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Ajmer Literature Festival cancels Naseeruddin Shah’s event, Here’s why

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Naseeruddin Shah‘s keynote address at the Ajmer Literature Festival has been canceled on Friday after protests erupted over the actor’s recent remarks on the Bulandshahr violence. Earlier this week, the Bollywood actor found himself at the centre of a major controversy over his remarks about the killing of a policeman in Bulandshahr.

The controversy started after a video emerged on social media in which Shah can be heard saying “the death of a cow has more significance than that of a police officer.”  He also asserted that living in this country, he worries for his children, “I feel anxious for my children because tomorrow if a mob surrounds them and asks, ‘Are you a Hindu or a Muslim?’ they will have no answer. It worries me that I don’t see the situation improving anytime soon.”

Shortly after the video went viral, many people took to the streets to protests against the veteran actor. They expressed their angerby showing black flags and burning the actor’s effigy. Clarifying his remarks a day after, Shah explained that he was merely expressing his concerns as a countryman. “I have done no wrong in expressing my concerns about the country which I love and where I live,” he explained.

The controversy started after a video emerged on social media in which Shah can be heard saying “the death of a cow has more significance than that of a police officer.”  He also asserted that living in this country, he worries for his children, “I feel anxious for my children because tomorrow if a mob surrounds them and asks, ‘Are you a Hindu or a Muslim?’ they will have no answer. It worries me that I don’t see the situation improving anytime soon.”

Shortly after the video went viral, many people took to the streets to protests against the veteran actor. They expressed their angerby showing black flags and burning the actor’s effigy. Clarifying his remarks a day after, Shah explained that he was merely expressing his concerns as a countryman. “I have done no wrong in expressing my concerns about the country which I love and where I live,” he explained.

 

 

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Teacher’s Day: Tribute to Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan from Prez, PM and Odisha CM

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Today, India is celebrating Teachers’ Day in the memory of the nation’s first Vice President and second President Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. In 1962, when he became the President of India, some of his friends and students requested him to allow them to celebrate his birthday, on 5 September. Then, he replied,

Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if September 5th is observed as Teachers’ Day.

Since then the nation is celebrating Teacher’s Day on 5th of September every year.

Dr. Radhakrishnan was awarded many awards during his life, including the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award in India.

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On the occasion of Teacher’s day, Honorable President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the entire teacher community of the country.

President Kovind has tweeted, “On Teachers’ Day, I pay homage to Dr. S. Radhakrishnan & extend greetings to all our teachers. They infuse young minds with strong values & inspire them to be curious, to seek knowledge & to dream. Doing this, they contribute immensely towards nation building #PresidentKovind.”

Prime Minister Modi also greeted all the teachers on the special occasion while paying tribute to Radhakrishnan.


Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has acknowledged the role of teachers, who contribute a lot towards building a nation. He has expressed his thoughts on Twitter.

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Nuakhai: Odisha Celebrates the New Harvest

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Nuakhai is an ancient agricultural festival primarily observed by the people of Western Odisha in India. The word Nuakhai comprises of two words, Nua means New and Khai means food. So, as per the name the festival is celebrated in the joy of newly harvested crop by the farmers. Every year, it is observed on the day after the Ganesh Chaturthi, mostly in the month of August or September.

The celebration of new harvest traces back to Vedic period where the sages or Rishimunis used to preach about Panchyajna, the five important events in the agrarian yearly calendar. These five major events or activities include Sitayajna which means plowing of the land, Pravapana yajna which refers to sowing of seeds, Pralambana yajna which indicates beginning of crops cutting, Khala yajna which means harvesting of grains and Prayayana yajna which refers the preservation of the yield.

Out of these five activities, Pralambana yajna, which means the cutting of new crops and offering the first harvest of the year to the mother goddess, what we call, celebrate and rejoice as Nuakhai festival.

The Western part of Odisha celebrates this auspicious festival with much pump and jubilation. People wear new clothes and offer prayers to the God and enjoy delicious foods prepared from the newly harvested crops.

