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Shivaji Maharaj – शिवाजी महाराज – एक जगमान्य, महामुत्सद्दी, महापराक्रमी आणि अतुलनीय उत्तुंग व्यक्तिमत्व


Shivaji Maharaj – एक उत्तुंग व्यक्तिमत्व

Shivaji Maharaj (शिवाजी महाराज)

Shivaji Maharaj
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“आम्ही संपुर्ण जग फिरलो, संपुर्ण पृथ्वी आम्ही आमच्या अधिपत्याखाली आणली, पण या पृथ्वीवरील “भारत” देशावर आम्ही राज्यच कसं करू शकलो यावर आमचा विश्वास बसत नाही ! कारण या देशात  शिवाजी जन्माला आला होता !”
           — तत्कालिन ब्रिटिश पंतप्रधान अॅटली.

 

“जर  शिवाजी हा इंग्लंडमध्ये जन्माला आला असता तर आम्ही पृथ्वीवरच काय पण परग्रहावरही राज्य केले असते !”
           — लॉर्ड माउंटबँटन, इंग्लंड.

 

“भारताला जर स्वातंत्र्य मिळवून द्यायचं असेन तर एकच पर्याय आहे,  शिवाजी प्रमाणे लढा !”
                — नेताजी सुभाषचंद्र बोस.

 

“नेताजी, तुमच्या देशाला स्वातंत्र्यासाठी कुठल्या ‘हिटलर‘ची गरज नाही, तर तुमच्याच देशात जन्माला आलेल्या  शिवाजी च्या इतिहासाची गरज आहे !”
                   — अॅडॉल्फ हिटलर.

 

“शिवाजी हे फक्त नाव नाही, तर  शिवाजी ही आजच्या तरूण पिढीसाठी उर्जा आहे; जिचा वापर हिंदुस्थानला स्वातंत्र्य मिळवून देण्यासाठी होऊ शकतो !”
                 — स्वामी विवेकानंद.

 

“जर  शिवाजी आमच्या देशात जन्माला आले असते तर आम्ही त्यास ‘सुर्य‘ संबोधले असते !”
              — बराक ओबामा, अमेरिका.

 

“जर  शिवाजी महाराज अजून १० वर्षे जगले असते, तर इंग्रजांना पुर्ण हिंदुस्थानचा चेहरा सुध्दा पाहता आला नसता !”
                  — इंग्रज गव्हर्नर.

 

“काबुल पासुन कंदहार पर्यंत माझ्या तैमुर खानदानाने मोघली सत्ता निर्माण केली. इराक, इराण, तुर्कस्तानच्या कित्येक नामांकित सरदारांना माझ्या तैमुर खानदानाने पाणी पाजलं ! पण हिंदुस्थानात मात्र आम्हाला  शिवाजीने रोखलं ! सर्व शक्ती मी शिवाजीचा पराभव करायला खर्च केली पण शिवाजी काही माझ्या हाती नाही आला ! या अल्लाह ! दुश्मन दिया भी तो कौण दिया?  सिवा_भोसला जैसा दिया. अपने जन्नत के दरवाजे खुले रखना खुदा क्योंकि दुनिया का सबसे बहादुर योध्दा और दिलदार दुश्मन तेरे पास आ रहा है !”
              — औरंगजेब (छत्रपति शिवाजी महाराजांच्या मृत्यू नंतर नमाज पढताना काढलेले उदगार, संदर्भ- खाफिखानाची बखर)

 

“उस दिन सिवा भोसलाने सिर्फ मेरी उंगलियां नही काटी, बल्कि मेरी ताकद के घमंड को भी उतारा. मै अब निंद मे भी सिवा भोसला से मिलना नही चाहता !”
               — शाहीस्तेखान, संदर्भ- खाफिखानाची बखर.

 

“क्या उस गद्दारे दख्खन से सिवा नाम का लोहा लाने के लिए एक भी मर्द नही है, इस दरबार में? लालत है ऐसी मर्दानगी पे !”
               — बडी बेगम अलि आदिलशाह.

