Several people witnessed Jallikattu event in Madurai on January 16. Hundreds of bull tamers participated in the event. Participants showed their skills with their attempts to tame the bulls. Jallikattu is a bull-taming sport that has traditionally been part of Pongal festival. The festival is a celebration of nature, and thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest, of which cattle-worship is a part.
The traditional festival of Pongal is being celebrated across the state of Tamil Nadu. Pongal was celebrated with full fervour at the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) on January 14. People participated in large numbers in the celebration. Around 11 new varieties of crops were also introduced as a gift to farmers on this auspicious occasion. Traditional sport of tug of war was also organised with fun and joy.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi slammed Centre over the National Education Policy 2020. Rahul said that the Centre introduced NEP 2020 without consulting teachers and students. He added that NEP is used as a weapon to communalise and push a particular ideology. The Congress leader also spoke on how to remove religion from political discourse among youth. He was interacting with professors at St Xavier's College in Tamil Nadu's Tirunelveli. “An education system is for our students and it is run by our teachers. Any education policy has to come from a conversation with students and professors. There is too much power being centralised in one institution (in the NEP). This centralisation of power is going to damage the education system. The positive side is that it is reasonably flexible on many counts. But is a weapon to communalise, to push a particular ideology into Indian society,” he said. Rahul added, “You don't want to necessarily remove religion from the political discourse. As long as ideas are competing without hatred and anger, there is no problem. Problem is when you say that you can't speak because you're from a certain religion. Govt says they represent Hinduism but ideas they espouse have nothing to do with it.”
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During his interaction with students and professors at Tamil Nadu's St. Xavier's College, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi claimed policies for education system in country is made without consulting professors or students. "If we are going to have any policy made for the education system, then, it has to come from a conversation with students and professors. Unfortunately, this was not done," said Rahul Gandhi.
A picture of PM Modi being blessed by an elderly woman was shared by the leader on his social media handles on February 25. This woman is none other than the natural farmer R Pappammal, 105, who was awarded the Padma Shri for her exceptional work in agriculture and organic farming.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a road show in Coimbatore ahead of his rally in the city. During the rally, PM Modi said that PM-KISAN scheme in its 2 years has benefitted 11 crore farmers. "For many years, the farmers of India demanded MSP rise. It was our government that had the opportunity to bring a holistic MSP rise," he added. He further said, "In the past 7 years, our efforts for farmers are aimed at giving them a life of prosperity and dignity. From kisan health cards to soil health cards, we want to bring a paradigm shift in the agriculture sector."
A large number of foreign tourists are getting attracted towards Magh Mela. Magh Mela is an annual festival that is held in the month of 'Magha' according to the Hindu calendar, near river banks and Hindu temples. Foreign tourists are also performing Kalpvas on the bank of Sangam Ghat in UP's Prayagraj. Magh Mela kick-started on January 14 on the occasion of Makar Sankranti and it will end on Maha Shivratri. During the entire month of Magh Mela, the pilgrims stay on the banks of Sangam in tents and take an early morning bath and participate in other religious duties.
Situated along the banks of Rapti River in Uttar Pradesh, Gorakhpur city is famous as a religious centre. Home to Buddhists, Hindu, Jain and Sikh Saints, the city is named after a medieval saint, Gorakshanath or Gorakhnath in whose honour a famous temple is also built. Standing on the 52 acres of the land, the most attractive feature of this temple is the garbh griha where white marble statue of sage Gorakhnath performing yogic meditation is enshrined. Though a Hindu religious site, this temple is providing livelihood to hundreds of Muslim families who have been running their shops inside its premises for years, making it an epitome of communal harmony. Every year, the temple hosts the famous Khichdi Parv or Makar Sankranti fair which lasts for about a month. A number of food stalls and shops are set up around the temple at this time. Be it Hindus, Muslims or any other community people, everyone becomes a part of the fair. They mingle with each other, shop together and pray together, perfectly packaging a Mini India at one place. There are numerous religious sites in India belonging to various faiths but the one thing that connects them all is the message of love and brotherhood that they spread. Gorakhnath temple is also one among them which has been for years representing the country's 'Unity in Diversity'.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat reviewed preparation for Kumbh Mela in Haridwar on January 24. Kumbh Mela in-charge DM Deepak Rawat briefed him about the preparations. The central government has issued guidelines and standard operating protocols (SOPs) for the Kumbh Mela pilgrimage festival in Haridwar. The Maha Kumbh Mela in Haridwar had begun on Makar Sankranti on Jan 14.