Mumbai : The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) turns 50 this month and it has planned year-long celebrations across the globe, with a thrust on blood, eye and body donation campaigns along with their regular activities.

The VHP was founded in Mumbai on August 29-30, 1964 on the occasion of Krishna Janamashtami. To commemorate it, on August 16-17, 2014, the VHP has planned its main event coinciding with Krishna Janamashtami.

According to Champatrai, VHP’s international General Secretary, the main inaugural function, a public meeting at Shanmukhananda Hall on Sunday, Aug. 17, would be attended by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, RSS General Secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi and saints across the country would arrive here for the event.

The golden jubilee celebrations would end in Nashik next year during the Kumbh Mela.

“VHP has worked to end social evils like untouchability and unite Hindus for last 50 years. We have come a long way on this path and our efforts would be displayed through the year-long celebrations,” Champatrai said.

“Along with the public function on Sunday, in a two-day session, we would deliberate and introspect on the last 50 years and would also discuss the roadmap for the next 50 years,” he added.

Across India several thousand blood donation camps will be organised on Nov. 2, 2014, while there would also be awareness for eye donation and body donation. Plantation of traditional, indigenous trees would also be promoted, as part of the year-long celebrations. Apart from the awareness campaigns, ‘Hindu Sammelans will be organized in each district. In Mumbai such a ‘Sammelan’ will be organized on Dec. 14, 2014 and we expect over 200,000 people to attend the meeting, Champatrai said.

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