 

१७ व्या शतकात युरोप खंडात “लंडन गॅझेट” नावाचं आघाडीचं वृत्तपत्र होतं. जेव्हा महाराज आग्र्यावरून सहीसलामत सुटले, तेव्हा या वृत्तपत्राने पहिल्या पानावर जी पहिली बातमी छापली होती आणि त्यात शिवाजी महाराज (Shivaji Maharaj) यांचा “Shivaji, The King of India” असा उल्लेख केला !

 

वरील उदाहरणावरून मी नेहमी जाणिवपुर्वक छत्रपती शिवरायांचा आंतरराष्ट्रीय किर्तीचे राजे म्हणुन उल्लेख करतो, जागतिक दर्जाचे योद्धे म्हणून शिवरायांची ओळख आहे ती यामुळेच ! महाराजांनी त्यांच्या ३० वर्षाच्या आयुष्यात ज्या ज्या सेनानींचा पराभव केला त्यामध्ये फक्त २ च भारतीय, बाकी सर्वजण हे परकिय सरदार आणि त्या त्या देशाचे नामांकित सरदार होते !

 

ज्या शाहीस्तेखानाची बोटे महाराजांनी लाल महालात छाटली आणि त्याच्या मनात शिवाजी या नावाचा खौफ निर्माण केला, तो शाहीस्तेखान साधासुधा मामुली सरदार नव्हता. तर तो अबू तालिबानचा नवाब होता, तुर्कस्तानचा नवाब होता ! प्रतिऔरंगजेब म्हणुन ओळखणारा हा शाहीस्तेखान औरंगजेबाचा सख्खा मामा होता. त्याने प्रचंड मोठा पराक्रम करून मोघलांना मोठा बंगाल प्रांत जिंकुन दिला होता. पण एका रात्रीत महाराजांनी लाल महालात घुसुन त्याची बोटे छाटली आणि काही कळायच्या आत पसार झाले ! परिणामी शाहीस्तेखानाने त्यानंतर शिवाजी या नावाची इतकी भिती घेतली की शिवाजीला आता मला स्वप्नात देखील भेटायचं नाही. असं त्याने औरंगजेबाला सांगितलं इतका खौफ या नवाबाच्या मनात निर्माण केला होता !

 

बेहलोलखान पठाण, सिकंदर पठाण, चिडरखाण पठाण इ. ज्यांना महाराजांनी रणांगणावर धुधु धुतलं, हे सर्व अफगाणिस्तानचे मातब्बर सरदार होते !

 

दिलेरखान पठाण, मंगोलियन सरदार, मंगोलिया देशाचा सर्वोत्तम योध्दा होता हा ! महाराजांनी याचा पराभव केला !

 

सिध्दी जौहर, सिध्दी सलाबत खान हे इराणी होते, इराणचे शुर सरदार होते ! महाराजांनी यांना रणांगणात पाणी पाजलं !

 

उंबरखिंडीत ज्याचा कोंडुन पराभव केला, तो कारतलब खान उझबेकिस्तानचा सरदार होता, म्हणजे आत्ताच्या रशियाचा ! या महाराजांच्या विजयाची नोंद साक्षात गिनिज बुकाने देखील घेतली. कमीत कमी सैन्याने जास्तीत जास्त सैन्याचा केलेला पराभव ! (१००० मावळे विरूध्द ३०,००० गनिम आणि या ३०,००० पैकी एकही जिवंत राहीला नाही. आणि १००० पैकि एक ही मावळा गमावला नाही….

 

  ||| जय जिजाऊ जय शिवाजी जय भवानी |||

 

Bigthoughts.co तर्फे वरील लेखाचे लेखक ज्यांच्याबद्दल आम्ही अनभिज्ञ आहोत त्यांचे मनःपूर्वक शतशः आभार मानते आणि त्याच बरोबर शिवाजी महाराज (Shivaji Maharaj) यांच्या वर इतका सुंदर लेख लिहिल्याबद्दल त्यांचे अभिनंदन.

 

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Swami Vivekananda – 7 Big Thoughts from Swami Vivekananda


Swami Vivekananda’s 7 Big Thoughts

Swami Vivekananda – A Great Thinker, A Spiritual Leader, A Great Orator Hindu Monk

Swami Vivekananda
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Swami Vivekananda was a Hindu Monk and one of the most revered spiritual Indian leader. He was a great thinker and here in this article we are mentioning about 7 of his given thoughts. Below given are 7 little truths told by Swami Vivekananda which we think are 7 big thoughts.

