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The songs sung at the curtain raiser event were thematic and used 8 languages, in accordance with the values of the Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair

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  • Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair curtain raiser event was officially dedicated to the late Carnatic vocalist, M S Subbalakshmi to mark and celebrate her centennial birthday
  • The event was completely voluntary and was a celebration of culture and revising the traditions
  • 25 rathas (chariots) also started their journey around the area simultaneously from Kabeleeshwarar Temple to extend the core messages and values of the event

More than 11,000 female students came together to sing on the July 23, from 5 to 6 pm at the A.M. Jain College Grounds, Chennai for the second curtain raiser of the 8th Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair that will be celebrated from August 2-8, this year, in 2016.

The songs sung at the curtain raiser event were thematic and used 8 languages, in accordance with the values of the Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair. The 6 themes included Sustainable Environment, Inculcate Family and Human Values, Preserve Ecology, Foster Women’s Honor, Instil Patriotism, and Conserve Forest and Protect wildlife. These themes are in tune with the core concepts of the Sanathana Dharma, and the event was aimed at audiences to create awareness, mentioned the hssf.in Website.

Juhi Chawla at Inauguration of the Hindu Spirituality and Service Fair, Feb 2016. Image source: India Glamour
Juhi Chawla at Inauguration of the Hindu Spirituality and Service Fair, Feb 2016. Image source: India Glamour

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25 rathas (chariots) also started their journey around the area simultaneously from Kabeleeshwarar Temple to extend the core messages and values of the Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair. The chariots went around to school children in Chennai, Kancheepuram, and Thiruvallur mentioned the hssf.in Website.

The ‘ganathon’ and the rath yatra (chariot-journey) were jointly initiated by Moral and Cultural Training Foundation (IMCTF) and the Hindu Spiritual and Service Foundation (HSSF). The event was planned to encourage unity and peace.

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The event was completely voluntary and was mentioned by S Gurumurthy, a columnist, and commentator, as “a celebration of culture and revising the traditions”. “Hindu ethos and culture is a way of life in India and it is not the narrowing religion,” he added.

Rajalakshmi, Managing Trustee of the Moral and Cultural Training Foundation, said, “A month-long preparation was being made for the ganathon,” the songs were also recorded, and the CDs were distributed to schools and colleges. This was done about a month ago and was spread over institutions across the city, he said.

The event was a curtain raiser for the Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair due to begin on the August 2. It was officially dedicated to the late Carnatic vocalist, M S Subbalakshmi to mark and celebrate her centennial birthday.

The fair has been planned to last 6 days and is meant to illustrate the Hindu lifestyle and divinity based on religious principles.

– prepared by Varsha Gupta of NewsGram. Twitter: @VarshaGupta94

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India China’s Fight Over the Doklam Plateau Explained

Doklam or Donglang, is a disputed area between China and Bhutan located near their tri-junction with India

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  • India and China have an old history of disputes
  • This time, the dispute is regarding the Dokplam Plateau
  • The area is of strategic importance for both the nations

Disputes between India and China are not at all uncommon. The rivalry between the two nations is famous. There have been several disputes between the two on the India-China border in past, and there seems to be no stopping for these disputes in the present or future, for that matter.

India and China have a n old history of repeated disputes. zeenews.india.com
India and China have an old history of repeated disputes. zeenews.india.com

In June 2017, the world witnessed yet another dispute arising between India and China. This time the dispute was about China building a road extending to Doklam Plateau, which both nations have been fighting over for years now.

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History of the dispute 

Doklam or Donglang (in Chinese), is a disputed area between China and Bhutan located near their tri-junction with India. India doesn’t directly claim the area but supports Bhutan’s claims on it.

India fits into the picture, as this plateau is an important area for India. Not only is Bhutan one of the biggest allies of India; China gaining access over the Doklam Plateau will also endanger India’s borders, making them vulnerable to attacks.

Dopkam plateau is an important area near India, China and Bhutan's borders.
Dopkam plateau is an important area near India, China and Bhutan’s borders.

Apart from the hostile history of the two nations, the Doklam Plateau is also important for India to maintain its control over a land corridor that connects to its remote northeastern States. China building a road through Doklam surely threatens that control.

A complete timeline of what happened in the recent Doklam Standoff 

On 16 June 2017, Chinese troops with construction vehicles and excavators began extending an existing road southward on the Doklam plateau, near India’s border. It was Bhutan which raised the alarm for India.

On 18 June 2017, India responded by sending around 270 Indian troops, with weapons and two bulldozers to evict the Chinese troops from Doklam.

On 29 June 2017, Bhutan protested against the construction of a road in the disputed territory.  According to the Bhutanese government, China attempted to extend a road in an area which is shared both Bhutan and India, along with China.

Between 30 June 2017 and 5 July 2017, China released multiple statements justifying their claim over the Doklam plateau. They cited reasons as to why the Doklam standoff wasn’t really needed. And how China has not intruded into India’s territory to incite the standoff.

On 19th July 2017, China asked India again to withdraw its troops from the Doklam. On 24th July 2017,  Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in his statement, asked India to withdraw and behave themselves to maintain peace.

India and China seem to never agree when it comes to their borders. BBC
India and China seem to never agree when it comes to their borders. BBC

Also Read: Why India Must Counter China’s High-Altitude Land Grab?

What followed till 16th August 2017 was China constantly alleging India of trying to create trouble. They accused India of trying to disturb the peace and not withdrawing the troops, even after repeated reminders. They also accused India of bullying.

India, however, kept quiet during the whole fiasco, only releasing a statement regarding their stand and position at the Doklam standoff.

On 28 August 2017, India and China finally announced that they had agreed to pull their troops back from the Doklam standoff. The withdrawal was completed on that very day.

On 7 September 2017, many media reports claimed that both nation’s troops have not left the site completely. They were still patrolling the area, simply having moved 150 meters away from their previous position.

On 9 October 2017, China announced that it is ready to maintain peace with India at the frontiers. India reacted in affirmative, the peace was established when Indian Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman’s visited Nathu La.

The issue between the two nations may rise again. Pixabay
The issue between the two nations may rise again. Pixabay

The Doklam issue, for now, is resolved. However, given the history of disputes between India and China, it won’t be a surprise if the issue resurfaces again in near future.