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A 210-feet tall, eco-friendly effigy of demon-king Ravan, weighing 40 quintals, will be burnt on the occasion of Dussehra in Barara town, around 25 km from Ambala Cantt. Barara Ram Leela Club, which has erected the towering effigy has been doing this since 1987 — starting with a 20-feet tall effigy and increasing the height every year since. "Effigies made by us have made it to the Limca Book of World Records on five different occasions," the club's chairperson Tejender Chauhan said today. However, the height of the effigy was not increased this year due to the increase in production cost. "The making cost has increased to around 18 per cent following the imposition of GST on raw materials used in it," said Chauhan. "We spent Rs 25 lakh on this one," he said. The sword held by the latest 'Ravan' is around 50-feet long and eco-friendly firecrackers have been used to make it safe from the environmental point of view.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik greeted the people of Odisha on the occasion of Dusshera today. Seeking Goddess Durgas blessings for the prosperity and happiness of all, Patnaik in his twitter post said "I greet all on the occasion of the Dusshera and Vijaya Dasami. Let all prosper with blessing of the Goddess Durga." Patnaik also called upon the people to work hard in their respective fields and make the state proud. "Let us forget differences to make Dusshera a celebration," he said.
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In a sharp criticism of global economic policies, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat during his Vijaya Dashami speech termed them ‘faulty, artificial’ and cause of erosion in ‘morality, environment and employment’. “Our Niti Aayog and economic advisers of the states will have to come out of the same old economic ‘isms’, and will have to integrate the most up-to-date economic experiences with the ground reality of our nation,” he said. He also added saying, “This process will have to systematically consider the national ideals, traditions, needs and resources together. People will also have to relentlessly insist on buying the Swadeshi products while fulfilling their daily needs and doing other purchases.”
In Kanpur, people are offering prayers to the demon king Ravana at the Dashanan Temple on the occasion of Dussehra. The temple opens every year only in the morning of Dussehra:
"Let's kill the evil within us and make MP a dirt-free, corruption-free, poverty-free, caste-free and terrorism-free state," says Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on the occasion of Vijaya Dashami. Meanwhile, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani performed the Shastra Puja along with his wife at his residence in Gandhinagar on Dussehra.
Women in West Bengal capital Kolkata are celebrating 'Sindur Khela' on the occasion of Dussehra. During Sindur Khela, married women put on sindur or vermilion on Goddess Durga's forehead and feet and thereafter they apply it on other married women present around them.
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Delivering his annual Vijaya Dashami address at RSS headquarters in Nagpur, Mohan Bhagwat had lauded the armed forces’ efforts in dealing with militancy and ceasefire violation by Pakistan in the Valley but said much still needed to be done to bring the state to the mainstream. “For this just work, necessary constitutional amendments will have to be made and old provisions will have to be changed. Then and then only, the residents of Jammu and Kashmir can be completely assimilated with rest of Bharat and their equal cooperation and share will be possible in the national progress,” Bhagwat said in apparent references to Articles 370 and 35(A) of the Constitution. While Article 370 gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Article 35(A) defines the state’s permanent residents and their special privileges.
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Mohan Bhagwat ended his speech by quoting Sister Nivedita, who had said, "Samaj is the strength of the family: the home is behind the civic life and the civic life sustains the nationality. We have the essentials of all four elements among us, in our ancient Dharma but we have allowed much of their consciousness to sleep. We have again to realize the meaning of our own treasure."
"During the colonial period, foreign rulers brought many disastrous changes in the education system and creating a sense of inferiority. New education policy should be carved out in a such a manner so education becomes affordable and accessible to every child. To save our innocent kids from vicious circles, family, society and government will have to take the effective steps. Falling prey to games like Blue Whale show how unsafe our children are in the age of internet media. Ensuring safety and value-based education to children is the direct responsibility of family, society and government together," says Mohan Bhagwat.
"The government has already taken the initiatives regarding water conservation, water protection and cleaning of rivers. Social drive like 'Rally For Rivers' are also going on to connect water with trees and jungles," says Mohan Bhagwat.
"Dr BR Ambedkar in his last speech at the constituent assembly spoke of 4 important things we must do — 'Hold fast to constitutional methods of achieving our social and economic objectives', 'observe caution ensuring not to subvert democratic institutions', 'make political democracy a social democracy' and 'the collective endeavour of the society being more important than governmental and administrative efforts'," says Mohan Bhagwat.