Although the festival lost its significance over the period, the tradition was much encouraged in 12th century A.D. by the then king Chauvan Raja Ramai Deo of Patanagarh, currently known as Bolangir district of Odisha. The king was aware of the significance and contribution of agriculture towards the development of economy of a state. Hence, the celebration of Nuakhai symbolizes and promoted the farmers way of life in the Western Odisha region.

Nuakhai Festival gives the new generation a great message regarding the significance of agriculture in the economic development of the country and the role of farmers in the process of building a nation. Therefore, even the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has greeted the people of Odisha on the occasion of Nuakhai.

“Nuakhai Juhar! Greetings to the people of Odisha as they celebrate the festival of Nuakhai. May this festival further happiness in society,” the Prime Minister said.

 

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WHY AND WHAT INDIA MUST KNOW ABOUT BAISAKHI?

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While the Sikhs celebrate Baisakhi across India; rest of India wonders if it is about doing the Bhangra and dancing.
No, it is not; Baisakhi holds a lesson for all Indians…… Especially in this day and age…

So this day in 1699, in a congregation of people from all across India…standing there listening to their Guru, Sree Gobind Rai. Gobind Rai asked for the human sacrifice of five men one after the other. Five men from different castes from different parts of India stood up from the crowd of thousands.

– A shopkeeper, Baniya called Daya Ram from Lahore
– A farmer, Jat called Dharam Das from Meerut
– A so-called low-caste water carrier called Himmat Rai from Jagannath Puri, Odisha
– A tailor, of Cheemba caste called Mukham Chand from Dwarka, Gujarat
– A barber, of Naai caste called Sahib Chand from Bidar, Karnataka

With his choice of disciples from five different corners of India, Gobind Rai Ji visualized the national dream… from the coast of Gujarat along Western Arabian Sea to coasts of Odisha along the Bay of Bengal; from the Great Plains of Punjab to the Gangetic Plain and then onto the Deccan peninsula covering Karnataka. Do not forget that at that time, all these were separate states; it was Guru Gobind Singh Ji that thought of all of them as one…this Baisakhi day of 1699.

With the choice of disciples from five different caste-groups, he visualized an integrated class-less society.
The five were christened as the First Five Khalsa Sikhs, and the five, in turn, christened their Guru as the sixth. Gobind Rai was now Gobind Singh Ji. All caste names and surnames were dropped, & a common surname was proposed for all Indians across India; a surname that denoted a caste-less, class-less creed of men willing to sacrifice themselves for the nation and against injustice.

And the Swaroop he chose for the class-less people was an amalgamation of the ancient Indian thought of Rishis (as mentioned by Guru Gobind Singh in the Sarbloh Granth) and the Kshatriya tradition of Warriors, hence the Jooda, the hairs, and the Talwar. The concept of Miri-Piri was coded in the dress-system of this new society envisioned by him. A group of people who were strong in Miri (Physical Strength and material possessions) and Piri (Spiritual Strength and humility)

So, the five so-called lower castes were given the temporal strength of a Rishi (a Brahmin citadel till then ) and the Physical responsibilities of a Kshatriya (a duty till then limited to the Rajputs). This motley group of people uprooted Afghan and Mughal rule from entire North India from the Yamuna to the Khyber pass, such was the power of this vision.

And this was the Indian that he envisioned from the five corners of HIS nation. Guru Gobind Singh Ji was visionary par excellence. His vision has been diluted and limited to Sikhism, that is a travesty. Awake India, awake to his vision. Leave those caste barriers, acquire knowledge, be strong in body and be a Khalsa in spirit. Your religion doesn’t matter. Khalsa is a state of mind, not just a religion.

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Shravan 2019: Auspicious Festival for those Who Love Sweets

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Shravan – the auspicious month as per the Indian calendar has already begun and the devotees have started worshiping Lord Shiva with full enthusiasm. It is one of the biggest festivals of the years.

