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“Hunar Hub” Aims to Revive Diminishing Arts of India, the model to be Established for Minority Communities in Noida

The purpose of this talent showcase will be to make the traditional art and craft products of the minority artisans economically viable

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"Hunar Hub” to be built for the minority communities in Noida. Wikimedia
  • The Union ministry of Minority Affairs is establishing “Hunar Hub” for the minority communities in Noida
  • The Ministry aims to draw the business further by bringing artisans, corporate entities, retailers, and sellers together
  • The success of the talent market, “Hunar Haat” held in Delhi, first in Pragati Maidan and then in Connaught Place, motivated the constructions of ‘hunar hub’

New Delhi, August 23, 2017: The Union ministry of Minority Affairs is establishing a talent showcase specifically for India’s traditional arts and crafts. The model will be called “Hunar Hub” and has been built for India’s minority communities in Noida.

The Ministry aims to draw the business further by bringing artisans, corporate entities, retailers, and sellers together.

In his statement, Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the purpose of this talent showcase will be to make the traditional art and craft products of the artisans in minority economically viable. They have kept the art and craft belonging to them secure for many years to preserve their tradition and their traditional products require a domestic as well as an international market which will enable them to earn a profit.

The building being established will help the artisans and craftsmen get customers like corporate houses who are involved in import and export which will, in turn, revive the diminishing arts of Indian culture and tradition.
“This will go a long way in providing employment to the people,” Naqvi said.

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The building is planned to comprise of three storeys and will hold around fifty exhibition cum sale shops. The Ministry is going to reserve many of these shops for women belonging to the minority communities as per ministry officials.

Model “Hunar Hub” has been built for the minority communities in Noida. Click To Tweet

There is a basement where all the manufacturing work will be undertaken and the manufactured products will be held on display in the showrooms constructed on upper floors.

This building is hoping to bring together artisans from the whole nation and is believed to become an inspiration for other states of the country to motivate the minority artisans to continue with their local art and crafts by building similar hunar hubs.

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Hunar Hub will help the artisans and craftsmen get customers like corporate houses who are involved in import and export. Wikimedia

The artisans in these hubs can be directly contacted by the export houses without the middlemen.
“Once an artisan gets an indent or order that will have a domino effect as he or she would be engaging their people back in their villages for production at a mass scale and a whole community then gets employed,” said Naqvi.

The success of the talent market, “Hunar Haat” held in Delhi, first in Pragati Maidan and then in Connaught Place, motivated the constructions of hunar hub. Artisans, who were struggling to earn beyond thousands, managed to receive orders worth lakhs of rupees and even crores in some cases.

– prepared by Harsimran Kaur of NewsGram. Twitter @Hkaur1025

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Kashmiri Pandits should be given Minority Community Tag: NCM Chief Gairul Hasan Rizvi

The minority population of Kashmiri Pandits is between 4 lakh and 5 lakh in the country

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Kashmiri Pandits are not returning to their jobs. Wikimedia

Jammu and Kashmir, June 15, 2017: According to the Minority Community status, National Commission Minorities (NCM) chairman Gairul Hasan Rizvi favored Kashmiri Pandits in the state on Tuesday and said he would take up the matter with the Centre.

The NCM is nonfunctional in Jammu & Kashmir according to the article 370, which grants Kashmir a status of the special autonomous state. Rizvi stated that it would enable the government to extend benefits to the Kashmiri Pandit, which hold a minority status in Kashmir.

Currently, there are six minority communities in the country, namely – Muslim, Jain, Christian, Sikh, and Parsi.

“Kashmiri Pandits should get the minority community tag, mainly because they are in minority in their state, Jammu and Kashmir,” said Rizvi concerning the issue.

Rizvi said he would take up the matter with Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and stakeholders involved.

The community members greeted Rizvi’s comment on the matter which was suppressed over the past 5 years. The members said they would take up the matter with the authorities again.

Manoj Bhan, the general secretary of Jammu and Kashmir Vichar Manch, said the organization and others would provide the authorities with the required documents in accordance with the Pandits minority community status.

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“We had raised the issue with the authorities two-three times (during UPA-II regime), but nothing happened then…We deserve the status,” Bhan said.

According to Bhan, the minority population in Kashmir is between 4 lakh and 5 lakh in the country.

