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EIGHTH DAY FAST UNTO DEATH to demand end to illegal mining in Ganges. Govt least concerned.

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In order to save the pious Ganges from the incessant pollution and increasing illegal and arbitrary massive scale mining on the banks of the Ganges falling under the jurisdiction of Uttarakhand periphery, a septuagenerian Saint of Haridwar, Uttarakhand is on an indefinite hunger strike at Maatra Sadan Ashram in Haridwar demanding immediate ban on illegal or licenced mining leading to gigantic profits to the mining mafia allegedly conducting the business unabatedly in collaboration with those at the administrative and political helm in Uttarakhand.

Today was the eighth day of the saffron clad septuagenerian saint’s fast unto death who is demanding total ban on mining in the Ganges being arbitrarily carried out since long despite infinite protests by the environmentalists, social activists and the regional political parties but of no awail.

According to the saint Gyan Swaroop, the massive and unprecedented mining in the Ganges has resulted in affecting and creating bottlenecks in the smooth and seamless flow of this pious river thus leading to environmental degradation and playing with the natural flow since ages.

It may be recalled that two years ago similarly another prominent saint of Haridwar Swami Nigmanand died after undertaking 74 days hunger strike demanding permanent ban on illegal mining.

In the meanwhile neither the chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat nor any of his cabinet colleague or the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has taken note of this indefinite hunger strike of this fasting septuagenerian saint despite the fact that on 27th/ 28th June the veteran RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat was in Haridwar in a meeting of all the eminent saffron clad saints convened by him to discuss issues pertaining to cleaning of pious Ganges and matters relating to spiritualism and propagation of their traditional thought process of Hinduism.

The chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat visited Haridwar today to seek the blessings of RSS chief and said on TV cameras that it was merely a courtsey call and nothing else but did’nt get the time to meet the saint on indefinite hunger strike.

While speaking to the scribes saint Gyan Swaroop said that he will not relent and rather prefer to die for the cause of clean Ganga and demanding immediate stoppage to the massive illegal mining in and on the banks of the pious river.

Sounds shocking that despite the prime minister Narendra Modi’s flagship programme of cleansing the Ganges and his special impetus on completing the clean Ganga project at the earliest the political CEO of Uttarakhand or his cabinet colleagues or the RSS chief had no time to visit Matra Sadan and appeal to the fasting saint to give up the 8th day indefinite hunger strike.

It may be recalled that the prime minister Narendra Modi had always been deeply concerned about cleaning the highly polluted Ganga and has even made a separate Ganga Rejuvenation ministry with a whopping budget of about 20000 crores.

Not only this but the previous Congess government led by Harish Rawat also suffered a severe defeat (blow) on account of the government allegedly favouring the mining mafias despite a widespread opposition from the people of the state as well as the BJP which was in the opposition then.

Sources reveal that majority of the mining contracts have allegedly been offered or sanctioned to contractors close to the politicians at the helm or to their near and dear ones’. The mining is so rampant that the natural resources are being extracted at free of cost but being sold for construction activities in and outside the state earning handsome profits thus affecting badly, the seamless flow of the river serving the entire country and its populace for drinking and irrigational purposes.

The moot point is : Would the saint on infinite hunger strike at Matra Sadan, Haridwar meet the same fate as was the fate of Swamy Nigmanand two years ago? A big question mark indeed.

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Shame on we Delhites?

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Polluted city Delhi worst to live in. Watch school going children wearing mask while going to school early morning.

SHAME ON WE DELHITES ?

Despite the stringent directives of the Supreme Court of India restricting Delhites to use fire crackers only for two hours from eight to ten PM on the Diwali day i. e. today the 7th of November, hardly had an impact to any extent in controlling the sound and fire cracker pollution emanating toxic gases adding to the already existing pollution in the capital city of India, Delhi and its surroundings, the national capital region viz Gurugram, Noida etc.

Deepawali is the most ancient festival of the majority community in India and worldwide where ever the Hindus live celebrated with utmost gaiety and fervour.

But the increasing global warming and the worsening climatic conditions and environment due to the rapidly and multiply enhancing pollution due to green house emissions, pollution from construction activities, stubble burning in Haryana n UP flouting court’s orders , factory emissions, emmisions from the 80 lakh odd vehicles in Delhi including thousands of Diesal trucks that pass through the Delhi territory, emission through millions of air conditions during the summer and of course the Diwali emissions that breaks all records, have finally compelled the Supreme court issue directives curtailing fire cracking limit on Deepawali for just two hours from 8 to 10 AM.

