Ramakrishna Mission Opens Door for LGBT Community Amidst Lockdown

As the whole world is fighting the Pandemic COVID19 and to contain the virus, India is passing through nationwide lockdown with partial relaxation. Along with the efforts of the government, many civil society organization has come forward to help the needy on the streets without food and shelter. Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Golpark along with serving the needy, also served 22 people from the LGBT community.

Speaking to News Sense, Swami Tattwatitananda, of RMIC said, “we have distributed food and grocery items to 22 members of the LGBT community in the area. We have started our relief work on 30th March 2020 and will continue to serve until the lockdown gets over. So far we have reached out to 8000 families in and around Kolkata particularly in South Kolkata“.

The Ramakrishna Mission is also providing logistical support to the Corona warriors. It has made arrangements for food and accommodation for 26 health workers doctors and nurses in its guest house at Belur Math. These doctors and nurses are treating patients at TL Jaiswal Hospital, which is 2 km away from Belur Math, the Headquarter of Ramakrishna Math and Mission. 

If we turn the pages of history, we will find that during the late 19th-century plague outbreak in India, specifically in Bengal, the earliest manifesto was published and implemented by Swami Vivekananda and Ramakrishna Mission, one of the oldest social organization of the country founded by the global monk to safeguard the local communities from the idiosyncrasies of a hitherto lesser-known epidemic! 

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