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IPS and IITian Vineet Agarwal is a highly lauded contemporary genre author. He has also been awarded the President’s Police Medal for his excellent service. Romance of a Naxalite and On the Eve of Kalyug are two of his works. His third book is ‘Hinduism Beyond Ritualism’ published by The Write Place has garnered a lot of attention.
A significant number of people with a scholarly inclination are interested in learning more about Hinduism. However, the theory of secular values has prohibited the learning of Hindu scriptures in the school and university systems. This book explains Hinduism’s core concepts and explores various ideas raised by Indian scholars centuries ago and are well described in manuscripts such as the Upanishads.
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Hinduism beyond Ritualism. A book for all Hindus and non-Hindus. pic.twitter.com/OqkzFiO4gr
— Vineet Agarwal IPS (@Vineet_IPS) February 18, 2021
The aim of this book is to bring together the numerous definitions that generally constitute Hinduism. Without any prolonged explanation, the ancient Hindu scriptures and Upanishads have been clarified concisely. There are no oversimplifications in this book, and no effort is made to construct sense in order to sway the readers in any direction. Multiple-choice questions on the key topics are included at the end of each chapter to aid comprehension and pique readers’ interest.
In his book launch event, Vineet Agarwal stated, “In Hinduism, we have more stress on rituals. But there is much more besides rituals. There is a lot of cosmology in it, it has astrology, it has epistemology. It has many universal truths which do not change with time. In Hinduism, there are basic fundamentals of life, such as how the mind works, how the body works, and how to control the ego.”
“I have not written anything in it of my own accord. Whatever is available in Sanskrit, I have explained the same. I have tried to explain in fewer words,” he further stated.
This book has received a lot of attention on various media platforms, with everyone from corporate India CEOs to well-known politicians and movie stars discussing it. The latest book by an IPS officer is a hit. ‘Hinduism Beyond Ritualism’ has captivated well-known figures such as Anand Mahindra, Subramanian Swamy, Amish Tripathi, Shobha De, and others.
Anand Mahindra, Chairman of the Mahindra Group, announced on Twitter on Tuesday that he’s been reading Vineet Agarwal’s latest book. He was fascinated not only by the title of the novel but also by the author who appears to be a Renaissance Cop, he stated. He went on to say, “Belongs to the IPS cadre, but also holds an IIT degree! His investigative skills are assisting him in uncovering the foundational beliefs of his religion.”
Now reading this book by Vineet Agarwal. I was intrigued not just by the title but by the author who seems to be a Renaissance Cop. Belongs to the IPS cadre but also has a degree from IIT! His investigative skills are helping him unearth the basic tenets of his faith… pic.twitter.com/ZnqKxjFRow
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) March 30, 2021
Subramanian Swamy, an Indian politician, tweeted that he was reading “Hinduism Beyond Ritualism” by Vineet Agarwal, a senior IPS officer in the Maharashtra State Government. and is also a graduate of IIT Delhi.
“Must read since it demystifies Hindu concepts,” he further stated.
I have read the book: "Hinduism Beyond Ritualism"[The Write Place Publishers] by Vineet Agarwal, a very senior IPS Police Officer in the Maharashtra State Government. He holds an IIT Delhi degree, and has been decorated for his work. Must read since it demystifies Hindu concepts.
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) March 17, 2021
Author Amish Tripathi, who is best known for his books Shiva Trilogy, The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas, and others, said he had been enjoying the incisive and perceptive book for the past several days.
“Hinduism has always been an awe-inspiring concept for scholars from all over the world…”, he said, quoting from the introduction of the scholarly book.
"Hinduism has always been an awe-inspiring concept for scholars from all over the world…"
Thus begins the introduction to this scholarly book by @Vineet_IPS, that I've been reading the last few days. An insightful read… pic.twitter.com/wjoDx4DGRZ
— Amish Tripathi (@authoramish) March 26, 2021
Shoba De, an Indian novelist and columnist known for Starry Night, Socialite Evening, and other works, also took to Twitter to congratulate Vineet Agarwal on his thought-provoking third book. She said, “When a top cop writes a thought-provoking third book….!”
“Well-researched, provocative, and immensely readable!” she added.
When a top cop writes a thought provoking third book….! Congratulations IPS Vineet Agarwal! Well-researched, provocative and immensely readable! pic.twitter.com/BNAVgenbN1
— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) March 8, 2021
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Hinduism is currently presented as the heritage of an ancient civilization, and its significance seems to be dwindling. Vineet Agarwal’s book gets to the heart of Hindu scriptures and is a wonderful homage to Hinduism, as much effort went into extracting the spirit of the Upanishads. His book, ‘Hinduism Beyond Ritualism,’ is a brilliant compilation of Hindu principles and ideologies, encapsulating the essence of Hinduism.
By- Khushi Bisht
The Centre will launch a pilot project on the use of indigenously manufactured drones for delivering medicines in the undulating landscape of Jammu and surrounding areas from Saturday with a focus on vaccines delivery initially. "This is going to be a pilot project for the area. The drone is developed and manufactured entirely by our scientists," Union Minister for Science & Technology, Dr Jitendra Singh told mediapersons. Singh said he himself will be launching the project at Jammu.
