Stood still in silence with closed eyes, all ears to the condolence prayer hymns; the entire congregation said goodbye to HM Queen Elizabeth II. Sunday mornings are usually filled with prayers and sermons at All Saints Cathedral. Today this regular agenda was accompanied by a tribute to The Queen on Sunday.
“We pray for the family of Her Majesty Late Queen Elizabeth II who was the longest serving monarch and passed away at 96 years. All Saints Cathedral family extends its deep condolences to the Royal family and the Commonwealth for the death of HM The Queen,” said Pastor Sonawane. A moment of silence was offered in contemplation by all attendees while Pastor narrated some beautiful verses from sacred scripture and ‘Amen’ resonated in this seven decades old cathedral.
Queen’s death took Pastor Sonawane into nostalgia back in 1983 when the queen and her husband Prince Philip were on a royal visit to India. Pastor Sonawane was a young disciple at United Theological School of Maharashtra (UTSM) Pune, he was undertaking Pastor training there. Queen’s visit to National Defence Academy Pune was also a part of her itinerary.
On the day of her NDA visit, Prince of Wales Drive Road of Pune’s charming Camp area was flooded with youngsters to see the queen as her convoy was supposed to pass from this road.
Camp area of Pune is a functional monument of the British era and it’s full of places of worship built in those times such as St. Patrick Cathedral, New India Church of God, Bishop’s House, and much more. Somebody was probably briefing all this to Queen so the convoy was passing slowly, says Pastor Sonawane. I was there at Prince Wales Drive with my fellows. Everyone was waving to the Queen and she was gently responding back. Convoy came close to us and we saw the queen. Oozing with gracefulness and radiance, the Queen was just three meters away from us. It was quite an experience; the elegance of her convoy and her sight for a few moments was absolutely scintillating, Pastor’s eyes sparkles while narrating this.
India and Britain have a long-shared history and we cherish this relationship. At the Tiger Gap Cemetery, there are many graves of British servicemen. With the help of the Military Grave Officer, we have been taking care of those graves. The same practice which one may see being followed at Sitabuldi Fort by the Indian Army.
For me, it’s not just an obligatory duty, but it also defines how we complement the rich heritage we got, Pastor says calmly. This is a healthy respect to the history which helps us to be a better citizen. His perspectives are noteworthy, especially for the youths who are going to be global citizens.
September 30, 2022 | Nagpur News | नागपुर समाचार | Hindi News Bulletin | Nation Next
Nagpur citizens to revel The Raaas Garba next year!
Since The Raaas enchanted and enthralled Nagpur with its quality garba in its first year in 2018, the demand for encore has been reverberating the city. To cater to the huge public demand, the organisers of the king of garbas have decided to continue The Raaas next year on. Like its first year, The Raaas Garba will be presented to Nagpur in association with Nation Next in 2023. Mahesh Kukreja, the key organiser said, “Because of some reasons, we, earlier, thought of giving the event a break.”
He added, “Then COVID-19 struck the world. Now we plan to continue it from next year onwards. While I express my gratitude to Nagpurians to make the event a huge hit, I request the city’s garba revellers to not get fooled as a few garbas are falsely claiming to be The Raaas. We’ll be back next year for sure!”