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Today is Janamastami  i.e. Birth of Lord Krishna.  People in India celebrate this festival with great enthusiasm.
Ø  Many people keep a fast on this day, usually a waterless fast until the birth of Lord Krishna at mid night.
Ø  They spend the day immersed in Lord Krishna’s glory by reading, reciting and singing HIs divine leela (incidents of life during his incarnation on the earth) especially in the evening in the temples. Temples are decorated beautifully and people visit temples to offer their prayers.
Ø  At midnight, the Lord Krishna’s birth hour, a prayer is performed. He is also installed in the form of  a child ( in hindi – Laddo Gopal)  in a decorated cradle and devotees pay their prayers and offer sumptuous dishes especially  ‘Makhan’ (butter) and Mishri (crystal sugar) as Lord Krishna loved this in His childhood which may be seen in may of His pictures with Makhan and Mishri.
Ø  After prayer, devotees jubilantly sing and hail Lord’s incarnation in their hymns and devotional songs
This festival is celebrated totally with a devotional feeling towards God having Him in the form of an Infant which means Almighty is not away from human beings at any time. He is delicate like a newly born child…. to get Him, human beings just have to have self realisation and pure heart like God Himself.
In addition to above, in many cities like Mumbai, people take part with great enthusiasm in a game which is called ‘bursting of dashi handi’. In this game, an earthen pot full of curd and butter is hanged high on a rope and children and young boys try to break by making human pyramids. There are competitions and prizes on these events and this year the highest dahi handi is prized for 10 million. This bursting of dahi handi symbolically means exposure and eradication of evil.
This festival is also symbol of harmony and equality in the society and people celebrate this festival with great brotherhood.
Team of Ek Koshish one attempt is also celebrating this festival with great fan fare. Sweets and other gifts have been distributed to the students. Ek Koshish do believe that this year Lord Krishna will burst the dahi handi of corruption. May Lord Krishan bless Anna hazare and entire India to succeed in eradication of deep rooted corruption….
Jai Lord Krishna
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Anna Hazare’s anti corruption movement is in full swing in India to make India corruption free. Anna has boldly declared that it is an other freedom struggle but now it is against corrupt people of our own society to make the common people free from their shackles.  
Corruption is immaterial for the rich and ruling class as they can afford any thing whether inflation or anything else. But what about the lower and middle class of people that form more than 90% of Indian population. It is this class of people which is badly hit by corruption. Each and every government department from top to bottom is found to be corrupt practically realised by each and every citizen of India. The common man is put to lot of hardships and it has become difficult to make both ends meet as prices of essential commodities are rising constantly due to corruption. Anna believes that our freedom which we got at the cost of sacrifices of lacs of people of this country is at stake due to corruption and unless it is uprooted, the country will not be free in its true sense. Therefore, a peaceful war has been started against corruption with the help of immense support from people.
But the question arises why this movement is being opposed by the ruling party and their supporters? The ruling class boldly declares that Anna Hazare’s anti corruption  movement is unconstitutional and un-parliamentary which cannot be accepted in a democratic set up like India. But why this ruling party forgets that the very first word of the Preamble of our Constitution i.e. “We, the people of India…” makes is abundantly clear that Constitution is not separate from the people who have sworn it. Parliament is nothing but a house of representatives of the people. Then how can this movement of people throughout the country be blemished as un-parliamentary or unconstitutional?
It is very strange in the Indian democracy that the ruling party is ruling over the country having only 15-20% votes in their favour and opposing this mass movement of people in India. If a person thinks rationally it is evident in India that 90% people (may be 95%) belong to lower and middle class and these people are badly hit by corruption. Rich and ruling class can afford corruption in any situation. Rather this rich and ruling class prospers only due to these bacteria of corruption. Who does not know the names of various big corrupt poliotician, ministers, officers etc who are under trial but nothing is happening. It is a common phenomenon in India that some people adopt corrupt practices and amass uncountable wealth. In turn wealth brings them power. And with this power and wealth, these corrupt people govern over the country keeping the lower and middle class at back foot.
Jan Lok Pal Act is nothing but a sort of deterrent over the people who are in the government in any position i.e. politicians, ministers, officers, judges etc. If a person performs his duty in duty bound manner, there should not be any fear of any deterrent. Tough Opposition by the ruling party against this anti corruption movement is indicative of malafide intentions of the corrupt people in the government.  Why not deterrents should be there in the democracy? How many examples can one quote regarding punishment of corrupt people who have been awarded severe punishment by Indian Courts? How many examples one can quote about confiscation of this immense wealth of a single corrupt person? Name any politician who have made efforts or raised voice against the thousand lacs crores rupees black money in swiss banks? Whose money is this? How many people know about it? From where was this black money earned by these corrupt people? They have sucked the blood of this poor and middle class of India and when someone like Baba Ram Dev raised the voice, how the innocent public was thrashed by police in the name of law and order in the midnight. Just think who were the people who ordered the police to fire tear gas shells and lathi charge over the sleeping people taking part in the movement? Is this Indian democracy which provides everyone fundamental rights enunciated in the constitution?  
Just think, if the people like Anna Hazare have started to view a better tomorrow for common man with no corruption in India, What is wrong? What was Gandhi Ji doing for our independence? What was his motive? Isn’t Anna has the same motive, of course this is a fight against corruption which has become rampant in all spheres of our society.   
Really in Anna Hazare, people of India see emergence of another Gandhi to fight against the virus of corruption. Anna Hazare’s movement is purely based on non violence like Gandhi Ji’s movements for our freedom struggle.
Let us make ek koshish, one attempt to make this movement a success for our bright future and prosperous India. Look at the pictures above, if they are happy to see this movement at its baby stage, just think about their happiness and development when we will have our country corruption free…… again a golden bird…….
    BHARAT MATA KI JAI …………………………………………….JAI HIND  
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Ek Koshish, One Attempt: Celebrating Raksha Bandhan with Children at Ek Kos…: “Raksha Bandhan (Raksha means protection and Bandhan means bond) is the name of a festival which is celebrated across the country irresp…”

