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India Celebrates Dussehra Festival : Victory of Good over Evil
Dussehra is one of the most popular and one of the most celebrated festivals of India which is celebrated with great fanfare, joy and enthusiasm. In India as per local calendar it is also called Vijaydashami being falling on the 10th day of Ashwin month (in English Calender this month falls in September-October every year). This festival is celebrated in memory of victory of good over evil and also victory of truth over untruth.
Before Dusserah Indians celebrate Navratra which literally means Nine Sacred Nights and during these Nine Sacred Days/Nights all Hindus worship Goddess Ma Durga and hence these nights are known as Navratras.
According to Hindu mythology, Lord Rama, the eighth of the twenty four incarnations of Lord Vishnu killed Ravana or Dashanan (a demon having ten heads), the king of Lanka (now known as Shri Lanka) on the Tenth Day of their battle in Satya Yug (the age/period four five thousand years ago, in which Lord Rama reigned over people and everybody was properly looked after and taken care. We have the concept of a welfare state from Lord Rama’s period) and rescued his wife, Goddess Sita from the clutches of Ravana. Hence that day of victory is known as Vijayadashami or the Victory on the Tenth Day.
This day is also celebrated and is important for another mythological incident. It is also believed that on this day the exile and banishment of the Pandavas came to an end which connects this day with another age of Mahabharata where Lord Krishna, the 10th incarnation of God came on the earth. The Pandavas defeated the Kauravas (hundred sons of King Dhritrashtra who symbolise evil and grabbed the kingdom of the Pandavas after defeating them in gambling with cheating). As such Hindus worship their weapons etc on this day to mark the greatness of the day which symbolises victory of Good over Evil.  
This day is also auspicious as it commemorates the legend in relation to Goddess Durga, known by various names in entire India like Ma Chamunda, Ma Kali, Ma Vaishnau, Ma Sheronwali etc. The legend is this that Goddess Durga killed the  deadly demon Mahishasura on this tenth day after a continuous fight of nine days. Hence this day of Dussehra is marked as the day of victory good over demonic powers.
It is an auspicious occasion for men, women and children to commence their ventures, education, learning in classical dance and music and to pay their respect to their elder ones.
In southern part of India, during these nine days before Dussehsra,  first three days are dedicated to the worship of Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity; the next three days to Saraswati, Goddess of Learning and Arts and the last three days to Shakti, Goddess of Power and Might and the tenth day is marked as symbol of victory over evil.
In India, Dussehra of Kullu (in the state of Himachal Pradesh) is well famous where not only thousands of people take part for nine days but also it is believed that Gods and Goddesses take part. People from all over the world gather there to be part of this celebration there. Similarly in South India, Dussehra of Mysore is celebrated in a grand style by the Royal Family of Mysore. Dussehra is so famous in Mysore that it is known as the State Festival of Mysore in Karnataka. During the festivity of Dussehra, the entire atmosphere is colourful. People gather in the open play grounds to enjoy a lots of live performance of folk and traditional artists, to watch spectacular short acts on the lives of Lord Rama and Ma Durga and others. There is also a stunning display of fireworks all around in the evening before the effigies of Ravana, Meghnath (Ravna’s son) and Kumbhakaran (Ravan’s Brother) are burnt amidst a great crowed of people.
If anyone gets a chance to be in India during Dussehra festival  don’t miss this fascinating festival and try to understand the hidden meaning behind this festival which marks brotherhood, peace, prosperity for all.
Let’s have a vow to do good forever……………
Wishing you all a very very happy and prosperous Dussehra !
Ek Koshish one attempt 
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Anna Hajare second Mahatma Gandhi
Gandhian Anna Hazare Succeeds to Awake Parliament from its Slumber on the Issue of Corruption
There has always been a lurking doubt in the mind of today’s youth whether Gandhi Ji’s philosophy of Ahimsha (non violence), Satyagriha, Anshan (fasting) is relevant. But Anna Hazare’s movement against corruption has proved its relevance even today. This movement has proved that Gandhi’s philosophy is still relevant in modern times.   
In addition to his philosophy of Ashimsa, Gandhi ji had a vision of an ideal society along with its own political and economic prescriptions. Youth of today has always raised  a question whether India should go through this route and if so, how to achieve the vision which Gandhi Ji perceived.  
People have criticised very often his vision and philosophy variously. These critics have blamed Gandhi ji as conservative and out dated in modern times and his puritanical approach was no longer helpful in development of the country. But Anna Hazare has proved and silenced all critics by giving a message worldwide that Gandhi Ji’s political approach, his satyagriha, Ashimsa, fasting is still relevant for a happy and peaceful society. Anna  Hazare by his 12 days fasting has proved the theory of Gandhi Ji that it is superiority of soul that cannot be potholed by any group of tyrants in a political system.
Gandhi Ji propounded that putting the soul pitting against the powerful ones leads to achieve the target and this pitting results in a massive public movement what we read in the history of our independence and now we see happening again in India. Really this is the mantra of Gandhi Ji which Anna Hazare has espoused not only to fight against the entire political system but also has successfully awaked the people of India to fight collectively against the virus of corruption in a very peaceful and non violent manner.   
Like Gandhi Ji, Anna Hazare has also envisaged an equal and egalitarian society and he boldly declared amidst lacs of people on Ram Lila ground today that he believed in decentralisation of power. Hazare declared that it is the centralisation of power which is the root cause of corruption. Hazare believed in village based economy and political system which would certainly eradicate corruption from top to bottom.
Anna Hazare has astonished the entire world by showing power of idealism and spirituality and their relevance in progress of a society with values. It seems that it is for the first time after Gandhi Ji that Hazare has succeeded in raising his voice in a Gandhian Way. It is the victory of our people who have supported him fully throughout India and abroad. It is symbolic that people too believe in the power of soul and want to live in a world of peace and harmony if people like Anna Hazare leads humanity.
Today is historical and would always be remembered in golden words in Indian History. Though our parliament has agreed unanimously to adopt many of the provisions of Jan Lok Pal Bill as proposed by Anna Hazare, but the important question is that people of India rising above all other things have stamped a mandate that they want a peaceful secular society which would be corruption free. Some people have raised a question that it would lead to conflict between the parliament and the people. But they are wrong in their thought due to the reason that Anna Hazare and his uncountable supporters throughout India and abroad who participated in this mass movement against corruption were just conveying their message and sentiments to the parliament where elected representatives of the people were sitting and watching silently this virus of corruption ruining the people. Nowhere in the entire movement it was evident that people were challenging the duly elected Government and the Parliament.
 JAI HIND …………..
EK KOSHISH One Attempt
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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  
Ek Koshish one attempt

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