Friday November 24, 2017

Rani Gaidinliu – India’s 13 year old freedom fighter

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By Harshmeet Singh

The Indian Nationalist Movement was adorned by many stalwarts such as Gandhi, Bose, Tilak, Bhagat Singh and Gokhale. While these inspiring souls were planning the debacle of the British Empire from North and South India, a 13 year old girl took charge of driving out the British from North East India.

Rani Gaidinliu was just 13 years old when she became a part of the Heraka movement. Founded on the religious lines, the movement was meant to reform the Naga community and recognize the supremacy of one God. Such was her participation in the movement that it later came to be known as ‘Gaidinliu movement’. Very soon, the movement took nationalist color and took up the motto of fighting against the British rule in Naga areas and Manipur. The British Empire saw the teenage girl as an imminent threat that could shake the roots of their empire. Resultantly, the British Government announced a cash reward of Rs 500 for anyone who would inform about her whereabouts. Following a major manhunt in 1932, the 16 years old Gaidinliu was arrested and charged with waging war against the British Empire. Subsequently, she was awarded life imprisonment. She walked out of the prison only in free India after Nehru gave orders for her release from the Tura jail.

Gaidinliu came out of the jail as a much more sober and mature person and decided to work for the upliftment of the north eastern people. She was never in support of a separate Naga nation, which was the major demand of the Naga National Council. This was one of the major reasons why a number of Naga leaders criticized her openly. She, instead, demanded a separate Zeliangrong district within India. She, along with her supporters, also set up “Zeliangrong Government of Rani Party”. Separate set of demands by Gaidinliu and other Naga leaders gave rise to an armed struggle which forced her to remain underground for 6 years. The Government of India struck a deal with her and asked her to come out of her hideout and return to her non violent and peaceful means. Following her return to public life, she was awarded the Padma Bhushan award in 1982.

Rani Gaidinliu’s name is hard to find in our history textbooks. She is an unknown name to most Indians and one of the many Padma Bhushan awardees to the statisticians. But maybe if you could think back to what you were doing as a 16 year old, you will realize what Rani Gaidinliu’s heart was made of.

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Manipuri Woman makes Naga Food a Rage in Belgium: Lulu’s Tribal Kitchen leaves people hungry for more!

Lulu's Tribal Kitchen serves simple North East Indian food, using authentic spices and condiments she imports from Imphal, Manipur.

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Lulu's Kitchen. Image source: Facebook

Indian food has been a great hit among foreigners since a long time. Whether Indians set up food joints in other countries or foreigners visiting India, in both cases Indian cuisine is drool worthy to them. But it must be noted that most of the food across the borders is North Indian food- butter chickens and dal makhani and chicken tikkas. It is surprising to see how Lulu Pheiga, a woman from the Rongmei Naga tribe of Manipur, has made Naga food a ‘rage’ in Genk, Belgium.

Lulu's food truck reads 'Back to the roots' Source: Facebook
Lulu’s food truck reads ‘Back to the roots’. Source: Facebook

Her food truck named Lulu’s Tribal Kitchen serves simple North East Indian food, using authentic spices and condiments she imports from Imphal, Manipur.

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Lulu says to theindiandiaspora.com, “It was only when I went to Delhi to work that I started trying out recipes and started looking out for the right ingredients. I would wait to go home to get the right stuff, or would wait for friends to bring along. Now that I am here, it’s the same story again! So I want to start import of local northeastern herbs which would benefit people who want to explore the cuisine as well as help the local farmers there.”

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Authentic north East Indian food is popularly paired with rice. Source: Lulu's Kitchen @ Facebook
Authentic North-East Indian food is popularly paired with rice. Source: Lulu’s Kitchen @ Facebook

Food from north-eastern parts of India is also famous all over the nation, especially in North India due to its simplicity and exotic flavours. With the trend of food adaptation and modification or improvisation, authentic Naga food is a unique style of cuisine. Some of them are:

Here is a list of mouth-watering food items that you will find hard to resist!

– Smoked Pork: Meat or pork is hung above a Naga kitchen’s fire for several days until it is crispy on the outside and juicy inside. The food item is usually preferred with rice but you can try it with slices of bread as well.

