Brand Bharat: Not a land of snake charmers, but a powerhouse of production

In this context, let us revisit the Angus Maddison report of OECD which speaks about India contributing one-third to the world GDP from the year 1CE to 1750CE

New Delhi, Sep 05: What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of India?
When we speak about a nation, certain images come to our mind immediately. We connect each country with something in particular and the nation itself becomes a brand for the same.

When you say India, one can connect it with many things. A land of snake charmers, magicians, rope climbers, slums and poverty is not what anyone should be associating India with, as had unfortunately been the imagery created for India a few decades ago. Thankfully, this has come to pass.

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Re-introduced in 2004 with an excuse, Navy ensign finally does away with St George’s Cross

While the Cross was removed in 2001, it came back in 2004. The reason: The new flag was indistinguishable as the blue of the Navy crest merged with the skies and the sea.

New Delhi, Sep 02: With the commissioning of the indigenous Aircraft Carrier INS Vikrant, the Indian Navy also got a new ensign today. This is an important step as the new ensign has done away with the colonial past with the St George’s Cross being taken out.

This is the fourth time that a change has been made in the naval ensign. While the St. George’s Cross has remained in the ensign ever since India gained independence, it was removed briefly between 2001 and 2004 when the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government was in power. When the UPA led by Congress president Sonia Gandhi came to power in 2004, the Cross was back in the ensign.

During the Independence Day address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that there was a need to decolonise India. He also called for the decolonisation and urged everyone to look for the traces of slavery around them so that the nation could eliminate these traces.

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Why India is a land of ‘murti’ and ‘vigraha’ and not idols and idolators as perceived by the West

For the Europeans who came here, the ‘Murti’ and ‘Vigraha’ appeared as mere objects of art. They did not occupy any space in their hearts. So, they called these forms as idols and termed this offering derogatorily as “idol worship”.

New Delhi, Aug 31: With the Ganesh Chaturthi festivities commencing, a word that one would very often hear is idol. India has, for centuries, been branded by the West as a land of idols and idolators. Using the terms idols and idolators has also been one of the arguments to put down the Indian traditions as being regressive in thought and to also highlight the Abrahamic faiths as being progressive and thinking, say Bharath Gyan Founders Dr D K Hari and Dr Hema Hari.

In Indian art, the English term ‘icon’ is usually used to refer to a metal figurine such as a bronze icon, whereas ‘idol’ has been commonly associated to mean a figurine, a statue worthy of worship.

The difference between an icon and idol lies in how it is seen as being held in worship. An idol is defined as the object of worship itself, while an icon is defined as an object pointing to something greater worthy of reverence, the Bharath Gyan founders write in their book, ‘Understanding Sabarimala Swamy Ayyappa’.

In the English vocabulary, therefore, icons are what the Colonials prayed to, while idols are what others worshipped.

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The dog breed that sniffed out Osama Bin Laden joins Army’s counter terror force

New Delhi, Nov 29: On Sunday, the counter-terrorism unit of the Indian Army welcomed the Belgian Malinois’ Canines to its canine squad.

Belgian Malinois are squarely built, proud, and alert herders standing 22 to 26 inches. Strong and well-muscled, but more elegant than bulky, there’s an honest, no-frills look about them, as befit dogs built to work hard for their feed. A breed hallmark is the proud carriage of the head. Coat colors range from a rich fawn to mahogany. The black ears and mask accentuate bright, questioning eyes the color of dark Belgian chocolate, says the American Kennel Club.

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PM’s national statement at COP26 suggests India is all for saving the planet

New Delhi, Nov 02: Prime Minister Narendra Modi while delivering the national statement at the COP26 global climate summit in Glasgow said that India will archive net-zero emissions by 2070.

The PM’s speech at the COP26 suggests that India is for saving the planet and also monitor other countries follow the same when it comes to countering climate change.

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Net zero emissions by 2070: Top 8 takeaways from PM Modi’s COP26 address

New Delhi, Nov 02: Prime Minister Narendra Modi while delivering the national statement at the COP26 global climate summit in Glasgow said that India will archive net-zero emissions by 2070.

PM’s mantra of Lifestyle For Environment is inspired by Indian culture, Gandhi ji’s teachings & PM’s own life to ensure peaceful existence with nature. Just like other mass movements inspired by PM, this urges MindFul and Deliberate Utilisation instead of Mindless and Destructive Consumption

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, We All Love Your Powerstar!!!

I have always waited for a Friday. It means the end of the week and I am sure it is the case for most of you out there. However Friday, October 29 was not something I was waiting for.

By 12 noon horrible news had started to trickle in and the man whose song (Appu Dance) I was working out to was going to leave us for ever. Puneeth Rajkumar a.k.a App a.k.a Power Star is no more and it has been several hours since and I like lakhs of others am unable to process this.

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How to download Aadhaar Card online: Watch video here

New Delhi, July 02: Do you want to download your Aadhaar Card online. Do not worry, there is a solution here. The Unique Identification Authority of India has released a direct link to download the same. 

In a tweet, UIDAI said, ” download your Aadhaar from eaadhaar.uiadai.gov.in anytime anywhere. You can choose to download Regular Aadhaar that displays the complete Aadhaar number or Masked Aadhaar, which only shows the last four digits. UIADAI has also shared a video on how to download Aadhaar online. 

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101 Falcons set to deploy Rafales in Hasimara airbase

New Delhi, June 21: Ahead of the formal induction at the Hasimara airbase in West Bengal, the Indian Air Force has raised the second Rafale squadron- 101 Falcons of Champ and Akhnoor.

The 101 squadron was resurrected with the five jets that landed in India. The first Rafale Squadron- 17 Golden Arrows is fully operational at the Ambala airbase with 18 fighters.

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