I personally kept a tab to watch whether the Supreme court’s moratorium on fire crackers would be abided by the citizens of Delhi or not. I was however satisfied that till 10.20 PM atleast 65 to 70 percent of the people stopped using fire crackers with thirty percent still busy defying the court’s order.

Being the festival season it’s next to impossible for the police personel and the department to curb this menace fully as it has to deal with serious crimes as well and the staff too is on Deepawali holiday.

It’s actually the people who are to be blamed. Sounds shocking and worrisome that majority of the population of the capital city is educated and well aware of the apex court’s orders as well as the anguishing situation of the enhancing pollution levels leading to various hazardous deseases taking place and causing unparalleled harm to the patients of critical illnesses, heart deseases, patients of lung infections, asthmatic patients, patients inflicted with tuberculosis and cancers etc but the rich and influential are still showing their money power and hostile prestige in exploding more and more fire crackers not only des – respecting and openly flouting the court’s orders but also making thousands of Delhites die of various pollution oriented physical n mental disorders.

Just about two weeks’ ago the Air Quality Index was the highest to 426 PM 2.5 in the capital making peoples’ lives hell to respirate and live comfortably.

Just imagine what will happen after Deepawali when thousands, even lakhs of tons of fire crackers emanate unacounted amount of pollution in our environment already having become toxic and not prone for healthy living.

Now enough is enough. For God Sake give up the crackers, once for all. Now its 45 minutes over 10 PM, I could easily hear fire crackers being exploded again with full speed and against the open dereliction of the Apex Court’s orders. Shame on we Delhites. The Supreme Court of India should take suo motto cognizance of this violation and call the chief secretary Delhi and the Delhi Police Commissioner to respond on this?

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First Swamy Nigmanand and then Swamy Swarupanand ! Will these sacrifices be really honoured? Would Ganga be cleaned ?

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Late Swamy Swaroopanand and late Swamy Nigmanand

Sounds completely irrational, callous and unjustifiable that on the one hand the government of India talks so much about cleaning the Ganges, (which is of course highly appreciable) by way of allocating over twenty thousand crores in phases on the other hand, a seer and a crusader fighting for saving the Ganges from the illegal miners demanding ban on mining and hydro power projects on the banks of the Ganga to ensure its regular and smooth flow is allowed to die and the minister of the environment, the secretary environment and even the chief minister of the state do not find time to know about his environmental concern n the health of Ganga including his own who’d been on fast unto death for the last 111 days at Matri Sadan Ashram Haridwar finally letting him die of Cardiac arrest due to various serious complications, particularly after he gave up consuming water a day or two before his tragic death.

The union government and the prime minister Narendra Modi had been appreciably, personally taking keen interest in the clean Ganga and rejuvenation plan since he came to power at the centre and had also specifically created a separate ministry for the cleaning and rejuvenation of the Ganga which was his long cherished dream.

The previous minister of the Water resources and Ganga rejuvenation ministry, saffron clad Uma Bharati was shunted out from the cabinet during the last reshuffle for not being serious on clean Ganga mission.

In addition to this, the prime minister Narendra Modi and union minister Nitin Gadkari had been making several announcements about the save Ganga mission’s success and introduction of several waterways, improvement in Ghats, installation of sewer treatment plants, closing of polluting factories along the Ganges and cleaning of the Ganges in a phased manner etc to the people of the country and also enhancing the budget from the initial five thousand crores to 20 thousand crores.

But it sounds anguishing and shocking that despite so much of its concentration on cleansing of the Ganges and allocation of such a huge budget not only has the previous Congress and BJP governments have allegedly given affidavits in the Apex court through the union environment ministry in favour of large dams in Uttarakhand thus effecting the health of the free and smoothly flowing rivers but will also in the due course lead to eruption/ occurance of massive ecological disasters.

Above all, the precious life of the crusader to save the pious Ganges which has now become excessively polluted, could not be saved unambiguously showing the callous and indifferent attitude of the union environment ministry and the concerned minister in not responding to his demands and health issues.

First the death of merely 34 year old Swamy Nigmanand Saraswati in 2011 in Uttarakhand after 115 days of fast unto death and thereafter the death of a professor of IIT n member secretary, Central Pollution Control Board turned saint due to the 112 days protest fast demanding ban on hydropower projects and mining in and on the banks of the Ganges to keep it clean, smooth in flow and healthy have indeed shed a doubt on the integrity and earnestness of the authorities concerned as well as the NDA government towards the noble cause of clean Ganga.

