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‘Bharat Parv’ showcases historical legacy of India, Visit Red Fort to be a part of this Extravaganza

The six – day mega event “Bharat Parv” was inaugurated today at Red Fort Lawns by the Union Minister for Culture, Tourism and DoNER GK Reddy.

Reddy unveiled  Incredible India digital calendar of Ministry of Tourism at the event. The theme of the Calendar for 2023 is “The Incredible Festivals of India.”

On the occasion, the minister, said that the celebration of Republic Day today will give new energy to the young population to work for the betterment of the country. He also added tjat Bharat Parv fulfils the spirit of  Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat as artists, handicrafts, food stalls from all over India are present here. He further added that one can see mini India through Bharat Parv. He also informed that Bharat Parv this year is promoting Millets and is also showcasing achievements of different ministries.

On the occasion Secretary, Ministry of Tourism Arvind Singh said that this year’s Bharat Parv brings together the vibrant rich culture of Bharat with participation by over 30 States/UTs & 20 Central ministries at this historical place.

The six – day mega event “Bharat Parv” event is being organized by the Government of India from 26th to 31st January, 2023, as part of the Republic Day Celebrations.

Ministry of Tourism has been designated as the nodal Ministry for the event, the highlights of which include showcasing of the best Republic Day Parade tableaux at the venue, cultural performances by the Zonal Cultural Centres as well as cultural troupes from States/ UTs, a pan – India Food Court and a pan – India Crafts Bazaar with 65 handicraft stalls. The event  is  open to general public from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on 26th January, 2023 and from 12 noon to 10:00 p.m. from 27th onwards to 31st January, 2023. The event is expected to attract a large number of visitors on all days.

Bharat Parv was previously held in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 ( and virtual in the year 2021) at the Lawns and Gyan Path in front of Red Fort. The physical event is being organized after a gap of 2 years at the Lawns and Gyan Path in front of Red Fort. The event would have Food Festival, Handicraft mela, folk and tribal dance performances, Performances by cultural troupes, Display of Republic Day Tableaux, illumination of Red Fort etc. Branding and promotion of Dekho Apna Desh, Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat, G20 and Mission LIFE would be undertaken during the event.

The six-day event will have the following major components:

Regional Cuisine Display and Sale

  • Food Court
  • Stalls by State govt.
  • Stalls by IHM’s
  • Stalls by Food Vendors
  • Food Demonstrations (Focused on Year of Millets)

Handicraft & Handloom

  • Stalls by DC, Handloom
  • Stalls by State governments
  • Stalls by KVIC, TRIFED

Culture & Heritage

  • Choreographed performances by Zonal Cultural Centre (Ministry of Culture)
  • Performance by States/UTs
  • Special Performances
  • Display of Tableaux

Achievements & Flagship Programme of Central Government Ministries and Organizations

Activity Zone

  • Nukkad Natak
  • Quizzes
  • Painting Competitions
  • Involvement of Tourism Yuva Club, School/College
  • Experiential Zone

Humanity above any religion, said Swami Vivekananda

“otho, jaago, egiye cholo” (arise, wake-up, don’t stop till you reach your goal), were the inspiring words by Swami Vivekananda whose teaching were simple but practical. World is celebrating his 159th birth anniversary on Thursday January 12th today.

Special programmes are organised across all the Ramakrishna Missions in the country and outside India. The main function was held at Swami Vivekananda’s residence in Shimla Road, north Kolkata. Apart from that, special puja was also held at the Belur Math in Howrah district of West Bengal where Swami Vivekananda took samadhi at the age of 39. The Belur Math is also the headquarters of Ramakrishna Mission sect.

Swami Vivekananda always said humanity above any religion. He asked, “maanush r jonne dhormo na dhoro r jonne maanush?” (Is religion for people or people for religion?). He followed the philosophies laid down by his Master or ‘guru’, Ramakrishna Paramhansa who spoke of simple and practical way to follow religion. He believed God is one and to reach Him all one is required to do is to madidate. Swamiji, once said people should play football than sitting in prayers whole day long.

This day each year is also celebrated as National Youth Day. Swami Vivekananda always placed the youth power above everything and said any country can prosper only if the youth in that country are disciplined and dedicated in their goals.

President Draupadi Murmu tweeted to pay her tributes to Swami Vivekananda.

“My tributes to Swami Vivekananda on his birth anniversary! An iconic personality who combined spirituality and patriotism, he propagated Indian values globally. His life and teachings continue to inspire youth to follow their dreams and achieve greater goals.”

The Prime Minister in his message said his great ideals and ideas will continue to guide the countrymen. PM Modi said, the life, patriotism, spiritualism and dedication will always inspire the youth.