Shravan month is devoted to Lord Shiva where people seek blessings by fasting and conducting prayers. During this month-long festival, Special puja is observed on every Monday in the month which is also called Shravani Somvar. The festivities are followed by Hindu mythology’s rules that’s why certain foods and practices are prohibited.

This month is a celebration of sweets, colors, colorful leheriyas, songs, Mehendi, different food items and many more. People exchange sweet dishes made up of flour, dry fruits, milk, etc. as gifts.

Sawan month witnesses different varieties of sweets. The most common and popular of all is Ghewar.

Ghewar is a sweet cake. Which is also known as ‘MONSOON CAKE’. People love ghewar around the globe. It is a traditional Rajasthani sweet in the shape of a disc.

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Other than ghewar there are other sweets which are famous in Shravan month. One such dish is Gazar Pak. Gazar pak is sweet pudding from the Indian subcontinent. It is made by placing grated carrots, milk and sugar and dry fruits.

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Peda is also famous sweets in this month. Peda is known pudding shaped sweet which were made in different parts of the country. It is famous in areas like Agra, Vrindavan, and Mathura, etc. During this month, in Jharkhand & Bihar peda is used as Prasad as well as to offer as a gift.

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Other sweets like Motichoor Ke Ladoo, Kesar Rabri, Malpua, like Sohan Halwa, Raj Bhog, etc are also famous in different parts of the country during monsoons seasons.

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Sarthak Prayas celebrates DEEPAWALI with slum children

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A social welfare organisation wedded to the cause of socially, educationally, culturally and to an extent economically empowering the children of the nearby slums, economically deprived classes and from the down trodden echelons of the society celebrated Deepawali symbolising environment conservation by flowers and lightening of earthern lamps the DIYAS in their premises situated at Vasundhara amid the pivotal presence of writers, social activists, former bureaucrats and family members on 18th October on Choti Deepawali.

The children associated with Sarthak Prayas NGO run by Umesh Pant and his trusted colleagues gathered in the precints on a day before Deepawali and exchanged pleasentaries greeting happy Deepawali to each other and lightening of lamps including narrating their mutual experiences. They presented flowers to each others and guests present on these occasion and sought the blessings of their teachers and elders. Sarthak prayas is a dedicated NGO tirelessly working to empower poor and hapless students through imparting free education and social knowledge.

A library comprising of lot number of books donated to them on various subjects is used by the children to enhance their educative knowledge on different subjects and to inculcate in students the habit of reading and keeping them informed about the developments happening around them. A selfless organisation under the able guidance and leadership of Umesh Pant had also been extremely active during the tragic Uttarakhand disaster and in the aftermath by visiting the natural calamity hit villages into the interiors of the Kedarnath valley and delivering material and medicinal support to the disaster victims.

They very often visit the affected villages and try to provide them substantial help in kind as per their limited capacity and calibre as well as commitment towards the cause. On 18th October Sarthak Prayas celebrated environment friendly Deepawali with 40 children of the slums and their families at their precincts at Vasundhara, Ghaziabad.. Sweets were distributed alongwith merry making with the children on this pious occasion.Those who participated in this modest Deepawali festival at Sarthak Prayas were Umesh Pant, Eminent literateur Prem Pal Sharma, Sr journalist Charu Tiwari, Theatre activist Manoj Chandola, Hansa Amola, Girish, Kusum, Renuka, and Shitiz etc.

Everybody blessed the children and lauded the outstanding efforts of Sarthak Prayas to empower the economically deprived students educationally in order to make them better and well equipped citizens of the country in the near future. Uttarakhand Journalists Forum appreciates the laudable gesture and dedicated commitment of Sarthak Prayas who with limited resources is doing an exemplary job for uplifting the living and literacy standard of the unprivileged children of the society. Happy Diwali to Sarthak Prayas.
SUNIL NEGI, PRESIDENT, UTTARAKHAND JOURNALISTS FORUM

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DIY HOMEMADE DIYAS FOR DIWALI

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Diwali is the festival of lights and happiness. But most of us are really confused what new thing to do to make our Diwali more exciting.

