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Akbar had Mahabharata translated into Persian


Decision welcomed:
Surinder Billa, president of the All-India Hindu Shiv Sena (AIHSS) today welcomed the decision of the SGPC chief, Avtar Singh, of not sending any jatha to Pakistan for paying obeisance at holy shrines till the conditions improved in the neighbouring country. — TNS



Admit cards: Admit cards of the candidates appearing in the Haryana State SAS Examinations Part-I and II (OB/ LAD) had been dispatched by the Haryana Institute of Public Administration (HIPA) on the address submitted by the candidates in their application form. Those who have not received the card can download it from the HIPA web site (http://hipa.nic.in/mainsas.htm). Stating this here on Sunday, the joint director, HIPA, RS Kharab, who is also a examination coordinator, said, “It’s candidate’s responsibility to get the downloaded admit card, with his/her duly attested latest photo, verified from principal, Divisional Training Centre, HIPA, SCO 11, Sector-16, Panchkula, latest by April 6. The SAS examinations are scheduled to be held from April 9 to April 17 at Chandigarh. — TNS

Meeting held: The Rishi Public School administration managed to satisfy parents regarding fee hike in a meeting held here on Sunday. The parents association had been staging protest since last few days against the fee hike in the name of implementation of sixth pay commission’s recommendations in private schools. The school management listened to parents’ grieves and tried to solve it out, although parents got violent at times. Principal MB Pal said, “The fee hike has been necessitated on account of the sixth pay commission report that requires all schools to increase salaries of staff substantially.” — TNS

Health camp: As many as 650 patients got their checkup done in a health camp organised by the Artemis Health Institute, a multi-specialty hospital, in its premises here on Sunday. It was organised for spreading the key message of a healthy and safer tomorrow and celebrating World Health Day falling on Tuesday. It was inaugurated by SS Deswal, Commissioner of Police, Gurgaon. Apart from free consultation with doctors from all major specialties, patients, who underwent bone densitometry, ECG & echocardiography, carotid Doppler, lipid profile or PSA tests, got discount on them. The WHO is celebrating World Health Day on April 7, the chosen theme for World Health Day for the year being “Save Lives: Make hospitals safe in emergencies”. — TNS

Seminar: Youth Congress workers organised a seminar in Daulatabad village near here on Sunday. Central Defence Minister Rao Inderjeet Singh was the chief guest. Congress spokesperson Khajan Singh Advocate, state president of the Youth Congress Sanjay Chokar, ex-minister Rao Dharam Pal, Sarpanch of Daulatabad Rambeer Singh and many more were among who were present there. Inderjeet said he would fight the Lok Sabha election on the basis of youth only. — TNS

In-laws booked: The police has registered a case of harassment for dowry and criminal intimidation under Sections 498-A, 406, 506, 34, IPC, against Kavita’s husband Monu, her mother-in-law Sukhmani Devi and three others, all residents of Gurgaon. Kavita, who got married to Monu in November 2008, alleged that she was persistently subjected to cruelty by her in-laws for dowry. — OC

Gold chain looted: Two scooter-borne miscreants reportedly looted a gold chain from Kamlesh Yadav wife of Ajit Singh Yadav, a resident of the Shakti Nagar colony, when she was passing through Sector 3, here on Saturday. On a complaint filed by the victim, the police has registered a case of assault and theft under Sections 356, 379, IPC, in this regard. — OC

Body found: The body of Lal Singh Yadav (55), of Rajpura Khalsa village, was found by the police from the roadside near Gindokhar village, on Sunday. Sources said the man was addicted to drinking which could have caused his demise. The police, which held an inquest under Section 174, CrPc, has treated it as a case of incidental death. — OC

Suicide: Kiran Pal Sharma (16) son of Krishan Kumar Sharma, reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself at Gugodh village, on Saturday. The youth used to ply a camel cart. The police, which held inquest proceedings under Section 174, CrPc, said mental discomfiture apparently led him to end his life. — OC



Election training
: A three-day training on the operation of electronic voting machine for the polling staff of the Ladakh parliamentary constituency in Leh for the first phase of the election has begun. Separate trainings were organised for the presiding and polling officers of Leh, Kharu and Durbuk blocks at the conference hall and auditorium hall, respectively. The Returning Officer, Leh, urged the polling staff to follow the rules and guidelines of the election strictly to ensure free, fair and smooth polling. — OC

Milk production
: Over 82.90 thousand metric tonnes (TMT) milk production has been registered and Rs 13.78 lakh obtained by the sale of poultry birds, milk and medicines by the Animal Husbandry Department during the past fiscal year.This information was divulged in the officers’ meeting presided over by the district development commissioner, Poonch. The meeting was told that 1.44 crore eggs were produced during this period while 3.50 lakh poultry birds were being maintained and 14,700 breeding birds sold. — TNS



Gas agency licence suspended
District civil supply officer has informed that Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited had conveyed to him that they have suspended the licence of M/s Saklani Service, Dehradun. Till the suspension, the consumers of the gas agency will get the services from M/s Anurag Gas Agency, Bhandari Bagh, Dehradun. — TNS

Pant lifts b’minton title
LN Pant lifted the Uttarakhand Secretariat Badminton Tournament trophy, here today. In the final, Pant defeated Vikram Rana. In the doubles, Vikram Singh Chauhan and Sanjay Toliya beat Arvind Singh and Indudhar. — TNS

Regional potpourri
Akbar had Mahabharata translated into Persian

A miniature in Razmnama, Persian translation of Mahabharata, showing Uttara, wife of Abhimanyu, pregnant with Parikshit, attracts visitors to Shri Krishna Museum here. It also has Krishna in conference with the Pandavas. The work belongs to 18th century AD, in Bikaner style of Rajasthani painting. The painting, Sri Krishna museum curator and Deputy Director Rajesh Purohit says, has spotlighted Haji Sultan Thanesari of Kurukshetra. Purohit has been doing research on Mahabharata.

