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Kitab Launches Shashi Tharoor’s Book “The Battle of Belonging” Literary Bigwigs – politicians Attend Online Event Hosted By Prabha Khaitan Foundation

Kitab Launches Shashi Tharoor’s Book  “The Battle of Belonging”  Literary Bigwigs – politicians Attend Online Event Hosted By Prabha Khaitan Foundation

23 November 2020, Kolkata: Politician-author Shashi Tharoor’s latest book “The Battle of Belonging” was formally launched at the Prabha Khaitan Foundation’s signature event Kitab by Chief Guest Mr Hamid Ansari, former Vice-President of India, Farooque Abdullah, Chairman J&K National Conference, David Davidar, novelist and publisher, Pavan K Varma, former Rajya Sabha MP and diplomat, Makarand Paranjape, Director IIAS. Author Shashi Tharoor shared details of his inspiration for writing “The Battle of Belonging” and made a passionate plea to read this deeply-researched work.

The online event, organized by Prabha Khaitan Foundation in association with Aleph Book Company, was flagged off by Ms Apra Kuchhal of Ehsaas Women and moderated by journalist Karan Thapar. Guests from the country and abroad joined in at the web event for a stimulating discussion and critical appraisal of Shashi Tharoor’s 22nd book which delves into current social, political and cultural issues confronting India.

All the guests lauded Shashi Tharoor’s latest book and its potential to trigger serious debate on many issues pertaining to India but did not shy away from contesting some of the core concepts like nationalism, patriotism, civic nationalism, the idea of India and others elaborated in the book.

Mr Hamid Ansari opened up the lively discussions saying, “This is a passionate plea for an idea of India that was taken for granted and is now seemingly endangered by ideologies that seek to segment it on imagined criteria of us and them. Shashi Tharoor has dilated on the essential ingredients of Indianness as understood in the freedom struggle and in the subsequent seven decades of the Republic of India. I found the essays on identity and patriotism particularly enlightening. The book’s analysis is comprehensive, yet it stops short of suggesting a doable recipe for correcting the shortfalls.”

David Davidar of Aleph Book Company, publisher of the book, said, “I hope every Indian will read the book. It is a remarkably learned, even-handed and lucid study of foundational ideas and concepts and national values. This book falls in the rarest-of-rare `Indispensable’ category – books you cannot do without. I hope people will be reading and discussing “The Battle of Belonging” fifty years from now.”

Describing the reasons for penning this book, Shashi Tharoor said, “This book is the culmination of a lifetime’s thoughts, readings and arguments on issues of nationalism and patriotism which are not just theoretical or academic but intensely personal too. The book was prompted by the rise of a fundamental challenge to the very essence of Indian nationalism. The book offers one observer’s note towards an understanding of nationalism in the world against specificity in India today. India’s own anti-colonial nationalism converted itself into a `civic nationalism’ encoded in a democratic Constitution and then the conflict over contemporary attempts to convert that into a religious-cultural nationalism. That is the battle of belonging to India and having India belong to you. Those are the principal themes in the book.”

The author feels the nationalism being promoted in India today is a totalising vision that excludes citizens, those who do not subscribe to it, on the basis of identity or immutable markers like ethnicity, religion, language and so on. In contrast, civic nationalism, he thinks, is anchored in institutions and constitutions. Civic nationalism derives from the consent of citizens to participate in a free and democratic society and best safeguards individual rights and hence must be promoted and protected above all.

In his book, Tharoor says patriotism and nationalism are different. A patriot is ready to die for his country; a nationalist is ready to kill for his country. Some of the live panellists at Kitab did not agree with this distinction with Pavan K Varma calling it an “intellectual quibble”.

Responding to a question from Karan Thapar, Farooque Abdullah said, “Today we are being divided on religion, caste, creed and language. Are we making a strong India or killing the very essence of it! Shashi has done a great job writing this book. I must tell you one thing, tyrants may come and go but nations continue to survive. We have to fight against forces that divide us on the basis of religion, caste creed and language.”

Paranjape Marakand, poet and novelist, disagreeing with the author on many topics, said, “The idea of India is highly and hotly contested today and the Nehruvian consensus with which many of us grew up has now probably crumbled to dust. This is one of Shashi’s books and should open up serious debates but I don’t think India is a country which practices `civic nationalism’. I think ours is `civilisational nationalism’ and is always plural. Shashi has considered Indian Constitution almost like a sacred text which cant be changed. But it has been changed a 103 times. The 42ndAmendment, pushed through during the Emergency, Sovereign Democratic Republic of India suddenly became a Socialist and Secular in addition. Who believes in common property. We are not socialists. We are living a lie, a hypocrisy. Let us not kid ourselves as all our politics are based on caste calculations, linguistic calculus, religion and caste.”

