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Chhattisgarh: Ten Facts that will bring you closer to the Paradise of Tribal India

The untainted green woodlands spotted with beautiful waterfalls, grand levels, and winding streams offer a gala to eyes

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Sept 04, 2016: There is an assortment of traveller spots in Chhattisgarh, a significant portion of which lie for all intents and purposes unexplored. The untainted green woodlands spotted with beautiful waterfalls, grand levels, and winding streams offer a gala to eyes.

The hollows and posts of an overlooked time change it up as vacation spots in Chhattisgarh. Bunches of wild lives cover up in the backwoods of Chhattisgarh, which possess a colossal 42% of the state’s property surface. However, not the minimum essential to specify the draw of the intriguing tribal existence of Chhattisgarh goes about as a magnet to pull in vacationer to the city of Chhattisgarh.

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The tribal state otherwise called “The Rice Bowl of India” was framed on 1 November 2000, by dividing 16 Chhattisgarhi regions of Madhya Pradesh. Chhattisgarh is the tenth biggest state with a range of 135,190 km, arranged in focal India. Because of good water system framework with massive dams and long trenches on various relentless rivers, hundreds of assortments of rice are developed in the state  and therefore it is named as The Rice Bowl of India.

The state is amazingly gifted with tribal art, Kosa silk, wax workmanship (unfortunately, that is long lost) and brims with old landmarks, magnificent untamed life and stunningly cut sanctuaries. Fundamental attractions of Chhattisgarh are Chitrakoot waterfalls, Kutumsar hollows, Ramgarh and Sita Bengra, Bamleshwari sanctuary at Dongargarh, Danteshwari temple in Dantewada and a unique Buddhist focus in Malhar town. Given copious minerals, Chhattisgarh stands out as one of the essential electrical power and steel delivering condition of India. Today, a major portion of Chhattisgarh is dealing with numerous issues- Naxalism, Witchcraft and Ailing health but it is taking steps to counter the problems as well.

Chhattisgarh is known in old writings, engravings and in travelogues of foreign vacationers as “Dakshin Kosala”. It has a noteworthy tribal populace (32.5%) in contrast to the 7.8% of the total tribal population of India. Enormously blessed with natural beauty and resources, Chhattisgarh brags of having 12% of India’s timberlands. The Vindhyachal mountain ranges administer the state. Further, stunning waterfalls add to the wild grand excellence and alongside mountains feel completely soothing to the eyes.

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Chhattisgarhi cooking styles are heavenly- rice is popular with the locals and cooked in several interesting methods. A significant portion of the conventional and tribal dishes are made of rice and rice flour like Pakhal Bhat, Kosa, Angakar Roti and Rice Flour Chapati. The tribal and urban folk appreciate local delicacy- made from a small, smooth white product of from a tree called Mahuwa. Mahuwa is a mainstream item and over the width and expansiveness of Chhattisgarh; diverse cooking styles are something to drool on- from jalebis to Safari (Barfi) and petha (sweets).

What makes Chattisgarh so interesting is that it has numerous places that have historical significance attached to it. The ten most sought after Tourist Places in Chhattisgarh are listed below:

I. Bastar: Bastar is one of the major districts in India which has the large tribal population and tattoos among the tribals are interest to many. The patterns, shapes and designs will win anyone’s heart.

II. Bilaspur: Bilaspur is better known for it’s Kosa silk and its excellent. It is the 2nd largest city in the state.

III. Sirpur: Sirpur is a small town about 84 km from Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh. It is well known for its archaeological monuments.

IV. Kawardha: The place of Kawardha Palace itself is wonderful. It is situated at 941 meters altitude above sea level on Maikal Ranges. Bhoramdeo Temple or the ‘Khajuraho of Chhattisgarh’, designed on the rocky stones in the Nagar style is a historical Hindu temple focused to Lord Shiva.

V. Bhilai: The zoo cum park provides various attractions, and it is one of the famous picnic spots in the state. The popular Bhilai Steel Plant was founded by Maitri Bagh.

VI. Kanker: Known earlier as Radha Niwas Bagicha, Kanker Palace was developed in the 20th century and reconstructed in the year 1937. The stylish palace shows the impact of the colonial structure.

VII. Champaran: The city of Champaran was the birthplace of Saint Vallabhacharya.

VIII. Raipur: Raipur is one of the fastest developing cities in the state of Chhattisgarh not only in the context of industry but also tourism as it is attracting tourists from every part of the nation.

IX. Ambikapur: There are some amazing appeals of Ambikapur too that attract a large number of visitors every year. Some of these include Deogarh, Ramgarh hill, Dipadih, Kailash caves, Tattapani, Semarsot and Sita Bengra, among several others. The climatic condition of Ambikapur makes the areas of the spot suitable not only for farming but also for human habitation.

X. Jashpur Waterfalls: The Rivers, Caves, and Waterfalls in Jashpur are ideal for wandering and hiking. There are adequate Tourist Destinations in Jashpur.

– by Yogiraj Mishra of NewsGram. Twitter: @yogirajmishra

 

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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.