New Delhi, October 18, 2016: The Union Culture Ministry on Tuesday gave its go-ahead to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s cultural unit Sanskar Bharti to introduce its own ‘Nobel awards’ in the fields of Peace, Human Rights, Literature, Visual and Performing Arts, Science, Education and others.
Sources in the ministry told IANS that the ministry has given its nod to institute ‘Naimishya Samman’.
The first edition of awards on the lines of Nobel will be given in ‘Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsava’, likely to be held in Varanasi in November.
The awards will be presented annually.
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The jury would comprise of prominent Indian and international figures from diverse fields.
According to sources, the budget for the Sanskriti Mahotsav has been set at Rs 220 crore, out of which around Rs 70 crore have been kept for the awards and the rest for the event.
The Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsava, the brain child of the RSS, is an initiative of the Ministry of Culture. (IANS)
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RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat expressed his views on Indian Army’s preparation in his speech to RSS workers in Muzaffarpur in Bihar
Kiren Rijiju said if the Constitution permits, RSS can go ahead with its interference in military matters.
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh wants to re-mould the Indian State with a military which adheres to Hindutva, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has said.
This is the message that emerges from RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s speech to RSS workers in Muzaffarpur in Bihar that while the Army takes six to seven months to train its soldiers, the RSS can get its cadres ready for battle in two to three days, the CPI-M said.
“This remark has drawn widespread condemnation, with the main criticism being that the RSS chief had insulted the Indian army by claiming that the RSS can do a better job than the Army in training soldiers,” an editorial in the CPI-M journal “People’s Democracy,” said.
“While this criticism is valid, the intent of these remarks is much more serious,” it said. “The statement has revealed a vital aspect of the RSS outlook about the Army and the militarization of society.”
The editorial said: “What the RSS wants in the re-moulding of the Indian State is armed forces which adhere to Hindutva. For Bhagwat, the soldier in the Indian Army and the Swayamsevak of the RSS are on the same footing.
“Under the present Indian Constitution, such an integration of the Army and the RSS is not possible.
That is why, both the RSS clarification and the defence put out by (Minister of State for home) Kiren Rijiju makes this qualification that if the Constitution permits, the RSS can go ahead with its interference in military matters.
“The implication is ominous: a re-worked Constitution should enable this to happen.”