– Bamboo Steamed Fish: Bamboo is one of the most famous ingredients of Naga food. In Bamboo Steamed Fish, fish is stuffed inside bamboo sticks’ tubes and flavored with light spices and it is cooked in steam. It is then emptied from the bamboo shoot can be eaten with a variety of sauce.

– Eromba: This healthy dish emerges from Manipur. Vegetables are boiled and mixed with smoked or roasted fish, and the fiery flavor of the world’s hottest chilli Raja Mirchi is added. Eromba is to be eaten with rice or Manipur’s millet bread.

The Indian Diaspora Website mentions, Lulu’s primary support is her husband, and the two wish to come up with a restaurant in northeast India that serves Belgium specialty dishes, which sounds like culture exchange at its best! This year in 2016, the couple are planning to visit Nagaland during the infamous Hornbill Festival along with some of their Belgian tourists, in an attempt to show the incredible north-east India is.

– prepared by Chetna Karnani of NewsGram. Twitter: @karnani_chetna

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International Yoga Teacher Wai Lana releases “Alive Forever” Film and Music Video

Wai Lana is one of only two Chinese nationals to ever win a Padma Shri award in its 62-year history

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Wai Lana. Image source: wailana.com

by Himani Kumar

  • Indian PM Narendra Modi helped to proclaim the International Day of Yoga with the help of UN
  • Wai Lana is the host of the long-running public television series ‘Wai Lana Yoga’ in US for 20 years
  • Wai Lana will be releasing special content starting 7 days before International Day of Yoga on WaiLana.com/AF and over social media

In honor of the 2nd Annual International Day of Yoga on June 21st, world-renowned yoga teacher Wai Lana is releasing her new Alive Forever short film and music video that stresses on the fact that we don’t need to be afraid of getting old and our spirit lives on even after our body dies.

This much anticipated release is a follow-up to last year’s inspirational “Namaste” music video, which Wai Lana specifically produced to celebrate the first ever International Day of Yoga.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was instrumental in helping proclaim the International Day of Yoga with the help of the United Nations.

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“I was so delighted and honored to receive so much positive feedback from Namaste and to see that it encouraged people to come together in unity,” said Wai Lana. “This year, I wanted to do something just as significant and meaningful.” “Alive Forever is very, very special to me. It has such profound wisdom that I want to share with the world on this special day,” Wai Lana said, according to a press release.

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“I produced “Alive Forever” to help people become more aware of the very valuable, fundamental teaching of yoga—“Aham Brahmasmi.” This teaching, that I am an eternal spiritual being, I am not my body, and I will not die when my body dies, has been meditated upon by yogis for countless centuries and can help us to appreciate that we are more than these material bodies, that we are eternal spiritual beings.”

Whether young or old, rich or poor, educated or illiterate, no matter what our race or gender, none of us want to cease existing. We all have in common a natural desire to be alive forever. The sweet and inspiring film and the lovely music video warms the heart with its simple yet profound message that has the power to free us all from the fear of aging, the press release added.

Listening to Wai Lana sing, we can all be peaceful and happy knowing that we don’t need to be afraid of getting old, as the true self is ever-youthful and ever-lasting. Wai Lana’s video underscores the fact that age is just a number.

According to Wai Lana, by understanding this profound truth, we can live in peace and happiness. There is no need to be sad as our body ages, rather we should feel very blessed to know this priceless jewel of wisdom, she added.

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Wai Lana will be releasing special content starting seven days before International Day of Yoga on WaiLana.com/AF and over social media.

Recognizing its universal appeal, on Dec. 11, 2014, the United Nations declared  June 21 as International Yoga Day by Resolution 69/131. It aims to raise global awareness the many benefits of practicing yoga.

Wai Lana is the host of the long-running public television series Wai Lana Yoga, which has aired in the United States internationally for nearly two decades. All of her shows feature beautiful, soothing soundtracks, all of which are original vocal recordings of her own.

Many of these songs are available on Wai Lana’s Yoga Sound and Yoga Music of the Heart albums, and her Namaste and Alive Forever tracks are part of a new Alive Forever album that will be released later this year in 2016.

