Hedgewar Smruti Mandir (HSM) is a memorial in Reshimbagh, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India dedicated to K. B. Hedgewar and M. S. Golwalkar, who were the first two leaders of the Hindu nationalist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). It was inaugurated in 1962. It was granted tourism status on the recommendation of the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) in 2017, but this decision is mired in controversy
K. B. Hedgewar was the founder of the Hindu nationalist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS); when he died in 1940, his final rites were performed at the RSS headquarters in Reshimbagh,and an unassuming samadhi (memorial) was built there.It was inaugurated on 9 April 1962 (Varsha Pratipada)by M. S. Golwalkar who was Hedgewar's immediate successor.When M. S. Gowalkar died, his memorial was also constructed there. It is made of rare rocks, marble and mosaic.The Dr. Hedgewar Smarak Samiti, an independent society registered under the Societies Act, maintains the memorial.The training camps for RSS volunteers (Swayamsevaks) in 2017 and 2018 were organised on the premise of the memorial.
The Ecumenical Sangam, Nagpur is a charitable society founded in 1993 by a group of like-minded people whose common aim was to establish an organisation that would concentrate on community health and development in the rural villages around and in the urban slums within Nagpur.
The Sangam was registered under the Bombay Public Trust Act as well as under the Societies Act and is totally independent of any other organisation or denomination. The work of the Ecumenical Sangam is based on the following principles:
To work with people irrespective of their caste, colour, creed, race and sex
No help to target groups without their participation in cash or kind to lessen dependence and enhance inter-and independence
Sustainable development of the rural and urban societies
Networking with other non-government and government organisations as and when required
Self-sufficiency through generating own funds
Transparency of the Sangam's activities and accountability towards the public
From a rural Base Centre and 3 Sub-centres the Sangam is currently reaching out to 45 villages south of Nagpur. The Base Centre near Bamhani village is located 35 km south of Nagpur on Highway 7 and runs various long-term Skill-Building Programmes for the village youth, as well as Kindergarten classes and a Rural Health Centre. In addition, the Sangam runs a Counselling Cell for Women in Distress in the nearby Butibori Police Station which provides support to women facing domestic violence.
In order to reach out to remoter areas, where until recently hardly anybody has been active in the developmental field the Sangam runs three Sub-centres at Gondwananagar, Sawangi Burg and Narayanpur villages. Each of the three Sub-centres runs two Kindergarten classes for the village children, a Sewing Class for the young women and provides a comprehensive basic Healthcare programme run by the resident Trained Birth Attendant (TBAs) and Village Health and Social Workers (VHSWs).
In 2006, the Sangam started working in the urban slums around Nagpur and is currently running two Slum Centres in Saraswati Nagar and Sawa Nagar slums reaching out into fifteen slums with the objective of upgrading the basic health situation and providing empowerment through skill-building programmes.
The Indian Institute of Youth Welfare, Nagpur, is a development organisation which started its journey in the field of development in 1973, considering ‘Youth’ as a center point for development. In 38 years the Institute created history in the field of development, setting an example for NGOs and CBOs in the country. The institute is a regional organisation having its intervention areas in Nagpur, Chandrapur, Gadchiroli, Yavatmal and Akola districts in Maharashtra. The institute believes that young people, their benefactors, and others engaged in the process of social change and development, play a crucial role in shaping society and therefore the institute runs several need based projects, programmes and training courses. The Institute strives to reach out to the underprivileged section of society, with special focus on skills development and capacity building for youth, women and children.