A short film on the history and significance of the sacred Sengol: Amit Malviya – BJP leader

Amit Malviya – BJP leader:

A short film on the history and significance of the sacred Sengol, to be installed in the New Parliament by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi…

The Sacred Sengol to be installed in the New Parliament Building

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting:

The Sacred Sengol, blessed by high priests from Tamil Nadu, carries the spirit of just rule and represents the values of fair & equitable governance.

To be installed in the New Parliament Building by PM Narendra Modi, the revered artifact will shine near the Lok Sabha Speaker’s podium as a fitting symbol of the Amrit Kaal, an era that will witness the new India taking its rightful place in the world.

Ministry of Civil Aviation launches UDAN 5.1, specifically designed for helicopter routes

Ministry of Civil Aviation:

Following four successful rounds of the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) – Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) and with the version 5.0 of the fifth round underway, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has launched UDAN 5.1 to further enhance the connectivity to remote areas of the country and achieve last mile connectivity through helicopters.

For the first time under RCS-UDAN, this round is designed specifically for helicopter routes.

The main features include:

  • An increase in the scope of operations for operators wherein the scheme will now allow routes where one of the origin or destination locations is in a priority area. Earlier both points had to be in priority areas.
  • Airfare caps have been reduced by as much as 25% to make flying in helicopters more affordable for passengers. 
  • Viability Gap Funding (VGF) caps for the operators have been increased substantially for both single and twin-engine helicopters to enhance financial viability for operating the awarded routes.

“The latest round of UDAN scheme is a testament to two emerging phenomenon in Indian civil aviation – one, a deeper democratisation of air travel with a focus on last-mile connectivity.

Second, a growing appetite for helicopters in aiding tourism. Greater helicopter penetration through such efforts will help boost tourism, hospitality, and thus, our local economies. UDAN 5.1 heralds a new dawn not just for civil aviation, but also for India’s remote & unserved regions.” said Shri Jyotiraditya M. Scindia, Union Minister of Civil Aviation and Steel.

The current version of the scheme has been designed after consultations with all stakeholders including helicopter operators. While the intended target is to provide last-mile connectivity, it is also projected to give the helicopter segment of the Indian civil aviation industry a much needed boost.

It may be mentioned that till date 46 helicopter routes have been operationalized under previous rounds of the scheme benefitting a number of hilly and North East states and this round is targeting coverage of a much larger number of routes.

Under the UDAN scheme passengers have received the benefit of air connectivity, airlines have received concessions for operating regional routes, and unserved regions have received the direct and indirect benefits of air connectivity for their economic development. The present version of the scheme will be another step towards the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of allowing the common man to travel by air at affordable fares to remote destinations of the country.

Ministry of Earth Sciences through NCMRWF is upgrading it’s supercomputer from 6.8 Petaflop to 18 Petaflop at a total cost of Rs 9000 crore: Kiren Rijiju – Union Minister

Kiren Rijiju – Union Minister:

Delighted to have visited the National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF) today, a true Centre of Excellence in Weather and Climate Modelling.

Their mission to develop advanced Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) systems for our nation is commendable.

Proud that NCMRWF also serves as the BIMSTEC Center for Weather and Climate, fostering regional cooperation.

2) Incredibly proud of the National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF), where 50% of the scientists are women and a remarkable 95% hold doctorate degrees.

Breaking barriers and driving excellence in weather and climate research!

3) NCMRWF envisions a future of enhanced weather and climate forecasting services! With a keen focus on ocean-atmosphere modeling and forecasting, we are determined to bring significant improvements in medium-range predictions and extend our capabilities to seasonal forecasting.

Stay connected as we advance towards meeting the demanding societal needs for better forecasts

4) Witnessing the meteorological evolution of India has been awe-inspiring. The NNCMRWF has played a pivotal role, from establishing India’s first observatory in 1802 to embracing supercomputing for advanced weather & climate forecasting. Under the visionary leadership of PM Shri Narendra Modi ji our mission to improve medium-range predictions & expand to extended & seasonal forecasting, we’re dedicated to serving societal needs.

Ministry of Earth Sciences through NCMRWF is upgrading it’s supercomputer from 6.8 Petaflop to 18 Petaflop at a total cost of Rs 9000 crore.

This system is expected to be operational by the end of this financial year.

Sengol At New Parliament: There is a rich history associated with the Sengol – Amit Malviya, BJP leader

Amit Malviya – BJP leader:

Sengol At New Parliament

There is a rich history associated with the Sengol and this is how it goes…

Vesting the Sengol in the hands of the new ruler by Rajaguru is the Tamil Chola Empire tradition of anointing a new ruler.

An ancient Tamil Shaiva Adheenam [Math] performed the ceremony and vested the Sengol in the hands of Jawaharlal Nehru, on the eve of India’s independence.

The Sengol – which symbolises virtual and ethical rule – is highly spoken of in the ancient Tamil texts, and saint-poet Tiruvalluvar has written 10 verses celebrating Sengol and “Songonmai” – which means rule based on “Aram” – the Tamil world for Dharma.

The sacred Sengol ceremony took place just before Pundit Nehru hoisted the national flag and addressed the nation with the message of ‘Tryst with Destiny’.