Wai Lana. Image source:www.wmht.org
Wai Lana. Image source:www.wmht.org

Wai Lana’s captivating music and lyrics create a unique genre which can best be described as Music of the Heart. Not simply an entertainer, Wai Lana’s songs are full of depth and inspiration as she shares how yoga wisdom can be a simple yet powerful foundation for improving one’s life.

Earlier this year, in 2016, Wai Lana was honored with India’s prestigious Padma Shri award for her extraordinary achievements in popularizing yoga globally. Wai Lana is one of only two Chinese nationals to ever win a Padma Shri award in its 62-year history.

The Padma Awards are the highest and most well-known civilian awards in India for exceptional and distinguished achievement in a particular field of human endeavor.

Wai Lana is not only a beautiful and charming yoga teacher, she is a mother of three, grandmother of six, songwriter, author, and genuine advocate for helping people from all walks of life attain inner peace and well-being. Wai Lana has produced several yoga

DVDs for people of all levels, published books, designed kids’ yoga products, recorded music albums, released a meditation kit, developed a complete line of yoga gear, and even has her own line of all-natural snacks.

For more information, visit– Wailana.com

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2 responses to “International Yoga Teacher Wai Lana releases “Alive Forever” Film and Music Video”

  1. Really good to know that people like Wai Lana are encouraging people worldwide to practice yoga which makes a person healthy from within. And winning a Padma Shri award is a great achievement.

  2. Its amazing that Yoga is practiced by people of every nation. Wai Lana is an expert Yogi and her videos will surely be beneficial to listen to and follow.

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In USA, Texas University looks into the Indian-American Author Raja Rao’s Works to advance their Research on Arts and Humanities

Raja Rao was honored with India's highest award in the field of Literature, the Padma Bhushan Award, in 1969, and also the Padma Vibhushan Award in 2007

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Books by Raja Rao. Image courtesy: Pete Smith
  • Raja Rao, an acclaimed Indian-American author had also received the prestigious Padma Bhushan Award 
  • University of Texas has acquired his works for further research on humanities
  • Rao completed his education in Aligarh Muslim University and later moved to France for specialized studies

Globally acclaimed Indian-American author and philosopher Raja Rao had built quite an exquisite collection of his works over the years in the form of novels, poems, short stories, essays and talks, often departing from the generic western novel theme and mixing a dab of indigenous ways  of assimilating his material. Today, 10 years after he passed away, University of Texas has acquired his works to advance their research on arts and humanities, said a NDTV report.

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A Portrait of Raja Rao. Image courtesy: Wikimedia commons

Raja Rao (1908-2006) is well known for his “The Great Indian Way: A Life of Mahatma Gandhi” (1998), which is about Gandhi’s life in Africa. His other notable works include ‘Kanthapura’ (1938), ‘The Serpent and the Rope'(1960) and ‘The Chessmaster and his Moves’ (1988). Apart from these, his works include a few written in Sanskrit, French and native Kannada.

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Raja Rao's typed manuscript of "The Serpent and the Rope." Image courtesy: Pete Smith
Raja Rao’s typed manuscript of “The Serpent and the Rope.” Image courtesy: Pete Smith

Raja Rao was honored with India’s highest award in the field of Literature, the Padma Bhushan Award, in 1969, and also the Padma Vibhushan Award in 2007. His genius helped him win the prestigious Indian National Academy of Letters’ Sahitya Akademi Award for Literature in 1964 for the philosophical novel ‘The Serpent and the Rope,’ a novel revolving around the breakdown of his marriage.

The Harry Ransom Center is an archive, museum and humanities research center in the University of Texas in Austin, that specializes in the collection of literary and cultural artifacts across Europe and the USA. While praising Rao, the Ransom Center said to NDTV, “It’s a notable acquisition in part because Rao is widely considered to have been one of India’s most noted authors, having received the Neustadt International Prize for Literature and other honours”.

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Harry Ransom Center. Image courtesy: Wikimedia commons

Raja Rao completed his primary education in the Muslim schools of Aligarh Muslim University and the University of Madras, after which he moved to France to study at University of Montpellier. Rao is known to have researched about Indian influence on Irish literature in his years of study.

Born on 8 November, 1908 in Mysore, Rao breathed his last in 2006 in Austin, Texas.

-written by Saurabh Bodas, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: @saurabhbodas96

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