PM Modi who had a deep connection with the Ramakrishna Mission since his early days and had once decided to join the sect also mentioned how the life and teaching of Swami Vivekananda had a major influence on him.

The day is also observed as the National Youth Day.

Kalpataru Utsav is being celebrated with traditional gaiety and fervor

Kalpataru Utsav or festival is being celebrated across all the Ramakrishna Missions in India and outside but the main programme is being celebrated at the Kashipur or Cossipore Udyanbati, north Kolkata.

On this day in 1886, Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa called all his disciples including his favourite Swami Vivekananda and reveled himself to be an Avtar (reincarnation) of God. The event took place at the Kashipur Garden House or Udyanbati in north Kolkata, which is now a part of the Ramakrishna Math, a branch of Ramakrishna Order. This is the place where Ramakrishna spent the last days of his life.

Apart from Kashipur Udyanbati, special puja is also organised at the Dakshineshwar Temple. Where devotees offer puja at the Maa Bhavatarini’s temple. Since morning devotees throng the temple to offer puja.

The Kalpataru tree is still there and is worshiped. On this day, special puja is held around the Kalpataru tree. In the Kathamrita, it is mentioned that Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa said, “You all don’t need to go anywhere, your house shall always have my presence. Which exists in the whole world, already exists in your house. I had made 16 Annas, you make a rupee from it, that will be enough”.

It is believed that the Kalpataru tree fulfills all the desires of those who worships it.

Delhi Police, DMRC issue advisory ahead of New Year’s eve bash, warns against drunk driving & eve-teasing

New Years eve is an moment to celebrate as the year we are in gradually takes backstage and make way for the New Year. Today, is December 31, 2022, in a few hours from now, the year 2022 will bid adieu and the New Year 2023 will take over. People all over the globe are gearing up to welcome 2023. In Delhi, advisories have been issued by the Delhi Police and Delhi Traffic Police. Apart from them, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has also issued advisory that there will be no exit at the Rajiv Chowk metro station after 9 pm.

In order to maintain law and order in the state, the Delhi Police has announced heavy deployment of forces. There will deployment of over 16,500 Delhi Police personnel. on , 1,000 traffic officials, 125 anti-drinking squads. Special focus will be on eve-teasers, mollesters, and stalkers. There will be over 2,500 women police who will keep a vigil, so that no untoward incident takes place. Taking the past incidences of drunken driving into account, there will be a strict vigil on those drive drunk. The anti-driving squad will keep an eye across the city. Entry and exit points in the city will be also under the scanner.

In its advisory, the Delhi Police has asked not to venture towards Connaught Place inner circle after 8 pm as all the entry points will be closed to traffic and will remain closed till the New Years bash is over. Similarly, there will be traffic diversions and restrictions across the city. There will be also traffic curbs around Ajmere Gate and Paharganj terminals. Those going to the station should set out early to avoid the traffic snarls.

Traffic Police too has issued advisory. Delhi Traffic Police tweeted:

Strict vigil will be kept on the errant biker’s gangs that creates havoc in and around the Bangla Sahib Road and Gol Dak Khana off towards Baba Kharak Singh Marg turning towards Connaught Place. Not only they risk their own lives with stunts but turn out to be a pic headache for the people travelling on these roads. Accident waiting to happen anytime.

Enjoy the New Year’s eve bash but be careful you don’t breach the security and dignity of city and people. Entire city will be under scanner.

Christmas! Santa Claus! Down Memory Lane…

“shokaale uthey dekhbo Santa Claus ki diechey, kokhun je aashbe…ghumeye pori tai dekha ei hoyenaa” (After waking up in the morning will see what Santa Claus gifted this year…would have seen him but always fall asleep). Basking in the nostalgia on Christmas morning. Today, I can’t stop myself from smiling recalling these words but every Christmas morning I would run to my parents showing them what Santa had left the previous night. I would always get my gifts under the pillow as I never kept the Socks. Well, I am sure on average we all have some experience and many after reading this will also bask in the nostalgic memory. The tradition goes on, yesterday it was us, today the kids who will have the same feelings as they grow up. This will go on…and on…

While I was thinking of these nostalgic memories standing at the window and trying to cherish the cold winter Christmas morning, I saw a small girl decked up at Christmas best excited to show her mother what she has received from Santa. Her mother was listening to her innocently with big eyes as if she knew nothing. Indeed a sweet moment. Perhaps the family was going for a Christmas day out and the mother-daughter were waiting for the father. This tiny tot has no idea that her Santa Claus whom she was so eager to meet was standing beside her.