So this year here are some exciting ways to make homemade colorful diyas.

BUDGET: not so expensive

MATERIALS REQUIRED:

  1. BLANK DIYAS
  2. GLUE
  3. TOOTHPICKS/STICKS
  4. ACRYLIC PAINT
  5. PAINT BRUSHES
  6. MARKERS
  7. STONES/ DECORATION MATERIAL

STEP 1. Soak the diyas in water and leave for 1-2 hours. After that, you can paint the diyas according to your choice of color, so that it may look colorful and most beautiful.

STEP 2. After the paint has dried, spread some glue on the rim of the diyas and paste some decoration material and stone on them.

STEP 3. You can make colorful designs according to you to make them attractive.

STEP 4. For more decoration, you can paint the sides of the diya with golden paint.

STEP 5. You can spread that gold paint perfectly with a toothpick or a stick to make it neat.

STEP 6. For having a multi-colored diya you can divide the diya into two equal parts and paint it in different colors.

STEP 7. After everything is done accordingly leave the diyas for some time and then they are ready to use/gift to anyone.

These are some of the easy ways to make colorful home made diyas, and painting diyas has been an old tradition and it’s fun to do especially on the festival of lights Diwali.

You can easily make colorful diyas by following these steps and can make your Diwali rocking

WISHING YOU A VERY HAPPY DIWALI!

 

 

 

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Durga Puja – In the Indian Culture.

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Durga Puja is a famous Hindu festival when Goddess Durga is worshipped. Durga Puja is also known as Durgotsava. Durgotsava refers to all five days festivity and these five days are observed as Shashthi, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Navami and Vijayadashami. (According to Hindu religious texts Durga Puja, including Chandi Path, should begin from the next day of Mahalaya Amavasya. Mahalaya is the most important day of Pitru Paksha, when Hindus pay homage to their ancestors, is not considered for starting any auspicious work.)

Most states except West Bengal do Ghatasthapana on Pratipada which is the next day of Mahalaya Amavasya. Ghatasthapana is equivalent to Kalparambha during Durga Puja when Goddess Durga is invoked. Kalparambha mostly falls on Shashthi Tithi during Devi Paksha. According to regional customs and beliefs Durga Puja during Shardiya Navratri varies from nine days to one day only which is also mentioned in Dharmasindhu.The Goddess Durga arrives on the Earth on the first day of Devi Paksha which starts on the next day of Mahalaya Amavasya during Pitru Paksha. She departs on Durga Visarjan day. The weekdays when she arrives and departs are significant and considered as omen of coming time.While this is considerably correct, it is perhaps not wholly true, as it is my submission that the Durga puja celebrations are indeed living and pulsating expression of urban folk culture. All the craftsmanship that enriches the pujas, like the designing and execution of the massive theme pandals with their exquisite interior frills and decoration, are new avenues of folk art. The imaginative sculpting of the goddess and her retinue and the special lighting are all products of a refined urban folk culture. Even the songs, that include the traditional pre-puja Aagamoni songs and the prolific literature that are created are also cultural outpourings, though not necessarily of the folk variety. The dhunochi-naach dances that are done before the image, by balancing lighted urns of smoking and burning incense on one’s palms or between the teeth to the furious beat of the drums, are surely a part of folk culture.

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What to gift your brother this Bhai Dooj?

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Being one of the majorly celebrated and known festivals among the Hindus, Bhai Dooj is a special occasion for every brother and sister. It is celebrated after the two consecutive days of the Diwali festival. It is known with different names in different regions, for example Bhai Tika in Nepal, Bhai Bij in Gujarat and Bhav Bij in the regions where the Konkani is spoken.

This festival is celebrated with an intention of a brother promising his sister to protect him in every manner possible and the sister gives her blessings to his brother in return. The brothers are invited for lunch and their favourite dishes are made.

