sulabh swatchh bharat

Wednesday, 15-August-2018



a day ago
As India became independent at the stroke of midnight of August 15, 1947 to the ringing words of the country’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru about “India waking to freedom as the world sleeps” and the “tryst with destiny” in the special session of parliament, there was also the unique characteristic that the country’s first Union cabinet was an all-party affair. The Indian National Congress was the party which led the freedom struggle and it was the dominant party in the government, but it was not a Congress cabinet. It was a national cabinet where members who did not belong to the Con...


3 weeks ago
On the initiative of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, physically challenged devotees of Lord Shiva will now have a hassle-free ‘drashan’ at the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple in his parliamentary constituency Varanasi. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) had received several suggestions/complaints from divyangs, a new name was given to physically challenged persons by the PM, about they find it difficult to climb up the steep temple staircase. They also complained about non-availability of wheelchairs, helpers or other facilities for them to pay obeisance to Lord Shiva at the famous temple. When the issue...


5 weeks ago
Till about seven years ago, birds for photographer Prerna Jain came in various shades of black and grey and generally created a lot of noise and a mess. It all changed when she started viewing the avian world through her camera lens and discovered a vast spectrum of colours. “I have spent all my adult life in New Delhi but it was not until about seven years ago that I started to observe how many beautiful birds shared my immediate environment as their home. “Up until then, I had only noticed pigeons, crows and mynas and I judged them for being noisy and messy in public areas. However, when I started to see the...


6 weeks ago
Crowd management is one of the major challenges faced by famous temples in India. There are incidents in which many devotees died due to stampede. The challenge becomes much bigger when the famous temple, thronged by hundreds of thousand devotees daily, is located in a narrow lane where not even two-three people can walk side by side. World-famous Kashi Vishwanath temple is one among them. Visited by about 3 to 4 million devotees every day from 2 am, the management of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple has now decided to introduce Queue Management System to control the crowd in the narrow temple lane for the darshan of Baba Vish...


7 weeks ago
The 2019 Ardh Kumbh Mela of Allahabad is set to script history in its own special way. Juna Akhara, considered by many to be the largest and oldest order of sadhus out of the country’s 13 akharas, will ordain 221 Dalit women as ‘sanyasins’ (ascetics) during the 2019 Ardh Kumbh. As per reports, of these 221 women, five will be made ‘mahamandaleshwar’ (considered to be a high position in akhara tradition) before Mauni Amavasya. This will be the first time when in such huge number Dalit women will be ordained as saints. Apart from these 221 women, 300 Dalit men will also ordained a...


9 weeks ago
What began as a gift from a friend 40 years ago has now snowballed into an extensive collection of over 5,000 pankhas (handheld fans) for eminent Indian artist Jatin Das. A carefully-curated part of this staggering collection, along with numerous prints, photographs, documentaries and paintings is currently open for public viewing at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) here. Titled “Pankha: A collection of hand fans from the Indian subcontinent and beyond,” the exhibition was inaugurated in the presence of noted personalities such as writer and former broadcaster Mark Tully, Niti Aayog CEO Amita...


10 weeks ago
Tucked away in an unattended corner of the now-famous Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIST), Shibpur, on the other side of the river Ganga, a page from history is awaiting human footfall in silence. A leaf from the colonial past is poised to start shining again. At a neglected nook in the sprawling 64 bighas that presently house IIST, formerly Bengal Engineering College stands a near-derelict Bishop’s College, soaked in history. The IIST authorities who have planned its thorough revamp, particularly the magnificent chapel and adjacent building, have now decided to build a dedicated heritage zone in ...


11 weeks ago
The strong, the brave and the formidable make history. It is absolutely true about Maharana Pratap Singh of Udaipur. His life is an eternal tale of bravery, determination and uprightness in the Rajput history of Rajasthan. He was a diehard patriot, high-minded leader, staunch warrior, caring king and worshiper of freedom. He was the only Rajput ruler to have fought with Akbar and defied his massive army. Like a dutiful son, he protected his kingdom Mewar and the subjects with all his might from the Mughal forces. There were many warrior Kings in the history of India, who in respect of personal valour, capacity for governm...


13 weeks ago
A wide swath of the millennia-old Indian civilization came alive through a cluster of artefacts of astonishing brilliance as the National Museum opened a nearly two-month transcontinental exhibition that takes the viewers on an intriguing and exhilarating trip through the country’s spectacular past and its links with the outside world since antiquity. “India and The World: A History in Nine Stories”, the first of its kind event in India, marks an unprecedented collaboration in museum exhibition with the British Museum, London; National Museum, New Delhi; Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CS...


14 weeks ago
He was put into the Oriental Seminary, but quite it, saying that there was no proper learning system in the schooling of his childhood days. Was that the seed that lay dormant for decades till he founded an amazingly modern and advanced university, the Vishwa Bharati in Santiniketan in 1921?  Could be. Rabindranath Tagore is what is often termed the encyclopaedists, or monumental intellectuals who straddled across disciplines, from poetry to composing music (for more than 2,500 songs), to lyrics, to novels, short stories, dance dramas, dramas, letters, essays on politics, philosophy art and culture, to painting and e...

Shankar’s International Dolls Museum Soldiers On In Internet Era

15 weeks ago
  At a time when younger people are privileging smartphones, television and video games over other sources of entertainment, a nearly 55-year-old museum housing thousands of dolls from across the globe is still maintaining its old-world charm and attracting not only children and teenagers, but also visitors of all age groups, it is  not surprising, as it actually transports you into a world where you can forget the woes of the present. With over 7,500 dolls on display, Shankar’s International Dolls Museum in the capital not only entertains children but also teaches th...

Think Beyond Plastic- Endplasticpollution

17 weeks ago
  Do you believe in a miracle? Have you seen miracle? The planet on which we are living is itself a miracle. We live on a planet that circles around a ball of a fire next to the moon that moves the sea. So how can’t a person believe in a miracle? Earth is the only planet in the universe, where life originated. We can certainly say that Earth is our mother and we are her children. She gave us food, water and shelter. What useful things have we done to our mother then? There is a massive destruction of forests, pollution of seas and oceans. We are increasingly impoverishing resources of our planet. As process of globalization quickly moves, as environment suff...