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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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  • 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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Cho Ramaswamy: The Man Who Wore Many Hats

Cho Ramaswamy won several accolades and awards during his career as an entertainer and as a journalist.

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Cho Ramaswamy was undoubtedly one of the most prominent indian Personalities. Twitter
Cho Ramaswamy was undoubtedly one of the most prominent Indian Personalities. Twitter

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  • Cho Ramaswamy was a multi-talented man who ventured into acting, directing, journalism and politics
  • He was very close to late CM of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa for whom he acted as a philosopher and guide
  • Cho Ramaswamy was very vocal about his criticism of politicians and unethical practices

Srinivasa Iyer or Cho Ramaswamy was an Indian film actor, director, magazine editor, political satirist, and a lawyer. He was born on 5th October 1934 and was one of the most prominent Tamil personalities in India.

Cho Ramaswamy's magazine Tughlak has a huge fan following. Twitter
Cho Ramaswamy’s magazine Tughlak has a huge fan following. Twitter

He was the man of many talents who passed away at the age of 82 on 7th December 2016. Cho Ramaswamy the founder and editor of the Tamil magazine Thuglak, was also a recipient of the prestigious Padma Bhushan award, for his contributions in Literature and Education.

Cho Ramaswamy undoubtedly was one of the most prominent personalities in the southern Indian politics. Here are few things about his life which you may not have known before:

How his career started 

Cho Ramaswamy was first and foremost a lawyer by profession, being born in a family of lawyers. He later branched into theatre, films and finally into journalism and politics.

Cho Ramaswamy won Padma Bhushan for his contribution in the field of Literature and Education. Facebook
Cho Ramaswamy won Padma Bhushan for his contribution in the field of Literature and Education. Facebook

He got into the theatre while he was still practising law. His work as a satirist was very much appreciated. His most famous drama is  ‘Muhammad bin Tughluq,’ it was so brilliant that it became a classic.

He ventured into journalism and founded his own magazine Tughlak, which was mainly focused on the local social and political issues. It was widely and highly appreciated for its satirical and honest views on the politicians and politics. He was fearless in his criticism of the governments.

He later got into politics and was a member of Rajya Sabha from 1999 to 2005. He openly went against Jayalalithaa, when she was at her most powerful, even though she was very close to him. He even predicted Narendra Modi as India’s Prime Minister, long before BJP even declared him as a candidate. He was a true visionary in all senses.

Cho Ramaswamy and Jayalalithaa 

Cho Ramaswamy and Jayalalithaa were one pair of friends whose relationship went beyond friendship to a plane where not all can reach. Jayalalithaa debuted as a child actress with the YG Parthasarathy drama troupe where Cho Ramaswamy was already a star. They worked together in 19 films.

Cho Ramaswamy was Jayalalithaa’s greatest friend but also her most vocal critic. It was the only who was consulted in the matters of Jayalalithaa’s political career by herself and by the star-politician MGR. He acted as her friend, philosopher and guide in films as well as in politics.

The late Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa was extremely close to Cho Ramaswamy. Twitter
The late Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa was extremely close to Cho Ramaswamy. Twitter

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It is being said many times that the late Tamil Nadu chief minister and AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa once told Ramaswamy that he has to live till she is alive. Interestingly, Cho Ramaswamy died barely 36 hours after Jayalalithaa died. According to doctors who were treating him, before he was put on the ventilator, he watched the live coverage of Jayalalithaa’s body lying in state at Rajaji Hall, Chennai.

There is only one instance of discord between the two, during 1996-2001, where he became a staunch critic of Jayalalithaa because of her unethical ways as a Chief Minister. However, as she mended her ways, he warmed up to her again.

Cho Ramaswamy not only influenced Jayalalithaa’s professional life as an actress and politician, but also her personal life. She considered him her and guide and consulted him before all major decisions.

Ramaswamy and his achievements 

Cho Ramaswamy won several accolades and awards during his career as an entertainer and as a journalist. Apart from being awarded a Padma Bhushan, he also won B.D. Goenka award for excellence in journalism.

Cho Ramaswamy was also famous for his closeness with various prominent politicians, including Narendra Modi. Twitter
Cho Ramaswamy was also famous for his closeness with various prominent politicians, including Narendra Modi. Twitter

His achievements were not only limited to awards. His achievements went beyond that. His association with prominent political leaders like Jayaprakash Narayan, L.K. Advani, Chandra Shekhar, G.K. Moopanar, Jayalalithaa and Narendra Modi, and his role in influencing some of their decisions are noteworthy.

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His achievements as a playwright and actor are also noteworthy. Many of his plays went onto becoming national hits. And he received critical acclaim for his acting as well as his stints as a director.

Perhaps, one of his biggest achievement was the fact that he took many roles throughout his life and ended up successful in all of them. He was indeed the man who wore many hats, and managed to balance them all equally well.