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British Parliament releases 300 year old transcript on Acharya Ramanuja

The transcript was present in the British library since 1942

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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 Varadaraj Source: Wikimedia Commons
Acharya Ramanuja embracing Lord Varadaraj
Source: 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 theindiandiaspora.com

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

 

  • Archita aggarwal

    Nice to see India is still growing and discovering things…..

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The House of Commons took over Brexit from Prime Minister Theresa May, who had failed to secure approval of a deal

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Tellers announce the results of the vote on Brexit alternatives in Parliament in London, March 27, 2019. in this screen grab taken from video. VOA

Britain’s Parliament on Wednesday turned down multiple alternatives to the government’s twice-rejected deal for leaving the European Union, leaving the future of Brexit more uncertain than ever.

The House of Commons took over Brexit from Prime Minister Theresa May, who had failed to secure approval of a deal.

Lawmakers began debate Wednesday with 16 separate plans. Negotiators reduced that number to eight, which were brought to votes. All were rejected.

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Speaker of the House John Bercow announces the results of the vote on Brexit options in Parliament in London, March 27, 2019, in this screen grab taken from video. VOA

Among the alternatives turned down was one that would have kept Britain in a customs union with the EU, and one that would have put the question of leaving the EU to another referendum.

The EU has given Britain until April 12 to let members know what it plans to do, or it will leave the EU with no exit plan in place, which could lead to economic chaos.

 Stephen Barclay, Britain’s Brexit secretary, said the fact that eight different proposals failed was another sign that May’s plan “was the best option.”

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Britain’s Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Stephen Barclay speaks after the results of the vote on Brexit options in Parliament in London, March 27, 2019, in this screen grab taken from video. VOA

“I know there is a desire for a new approach and new leadership in the second phase of the Brexit negotiations, and I won’t stand in the way of that,” she said.

May has said she will consider support for other plans as “indicative votes,” but has refused to say whether she will adhere to the result.

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Britons voted nearly three years ago to leave the EU. But as last week’s scheduled departure date grew near, so did turmoil over terms of the deal May negotiated with EU leaders.

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Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street, ahead of votes on Brexit options, in London, March 27, 2019. VOA

The contention over May’s plan centers on trade and the border crossing between EU member Ireland and British-controlled Northern Ireland, which local residents routinely cross daily without stopping.

May hopes to put her plan up for another vote, despite the decisive earlier losses.

 

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Pro-Brexit members of her Conservative Party had called for her resignation, but until Wednesday she had resisted.

“It is my sense of responsibility and duty that has meant I have kept working to ensure Brexit is delivered,” she said.

Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn contended May was “unable to compromise and unable to reunite the country.” He said May must “either listen and change course or go.” (VOA)