It may be recalled that late Swamy Gyan swaroopanand had thrice been on protracted hunger strikes in 2009 and 2014 demanding scrapping of the two big dams in Uttarakhand in which the government had to finally relent and cancell viz 380 megawatt capacity Bhairon ghati power project n 480 megawat Pala Maneri project . In 2014 too he undertook 115 days hunger strike against the governments inactivity in the National Ganga River Basin Authority. Similarly late Swamy Nigmanand too undertook 67 days hunger strike at Haridwar in 2007 for end to mining and excavation of natutal resources from the Ganges.

What’s your take friends?

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Swamy Gyan Swarupanand no more, dies after 111 days hunger n thirst at AIIMS. Was demanding ban on illegal mining in the Ganges.

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Swamy Gyanswaroopanand aka GD Aggrawal, eminent environmentalisi

There is a very shocking news. It is very sad and unfortunate that an eminent environmentalist and the relentless fighter for preservation and protection of the ecology of the Uttarakhand himalayas whose entire life has been dedicated for the water, forests and land conservation including his relentless fight against big dams, professor GD Aggrawal aka Swamy Gyan Swarupanand has left for his heavenly abode after 111 days of fast unto death, stopping even consuming water after he was forcibly addmitted at All India Institute of Medical Sciences in view of his badly deteriorating health condition.

Professor Dr. Swami Gyan Swarupanand a highly enlightened and qualified saint on the environmental issues of Himalayas n the country , had been continuously protesting by being on fast unto death in his Haridwar Ashram Matr Shree for the last three months and 20 days against the illegal or legal mining in the pious Ganges demanding immediate ban on the illegal/ legal mining in the Ganges, construction activities around its banks, against the contruction of big dams and arbitrary felling of trees.

Unfortunately the vision less politicians and those at the helm of affairs in Uttarakhand and at the centre, including those at the helm of the environment ministry never bothered to give attention to late Swamy’s views and demands finally allowing him to die in such a precarious condition.

Prior to Swamy Gyan Swaroopanand, Swamy Nigmanand has also died out of hunger for 115 days at the mere age of 34 years during the regime of BJP on the same demands as of now, on 11th June 2011 at Jolly Grant Hospital at Rishikesh where he was forcibly lifted from the Anshan sthal due to the deterioration in his health condition.

The chief minister had been to Haridwar a few months ago in a Sant Sammelan but never bothered to visit the hungry and ailing swamy for the betterment of the ecology of the hills and maintaining the smooth flow of the Ganges.

Dr Agarwal has served as a faculty member of IIT Kanpur, was the Central Pollution Control Board Member Secretary and also a guiding force for pressurising the CPCB in taking tough action against industrial and urban polluters, and ensure that our rivers flow freely and remain healthy. He inspired thousands by his ascetic life and dedication to environmental causes.

Had the government of the day in Uttarakhand and the centre which boasts so much of protecting the interests of the saints n saffron robed swamys taken care of the demands and health of Swamy Gyan Swarupanand he would not have died after 111 days of hunger n thirst.

Such a callousness on the part of the authorities and leaders concerned for an environmentalist of eminence is something never heard of before. How can a precious life of such an enlightened environmental activist be allowed to perish due to the negligence of our political masters sitting at the helm of political and administrative dispensation is a moot question? May the Almighty give peace to his soul.

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Prof Upendra Rao of JNU addresses Latvia convention and university students about Sanskrit n Indic studies and Budhist philosophy

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Professor Upendra Rao of JNU addressing students in Latvia, Riga

The leading professor of Sanskrit and Pali. School of Sanskrit and Indic studies at Jawahar Lal Nehru University Professor C. Upendra Rao has been sent by the government of India to the Latvian university in Riga on 9th October for delivering lectures on various topics of Indic studies. Professor Rao had been privileged to have been specially invited by the Latvian parliamentary member Dr. Romualds Razuks with a request to deliver lectures in the Parliament annexe of Latvia on the significant subject of world peace and India’s contribution in attaining this goal as a major country being the largest democracy of the world.

In addition to the invitation from the Latvia member of parliament professor Rao also acknowleged invitation from the university of Latvia in Riga to address students and the faculty members on various significant topics viz : Introduction of Vedanta with reference to Dvaita, Advaita and Vishistadvaita. Apart from this he would also lecture on Budhista philosophy with reference to twelve link’s chain of the dependent origination / Pattichda- Sammuppada including on topics such as Introduction on Sankhya philosophy, Kalidaasa and his smiles, figures of speeches used in Sanskrit poetries and the role/ contribution of Pali literature in understanding the Indian culture.