Pavan K Varma called it an important book in which Shashi has invested his cerebral energy to project and propagate a point of view which is very relevant. On a dissenting note, Mr Varma said, “All religious extremes are bad, including Islamic fundamentalism, which I notice you don’t speak about in your book at all. And if there are sanctuaries for it in any parts of India, I think, they should equally be the focus of your attack so that the book does not appear to be one-sided. I really cannot understand what is a `civic nationalism’ for a country which goes back to the dawn of time and whose civilisational legacy is something we find very difficult to ignore and contributed to any idea of India that we may have recently formed. Why do we need to devise this sanitised notion called civil nationalism which privileges a recent Constitution as it should be but posits it against any unwarranted cultural infusions as though that was the intention of the constitution makers.”

Pavan K Varma highlighted the distortions of secularism in practice in India and the backlash. He said, “There are many Indians today who are taking elements of what constitutes the idea of India and examining them again by questioning – Why did Mahatma Gandhi support the Khilafat movement? Why did Nehru write to Dr Rajendra Prasad not to attend the inauguration of the renovated Somnath temple? Why were personal laws of only Hindus changed? Why was the Shah Bano case judgement overruled by an ordinance. These are questions we are familiar with. We are not excavating the past for creating present day acrimony. For a long time these questions were never raised and so the idea of India remained uncontested. They are being raised now and we need to answer them. Mahatma Gandhi’s intentions were always good but we need to see what its consequences were.”

Kitab is a signature event of Prabha Khaitan Foundation of Kolkata conceptualised by Mr Sundeep Bhutoria which provides a forum for writers, poets, intellectuals and thinkers to launch their books and share their thoughts and views on varied topics leading to thought-provoking and stimulating intellectual discourses and discussions.

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International Men’s Day Celebrated With Glitz – Glamour & Glory

International  Men’s Day Celebrated  With Glitz – Glamour & Glory

Unified Brainz Celebrated the Success of Men leading by example with Glitz, Glamour & Glory on the occasion of International Men’s Day 2020.

Today on this auspicious day of International Men’s Day which is an opportunity for people everywhere of goodwill to appreciate and celebrate the men in their lives and the contribution made in the society for the greater good of all.

Men often surrender at work and with his family roles for their communities and society. We need to do away with the notion that men don’t cry and rather should encourage them to express their emotions freely being vocal. We need to build a space where men can talk about what they are suffering from, without being judged for being sensitive.

On this Great occasion, the world witnessed the most awaited event “Men Leaders to look Upto in 2020”. A glorious ceremony saw the presence of some most sought after lineup of men leaders who were featured from different walks of life sharing passion journey, which made them men of substance based on nomination and selection through a rigorous evaluation process. The event witnessed the online presence of friends from Bollywood & television industry, international supermodels, diplomats, socialites, business owners, entrepreneurs, media icons & industry leaders along with global subscriber base of Passion Vista. The event had seen wonderful engagement from over 26 countries across the globe as a platform where men leaders joined hands to network and share their opinions about the importance of better health for men and boys.

The Unveiling of this Special Collector’s Edition Magazine “Men leaders to Look Up to in 2020” was organized during an online event through Facebook & YouTube live addressing to the global audience. The magazine was unveiled by Dr GD Singh, Founder & President of Unified Brainz Group & Editor in Chief for Passion Vista Magazine along with the presence of Guest Editor Mr Mahendrasinh Jadeja from London who is an International Business Entrepreneur & Philanthropist.

The Editorial Board of Passion Vista & Unified Brainz Group in association with our Evaluation Partner – CIAC Global & International Chamber partner Asian African Chamber of Commerce & Industry, announced the inclusion of these 25 magnificent men, Aakash Goswami, Adel Singh, Bhavin Patel, Dr Achyut Dani, Dr Anil Kumar Misra, Dr Mustafa Saasa, Dr Sandeep Sekhri, Dr D Panduranga Rao, Dr Patrick Businge, Dr. Ricardo Saavedra Hidalgo, Freddy Daruwala, Gaurav Bargujar, H.E. Fabrice Houmard, Hemen Joshi, Jagdish Shekhar Naik, James Pulham, Lion Dr Kiron, Lord Rami Ranger CBE, Mangesh Amale, Mohammad Ismail Ghazanfar, Peter Cox, Pratik Gandhi, Rachit Agrawal, Rannvijay Singh, Rohan Mehta from various domains in this Special Collector’s Edition.

