UPSC 2017-18: PIB Summary and Analysis Oct 29

Mann ki Baat- Shri Narendra Modi on peace Keeping forces

  • More than 18 thousand Indian security personnel have lent their services in UN Peacekeeping Operations. Presently, about seven thousand Indian soldiers are associated with UN Peacekeeping initiatives which is the third highest number of soldiers from any country.
  • Till August 2017, Indian soldiers had lent their services in about 50 of the total of 71 Peacekeeping operations undertaken by the UN the world over.
  • These operations have been carried out in Korea, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Congo, Cyprus, Liberia, Lebanon, Sudan and many other parts of the world.
  • In Congo and Southern Sudan more than twenty thousand patients were treated in hospitals of the Indian army and countless lives were saved.
  • Indian security forces have not only saved people in various countries but also won their hearts with their people friendly operations. Indian women have played a leading role in peace keeping efforts.
  • Very few people may know that India was the first country which sent a female police unit to Liberia for the United Nations Peace Mission. And see how this initiative from India became a big source of motivation for other countries too. Later, all countries started sending their women police units.
  • The brave peacekeepers from this land of Mahatma Gandhi and Gautam Budha have sent a message of peace and amity around the world.
  • Peacekeeping operation is not an easy task. Jawans from our security forces have to perform duties in difficult and remote areas. They have to live amongst many different people. They need to know and adapt to various situations and different cultures. They have to mould themselves according to the local needs and environment.

India has always been giving a message of peace, unity and harmony to the world. We believe that everyone must live in peace and harmony and move ahead to carve a better and peaceful tomorrow.

 

PM attends Dashamah Soundarya Lahari Parayanotsava Mahasamarpane at Bengaluru

  • The Soundarya Lahari is a set of shlokas composed by Adi Shankaracharya.

Advaita or Monism

  • In the ninth century Sankara started a Hindu revivalist movement giving a new orientation to Hinduism.
  • He was born in Kaladi in Kerala. His doctrine of Advaita or Monism was too abstract to appeal to the common man.
  • Moreover, there was a reaction against the Advaita concept of Nirgunabrahman (God without attributes i.e. formless aspect of divinity) with the emergence of the idea of Sagunabrahman (God with attributes) which believed in incarnation.