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5 life lessons we can learn from Lord Krishna 

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Radhe Krishna

All of us face difficult times in life when going gets tough. When one is not able to face the situation bravely, the mind thinks of ways of escaping it. This is why the cases of suicides are becoming more common these days.

Stress and confusion have become our daily companions in this difficult life. During the course of the day, we fight several battles within ourselves. Should I speak up my doubts? Will it offend someone? Should I hide my feelings and behave normally? Is this right for me or that? Should I tell him what to do? Will he listen to me?

Krishna

Several hundred years ago, in the times of Mahabharata, Arjuna, the great Pandav warrior, faced a grave dilemma. Fighting against His cousins and relatives, in the battlefield of Kurukshetra, he thought is this the right way to conquer the bad? What sort of victory will it be if I will end up killing half of my clan in the war?

Then Lord Krishna, Arjuna’s saarthi, friend, philosopher and guide came to help him overcome His dilemma. He gave him the wisdom of life that brought him into action. The 700-verses taught by Krishna to Arjuna on the battlefield were compiled into Bhagavad Gita, which is not just a holy book but the ‘manual of life’.

The teachings of Krishna weren’t just relevant then. They hold even more relevance these days when our modern lives are no less than a battlefield. The teachings of Lord Krishna mainly indicate that that fighting a challenge begins from fighting it in the mind. Winning the mind is the first step to win, whether on the battlefield or in the real life.

Lord Krishna and Arjuna

Lord Krishna and Arjuna

And not only on the battlefield of Panipat, Krishna taught many lessons to mankind during His avatar. Other than His sermons, His own actions set the benchmark for the people to imbibe in their lives.

While His teachings are infinite, here we are picking up a few which we find we can start following in our lives.

  1. Doing one’s duties diligently

Being Kartavya Parayana (dedicated to duties) in all circumstances is Lord Krishna’s prime lesson. His life was full of problems and challenges right from His childhood, but Krishna told his disciples how to carry out their duties despite everything.

Though he was born as a prince, but His birth was in jail. No sooner was He born, He was taken away from His mother and was whisked away by His father in midnight to escape the fatal clutches of His cruel uncle. Father and son braved torrential rains and crossed gushing river Yamuna to reach the adjoining village.

Difficulties were His constant companion. He braved several obstacles to continue living yet he protected the people of His village without any neglect. As a king, He took care of His people’s needs with diligence. No matter how many problems came His way, Krishna did not forget His duties.

  1. Do your duty, don’t worry about results

Karmany evadhikaras te, ma phalesu kadachana, ma karma-phala–hetur bhur ma te sango ’stv akarmani

Krishna often spoke about nishkam karma, which means doing action without keeping any expectations.

As one cannot control everything in life, one should carry out one’s duties on which he complete control, he cannot put claim over the results.

In life, we are often not able to take our decisions clearly, because we think about their consequences and want positive outcomes. For doing one’s duty, the fruits should not be the only motive.

One should not feel inactive if the fruits are unclear, you never know what might be coming your way. The benefit is that every gain of your actions coming your way will be a bonus for you and you will learn to appreciate the rewards.

Radhe Krishna

Radhe Krishna

  1. Humility

Despite being the creator of the entire world, Lord Krishna never appeared full of himself but always remained humble. He always respected His elders and guru and was always helping for His friends and juniors.

All the powers of the Universe remained eager to serve Him, but he was always anxious to carry out His duties, without anyone’s help. He taught the mankind that it is natural for the trees bearing fruits to bend down.

Even if you reach great heights in your life and accomplished great titles, but you should always remain humble and treat those around you with the most humility.

  1. Treat everyone equally

The greatness of a person is shown from the fact that he is impartial towards friends, partners, enemies, relatives, acquaintances, strangers, saints and sinners.

When both Duryodhana and Arjuna came to Lord Krishna for help, Duryodhana, being full of pride sat towards His head, while Arjuna feeling modest and grounded, stood towards His feet. Arjuna chose the Lord’s hand over His entire Army, which Duryodhana took happily. And, we know who the winner at the end of the battle was.

This is what pride does to us – it clouds our mind and affects our ability to make a clear decision. However, though Lord Krishna knew that between the two of them who is right and on the path of Dharma, still he offered help both of them equally.

Treat everyone with the same lens of impartiality, no matter how good and bad they are for you.

