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India should be declared Hindu nation: Pravin Togadia

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Patna: Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) president Pravin Togadia on Wednesday said the BJP government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi should declare India a Hindu nation.

“India should be declared a Hindu rashtra (nation) by the BJP led central government,” Togadia said in Bihar’s Madhepura district after offering prayers at the Sinheshwar temple.

Togadia said it was high time that all Hindus were united and alert and aware about their religion. He said that cow slaughter should be banned in the country. Togadia is currently on a two-day visit to Bihar to attend VHP functions in different parts of the state.

(With inputs from IANS)

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PM Narendra Modi Hails India’s Position in Astronomy in Mann ki Baat

Referring to the contributions of astronomy centres in places like Pune and Ooty, the prime minister commended the strides the nation has taken in the field

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Prime Minister Modi tells scientists that science and technology should be used to bettering the lives of citizens. Wikimedia Commons

Speaking about the last solar eclipse of the year which happened on December 26, the prime minister Narendra Modi recalled India’s mastery over astronomy since ancient times.

In his Mann Ki Baat address to the nation, the Prime Minister mentioned the request from Ripun who hails from the northeast but is staying now in south India because of his job.

The prime minister mentioned Ripun for his request to find ways to popularise astronomy in rural areas of the country.

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to the media inside the parliament premises on the first day of the winter session in New Delhi, India. VOA

Referring to the contributions of astronomy centres in places like Pune and Ooty, the prime minister commended the strides the nation has taken in the field.

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“The eclipse reminds us that that we are travelling in space while residing on the earth…. Friends, India has an ancient and glorious history of astronomy. Our connection with the twinkling stars in the sky is as old as our civilisation. Many of you might be aware that at various places in India, there are magnificent observatories (Jantar Mantars) – which are worth seeing. And these observatories have a deep bond with astronomy. Who doesn’t know about the prodigious talent of the great Aryabhatta,” PM said. (IANS)

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