The Everlasting Flame International Programme

The Everlasting Flame International Programme to be inaugurated on 19th march 2016 celebrates multicultural ethos of the Parsi-Zoroastrian community

The Ministry of Minority Affairs will host a cultural spectacle“The Everlasting Flame International Programme from March 19, 2016 - May 29, 2016 at premiere cultural institutes of the city under its scheme Hamari Dharohar in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and the Parzor Foundation.The International Everlasting Flame Programme to be inaugurated on 19th March 2016 is a celebration of the history, beliefs, practices, and contribution of Parsis, the micro-minority communitywhose contribution surpasses its numbers. It will showcase a plethora of cultural events spread over a period ofmore than two months. It will encompass all the elements of the contribution of Zoroastrians and Parsis to the world culture, philosophy and art.

The Everlasting Flame International Programme will present three exhibitions, titled “The Everlasting Flame: Zoroastrianism in History and Imagination” at the National Museum, “Threads of Continuity: Zoroastrian Life and Culture” at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) and “Painted Encounters: Parsi Traders and the Community” at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) along with many cultural and educational programme.

Zoroastrianism, one of the oldest world religions, originated amongst Iranian tribes in Central Asia during the second millennium BCE and spread to Iran where it became the principal faith until the advent of Islam. Central to the religion is the belief in a sole creator god, Ahura Mazda, his emissary Zarathustra (Zoroaster) and the dichotomy between good and evil.

The exhibition will take the visitors on a journey from the earliest days of Zoroastrianism to its emergence as the foremost religion of imperial Iran. From the shores of Iran to the west coast of India, the maritime journey of Zoroastrians is followed to their settlement in India where they came to be known as the Parsis., The exhibition examines their growth as an immigrant community in India and the later expansions. The narrative is divided into 10 sections.

Today, the Parsis of India make up one of the largest Zoroastrian communities outside their original Persian homeland. Having been at the receiving end of religious persecution in Persia, the followers of Zoroastrians sought refuge in the west coast of India around 937 A.D. Indeed, having blended as ‘Sugar in the Milk’, the Parsis mark a distinct thread in the tapestry of multicultural heritage in India – having adapted to the Indian context, they have endured their core belief best understood in the triad – Humata, Hukata, Huvarashta (Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds). Their contribution to the making of Modern India is remarkable – from scientific rigor as seen in the pursuits of India’s First Renaissance Man – the pioneer of Atomic Science- HomiBhabha, to marking significant contribution in the Industrial Sector, Entertainment, Philanthropy and the Arts, the community, wherever it has gone carries with itself the mark of excellence. 


Appointment of Additional Judges at Bombay High Court

In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of article 224 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to appoint (i) Shri Prakash Deu Naik, and (ii) Shri Makarand Subhash Karnik, to be Additional Judges of the Bombay High Court, in that order of seniority, for a period of two years with effect from the date they assume charge of their respective offices. 


Dr Jitendra Singh launches new portal of community radio network

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh formally launched the new portal of community radio network during the inaugural session of one-day seminar organized by “Federation of Community Radio Stations” here today.

In his address, Dr Jitendra Singh said, notwithstanding the overpowering presence of television coupled with rapid mushrooming of TV channels across the country, radio still has its reach to remote and peripheral areas where television is not available, either for lack of electricity or for lack of signal. As many as nearly 15,000 Panchayats in the country today are deprived of optical fibre facility, he added.

While complimenting Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Dr Jitendra Singh said the regular monthly broadcast “Mann ki Baat” has not only contributed to an upsurge in radio listenership but has also compelled the television channels to broadcast “Mann ki Baat” live.

Member of Parliament, Smt. Santosh Ahlawat, Professor Brij Kishore Kuthiala from Mass Communication and Shri Kamal Patel, former Madhya Pradesh Minister also spoke on the occasion.

The programme was compered by Shri Ramesh Hangloo who owes the credit for having launched the first-ever community radio station of Jammu and Kashmir State from Jammu. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Hangloo spoke about the need to have more of community involvement in spreading the education among the needy and creating awareness about the Union Government’s pro-poor schemes through community radio network. 

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