 

1st Big Thought:
Don’t let someone become a priority in your life, when you are just an option in their life. Relationships work best when they are balanced…

 

 2nd Big Thought:
Never explain yourself to anyone. Because the person who likes you doesn’t need it and the person who doesn’t like you won’t believe it…

 

 3rd Big Thought:
When you keep saying you are busy, then you are never free. When you keep saying you have no time, then you will never have time. When you keep saying that you will do it tomorrow, then your tomorrow will never come…

 

 4th Big Thought:
When we wake up in the morning, we have two simple choices. Go back to sleep and dream, or wake up and chase those dreams.
Choice is yours…

 

 5th Big Thought:
We make them cry who care for us.    We cry for those who never care for us. And we care for those who will never cry for us. This is the truth of life, it’s strange but true. Once you realize this, it’s never too late to change…

 

 6th Big Thought:
Don’t make promises when you are in joy. Don’t reply when you are sad.
Don’t take decision when you are angry. Think twice, act once…

 

 7th Big Thought:
Time is like river. You can’t touch the same water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again

 

Someone Asked Swami Vivekananda:
“What is poison?”
He had given a great answer:
“Everything excess in life, is poison”

 

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How to find Happiness? – How to learn to be happier?


Did you know that at Harvard, one of the most prestigious universities in the world, the most popular and successful course teaches you how to learn to be happier? How to find ultimate happiness?

HappinessThe Positive Psychology class taught by Ben Shahar attracts 1400 students per semester and 20% of Harvard graduates take this elective course. According to Ben Shahar, the class – which focuses on happiness, self-esteem and motivation – gives students the tools to succeed and face life with more joy.

Happiness Tips are given below.
This 35-year-old teacher, considered by some to be “the happiness guru”, highlights in his class 14 key tips for improving the quality of our personal status and contributing to a positive life:

 

🚩Tip 1. Thank God for everything you have:
Write down 10 things you have in your life that give you happiness. Focus on the good things!

 

🚩Tip 2. Practice physical activity:
Experts say exercising helps improve mood. 30 minutes of exercise is the best antidote against sadness and stress.

 

🚩Tip 3. Breakfast:
Some people miss breakfast for lack of time or not to get fat. Studies show that breakfast gives you energy, helps you think and perform your activities successfully.

 

🚩Tip 4. Assertive :
Ask what you want and say what you think. Being assertive helps improve your self-esteem. Being left and remaining silent creates sadness and hopelessness.

 

🚩Tip 5. Spend your money on experiences..
a study found that 75% of people felt happier when they invested their money in travel, courses and classes; While only the rest said they felt happier when buying things.

 

🚩Tip 6. * Face your challenges:
Studies show that the more you postpone something, the more anxiety and tension you generate. Write short weekly lists of tasks and complete them.

 

🚩Tip 7. Put everywhere nice memories, phrases and photos of your loved ones:
Fill your fridge, your computer, your desk, your room, YOUR LIFE of beautiful memories.

 

🚩Tip 8. Always greet and be nice to other people:
More than 100 inquiries state that just smiling changes the mood.

 

🚩Tip 9. Wear comfortable shoes:
If your feet hurt you, you become moody, says Dr. Keinth Wapner, President of the American Orthopedics Association.

 

🚩Tip 10. Take care of your posture:
Walk straight with your shoulders slightly backwards and the front view helps to maintain a good mood.

 

🚩Tip 11. Listen to music (Praise God): It is proven that listening to music awakens you to sing, this will make your life happy.

 

🚩Tip 12. What you eat has an impact on your mood:
– Do not skip meals, eat lightly every 3 to 4 hours and keep glucose levels stable.
– Avoid excess white flour and sugar.
– Eat everything! Healthy
– Vary your food.

 

🚩Tip 13. Take care of yourself and feel attractive:
70% of people say they feel happier when they think they look good.

