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Collective consciousness for new way ahead

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The word ‘Samvaad’ can be roughly translated as a ‘Conversation’. Typically, a conversation requires two or more parties – unless one is referring to a soliloquy or an intense reflection within oneself. I am keeping my fingers crossed as I plan to embark on one such inner journey.But, for now, if we wish to facilitate the cross-pollination of ideas, wisdom and worldviews that run the risk of being lost, we need to create spaces for such a healthy exchange, among dialogue, discussion and dissent. Spaces that put people at ease to express their perceptions and experiences, and concerns. Such spaces would facilitate intense listening, caring and sharing. Just as infrastructure development entails brick and mortar, nation-building requires the building blocks of dialogue, discussion and dissent leading to collective resolutions, breakthroughs and progress. This is important in a diverse country like ours. This collective consciousness can also help remove prejudices, build new bridges and instil hope and optimism.Last week, I got to taste the flavour of one such grand conversation or Samvaad, which was focused on tribal people across the globe. This saw the coming together of over 1,500 tribal men and women of about 100 tribal groups from 22 states of India and some from Australia, Canada, Zimbabwe, Laos and Kenya. Organised by Tata Steel in Jamshedpur, Samvaad has been a regular annual event, held from November 15, the birthday of the tribal hero, revered as Bhagwan Birsa Munda.‘Aspiration of Tribal Youth and Leadership for Future’ has been this year’s theme. Showcasing a variety of tribal handicrafts, medicine, cuisines, sports, art and culture, Samvaad has come to be a ‘one-stop-shop’ for exchange across dimensions of tribal life and culture. Workshops on topics ranging from social entrepreneurship, malnutrition, environment, introspective theatre and livelihoods were also held with many practical insights on how to address these challenges in tribal communities and spawn new success stories.In keeping with the spirit of Samvaad, top musicians like Pt Nayan Ghosh, (Sitar), Pt Pushparaj Koshti (Surbahar), Pt Nityanand Haldipur (Flute) and Pt Ulhas Bapat (Santoor) ferried the participants in their inner journey and Samvaad, too, through meditative and contemplative music.While every aspect of this event had something refreshing, I particularly loved the simple yet powerful personal narrative of the legend, Tulasi Munda, affectionately called Tulasi Aappa from Keonjhar, Odisha. As she pranced up and down the stage, with her cloth bag slung across, the 70-year-old Padma awardee was as fiery as she was authentic, confident and compassionate. Inspired deeply by Vinoba, even though she was herself uneducated, she decided to educate tribal children with whatever she knew and learnt. She has educated thousands of underprivileged since 1964. ‘Give, give and give’ was her message. Whatever is given with good intention will empower the giver to give even more, she said with great faith. Following the message of Tulasi Aappa’s life, if each one of us made an inventory of what we can give, we ourselves would be amazed. We can increase the spirit and quotient of giving by liberally offering knowledge, skills, education, insights, information, art, craft or resources to those who need these. There is, perhaps, no one who cannot offer anything.Can we create spaces all around us for such conversations or ‘Samvaads’ to happen? Can we embark on this journey of giving to make a better world and spread the Joy of Giving and Living?

Just abrogating Article 370 will not solve Kashmir problem, India will ultimately prevail in Valley: Amit Shah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The BJP-led NDA government is handling the Kashmir issue “diplomatically” and India will ultimately “prevail” there, BJP president Amit Shah today said adding that merely abrogating Article 370 will not solve the problem in the valley.Shah said the prime minister is keeping a “keen eye” on Kashmir and the security agencies are doing a “fine job” there.”I believe that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and security agencies’ intervention, India will ultimately prevail in Kashmir,” he said appearing in the “Samvaad” conclave organised by India TV. Shah also declined to ascribe the recent violence in Kashmir as a reaction against the PDP-BJP alliance government in the state. “I do not think so. Such incidents are a reaction to the steps taken by the government and action by the security agencies. Whatever lacunae are there will be removed. The alliance is still going on”.Shah replied to a vast range of questions during the conclave covering Article 370 and the Kashmir issue, Ram temple, performance of the Modi government after three years, farmers’ suicides and triple talaq. He said that the Kashmir “problem” cannot be solved by merely abrogating the Article 370 in the Constitution that provides for special provisions to Jammu and Kashmir. “There are several issues and just abrogating the Article 370 will not solve the problem. BJP cannot do it all alone, we will discuss it at an opportune time with others,” he said.He also claimed that that incidents of terrorism and Maoism have been brought under check under the Modi government. “Terrorism and Maoism have been checked. We have broken the spine of Naxalites in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. We will not allow terrorism anywhere in the country,” he said. The BJP president reiterated his party’s stand on the Ram temple issue saying that it will be built in accordance with the Constitution or through negotiations. “Our stand is clear that it will be built through constitutional ways or through negotiations. But we maintain that Ram temple should be built (in Ayodhya),” he said.Shah denied “political patronage” to cow vigilantes in the country claiming that cases have been registered and arrests have been made wherever they have been found involved in violence. “The law will take its own course. Action has been taken in each incident (of violence) and arrests have been made within 24 hours. It would not be so if there were political protection,” he said. Expressing confidence over victory of the NDA candidate in the presidential election, Shah said that the talk of unity among the Opposition parties was yet to materialise. “There is an ‘if’ and this ‘if’ is very important. I am assured our candidate will become the next president of India,” he said.On the ‘triple talaq’ issue, the BJP chief said that it was meant for protection of Muslim women and the government is for ending this practice. “Triple talaq issue is not against anyone or to scare them. It is meant for women’s protection. Our government wants to end it and it has said so in the Supreme Court which is hearing the matter,” he said. Citing various “achievements” of the Modi government during last three years, Shah also claimed that farmers’ suicides have come down for the “first time” in past 12 years. “We have been able to give a decisive government and the most popular prime minister to the country. We have honestly worked for ‘Achhe Din’ (good days) for people and the mandate given to us in past elections prove people believe in it,” he added.

Centre can bring bill to build Ram temple in Ayodhya: Swamy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP MP Subramanian Swamy said today that the Centre might introduce a bill in Parliament for building a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya only after securing majority in the Rajya Sabha next year. “If the Congress can bring a bill to overturn the Supreme Court verdict in the famous Shah Bano case, this government can also bring a bill to build the Ram temple in Ayodhya,” Swamy said at the India TV Samvaad conclave. He was referring to a maintenance lawsuit filed by Shah Bano in the Supreme Court, which had granted her the right to alimony from her husband. The NDA does not have majority in the Rajya Sabha as of now, but with increasing strength in many state legislatures it is set to gain majority in the upper house. Hoping for a favourable verdict from the Supreme Court on the Ayodhya dispute in December this year, Swamy said he would request the court to start day-to-day hearing, according to a statement. During the debate, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi ruled out mediation to solve the Ayodhya dispute. “It is clearly a title suit, and there is no question of mediation. Let the Supreme Court give its verdict. We will accept (it),” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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