The editorial board along with our evaluation partner had observed and marked the profiles of men leaders as a brand of high repute and congratulated all men leaders for this achievement to be recommended for this special featured advertorial brand story coverage with the cover page.

This event was conceptualized and produced by Unified Brainz Group, a leading media & publishing house powered by Passion Vista –a Luxury, Lifestyle & Business Magazine in association with International Chamber partner Asian-African Chamber of Commerce & Industry (AACCI). Jointly with CIAC Global as Evaluation Partner, Future Billionaire Network International (FBNI) as supported by partner & World Peace & Diplomacy Organisation (WPDO) as Philanthropic partner along with Gift Hamper Partner – Whiskers (Luxury Men’s Grooming Brand) & Digital media partner Ten News (India), Online Media partner Awesome TV (USA), and PR Partner FAME Media and TVM Communication.

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International Men’s Day Celebrated With Glitz – Glamour And Glory

International Men’s Day Celebrated With Glitz – Glamour And Glory

Unified Brainz Celebrated the Success of Men leading by example with Glitz, Glamour & Glory on the occasion of International Men’s Day 2020.

Today on this auspicious day of International Men’s Day which is an opportunity for people everywhere of goodwill to appreciate and celebrate the men in their lives and the contribution made in the society for the greater good of all.

Men often surrender at work and with his family roles for their communities and society. We need to do away with the notion that men don’t cry and rather should encourage them to express their emotions freely being vocal. We need to build a space where men can talk about what they are suffering from, without being judged for being sensitive.

On this Great occasion, the world witnessed the most awaited event “Men Leaders to look Upto in 2020”. A glorious ceremony saw the presence of some most sought after lineup of men leaders who were featured from different walks of life sharing passion journey, which made them men of substance based on nomination and selection through a rigorous evaluation process. The event witnessed the online presence of friends from Bollywood & television industry, international supermodels, diplomats, socialites, business owners, entrepreneurs, media icons & industry leaders along with global subscriber base of Passion Vista. The event had seen wonderful engagement from over 26 countries across the globe as a platform where men leaders joined hands to network and share their opinions about the importance of better health for men and boys.

The Unveiling of this Special Collector’s Edition Magazine “Men leaders to Look Up to in 2020” was organized during an online event through Facebook & YouTube live addressing to the global audience. The magazine was unveiled by Dr GD Singh, Founder & President of Unified Brainz Group & Editor in Chief for Passion Vista Magazine along with the presence of Guest Editor Mr Mahendrasinh Jadeja from London who is an International Business Entrepreneur & Philanthropist.

The Editorial Board of Passion Vista & Unified Brainz Group in association with our Evaluation Partner – CIAC Global & International Chamber partner Asian African Chamber of Commerce & Industry, announced the inclusion of these 25 magnificent men, Aakash Goswami, Adel Singh, Bhavin Patel, Dr Achyut Dani, Dr Anil Kumar Misra, Dr Mustafa Saasa, Dr Sandeep Sekhri, Dr D Panduranga Rao, Dr Patrick  Businge, Dr. Ricardo Saavedra Hidalgo, Freddy Daruwala, Gaurav Bargujar, H.E. Fabrice Houmard, Hemen Joshi, Jagdish Shekhar Naik, James Pulham, Lion Dr Kiron, Lord Rami Ranger CBE, Mangesh Amale, Mohammad Ismail Ghazanfar, Peter Cox, Pratik Gandhi, Rachit Agrawal, Rannvijay Singh, Rohan Mehta from various domains in this Special Collector’s Edition.

The editorial board along with our evaluation partner had observed and marked the profiles of men leaders as a brand of high repute and congratulated all men leaders for this achievement to be recommended for this special featured advertorial brand story coverage with the cover page.

 

This event was conceptualized and produced by Unified Brainz Group, a leading media & publishing house powered by Passion Vista –a Luxury, Lifestyle & Business Magazine in association with International Chamber partner Asian-African Chamber of Commerce & Industry (AACCI). Jointly with CIAC Global as Evaluation Partner, Future Billionaire Network International (FBNI) as supported by partner & World Peace & Diplomacy Organisation (WPDO) as Philanthropic partner along with Gift Hamper Partner – Whiskers (Luxury Men’s Grooming Brand) & Digital media partner Ten News (India), Online Media partner Awesome TV (USA), and PR Partner FAME Media and TVM Communication.

