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Gandhi Jayanti: SRK Pays Respect To Mahatma Gandhi By Pleading For Clean India

As India celebrates the birth anniversary of the father of our nation, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, took to his social media to share a new video about Swachh Bharat Mission.

In the video, the Zero actor pleads the people of this country to refrain from defecating in the open. He also alerts them about the health hazards that people are exposed to because of open defecation. The actor finally concludes the video by paying his homage to Mahatma Gandhi and requests people to join and support Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat campaign.

The actor shared a second video, in which he wrote the following as the caption: “Ek kadam swachhata ki oar… @SwachhBharatGov @PMOIndia #MyCleanIndia #SwachhBharat.” The Zero star emphasises on the importane of keeping toilets clean while also requesting people to keep the floor and the toilet seat clean once they are done using it.

 

Not just Shah Rukh Khan, his Diwale Dulhania Le Jayenge co-star Kajol also shared her thoughts of Gandhi Jayanti while making a similar plea to the people of India – to keep toilets clean and only defecate in toilets and not in the open.

Meanwhile, on the work front, Shah Rukh Khan is prepping for the upcoming release titled Zero, which has been directed by Aanand L Rai and stars Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma.

This film will be the first time that Shah Rukh Khan plays a vertically-challenged individual, while Katrina Kaif is rumoured to be playing an addict

 

In the remembrance of Lal Bahadur Shastri

Lal Bahadur Shastri, an Indian political leader who served India not only as the second Prime Minister of India but also as a Railway Minister and Home Minister. He plunged into India independence movements in the early 1920s. Apart from his simplicity, he is widely known for his ethics and morality.

Shastri was born on 2nd October 1904. It is not surprising; he shares his birthday with Mahatma Gandhi. Our textbooks have done injustice to such role models of morality, simplicity, honesty, frugality and his dedication towards public cases. Shastri is recognized as the only politician who made no money for the sake of public causes.

Lal Bahadur Shastri was earlier known as the Lal Bahadur Shrivastava but he chose to drop his surname, as he was against the caste system. Later after the completion of his graduation, the title ‘shastri’ was given to him which refers to a person or ‘scholar’ adept in Holy Scriptures. Also in 1928, Shastri refused to accept dowry when he was getting married to Lalita Devi.  On the repeated urge of his father in law, he accepted only 5 yards of Khadi cloth as dowry.

Lal Bahadur Shastri’s political career started with those inspiring speeches and stories of national leaders during the freedom struggle. In 1915, Mahatma Gandhi changed his course of life during a speech. From then he decided to actively participate in the freedom movement and even compromised with his studies.

 

He played an important role in Gandhi’s Satyagraha movement in 1930 for which he was sent to jail for 2 and half years. He also led a door to door campaign, urging people not to pay land revenue and taxes to British. Shastri was among the most prominent leaders who were imprisoned by the British government. During the long span of confinement, Lal Bahadur Shastri utilized the time in reading the social reformers and western philosophers.

Shastri emerged as the consensus candidate after the sudden demise of Nehru, even though there were more influential leaders in the Congress; he was displayed exceptional cool under dire situations.

He popularized the slogan, “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan”, to enthuse the soldiers to defend India during 1965 Indo-Pak war and simultaneously cheering farmers to increase the production of food grains, with a motive to reduce dependence on import.

Reportedly, Lal Bahadur Shastri died due to the heart attack on 11th January 1966. He is the only Prime Minister to have died overseas. He was the first person awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award posthumously in 1966. But his life still remains a mystery.  His wife, Lalita Devi, alleged that Shastri was poisoned and the Russian butler serving the Prime Minister was arrested. But he was released later as doctors certified that Shastri died of cardiac arrest.

The media circulated a possible conspiracy theory hinting at the involvement of CIA in the death of Shastri. The RTI query posted by author Anuj Dhar was declined by the Prime Minister Office citing a possible souring of diplomatic relations with the US.

The time has come to remember this great leader and salute his extraordinary honesty in both professional and personal life. The contributions of such leaders will remain immortal in the history of India.

 

By: Nandita

Stupendous ever birthday bonanza of Gandhi

A lanky figure with a pair of glasses, a bald head, dhoti wrapped around his waist and a walking stick as firm as his clear intentions; this is adequate to let one articulate of whom we are speaking about. Yes the history maker, Mahatma Gandhi is in the headlines again for his adherence to the principles of truth and non-violence.

To celebrate Gandhi’s sesquicentennial birthday, a committee greets dignitaries across the globe. Leaders assembled to discuss how India should commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi both nationwide and internationally. This includes the former UN secretaries-general Kofi Annan and Ban-Ki-Moon and ex-US vice-president Al Gore.

Heading the committee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi added 11 foreign dignitaries including 150 Indians to this national committee which was set up last month.