 

🚩Tip 14. Fervently believe in God:
With him nothing is impossible! Happiness is like a remote control, we lose it every time, we go crazy looking for it and many times without knowing it, we are sitting on top of it …

 

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Have you ever thought about taking a WhatsApp Holiday?


Have you ever thought of going on WhatsApp Holiday? Interesting question, Right? Well I am just returning back from WhatsApp Holiday. So you may ask whats so special about it and why so much of fuss about it.

whatsapp holidayFriends, idea for writing this article has evolved from my own real life experience, I recently went on the WhatsApp Holiday accidentally. It all started with my Son playing with my mobile. Accidentally he pressed something and got all the apps removed from my mobile. That act of my son forced me to go on WhatsApp vacation.

After getting to know that all the apps on my mobile got vanished, I started thinking about quickly getting all the very important and essential apps back. And you know what, “WhatsApp” was the first app that came to my mind. As if, it is the only oxygen source I need to be stay alive. But for some strange reason, I started thinking otherwise. As I could observer the little impatience it has caused for not having WhatsApp on my mobile. Then I asked myself a question, is WhatsApp really that necessary for me to live my life or for that matter prove to this world that I am alive. Am I so much addicted to it that I cannot live without it? That gave rise to the idea of taking WhatsApp Sanyas (Retirement). Initially I was calling it WhatsApp Sanyas (WhatsApp Retirement), but eventually it ended up into taking WhatsApp Holiday.

There are few interesting takeaways as below:

    1. First and the foremost thing is that I am happily surprised to see that I could manage without WhatsApp for little more than 2 weeks. Before this Sanyas, a day without WhatsApp seemed highly impossible, but now that has been proven a myth. And the good news is that we can still live without it.
    2. No Doubt, WhatsApp has become an effective medium for real time communication. It’s a great medium for social networking. But then have you realized that over the period, unknown people have started communicating with you, people you really don’t care about, have also started sharing their statuses with you. There is no right moment or time to share the information. At times there is an influx of messages of which 90% is of no use or of any interest to you.  For me, during this period I could only had a valid and mere necessitated communication when needed. No unwanted communication happened. Those who wanted to communicate with me, either called me up, sent SMS or at times emailed me. So communication did happen  but only when necessitated.
    3. My feeling is that on an average, WhatsApp activity consumes no less than 60% of your overall free time and not just that at times it even eats into your valuable work time as well. So this WhatsApp Sanyas freed up this much of time for me and I could get few pending activities completed during this time. I could also spend some quality time with my family and children.
    4. WhatsApp hijacks your emotions for good and/or bad reason. Say for instance, you are tensed or under pressure, suddenly you receive a WhatsApp message that makes you laugh and helps you relax. On the contrary, there could be a situation when you are in happy mood and suddenly someone shared some tragic incidence or news which you or the sender of that message or both of you are not even distantly related. Now this message may spoil your mood. So you may not have your emotions the way they should  be.



Reading above points you might think and now ask me, then why am I not extending it forever. Even I thought likewise as I used to call this as Sanyas or Retirement from WhatsApp. But as few days passed by, I started getting few of my WhatApp contacts calling me and inquiring me if everything is fine with me. This made me to realize that there are these strong bonds developed over the period with all of these friends and well wishers. And obviously, here WhatsApp had played a major part in developing those bonds and connectons.

So this made me to reconsider my decision of Sanyas. Eventually I decided to change my decision and end the WhatsApp Sanyas and instead term this absenteeism as WhatsApp Holiday or Vacation. Just like the vacation or holidays where we get out of our daily routine schedule and try to relax body and soul, WhatsApp Holidays can also be considered as a great source of relaxing our soul and recharging our thought process. Ideally it should be planned for minimum of 2 weeks and no bigger than 4 weeks.

So friends what are you waiting for. Go plan and enjoy a great WhatsApp Holiday.

Wishing you Happy Holidaying.