Bhai Dooj is round the corner. So, I know all the sisters might be getting very confused on what to gift their brothers this time. We know you all are struggling to get the perfect present for your brother this Bhai Dooj. Finding the most appropriate gift for a man is truly no less than fighting a battle. Why not gift something different this time? You all might be bored of those chocolates and sweets that you always gift to your brothers. Think different. Here we have enlisted some of the cool gift ideas for all the sisters to gift their brothers this Bhai Dooj, have a look:

  • How about a self made cake?

Yes, you read it right. You can bake a cake for your brother. This can for sure prove to be the perfect gift this festive season. You might not be so good in Kitchen stuff and also your cake might not taste so yummy but the energy that you have put in that cake matters a lot. Trust me; this cake can make your Bhai Dooj scenario the most memorable one.

 

  • Perfumes are a game changer

Reading this you might be thinking, well, what’s new in this? Perfumes are way too common nowadays. But, when there comes a case for gifting a man Perfumes are one of the best choices one can make. Let your brother smell good and leave a long lasting impression on anyone by gifting him a Perfume.

  • Handmade Gifts are commendable

Handmade gifts are undoubtedly one of the most effective Bhai Dooj Gift ideas in every festive season and are way too memorable. You can prepare colourful sketchbooks, photo collage or any other paper craft for your brother including all the memories you made till this day.

 

  • Memory Boxes are a hit

Memory boxes are a very unique way of gifting your lovely brothers. You can make colourful boxes and fill them up with all the memories you both made together and all the fun you had together in various events. The box can have various letters from your side, your memorable photos with your brother and much other stuff.

 

  • Surprise him by booking tickets

You brother would surely be interested in sports. So, how about buying him the tickets of his favourite sports event? Even if your brother is not a fan of Sports but music, gift him the tickets of a music concert. This gift idea will make him happy and lively as ever and a present like this is unimaginable. Give this perfect gift and see your brother’s reaction.

 

Hey, what are you waiting for? After reading this article on Bhai Dooj Gift ideas, which I know has already helped you a lot on deciding what to present this Bhai Dooj, spend no more time to think on anything. Go and grab all the necessary things for the preparation of these gifts. Good luck! Make your brother happy and satisfied by showing all the love you have for him cherishing all the memories you both spent together.

 

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RAKSHA BANDHAN SPECIAL: COMMON THINGS ABOUT A BROTHER SISTER RELATION

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Both of you are always the tom and jerry of the house, no weapon no superhero can stop a brother sister from fighting. Both of them think they are the real bahubali but at last flying chappal of their mother works to stop them!

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You always fight with your brother/sister over the remote of television to watch your favourite TV show, as if not getting the remote will make losses in business deals!

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For a brother his sister is always a “moti” since she is born and will always stay a “moti” for him. Teasing her sister with saying “moti bhains” is a brother’s favourite time pass.

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You two are always each other’s “partner in crime” and can do anything to save each other, no matter how much you fight and hate your brother/sister.

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Most annoying dialogue a sibling can hear is “TU TO ADOPTED HAI, TUJHE MUMMY PAPA CHATTARPUR KE MANDIR SE LAYE THE”

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Agreed or not your brother/sister always acts as a saviour to you, whether it is escaping from the lecture forth-coming from mom/dad, or hanging out with friends. They can be a perfect liar at that moment!

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You fight over small things let it be the bathroom, sleeping on the right side of bed or taking the car keys to hang out with friends. There is never a fixed decision or solution and the fight continues for ever and ever…eternal fight..

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Funny thing is brothers always beg their sisters to help in completing their assignments and projects, because they know how to emotionally blackmail their sisters.

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If you touch your brother/sister’s stuff – they make sure that you are dead, because their stuff is more important to them than your life!

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But but but no other relation can beat a brother sister relation. No matter how much we hate our brother/sister the truth is we love them the most and miss them the most when they are far away from us.

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I too have a brother/ sister who irritates me but loves me as well. hope most of you can relate to these things and can revive your memories!!

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