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Rising Bharat National News Feed: September 7th 2020

  • National Education Policy 2020
  1. Computer science, agriculture be made part of NEP-2020: Rajasthan Governor

Key points:

  1. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, acronymed ”STEM”, have been included in the policy to make it a multidisciplinary education.
  2. Speaking at the ”Governors” virtual conference on the ”Role of NEP in Transforming Higher Education”, Mishra suggested that agriculture and computer be included in the policy, making it ”STEAM-C”, which will make higher education more employment oriented, according to a release.
  3. Mishra said if the states are able to implement the policy in a successful manner, the new education system will bring India at par with the leading countries of the world and convert the challenges of the present into opportunities.

(Outlook, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • J&K LG for empowering youth through NEP

Key points:

  1. Observing that NEP-2020 could be effectively implemented if institutions were given freedom to redefine teaching positions as per need, Jammu and Kashmir LG, Manoj Sinha on Monday advocated for empowering youth through the Policy.
  2. The Lt Governor observed that the new Education Policy is strengthening the vision of our Prime Minister -‘teach to transform, learn to leave and educate to empower’.
  3. During his address, the Lt Governor observed that our priorities guide all policies and our policy decisions guide our destiny.

(Greater Jammu, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • New Education Policy will prepare Indian youth for new challenges in ever evolving sphere of Employment & Jobs: PM Modi

Key points:

  1. The PM said that suggestions of more than 2 lakh people from across the country were amalgamated in the New Education Policy.
  2. The PM asserted that Education policy is the key to fulfil the nation’s aspirations and called for minimal government intervention and influence in its implementation.
  3. The PM said, the policy paves the way for opening campuses of best international institutions in India so that youth from common families can also join them.
  4. The PM said, India has been a ancient centre of learning and the new policy will help in making it a hub of knowledge economy in the 21st century.

(News on Air, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • President Ramnath Kovind asks states to organise virtual sessions to implement NEP

Key points:

  1. President Ram Nath Kovind while addressing the conference said the New Education Policy gives top priority to provide basic literacy and numeracy to all children at primary school level by the year 2025.
  2. He said, the Policy has been formulated after an unprecedented and lengthy process of consultations including over two lakh suggestions received from about 675 districts.
  3. The President asked Governors to organise theme-based virtual sessions in their States to implement the New National Education Policy.
  4. He said the feedback from these sessions can be sent to the Education Ministry for further considerations and utilisation at National level.
  5. Mr. Kovind urged States and Union Territories to fill the vacant seats of Vice Chancellors and Teachers for effective implementation of the new policy at higher education level.

(News on Air, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • Ram Mandir Vyavastha
  1. राममंदिर संग पर्यटकों के लिए बनेगा एग्रो बेस इंडस्ट्रियल कॉरिडोर, मूर्तिकला को मिलेगी खास तवज्जो

Key points:

  1. श्रीराममंदिर निर्माण के साथ प्रदेश सरकार यहां पर्यटकों के लिए एग्रो बेस इंडस्ट्रियल कॉरिडोर बनाने की तैयारी में है।
  2. इसमें यहां की खासियत को ब्रांड बनाया जाएगा। खासकर सांस्कृतिक, पौराणिक व कृषि आधारित वस्तुओं को लघु उद्योगों से जोड़ने की तैयारी है। 
  3. हुनरमंदों को सरकार कम ब्याज दर पर लोन भी दिलाएगी। इसके लिए पूरा प्रस्ताव तैयार हो रहा है।
  4. इसका फायदा यह होगा कि स्थानीय हुनरमंदों को रोजगार तो मिलेगा ही साथ में पर्यटक अयोध्या की स्थानीय वस्तुओं से रूबरू भी हो सकेंगे।

(Amar Ujala, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • Ram temple construction committee chairman Nripendra Mishra’s visit to Ayodhya begins today

Key points:

  1. Nripendra Misra, the chairman of Ram Mandir construction committee, will visit Ayodhya on Monday to review preparations for the construction of the shrine.
  2. Misra along with the members of the Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirath Kshetra Trust will inspect the Ram Janmabhoomi campus and will meet engineers of the Larsen & Toubro (L&T), the construction company that has been awarded the contract of the project.
  3. During his two-day visit, Misra will also discuss the temple’s layout plan with architects Nikhil Sompura and Ashish Sompura – the sons of Chandrakant Sompura, the main architect of the Ram Mandir. The Sompuras are expected to reach Ayodhya from Ahmedabad on Tuesday.

