V.C. Shukla succumbed to Maoists attack

V.C. Shukla succumbed to Maoists attack

Congress veteran and Union Minister V.C. Shukla was killed in a Maoist attacked on the Congress convoy in a Parivartan Yatra at Bastar in Chhattisgarh on May 25. The attack left the top leaders of the Chattisgarh unit of the Congress dead. Shukla entered politics and won the Lok Sabha election at the age of 28. He had won nine times and became a cabinet minister in Indira Gandhi’s government. He had sided with VP Singh in the late 80s and joined the Jan Morcha in the run up to the Parliament elections in 1989. Shukla became a minister in VP Singh government and later switched to Chandrashekhar to remain a minister in the shortlived JD (S) government.

Melody queen Shamshad Begum

Melody queen Shamshad Begum

Legendary singer Shamshad Begum, one of the first playback singers in the Hindi film industry and voice behind hit songs like 'Mere Piya Gaye Rangoon', 'Kabhi Aar Kabhi Paar' and 'Kajra Mohabbat Wala', died on  24 April 2013. She was 94. She made her debut on Peshawar Radio in Lahore on December 16, 1947, captivating the hearts of her listeners with her enchanting voice. The singer has been living with her daughter Usha Ratra and son-in-law in Mumbai, ever since her husband Ganpat Lal Batto died in 1955. Her other hit tracks include 'Kahin Pe Nigahen Kahin Pe Nishana', 'Boojh Mera Kya Naam Re', 'Saiyan Dil Mein Aana Re', 'Leke Pehla Pehla Pyar' and 'Chod Babul Ka Ghar'.

Indian mathematical genius Shakuntala Devi

Indian mathematical genius Shakuntala Devi

Indian mathematical genius and astrologer Shakuntala Devi, who was known as "human computer" for her fast numerical calculation technique, passed away at Bangalore on Sunday after a brief illness. Her mathematical skills had come to the fore when she was six years old. She was termed a wizard in number games at the Annamalai University in Tamil Nadu's Chidambaram. In 1977, she mentally discovered the 23rd root of a 201-digit number. Then in June 1980, she multiplied two 13-digit numbers picked at random at the Imperial College in London in 28 seconds -- an event which was recorded in the Guiness Book of World Records. She was the author of many books on mathematics and astrology including "Fun with Numbers", "Astrology for You", and "Puzzles to Puzzle You."

Award winning Begali film maker Rituparno Ghosh

Award winning Begali film maker Rituparno Ghosh

Award winning Bengali filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh passed away in Kolkata on 30 May 2013. He was 49. Rituparno Ghosh came to prominence with his 1994 film 'Unishe April'. He won multiple National Awards and several acclaimed international awards. Ghosh, who started his career in advertising, was one of the most innovative Bengali filmmaker. He had won 12 national and some international awards. Ghosh shot to fame by his direction of a children's film 'Hirer Angti' in 1994. His film 'Unishe April' won national award winner in 1995.His other widely acclaimed films include 'Dahan', 'Asukh', 'Chokher Bali', 'Raincoat', 'Bariwali', 'Antarmahal' and 'Noukadubi'.

Pran: Bollywood’s most lovable dreaded villain

Pran: Bollywood’s most lovable dreaded villain

He is remembered for his roles in hits like 'Milan', 'Madhumati', 'Bobby', Zanjeer and 'Ram Aur Shyam'. Pran left his imprint as a villain with powerful roles in films like 'Kashmir ki Kali', 'Khandaan', 'Aurat', 'Bari Behen', 'Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai', 'Half Ticket', 'Upkar', 'Purab Aur Paschim', 'Don' 'Karz' and 'Naseeb'.Manna Dey recorded songs like 'Kasme vaade pyar wafa' and 'Yaari hai imaan' for Pran in 'Upkaar' and 'Zanjeer’.  Bollywood’s most lovable dreaded villain Pran Sikhand passed away at the age of 93 on 13 July 2013. He died after a spell of prolonged illness. The veteran actor, who had a six-decade-long career was conferred the country's highest cinema honour - the Dada Saheb Phalke award in April.

Nelson Mandela: The apostle of peace

Nelson Mandela: The apostle of peace

The iconic figure in anti-apartheid movement, Nelson Mandela passed away at the age of 95. He was South Africa's first black president termed by India as "a true Gandhian". A symbol of peace, Nobel Laureate Mandela was the president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was suffering from health issues and had a lung infection. The world mourned over the demise of this great leader. Five days mourning was observed in India from December 6-10. He was honored with a Bharat Ratna in 1990. This iconic figure has received over 250 honors internationally including Noble Peace Prize, Bharat Ratna, Order of Lenin (from erstwhile USSR), and US Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Musical maestro Manna Dey

Musical maestro Manna Dey

In major blow to Indian music industry, legendary playback singer Manna Dey passed away after prolonged illness at the age of 94 on 24 October 2013. The Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner singer had given several hits songs during his several decades long career. His popular tracks include Poocho Na Kaise Maine (Meri Surat Teri Aankhen), Ae Meri Zohra Jabeen (Waqt), Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli(Anand), Yeh Dosti (Sholay) and Ek Chatur Naar (Padosan) and Laga Chunari Mein Daag (Dil Hi Toh Hai) and'Yeh Raat Bheegi Bheegi' (Chori Chori).  He gave some of his biggest hits with composers S D Burman, R D Burman, Shankar- Jaikishan, Anil Biswas, Roshan and Salil Chowdhury, Madan Mohan and NC Ramachandra. Dey recorded many popular duets with Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle and Kishore Kumar.

