Friday April 3, 2020

Sanskrit Gyan- A college’s endeavor to preserve Indian culture

Since last 51 years, this college in Raipur, Madhya Pradesh has been offering free of cost Sanskrit degree to its students

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Sanskrit college, Wikimedia commons

In this modern era where technology has taken over everything, there lies a College in remotest areas of Raipur since last 51 years which is offering free of cost Sanskrit degree to its students.

  • Rameshwar Gahira Guru Sanskrit Mahavidyala, situated in Jashpur district of Chhattisgarh (Raipur) is affiliated with Ravi Shankar Shukla University since 2001. It provides under-graduation as well as post-graduation courses to nearly 300 students in Sanskrit literature combined with the ancient wisdom of Ramayana.
  • Students of this colleges have become renowned Sanskrit and Hindi professors in various colleges. Some of them have also joined Indian army after passing out from this college.
  • Focusing on human values such as discipline, general etiquette, it also implants a sense of nature-love among students. The college has a beautiful ambiance inside as well as outside in the campus. It has a lush green site and eco-friendly surroundings.
  • Students wear white uniforms and maintain a proper dress code. Boys wear dhoti along with long shirts and girls wear saari. Girls also tie sash among their waist. They are taught to how to give respect to others. On entering any of the classrooms one can see them standing on their feet followed by clasping their hands and greeting with respect.
A Sanskrit manuscript, Wikimedia commons
A Sanskrit manuscript, Wikimedia commons

In an interview Dr. Jagdish Pathak (principal of the college) said: “With a view to developing qualities of virtue, character, and patriotism among the young generation of uncivilized local tribes like Pahari Korwa and others, Guru Gahira Maharaj synthesized the ideals of our ancient culture and established this college in 1965.”

To understand the Indian pre-modern era technologies one should know Sanskrit in order to understand the ancient books written in that language. Though there are western translations available but they lose the essence behind our culture.

“Indian students are migrating to other countries such as Germany for pursuing Sanskrit courses. Government needs to stop this kind of brain drain. We as Indians should take initiatives to protect and embrace our ancient cultures. Efforts of these kinds should be encouraged and should be identified on a global platform”, adds Pathak.

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– Prepared by Pritam. Pritam is pursuing engineering and a writer at NewsGram. Twitter: @pritam_gogreen

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Virus of Hatred and Insanity Wreaking Havoc With the Preventive Measures in India

All you need to know about the Tablighi congregation at Nizamuddin

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The Tablighi Jamaat congregation has created a havoc in India.

By SALIL GEWALI

Why is the WORLD on lockdown now? It is exclusively intended to keep away from any XYZ who might have infected with COVID-19 and thus contain the deadly pandemic as soon as possible. To combat the outbreak how much “monetary loss” each nation has been incurring each day is unprecedented and unimaginable. Here the main concern being to “save” the lives of the citizens at any rate. Yes, each nation-state considers each life of a citizen as “precious” as anything.

But look at the situation arising out of the Tablighi congregation at Nizamuddin, New Delhi,India and its immediately aftermath. It has raised many questions than answers. What is very disgusting is some of the members of the organization caught “repeatedly spitting” from the windows of the bus as reported by “Hindustan Times” and other news media. Some members directly spat on a “woman” calling her ‘coronavirus’. The members did not even heed to the requests from the elderly people and doctors. Finally, police had to forcefully close the windows of the bus.

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Well, everyone knows that COVID-19 spreads through droplets that come out from our mouths. So, to prevent the possible infection from the fluid droplets we strictly ensure that we cover our mouths with masks. The whole world is doing that. But why this godless act by “certain” members of the religious attendees of Tablighi in New Delhi thereby putting other public potentially at risk. Why such an evil motive, who all are encouraging such things?

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Well, a very learned scholar and also the Governor of Kerala,India, Arif Mohammad Khan described the non-cooperation of the certain Muslim community as a “crime against the nation and humanity.”

Was that elaborate religious congregation not mean to teach us how to be more conscious as a human being and to be compassionate towards other “fellow beings”? What is appalling at this hour of crisis is that there are many Mosques in India which are deliberately “defying” the lockdown order and observing the regular namazs and mindlessly encouraging mass gathering. Some have attacked police while in some states the medical doctors or their assistants associated with the quarantine care have been disrespected, abused and manhandled. Mindless stone-pelting upon the doctors and police have been reported from several states in the country. Why are such disgustingly inhumane behaviors arising from the community of a particular faith only? Why are certain people so uncouth and so uncooperative? Can the pandemic catastrophe be put down by such inhumane behaviors? Will it not be “irreligious” itself when the people, be it from any faiths, recklessly contribute to the suffering of others?

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Further, will GOD “saves ones” who have not taken the preventive measures? Absolutely not. God has given a human being the “brain” in order to decide judiciously what to do and what not to do. God will never descend from heaven to save if we abuse ourselves. About 10 members from the Tablighi Jamaat have already died from Coronavirus. Is it not the loss of precious lives for which we should “mourn”? Is it not a loss for the nation as a whole?

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Due to the religious congregation, many new COVID-19 cases have been reported in India.

Many infected persons from the Jamaat are potentially likely to infect others healthy which might multiply progressively, some of them have already dispersed to their respective states started causing problems as already been reported from the states like Bihar and Gujarat. Some are attacking police personals by violating the lockdown. Is the fundamental teaching of all religions not for the well-being and wellness of each human being on the planet? One wonders why such godless acts are being encouraged, or tolerated! Is tolerating the forces with sinister motives not sin in itself?  Well, a very learned scholar and also the Governor of Kerala Arif Mohammad Khan described the non-cooperation of the certain Muslim community as a “crime against the nation and humanity.”

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Here is another “shocker” published by Indian Today about a week back. An Infosys software engineer from Bangalore Mujeeb Mohammad appealed through his facebook by writing – “Let’s join hands, go out and sneeze with open mouth in public.

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Spread the virus.” How shall we describe this motive? What is in store for us in this 21st Century? Mind out, if such “insanity of hatred” is let to rear its ugly head, the sanity will certainly die a death. The virus of insanity could be more dangerous than Coronavirus. It will directly attack the very LUNGS and HEART of the Nation, and humanity at large.

An India-based writer and researcher, Salil Gewali is best known for his research-based work entitled Great minds on India which has earned worldwide appreciations. Translated into twelve languages, his book has been prefaced by a world-acclaimed NASA Chief scientist – Dr. Kamlesh Lulla of Houston, USA.

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