Indian and even foreign media had reported, preceding and succeeding August 14, 1947, on the Sengol ceremony.

The transfer of power had to be held in a nation, ravaged by partition and violence, and as such the Sengol ceremony had to be arranged in post-haste. Since it wasn’t a legal or formal matter, it was undertaken by oral orders, and hence remained unrecorded.

As a result, the sacred Sengol and its vesting ceremony seem to have disappeared from the institutional memory of the Indian state.

But reports had appeared in popular Tamil language media from 2017 onwards about how minutes before Jawaharlal Nehru addressed the nation as the Prime Minister, the government of India had followed the sacred Sengol vesting model of Chola Kings of Tamil Nadu [who used to assume power] for transfer of power from the Britishers to Indians.

The Tamil Media had reported that the vesting of power and the assumption of it by Nehru, on behalf of the people of Independent India, was administered by the saint who belonged to Tiruvavaduthurai Math and their team of musicians and Oduvars [grantis] who were specially invited by the government to perform the vesting of the Sengol.

Adopting the traditions the Chola Kings had adopted the Adheenams handed over to the Prime Minister a golden Sengol with the Nandi [Bull] at its top, purified with waters from holy rivers, and singing sacred Tamil text Thevaram, symbolic of the divine blessings and command to rule just and fairly.  

The reports had said that the background to the ritual was the query by the Viceroy Mountbatten to Jawaharlal Nehru, as to what was the traditional ritual to be followed to symbolize the transfer of power. Nehru sought the advice of Rajagopalachari, Rajaji as he was popularly known. And it was Rajaji who conceptualized the Chola model of assumption to the throne and approached the Tiruvavaduthurai Math and requested to perform the sacred function at Delhi.

He made travel aarrangements for the Adheenam team to travel to Delhi and administer the vesting of the Sengol in the hands of the Prime Minister on the model of the age-old ritual prevalent at the time of the Chola kings.

The Tamil media also reported that the idea of the Sengol vesting was to avoid assuming the power from the British directly and to get the authority from the hands of saints.

The media had also reported that it all happened in post haste. The Adheenam got a 5-ft long gold plated Sengol made by Vummidi Bangaru Chetty, a well-known house of jewellers in Chennai. As the senior Adheenam was unwell he sent his junior along with the entire team of saints, singers, and musicians. Some 15 minutes before Nehru addressed the nation at zero hours on 15th August, the saint handed over the Sengol to Jawaharlal Nehru, who held it when the 11 verses of the Thevaram, called the Kolaru Pathikam, which was sung to invoke the blessings of Lord Shiva, which assured the king assuming power to rule in eternity.

The photos of the event with Jawaharlal Nehru, which were available with the Tiruduthurai Adheenam, showing Pundit Nehru holding the Sengol with devotion, as the Saints performed the singing of the verses was also carried in the media.

The media had also reported that the photos of the event were displayed in the Ashram of the Tiruvaduthurai Adeenam premises. The description of the event by the media was meticulous. It had detailed that Vummidi Bangaru Chetty jewellers had made the Sengol as per the design provided by Adeenam. The media had also reported that the entire sacred ceremony was suppressed from the public and the Sengol which symbolized the transfer of power was kept in Anand Bhavan in Allahabad.

Following this, the popular Tamil Weekly Thuglak founded by the famous Tamil journalist Cho Ramaswamy published a detailed account of the historicity of the event tracing it to the recorded conversation of one of the most revered saints of the last century, the Kanchi Paramacharya, with his disciples.

The text of the conversation showed that it seemed to have taken place on Independence Day in 1978. The conversation, as found in a book, that was published much later, after the Kanchi Acharya had attained Siddhi in 1994. The Thuglak magazine also cited the Tamil media reports and also the photos of Nehru standing with the Sengol. The Thuglak article appeared in May 2021. Immediately thereafter Dr Padma Subrahmanyam, one of the most well-known classical dance artiste and also winner of Pama Bhushan and other awards translated the article into English and sent it to the office of the Prime Minister. She had pleaded that such a profound, sacred, historic ceremony of Sengol vesting has been kept out of public knowledge and history. She requested that the government must make this public on the occasion of nation’s Independence Day in 2021.

This set off the government to verify the media reports and authenticity of the Sengol vesting ceremony on the intervening night of 14/15th August 1947.

Uddhav ji and I hosted Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal ji, Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann ji… : Aaditya Thackeray – Shiv Sena UBT leader

Aaditya Thackeray – Shiv Sena UBT leader:

It is important for those who are fighting for our democracy and our constitution to keep meeting, and support each other in this patriotic fight.

Uddhav ji and I hosted Delhi CM @ArvindKejriwal ji, Punjab CM @BhagwantMann ji, MPs @SanjayAzadSln ji and @raghav_chadha , Minister @AtishiAAP at Matoshri, in presence of @ShivSenaUBT_ leaders to discuss the way forward on the same.

The way democracy is being subverted in Delhi is a dangerous trend for our democracy.

Sri Sri at Sunrise

Like a lit candle can light another candle, only one who has, can give. One who is free can free you; one who is love can kindle the Love :
Sri Sri

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