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Reviving Traditional Games in India: Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair to cover all states by 2019

The main objective behind the Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair is the renascence of traditional games in India

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The First Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair. Image source: youtube.com
  • In 2016, the program will be held at AM Jain college grounds in Meenambakam and scheduled for August 2-8
  • More than 1,000 competitions will be conducted in 80 traditional games and thousands of children are going to participate in this
  • This time more than 350 organisations will take part in this comprising of spiritual, cultural and youth organisations

CHENNAI: RSS ideologue, S Gurumurthy said that the Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair will be carried to all the states of the country by the year 2019. The fair has entered the 8th year now.

This year, in 2016, the program will be held at AM Jain college grounds in Meenambakam and scheduled for August 2-8. The main objective of the program is the revival of traditional games in India, said Gurumurthy one of the key organiser behind the fair.

He further added that more than 1,000 competitions will be conducted in 80 traditional games and thousands of children are going to participate in this, reported newindianexpress.com.

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The Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair was first organised in February 2009 and later expanded in size and scope. At first, the fair saw nearly thousand people attending the fair in Chennai, and then in Jaipur and Bengaluru. This time more than 350 organisations will take part in this comprising of spiritual, cultural and youth organisations.

S Gurumurthy. Image source: www.outlookindia.com
S Gurumurthy. Image source: www.outlookindia.com

The organising committee expect to take the fair across 11 centres, all over the country and extend it in all the states of the country by 2019.

“The seeds of the fair were sown back in 2005 on foreign soil. It was there in the United States, several members of the Indian Diaspora reported a misunderstanding about Hindu Spiritualism, that it wasn’t compassionate towards the sufferings of the poor” said S Gurumurthy in an interview conducted by the Indian Express on Saturday, July 30.

He further added that he has observed “The conundrum about Hindu spiritualism is that good deeds done by organisations are rarely showcased in public domain. In reality, there is an unbelievable amount of charity work done by them.”

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He also said to newindianexpress.com that “Anything which affects the image of Hindus affects the image of the country as they both are closely aligned. Therefore, that perception had to be addressed.” The aim of this fair is to change this perception.

Explaining the objective behind the fair, S Gurumurthy said: “Presently, there is an attempt to de-legitimise our basic values, which are being ridiculed in public.”

The fair will encourage six important ethics among children- the preservation of ecology, protection of wildlife and forests, establishing a sustainable environment, promote family and human values, and promote women’s honour as well as foster patriotism.

–  prepared by Akanksha Sharma of NewsGram. Twitter: Akanksha4117

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Once Water-Starved, Chennai’s Cantonment Area Now Boast of 13 Brimful Water Bodies

A senior Indian Defence Estates Service (IDES) officer said that additional storage space for two-crore-litre water was created

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Water, Chennai, Cantonment Area
Water bodies -- 13 in all-- are revived and a water recycling mechanism was put in place. Pixabay

Once water-starved, Chennai’s Cantonment area and military station now boast of 13 brimful water bodies and recycling plants, and also generate their own electricity. Inspired by the innovation, the Ministry of Defence has directed its Estate Wing to implement the development work across all defence establishments.

The ministry has suggested Directorate General, Defence Estates (DGDE), an inter-services organisation of the ministry which directly controls the cantonment administration, to replicate the Chennai Cantonment area development model.

Water bodies — 13 in all– are revived and a water recycling mechanism was put in place at both Cantonment Board St. Thomas Mount cum Pallavaram and Military Station, where there was an acute shortage of water in 2018.

A senior Indian Defence Estates Service (IDES) officer said that additional storage space for two-crore-litre water was created. “Further, because of recycling plant, 2 lakh liters of treated water is used in these areas per day,” the officer said.

Water, Chennai, Cantonment Area
The ministry has suggested Directorate General, Defence Estates (DGDE), an inter-services organisation of the ministry which directly controls the cantonment administration. Pixabay

The board also created a waste management system where door-to-door collection of garbage is being carried out and then segregated into bio degradable and non-biodegradable. It is then treated in a bio-compost pit. Thereafter, biodegradable waste is put in centralised processing wind row system and then manure is created and made available for sale.

The board revived a green zone with around 2,000 plantations, set up solar power plants and a sewage treatment plant.

The solar power infrastructure set up in a year had generated electricity worth Rs 1 crore which is distributed within the cantonment areas.

Interestingly, the board has created a separate dumping zone for plastic bags. The board came up with an innovative idea of retrieval of ration milk and meat poly packets from consumers. It formalised collection and disposal, prevented littering and reaped financial benefits.

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A senior Indian Army officer said the innovative idea was of Lieutenant General S.T. Upasani, who was the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Dakshin Bharat Area. Lt Gen Upasani recently took charge as Director General of Information System, the crucial post in Indian Army which was lying vacant for the last two months.

Further, the board carried out campaign to revive green zone and planted 2,022 trees with 98 per cent survivability.

This development model is set to be replicated at 61 cantonments areas across the country that had been notified under the Cantonments Act, 1924, which was succeeded by the Cantonments Act, 2006. There are 62 cantonment areas. The overall municipal administration is managed by the cantonment boards, which are democratic bodies.

The ex officio president of the board is the station commander and the Chief Executive Officer, who is also the Member-Secretary of the Board, is an officer of the IDES or Directorate General, Defence Estates (DGDE). (IANS)