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Celebrating Tulsidas Jayanti: The Hindu Poet-saint, Reformer and Philosopher

Tulsidas is the composer of Hanuman Chalisa, a devotional hymn dedicated to Lord Hanuman

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  • Tulsidas was attached to his wife Buddhimati until the day she told him to develop love for Lord Rama more than he has for her.He then abandoned home and became an ascetic
  • Tulsidas wrote 12 books, the most famous being the Hindi Ramayan called, Ramcharitmanasa”
  • It is believed that Lord Rama revealed Himself before Goswami Tulsidas 

Everyone in India is well versed with Hindu festivals such as Diwali and Holi. However, only a handful of people is aware of the birth anniversary of the great Hindu saint-poet, who was also a philosopher and a reformer.

Observed on August 10, Tulsidas Jayanti celebrates the birth anniversary of an author called Sri Goswami Tulsidas. He gave birth to the most widely read Hindi adaptation to the Ramayan called the Ramcharitmanas.

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Born to Hulsi and Atmaram Shukla Dube in Rajpur, Uttar Pradesh, India in 1532, he was a Sarayuparina Brahmin by birth. Apart from that, he is considered to be an incarnation of Sage Valmiki, the author of the Sanskrit Ramayana. It is believed that, during the time of his birth,Sri Goswami Tulsidas did not cry and was born with all 32 teeth intact. He was known as Tulsiram or Ram Bola in his childhood.

  • About Sri Goswami: Valmiki’s Ramayana’s reach was limited to scholars and other sages. It was Sri Goswami Tulsidas version of Ramayana called Tulsidas’s Ramcharitmanas that paved it’s way into the hearts of a common man and popularized the story of Ram and Sita, therefore evoking a feeling of Ram Bhakti, particularly in North India. The dialect of the book was Awadhi, an Indo-Aryan language spoken primarily in Uttar Pradesh.

A lesser-known fact, Goswami Tulsidas is also considered to be the composer of Hanuman Chalisa, a devotional hymn dedicated to Lord Hanuman.

Gosvami Tulsidas. Image Source: Wikimedia common
Gosvami Tulsidas. Image Source: Wikimedia commons
  • Date and Day: Tulsidas Jayanti is observed on ‘Saptami’, in other words, the day 7 of the dark fortnight of the moon during the month of ‘Shravana’ which according to the Gregorian calendar falls in the month of August this year.
  • Rituals: There are a few things that one witnesses on this auspicious occasion of Tulsidas Jayanti such as the recital of Ram-Charit Manas that takes place in all the temples along with the worshipping of Lord Rama, his wife Sita and devotee Hanuman with great religious zest. Adding to that, the devotees visit temples of Lord Rama and Hanuman and feed the Brahmins. North of India witnesses a lot of symposiums, seminars, and lectures all based on the teachings of Sri Goswami Tulsidas.

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  • Significance: Tulsidas Jayanti, a day that gives the common mass a reason to express their gratitude towards a great writer; a writer that got the story of Lord Rama, a Supreme Being, into the lives of an ordinary man.Sri Goswami Tulsidas gave a popular form to Brahman’s and his work emphasized on bhakti.
Rama breaking the bow to win Sita as wife. Wikimedia Commons
Rama breaking the bow to win Sita as a wife. Wikimedia Commons

‘The Supreme Self who is the embodiment of joy and ocean of Bliss, from which a small droplet fills the three worlds with happiness, He is ‘Rama’, the very home of bliss and the comforter of all the three worlds.’ -Sri Goswami Tulsidas mentioned in Ramacharitamanas.

Lastly, the teachings that he attempted to impart through his twelve outstanding works will forever be remembered and celebrated every year in the name of ‘Tulsidas Jayanti festival.’

At the age of 91, Tulsi entered the Abode of Immortality and Eternal Bliss and left his mortal body and in 1623 A.D. In the holy city of Varanasi (then Benaras), he was cremated at Asi Ghat near the river Ganga.

– by Karishma Vanjani, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: @BladesnBoots

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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

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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.