The UN General Assembly had in 2007 declared Gandhi’s birth anniversary as the International Day of Non-Violence. The government has prompted such a measure taking care of Gandhi’s international prominence.

From South Africa, where Mahatma Gandhi spent his early years comes the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the African to hold the position of Bishop of Johannesburg and Archbishop of Cape Town and fought a long battle against apartheid.

The committee also embraces the Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori and the Goan origin Portugal Prime Minister Antonio Costa also recognized as ‘Lisbon’s Gandhi.’

Apart from Gore, the first Hindu member of the US Congress, Tulsi Gabbard and the long-time US peace activist Bernie Meyer also known as ‘The American Gandhi’ has also been included in the committee. Meyer who is known for wearing a dhoti, carries a walking stick to emulate Gandhi during his tours of the US, UK and Canada.

To propagate Mahatma’s message, October witnessed a 150-member national committee set up under Modi’s chairmanship, to decide on how Gandhi’s 150th anniversary should be celebrated.
The Committee included the chief ministers of all states, representatives from across the political spectrum, Gandhians, thinkers and eminent persons from all walks of life.

Nominated multiple times for Nobel Peace Prize including his assassinated year of 1948, Gandhi never received the award but the Nobel committee opted not to bestow him with the award posthumously. Instead, the committee announced there was “no suitable living candidate” that year and no winner was named.

The 14th Dalai Lama, called his award a tribute to “my mentor, Mahatma Gandhi.” In 2006, the Nobel committee publicly expressed regret that Gandhi had never been given the prize.

The convex features in his face clearly stand out with a clear understanding of what needs to get attained in his life. Banishing untouchability, Gandhi got his start as an activist in South Africa. His travel to South Africa in 1893 encountered frequent discrimination and those mistreat prompted him to begin campaigning for the civil rights of Indians in South Africa and eventually developed the concept of Satyagraha in his home nation.

At his behest, the countrymen were ready to embrace the deathbed for freedom struggle and the multiple imprisonments turned him into a transformative figure.

Gandhi sesquicentennial committee greets global dignitaries to commemorate the birth anniversary of this world-renowned personality.

Raj Thackeray’s cartoon slams PM Modi, depicts his autobiography ‘My Experiments with Lies’

Taking a fresh dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Gandhi Jayanti, Thackeray dragged comparison between the saffron party supremo and Mahatma Gandhi.

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray had, in many instances, been a loud voice against the Modi-government and its policies. Taking a fresh dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Gandhi Jayanti, Thackeray dragged comparison between the saffron party supremo and Mahatma Gandhi.
In a cartoon, termed ‘Two of the same soil’, released on the eve of the Mahatma’s birth anniversary, Thackeray depicted Gandhi holding his autobiography, ‘My Experiment with Truths’ alongside Modi, who holds his autobiography, ‘My Experiments with Lies’.
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However, this is not the first time the MNS chief hit out at the Prime Minister. Recently, after the unfortunate stampede near Elphinstone railway station claimed the lives of 22 people in Mumbai, Thackeray targeted PM Modi’s plans to introduce the Bullet train in India. In a strong statement against the central government, Thackeray claimed that the people need a proper railway infrastructure more than the high speed trains. “While people are struggling to survive in the cities, Modi is asking them to do yoga and campaign for Swachh Bharat,” he said.
Further alleging that fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim is negotiating terms with the Modi government to come back to the country, Thackeray recently, through one of his caricatures, depicted Modi being dragged into India by Dawood.

Thackeray also called Modi a ‘liar, claiming that the former Gujarat Chief Minister has changed all his statements after winning the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

RaGa’s NRI gaffe about Mahatma Gandhi draws flak in New York

Here once again Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is creating headlines because of his humorous comment. Junior Gandhi who never spares a single chance to make fool of himself, this time commenting at an international platform said our founding father were NRIs and the Congress struggle was an NRI movement.

The bold comment was made in an urge to overseas Indians to help their country modernise and prosper.

Addressing the gathering at Times Square, Gandhi said, “The original Congress movement was an NRI movement. Mahatma Gandhi was an NRI, Jawaharlal Nehru came back from England. Ambedkar, Azad, Patel they were all NRIs.”

He even went on to say that the fathers of the White Revolution in India, Verghese Kurien, was also an NRI.

Twitterati streamed on him, criticizing “Comedy Show with Rahul Gandhi.”

Concluding his visit on Thursday, this was the last comment in a row made by him after fashioning a buzz about dynastic politics and unemployment in Ivy League universities. He also focused on the BJP’s “divisive” politics which according to him is ruining India’s global reputation as a peace-loving nation.

The entertainment blockbuster brings back home a bin chocked-full of embarrassment from his recent US tour, however, the official Congress social media team congratulated him saying, ‘Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi rocks!’