Hindu religious organization BAPS mobilizes to help Indians stranded in war-torn Ukraine
In another humanitarian initiative for Indian students stuck in war-torn Ukraine, volunteers from BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha Temple in the UK, Ireland, France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Austria and Poland rushed to help with emergency rescue. on the ground. Relief efforts include establishing a mobile field kitchen in Rzeszów, the metropolis in southeastern Poland.
Call for help from Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi contacted Brahmaviharidas Swami at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 27, requesting assistance from BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha to ensure the safe passage of Indian nationals across the Polish, Romanian and Hungarian borders with Ukraine.
Thousands of Indian nationals, mostly students, were stranded because of the war. Brahmaviharidas Swami, a disaster relief veteran, attended an emergency meeting in Delhi via video conference from Dubai. Brahmaviharidas Swami reassured Prime Minister Narendra Modi that help was already on the way after expressing his sadness over the refugee situation.
“We have already been instructed by His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj to mobilize BAPS volunteers from all over Europe,” Swami said.
As the situation worsens, BAPS is arranging shelter and coordinating medical assistance, and is working closely with the Indian government and local partners to strengthen humanitarian activities.
Vijay Kumar Singh, former Indian Army Chief of Staff and current Indian Minister of State for Transport and Civil Aviation, witnessed the hard work of volunteers in Rzeszów firsthand. Praising the organization’s efforts, he said, “BAPS has always been at the forefront of community service, being the first to arrive and the last to leave. The people of India are indebted to your swift, selfless and organized action.
Shailesh Bhavsar, a senior volunteer with BAPS Paris, added: “The situation in Ukraine is desperate and tragic. The priority is to support those seeking refuge by providing them with food and shelter. We work closely with transport networks and logistics agencies to ensure the safe and timely delivery of essential services to those who need them.
BAPS volunteers are inspired by the philosophy of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, who personified the motto “In the joy of others lies ours”, and there has perhaps never been a more opportune time to embody this selfless spirit of public service by meeting the basic needs of those who have been hard hit by the conflict.