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Subhash Chandra Bose was the real force behind India’s independence: Ajit Doval

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By Sakchi Srivastva

India has a rich essence of various traditions, lifestyles and religions amalgamated into one diverse country. Her history has been a conglomeration of perspectives of people belonging to different eras. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval’s recent speech in Australia ‘The Challenge of Global Terrorism’ highlighted an uncommon version of why the British left India.

At the time of their exodus from India, the British had not only won World War II but also had an upper hand in their eastern colony. According to Doval, the Quit India Movement in 1942 was a flop show. He said, “Clement Atlee was asked that why did you (the British) leave India, after all you had won the Second World War. The burst was over since then. The Quit India Movement was a flop in 1942. So what was the tearing hurry in 1947 that you decided to leave the country immediately?”

Doval deems not Gandhiji or the Congress, but the passion and zeal of Subhas Chandra Bose was the reason that led us to our ultimate freedom in 1947.

He explains “Then British Prime Minister replied it was (because of) the spark that Subhas Chandra Bose created among the soldiers of Indian Army. Atlee said, ‘It was the threat of Bose and the rise of Indian nationalism from which we understood that it was a matter of time’.”

Thanks to the influence of Subhas Candra Bose, the Indian National Army (INA) was strong and a seemingly increasing threat to the Britishers. It was the spark ignited in them by Bose that led to a very visible rising nationalism. INA’s fight during the siege of Imphal and Burma are unforgettable wars. Doval added, British understood that the revolt in Indian Army was something that they couldn’t have handled. He even revealed the alleged politics played by Congress when he claimed, “The soldiers of INA were neither rehabilitated nor integrated into the Indian Army.”

The British soon realized that the INA won’t be controlled if they are aggravated. Therefore they decided to leave the Indian shores. Ajit Doval said, “Of the entire strength of 60,000, two-third soldiers of the INA died fighting the British. But the soldiers still kept on fighting for an Independent India.”

  • Amazing observation and beautifuly expressed

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Mann Ki Baat: Violence Will Not Be Tolerated, Says PM Narendra Modi

The statement came in the aftermath of the verdict of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Ram Rahim Singh

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation. VOA
  • Narendra Modi opposed violence at Mann Ki Baat Radio Show, “Violence will not be tolerated, and those involved in it will be severely punished.”
  • Modi also praised the Muslim organization Jamiat-Ulema-e-Hind for their recent initiative towards cleanliness drive
  • PM announced that the government is introducing a ‘Sports Talent Search’ Portal which aims at spotting sports talent and groom it

New Delhi, August 27, 2017: Prime minister Narendra Modi stated on Sunday condemning the violence that such clashes will not be tolerated and those involved in it will be severely punished. The statement came in the aftermath of the verdict of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Ram Rahim Singh.

In the radio show, Mann Ki Baat, Narendra Modi addressed the issue without calling the Dera chief name directly, “When on the one hand, a sense of festivity pervades the land, and on the other, news of violence comes in, from one part of the country, it is only natural to feel concerned. Ours is the country of Buddha and Gandhi; it is the land of Sardar Patel who gave up his all for the unity of the nation. We have been hearing and saying Ahimsa Parmo Dharmah from our childhood.”

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“In my address from the ramparts of the Red Fort, I had said that violence in the name of faith will not be tolerated, whether it is communal belief systems, whether it is subscribing to political ideologies, whether it is allegiance to a person or customs and traditions. No one has the right to take the law into one’s own hands in the name of one’s beliefs.”

“In the Constitution given to us by Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar, there is every provision for ensuring justice for each and every person. I want to assure my countrymen that people who take the law into their own hands and are on the path of violent suppression – whether it is a person or a group – neither this country nor any government will tolerate it. Each and every person will have to abide by the law; the law will fix accountability, and the guilty will unquestionably be punished.”

The show was broadcasted for thirty minutes, where Mr. Modi also talked about the prominence of festivals that add to the diversity of the nation while wishing them on a variety of festivals. He even asked people to connect festivals with cleanliness.

Modi also praised the Muslim organization Jamiat-Ulema-e-Hind for their recent initiative towards cleanliness drive. He asserted that the organization had marked an inspiring quintessence of unity by cleaning two mosques and 22 temples afflicted by floods in Gujarat.

With the forthcoming celebration of National Sports Day on August 29, which is also the birth anniversary of the Indian hockey legend- Major Dhyan Chand, Mr. Modi announced that the government is introducing a ‘Sports Talent Search’ Portal on Monday which aims at spotting sports talent and groom it.

“Any talented child who has an achievement in sports can upload his biodata or video on this portal. The Ministry of Sports will impart training to selected emerging players,” the Prime Minister said.


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Celebrate this Ganesh Chaturthi with Over Loaded Zeal and Vigor at Delhi Haat

Most awaited 10-days long Ganesh Utsav has started today. Enjoy a wide variety of Modak during this Ganesh Chaturthi.

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Lord Ganesha's idol on Ganesh Chaturthi
Lord Ganesha's idol on Ganesh Chaturthi. Wikimedia.
  • Time to welcome Lord Ganesha in our homes has arrived.
  • Celebrate this Ganesh Chaturthi with lots and lots of Modaks.
  • Visit Delhi Haat, INA to enjoy this Ganesh Chaturthi with pomp and gaiety.

New Delhi, August 25, 2017: Celebrate this Ganesh Chaturthi with over loaded zeal and vigor at Delhi Haat, INA, as Delhi Tourism in collaboration with M/S Sarvajanik Utsav Samiti is organizing the year’s most awaited 10-days long Ganesh Utsav here, from August 25 to September 4, 2017.