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Shivaji Maharaj Related Short Story – “होता जिवा, म्हणून वाचला शिवा”


Shivaji Maharaj Related Short Story – “होता जिवा, म्हणून वाचला शिवा”

There are so many brave, energetic and exciting stories of King Shivaji Maharaj. This article is about a brave soldier (Sainik or Mavala) of Shivaji Maharaj called Pailwan Jivaji Mahar. In this article we get to know the event in which King Shivaji met Pailwan Jivaji. This is where Shivaji Maharaj identified hidden skills of Jivaji and selected him for noble cause of fighting Mughals. Later Jivaji saved Shivaji Maharaj’s life during the killing of Cruel Mughal Sardar Afzal Khan. That is when the proverb got into existence “Hota Jiva, mhanun Vachala Shiva”.

*” पैलवान जिवाजी महार “*

उमरठ हे गाव तसं ३५० वर्षांपूर्वी जेमतेम एक हजार वस्तीचे गाव.
सुभेदार तानाजी मालुसरे यांचे हे गाव.
गावात चारचौकी वाडा होता तानाजीरावांचा.
आज गावची यात्रा भरली होती. गावात सायंकाळी कुस्तीची दंगल भरवण्यात आली होती.
राजांची आणि तानाजीरावांची मैत्री लहानपणापासूनची. मिसरूड फुटायचं व्हतं त्यावेळचे सवंगडी.
आज कुस्ती होती लखू बेरड या नावाजलेल्या पैलवानाची, त्याचे वस्ताद होते खुद्द बाजी पासलकर.
त्याच्याबरोबर लढणारा होता तो भिकाजी. हा हिरडस मावळ प्रांतातला. त्याचे वस्ताद होते दस्तूर खुद्द फुलाजी बांदल.
वास्तविक सर्व जण शिवाजी राजांना पाहायला जमणार होते आणि का नाही जमणार?
लेकीसुना, संत सज्जन ,गाई वासरे सारे सारे सुखावले होते राजांच्या मुळे. स्वराज्य आणले होते!
मैदान खचाखच भरले होते. लहान मोठ्या कुस्त्यांना प्रारंभ झाला.
आणि पूर्वेकडून दस्तुर खुद्द शिवाजीराजे भोसले यांचे अश्वदल दाखल झाले.
राज्यांनी पांढरा शुभ्र अंगरखा घातला होता.
कृष्णा नावाच्या आवडत्या घोडीवर स्वार होते आणि कमरेला  तलवार बांधली होती. जणू सह्याद्रीचे दैवतच भासत होते.
राजे घोड्यावरून खाली उतरले ..
तानाजीराव आपल्या फौजेसह राजांना भेटायला वाटेतच थांबले होते. राजांनी तानाजी रावांना मिठी मारली.
तितक्यात तिकडून एक खबर आली की, बाजी पासलकर यांच्या गावी रात्री एका नरभक्षक वाघाने हल्ला चढवला होता. त्यावेळी लखू बेरड स्वत: वाघाशी चार हात करायला गेला.
वाघाने त्याच्या पायाला जबर दुखापत केली होती. मात्र लखुने वाघाला नुसत्या हाताने ठार केले होते.
हे ऐकून मैदान खूप शांत झाले. खूप आशेने लोक कुस्त्या पाहायला मैलोन् मैल आले होते.
सर्वाना वाटत होते आता भिकाजीला १० शेर वजनाचे कडे आयते बक्षीस मिळणार होते तेही राजांच्या हस्ते.
” मंडळी, लखू बेरडाने काल नुसत्या हाताने वाघाला ठार केले ,पण त्याच्या पायाला जबर दुखापत झाली आहे. म्हणून तो आज लढू शकत नाही.
या गावात असा कोण आहे का जो या भिकाजीशी दोन हात करू शकेल? कोणी असेल तर समोर या”
ही घोषणा ऐकून मैदानाच्या पश्चिमेकडे कुजबूज सुरु झाली.
इतक्यात एक भाल्यासारखा उंचापुरा रांगडा गडी कपडे काढून लांघ चढवून मैदानात येत होता. सर्व लोक जोरात ओरडत होते त्याला पाहून.
राजे हे सर्व पाहत होते.
तितक्यात कोणीतरी जोरात किंचाळला..
“आरं आला रं जिवा महार आला”
राजांनी चौकशी केली तानाजी रावांपाशी
तानाजी म्हणाले, ”राजं , ह्यो जिवाजी ,आपल्या हिकड चाच हाय, कुस्तीत लय भारी पवित्रा हाय याचा. दांडपट्टा तर लय चोख. फक्त परिस्थती नाय. याचं वडील आपल्या थोरल्या महाराजासंगत होतं.
निजामशाहीचा दंगा झाला तवा ह्येच्या बाचा उजवा पाय निकामी झाला. तेनच याला तयार केलाय”
राजांच्या चेहर्‍यावर एक तेज आले होते.
कुस्तीची सलामी झडली.
भिकाजी ने ठोक्यावर ठोके टाकून जिवाला नमवण्याचा प्रयत्न केला, पण जिवाजी पण तितक्याच ताकतीने तो चुकवत होता. डाव-प्रतिडाव करत एक अर्धा तास गेला.
भिकाजीने उसन्या अवसानाने पळत येवून पटात शिरायचा प्रयत्न केला खरा,पण सावध जिवाने फिरवून बाहेरची टांग लावली. भिकाजी अक्षरक्ष ५-६ फुट उडून पाठीवर पालथा झाला.
सगळे प्रेक्षक वेड्यासारखे आत घुसले. जिवाला अक्षरशः डोक्यावर घेवून नाचू लागले.
तितक्यात शिंगे-कर्णे गरजू लागली. खुद्द राजे येत होते.
पटापटा सर्वजण बाजूला झाले.
राजांनी हासत हासत जिवाला मिठीच मारली. मनात काय राजकारण होते माहीत नव्हते; मात्र राजे बेहद खुश झाले होते.
राजांनी १० शेराचे सोन्याचे कडे जिवाला बक्षीस दिले आणि विचारले “जिवा काय करतोस ??”
जिवा उद्गारला , ” काय नायजी, वरातीत पट्टा फिरवतो, दंगलीत कुस्त्या खेळतो”
राजे हसले आणि त्याला म्हणाले ”येशील का आमच्या सोबत? पट्टा फिरवायचा आणि कुस्तीही खेळायची. फक्त गानिमांच्यासोबत! आहे का कबूल?”
जिवा हसला. होकारार्थी मान हलवून त्याने राजांना मुजरा केला.
हाच तो जिवाजी ज्यानं अफजलखानाचा अंगरक्षक सय्यद बंडाचा हात हवेत वरच्यावर उडवून राजांचा प्राण वाचवला आणि तेव्हापासून ही म्हण प्रचलित झाली “होता जिवा, म्हणून वाचला शिवा”