(HT, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • Kashmir after removing 370
  1. J&K UT Govt evacuates about 4,06,528 residents stranded in other parts of country

Key points:

  1. AIR Jammu Correspondent reports that the UT administration has received 138 special trains at Jammu and Udhampur railway stations from different states and UTs with 1,21,496 passengers while about 2,85,032 persons from other states and UTs including 934 from abroad have been evacuated through Lakhanpur via road till date.
  2. Besides, about 2364 stranded passengers have entered the UT through Lakhanpur during the last 24 hours while 1053 passengers reached Jammu today in 117th Delhi COVID special train.
  3. So far, 117 trains reached Jammu with 1,05,800 stranded passengers while 15,696 passengers reached Udhampur in 21 special trains belonging to different districts of the UT.

(News on Air, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • Fruits & vegetables in J&K covered under ‘Operation Green’s TOP to TOTAL’ scheme

Key points:

  1. In Jammu and Kashmir, what could be termed as a shot in arm for farmers of J&K, the Centre has brought majority of fruits and vegetables grown in Jammu under a fresh initiative of Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.
  2. Almost all fruits and vegetables in J&K are covered under the ‘Operation Green’s TOP to TOTAL’ scheme.
  3. The announcement of new initiative is aimed at to support farmers of Fruits and Vegetables under Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan in order to prevent distress sales, Price stabilization interventions under Central Sector Scheme- “Operation Greens” which has been extended from Tomato, Onion and Potato (TOP) to all notified fruits and vegetables (TOTAL) for a period of six months on pilot basis.

(News on Air, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • Advisor to J&K LG Farooq Khan listens to grievances & demands of several deputations & individuals

Key points:

  1. In Jammu and Kashmir, Advisor to LG, Farooq Khan today met several deputations and individuals and listened to their grievances and demands at Banquet Hall Canal Road, Jammu.
  2. As many as 88 deputations and individuals met the Advisor during the weekly public hearing camp and projected a number of issues seeking immediate redress for their concerns.
  3. Several deputations of Sarpanches from various areas of Jammu district raised different developmental issues like road connectivity, water supply issuance of BPL ration cards and other issues.

(News on Air, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Punjab
  1. कोरोना से जंग: पंजाब में इस साल रिटायर्ड नहीं होंगे डॉक्टर्स, संक्रमण के बढ़ते मामलों को देखते हुए सीएम ने सभी का सेवा काल बढ़ाया; वीक एंड लॉकडाउन जारी रहेगा

Key points:

  1. पंजाब में कोरोना महामारी आए दिन खौफनाक होती जा रही है। इसी के चलते सोमवार को प्रदेश के मुख्यमंत्री कैप्टन अमरिंदर सिंह ने 25 विधायकों के साथ हालात से निपटने के इंतजामों को लेकर समीक्षा बैठक की|
  2.  बैठक में हुई चर्चा के बाद सूबे के व्यापारियों को वीक एंड लॉकडाउन यानी शनिवार और रविवार को कोई राहत नहीं दी गई है।
  3. इस दौरान कोरोना पॉजिटिव पाए जाने वाले मरीजों की सूची गोपनीय रखने का भी ऐलान किया गया है।
  4. दूसरी ओर डीजीपी को निर्देश दिए कि महामारी संबंधी लोगों में अफवाहें फैलाने या झूठा प्रचार करने वाले वेब चैनलों पर कड़ी कार्रवाई की जाए।
  5. साथ ही कोविड के मामलों और इसके कारण होने वाली मौतों की बढ़ती संख्या के मद्देनजर पंजाब के मुख्यमंत्री कैप्टन अमरिन्दर सिंह ने सोमवार को 60 वर्ष से कम आयु के सभी रिटायर्ड हो रहे डॉक्टरों और माहिरों को तीन महीने का विस्तार देने का ऐलान किया है।
  6. मुख्यमंत्री कैप्टन अमरिन्दर सिंह ने मुख्य सचिव को कोविड के मामलों की बढ़ रही संख्या को देखते हुए टेक्नीशियनों और लैब सहायकों की भर्ती की प्रक्रिया तेज करने के लिए भी कहा।

