed in the ITBP guest house at Joshimath when the disaster stuck.
Sumit said, “We have been very lucky. Despite rains, we were toying with the option to move on to Badrinath, which was our destination having some lunch on the way or to make a brief stopover at the ITBP camp at Joshimath to meet the hardworking, ever vigilant group of policemen and Mohanji chose the latter. It would have been a disaster for us, if we had moved on without stopping at Joshimath ITBP camp. Now, we realize that we were sent to the camp to save our lives and also to assist as we could do our bit in easing the pains of the soldiers and the rescued. “
Mohanji and the team, along with Commanding officer of the ITBP Battalion, Praveen Kumar Tiwari and his team visited the camp of the rescued and consoled the affected. Mohanji also conducted a meditation for the soldiers to ease their stress levels and overcome trauma. He also trained some of the ITBP staff to conduct stress release classes including meditation to their group members.
Mohanji said “The tenacity and commitment of ITB Police cannot be put into words. Many people lost their relatives, belongings and even vehicles. Many lost everything. The losses cannot be quantified. Many organizations and Government bodies have been involved in rescue operations or at least ferrying the rescued to safe locations. Some have been involved in providing food, clothing and medicines. But, most of them never reached where it should and also were perhaps sold in the market. Millions of rupees were given to the local Government. What have they done with it? We do not know.”
“Each State showed interest to rescue their own people, which I find quite ironical as life has the same value for all beings and India is supposedly one country”. At least in times of crisis, we should never discriminate, he added.
Sakshi Gupta, the President of Ammucare Charitable Trust commented “We have sent truckloads of materials to Uttarakhand from New Delhi. Now, we are focusing on adopting villages and taking care of all their needs, on a sustained basis.