राज्यकर्त्यांनी शिवाजी महाराजांचा आदर्श घ्यावा – नरेंद्र मोदी

13 03 2008

राज्यकर्त्यांनी शिवाजी महाराजांचा आदर्श घ्यावा – नरेंद्र मोदी

Shivaji the Idol and ICON for Modern Politician: Modi

मुंबई, ता. १२ – दहशतवाद झपाट्याने वाढत असताना केंद्रातील मनमोहनसिंग सरकार मात्र अतिरेक्‍यांचा बीमोड करण्यात अपयशी ठरत आहे. दहशतवाद्यांविरुद्ध लढण्याची राज्यकर्त्यांची मनापासून इच्छा असेल, तर त्यांनी छत्रपती शिवाजी महाराजांचा आदर्श समोर ठेवावा, असे आवाहन गुजरातचे मुख्यमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी यांनी आज येथे केले. …….
व्हिडिओ पाहण्यासाठी इथे क्‍लिक करा
छत्रपती शिवाजी महाराज यांचा इतिहास पुन्हा जिवंत करणाऱ्या चित्रप्रदर्शनाचे उद्‌घाटन आज नरेंद्र मोदी यांच्या हस्ते करण्यात आले. प्रभादेवी येथील रवींद्र नाट्यमंदिरातील पु. ल. देशपांडे अकादमीत हे प्रदर्शन भरविण्यात आले आहे. या वेळी “आर्ट ऑफ लिव्हिंग’चे श्री. श्री रवि शंकर, भाजपचे ज्येष्ठ नेते गोपीनाथ मुंडे, अभिनेते विनोद खन्ना आदी उपस्थित होते.

शिवाजी महाराजांची ओळख आपण स्वराज्यासाठी लढाया लढणारा राजा, अशी मर्यादित केली आहे; पण शिवाजी महाराजांनी मूलभूत विकासासाठी ज्या पायाभूत सुविधा निर्माण केल्या त्या आज ३०० वर्षांनंतरही आदर्शवत आहेत. आजच्या राज्यकर्त्यांचे शिवाजी महाराज हे खरेखुरे प्रेरणास्त्रोत असल्याचेही मोदी यांनी सांगितले.

देशाच्या संस्कृतीचा तिरस्कार करणाऱ्या विरोधकांनी इतिहासातील वीर पुरुषांना नेहमीच नाकारले. अलेक्‍झांडर, नेपोलियन यांचा इतिहास जरी मोठा असला, तरीही ज्या विशाल भूभागावर शिवाजी महाराज लढले, ज्या बलाढ्य मोगलांना त्यांनी चीत केले, ते पाहता जगातील सर्व लढवय्यांमध्ये महाराजांचे स्थान सर्वोच्च होते, असे प्रतिपादनही मोदी यांनी केले. केवळ इतिहासाची माहिती असून इतिहास समजत नाही, तर इतिहास जगण्याचा प्रयत्न केला पाहिजे, असे सांगताना मोदी म्हणाले, की शिवाजी महाराजांचा इतिहास भावी पिढीसमोर येण्यासाठी सरकारने प्रयत्न केले पाहिजेत.

देशात सर्वप्रथम हिंदुत्वाचा नारा छत्रपती शिवाजी महाराजांनी दिला. शिवाजींसारखा जाणता राजा व योद्धा जगभरात आतापर्यंत कोणीच झाला नाही. युद्धात गनिमी काव्याचे तंत्र प्रथम छत्रपतींनी सुमारे ३०० वर्षांपूर्वी आणले व त्याचा अवलंब नंतर जगभरातील वीर पुरुषांनी केला, असे गोपीनाथ मुंडे यांनी सांगितले.

याप्रसंगी रवि शंकर यांनी उपस्थितांना अध्यात्माचे धडे दिले.

लष्कराची अवस्था नाजूक
सियाचीन चेक पोस्टचे संरक्षण करणारे कॅप्टन बना सिंग यांना आज “शिवाजी फॅक्‍ट इंडिया’ या पुरस्काराने सन्मानित करण्यात आले. शिवाजी महाराजांच्या प्रदर्शनाचे आयोजन “फॅक्‍ट इंडिया’ या संस्थेने केले आहे. देशातील दहशतवाद फार वाढतोय; पण राज्यकर्त्यांना याची बिलकूल पर्वा नाही. सीमेवर शत्रूंशी प्राणपणाने लढणाऱ्या लष्कराची अवस्था आज नाजूक झाली आहे. ११७३ कमांडरनी आपल्या नोकरीचा राजीनामा दिला, तर ७५५० बीएसएफ व सीआरएफचे जवान गेल्या काही दिवसांत लष्कर सोडून गेले. आजही लष्करात सुमारे ११ हजार जवानांच्या जागा रिक्त आहेत. लष्कराची अवस्था अशी असेल, तर देश कसा सुरक्षित राहील, असा सवाल निवृत्त कॅप्टन बीना सिंग यांनी केला.

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A Hero for Modern India : Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj: Exhibition 1st to 15th March at Ravinra Natya Mandir.

15 11 2007

The Next exhibition A Hero for Modern India : Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj which will be organised at the Ravindra Natya Mandir, Prabhadevi and HIS HOLINESS SRI SRI RAVISHANKAR will be inaugurating.

The exhibition will be an inquisitive and exploring miniature paintings of Shivaji and his times with Historicity as well as documentation from travellers of his times and sources of his times.
The Exhibition A Hero for Modern India : Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is a mix of History and Art blended to bring in a different angle for the man Shivaji who has changed the way we think and act. It will portray the Shivaji factor or the proactive and Do it now factors as well as his statesmanship and architectural as well as Naval and leadership qualities besides the various visions he had for the country and his subjects.