(Bhaskar, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • Punjab govt to give 50,000 COVID care kits to patients

Key points:

  1. Punjab CM on Monday said his government will give 50,000 COVID care kits free of cost to patients in hospitals and home isolation to ensure their better treatment.
  2. At kit, costing Rs 1,700 each, includes an oximeter, digital thermometer, face masks and necessary medication.
  3. A spokesperson said the specially designed kits will also include a steamer, hand sanitiser besides 60 ‘giloy’ tablets, thirty Vitamin C and four Vitamin D3 tablets.

(PTI, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Uttar Pradesh
  1. दौड़ने लगी लखनऊ मेट्रो, स्टेशनों पर आधे गेट बंद, मास्क होने पर ही मिल रही एंट्री

Key points:

  1. उत्तर प्रदेश की राजधानी लखनऊ में भी मेट्रो फिर से पटरी पर दौड़ने लगी है।
  2. लखनऊ मेट्रो सेवाएं आज सुबह 7 बजे से फिर से शुरू हो गई। लखनऊ मेट्रो के संचालन को लेकर स्टेशनों और ट्रेनों के अंदर व्यवस्था बदली हुई है।
  3. रेडलाइन पर सभी स्टेशनों के आधे गेट बंद हैं, केवल दो गेट से ही प्रवेश और निकासी की व्यवस्था की गई है।
  4. ट्रेन में यात्रा के लिए एक सीट छोड़कर बैठने की व्यवस्था की गई है। 
  5. यात्रा के समय यात्री को मास्क पहनना अनिवार्य है, मास्क पहनकर नहीं आने पर मेट्रो स्टेशन पर शुल्क देकर यात्री को पहले मास्क खरीदना होगा, फिर उसे एंट्री मिलेगी। 

(Amar Ujala, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Gujarat
  1. Ahmedabad metro train service resumes

Key points:

  1. To ensure social distancing, a maximum of 90 passengers are being allowed to travel per trip between Vastral and Apparel Market stations, a stretch of 6.5 kms that was made operational in March last year, officials said.
  2. Some of them feel that travelling in a metro train is a better and safer option than availing other public transport services like buses or Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS).

(PTI, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Centre
  1. Metro services in different cities including Delhi resume after gap of over five months

Key points:

  1. Metro services resumed Monday morning in different cities across the country after a gap of more than five months. These cities are Delhi, Lucknow, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad.
  2. Secretary, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, Durga Shankar Mishra said that passengers will have to follow preventive measures against COVID-19 by maintaining social distancing and wearing face mask.
  3. AIR correspondent reports that in the first stage, Delhi Metro resumed services in a graded manner today, with elaborate measures for crowd management ensuring hygiene to check the spread of COVID-19.
  4. The Yellow Line connecting Samaypur Badli and HUDA City Centre in Gurgaon was the first one to be opened.

(News on Air, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Bihar
  1. Bihar govt to impose total shutdown in containment zones till Sept 30

Key points:

  1. In a bid to contain the further spread of COVID-19, the Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government has decided to impose total shutdown in containment zones till September 30.
  2. The state government will abide by the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for ‘unlock 4’.
  3. Last week, the Centre had issued guidelines for the fourth phase of ‘unlock’, allowing more activities outside the containment zones.

(News on Air, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Madhya Pradesh
  1. MP govt to add 3600 oxygen beds, 564 ICU beds added for Coronavirus treatment till Oct 31

Key points:

  1. This will increase such beds to 11 thousand 710 and 2 thousand 488 respectively.
  2. It was also decided that patients can voluntarily pay bills, fully or partially, at designated hospitals which are treating free of cost at the moment.
  3. Mr. Sarang informed that command control centres with ambulances and doctors were being established in every district to monitor the health of 40 percent of the patients living in home isolation in Madhya Pradesh.

