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Littérateurs get insight into life and times of Sant Kabir at event by India Peace Centre

Nagpur litterateurs got insight into the life and times of Sant Kabir at the event ‘Kabir – Then and Now’ organised by India Peace Centre and Nagpur Book Club on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Sant Kabir Das at India Peace Centre situated at Civil Lines.

During the event, eminent author Purushottam Agrawal was in conversation with renowned chartered accountant, author and thinker Dr Tejinder Singh Rawal. Agrawal is the author of bestselling books like – ‘Akath Kahani Kabir Ki’ in Hindi, ‘Kabir, Kabir’ in Hindi and English and ‘Kabir: Sakhi and Sabad’ in Hindi. 

Agrawal is acclaimed for his academic work pertaining to text-centred criticism and historiography of mediaeval and early modern Hindi poetry. After years of interaction with the followers of Kabir and other Nirguna Bhaktas, he has been working on developing the concept of Deshaj Adhunikta (Vernacular Modernity). Based on the trail of primary sources in Awadhi, Braj, Rajasthani and Sanskrit, the learned author questions much of the received wisdom about the advent of modernity in South Asia. 

Sant Kabir is the one of most well-known modern saints of India. His poetry is direct and straightforward. Kabir’s poetic personality has been variously defined by the religious traditions that revere him. For Sikhs, Kabir is a prominent saint whose poetry forms a part of the Guru Granth Sahib. Muslims place him in Sufi lineages, and for Hindus he is a Vaishnavite with universalist leanings.

During the interaction, Dr Rawal asked well framed questions to Agrawal based on the life and work of Sant Kabir. The purpose of the conversation was to bring to light various facets of the life and literature of Kabir. A discussion also took place between Dr Rawal and Agrawal on the relevance of Kabir in modern times. The conversation between Dr Rawal and Mr Agrawal was infused with various dohas, ulatbaansi and other forms of poetry of Kabir. The conversation was followed by a lively discussion and a Q&A session. Later, Agrawal signed his popular books for the audience.

Before Dr Rawal and Agrawal’s interaction, Gurpreet Singh Panchhi and his group recited of shabads of Bhagat Kabir from Guru Granth Sahib. While RJ Tejal was the master of ceremony, Dr Asir Ebenezer gave the welcome speech. Dr Charu Baheti introduced Dr. Tejinder Singh Rawal, Lata Tokhi proposed a vote of thanks and Dr Ebenezer and Naznin Chimhanawala presented mementos to the guests.

The event was well attended by book readers, scholars, students, lovers of poetry, among others. NBC and IPC member Rohit Tokhi was the Project Director of the event and worked selflessly with his team to ensure a flawless execution. He was helped by Kapil Sawaikar, Dinesh Dhawane, Sonal Hikare, Nirbhay Pareek, Ashish Deshpande, Savit Walde, Pratishruti Singh Agrawal, Ribin John, Saurabh Khobragade, Sonal Bisen, Apneet Bedi and Amarjit Singh.

India Peace Centre is a non-profit organisation, established in 1988 that works primarily in the domain of interfaith dialogue and harmony, child and youth development, gender equality, water, employment, human Rights, health, energy, environment, specially-abled, minority, governance, art; culture and agriculture. Nagpur Book Club is the most active book blub in the city.

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Namit Verma

What a lovely event!

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Dance enthusiasts, friends pay tribute in loving memory of Tiki Peters in Nagpur




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

Dance enthusiasts, friends and students came together and paid a heartfelt tribute in the loving memory of renowned western dance teacher late Benedict Peters fondly called as Tiki Peters. Moreover, the get-together also gave a chance to enthusiasts who wished to express their love for dance. The get together was held at Money Plant Terrace in Laxmi Nagar on March 13.

Hosts – businessman Dhananjay Sakharkar and Deputy Executive Editor at ABP Majha Sarita Kaushik – along with other guests, reminisced some memorable anecdotes of Tiki that lifted spirits of all as they went down the memory lane. 

Fondly remembering Peters, Sarita Kaushik told Nation Next, “Tiki was a dear friend for whom Dhananjay and I arranged this small get-together. He was a gifted teacher who danced like no one else. His moves were fabulous; no body could teach better than him. He had a commendable sense of aesthetics when it came to dance. I’m glad his elder sister and brother are equally talented and will continue Tiki’s legacy of excellence.”