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Raksha Bandhan (Raksha means protection and Bandhan means bond) is the name of a festival which is celebrated across the country irrespective of color, caste and creed.  It is the festival of bond of love between brothers and sisters. Today it is celebrated throughout the country with traditional fervour and enthusiasm. On this occasion, sisters tie Rakhi (Rakhi means a thread duely decorated) or sacred thread (a simple red or yellow thread) on the wrists of their brothers and pray for their well-being. Brothers, in turn, vow to protect their sisters amidst all circumstances.
For them who cannot understand this festival, it is just like tying of friendship band on friendship day. But the difference is that Raksha Bandhan is celebrated between brothers and sisters. However in India, devotees too surrender themselves before God offering Rakhis seeking protection and blessings of God. This is a unique festival by all means which causes immense love between a brother and sister. It is being celebrated since the time immemorial in Indian Culture. History is evident that whenever sisters have been in trouble, brothers have protected them from all problems with all their pelf and power.
Like all Indian festivals, the festival of Rakhi has numerous tales associated with it.  It is always interesting to know the tradition and mythology behind every festival and with the help of them the importance and spirit of any festival can be understood. The most important story about Raksha Bandhan from Indian religion and mythology is about Lord Krishana and Draupadi.
Once Lord Krishna got His hand injured while doing some work. Rukmani, His wife, immediately sent her servant to get a bandage cloth for the wound.  Sathyabama, His second wife rushed to bring some cloth herself.
Draupadi, whom Lord Krishna always took as Her Sister, was watching this incident and without waiting any more, she simply tore off a part of her sari (Indian dress of woman) and bandaged His hand.  
In return for this deed, Krishna promised to protect her from all troubles in time of her distress.
On this incident Lord Krishna uttered the words ‘Akshyam’ which means: ‘May it be unending’.  And we see that after this incident, this tradition of tying up sacred thread on the hand of brother is continuing in Indian Culture.
In Mahabharata (the Greatest War between Kauravas and Pandavas) , we find that when Draupadi was insulted in the court of King Dhritrashtra, father of Kauravs (symbol of evils) and when Duryodhan, son of the King, tried to disrobe her in the open court, that was how Draupadi’s sari became endless and Lord Krishna, her brother, saved her from insult and embarrassment.
In the medieval history of India, there is one more important and interesting tale of this bond of love between brothers and sisters.  This is the true incident which happened between Queen Karnawati and Mughal Emperor Humayun which is popularly known in India even today.
Widow queen Karnawati was ruling over Mewar region of India (Rajasthan) as a care taker empress after the death of her husband, King Rana Sanga. She was ruling in the name of her elder son, Vikramjeet Singh.
When Bahadur Shah of Gujarat region attacked Mewar for the second time, the queen, begged her nobles for support in that time of crisis but  they betrayed the queen.
Knowing this betrayal, queen Karnawati  wrote to Humayun, the then Mughal Emperor of Delhi for help. She also sent him a Rakhi and sought protection.
It is very interesting to know that Humayun’s father Babur had already defeated King Rana Sanga in a fierce battle in 1527. As such there was an enmity between both states.
When the Rakhi sent by the queen reached Humayun, he was in the middle of another military campaign. He took that call for help immediately abandoning that military campaign,  he rushed to Mewar for help of queen Karnawati.
But unfortunately, he could not make it on time as the queen’s army was defeated in Chittor and queen Karnawati committed Jauhar (an act of self-immolation to protect herself from indignity of falling in the hands of enemy)
Bahadur Shah however could not go any further and had to turn away from Chittor as Humayun’s military reinforcements arrived by then to give fight to Bahadur Shah. Bahadur Shah was defeated. Humayun then restored the kingdom to Karnawati’s son, Vikramjit. As such Humayun kept his word to protect the sister who sent him a Rakhi.


As such this is a wonderful festival of brothers and sisters. This festival also plays an important role in the society. This festival strengthens fraternal feelings and the spirit of kindness and goodwill in the society. This festival promotes harmonious social life by reaffirming the faith of citizens in the traditional values of love and protection fostering community bonding irrespective of caste, creed and color and highlights the importance of women in Indian society not only as a mother but also as a sister.

Ek Koshish One Attempt too celebrated this festival of Rakhsha Bandhan with its little brothers and sisters. All little sisters tied Rakhis on the small wrists of their little brothers and entire team of Ek Koshish, put tikas (putting red color and rice on foredhead)  on their foreheads, distributed sweets and some money was given by the brothers to their sisters as a token of love and affection towards their sisters. We hope that we shall succeed in our vow to protect these younger brothers and sisters from all distresses of their life through better education and training.  
EK KOSHISH, One Attempt 
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Dear Citizens
Let’s celebrate this INDEPENDENCE DAY with a vow to make India  ‘INDEPENDENT from CORRUPTION.
Let’s Join Hands to Raise Voice Against Corruption. Let Your Simmering Feelings and Thoughts against Corruption have a Vent.
Please do EK KOSHISH (One Attempt) in your own ways…………………………………….
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