 

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Shivaji Maharaj जय भवानी जय शिवाजी Shivaji Maharaj
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UK soap Coronation Street sacks Pakistani actor Marc Anwar for offensive tweets


A Pakistan-born actor Marc Anwar has been sacked from Britain’s most popular television soap after posting what broadcaster ITV called “entirely unacceptable, racially offensive” comments about Indians on social media.

Marc Anwar, 45, joined Coronation Street, the world’s longest-running TV soap opera, in 2014 as a member of the show’s first Muslim family.

Marc Anwar

The Sunday Mirror newspaper published screenshots of the messages posted on his personal Twitter account.

The posts hit out at India over the Kashmir dispute and suggested Pakistani actors should refuse to work in the country.

 

India Day Parade NYC 2016 – India Independence Day Celebration in New York on 21st August 2016


Indian Americans celebrated the Indian Independence day by hosting a grand 36th India Day Parade NYC on 21st August 2016. Many Indian celebrities and noteworthy personalities participated in this parade.

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The parade was attended by 75000 people. The parade ran through 13 streets of Madison Avenue.

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The parade featured quite a few vibrant tableaux by different Indian American groups.

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Yoga guru Baba Ramdev and south actor Chiyaan Vikram were the chief guests at the parade while Abhishek Bachchan was the Grand Marshal of the parade.

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India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address on Independence Day


Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort in New Delhi on the occasion of 70th Independence Day today. Following are the brief highlights of the speech:

1. Today on this special day, I convey my greetings to 125 crore Indians & the Indian community living overseas. May this energy guide the nation to scale newer heights of progress in the years to come

2. We remember Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, Pandit Nehru, countless people who sacrificed their lives so that we attained Swarajya.