It may be recalled that Prof. Dr. C. Upender Rao, is currently serving as a Professor of Sanskrit and Pali in School of Sanskrit and Indic Studies, at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

He was Chairperson of Centre for Sanskrit Studies at J N U. He was Visiting Professor on ICCR chair in Cambodia and was teaching in Buddhist University in Phnom Penh. Prof. Rao has edited and authored 20 books.

At present he is working on various Indological issues in south East Asia. He recently presented his paper in Vietnam on Indian Culture in Sanskrit inscriptions of Cambodia. His recent (August, 2018) presentation on ‘Akshara purushottama philosophy’ in WAVES
conference held in Dallas, USA was applauded by many scholars.

In the month of April this year he had delivered lectures in two universities in Lithuania. He also presented his peace
lecture in Lithuania Parliament annexe. He was a visiting professor in National University of Keiv Mohyla Academy, at Keiv in Ukrain, and L. N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University, Astana, Kazakhstan and taught Sanskrit language and Buddhist philosophy in these places.

In the month of April, 2018 he delivered various speeches in Lithuania including his main speech in the annex of Lithuanian parliament. He taught Sanskrit in the month of June, 2018 in Hue Quang Buddhist monastery of Hociminh city of Vietnam.

PROFESSORRao apart from being the HOD OF SANSKRIT AND PALI,
SCHOOL OF SANSKRIT AND INDIC STUDIES, JAWAHARLAL NEHRU UNIVERSITY and former VISITING PROFESSOR OF SANSKRIT AND BUDDHIST STUDIES ON ICCR CHAIR IN CAMBODIA was also the CHAIRPERSON OF SPECIAL CENTER FOR SANSKRIT STUDIES, JNU, member of executive, court and academic council.

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Tips to select the right career for you

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Selecting the right career may be a confusing and frustrating process. But selecting a career is an important decision. So it is wise to consider all factors before you make up your mind as you wouldn’t want to regret your decision later. Here are a few tips to help you choose the right career:
Make up your mind
If you are interested in a writing career, then make sure you are passionate about it. Be prepared to spend your time and energy in writing articles or blogs or whatever interests you. Make up your mind after weighing the pros and cons of a career. Always choose a career that makes you happy and where your talents are utilized.
Consider the job market
It is very important to consider the job market when you are deciding about your career. Study the job market and find out about the hottest jobs. Do some research and see which kinds of jobs are likely to be in demand in the future. This is important as you do not want to enter the job market with skills that are no longer wanted.
Prerequisite requirement
It is important to be well-trained and prepared for a certain career. Make sure you have the required skill set and education that a certain career demands. Be prepared to do some hard work and ensure that you have enough or more skill set or education to move up in the career ladder.
Realistic expectations
Not every job pays you so well that you end up buying a villa for yourself. It is important to have realistic expectations about the type of remuneration you may receive for the job. A career in teaching may not be lucrative. But a job in the IT industry may provide you a better pay. So make a wise decision by taking into account the pay and your personal preference.
Career assessment testing
Seek the guidance of a career counsellor or an academic advisor. You may be able to make up your mind when you talk to a counsellor. Consider taking a career assessment test to identify a career that suits you the most.
Remember that choosing the right career is an extremely personal decision. Weigh the pros and cons of a career before taking up a job. Decide what suits you the most. Once you have chosen a career, then you ought to equip yourself with the required skills by undergoing some form of training so that you succeed in your career.

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ON THE 40TH DEATH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GREATEST REVOLUTIONERY FREEDOM FIGHTER INDIA – VEER CHANDRA SINGH GARHWALIJI

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ON THE 40TH DEATH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GREATEST REVOLUTIONERY FREEDOM FIGHTER INDIA – VEER CHANDRA SINGH GARHWALIJI

There are very few people in history who are born for the country and the society, not for themselves or their families. There entire life remains the chapter of relentless struggle and the bed of thorns.

Such people never aspire for comforts, luxuries, power, positions and money but despite being applicable for everything, prefer the toughtest route of struggle n sacrifice. They believe in making history despite all odds n keep themselves prepared to confront the worst in life.

Such was the most valuable legend in Indian history known as Chandra Singh Garhwali, a revolutionery freedom fighter and a committed patriot whose entire life and the initial one and a half decades were spent in solitary confinement in the Pakistan’s Abattabad prison n thereafter in Naini Jail for defying the clear orders of the then British officers’ like Genl Rickett in Peshawar, Pakistan in 1930, refusing to fire on the unarmed Pathans and feeedom fighters opposing the British rule tooth and nail, while fighting for the independence of India which was then stretched till Afghanistan n Pakistan.