From 1st to 15th March at Ravinra Natya Mandir.

Address
Near Siddhivinayak Mandir
Sayani Marg
PrabhadeviMumbai – 400028

A Hero for Modern India : Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

This exhibition will show the unique place of Chhatrapati Shivaji in the history of India, at a time when Hindus were experiencing great oppression and humiliation : their temples were being broken, and they were being discriminated against in various forms, such as in the matter of charging custom duties, restrictions on their fairs and festivals, their dismissal from government posts, large-scale conversions as a part of openly declared policy of the Mughal State, imposition of the religious tax Jiziya for being a Hindu, and these discriminatory acts were going almost unchallenged though the Hindus formed more than bout 80% of the country.

Shivaji, who was endowed with talents of the highest order and a clear vision, was the only one who stood-up to the injustice. He had also an inspiring and endearing personality which spontaneously commanded respect, loyalty and the highest sacrifices from his devoted soldiery and peasants.

This exhibition is relevant today because Shivaji embodied all the qualities that politicians should possess today, but do not have: he was just, firm and stood for the weak; he was an honest and able administrator; he confronted the enemy and was not cowed into submission; he was devoted to Mother India who appeared to him as Bhavani; he was ruthless with his enemies, but spared women, children and his own people ; he would go to both Muslim and Hindu saints and endowed mosques as well as temples.

This wonderful exhibition on India’s eternal hero is brought to Mumbai by FACT, an organization, which is non-political, non-religious and non-affiliated to any group. Let the spirit of Shivaji float on India again and deliver her from her present enemies.





FACT PROJECT ON SIKHISM

31 10 2007

Fact exhibition AURANGAZEB : GURUGOBIND SINGH BEING BEHEADED FOR STANDING UP AGAINST CONVERSION


Miniature Painting by the Sikh School of Art – early 19th century of Guru Nanak with Bhai Mardana

A PROJECT ON SIKHISM
The objective is to show the Sikhs as the defenders of Indian Dharma. Throughout the ages, Sikhs have protected India from numerous onslaughts by foreign invaders – whether the Mughals or the British. This has not been recognized by society today.
We also need to bring the spirit of Kshatriyas back into the people of India, as today it again faces a threat to its culture and traditions from globalization and conversions. This will and courage to defend one’s dharma from threats, both within and without, is still very strong in the Sikh community and this should be brought to the forefront and shared with the rest of the people of this country.

THIS PROJECT IS IN THREE PARTS:

1) A documentary film on the 1947 Holocaust when tens of thousands Sikhs and Hindus were slaughtered. Today many of the survivors or those who have been witnesses to the Holocaust are close to dying, so it’s important we record their testimonies. We will have two versions: a 13 minutes film for TV’s and a 35 minutes one for film festivals abroad.

2) A paintings’ exhibition on Sikhism, on the same lines than the one I just did on Aurangzeb (see below the beheading of Guru Teg Bahadur) and the one I am preparing on Shivaji – that is original paintings signed and dated in Moghol miniature style, depicting impeccably documented historical scenes. I am looking for sponsors who could have a share in the exhibition, either in the sales of the paintings when we have shown it in India and the US, or in their ownership.

3) A Coffee Table Book with some of the photos shot during the film plus the paintings of the exhibition, recounting the birth of Sikhism and its history. We will have to find a publisher who will bear the costs.

A. Budget for the Documentary film

* We begin by shooting a film in Delhi, using our personal contacts, to find out Punjabi and Sikh survivors of 1947 atrocities. Then we can move on to Punjab (hence the added staying and travel expenses).

* It is important that a photographer be present along the cameraman (and a sound person), so that we can have stills for the exhibition and the future Coffee Table book.
The budget has been made for 30 full working days, which can be spread out according to the team’s availability.

Cameraman 30 days (8 hours) by 4000 Rs a day (with video) = 120.000

Soundman 30 days. 1200 RS a day = 36.000

Cameraman. 30 days by 1000 Rs a day = 30.000

* Traveling Expenses to Punjab. 4 trips for 3 people = 40.0000

* Board and Lodging Punjab. 20 days. 3 people. 50.000 rs

* Studio.60 hours editing by 1000 Rs a day = 60.000 Rs

* Printing/ Framing 60 photos for exhibition = 100.000

* Miscellaneous expenses = 25.000 Rs

TOTAL 4.61000 RS (four lakhs sixty one thousand rupees)

B. BUDGET FOR EXHIBITION

I. 40 paintings on an average @ Rs.30,000/- 12 LAKHS RUPEES

10 sketches @ RS10,000/- 1 LAKH

II. 20 Photographs @ 10.000 RS 2 LAKHS

III. Main Researcher to get in 4 instalments 1,20,000.00

IV.

1. Framing, mounting of paintings, sketches, documents, map, etc. in all about 79 exhibits
65,000.00

2. Two Committee Members to examine, advise, control quality of paintings etc. 20,000.00
15,000.00

Transportation (pick up van) of framed exhibits 10,000.00

V.
Outside visits 25,000.00
Translations 10,000.00
Xeroxing and Typing 10,000.00
Printing Press charges 20,000.00
Local transport, currier, phones, dak, runner boy 5,000.00
Contingency 10,000.00

TOTAL (I+II+III+IV+V) 18 LAKHS

Note:
APPROXIMATELY US $ 45.000

Yours truly
François Gautier
TRUSTEE FACT