3. It is true that India faces a lot of problems, but we have the capacity to find solutions.

4. Today, more than Karya, I want to talk about Karya Sanskriti of the Government

5. There was a time when past governments used to be surrounded by accusations, not so anymore. They are now surrounded by aspirations.”

6. It is our responsibility to convert our Swaraj into Suraaj, which can not be done without sacrifice, discipline and staunch resolution 7. Today I will be speaking not just of policy but vision. Not just the speed of work, but actual experience of progress

8. Suraaj means the progress of the common man, a govt that is sensitive to the requirements and aspirations of the common man. Responsibility and accountability are to be the roots of such a Suraaj.”

9. We want to change the situation where people are scared of income tax authorities, particularly among middle class families

10. Two crore people apply for passports in the country. Even poor people get passport in one or two weeks

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PM’s address on Independence Day

11. In the past any businessman who wanted to invest in this country had to spend more than six months just registering his business. However, with this government we have simplified the procedure to an extent that in last July itself, 900 such registrations have taken place.

12. Interviews for more than 9,000 posts in Group C and D jobs have been abolished.

13. In the the last 70 years people’s expectations have changed. Announcement of policies and budget doesn’t convince them. We have to show what has been achieved on the ground

14. Earlier, 70-75 km of rural roads used to be laid per day. Now we lay upto 100 km of rural roads a day

15. One nation, one grid and one price- we have worked on this.

16. Renewable energy is a focus area for us.

17. In the field of solar power we have seen a growth of 116 per cent. It is unprecedented.

18. 30,000-35,000 km of transmission lines used to be laid in a year in the past. Now at least 50,000 km per day are being laid.

19. Cooking gas was available to 14 crore people in the last 60 years. In the last sixty weeks alone, four crore people got these connections

20. We must break through our predilection towards pessimism. If we do that, it gives us energy. To get 21 crore people into the network of institutional credit is one such thing that people thought was impossible. But it happened.

21. Out of 18,000 villages, more than 10,000 villages have been electrified and I have been told they are with us, watching this celebration of Independence Day.

22. Just at 3 hour distance from Delhi is a village in Hathras, that took 70 years to get electricity.

23. Govt has made LED bulbs available at Rs. 50 per bulb, says the Prime Minister.

24. When things like the coming together of Iran, Afghanistan and India come together for Chabahar port, then one can see the impossible becoming possible.

25. We haven’t allowed inflation to go beyond 6 per cent. There were two years of successive drought in the country. Production of pulses became a concerns, but despite all that we tried our best to control the situation and compared to previous governments, I and my government did not allow the cost of a poor man’s thaali (plate) to be unaffordable.

26. As we celebrate the 350th anniversary of Guru Gobind Singhji I remember what he said: “He who hasn’t served others, how can his hands be considered holy?” I say our farmers do such work and have sown 1.5 times the pulses that were sown earlier, despite the discouragement of successive droughts.

27. Our scientists have created 131 types of high yielding variety seeds, so that we maximise output. I congratulate them. The shortage of fertiliser is like something out of a bad dream of the past. That shortage is history.

28. To empty government coffers has been a tradition of past governments, I have tried to keep away from such a temptation. For me more than what the world thinks of the government, what the image of the country is, is important. Substance over symbolism. Empowerment over entitlement. The nation is more important than the party.

29. Government is continuity and if there are good points in the works done by them, we, with bowed heads will continue that work. I take meetings over PRAGATI systems, where we oversee 118 such programmes launched by previous governments but had run aground. 270 projects worth Rs. 10 lakh crore had been stuck. This was criminal negligence and we have tried to move them forward.

30. When there is clarity in policy, clarity in intent, decisions are unhesitating. Every year, when it came to Uttar Pradesh, a common story was the arrears due to sugarcane farmers. Today, I can say 95 per cent of payments have been done. Under Ujjwala Yojana, we have 50 lakh households of smoke-free kitchens.

31. We will remain relevant and be able to lead the global economy only if we come up to global standards. In the last few days you must have seen how rating agencies have appreciated our moves on ease of doing business.