(News on Air, 7 September 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat Swadeshi News Feed: September 6th 2020

  • Investment by other countries
  1. Top 10 funding deals bagged by Chennai startups amidst lockdown

Key points:

  1. BankBazaar : Online financial service marketplace raised two rounds of funding during the lockdown, amounting to $9.78 million. In April, the startup raised Rs 29 crore as part of its ongoing Series D round from existing investors, including Amazon, Sequoia, and Walden SKT Venture Fund,
  2. Flinto: In July, edtech startup Flinto Learning Solutions raised $7.2 million in pre-Series B funding led by Lightbox Ventures.
  3. WayCool: Agritech startup WayCool raised two rounds of funding during the lockdown, totalling $5.6 million.
  4. YAP: In April, API platform YAP raised $4.5 million in its Series A round of funding led by Singapore-based venture capital firm BEENEXT. 
  5. Specsmakers: In July, Specsmakers, an optical chain with 260 stores in south India, raised Rs 23 crore from Eight Roads Ventures.
  6. Grinntech: In August, Grinntech closed a round of $2 million from a set of high net-worth individuals (HNIs) and senior people from the automotive industry.
  7. Big Bang Boom Solutions: In July, defence tech startup Big Bang Boom Solutions raised $1 million through Mumbai Angels Network in their overall $1.5 million Series A funding round-size.
  8. CreditMantri: In May, online credit management startup, CreditMantri raised a little over Rs 6 crore ($803,146) from a clutch of existing investors including IDG Ventures, Elevar Equity, and impact investor Accion.
  9. GUVI: In April, Guvi Geek Network Private Limited, which owns and operates vernacular-language based education tech startup Guvi, raised Rs 6 crore in its pre-Series A round of funding from Education Catalyst Fund, an education-focused venture capital fund managed by CBA Capital.
  10. Chai Waale: In July, tea brand Chai Waale raised Rs 1.75 crore in funding from a group of angel investors

(Your Story, 6 September 2020) News link

  • Startup in Bharat by Bhartiya
    • This ‘Made in India’ app aims to make bookkeeping easy for MSME sector

Key points:

  1. According to Statista, India has nearly 700 million internet users across the country at present. Despite this, the digital adoption among small businesses is very low. While accounting software is a favourite for big businesses, most MSMEs in the country still do their accounts on paper.
  2. Founded by Yash Raj Agrawal, GimBooks is a cloud-based bookkeeping and business management platform that aims to make business easy for millions of small entrepreneurs by providing them a convenient mobile first, easy-to-use, and affordable solution.
  3. Yash worked as a business analyst with Target Corporation before he started his own venture of trading in Pyrolysis products. He got into the niche waste recycling industry with Pyrolysis as a trader of pyrolysis products. He pioneered in introducing pyrolysis products to many industries at a pan India level. This involved frequent transactions and invoice keeping with multiple vendors.
  4. The startup has also tied up with banks and has introduced updates such as neo banking activities, lending, and insurance for its users.
    (Your Story, 6 September 2020) News Link
  • 5 startups by ‘green entrepreneurs’ whose products are environmentally sustainable Aims to Eat Fresh and Store Less

Key points:

