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PM Modi outlines new scheme on Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday outlined a new scheme “Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat” (one India, great India) on the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in which two states would form a partnership for a period of one year.

Flagging off the ‘Run for Unity’ at the Rajpath here, Modi took a dig at “nepotism” in politics and said Sardar Patel’s life showed how influential connections were not necessary to gain entry into the political arena.

Modi also administered a national unity pledge to the thousands of people, which included school and college students, paramilitary force personnel, and people residing in and around Delhi, who had gathered at the Rajpath since early morning.

He said the Britishers wanted to divide the country and cause clashes among princely states but Sardar Patel united the country in those circumstances.

“Sardar Patel showed political dexterity. It was difficult to convince princely states but he did it. Chanakya had sought to unite the country. Later, it was Sardar Patel who tried to unite the country,” Modi said.

Outlining the new scheme “Ek Bharat, Shresth Bharat”, Modi said the government was working on it in consultation with states and had formed a committee to work out its modalities.

He said under the scheme, two states would undertake a unique partnership for one year which would be marked by cultural and student exchanges.

He said people of a state in partnership should travel to other state and students should learn its songs.

Modi said Sardar Patel had given us “Ek Bharat” and it was now up to us to make it “Shresth Bharat”.

The prime minister recalled Sardar Patel’s initiatives as mayor of Ahmedabad during the 1920s, including a campaign for cleanliness and a proposal for 50 percent reservation for women.

Modi also paid tribute to former prime minister Indira Gandhi on her death anniversary.

Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Venkaiah Naidu, Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal were among those present at the event.

 

(IANS)

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Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel : Remembering Iron Man of India on his death anniversary

Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's life was an inspiration. Here are few facts and memories about him on his death anniversary

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Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Iron Man of India (Wikimedia)
  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel played a vital role in Indian freedom movement and persuaded the princely states to accede to independent India.

  • PM Modi and others paid tributes to Sardar Patel on death anniversary. “We remember the great Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Patel on his Punya Tithi. Every Indian is indebted to Sardar Patel for his monumental service to our nation,” PM tweeted.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, popularly known as Sardar Patel, played a major role in Indian freedom movement. The credit of persuading the princely states to accede to Republic of India goes to him. For his contribution towards national integration, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel earned the title of ‘Iron Man of India’. In 2014, the government declared his birthday, October 31, as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day).

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Pandit Nehru and Sardar Patel with Mahatama Gandhi (Wikimedia

Facts about Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was born on October 31, 1875, in Gujarat. He studied law in London, he aced the Barrister -at- Law examination there. Sardar Patel practiced law in India and then became one of the most successful lawyers in the country.
  • Sardar Patel was married to Jhaverba and had a daughter Maniben and son Dahyabhai. His wife died of cancer when their children were just 5 and 3 years old. Sardar Patel with his family’s support raised the children.
  • Sardar Patel was offered a job for the British government on multiple occasions, but turned them all down.
  • During Congress elections in 1946, thirteen out of sixteen states chose Sardar Patel as their president, who was the more popular candidate and would have eventually become the first Prime Minister of independent India. But upon Gandhi’s request, he stepped down as a candidate and endorsed Jawaharlal Nehru instead.
  • Sardar Patel worked extensively against alcohol consumption, untouchability, caste discrimination and for women emancipation in Gujarat and outside.
  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1991.

Sardar Patel Statue of Unity

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Proposed Sardar Patel statue (Statue of unity)

Sardar Patel Statue of Unity is tribute to great man of India, it will also boost tourism. The Statue of Unity is an iconic 182 meter tall landmark statue dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Post completion in 2018, the Statue of Unity will be the world’s tallest statue. A monument of this stature is supposed to act as a catalyst to accelerate growth of the Narmada District, benefitting the resident population at large. The vision behind Sardar Patel Statue of Unity is to develop the place as a source of inspiration for ages to come.

In today’s world we can seek inspiration from Iron Man of India whose ideology was “India first”, Sardar Patel undoubtedly will be the source of inspiration for ages to come.

– by Shaurya Ritwik, Shaurya is Sub-Editor at NewsGram and writes on Geo-politcs, Culture, Indology and Business. Twitter Handle – @shauryaritwik

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Prince Charles Arrives in New Delhi for two day Visit to Meet PM Narendra Modi

Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, accompanied by his wife arrived New Delhi for a two-day visit to India to complete their 10-day four-nation tour

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Prince Charles visits India with his wife for two days. Wikimedia.

