New Delhi: In a bid to celebrate the ‘Art of Living’, New Delhi will be holding the World Cultural Festival 2016 from 11th to 13th March.
The festival aims at upholding the diversity across the globe besides focusing on the unity of human race.
However, the sole motive is to spread harmony and joy across the whole world.
The festival will bring the entire world under one umbrella of compassion and peace celebrating core values of service, humanity and spirituality.
When parts of the world are ravaged with terrorism, the culture festival aims at spreading love and compassion. Because love overflows from diverse backgrounds yet unite each other. The message is simple, spread love, it has no form and remains unspoken.
The World Cultural Festival tries to serve as a platform where not only people from diverse backgrounds interact but they exchange their culture, art, traditions and cuisine. This festival extravaganza is organised on a grand level where everyone shares love and happiness. It is expected that people across the globe from over 150 countries will attend.
Renowned artists will enthral the audience with their performances and try to unite the world.
The gala event is sponsored by Ministry of Culture, NSD, Lalit Kala Akademi and Sangeet Natak Akademi. (Inputs from agencies)(Picture courtesy: ytimg.com)
The Ministry of Culture of Trinidad and Tobago has been taken to court for discriminating against the country’s Hindu and Muslim culture
The complaint comes after the Ministry omits 11 important Indo-Trinidadian cultural events from its 2016 cultural calendar
The complaint also alleges that not one Indian oriented event was included in the Ministry’s calendar
Trinidad and Tobago, August 06, 2017: The Ministry of Culture for Trinidad & Tobago has been blamed for discriminating against its Hindu and Muslim culture. A prominent Indian activist Dr Kumar Mahabir has threatened to slap a court case on the Ministry.
The complaint submitted to Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC) by the leagl team of Dr. Mahabir alleges that the Ministry did not include even a single event that is Indian oriented in its 2016 calendar. It says that the Ministry was clearly discriminating against Indian and Hindu organizations citing the names of Institute of Indian Knowledge, Tank Sound Company, The Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha, Trinidad & Tobago Yatra Committee Inc, Karma: The Band, Missy & R Promotions, The Hindu Prachaar Kendra, International Day of Yoga Committee, Caroni Hindu Mandir, Casanova Productions, and UWI’s Film Programme Department.
In the Ministry’s 2016 calendar, these 11 important Indo-Trinidadian events were omitted. Furthermore, the calendar also missed the inclusion of several Indian Arrival Day celebrations that were held in the country after the national holiday. The Ministry of Development, Culture, and Arts has failed to include these major events which exposes the larger problem; the failure to incorporate the Indian culture in its society.
This exposure has raised many other questions. One very crucial implication is that the Ministry will not be funding these organizations. Dr. Mahabir raises the question, “Is there ethnic equity in the top hierarchy of the Ministry’s staff?
On the other hand, the Ministry of Culture is a big promoter of Christian Church organized events. It is interesting to note that at 35%, Indo-Trinidadians comprise the largest ethnic group in the society.
Dr. Kumar Mahabir had highlighted the exclusion of these several Indian events in a letter that was published regional as well as the international newspaper called ‘World Hindu News’. Dr. Mahabir, an Indo-Trinidadian himself, filed a complaint of discrimination against the Ministry.
The complaint has been launched under the discrimination category with respect to “provision of goods and services”
With ample evidence, Dr. Mahabir also claimed that Hindu and Muslim communities have suffered less favorable treatment as compared to other communities, based simply on culture and religion.
In his complaint letter, Dr. Mahabir demanded an apology by the Ministry to the communities. Further, he also demanded an explanation for the omission. However, the Ministry did not reply, the result of which has been the initiation of a legal inquiry.
Kathmandu, March 8, 2017: Bidya Devi Bhandari- President of Nepal, today inaugurated a spiritual learning centre in Nepal saying that it will ensure religious harmony in the country. Located in Dumkauli of Nawalparasi in South Nepal, Shashwatdham is also expected to promote tourism.
Sri Sri Ravi Sankar, Art of Living Founder and former King Gyanendra graced the inauguration with their presence, mentioned PTI.
According to Bhandari, the pilgrimage centre would play a crucial role in inculcating goodwill and compassion among the people.
“Unity in cultural and religious diversities is Nepal’s unique identity,” she said.
A large number of people were present on the occasion including religious leaders from Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, saints, political party leaders, journalists and business entrepreneurs.
The construction of Shashwatdham has been completed in 15 years by a major business group, Chaudhary Foundation.
This centre for spiritual learning is said to house a library, a Shiva temple, yoga hall, religious museum and a Gurukul for students willing to learn the Sanskrit language.
Chennai: Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who mastered the Art of Living, urged Gen Y to enter into the country’s political scene and ‘make the change’ in a conference on Wednesday.
Present in The New Indian Express ThinkEdu Conclave, the spiritual guru said, “Politicians are not some special class or species who have come from another planet. They are one among you, among us. So, one of you must take the lead. If you have the passion for people and service to society, you must come.”
Discussing among the gathering of curious students and academics on the wrong way politicians view their ‘jobs’ in today’s time, he said, “Unfortunately in this country and everywhere else in the world, politics is no longer a service, it has lost its sheen and respect, which it had during the time of Kamaraj and Mahatma Gandhi and a few generations before us. That needs to be set right.” He exhorted the youth to make that change, en masse. “Not one or two persons can do it, but all of you collectively can. Youth of this country have the power to bring change. So you need to ask politicians whether they’re here for service or business.”
He also spoke on the country’s ever burning issue of Corruption. Calling it a debilitating factor that took a toll not only on politics but also impacted several spheres, he held corruption responsible for obstructing a nation’s progress.
“Corruption has entered every field. One of the biggest reasons is the lack of education. It should create a sense of belonging. The sense of belonging is the only way to combat corruption. Corruption begins where this sense of belonging ends and to create this, education must be attuned to human values,” he said and added, “Whether religion should be taught in schools or not is secondary. Students should be taught ethics and values first. That is essential.”
Claiming ‘yoga’ and ‘ayurveda’ of being mediums to imbibing ethics necessary for an education with sound knowledge, Ravi Shankar said yoga should be mandatory in schools and colleges and imparted as an art.
The guru was further interrogated upon whether these practices, innately related with ‘Hindu’, give it a political colour, seeing the political repercussions on Yoga Day. He replied, “Just because Yoga or Ayurveda are part of Hinduism, it doesn’t mean that it won’t work for a non-Hindu. We are global citizens today and education has no boundaries.”
He emphasised that one should choose values and ethics without thinking twice, adding that many of the ethical and value-centric practices have their roots in Hindu culture. Despite that, they follow a scientific trajectory which proves the fact that religion and science could co-exist peacefully. (With inputs from The New Indian Express, Image Source: vishwagujarat.com)