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British MP Bob Blackman and Dr Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad with Ragasudha Vinjamuri, the writer of the transcript launching the book at the British Parliament. Photo courtesy: Asian lite

By Shubhi Mangla

London: The British Parliament has released a 300 year old text based on the life of Acharya Ramanuja, an Indian saint who lived back in the 11th century, which was transcribed by Ragasudha Vinjamuri.

An event was organized by the Sanskruti Centre for Cultural Excellence to celebrate the 999th birth anniversary of the saint. The Telugu transcript was released during the event at the Committee Room of the British Parliament.

The event was hosted by Bob Blackman MP and attended by members of 20 different spiritual, cultural and community organizations.

According to Asian Lite, the transcript had been present in the British Library since 1942 on 70 palm leaf folios, among which some where lightly readable and others were damaged to some extent.

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The event was also saw speeches by honorable personalities. Dr M. Nanda Kumara, Executive Director of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Pandit Madhava Turumella, Secretary of National Council for Hindu Temples UK, Satish Sharma, Minister for Coordination from High Commission of India, A.S Rajan and twice Padma Bhushan and Sahitya Academy awardee writer Dr Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad were invited as speakers, who highlighted the religious philosophies and contributions of the great saint.

Acharya Ramanuja embracing Lord VaradarajSource: Wikimedia Commons

Ragasudha Vinjakumari discussed the various Indian scholars and historians who helped her in her work. She said that the transcription of the text and filling up missing details took her three years. Former MP of Indian Parliament, Laxmi Prasad, appreciated Bob Blackman MP and Sanskruti Centre for Cultural Excellence for hosting the event.

Ragasudha’s efforts for spreading awareness about old texts were highlighted by Secretary of National Council for Hindu Temples UK, Satish Sharma. He also spoke about Ramanuja’s teachings in the modern day context and the importance of the Hindu philosopher.

The event was also attended by Lord and Lady Dholakia who complimented the work. An Annamacharya Kirtana on Ramanujachaya was performed by singer Sirisha Jammi. Sushil Rapatawar and Sakshi Vishwesh introduced the speakers to the audience.

With inputs from

Shubhi Mangla is an intern at Newsgram and a student of Journalism and Mass Communication in New Delhi. Twitter @ shubhi_mangla


Photo by GOI.

New Education Policy 2020

On the first day of the two-day meeting of BJP and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leaders on Tuesday, discussions were held on important issues related to education and the National Education Policy-2020.

Apart from senior RSS leader Suresh Soni, representatives of various organisations associated with the Sangh Parivar -- working in the field of education -- were present in the meeting in New Delhi.

According to sources, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who attended the meeting on behalf of the government, shared information related to the National Education Policy-2020 and the government's policy on important issues related to the education sector. Pradhan also shared details of the efforts being made by the government in the field of education.

Discussions were also held regarding the impact of the situation arising out of Corona and how much it has affected the education sector.

In the meeting, the RSS leaders asked several questions and provided suggestions to the Union Minister regarding the education policy of the government.

According to the sources, RSS wants the policy to be implemented expeditiously. All aspects related to the policy were discussed in Tuesday's meeting.

On the second and the last day of the meeting on Wednesday, special issues related to education will be discussed in which representatives of various organisations of the Sangh, Union Ministers and several BJP leaders will be take part.

Meanwhile, in order to convey its point of view to the government on various issues, the Sangh keeps on calling such coordination meetings related to specific issues, in which RSS representatives -- working in that particular area -- provide feedback to the government. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: BJP, RSS, New Education Policy, Education, India

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