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PIB News Synopsis 7th December

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1. Armed Forces Flag Day- 7th December

  • Since 1949, 7th December is observed as the Armed
    Forces Flag Day throughout the country to honor the
    martyrs and the men in uniform who valiantly fought
    on our borders to safeguard the country’s honor.

2. Hornbill Festival

  • To encourage inter-tribal interaction and to promote
    cultural heritage of Nagaland , the Government of
    Nagaland organises this festival every year in the
    first week of december.
  • It is also called the ‘Festival of Festivals’
  • It is held at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama which is
    about 12 km from Kohima.

  • The Festival is named after the hornbill, the
    globally respected bird and which is diplayed in
    folklore in most of states’ tribes.

3. 54th DGsP/IGsP Conference

  • This year the Conference is being held in the premises of the Indian Institute of Science Education
    and Research/IISER, Pune, Maharashtra.
  • Delivering the inaugural address, Shri Shah termed it a “Vaicharik Kumbh”, wherein the top Policemen of the country come together on one platform and formulate policy decisions pertaining to national security
  • The Home Minister also awarded trophies for best Police Stations to the Station House Officers of
    Aberdeen (Andaman & Nicobar Islands), Balasinore
    (Gujarat) and AJK Burhanpur (Madhya Pradesh).
  • As part of the Prime Minister’s vision for bringing Policing closer to people, since 2014, the DGsP/IGsP
    Conference has been taken to various parts of the country, including Guwahati (North-East), Kevadia (Gujarat) and Tekenpur (Madhya Pradesh) in the past.

4. Photo Division announces 8th National Photography  Awards

  • Photo Division, Press Information Bureau, is under the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting
  • The Division confers these Awards every year, to promote various facets of the country such as art,
    culture, development, heritage, history, life, people, society, and tradition through the medium of
    photography, and to encourage professional and amateur photographers across the country.
  • The National Photography Awards are conferred under three categories – Lifetime Achievement Award, Award for Professional Photographers, and Award for Amateur Photographers.
  • The Lifetime Achievement Award carries a Cash Prize of Rs. 3,00,000/-.
  • This year’s theme for the Professional Photographers
    is ‘Life and Water.’

5. Indian Railways organizes “Parivartan Sangosthi”
in New Delhi

  • To discuss next level of reforms for improving performance and efficiency of Railways
  • Shri Piyush Goyal complimented entire Indian Railways
    administration for installing free Wi-Fi at 5500 stations till yesterday. He said that it is a spectacular achievement and has benefitted thousands of people across the country
  • Mahua Milan Railway Station of East Central Railway zone, became the 5500th station in the country to
    have free public Wi-Fi. This is a unique initiative as this Wi-Fi network is one of the largest Wi-Fi
    networks of the world.
  • To transform the Railway stations into the hub of Digital inclusion, Indian Railways mandated RailTel,
    a Miniratna PSU under Ministry of Railways, to provide free high-speed Wi-Fi at the Railway
    stations. The journey started in January 2016 from the financial capital of India – Mumbai Central
    station
  • The Wi-Fi is being provided under the brand name of RailWire.

6. Trifed Celebrates 100 days of Prime Minister Van  Dhan Yojana

  • It is aimed at empowering tribals all over the country to make them entrepreneurs
  • PMVDY is a Market Linked Tribal Entrepreneurship Development Program for forming clusters of tribal Self Help Groups and strengthening them into Tribal
    Producer Companies.
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Subodh Kumar
Subodh Kumar
1 year ago

“In a true democracy, the right to dissent and the demand for social justice are core concepts. Since it includes all citizens, its inclusiveness requires it to be secular,” she said, delivering the 12th V.M. Tarkunde memorial lecture on the topic — Renunciation, Dissent and Satyagraha. She said the lecture was also being held on the anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid, “an important symbol of our civilisation reduced to rubble. The rubble remains as a reminder”.
Having tracked the continuity of dissent and counterculture through Indian history and linked it to the overwhelming response to Mahatma Gandhi’s call for satyagraha, Prof. Thapar said the right to dissent remains important in modern times. “It remains open to the citizen immersed in the ideology of secular democratic nationalism to articulate this new relationship by reiterating the right to dissent,” she said.
Drawing examples from ancient India onward, she made the argument that Indian society, including religious society, has always made space for dissenting voices and renouncers who often questioned social ethics and caste systems as well.
Apart from creating a wide range of loosely connected sects, Buddhism and Jainism, the Bhakti and Sufi movements, Prof. Thapar noted that much of popular religion and folk literature has also come from this continuing counterculture of dissenters to the mainstream.

It was the British who lumped so many streams of thoughts and sects together, so that by colonial times, almost all non-Muslim groups on the sub-continent were simply identified as Hindu, said Prof. Thapar, adding that “the geographical identity had mutated into a religious identity”.

Two-nation theory
Thus, the two-nation theory, which is the basis of both forms of religious nationalism – those who call for the Hindu rashtra as well as the Islamic state – is, in fact, a colonial reading of history. It was anti-colonial nationalism which rejected the colonial understanding of Indian history and instead practiced the satyagraha that echoed earlier historical concepts of dissent such as the dharna, she said. “Anti-colonial nationalism saw India as a nation of citizens, who irrespective of origins, and with a substantially similar identity, were all of equal status and were coming together in the demand for independence,” she said.

She added that the effectiveness of the dharna in an earlier era came because it was carried out by the “keepers of history”, those with moral authority who posed a threat to the rulers with their fasts. “The fast subsumed the protests and prevented it from becoming violent,” said Prof. Thapar.

She talked about her one brief meeting with Gandhiji when she was a schoolgirl and “young, budding nationalist” in Pune in the early 1940s. Having signed her autograph album, he asked her why she was wearing a silk salwar-kameez and asked her to wear khadi instead. A lifetime later, she placed that exhortation to wear handloom cloth within the context of satyagraha as a symbol of the dissent that was key to anti-colonial nationalism.

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