  1. Always smile and enjoy the bliss

It is Lord’s Krishna’s mesmerising smile that wins everybody’s hearts. As a child, he was very naughty as he stole gopis’ clothes, broke their matkis and stole their butter. But even if they complained against him to Mother Yashoda, His smile always melted their hearts and they pleaded Mother Yashoda not to punish Him.

No matter what the situation was, He always smiled. Even when enormous monsters would attack the infant Krishna, He kept on smiling and beat them in a jiffy. During the battle of Mahabharata, when Arjuna was perplexed in dilemma about what to do, Lord Krishna just smiled and gave the biggest lesson of life to Arjuna. He faced several hostile times and despite all the tirade, Krishna forever smiled and was in complete bliss.

DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author’s own.

 

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Once dreaded ‘queen of outlaws’ Phoolan now a ‘veerangana’

Phoolan Devi emerged as an icon for the Nishad community (boatmen) but after her brutal death in 2001, the community was not given adequate representation by political parties.

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Bandit queen-turned-politician Phoolan Devi has been conferred the title of ‘veerangana’ (a brave warrior) by the Eklavya Welfare Society in Jalaun district.

Phoolan’s native village Garha Ka Purwa is located in Jalaun district and the Eklavya Welfare Society represents the Nishad community to which Phoolan belonged.

“The title of Veerangna has been conferred on Phoolan Devi because she was a true warrior — she fought for her honour and later, for the welfare of the oppressed.

“She deserves her and the young generations need to be told about her contribution. We will soon install her statue here,” said Gopalm Nishad, a member of the Eklavya Welfare Society.

Phoolan Devi, a bandit in the ravines across Uttar Pradesh and present Chhattisgarh and also Madhya Pradesh, had hit the headlines when she massacred 22 Thakurs in Behmai in Kanpur in February 1981 to avenge her sexual exploitation by a Thakur gang led by Lala Ram and Sri Ram.

In 1994, then Chief Minister Mulayam Singh withdrew the cases against Phoolan and she contested and won the Lok Sabha elections from Mirzapur in 1996 on a Samajwadi Party ticket.

Phoolan Devi emerged as an icon for the Nishad community (boatmen) but after her brutal death in 2001, the community was not given adequate representation by political parties.

The Nishad community constitutes about 4.5 per cent of the state’s population and are known to be among the Most Backward Castes (MBC).

The Nishad community has a sizeable population in about 40 assembly segments. Since the past one decade, they are trying to be included in the Scheduled Caste’s category but their demand has been caught in legal hassles.

An attempt was made to install Phoolan’s statue in Gorakhpur in 2016 but the attempt was foiled by the district administration that claimed that requisite permission for same had not been obtained.

The issue had revived an intense caste war between OBCs and MBCs in Uttar Pradesh.

Last year, Phoolan’s mother, Moola Devi, 90, who still lives in the village in abject poverty, had released the Chambal Manifesto on the eve of Lok Sabha elections to press for development of the Chambal region.

The 4-page manifesto was a compilation of the demands for the region which included the formation of the Chambal Commission for a scientific study of the issues and challenges faced by the people living in Chambal region along with solutions.

More than 40 years after she picked up the gun and turned into a bandit, following a dispute over four bighas of land with her cousin Maya Din, Phoolan Devi’s family in her native village in Jalaun district is still waiting to reclaim that elusive piece of land.

Meanwhile, the land that was initially owned by Phoolan’s father, Devi Din Mallah, and after his death, it still eludes her mother Moola Devi as the rightful owner.

Maya Din, son of late Devi Din’s elder brother allegedly grabbed the plot and did not allow Phoolan’s mother to till the land. Maya Din claimed the land was passed on to him as legacy.

Moola Devi said, “My daughter Phoolan fought with Maya Din for this land. Maya Din and his men ridiculed her and hurled abuses at her. She got together some girls from the village and staged a dharna on the land. The village elders tried to remove her from the land but failed. Then Maya Din hurled a brick at her and she fell unconscious. After this, she became a ‘baaghi’ (rebel).”

It is said that Maya Din ‘sold’ her off to Lal Ram and Shri Ram — heads of a Thakur gang of dacoits — who not only raped her but also held her captive.

A few years later, Phoolan Devi fell in love with another dacoit Vikram Mallah, who was later killed by the Lala Ram and Shri Ram gang.

To avenge the wrong done to her by the Thakur gang, Phoolan Devi gradually built up her own gang and the rest, as they say, is history.