  1. EcoRight: Founded in 2017 in Ahmedabad, EcoRight has 18 product lines and 140 SKUs available in around 11 ecommerce websites. The startup says it makes products that are ethically, socially, legally, and environmentally audited as per the pillar standards of SEDEX 4. Its products, which include tote bags, work bags, backpacks, etc., are reusable, made with natural products, and are developed with innovative fabrics to make products better for the environment. Aimed at finding solutions to environmental problems such as plastic waste, the ecommerce startup claims that each bag it sells will, in turn, replace the use of 50-100 plastic bags. Each of the handbag designs features an eco-friendly message or a pun to spread awareness about the harmful effects of plastics.
  2. Chalk and Chuckles: Pallavi Agarwal and Prachi Agarwal founded Chalk and Chuckles which shapes children’s learning, skills, and experiences based on the games they play. Calling themselves “play advocates,” the Delhi-based entrepreneurs discourage the use of gadgets like a smartphone, laptop, PSP, and so on, to entertain children, citing the impact on the child’s cognitive growth The startup creates every product keeping the planet and the environment in mind. The toys are handcrafted MDF (Class I), and are printed using soy-based ink. Each of its products is tested for compliance on international safety standards and none of them run on batteries or chargers.
  3. Love Organically: Love Organically is a Mumbai-based beauty manufacturing brand which claims to produce 100 percent natural and chemical-free products. It was founded by Deepshika Deshmukh who is a student of Ayurveda. She has conducted in-depth research and consultations with experts from the Ayurveda field, as well as doctors, on her family’s skin nutrition secrets. Every product includes nutrients from flower extracts, essentials oils, and aromatic botanicals.
  4. Krya Sustainable Goodies: Krya Sustainable Goodies was founded in 2010 by Srinivas Krishnaswamy and Preethi Sukumaran to create environmentally-friendly products. The entrepreneurs say they use natural ingredients.Krya Sustainable Goodies produces goods that address the issues of sustainable city living. Based on the principles of Ayurveda, the startup says its products are natural, vegan, and organic in nature. The laundry detergent is claimed to be 100 percent plant-based.
  5. MINC: It was founded by Mini Varkey Shibu and Kochery C Shibu in 2007. Mini is an alumnus of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, and calls herself passionate about eco-fashion, minimalist design, and khadi. Kochery, on the other hand, is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy with a career in the Indian Navy. He has experience in setting up design studios, and has worked in the areas of operational development promotions and vendor development. The startup designs garments while only using natural fabrics, azo-free environment-friendly dyes, and closure made from natural materials like wood, coconut, etc. It also promotes khadi, and the team believes in promoting green living through eco-fashion.
    (Your Story, 6 September 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat Swadeshi News Feed: September 5th 2020

  1. खाट के नीचे एक किलो मशरूम उगाकर की थी शुरुआत, आज हर महीने कमातीं हैं 90 हज़ार रूपये

Key points:

  1. यह बीना की ही मेहनत है, जिस कारण अब मशरुम की खेती उनके 105 पड़ोसी गाँवों में भी मशहूर हो गई है। इन इलाकों से बीना ने करीब 10,000 ग्रामीण महिलाओं को ट्रेनिंग दी है।
  2. इसी साल  बीना को भारत के राष्ट्रपति, रामनाथ कोविद द्वारा नारी शक्ति पुरस्कार से सम्मानित किया गया है। 8 मार्च को, 16 अन्य महिलाओं के साथ उन्हें भी इस प्रतिष्ठित पुरस्कार से नवाज़ा गया था।
  3. एक किलोग्राम मशरुम उगाने से लेकर ‘मशरुम महिला’ के नाम से जाने जाने का सफर बीना के लिए काफी असाधारण रहा है।

(The Better India, 5 September 2020) News Link

  1. ClickNit: Aims to Eat Fresh and Store Less

Key points:

  1. Most of the e-commerce companies failed because of too easy access to capital and unproven business models with no true revenue streams.
  2. ClickNit is an eCommerce company designed to become market leader in daily micro-delivery service and to provide all home needs at doorstep with lowest possible price. Build on the unique Indian habit of getting fresh milk delivered home every morning.
  3. In next three years ClickNit intends to create an icon e-commerce brand through laser focused marketing and will grow to 100 Million IN
    (Taza Tadka, 5 September 2020) News Link
  • Why Pooja Bedi ventured into the world of entrepreneurship with a wellness marketplace

Key points:

  1. Founded by actor and TV show host Pooja Bedi, Happy Soul is a Goa-based multi-vendor ecommerce marketplace that aggregates wellness products, services, and experiences.
  2. “Both require hard work, networking, discipline, and team spirit. Acting requires you to spend on yourself to grow your business; entrepreneurship requires spending on others to do so. But acting doesn’t have a daily routine; entrepreneurship does,” says Pooja, actor and Founder of wellness startup Happy Soul.
  3. In 2020, Pooja launched her Goa-based startup, Happy Soul, a multi-vendor ecommerce portal that aggregates the best of wellness products, services, and experiences.
  4. The founder says dealing with government compliances and protocols has been daunting.
    (Your Story, 5 September 2020) News Link

Hijacking Onam – Hinduphobic attack on Dharmic roots of festivals like Onam are bereft of any Puranic and Literary Evidence

Puranic and contemporary evidence of Onam or Vamana Jayanthi show how rooted is the festival in Hindu religious texts and puranas. These evidence flies in the face of Marxist-Evangelist-Atheist groups who are out to malign and destroy Sanatana Dharma. All their attempts fall flat yet year after year, yet they unabashedly continue their Hinduphobic tirade – Sahadev K

