New Delhi, Jan 5 (GCCurrentAffairs) The Centre is committed to preserving and promoting the rich art and culture of India, both tangible and intangible, and the Culture Ministry and its autonomous bodies have worked for this in the year gone by.
Commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, 29-day cultural extravaganza Sanskriti Kumbh at Kumbh Mela, 10th edition of Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav, commemoration event of 76th anniversary of the formation of Azad Hind Government, restoration work of architectural genius Markandeshwar temple in Maharashtra and various other events of Ek Bharat, Shresth Bharat were some of the important highlights for the ministry in 2019.
Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed by Parliament. The Bill seeks to make apolitical the trust that runs Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial by removing the clause pertaining to the Congress president as a permanent member of the trust. The Bill also amends to include the Leader of Opposition recognised as such in the House of the People or where there is no such Leader of Opposition, then the Leader of the single largest Opposition Party in that House as a member of the trust.
All records relating to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and Azad Hind Fauj de-classified and were placed in the National Archives of India. Accordingly, a total of 304 declassified records and files have been transferred to National Archives of India for permanent retention. Out of 304 files, 303 files are already uploaded on the Netaji web portal i.e. www.netajipapers.gov.in.
The Indian Culture portal was envisioned by the Ministry and was developed by a team from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay while the curation of the data has been done by Indira Gandhi National Open University. The portal is the first government authorised portal where knowledge and cultural resources of various organisations of Ministry of Culture are now available in public domain on a single platform.
This project is a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India initiative to showcase information about the rich tangible and intangible cultural heritage of India both at home and abroad.
President Ram Nath Kovind chaired the second meeting of the National Committee for Commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, at Rashtrapati Bhavan on December 19. Participants of the meeting included members of the National Committee including Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu; Prime Minister Narendra Modi; members of the Union Cabinet; Chief Ministers of various states; noted Gandhians among others.
Portugal Prime Minister Antonio Costa, the only foreign Prime Minister to be a member of the Committee, also participated in the meeting.
Sanskriti Kumbh, a 29-day cultural extravaganza was organised at Kumbh Mela Area, Prayagraj from January 10, 2019 with intent to showcase the rich cultural heritage of India in all its rich and varied dimensions including performing Arts- Folk, Tribal and Classical art forms, Handicrafts, Cuisines, Exhibitions — all in one place.
Special arrangements were made for the delegates of ‘Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas’ for participating in the Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh. Around 10,000 participants attended the colourful convention. President Kovind inaugurated the three-day Gandhian Resurgence Summit at Parmarth Niketan camp at Prayagraj Kumbh. About 300 Gandhians from different parts of the country and organisations participated in the Summit.