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Theme, Date and history of the day

International Day of Persons with Disabilities: It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities and celebrate their achievements and contributions.

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

International Day of Persons with Disabilities is an international observance promoted by the United Nations since 1992. It is celebrated on December 3 all around the world. It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities and celebrate their achievements and contributions.

IDPD mobilizes support for critical issues relating to the inclusion of persons with disabilities, promotes awareness-raising about disability issues and draws attention to the benefits of an inclusive and accessible society for all.

UN agencies, civil society organizations, academic institutions and the private sector are motivated to support IDPD by collaborating with organizations for people with disabilities to arrange events and activities.

International Day of People with Disability: Theme

The theme for IDPwD 2020 is “Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 World”.

Every year the UN announces a theme to observe for International Day of People with Disability. The annual theme provides an overarching focus on how society can strive for inclusivity through the removal of physical, technological and attitudinal barriers for people with disabilities.

This has been occurring since 1992 when the General Assembly announced 3 December as the International Day of Disabled Persons.

National Disability Strategy 2010–2020

In Australia, the National Disability Strategy 2010–2020 commits all governments to a nationwide approach aimed at improving the lives of disabled people, their families and carers.

The Strategy’s ten-year national framework for reform concentrates on better inclusion for people with disabilities and seeks to create a society that enables people with disabilities to fulfill their potential as equal citizens.

On the 2012 International Day of People with Disability, the United Kingdom government introduced mandatory work for disabled people who received welfare benefits in order to “Improve disabled peoples chances of getting work by mandatory employment”.

A program is also launched on December 3 across India to serve the differently-able community of the country as an initiative called Accessible India Campaign under the Article 9 of UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)

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BJP leaders brainstorm for second day, say govt ready for talks with farmers

Union Home Minister Amit Shah met Agriculture Minister Narender Singh Tomar earlier in the day to discuss the strategy to break the logjam.

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Farmers on Protest

Eager to break the deadlock with famers who are agitating for scrapping the new farm laws, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership held meetings for a second consecutive day on Monday and sent out the message that the Union government is ready for talks.

Union home minister Amit Shah met Union minister for agriculture, NS Tomar earlier in the day to discuss the strategy to break the logjam. A senior party functionary said, “The message from the top is clear that the laws are not anti-farmers and that the farmers are being misled. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reiterated that laws will offer better opportunity for the farmers.”

The functionary said the government is ready to sit across the table and discuss the new laws and “address whatever concerns” the farmers have.

Speaking in Varanasi, the PM on Monday said the laws have given farmers new options and legal protection. He lashed out at the opposition for “misleading” the farmers and said earlier decisions of government were opposed now rumours have become the basis for opposition and propaganda is being served even though the laws favour the farmers.

The party has also opted for a cautious, measured response to the agitation. Even though it is pinning the blame on the opposition for provoking the protest, it is taking care not to rile the farmers. “The farmers are innocent. They are being misled by those with vested interests. The laws have barely been implemented and their impact is yet to be ascertained, so how can people rush to call these anti-farmers,” said Rajkuamr Chahar, head of the BJP’s Kisan Morcha.

He said the Punjab unit of the Morcha has been communicating with the farmers’ representatives and has relayed the government’s willingness to address their concerns.

On Monday, even as the party tried to diffuse the anger against the bills, its ally the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) joined the chorus for the rollback of the laws. Rajasthan lawmaker and RLP chief, Hanuman Beniwal, shot off a letter to Shah, seeking the reversal of the laws.

“….In view of the countrywide sentiment in support of the ongoing farmers’ movement, the recently introduced three bills related to agriculture should be immediately withdrawn. (The Centre must) implement all recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission, and immediately hold dialogue with farmers in Delhi,” he said.

The BJP, however, played down the ally’s demand. Its national spokesperson on economic issues, Gopal Krishna Agarwal said, “We assure all, including our NDA partners that farmers’ well-being and welfare are in our heart. Large scale market reforms are needed and that has always been the consensus.”

He went on to add that while the BJP opposes misgivings about the APMC mandis being dismantled and MSP being withdrawn, the opposition is politicizing the issue along with the Arhtiyas (commission agents) and middleman.

“We have offered all the basic facilities to farmers, drinking water, toilets, shelters and medical facilities. They have been given permission to protest and also been invited for dialogue. We are open for all discussions on the merits or demerits of the three bills. If farmers have certain serious concerns, we are ready to listen to them,” he said.

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