An annual trend that has picked up in recent years and gathering momentum– cutting off the Hindu ithihaasa- purana origins of Hindu festivals, spinning a web of lies and half-truths,then converting these Hindu festivals into secular festivals. One such casualty is Onam festival where the attempt is to portray the festival as a war between Brahmin led Aryans and dalit led Dravidians. The hijacking of Onam and converting it into a Hindu bashing event is evident from the following tweet by the Finance Minister of Kerala, Sri Thomas Issac.
 
“Happy Onam! We celebrate Mahabali who did not discriminate by caste or creed, not Vamana who cheated him. This edition of harvest festival has something to celebrate. Kerala has announced floor prices for 14 types of vegetables in its drive for self-sufficiency in vegetables.”

Another tweet by a Kerala Christian lady – @alindaMjan goes as follows:

“Onam is not a Hindu festival. Onam does not glorify a Hindu god. Onam is celebrated in memory of the Asura Dravidian king, the one who was banished by Vamana out of jealousy. Apparently, they couldn’t accept the fact that a Dravidian Asura was a better king than the Aryan Devas!”
 
The secular version of Onam festival is that it is not a Hindu festival nor does it have anything to do with any Hindu gods. It marks the return of an Asura King Maveli, who was banished by a Hindu God who was jealous of the Asuran king!
 
Few churches in Kerala have gone one step ahead and as part of their “inculturation” strategy, digested Onam festival, stripped it of its Hindu roots and celebrate the same in Churches. Needless to say, Bible verses are quoted while doing so. In 1604, Church authorities in Kerala banned Christians from attending or celebrating Hindu festivals like Onam. Yet to pursue their own selfish agenda of proselytization, Church and Christians violate their own rules. Screenshots of historical and contemporary texts give ample evidence of this ban.

Christian digestion of Onam festival

History of Kerala Vol 1 by K.P. Padmanabha Menon and Synod of Damper: significance and contributions in the history of Christianity in India by Arum Thomas Abraham, Priest, and Mar Thomas Syrian Church of Malabar show how Christians were prohibited from attending Onam.

History of Kerala Vol 1 by K.P. Padmanabha Menon (Left) Synod of Damper (Right) 

Thus it is very clear that a calculated attempt is being made by non-Hindus especially Christians, atheists and Communists to use Onam festival to bash Hindus, to bring forth the “evil Aryan vs. innocent Dravidian” narrative. The fact that the Christian church had forbade celebration of Onam by Christians is brushed under the carpet by these Christians. To create caste divisions and animosity amongst Hindus, celebration of Onam as a purely Hindu festival as per age old traditions based on puranas is given a twisted interpretation “an insistence to celebrate the defeat of the struggles of the untouchables and the lower-castes of our country “- (James Michael on Round Table India). Brahmin bashing caricatures are drawn and shared in social media platforms and made use of in Hindu bashing articles published in various web sites.
 
Let us look at the puranic and ancient literary references to Onam festival as also contemporary books, travelogues of Europeans visiting or staying in India. A study of all these materials reveals that Onam is not a festival limited to Kerala alone but to the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu and very interestingly it is also celebrated in Ambala-Patiala-Nahan areas of north India as “Baman (Bhadrapada) Dwadashi” or “Vamana Jayanthi” or “Trivikrama Jayanthi “ in other parts of India.

ANCIENT TAMIL LITERATURE

From ancient days, Onam was celebrated in Tamilakam (Tamilnadu-Kerala) not as festival of Bali but as birthday of “Asura destroying” Lord Vishnu.This is mentioned in ancient Sangam literature in a poem called Maturaikkāñci.
 
Bhagavata Purana (8.18.5) says Lord Vishnu took birth as Vamana on Shravana Dvadashi. This is exactly the time of Uthradom (Onam Eve). The Onam festival is celebrated for four days until Purnima. Even South Indian tradition agrees that Onam marks birth of Lord Vishnu as Vamana. Onam is a celebration of birth and victory of Lord Vishnu as Vamana and return of his devotee king Mahabali to earth. Mahabali comes back every year from sutala to see his land & celebrate Lord Vamana’s birth at Vamana temple in Thrikkakara (=”place of holy foot”) in Kochi. This tradition of celebrating Onam as birthday of Vishnu continued to be celebrated in the middle ages.