"It is reprehensible that some people have been killed allegedly by Gau Rakshaks. In fact, violence of any form is reprehensible. At the same time, many people have been killed by cow smugglers. We must look at the issue of cow protection beyond religion," says Mohan Bhagwat.
"Cows are used more for its urine and dung than milk in our country. For a small farmer to progress, rearing of the cow is a must. Protecting cow and cow-based agriculture is directed by the constitution. Rearing of the cow is not a matter of religion. I know many Muslims involved in rearing and protection of cows. Many Muslims have sacrificed their life for Gau Raksha," says Mohan Bhagwat.
"All policies and standards need rethinking, unique models of development based on the needs of our nation. Economic advisers will have to come out of old economic 'isms' and present solutions based on ground reality of our nation. Employment for every hand and remuneration for sustainable livelihood is a major consideration for us. The government should encourage people to adopting entrepreneurial skills and support them. This way we can ensure economic progress," says RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.
"We stood firm on our commitment to environmental protection even while the USA went back on its commitment in Paris. Presenting ourselves based on our ancient values is slowly giving us a leadership position in the world," says Mohan Bhagwat.
"To control corruption, the Centre has taken various policy decisions, yet there is a requirement for an integrated policy. The policy should address needs of industry, trade, agriculture and environment which will safeguard interests of all," says Mohan Bhagwat.
"We need an economic policy that takes care of all big, small and medium enterprises, farmers etc. The informal economy gives maximum employment. It is because of this sector that we have survived economic meltdowns in the past. We should ensure that these sectors are least affected. We should have reforms but we should ensure the stability to these sectors," says Mohan Bhagwat.
"The state government of Kerala and Bengal seem to be lending a helping hand to the anti-national forces for petty political interests. Issue like cross-border smuggling of cow continues to be the matter of concern," says Mohan Bhagwat.
"Links between Rohingya and Jihadi elements are coming to light. If such elements come to India, they may have an impact on our security situation. Why do the Rohingya want to come to India? We need to study their background. They will not only put pressure on our jobs, resources but will pose a threat to nation's security. We had not even completely solved the problem of Bangladeshi intrusion when Myanmar's problems has been heaped on us," says Mohan Bhagwat.
"There is a need for partisan, transparent and clean administration in the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir. The determination with which terrorist infiltration and firing from across the border are being dealt with is appreciated. Provocative actions and the propaganda of separatists is been effectively controlled by curbing their illegal financial sources. The positive effects of strategy to neutralize the terrorists are now visible on the ground. Problems faced by refugees are still not resolved in J&K. They don't have basic facilities and lead a backward life. Problems of permanent residents of the state, who migrated from Pakistan occupied J&K in 1947, are still present. The problems of those who were displaced from the Kashmir valley in 1990 are remaining as it is. Necessary constitutional amendments will have to be made and old provisions will have to be changed in J&K. Only when constitutional amendments are done, can residents of J&K be completely assimilated with the rest of the country," says Mohan Bhagwat.
"Our initiatives over Yoga, environment and increasing recognition around the world is a spot of pride for the nation. The way we handled the events at Doklam have increased India's stature in the world," says Mohan Bhagwat.
"The society has to stand together for the sake of a proud nation. Only then will the country's thinkers be free of views with foreign perspectives. A nation is always born, it is not made with artificial practices," says Mohan Bhagwat.
"When Pakistan invaded in 1947, the youth was inspired to stop the foreign army's Nubra Guards from crossing the Skardu (a town in Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan). Sister Nivedita also made attempts to create a society characterising the same ideal national ideals as a Hindu nation," says Mohan Bhagwat.
"We have given a strong reply to those creating mischief at the borders. We have patiently dealt with the situation at Doklam," says Mohan Bhagwat.
"Rashtra (Nation) is not made artificially. It is born. Rashtra is based on Sanskriti and people. Rashtra is unique and entirely different from nation-state concept rooted in power. Our Sanskriti binds us in common threads," says Mohan Bhagwat.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat during the Vijaya Dashami festivities in Nagpur, ahead of his speech, had conducted Shastra Puja (weapons worship).
"We need to decolonise the Indian mind. The Western concept of the nation is linked to power and state," says Mohan Bhagwat.