The drone is developed by the scientists at Bengaluru's National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), a constituent of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), an autonomous Society that is headed by the Prime Minister. For now, the delivery would be limited to Covid vaccines and once successful, it would be expanded to be used for regular delivery of medicines in the remote, hilly areas.
The drone is developed by the scientists at Bengaluru's National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL). | Photo by Jason Blackeye on Unsplash
Jammu and surrounding areas are sensitive in terms of the strategic importance. Some months ago, there was an attack on an Army installation using drones. Will the 'drones for vaccines' be permitted in such a case? Allaying fears, a top official from the Ministry of S&T said, "The drones would be deployed by authorised agencies such as hospitals, not anybody can use it, nor would any random person be permitted to use it."
NAL has called the drone as 'Octacopter' and it can fly at an operational altitude of 500 m AGL and at maximum flying speed of 36 kmph. It can be used for a variety of BVLOS applications for last mile delivery like medicines, vaccines, food, postal packets, Human organs (such as heart for heart transplantation) etc. NAL Octacopter is integrated with a powerful on-board embedded computer and latest generation sensors for versatile applications like agricultural pesticide spraying, crop monitoring, mining survey, magnetic geo survey mapping etc., S&T officials had said. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Jammu, Vaccines, Medicines, Deliver, Drones, Centre
Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan shares how he feels when people compare him with his father Amitabh Bachchan on the singing reality show 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa'. He also requests contestant Rajshree Bag to sing a track 'Bahon Mein Chale Aao' featuring his mother Jaya Bachchan.
Abhishek said after looking at the performance of Rajshree, who is often compared with Lata Mangeshkar on the show, that she reminds him of being compared with his father. "Rajshree, whenever I have got the chance to watch the show, I've seen people compare you to Lata didi. It actually reminded me about how people compare me with my father and ask me how I feel about it."
According to him Amitabh Bachchan is a great actor in the industry and this is what he says to everyone making these comparisons. "My answer to them is that there's no greater actor in this film industry than Amitabh Bachchan and if I'm being compared to him, I am sure I must have done something good."
"Similarly, your voice has a different kind of magic like Lata ji and that's why people are comparing your voice with her. I feel you should always take this as a compliment," he concluded. 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa' airs on Saturday and Sunday on Zee TV. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Abhishek Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan, reality show, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, Rajshree Bag
Winters in India have always beckoned for that hot, steaming bowl of tomato and pepper rasam or the mellow, millet based Raab. Certain dishes like sarson ka saag, undhiyu, nimona pulao are winter specialites in the country. Seasonal food has always been an Indian speciality -- we switch our choice in fruits, vegetables, sometimes even grains with the onset of different season. The preference of using specific ingredients during certain climates is visible in our sweets as well. It's common to find local and traditional delicacies made of jaggery, instead of sugar during the winters. Case in point -- the Nolen Gur Rasgulla, a speciality made in Odisha and West Bengal between November to February.
Celebrity chef, Sanjeev Kapoor, strongly advocates this need of eating seasonal produce. He says, "The beauty of our food is in our seasonal usage of fruits and vegetables. If you realise, Gajar ka halwa is made aplenty during winters as this is the season when beautiful red carrots hit the market or mango pickle is made during summer, thanks to its availability. Despite people and sometimes, even me, suggesting that we should eat fresh as well as seasonal fruits and vegetables, we do not know what chemicals are sprayed on them to keep them safe while they are growing. When this produce hits the market, there isn't a certifying agency like the FSSAI that will help people understand what vegetables and fruits are free of pesticides and germs and which ones don't. Hence, the onus lies on us to make them safe for consumption. ITC's Nimwash is a good solution."
When it comes to winters, the Chef recommends eating these fruit and vegetables:
* Purple Mogri -- Mogri or Radish pods are not a common sight throughout the country. But you can spot them during the winters in local markets in northern India where women pick them up to make raitas, curries and stir fries. Rich in magnesium, calcium and copper, the vegetable is known to aid people from digestive problems.
Mogri or Radish pods are not a common sight throughout the country, but you can spot them during the winters | Pixabay
* Sweet Potato -- A re-discovered favourite, Sweet potatoes have created a space for itself in the millennial kitchen. With its diverse addition in burgers, chips and even chat, the root vegetable is filled with nutrients such as fibres and vitamins.
Sweet potatoes have created a space for itself in the millennial kitchen. | Wikimedia Commons
* Avarekalu -- Called Hyacinth beans in English, Avarekalu is a winter speciality in the south that is added to sambhar, saagu, rotis, etc. Bangalore is famed for its Averakalu mela during the winter months, where you can find these beans in dosas, Pani puri and even Jalebis! Thronged by crowds from all over the city, the food fest is a gourmand's delight.
Called Hyacinth beans in English, Avarekalu is a winter speciality in the south that is added to sambhar, saagu, rotis, etc. | Wikimedia Commons
* Amla -- The Indian gooseberry is a common winter fruit found through the country. High in Vitamin C, it is known to be immunity building and extremely beneficial for the skin and hair. There are multiple ways to eat Amla -- it is pickled, made into a fruit preserve called as Murraba or even eaten by sprinkling salt over it.
The Indian gooseberry is a common winter fruit found through the country. | Pixabay
(Article originally published on IANSlife) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: winter, Sanjeev Kapoor, chef, Indian gooseberry, Sweet Potato, Radish pods