TODAY IS THE 40 th ANNIVERSARY OF THIS HIGHLY REVERRED LEGEND, POPULARLY KNOWN AS VEER CHANDRA SINGH GARHWALI which is commemorated in Uttarakhand as well as in various parts of the country by his ardent followers and the government of Uttarakhand.

A most valiant soldier n a dedicated freedom fighter late Chandra Singh Garhwali led his entire life as a commoner for values, principles and ethics not deriving a minutest of the political miliage or economic benefit for himself or his family with not his single son getting a government job or other benefits throughout their lives, who are also unfortunately no more in this world, leading his fourth generation to still fight the war of their scarcy existence after being handed over the eviction notice by the Uttar Pradesh government from Haldukhaatu, Bhavar, Kotdwar Garhwal when they had been living for decades and surviving in their own under distressed circumstances on few acres of land sanctioned by the then government under lease of 99 years.

Born on 25th December 1891 in a modest village Masau in Thalisain block of Garhwal, Uttarakhand in a poor family Chandra Singh Garhwali’s ancestors were Rajput Chouhan, having their roots in Moradabad, UP who had setlled in the then capital of Garhwal known as CHANDPURGARHI, having thereafter started serving the landlords of this area.

His father’s name was Jaloth Singh Bhandari. Being a poor farmer, Chandra Singh’s father could not give his son any education but he himself studied in the house to seek the minimum possible knowledge to read and write.

The poor financial condition of the family compelled Chandra Singh to come to Lansedown in 1914 to join the Army. The country was under the rule of the colonial British and the first world war was underway. During those days the Britishers needed Indian boys in the Army to fight wars for them so that the Indians suffer the maximum casualties and Chandra Singh Garhwali too was sent alongwith other Garhwali soldiers to France on 1st August 1915 to be the part of the first world war. However after a year’s time he came back to Lansdowne on 2nd February, 1916.

He, similarly participated in two international first world war, one in Mesopotania in 1917 in which the British won and thereafter in the Baghdad war in 1918. In the book of an eminent literateur Sanskrityaan it has been revealed how Chandra Singh Garhwali n his other fellow Garhwali soldiers had to face the worst situations in bunkers, open war fields or jungles where they were hungry for days, unbathed and even sometimes compelled to pass their stools under extreme pathetic conditions in their pants, thus suffering immense untold hardships for the Britishers.

The selfish British whose only aim was to use these soldiers in world war so as to win it and sacrifice them but not the British soldiers or officers, thereafter started retrenching/ ousting the Indian soldiers from the force after the end of the first world war n even lessening the numbers of those soldiers who were accorded promotions during n after the first world war.

Chandra Singh Garhwali was also one of them. He was promoted as Constable from an ordinary soldier. Feeling annoyed and frustrated after the ugly and obnoxious attitude of the Britishers Chandra Singh Garhwali formally decided to quit the British Army.

However the British officers who were’nt interested to lose the valiant soldier like Garhwali tried to pacify his tempers by saying that he n other soldiers were being send on leave for sometime and would be taken back on rolls later on.

During this gap Chandra Singh Garhwali came into the personal contact of Mahatma Gandhi and was greatly influenced by his ideals n principles while fighting for India’s independence.

However, after some time in 1920 Chandra Singh Garhwali was sent to Vaziristan by the British officers after which he was again promoted.

Meanwhile, he came in the contact of Arya Samajies and started taking interest in their activities of which the Britishers got the sense n subsequently posted him to distant Khyber Pass Darra but by this time Chandra Singh was promoted as Hawaldar Major.

During these days in 1930, the entire Peshawar, now in Pakistan was under the influence of the freedom movement with the Pathans relentlessly protesting for India’s freedom and the Britishers were in full mood to crush the freedom movement at any cost ready to go to any extent, even killing them brutally.

Chandra Singh Garhwali, the Hawaldar Major was sent to Peshawar by the British to crush the Pathan rebellion n protest demonstrations which were in peak on 23rd April 1930.

It was here on this day that Chandra Singh Garhwali and his unit ( battalion) was ordered by the then general Ricket after taking positions, to Fire on the unarmed Pathan freedom movement activists not once, but repeatedly.

But instead of obeying the firing orders of Ricket, Garhwaliji refused outrightly by saying cease fire Garhwalies and all the guns went down creating a history. It was a huge bombshell of hostility against the British at a time when nobody dared to oppose them as death sentence was the only n final punishment.