Onam was celebrated not as festival of Bali but as birthday of “Asura destroying” Lord Vishnu as mentioned in Sangam literature poem called Maturaikkāñci

Medieval literature like the 10th century Divya Prabandham shows Onam continued to be celebrated as festival of Lord Vishnu. Rice and fruits were prepared and offered to Vishnu.

Medieval literature like the 10th century Divya Prabandham shows Onam continued to be celebrated as festival of Lord Vishnu

That Onam was a festival of Lord Vishnu is confirmed by Independent sources. William Logan, a Scottish civil servant of 19th cent noted in his “Malabar Manual” that Onam was the day on which Vishnu descended to make his people happy. Along with Vishnu came Vishnu’s devotee Bali.
 
Francis Day was a 17th century East India Company administrator who lived in Kerala and Tamilnadu. He wrote a book about Kerala based on his ethnographic study.In his book, he reproduced the stories of Onam he heard from local people. It is very clear that descent of king Mahabali to earth is to see his people live happily and not to act as a revengeful Aryan god out to destroy a Dravidian asura as made out by anti-Hindu forces.

He also writes in his book that Keralites of his day believed Onam marked the day when Lord Vishnu wandered about the earth. Along with Vishnu came his devotee Mahabali.

Travel diaries of William Logan and Francis Day record Onam as a festival to celebrate the day Vishnu descended to make his people happy
Francis Day writes in his book that Keralites of his day believed Onam marked the day when Lord Vishnu wandered about the earth

Even today, the most important part of Onam celebrations is Thrikkakara Appan, which is a clay Pyramid representing Lord Vamana who is worshiped as the guest. This only shows how communists and evangelists have systematically divorced Onam from its Hindu roots. Vishnu comes to test Bali’s generosity. He becomes satisfied & grants Bali any boon he wishes. But Bali has only one wish. To always be with Vishnu. Vishnu grants the wish. He leaves Vaikunta and repairs to Bali’s new abode Sutala where there is no fear, hatred, disease.

Srimad Bhagavatam (5.24) says Lord Vamana served as gatekeeper of Bali in Sutala which is grander than Svarga. Vamana kicked Ravana out of Sutala when Ravana invaded Sutala.Such is the beautiful relation between Bhagavan and Bhatka. Hateful marxists are not sparing even that.
 
Onam or Vamana Jayanthi is not a festival limited to Kerala alone. It is celebrated across the country. In some parts it is confined to Vishnu temples celebrating it while in other parts it is celebrated by general public in different forms. For all that nonsense about ‘Aryan’ Vamana and ‘Dravidian’ Mahabali. Here is a pre-modern painting from Mankot (c.1700). The dark skinned dwarf is beautiful Vamana. The Brahmin with tuft (choti) in the painting is none other than Mahabali. Mahabali was descendant of Rishi Kashyapa and a Brahmin.

Without knowledge of this basic fact, atheists, Marxists and other Brahmin bashing groups portray him as a victim of Brahmin arrogance. The other Brahmin is Shukracharya who was guru of Raja bali and is standing behind. The missing eye of Shukracharya in the painting has scriptural evidence. As Raja Bali washes the feet of Vamana, Shukracharya takes the form of a sookshma jeevi and attempts to stop the flow of water. Vamana thrusts his finger and it hits Shukracharya’s eye.

Devotees in Nahan, Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh, take out Bawan Makars (Idols of Bhagvan Vamana) to commemorate appearance of Bhagvan Vamana

Hindus of Patiala-Ambala-Nahan region celebrate a traditional festival named “Bawan Dwadashi” (Vamana Jayanti). The festival is dedicated to worship of Bhagvan Vamana who appeared on this day & performed Uddhara of King Bali (grandson of Sri Vishnu devotee Prahlad). This festival is recorded in documents pertaining British rule.The Travellers Companion published in 1907 mentions about this festival terming it as largest and most important fair of (Ambala) district. Processions of Thakur (Vishnu) are taken all around city. The Tradition is still continued by Hindus of Patiala, Ambala, Jagadhari (Yamuna Nagar) and Nahan (Sirmaur) when deities from temples are taken out in a procession on “Bhadon Sudi Dwadashi” (Bhadon=Bhadrapada).
 