Ganesh Chaturthi is also known as Ganesha Utsav or Vinayak Chaturthi. Lord Ganesha is considered as the lord of prosperity. He is considered as the one removes all the obstacles and brings in the fortune.

Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most sacred and auspicious festivals in Indian culture. This fervor festival commences on the birth anniversary of elephant god of India during the Bhadrapada month of Hindu calendar. It is commemorated by installing Lord Ganesha’s idol at homes or public pandals.

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A pandal for Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. Pixabay

With high festive spirits in their heart, people embellish pandals with colorful flowers and dazzling lights. The music system is also installed to play bhajans and aartis. A traditional ambiance is created by devotees in the pandal.

During the 10-days long Ganesha Utsav, morning and evening prayers are offered to the deity. Vedic hymns and Hindu texts are chanted. The Indian sweet dumpling also called modak, is what everybody waits for. It is the main attraction of this festive season. It is considered as the Lord Ganesha’s favorite sweet. After offering the modak to Lord Ganesha, it is distributed among the people as prasadam. At various places, Langars(community meal) is also organized for the devotees. Others sweets and savories such as karanji, Kheer, Puran Polis etc., also adds more sweetness in this festive season.

Lord Ganesha's favourite sweet "MODAK"
Lord Ganesha’s favorite sweet “MODAK”. Wikimedia

Various pandals, also set up tableaux (jhanki) of Lord Ganesha. These tableaux represent some events from the Lord Ganesha’s life. At some places, children and even adults dress up in Lord Ganesha costume to become a part of these tableaux.

At Delhi Haat, INA, a temporary pandal for Lord Ganesha has been setup. Morning and evening prayers are also performed. You can also enjoy the other events in Delhi Haat, INA. Every evening during this festive season, Delhi Haat, INA, will organize cultural shows and performances by the artists of various genres.

“Delhi Haat offers tantalizing glimpses of the vast storehouse of the Indian Culture by holding regional festivals at its open air theatre”, mentioned Delhi Tourism report.

This is a great place to tempt your taste buds with all sorts of dishes. You can relish yourself with these wide variety food stalls in Delhi Haat.

Do visit Delhi Haat, INA to enjoy this Ganesh Chaturthi to the fullest.

How to reach Delhi Haat, INA:
Address: Delhi Haat, West Kidwai Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110023                               Nearest Metro station: INA                                                                                       Click on this link to get the exact location on Google maps.

https://www.google.co.in/maps/place/Delhi+Haat/@28.550589,77.1548241,11.43z/data=!4m8!1m2!2m1!1sdelhi+haat,+INA,SOUTH+DELHI!3m4!1s0x390ce263a7a30d5b:0x32405cf05342652b!8m2!3d28.572745!4d77.2090213

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Pingali Venkayya: The unsung hero who designed India’s National Flag

The first name was given to him for his expertise in diamond mining and the second for his interest in cotton research

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Pingali Venkayya statue. Image source: ourrajahmundry.com

We all know about freedom fighters who fought with their lives to bring freedom to their mother India. Therefore every time we hoist our Flag, we feel so proud of ourselves as an Indian. But, only a handful of people is aware of the person who designed our Tricolour Flag. Pingali Venkayya one of India’s unsung heroes, who painted India’s flag in three beautiful colours-Saffron, white and Green that portrays the canvas of courage, sacrifice, patriotism, and renunciation.

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  • Born in Andhra Pradesh on August 2nd, 1876, he joined the British Army when he was just 19 years old. He completed his primary education at the Hindu school in Challapalli but went to Colombo for his Senior Cambridge examinations. He also learnt Japanese, Urdu and History at the Anglo Vedic College in Lahore.

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  • A multilingual with a doctorate in Geology, he was known by two names, Diamond Venkaya and Cotton Venkayya. The first name was given to him for his expertise in diamond mining and the second for his interest in cotton research. An interest so strong that he came up with a study on a special variety called ‘Cambodia Cotton’.
  • The Indian flag wasn’t something he imagined one fine night in his dreams. He actually spent 5 years, from 1916 to 121, doing a detailed research on national flags of 30 countries.Follow NewsGram on Twitter: @newsgram1

    Stamp. Image source: jantarocks.wordpress.com
    Stamp. Image source: jantarocks.wordpress.com
  • Pingali Venkayya, an educationist and the son of Shri Hanumantharayudu and Smt. Venkataratnamma established an institute in his hometown, Machilipatam in Andra Pradesh.
  • Honours: A postage stamp has been issued in his name and just recently his daughter starting receiving a sum of money in the form of pension. A statue has also been set up at the All India Radio building in Vijayawada. Adding to that, on 2011 his name was proposed for Bharat Ratna.
  • Lesser-known fact: He worked as a railway guard before he went on the path to being a contributor to India’s history.
    The different versions of the Indian flag throughout History.
    The different versions of the Indian flag throughout History.

     

  • India achieved Independence on August 15th, 1947 but the flag designed by Venkayya was adopted on July 22nd
  • Even after all the above being true, even after his historic contribution to India, Venkayya lived in poverty all his life. He passed away on July 4, 1963, in a hut in Vijaywada. Today, he’s forgotten by the society.

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2 responses to “Pingali Venkayya: The unsung hero who designed India’s National Flag”

  1. The flag not only represents the country but the feelings and aspirations of the people too. And giving a form to a nation and its people is crucial to the national movement.

  2. This is really a great piece of information. There are hardly people who know about Pingali Venkayya