But full of valour and guts, Chandra Singh Garhwali n his unit defied the British not evening caring for death.

Chandra Singh’s version was, how could they fire on the unarmed Pathans n he revolted creating panic in the entire British Army which later on inspired the revolutionery freedom fighters to oppose the British with valour n dignity finally seeking Independence from the foreign yoke.

Chandra Singh Garhwali and his battalion was put behind jail in solitary confinement in 1930 at Abbottabad Jail in Pakistan and were likely to be accorded the death penalty but after the strong and outstanding representation by Sr Solicitor Mukandi Lal Barrister of Lansedown, Garhwal who pleaded their case intelligently, the death sentence of Garhwali was converted into the life imprisonment and Chandra Singh Garhwali was imprisioned in solitary confinement for 14 long years till 1941.

Beyond imagination? From here Chandra Singh Garhwali achieved the pinnacle of Heroism for defying the orders of the mighty British during whose tenure the sun never set. His imprisonment was however lessened to 11 years later on, after being shifted to various jails with the country.

After being freed from jail on 26th September 1941 he went to see Gandhiji alongwith his tormented family and stayed in his Ashram for some time. He thereafter wandered here and there.

He also went to Allahabad, Anand Bhawan n met Nehru and also participated in the Bharat Chodho ( Quit India) movement against the British. He was again arrested and jailed for three years in Naini Jail till 1954.

Garhwaliji’s entire life was full of struggles but he never achieved anything for himself n his family through out his life. He was not benefitted by the Congress leaders despite his infinite sacrifice for the country. He was a towering personality n a revolutionery freedom fighter who sacrificed his entire youth for the nation by being in jail for 14 long years.

He later on joined the Communist party of India and contested the election from Choundkot Garhwal with meagre resources, only to lose in 1957.

He breathed his last on 1st October, 1979 at Dr. Ram Manohar Hospital after prolonged illness.

His body was kept in the Communist Party’s office in Delhi for last darshan where several leaders including former prime minister Indira Gandhi, late H. N. Bahuguna, communist leaders like HS Surjeet, Rajeshwar Rao, EMS Naboodiripad etc paid their floral tributes to this revolutionery soul.

I fondly remember that the then union minister H. N. Bahuguna n others had marched from the hospital to the Communist party office in the afternoon under the scorching sun. Communist leader Kalyan Singh Rawat deserves to be complimented who looked after him during his illness days. I and my late father Thakur Singh Negi were also privileged to march with Bahuguna giving shoulder to his body n later on laying wrath as a mark of reverence to this great legend.

The entire nation n Uttarakhand pays its sincere heartfelt homage to this great icon of the country.

The indian government released a postal stamp in his honour in 1994 but sounds shocking and irrational that his family has now been served eviction notice to vacate the land they had been allotted at Haldukhaata Kotdwara.

The Uttarakhand CM has spoken to the UP CM Yogi Adityanath for the withdrawal of the notices. Let’s see what comes out of it finally. Salutes to him.

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Dr. Harisuman Bisht is really a gem of a person ! A prominent litereteur, novelist, thinker n above all an affable human being !

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For being an eminent literateur, author, novelist, thinker and story writer being utmostly humane and affable, soft spoken and well acclaimed are some of the qualities utmostly essential and mandatory.

One may be a popular person or an intellectual to the core as above but if he or she lacks these qualities are considered intellectuals in isolation. May be I am wrong but if I analyse the personality of the renowned hindi/ english author, thinker and literateur Dr. Harisuman Bisht, the former Secretary of Hindi and Maithili Academies of Delhi government to whose credit are several books on varied subjects of socio cultural significance I found him the person par excellence and writer, literateur and thinker of great eminence.

It is indeed always fruitful and blissful to meet him as he is considered to be one of the precious diamonds amongst the several eminent literateurs and authors of Uttarakhand always mixing and feeling enthralled to mix with the people of all shades in Delhi and Uttarakhand with his amazing smile and affable nature.

Born in a modest family of Uttarakhand hailing primarily from a simple village namely Kunheel, Almora on 1st January 1958 Dr. Harsuman Bisht has been immensely contributive for the promotion and conservation of Hindi language by not only authoring several books on varied subjects but have also contributed significantly for its( Hindi) promotion while being in various important positions in Delhi government including as the Secretary of Hindi Academy.