32. Ramanujacharya used to say that we must look at everyone with the same gaze, never humiliate anyone. This was said by Ambedkar, Gandhi too. If society practices this discrimination it will break society. If discrimination is entrenched, our determination to fight it and our sensitivity to fighting it should be that much higher. Just economic progress is not enough, social equity is more important. We have to fight social evils together.

33. GST will give strength to our economy and all parties are to be thanked for its passage.

34. This govt does not believe in postponing things. We have fulfilled our promise of one rank one pension. We have released all files relating to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. That was another promise we had made.

35. Unity in diversity is our greatest strength. Our cultural tradition of respect for others, and assimilation is the reason why our civilisation has persisted.

36. Violence has no place in our country. This country will not tolerate terrorism and Maoism.

37. I tell those who believe in human values, to weigh in the scale of humanity, when innocent children were massacred in a school in Peshawar. In India, every school was weeping, there were tears in the eyes of every parliamentarian. That was a reflection of our human value, but look at the other side which glorifies terrorists

38. I say to our neighbours, Let’s fight poverty, by fighting our own people we will destroy ourselves, only by fighting poverty together will we prosper

39. In the last few days the way the people of Balochistan, Gilgit, from Pak occupied Kashmir have thanked me, it is the honour of 1.25 billion people of India. I thank those people from Balochistan, Gilgit and Pak occupied Kashmir.

40. We have decided to raise pensions for freedom fighters by 20 per cent.

41. The Government will bear the health-care expenditure upto Rs 1 lakh per annum for the BPL families.

42. When we speak of freedom fighters, a few are mentioned far more than others. Our Adivasi brothers fought valiantly largely unsung, many have heard of Birsa Munda but few others. In the next few days, it is our intention to record the history of such Adivasi freedom fighters in the areas of their origin on a museum.

43. One society, one mission, one goal

44. ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’, ‘Vande Mataram’ and ‘Jai Hind.’

Couresy: PMIndia Website

Ways to save taxes for salaried professionals


Tax planning is always there on everybody’s radar. People always look out for avenues and ways for tax savings and deductions. So if you are one of those guys, then these Tax Savings Tips might be of help to you.

  • Gifts received in the form of cash or cheque

If you have received presents/gifts in the form of cash or cheque in your marriage, then this entire gift amount is tax free.

  • Income from interest on savings bank account not taxable up to Rs. 10,000

Interest income is not taxable up to Rs. 10,000. This means if you have earned say Rs. 12,000 during the year, then you have just pay tax on Rs. 2,000 only.

  • Profit from selling shares or equity mutual funds not taxable if holding period is more than 12 months

There is a short term gain tax applicable if you earn profits from selling shares or equity mutual funds in less than 12 months from the purchase date.

  • Money you’ve inherited

There is no inheritance tax in India. So anything you get from your deceased parents or relatives as per their legal will is fully exempt from tax.

  • Bounty of options available to save Tax under section 80C

Under section 80 C, there is a maximum tax deduction up to Rs. 150,000 provided you invest in any one or multiple of the following:

  • Life Insurance Premium (LIC, HDFC Life etc.)
  • Public Provident Fund (PPF)
  • National Savings Certificate (NSC)
  • Equity Linked Savings Scheme (ELSS)
  • Principal Amount Repaid on Home Loan
  • 5 year fixed deposits with banks and post office
  • Tuition fees paid for children’s education, up to a maximum of 2 children
  • Tax saving on home loan under section 80C, section 24

Home loan offers you couple of options for tax savings/deductions. Firstly the principal amount repaid during the FY can be included in 80c, where you can claim a deduction of up to Rs 150,000. In addition to this you can claim deduction up to Rs 150,000 under Section 24.

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Tax Savings Tips

Tax saving on education loan

Under Section 80E the interest paid on an education loan is fully non-taxable up to any amount. You can also claim this deduction if the education loan is taken for your spouse or children.

France truck attacker formally identified


France truck attack
France Truck Attack

The attacker of France truck attack in Nice formally identified, says police source. The truck driver who killed 84 people celebrating Bastille Day in the French Riveria city of Nice, is believed to be of Tunisian descent.

He is a 31-year-old Franco-Tunisian man whose identity papers were found in the vehicle after the attack on France’s July 14 national holiday.

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