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SUMIT CHAWLA Rhythm Box Produces Hindi Film BANARAS KI BRIDE

SUMIT CHAWLA  Rhythm Box Produces Hindi Film BANARAS KI BRIDE

Director Sumit Chawla has been a part of the Bollywood industry for a few years now, he learned and worked on quite a few wonderful projects .He started his journey as a Director of popular movies Dil maane na , Khallas, Sehra Bandke Aunga and as a Producer for 26th July at baristha, along with that he has assisted quite a few directors in Popular Ads and Commercials.

Talking about Sumit and his new project BANARAS KI BRIDE directed by Sumit Chawla himself with the Supported of the legendry Mohammed Nagaman lateef and South Indian famous aftab khan. The movie ‘Banaras Ki Bride’s story is based on the girl of banaras and how she clashes with the guy of the richest tycoon family and then the story begins. Casting for the film has been started in all the cities across India like Mumbai, Delhi,  uttar pradesh, uttarakhand,  goa, Kolkata, Karnataka, Chennai, Hyderabad and Punjab. The director and the casting team is very keen to bring out new talents and give them a platform to showcase their talent through his ventures. Rhythm Box presents ‘Banaras Ki Bride’ directed & Produced by Sumit Chawla. As per latest updates more than 30 famous TV celebs have already auditioned for this movie, as they are looking forward to finalise 5 actors and 5 actresses for the big project.

Legendry Mohammed Nagaman lateef quoted  “I don’t take up projects easily and support as I know there is a lot happening but content matters more then a star either it would be A lister best actress    Tapsee Pannu or it can be Jennifer widget the queen of television if content is not strong even the biggest star cast wouldn’t work we are casting real talented stars instead of just big names ,

Film naam pe nahi story pe bikhti hai and wo story Hamare pass hai it might be A listed Aditya Roy Kapoor ho ya cannes first male  Aditya khurana ho talent will work worldwide only with the script and story then time will prove its story and success.”

Aftab khan also says “The story is one of the highlights with high voltage drama and promotional values so we are not worried on who is lead taking over as we are so strong in our story and we will prove the relation values of the movie.”

  

Rythm Box has always taken unique and interesting projects in the past and this project is a unique film in itself too. The film also resonates with the energy of the thrilling story and out-of-the-box thinking and not taking the easy path.

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Singer Chandni Vegad Enters Bollywood

Singer Chandni Vegad Enters Bollywood

Gujarat’s former Senior Civil Judge’s daughter Chandni Vegad makes debut as a singer in Bollywood

India has a host of talented artists and the youth present their skills in different areas. Chandni Vegad, who hails from Jamnagar in Gujarat, is one such talented artist, who is set to enter Bollywood with big bang. After her voice was heard in a recent show, she was signed for the feature film “Living Relation” being produced under the banner of the “High Speed Cine International”. Ashish Gajera and Sonal are the producers and Arman Zahidi is the director of this film.

Chandni, a resident of Jamnagar, is the daughter of K P Vegad, who was the Senior Civil Judge. Studying in 10 th standard in “Shri Satya Sai Vidyalaya in Jamnagar, Chandni participated in Gujarat’s “Rajya Kala Kumbh-2018”, Cryst College, Rajkot’s “Spandan-2019” and other contests and came off with flying colours. In most of the competitions, she emerged first and was second runner up in a few other contests. Besides this, she also participated in the contests in Gujarat and Mumbai.

The singing has been her biggest aim ever since she began learning the singing at the age of 7 years, She has an enormous interest in classical music as well.

On being selected for playback in a film, Chandni said” Dilipbhai who is my father’s friend, heard me in one of the singing competitions and gave me the break. The recording will be held in Mumbai soon. Besides this, the talks are going on with one or two production houses for singing assignments. I will reveal details about them after the talks are finalised”.

About whether she will continue studies and pursue singing or concentrate only on singing career, she said that she will continue both since the education and singing, both are essential in life. The singing is my passion, but simultaneously the study is also essential.

About her singing idols Chandni said “I like the songs of Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosale, the most. Besides I like the singing of the singer Armaan Malik and Arijit Singh. These veteran artists possess distinct qualities. That way I listen to the songs of almost all singers and songstresses.

In these circumstances, the people are curious about the progress of Chandni in Bollywood.

 

——Sanjay Sharma Raj (P.R.O.)

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