His novels and literay books on socio cultural, women empowerment, socio economic upliftment, Garhwali and Kumaoni theatre laced with emotions, passions and compassion have been widely acclaimed amongst the the cross section of the people nationally n globally. His several books particularly Aachri Maachri has been translated in English and in several other languages. The english translation of Acchri Maachri as MOUTAIN GIRL has hit the stands as one of the best sellers with an outstanding english translation. His novels have been extremely popular amongst the literary circles of the country. In his capacity as the Secretary of Hindi Academy Delhi Dr. Hari Suman Bisht’s immeasurable contribution an an organisor of important social, cultural, literary events n conferences of eminent poets n theatre activities have been immensely acclaimed nationally.

Some of his published works are ( NOVELS) : MAMTA (1980), AASMAAN JHUK RAHA HAI (1990), HONA PAHAAD( 1999), AACHRI MAACHRI (2006, 2012) BASHERA (2011), BHEETAR KAYI EKAANT ( 2017) THE SAGA OF MOUNTAIN GIRL – THE TRANSLATION OF AACHRI MAACHRI) MARATHI TRANSLATION IN 2018 OF AACHRI MAACHRI,
( STORY COLLECTION)
SAFED DAAG, (1983), AAG AUR ANYA KAHANIYA, ( 1987), MACHRANGA 1995, BIJUKA (2003), MELE KI MAAYA, UTTARAKHAND KI LOK KATHAUEIN ( 2011), HARI SUMAN BISHT KI CHUNI HUI KAHANIYAN( 2011) Dr. Harisuman Bisht has been honoured with several prestigious awards.

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The “Indigo Story” by Sr. journalist Shelly Vishwajeet published by Rupa Publications

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Senior business journalist, political commentator and author Shelly Vishwajeet has come out with an outstanding book on the Aviation sector after tremendous indept research and protracted analysis of the Aviation history titled as THE INDIGO STORY published by the prestigious publishers the Rupa Publishing House.

According to the publishers, “The IndiGo Story,” is a fascinating analysis of the manner in which an unknown entity entered the perilous Indian sky and became its undisputed leader both in terms of market share and profitability.

Lucidly written and sharply argued, this book highlights the company’s formative years as a fearless start-up and its evolution into one of India’s most game-changing, profitable brands.

Going into great detail and with a deep understanding of the airline industry, the author uncovers little-known facts about how the airline displaced old players and new competitors, and proved the doomsday predictors wrong in double-quick time.

Shelly Vishwajit says:

‘The IndiGo Story’ is the outcome of the work of deep research and hard labour.

It ‘s also also the first of its kind book on Indian aviation sector that takes the readers through the early days of India aviation to the rise of low-cost carrier (LCC) phenomenon globally and in India; and the reasons for the emergence of IndiGo Airlines as the Rockstar carrier amid all odds.

According to the author the work covers the entire journey of Indian aviation sector since 1911, major global aviation landmarks from the 1950s onwards, analysis of hundreds of DGCA, IATA, data for the last 30 years and much more!

The language has been deliberately kept non-academic, novel kinda to make the reading enjoyable for a broader audience but without compromising on hard facts or academic analysis.

According to Shelly, for people /students /management grads interested in getting a real deep insight into the dynamics of aviation will find THE INSIDE STORY, particularly a good read!

So what was the magic IndiGo wielded? What was the secret mantra of their success? How did they get it right when most failed or struggled?

One can uncover all this and much more in book this book authored by Shelly Vishwajeet a senior journalist, political commentator and author.

He has been associated with media platforms such as Business India, The Observer of Business & Politics, Star Television Network, Aviation World, and the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi.

He is currently a Doctoral Research Fellow with TERI School of Advanced Studies.

Shelly Vishwajit is also credited with co authering his first book titled: SUPERBRANDS INDIA: AN INSIGHT INTO 101 OF INDIA’S STRONGEST BRANDS.

Wishing Shelly Vishwajeet all the very best for this insightful book on India’s aviation history and Indigo’s plunge in the aviation sector and its significant contribution in terms of refining the Aviation Sector.

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SHELTER HOMES TRAGEDIES’ MAKE US HANG OUR HEADS IN SHAME ! FIRST BIHAR, THEN UP AND NOW IN J& K’S KATHUA !

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It’s really shocking to note that large scale incidents of the torture, physical and sexual assaults of children, especially the minor girls are coming to the fore one by one in various states of the country giving one and all an impression that corruption and negligence by the authorities concerned is having an upper say than their regulatory actions which should have rather been the subject matter of extreme priority.