Benefits availed by the Minority Community (Kashmiri Pandit) with accredited with minority tag are mentioned below:

  • Scholarship will be made available to students with family’s annual income below than Rs 4.5 lakh
  • Educational institutions managed by the community will be recognized as minority institutions. Up to 50 percent of the seats will be reserved for community students at such institutions

Some key welfare schemes the Centre implements for minority communities:

  • Scholarship schemes (pre-matric, post-matric and merit-cum-means)
  • Padho Pardesh (scheme of interest subsidy on educational loans for overseas studies for community students)
  • Free coaching and allied schemes
  • Skill training such as learn and earn, Nai Manzil
  • Prime Minister’s new 15-point program, which aims at ensuring an equitable share for minorities in economic activities besides their educational empowerment

 

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Hindu Temple Vandalised and 3 Idols of Deities smashed in the Muslim-majority Nation Bangladesh

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Chittaranjan Arya, a Hindu priest of a temple of goddess Kali in Meherpara village of Narsingdi district, Bangladesh, lies on bed after being hacked by unidentified assailants, Aug. 23, 2016. (P. Chandra/VOA)

Dhaka, December 4, 2016: In Bangladesh’s northern Netrokona area, a Hindu temple was vandalised and three idols of deities were destroyed by some unknown people which triggered panic among the minority community in the Muslim-majority nation.

On Sunday morning, after the locals of Mymensinghorohi village in Shingherbangla union under the Netrokona sadar upazila found the temple doors open, the incident came to light.

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Dhaka Tribune reported, “Upon entering the temple premises, they found smashed bits and pieces of the temple architecture and three idols. They also saw two of the idols – one of deity Kali and another of Shiva – about 600 feet away from the temple.”

As soon as it was notice, police was informed after which an investigation was launched.

Netrokona sadar police Officer-in-Charge (OC) Shahnur-e-Alam said,”We visited the site and have collected evidence of the vandalism. We have started the investigation and have found that the temple doors were not locked. We are looking for the people who are behind this heinous act.”

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Netrokona Additional District Magistrate Abdul Matin went to the site and said that the people responsible for it will be identified and will be punished accordingly.

The SP added, “We are treating the case with priority. A group with vested interests may have carried out the crime to disrupt communal harmony.”

– by NewsGram team with PTI inputs

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Navratri: Why India is celebrating 9-Day Hindu Festival and how it is associated with re-incarnations of Goddess Durga?

The festival, though celebrated in a distinct way all across the country, has the same spirit everywhere i.e., celebrating the triumph of good over evil

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October 8, 2016: From 9 days fasting in the north, to worshipping the tools in the south. From parties hosted by Falguni Pathak in the west to the magnificent Durga Pooja in the east. No doubt, that the Hindu Festival Navratri is the paradigm of Unity in Diversity in Indian culture.

The festival, though celebrated in a distinct way all across the country, has the same spirit everywhere i.e., celebrating the triumph of good over evil. It helps us purify our body as well as our spirit. The tenth day of Navratri is known as Vijayadashmi. Twenty days later, the festival of lights, Diwali is celebrated.

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Navratri is one of the most propitious and celebrated Hindu festivals. This year, this sacred festival is celebrated in the first week of October i.e., from 1st to 10th October.

The tenth day of Navratri is known as Vijayadashmi. Click To Tweet

Each day of Navratri is dedicated to a re-incarnation of Goddess Durga. The avatars of Goddess Durga are as follows:

i. Shailaputri Devi: Also known as Sati or Parvati. She is the daughter of the Himalayas and the embodiment of the Tridev. Yellow is the colour of the day.
ii. Bharmacharini: She gives the path to achieve moksha. She gives the strength to fast during Navratri.Green is the colour of the day.
iii. Chandraghanta: The enchanting Goddess who fought valiantly against demons. She has a Chandra or a half moon on her temple in the shape of a ghanta. Grey is the colour of the day.
iv. Kushmanda: She is the maker of the world. It is said that she filled the vacant dark cosmos with her light. Orange is the colour of the day.
v. Skanda Mata: She rewards her followers with salvation, abilities, wealth and fortunes. White is the colour of the day.
vi. Katyayani: Daughter of Guru Kata. Red is the colour of the day.
vii. Kalaratri: The three-eyed Goddess with breath consisting of terrible flames. Blue is the colour of the day.
viii. Maha Gauri: She is intellectual and calm. Pink is the colour of the day.
ix. Siddhidatri: She has curative capabilities. She is the Goddess success and excellence. Purple is the colour of the day.

Though the majority of people restrict the consumption of meat during Navratri, animal slaughter is part of the rite in many places across the nation. Every other state has its own specific ceremony to sacrifice the animals. Few people sacrifice goats, chicken while some other sacrifice water buffalo, rams, etc.

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Navratri is celebrated to pray to the reincarnation of Goddess Shakti. Each one of the forms signifies something profound. Each mother Goddess teaches us something that we need to retain in our life to replenish and renew our essence. We hope that this Navratri brings contentment and serenity to everyone.

  – by Diksha Arya of NewsGram. Twitter: @diksha_arya53