I don’t know about you but I recall running to my parents after waking up excited to show the gift or gifts I received from Santa the previous night. When my parents would ask did I see Santa this time, I would lament and tell them I could not see as I was asleep and then would take the resolution that next time I will surely see him and thank him. My parents smile but the next time never came and I could never see Santa who came with a big sack full of gifts. I was told Santa comes on a sledge only after we are asleep. I can’t help laughing on myself as I too believed and did not question how can Santa come on his sledge in Delhi where there is no snow. Why we do not stay such innocent all through our lives.

One fine morning we grow up to know our parents are our Santa Claus. I often hear today’s kids are mature enough. They know what we did not know or were told. True and I appreciate this but at the same time, I feel there are certain things which they should know as they grow up. Knowing who Santa in real is may be a small thing but that moment to find gifts under the pillow or inside the socks holds the biggest treasures of life. These moments fill us with the nostalgia that provides the energy to live and cherish life. These special moments make our childhood memories so special…so nostalgic…

Thank you, Maa Baba, for being the Santa Claus…basking in the nostalgia on Christmas morning…

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Himachal Pradesh Polls 2022: Fate of 412 candidates across 68 constituencies sealed, results on Dec 8

Polling is taking place across 68 assembly constituencies in Himachal Pradesh. Polling began at 8 am and will end around 5 pm. In a very significant development, officials conducted a mock poll at all booths to check Electronic Voting Machines (EVM).

Election Commission (EC) informed that only four per cent polling was registered till 9 am. It began to pick up as the morning progressed and the winter chill eased a bit. Till 11 am 18 per cent voting was recorded. According to 1 pm update, 37.19 per cent voting was recorded.

A glance at the vote percentage at a few important constituencies:

Chamba: 28.35 per cent
Mandi: 41 per cent
Bilaspur: 34.05 per cent
Simla: 37 per cent
Kullu: 40.33 per cent
Hamirpur: 33.86 per cent

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President JP Nadda, Minister for Sports, Information & Broadcasting, Anurag Thakur, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur, former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal among others also cast their mandate. After casting his vote Nadda while speaking to media said, BJP will come to power in the state. He said, BJP works for the development of people.

More than 55 lakh voters in the region are excising their franchise and will decide the fate of 412 candidates in 68 assembly constituencies. Twenty four women candidates are in the fray. Of the total voters, 28,54,945 are male and 27,37,845 female voters in the state.

In an early morning message to voters, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged them to enthusiastically participate in the “festival of democracy” and register a voting record. In a tweet, Modi also greeted young voters who will be exercising their franchise for the first time.

Trends are with the BJP as people say they have seen development in the region. However, the real picture will be crystal clear on December 8 when results will be declared.

Childhood memories of Guru Nanak Jayanti turning nostalgic

Greetings on the auspicious occasion of Prakash Parv on the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev JI also known as Guru Nanak Jayanti. Gurudwaras are decked up for the occassion.

This day brings very special memories to my mind, filling me with nostalgia. In those days, the Guru Nanak Jayanti procession used to travel from Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib, Chandi Chowk to Nanak Piao en-routed through Fatehpuri Church Mission Road.

Having been brought up in Old Delhi (Fatehpuri Church Mission Road), I have fond memories of Guru Nanak Jayanti. In those days (late 70’s) during my childhood, the procession used to go in front of our house. Since morning, the entire road would be decked up with glitters and garland, amplifiers would play the iconic martial song “bole so nihal, satsriakal…” Honestly, I still feel nostalgic whenever I hear the song. My ears have been set to this lovely song and I still now listen to this song. Today, it’s easy as you can tune into YouTube and listen. I really love the words and the feel of the tune that is martial yet so inspiring and divine.

Later, the procession was diverted to a different route and stopped going in front of our house but still today, even after so many years, I can feel the ‘nostalgia’ that takes me to my childhood days. Another, interesting that happened, on average the day would either overlap or cross with my birthday which made it more special as it used to be so devine around. Memories make me nostalgic.

As I grew up, I realized the depth and classical music background that all the Gurbani songs carry. Having brought up in a household where there was immense influx of music. I learnt to appreciate music. I listened to all the regional music since childhood. I am really grateful to God for giving such parents who infused the live for music, art, culture, cinema in me. Coming back to Gurbani songs, those were the days when special programme of Shabad Gurbani was aired on Doordarshan on Sunday early morning. That is how I fell in love with Gurbani songs.

I thank my parents for bringing me up in a truly secular atmosphere and always encouraging me in whatever I have done from celebrating Gurupurab to Eid to Christmas and even Budhha Jayanti (nothing big just observe these days playfully) but now I understand all these are so important to develop a different ‘perspective’ that helps to develop a secular outlook towards all religion.

All we need to understand no religion teaches wrong or hatred… It’s the so-called followers of respective religions who fail to convey the good things in their religion and end up making a religious mess.