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Himachal’s CM Jairam Launches Pahari Video Song On Himself, Garners More Dislikes Than Likes on YouTube

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Shimla-Chief Minister Jairam Thakur recently faced backlash for patting his own back by launching and promoting a Pahari (Western Pahari) video song which, he claimed, highlighted his welfare schemes.

The song titled ‘Mhara Shobhla Maanu Jai Ram Thakur’, produced by Mahadev studio and sung by Pahari singer Naresh Bhardwaj was released on July 3, 2021, by the Chief Minister on various platforms – Youtube, Wynk Music, Saavan, Spotify, Gaana.com etc.

On YouTube, the video song garnered two times more dislikes than likes. At the time of writing this report, 663 people had liked the video, while over 1200 disliked it. The comments section flooded with hundreds of critical comments including “This song is made for dislikes”.

Chief Minister also posted the song on his personal and official Twitter handles, receiving the same reaction. Students, particularly, flooded the comments section on YouTube and Twitter.  The comments showcased that students were trying to unitedly express their anguish through this as, they alleged, the Chief Minister wasn’t paying any heed to their problems and safety amid the pandemic.

At the same time, it is pertinent to mention that the National Student Union of India (NSUI), HPU unit, is on a chain hunger strike over its demand to vaccinate all students and staff before opening the varsity and conducting the exams online, the same way they had been attending online classes. Student Federation of India (SFI) had also put forth a demand to vaccinate students and staff members and also suggested to set-up a dedicated vaccination centre on the varsity campus. There are a plethora of other student grievances, including their pending results of previous examinations and demand to conduct entrance exams for admission this year.

Coming back to the video, Chief Minister, while releasing the song said it would help in the promotion of Pahari culture and welfare schemes.

“The song would help in promotion and conservation of Pahari culture and tradition of the State. The artists have meticulously highlighted various schemes launched by the government for the welfare of the people of the State, Chief Minister said.

However, the first half of the song ” Mhara Shobhla Maanu Jai Ram Thakur” – which translates to “Our kind-hearted man Jairam Thakur”- narrates and celebrates the personal and political life of Jairam Thakur. Towards the end, the singer mentions about a couple of government schemes.

Secondly, the statement of Jairam Thakur about the promotion and conservation of Pahari culture is contrary to the actions of his government, as nothing significant has been done in this respect ever since he took over. No steps were taken for the promotion and conservation of the Western Pahari language which is by far the most significant and important part of the Pahari culture in Himachal Pradesh.

The dialects of the language group are spoken by the majority of people of the state according to the 2011 Census. For decades, there has also been a demand to get the language recognized under the 8th schedule of the Indian constitution and successive state governments over the years had mooted for this. BJP’s Prem Kumar Dhumal, during his tenure as CM in 2010, had also proposed a resolution in the Vidhan Sabha for getting the Pahari language recognized which was unanimously passed by the house.

Many groups for decades have demanded the recognition of the language and proposed to make it the second official language of the state. But come 2019, CM Jairam Thakur’s government laid a bill in the Vidhan Sabha to accord Sanskrit the status of the second language of Himachal Pradesh which was passed then, and in July 2020 the move became official. In the run-up to this decision, CM Jairam had given various statements in favour of Sanskrit, one being that his government was committed to popularize the Sanskrit language and that Sanskrit was a true symbol of the great Indian tradition and thought.

Hence, only time will tell why such a change in stance was taken by the RSS backed CM, as this transformation from supporting the great Indian mainland culture to now backing local Pahari culture has been very drastic. Also, whether this pro-Pahari pitch would reflect in the government policy moving forward or will just end up turning into an election gimmick still awaits to be seen.

Madan has studied English Literature and Journalism from HP University and lives in Shimla. He is an amateur photographer and has been writing on topics ranging from environmental, socio-economic, development programs, education, eco-tourism, eco-friendly lifestyle and to green technologies for over 9 years now. He has an inclination for all things green, wonderful and loves to live in solitude. When not writing, he can be seen wandering, trying to capture the world around him in his DSLR lens.

