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Centre’s Adopt a Heritage initiative matters a lot; Red Fort sold. What’s next campaign is nothing but petty politics

Red Fort sold. What’s next? The question aired by Modi’s detractors has little substance as the Adopt a Heritage project is all about exploring the possibilities of CSR initiatives to preserve our heritage sites

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“If you hire someone to clean your house doesn’t mean you are selling your house to them. No, Red Fort is not being sold. It’s an innovative way to save the government some money and preserve a monument,” celebrity Indian writer Chetan Bhagat tweeted amid the controversies on the so-called handing over of the nation’s pride, the Red Fort, to Dalmia group, a powerful business empire in the country spanning across sectors from cement to energy.

Certain reports appearing in local and national media outlets state India’s Red Fort was sold to Dalmia group. But the reality is that the hullabaloo has no logic as Chetan Bhagat said, hiring someone to clean house doesn’t mean we’re selling the house to him.

Dalmia group has adopted Red Fort as part of the government’s ‘Adopt a Heritage’ programme, an innovative initiative to preserve and maintain our heritage sites with the participation of corporates, making their corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative more meaningful and creative.

It’s a part of responsible tourism programme, where the corporates will get an opportunity to build quality tourism infrastructure in a non-profit mode, according to the government’s press note.

The MoU signed for ‘Red Fort ‘ with Dalmia group is ‘only’ for the development, operations and maintenance of tourism amenities in and around Red Fort. No handing over of monument’ is involved, claimed the clarification note issued by the government

“It aims to involve public sector companies, private sector companies and corporate citizens/individuals to take up the responsibility for making our heritage and tourism more sustainable through development, operation and maintenance of world-class tourist infrastructure and amenities at ASI/ State heritage sites and other important tourist sites in India,” states a press note issued by the government of India.

The website named adoptaheritage.in makes it clear that it is a project aimed at entrusting heritage sites to private and public sector companies and individuals for the development of tourist amenities there. It has to be noted that the tourist infrastructure at our historical monuments has little to offer for travellers and history lovers, and because of our bureaucratic inefficiency many important monuments are on the brink of losing its significance. Just look at the recent statement made by the Supreme Court of India on India’s wonder, the Taj Mahal.

The argument that the private companies would benefit a lot, in monetary terms, from this handing over process has no logic

What is wrong in inviting private players to be part of a noble cause? Protecting all monuments is a herculean task for the government. What the government and ASI need to do is supervising the maintenance without any compromise.  The argument that the private companies would benefit a lot from this handing over process has no logic, according to the terms and conditions released by the government.  Everything about this project is transparent and one can see it in detail on the website of Adopt a Heritage-from the list of heritage sites to making an expression of interest and signing MoU.

Moreover, this is implementing as part of their CSR initiative so that the issue of making monetary benefits seems to be not practical. This is what the official website of Adopt a Heritage project states on the benefits for Monument Mitra (in this case, Dalmia), “The ‘Monument Mitras’ would associate pride with their CSR activities. They would also get visibility in the monument premises and in the Incredible India website.”

“The Memorandum of Understanding signed for ‘Red Fort ‘ with Dalmia group is ‘only’ for the development, operations and maintenance of tourism amenities in and around Red Fort. It envisages limited ‘access’ of non-core areas and ‘no handing over of monument’ is involved,” claimed the clarification note issued by the government.

Then, what is the merit of the slogan, ‘Red Fort sold, what is next?’ It is nothing but a political vote-bank statement to make use of every single issue to corner Narndra Modi, indeed, a less civilized way of dealing things in politics.

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‘Universities such as Nalanda made India international centre of knowledge’

In the 21st century, Indian universities must push themselves to reach a status of yesteryear institutions like Nalanda: says the President

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Universities such as Nalanda made India international centre of knowledge and education, said Indian President Ram Nath Kovind. He was speaking at the releasing function of India Rankings 2019 and Atal Rankings of Institutions on Innovation Achievement.

In the 21st century, Indian universities must push themselves to reach a status of yesteryear institutions like Nalanda, the President added. He is of the opinion that the current expansion and progress in higher education has widened access and equity in the education sector.

But the President also expressed his concern over the quality of higher education in the country.

“It is essential to ensure that higher education not only fulfils individual aspirations, but also achieves national goals and priorities,” Ramnath Kovind said.

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Here goes a powerful Vedic mantra to lift self-confidence

Hands have the power to heal everything. These hands are the ones that touch Shiva

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Karadarshan, one of the most popular Indic mantras, forms an integral part of Vedic lifestyle. This is the first mantra that one needs to recite in the very beginning of every day. This Sanskrit mantra had a profound impact on children during the Vedic period, helping them shape their mind to look at things from a logic perspective.

How to perform the mantra

When you wake up in the morning, just sit up straight on the bed and open the palms of both hands. The next thing we need to do is looking straight on the palms. Then start to recite the mantra and gently touch the eyes.

Here goes the mantra

अयम में हस्तो भगवान अयम में भ्ग्वतरम

अयम में विश्व भेषजो अयम शिवाभिमर्षन्ह

Rig Veda 10.60.12

In English

Ayam Me Hasto Bhagwan Ayam Me Bhagavattara

Ayam Me Viswa Bheshajo Ayam Shivaabhimarshana

Rig Veda 10.60.12

Why it is called a mantra of confidence

As the ideology of Vedas always inspires us to approach life in a logical way, the mantras help everyone doing things in a workable style. Karadarshan mantra tells us that everything lies in our hands.

This highly influential mantra comes from Rig Veda (Mandal 10, Sukt 60, Mantra 12). It is the twelfth mantra of sixtieth Sukt in 10th Mandal of Rig Veda. 

The fulfillment of one’s own potential…is the very purpose of this Vedic mantra.

Meaning

Ayam means This, Me means My, and Hasto hands.

And the meaning goes like this.  My hands are the Lord. It is boundlessly blissful. It can bring great prosperity.

Hands have the power to heal everything. These hands are the ones that touch Shiva. 

By reciting this mantra, one will get a feeling that he is confident of doing great things in life. He/She will be able to solve every problem comes in the journey of life. Continuous practice will help one instill a strong feeling of confidence in themselves. The fulfillment of one’s own potential…is the very purpose of this Vedic mantra.

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Mahesh Babu and Sony Pictures to produce movie on Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan

Sony Pictures and Mahesh Babu are on their way to make a movie based on the life of 26/11 hero Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan

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Global media giant Sony Pictures has announced their entry into Telugu cinema, joining hands with super star Mahesh Babu to make biopic on 26/11 hero Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan.

The film, titled Major, is a bilingual-in Hindi and Telugu. Directed by Sashi Kiran Tikka of Goodachari fame, Major will be the next outing of Adivi Sesh.

Sashi Kiran Tikka’s Goodachari turned out to be one of the best spy thrillers in Telugu last year, making the audience and critics satisfied at the same time.

Major will hit the screens in 2020, according to a statement issued by the team.

Came from a Malayali family in Bengaluru, Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan had served at the elite Special Action Group of the National Security Guards (NSG). Major led the commando operation launched on 27th November 2008 to root out terrorists from Hotel Taj Mahal in Mumbai, saving 14 hostages before he gave up his life.

Sandeep Unnikrishnan was awarded India’s highest peacetime gallantry award Ashok Chakra on 26 January 2009.

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