New Delhi, Nov 9: Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, accompanied by his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker-Bowles, arrived New Delhi on Wednesday on a two-day visit to India at the final leg of their 10-day four-nation tour that also took them to Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei.

“Their Royal Highnesses Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive,” the British High Commission in India tweeted.

Prince Charles is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday evening and discuss a wide range of issues, including that of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) which will take place in April 2018 in the UK.

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Prince Charles arrives in India with his wife. IANS.

Ahead of the royal couple’s arrival, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said climate change, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), economic cooperation, and other bilateral issues would also come up for discussion.

Bilateral trade between India and Britain stands at $12.19 billion. India is the third largest investor in Britain and the second largest international job creator in that country.

Britain is the third largest inward investor in India, with a cumulative equity investment of $24.37 billion for the period April 2000-June 2017

The Indian diaspora in UK is one of the largest ethnic minority communities in the country, with the 2011 census recording approximately 1.5 million people of Indian origin equating to almost 1.8 percent of the population and contributing 6 per cent of the country’s GDP.

This will be Prince Charles ‘s ninth visit to India. He had earlier visited India in 1975, 1980, 1991, 1992, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2013. (IANS)

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Exclusive Interview: You’re never out of work, you’re constantly working ‘, says Actress Ragini Khanna

Ragini Khanna's Exclusive interview. The actress will be seen in upcoming movie Ghoomketu with Nawazuddin Siddique.

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Actress Ragini Khanna
Actress Ragini Khanna. Bubble Communications
  • Actress Ragini Khanna who got fame from TV Show ‘Sasural Genda Phool’, speaks about her experience working with Actor Nazwazzudin Siddiqui
  • Being from the family of superstar Govinda, Ragini Khanna shares her thoughts on nepotism in the industry.

‘Yes, it exists for some for many. Eventually your talent and your hard work matters’, Ragini Khanna opines about nepotism.

Q1. Why have you been away from the industry for such a long time?
I’ve honestly not been away for a very long time, I’ve been around. I was just searching for the right script and the right project to come back with. I lost health post doing a lot of television. My priority was to keep my health in checkup work which was allowed by myself. Now I’m absolutely willing to take up work because now I’m in my perfect shape and body.
Q2. Do you think going out of work is common in the industry nowadays?
You’re never out of work, you’re constantly working. It’s just about the how much visible you’re in front of the audience. In fact, I feel being too much into the audiences life is also a bit of an overdose, nowadays, everything needs to be your space. Actors are in everybody’s space. I generally believe in having a certain amount of exclusivity. As a person, I want to breathe an actor in my constant life. I don’t want an actor to be on my social media, my Facebook etc. Agreed an actor needs to be everywhere but when he has the right film or the right TV show. I could be incorrect for many people who think actors should be constantly seen, but for me, it’s more important to be rightly seen. It’s always quality over quantity.
Q3. Being from the family of Superstar Govinda, what are your views n Nepotism in the industry?
Yes, it exists for some for many. Eventually your talent and your hard work matters. Skills, crafts and your passion. For me it’s not about getting launched or making a first impression, it’s about longevity and sustaining and if ur not here for long enough then ur not good enough.
Q4. Being an actor which medium is more effort consuming, TV or Cinema?
TV is extremely physically consuming. you’re bound to lose your physical strength especially if you’re doing your daily soap. Because times constraints are too hectic. It’s extremely painful and exhausting.
Q5. Any plans to come back in the television industry? Of yes, What kind of role you would like to play?
If I get the right show, director and script, why not? I never differentiate between the mediums. For me, it was always content over the medium.
Q6.How was your experience working with one of the finest actors in Bollywood Nawazuddin Siddiqui?
My experience of working with Nawazuddin was phenomenal. He’s a very good actor and a better person to work with. He’s humble, sincere and genuine which is ideal to have all these qualities in your co-actor.
Asking about her upcoming projects, Ragini Khanna told NewsGram,’Really can’t speak much about it right now. I haven’t signed up anything. Nothing is official to speak about the project I’m considering or being considered for.’