Thursday, November 30, 2023

New Year with New Hope & Directions

By Lalit Garg

Departing the passing year and receiving the New Year – is a new path where life takes a new turn. We welcome the New Year in such diverse scenarios like the Corona epidemic, natural crisis, economic turbulence and political upheaval, international change, peasant movement and the establishment of peace and democracy in Kashmir with the thought and resolution that we should now do something new in the upcoming year. It is to be made new, to establish new footprints and to compensate for the losses of the past year. Keeping an eye on the shortcomings and disaster situations of the past year, we have to take a pledge to heal the wounds caused by such ill circumstances of the past year and to create new life by filling them with new enthusiasm and energy.

Accepting the existence of another, development of all, support of all, environmental protection, development of immunity and giving preference to others views – these are the pillars of peace-loving, healthy, good governance and civil society and this is the basis for making the New Year’s Resolution .

Today everyone considers their understanding as the ultimate truth. And this is where the battle of beliefs starts. Five thousand battles have been fought in three thousand years. The unanimous sentence is that “more wars are fought with brains than on the field.” Even today India is struggling with the misdeeds and conspiracies of Pakistan and China and we have given the befitting reply to both of them and we have to give them strong replies in future also.  In the crisis of 2020, we also have seen faith and hope in the form of various activities like the foundation of the temple of Lord Shri Ram, lit lamps and done clapping, sent medicines and medical aid to foreign countries.

The year 2020 became challenging not only from Corona catastrophe and disease to the standard of living but also from the point of view of economic, political, social, employment and business. In the past one year, there have been many major changes in the Corona period. Various social events like marriages, entertainments and travelling should be controlled by following the lockdown and social distance. People’s entertainment mediums also changed during the lockdown. The means of entertainment like theatres, bars, shopping malls have closed and people sit in front of the TV at their homes.

Doordarshan started old serials like Ramayana, Mahabharata, Sri Krishna; and these epic sagas became a big hit and when new episodes of different serials did not come due to the shooting stops, people started spending time watching web series etc. Not only this, big screen films are also being released on the third screen. During lockdown in the houses, people were seen doing household chores on their own, all the families started playing games like Ludo, carrom board etc. for the time pass and most of the offices are still closed due to work from home.

India has become an established culture. Drastic situations such as dozens of earthquakes, floods in the Northeast, storms in eastern India and deaths due to lightning strikes in Bihar have also been included in this year’s major problems. Apart from this, as far as politics is concerned, it was also fierce in the year. The BJP, through its mass rallies, interacted with the activists and publicized the achievements of the government on the first anniversary of the second term of the Modi government. The Congress, while doing negative politics the whole time, has also been isolated among the opposition parties. This year has broken into havoc for terrorism. Many districts of Jammu and Kashmir became terrorism-free this year and so far hundreds of terrorists have been killed in many operations. The special thing is that most of the terrorist commanders have also been piled up. Several incidents of ceasefire violations were reported from Pakistan which was given a befitting reply. Kashmir now has a peaceful atmosphere than before.

In the same year, the Narendra Modi government has made many impossible announcements. They have fulfilled the dreams which this country had seen. The people of the country had seen. In Jammu and Kashmir, along with the step of making Article 370 ineffective, the work of dividing the state into two parts also took place during this period. After this decision of the Modi government, one country, one legislation and one mark has come into force in Kashmir. Amid the ongoing lockdown caused by the Coronavirus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took over the chaotic economy of India with a special relief package of 20 lakh crore rupees to boost the country’s economy. This year the determination to be vocal towards the local became firm. A defence expo was also held in the capital of Uttar Pradesh, in which foreign companies saw and appreciated the defence products of indigenous companies. Defence contracts were also signed with many foreign companies during this period. In the parliamentary elections in Britain, when Boris Johnson was once again elected Prime Minister. There had been interesting presidential elections in the US and Jo Biden became the President.

Narendra Modi started projects worth Rs 1250 crore in his parliamentary constituency Varanasi and flagged off the Kashi-Mahakal Express. The Shaheen Bagh movement became an irony. US President Donald Trump came to India with full tussle. India became the fifth largest economy in the world, overtaking France and Britain. Jyotiraditya Scindia resigned from the Congress and joined the BJP during the political turmoil. In a week-long political development in Madhya Pradesh, Kamal Nath’s government fell and Shivraj Singh Chauhan once again took power in Madhya Pradesh. The gathering of members of the Tablighi Jamaat and not following the lockdown became a major issue in Markaj, located in Nizamuddin, Delhi. When it came to light that most of the Jamaati are Corona positive then the difficulties of the governments increased.

Due to the lockdown, migrant labourers migrated towards their home states due to loss of livelihood. Since the means of public transport were not available, these workers returned to their homes on foot, riding bicycles and trucks, even in container trucks and concrete mixing machine vehicles, and many workers were also victims of accidents.

The President, Prime Minister and his cabinet members and MPs decided that they would get their salaries reduced by 30 percent for one year and this amount would be spent in fighting covid-19. In the same month, the program of online education started on the initiative of the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development. .

In the same month, the issue of homecoming of students studying in Kota of Rajasthan also arose. The Government of Uttar Pradesh launched Arogya Setu App. The Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package was announced under which free food grains were announced for three months to poor families. 7 people died and many fell ill due to gas leaking from a company’s plant in Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. Apart from this, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the link road for Mansarovar Yatra through video conferencing. Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan was also elected as Director of WHO Executive Board. The same month began a tussle over LAC with China, and Nepal too changed its map showing its eyes to include three Indian regions. This year took many celebrities away from us.

Emerging from complicated circumstances, the New Year is appearing with a new message, a new address, a new question, a new goal. To make the New Year truly successful and meaningful, we need to wear some life-mantras. Just like this, our scriptures are full of life-mantras. Each mantra is directional. One feels like reading it, as if the road to life has been paved. It is difficult to walk on that path, but those who walk get great success which is permanent. There is a mantra in the Kathopanishad – ‘Utishthat jagrat prapya varannibodhat.’ It means – get up, wake up and go to such superior people, who can introduce you to the Supreme God, introduce you to pleasant situations. This courageous journey will give meaning to power; time and this will make the New Year meaningful.

(Lalit Garg is a Journalist, columnist, writer and member of Rajbhasa samiti, Ministry of Home Affairs. The views expressed are personal opinion of the author. He can be reached at [email protected])

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