Dhananjay, who had known Peters for nearly four decades, said, “My association Tiki dates back to over 40 years. He taught  us many dance forms including Jive, Salsa, Disco, Ballroom, Waltz, Cha Cha Cha. More than anything else, Tiki was an exceptional human being – with amazing sense of humour! When Tiki passed away, Sarita and I arranged a small party where we served everything that he loved  – veg puff, macarons, cakes, soft drinks and of course music to dance! This was our small gesture for our dear friend who, I’m certain, was smiling from the heavens that evening!”

Tiki Peters, who was brought up in an Anglo-Indian culture – something that was predominant in city’s Mohan Nagar area, passed away in November last year. 

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BREAKING: Gadkari again receives death threat calls from same caller




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur
The Public Relations Officer of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari again received two death threat calls  today morning (March 21).

Nitin Gadkari

In a rather shocking incident amid the high security C20 conference in Nagpur, the Public Relations Office of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari again received two death threat calls  today morning (March 21). According to the information received, once again there have been threatening calls received in the name of a criminal named Jayesh Pujari alias Jayesh Kantha.

Employees of the senior BJP leader’s office alerted Nagpur Police and security has been beefed up outside the office in Khamla and the leader’s residence on Wardha Road. However, cops are yet to ascertain whether the call was actually made by the same person who had issued death threats to Gadkari in January. 

On January 14 this year, an unidentified extortionist, claiming to speak on behalf of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, threatened to kill Gadkari in an explosion if he didn’t pay him ₹100 crore.

The caller threatened Gadkari though a phone call on the landline number of his Public Relations Office (PRO) at Khamla in Nagpur (around one kilometre away from his residence) at 11:25 am, 11:32 am, and 12:30 pm.

The employees of the office alerted the police after the threat call, where in the caller also threatened to blow up Gadkari’s office. Nagpur Police immediately beefed up the security outside Gadkari’s office and residence. 

It was later revealed that a notorious gangster named Jayesh Pujari had threatened to kill Gadkari by allegedly making the three threat calls illegally using a cellphone while he was lodged in Belgaum Jail at Karnataka. 

In 2016, Pujari had even escaped after breaking the jail. The gangster, in the past too, had threatened several senior officers and other people in a similar manner. 

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Arush Chitre wins Open Group, Shraddha Bajaj bags first spot in Girl Group




Nation Next Newsroom | Nagpur

Chess Association Nagpur

Arush Chitre in Open Group and Shraddha Bajaj in Girls Group annexed the title of the  Nagpur District Under-17 Open and Girls Chess Championship organised by Chess Association Nagpur on 19th March 2023 in association with GH Raisoni Sports and Cultural Foundation and Kalpana Prakash Welfare Foundation at Vivekanand Hall at Shraddha House in Nagpur.

Arush Chitre, seeded second, improved his position to achieve the title scoring 6.5 out of 7. Ayush Ramteke also scored 6.5 points but was placed second based on their tie-break score.

In the Girls Group, second seeded Shraddha Bajaj took the top spot with 4.5 points out of 5 Rounds. Fifth seeded Swanandi Sole followed her to take second place in the merit list with 4 points out of five. 

Arush Chitre and  Ayush Ramteke shall represent the Nagpur District in Open Group and Shraddha Baja and Swanandi sole shall represent Nagpur District in Girls Group in the Maharashtra State Under 17 FIDE Rating Chess Championship to be held at Buldhana from 14th April 2022 to 16th April 2023.

Prizes were distributed at the hands of Swapnil Ahirkar Joint Secretary NCP Business Cell Maharashtra, Social worker & Director Ahirkar Group of Nagpur. Bhushsan Shriwas, Secretary, Chess Association Nagpur and Chief Arbiter Deepak Chavan were present on the dais. Top five finishers in Open and Girls Group got the trophies while medals were given to top two in under 15,13,11,09,07 category.

Deepak Chavan, Chief Arbiter successfully conducted the event assisted by SNA Sagar Sakhare, SNA Prayas Ambade and Prathamesh Machave.

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