Mughal Emperor Akbar, for interest in literature and religion of the Hindus, commissioned translation of Sanskrit works, including Bahabharata into Persian. Mainly identified with battle of Kurukshetra , Mahabharata’s relevance as literary text has always been recognised as art form and kaleidoscope of art themes narrated in Mahabharata, Ramayana and Puranas. Mahabharata’s themes and stories were adapted as plays and plastic art in India, South East Asia and Mongolia. Episodes from Mahabharata and Puranas are narrated in temples and incorporated in fine and performing arts of India and abroad. Stories from Mahabharata and Puranas are carved on a temple’s facade in Kampuchea. Play of Hidimba is performed by the Mongolian-Turks and the epic has been translated into vernacular language of Java and finds expression in performing arts there.

After Akbar Mughal Emperors and Muslim nobles translated Sanskrit literature into Persian. Prince Dara Shikoh, a brother of Aurangzeb, had translated the Upanishadas and Bhagavat Puran into Persian. Mahabharata is revered in the country and abroad for philosophical, cultural and moral values. Haji Sultan ‘Thanesari’ was one of the of translators of Mahabharata. Battle of Mahabharata was fought in Kurukshetra and Krishna Dvapayana Vyasa conceived the longest epic of the world. Many do not know that Muslim scholar Haji Sultan "Thanesari", who translated Mahabharata into Persian with Naqib Khan on Akbar’s order was from Haryana. The translation is called Razmnama. Razm meaning war and nama - description. written by Abul Fazal, court writer of Akbar’s time. Abul Fazal authored "Akbarnama" and "Ainiakbari".

Haji Sultan "Thanesari", knew Sanskrit and Persian He lived in Thanesar, today’s Kurukshetra. During Akbar’s time, Haji Sultan had visited Mecca and Madinah. Gifted with phenomenal memory when Haji Sultan was translating the text, someone asked him what was he doing .

He is said to have replied "I am translating into modern tongue what was known 10,000 years ago’.Akbar’s personal copy of Razmnama with 168 paintings is preserved in the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, Jaipur. It was valued at 4024 Akbari rupees. Razmnama’s miniatures exude Persian flavour and Indian charm .

Laughing at oneself

There is a gentleman in Lucknow who jokingly introduces himself as the other Tribune person posted in town. He is Zahur Zaidi, Regional Passport officer here and proud of his Tribune connection. An IPS officer of the Himachal Pradesh cadre, he has been writing middles for the paper for eight years.

A collection of most of these middles will be available in a book entitled “Cop at Large’. It is a must read for every body who takes himself/herself a bit to seriously.

Laughing at oneself is not easy for us Indians, and if you happen to be a cop then it seems to attract disciplinary action, if not more. What makes Zahur’s middles interesting is his uncanny ability to focus on very ordinary things of everyday life and put them down in a style that never fails to bring a smile.

 Another trait that one in is his ability to share information about himself. Normally, one associates cops with extorting information by even resorting to “third degree” methods.  Here is one who, on the contrary, happily tells the world about himself, family and life as husband, father and a cop.

 Not many serving officers would like the world to know that they learnt some very practical lessons like peeing in a gun to remove repel all traces of gunpowder from an ordinary Daroga (the officer in charge of a police station).

 A mechanical engineer by training, Zahur is a 1994 batch IPS officer, who has served in Mandi, Kullu, Solan and Kangra Himachal Pradesh. Selected for in exchange programme to visit the United States. He was commander of the Indian police contingent that travelled to Kosovo as part of a UN mission.

Ishita does school, town proud

Ishita Sareen a student of class X of Dr Daulat Ram Bhalla DAV centenary public school, Batala, has stood third in state- level International Olympiad of English language organised on January 22, 2009 by the Computer Literacy Foundation, New Delhi.

She said regular reading enriched her vocabulary which stood her in good stead. She praises Nandini, English teacher , Police DAV Public School, PAP Campus, Jalandhar cantonment for inspiring her where she studied before coming to Batala.

Principal Shabnam Handa and Shweta of DAV Centenary Public School, Batala are also proud of Ishita . She wants to become a neuro-surgeon and help down-trodden with money and service . She also wants to make people aware of the significance of cleaner environment for all kinds of life.

Reading,playing with pets are her hobbies. She is fond of Harry Potter ‘s fantasy world and has its all editions. She has read Agatha Chirstie’s series of detective stories including ,Sleeping Murder’. Visiting historical places interests her. Her father Ashok Sareen is an accounts expert and mother principal of RR Bawa DAV College,Batala. Her younger brother studies in class VII .

She participates in debates and declamations and won first prize in fancy dress competition when she was three.

Contributed by DR Vij, Shahira Naim and Balraj Mahajan


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