Category "India Matters"

24Oct2018

The Lakshadweep islands are a group of islands lying in the Arabian Sea, off the south-west coast of India. The word dweep means island and laksha means lakh or hundred-thousand. From the name, it would seem that there are a hundred-thousand islands in the archipelago, as a group of islands is called. But in reality, it has only 36 islands, scattered in the Arabian Sea. They form the smallest Union Territory in India. […]

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24Oct2018

When we in India meet someone, or when we greet guests, it is common to press our palms together, hold them close to the chest, fingers pointing up, and say Namaste. Depending on where in India we live, we may also say Namaskar, Namaskaram or Vanakkam. The gesture and the appropriate word are also often used in parting. This is a habit which we learn in childhood, and practice all through life. […]

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23Oct2018

The Kumbh Mela is considered the world’s largest religious gathering. Millions of people gather at particular places on the banks of one of four rivers during a specific auspicious period, and take a holy dip in the river. It is believed that doing so will wash away the sins of that person and his ancestors. There are various types of Kumbh Melas, and they occur at specific times. […]

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23Oct2018

India is known as a land of festivals. We celebrate religious as well as cultural festivals throughout the year. Almost all of them are declared as holidays for schools, colleges and Government institutions. But not all of them are celebrated by everyone everywhere in the country on the same day. There are three celebrations that are held across the country on the same date every year. These three dates are called ‘National Holidays’ because they are important to India as a nation. They are – Republic Day, Independence Day and Gandhi Jayanthi. […]

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12Sep2018

The tradition of hand weaving fabrics has been a part of Indian knowledge systems for over 5000 years. However, the “Khadi” movement got a great stimulus when Mahatma Gandhi revived the ancient hand weaving tradition as part of his freedom movement. […]

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12Sep2018

What does it take to prepare food for thousands of people every day? Is it state-of-the-art machinery? A lot of manpower? An endless supply of groceries or is it just pure hard work and dedication? Well, the answer is, all that and more. Here’s a sneak peak into one of India’s mega kitchens that will give you some perspective the next time you struggle to cook instant food for 5 of your friends. […]

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12Sep2018

Yes, we have heard of ID cards for people, both adults and children. We have heard of cute name tags for household pets. But have we ever heard of ID Cards for cows?

Yes, indeed, surprising as it may seem, along India’s border, authorities have come up with a novel solution to prevent the smuggling of cattle into Bangladesh.

Photo ID cards! […]

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12Sep2018

Savitribai Phule (3 January 1831 – 10 March 1897) may not be as famous as Mahatma Gandhi or Swami Vivekananda. But every girl child who goes to school today owes it to her efforts. She was a visionary who fought for the empowerment of Indian women of all castes and communities.

When she moved to her husband’s house after marriage in 1840, he was very impressed by her passion to study. It was he who taught the little girl to read and write. […]

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7Aug2018

Dronacharya Award was instituted in 1985 by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, for excellence in sports coaching. This recognition of the extraordinary contribution of coaches comprises a bronze statuette of Dronacharya, a scroll of honour and cash of Rs.5,00,000. […]

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7Aug2018

Zamindars are people from the Muslim Rajput castes who settled in rural areas of the Indo-Gangetic Plain, from Pakistan to Bangladesh.

A Zamindar is a holder or occupier (dār) of land (zamīn). The root words are Persian, and the resulting name, ‘landowners’ was widely used wherever Persian influence was spread by the Mughals or other Indian Muslim dynasties. […]

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7Aug2018

Isn’t it interesting that a structure that was first used over 3000 years ago continues to be used for transportation even now? The Kettuvallam is a house boat widely used in the state of Kerala. They are huge and slow-moving and have thatched roof covers over wooden hulls. Kettu means “tied with ropes” and vallam means “boat”. […]

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4Jul2018

In Kerala’s Palakkad District there is a place called the Silent Valley. It is one of the few forest areas in the world which hasn’t been much disturbed by us human beings. […]

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