Versatile actor Farooq Sheikh

Versatile actor Farooq Sheikh

Veteran Bollywood actor Farooq Sheikh died after suffering a heart attack in Dubai on 28 December 2013. He was 65. Born on March 25, 1948, Sheikh is renowned for his immense contribution to parallel cinema, low-budget high quality movies, theatre and television where he hosted a popular talk show, "Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai". He started his career in Bollywood in 1973 with Garm Hava and is best remembered for his performances in films like Shatranj Ke Khiladi, Chashme Buddoor, Kissi Se Na Kehna, Noorie. He also acted in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. His last film was Club 60. Sheikh is renowned for his immense contribution to parallel cinema, low-budget high quality movies, theatre and television.

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Vivid manifestations of Hindutva thought were seen in 2013: Bhaiyyaji Joshi

Abhijit Mulye
Nashik, December 30 : 


undefinedThe passing year put before us vivid manifestations and acceptability of the Hindutva thought amongst the intelligentsia of our society, SarKaryavah (General Secretary) of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha (RSS) Shri. Suresh (Bhaiyaji) Joshi told NewsBharati here today.  

Vivekananda 150th birth anniversary:growing acceptance of Hindutva  

Vivekananda Saardhashati (150th birth anniversary) celebrations started on 12th January 2013 got overwhelming response from all cross sections of the society. Through various symposia, lectures, seminars and other similar kind of events, efforts were made to reach out to the thought leaders of the society. These efforts were received very well and we could see a broader, brighter manifestation of the Hindutva thought through such interactions. We realized that the thought leaders of the society have a much more acceptance to Hindutva than what was perceived earlier, Joshi elaborated.

Rise of AAP is a clear signal to all political parties

In a special interview for the ‘Recap 2013’ section of NewsBharati, Shri. Joshi elaborated on various topics that made news in 2013. When asked about the much talked of success of Aam Aadami Party in Delhi assembly elections and the discussions regarding the new political culture that followed it, Joshi said that this is a clear signal for all the political parties that they should be more careful in choosing candidates.

Dignity of women: Not by law alone: it is a social responsibility

While speaking about the crime against women in our society, Joshi said that, these crimes are an outcome of ill, degraded minds. We, as a society, need to look into the ‘Samsakara’ factor or the values that are inculcated through our societal institutions like family, educational institutions, and media. We will have to ensure that right values are inculcated into the society and this won’t be possible merely by passing some legislation. He said, “Legislation is not an alternative to value system.” Joshi also expressed concern over the demands to nullify recent Supreme Court verdict regarding article 377. He said, homosexuality does not have social sanction in India and does not have any standing in Indian culture. Hence, any attempts to get legal status for that “would not be acceptable”.

Safety and security of Hindus all over the world is responsibility of Bharat 

When asked about the attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh and Pakistan, Joshi said that, it has always been our demand that Indian government should ensure safety and security of Hindus world over. Indian government should convey its concern over such cases to the respective country.

Weak and meek foreign policy towards neighbors

While speaking about the Chinese and Pakistani aggression on the borders along India during the year, Joshi said, such incidences are not new to us, in the sense that they are obvious side effects of the weak external affairs policy which our government has adopted. If we feel that such incidences should not repeat in future, we will have to have our foreign policy corrected. “Any lapse in internal or external security is always a danger. India should take all such actions by Pakistan and China very seriously. India should not bow to any kind of pressure from any international forces or groups. And our external policy needs to have correction in this regard”, he said.Joshi appreciated Indian government’s tough stand in the Devyani Khobragade case and said, this might be an effort to weaken and demoralize India. Government should ensure that nobody dares any such attempt in future.

Government machinery should be more trained to handle natural disasters

Joshi expressed deep condolences towards the lives lost in the natural calamity that hit the state of Uttarakhand earlier this year and said, “We need to ensure that the development plans are made after a due consideration to the geological and geographical factors and are implemented flawlessly”. He praised Indian military forces for their efforts during the calamity and also commended the way in which the voluntary organizations across the nation started relief and rehabilitation operations in the region. He expressed displeasure over the response of the government machinery and said government machinery should ensure proper and complete training in disaster management.