The conditions of shelter homes, orphanages and social welfare housing facilities run by the state governments under the social welfare ministries in various states of the country seem to be in doldrums and quandary despite the hard fact that the governments pump a hefty budget for different welfare schemes like giving adequate shelter, medical support, education, clothings, stay and food stuffs for the hapless and parentless children and adults especially the girls who are rescued by the government agencies from the clutches of the traffickers, from brothels or those found missing in pity conditions.

The private shelter homes run by hundreds of NGOs’ all over the country and the government aided shelter homes and orphanages housing these hapless children and girls are usually in very bad, ugly and obnoxious conditions and state of affairs with majority of the funds being allegedly siphoned off meant for their over all welfare subsequently putting them is extremely pitiable and awful conditions.

The horrible incidents of human trafficking particularly of the girls below eighteen, their incessant torture, sexual and physical assault has allegedly become the order of the day. The sanitary condition of majority of these shelter homes are aweful and not prone for healthy living and cases of sexual assault are a common feature.

The reason behind these irregularities is primarily the financial profit orientation in every material required for the welfare and well being of the children stationed here.

There have allegedly been number of incidents of inmates dieing out of starvation, mal nutrition and mal nourishment in several shelter homes of the country in addition to the shameful incidents of sexual assaults and repeated rapes.

The recent mishappenings of horrible and shocking rapes of minor girls in Bihar, Utter Pradesh and now in Kathual Jammu and Kashmir has literally shaken everybody’s inner conscience and confidence of one and all in the country and compelled us to hang our heads in shame.

Just a day before yesterday i.e. on 8th of September about 19 children had been rescued from an orphanage started about four years ago where a pastor have been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting, raping and physically torturing about eight minor girls sending shock waves all over the country. A few months ago an eight year old girl was shamefully gang raped and subsequently diabollically murdered by a group of accused in Kathua.

There was a national outrage that compelled the lawmakers to finally device a law in parliament granting death penalty for the rape of the girls below twelve years of age.

It may be recalled that the Protection of the Child Rights Commisions and State Women Commisions are the main statutory bodies working in all the states of the country on whom lies the basic responsibilities to regulate and oversee the functions of these shelter homes, orphanages and housing outlets being financially aided by the union and state governments but they seldom conduct raids or periodic inspections to ensure the safety, security and adequate well being of these hapless children especially the girls who are the most vulnerable lot.

It’s the right and high  time now that these statutory bodies do their respective duties in the most sensitive and vigilant ways in order to control the dreaded menace of the illegal child trafficking and their physical, mental and sexual assault going on unabatedly since long.What’s your take friends?

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The lake of Mansarovar is so gentle, tranquil n calm that there is no hatred: Rahul Gandhi

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The Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s picture on social media are going viral showing himself posing for photographs singularly as well as with the co travellers of historic Mansarovar Yatra.

Seen smiling in a dark brown jacket with little grown beard Rahul Gandhi has also posted interesting pictures of snow clad Kailash mountain and the mesmerising Mansarovar lakes in his twitter handle tweeting that it is so humbling to be walking on the shawdow of this giant and the lake is so gentle and calm that there is no hatred here.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday paid glowing tributes to Kailash Mansarovar, saying there was no hatred at the holy place.

Currently on the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, Rahul again tweeted, “The waters of lake Mansarovar are so gentle, tranquil and calm. They give everything and lose nothing. Anyone can drink from them. There is no hatred here. This is why we worship these waters in India.” Rahul.Gandhi also annexed pictures of the historic lake and the Kailash mountain the abode of Lord Shiva.

It is learnt that Rahul Gandhi walked over 34 kilometres on the mountaineous route at Kailash Mansarovar on Thursday for incessantly 13 hours before reaching his tent.

He posed for photographs with his co pilgrims who acknowleged an awesome opportunity to be in the close proximity of a Nehru Gandhi scion and a prime minister in waiting irrespective of prediction of a definite year or time in the years to come.

It may be recalled that the ruling BJP has raised tremendous controversy on Rahul Mansarovar visit holding a special press conference in New Delhi party headquarter where its spokes person Sambit Patra questioned the Congress president’s meetings with Chinese leaders prior to his Mansarovar sojourn.

Patra had asked the Congress Party leader to reveal the names of the Chinese leaders he’s going to confabulate with during his secret meeting. Rahul was branded as the Chinese mouth piece by Patra, who preferred to clandestinely meet the Chinese Ambasssador at New Delhi during the Doklam crisis to accquaint himself of the impasse than to meet the external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj or the Indian NSA.

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