Source TIRUMALA, INDIA, May 28, 2020 (New Indian Express): Putting an end to the controversy over the proposed auction of its unviable properties [to alleviate income shortfall during the covid crisis], the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Board of ...
TIRUMALA, INDIA, May 28, 2020 (New Indian Express): Putting an end to the controversy over the proposed auction of its unviable properties [to alleviate income shortfall during the covid crisis], the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Board of Trustees on Thursday resolved not to sell any properties of the Lord Venkateswara or TTD including those donated by the devotees, through auction or otherwise. TTD chairman Y.V. Subba Reddy said in view of the controversy over their review on how to deal with the previous board's decision to auction the unviable properties and also following Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy's directions, the Board passed the resolution that under no circumstances any of the properties, including those offered by the devotees, would be sold henceforth.
With regard to safeguarding the properties donated by the devotees that are found to be unviable and which are not encroached upon, the board resolved to constitute a committee with Board Members, elders (swamijis, peetadipathis) of Hindu dharma, intellectuals and some devotees. "The committee will explore the ways and means to protect such properties and how best to utilize them. The board will take a decision based on the committee's recommendations," the TTD chairman explained and reiterated that there will not be any sale of properties in any form.
INDIA, May 27, 2020 (Stand Point India, by Sudarshan Ramabadran): The Cham civilization in Vietnam is back in focus, thanks to the latest find of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) as part of the conservation project in My Son in Vietnam. India's foreign minister, Dr. S. Jaishankar tweeted about a 1,100-year-old monolithic sandstone Shivalinga of 9th CE, as per ASI's project, which has been found. This only reiterates the authentic evidence of how Indian culture has been accepted in the context of Southeast Asian countries. My Son was the first place to be visited by India's President Ram Nath Kovind during his visit to Vietnam in 2018. The significance of My Son to India-Vietnam's shared civilizational culture is there for everyone to see. Cham, in its time, was one of the most refined and scientifically advanced civilizations. The populace of the civilization has continued to keep traditions alive in its own unique way and India's connection with it is ancient and relevant.
Culture, commerce and connectivity are the three pillars of India's ties with the Southeast Asian region. These pillars have emerged in contemporary times due to the comprehensive history that India has shared with the region that has facilitated cordial relations in the past. As archaeological conservation and related efforts take center stage in India's public diplomacy and soft power outreach especially in Southeast Asia, it becomes imperative to quantify these efforts. Documenting the strengths, opportunities, and challenges of these initiatives is indeed necessary. Apart from quantifying, India has also to explore options in which it can effectively enable people to people exchanges in ensuring that the historicity of the Cham civilization is contemporized for the benefit of all. A simple step could be to enable leading spiritual organizations in the country to engage with the populace in partnership with credible think tanks that are in touch with the community.
Enquire: 'Who am I?' and you will find the answer. Look at a tree: from one seed arises a huge tree; from it comes numerous seeds, each one of which in its turn grows into a tree. No two fruits are alike. Yet it is one life that throbs in every particle of the tree. So, it is the same atman everywhere. -- Sri Anandamayi Ma (1896-1982), Bengali mystic
ODISHA, INDIA, May 21, 2020 (PV Magazine): The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has taken up the complete solarization of Konark Sun Temple and Konark town in Odisha. The scheme envisages setting up of 10 MW grid-connected solar project and various solar off-grid applications like solar trees, solar drinking water kiosks, off-grid solar power plants with battery storage. The project will be done by Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency with 100% central financial assistance (CFA) of around US$3.3 million through MNRE. The scheme will meet all the energy requirements of Konark town with solar energy. Speaking about the scheme, power minister R.K. Singh said, "The government of India launched the scheme with an objective to take forward the Prime Minister's vision to develop the historical Sun Temple town of Konark in Odisha as Surya Nagri, to convey a message of synergy between the modern use of solar energy and the ancient Sun Temple and the importance of promoting solar energy."