Devotees observe fast & undertake ritual baths on this day. Similarly in Nahan, Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh, devotees take out Bawan Makars (Idols of Bhagvan Vamana) to commemorate appearance of Bhagvan Vamana. Palnas ( Palanquins) are taken out from different Vishnu temples and finally brought to Jagannath temple of the city. The unique thing in this festival is that Idols are stowed in a boat along with the palna & then floated in a tank/kund/sarovar. Pujari rows the boat and performs parikrama of the temple. In the midnight after final worship, deities return to respective abode. This is a unique festival of the undivided “Punjab Haryana Himachal” region.
 
Strong puranic and contemporary evidence of Onam or Vamana Jayanthi being rooted in Hindu religious texts and puranas as presented above flies in the face of Marxist-Evangelist-Atheist groups who are out to malign and destroy Sanatana Dharma. All their attempts fall flat yet year after year, they unabashedly continue their tirade against Sanatana Dharma.
 
(The author is an associate at Centre for South Indian Studies, Hyderabad. The article is based on tweets of @TIInexile, @RajSharma1857 and @abhilegend000 whose contribution is gratefully acknowledged).

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Rising Bharat International News Feed: September 1st 2020

Relations With USA

  1. चीन को घेरने की तैयारी:अमेरिका, भारतऑस्ट्रेलिया और जापान को मिलाकर नाटो जैसा संगठन बनाना चाहता है, दिल्ली में मिल सकते हैं चारो देश

Key points:

  1. चीन पर लगाम कसने के लिए वह नार्थ अटलांटिक ट्रीटी ऑर्गनाइजेशन (नाटो) जैसा एक गठबंधन बना सकता है। अमेरिका के उप विदेश मंत्री स्टीफेन बिगन ने सोमवार को इसकी जानकारी दी। उन्होंने कहा कि चारों देशों की बैठक दिल्ली में होने की उम्मीद है।
  2. उन्होंने यह भी बताया कि इस तरह का गठबंधन तभी होगा जब दूसरे देश अमेरिका के जितने ही प्रतिबद्ध होंगे। बिगन ने कहा कि मालाबार नेवल एक्सरसाइज में ऑस्ट्रेलिया का भाग लेना डिफेंस ब्लॉक बनाने की इस दिशा में एक कदम है।

( Bhaskar, 1 September, 2020) News Link

Relations With Nepal

  1. नेपाल ने भारत को पिछले वित्त वर्ष में बेची 60 करोड़ रुपये की बिजली

Key points:

  1. नेपाल ने पिछले वित्त वर्ष भारत को 95.70 करोड़ नेपाली रुपये (करीब 60 करोड़ भारतीय रुपये) की बिजली का निर्यात किया। नेपाल विद्युत प्राधिकरण द्वारा प्रकाशित रिपोर्ट के मुताबिक, दोनों देशों के बीच समझौते के तहत 2019-20 में नेपाल ने भारत को 10.70 करोड़ यूनिट बिजली का निर्यात किया। यह पड़ोसी देश को अब तक का सबसे ज्यादा बिजली निर्यात है।

( Amar Ujala, 1 September, 2020) News Link

Relations With Bangladesh

  1. भारत में बन रही कोविड वैक्सीन पर टिकी बांग्लादेश की उम्मीद, एसआईआई में निवेश

Key points:

  1. बांग्लादेश का बेक्सिमको फर्मास्युटिकल्स भारत की सिरम इंस्टीट्यूट में इसी उम्मीद से निवेश कर रहा है कि वैक्सीन तैयार होते ही उसे प्राथमिकता के आधार पर वो मिल सकेगी।
  2. ढाका में दोनों कंपनियों के बीच हुए करार के बाद कहा गया है कि दोनों ही कंपनियां चाहती हैं कि जल्दी से जल्दी इस महामारी से लड़ने की क्षमता पैदा हो और वैक्सीन लोगों तक पहुंचे।

(Amar Ujala, 1 September, 2020) News Link