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Shimla, Manali Receive Season’s First Spell of Snow, Cheers Tourism Industry

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Shimla-First spell of snow in Shimla’s tourist destinations, Narkanda and Kufri, has cheered the tourism industry as it would increase the footfall of tourists. Similarly, higher parts of Manali also reported a light spell of snow on Sunday evening. Lahaul-Spiti, however, reportedly witnessed heavy snowfall and Atal Tunnel, Rohtang, was closed for traffic. Parts of the Kinnaur district also recorded a spell of snow.

Chopal in Shimla had received 2-3 inches of snow, while Dodra Kwar recorded one foot of snow, according to the Met Department.

In Kullu, Jalori Pass had received 3 inches of snow, Rohtang top 2.5 feet, and Atal Tunnel 1.5 feet.

In Lahaul-Spiti, Koksar/Sissu had recorded 18 inches of snow, Keylong 8 inches, Darcha 12 inches, Udaipur 4 inches, Tindi 2 inches, Kaza 1 inch, and Lossar 2 inches of snow.

In Kinnaur, Chitkul had recorded 15.4 cms of snow, Kalpa 5 cms, and Sangla 7.62 cms. Nichar also received a light spell.

This change in weather has triggered a cold wave across the state. Further, the Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department had issued a yellow alert for December 5, 2021. The Met has predicted rain and snow on December 6 too. While the weather is predicted to be dry on December 8, the state could witness more rain and snow on December 7 and December 9, according to the Met Department.

Most roads, except in Lahaul-Spiti, remain open to traffic movement, the district administrations of Shimla and Kullu confirmed. Further, the administrations said preparations are being made to keep the roads clear in case of heavy snowfall.

This tourist season is crucial for the hospitality industry which was worst hit by the pandemic induced restrictions. However, the entry of Omicron – the new variant of Covid-19 that has been termed as a variant of concern by the WHO-haunts the season. India had reported as many as 21 cases of Omicron till Sunday. If the HP Government decides to impose restrictions on the entry of the domestic tourist in view of the spread of the new variant, the hospitality industry could again face losses.  

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Himachal Achieves 100% Vaccination Target, OPD at AIIMS, Bilaspur, Inaugurated   

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh has achieved the 100 percent target of the second dose of Covid vaccination, the State government informed on Sunday.  Himachal Pradesh has become the first State of the country in achieving the target of cent per cent vaccination of targeted eligible age group, it informed.  

According to the HP Government, all eligible 53,86,393 adults have been administered the second dose of the vaccine.

District-Wise Vaccination Details

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Number of People Vaccinated 

Bilaspur  318150
Chamba 352605
Hamirpur 361954
Kangra 1140439
Kinnaur 68460
Kullu 322643
Lahaul-Spiti 25494
Mandi 738818
Shimla 634019
Sirmaru 410187
Solan 584326
Una 429298

A complete vaccination was performed first in the inaccessible areas and tribal areas of the state and Kinnaur district became the first district in the entire country to administer the second dose of the vaccine to all eligible adults, the government informed.

On this occasion, Jagat Prakash Nadda, the Member of Parliament and National BJP President, also addressed a felicitation ceremony of Covid Vaccination Workers at Bilaspur on Sunday.

Nadda also dedicated the first OPD at AIIMS Kothipura in Bilaspur. The AIIMS Bilaspur would be made fully functional within the next six months, said Nadda.

 

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JP Nadda at AIIMS Bilaspur

He said that the foundation stone of this institution was laid about three years back and it would have been completed a year ago, but the pace was affected due to the corona pandemic. He said that Himachal Pradesh has got an Rs. 500 crore Satellite centre of PGI Chandigarh at Una.

He also congratulated the State Government, doctors, health care workers and all the frontline workers for achieving this unique feat. 

Union Minister of Health, Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Singh were also present on the occasion

 

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Himachal Records Fresh Spell of Snow, HP Met Issues Alert

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Shimla-The weather in Himachal Pradesh has taken a turn with a prediction of rain and snowfall till December 5, 2021. At the time of writing this report, Kaza in Lahaul-Spiti was receiving a fresh spell of snow, cheering the tourists, as well as, the hoteliers. So far, the traffic movement was normal in the region.

This has caused a sharp drop in temperatures across the state.

The District Administration of Lahaul-Spiti has advised the locals and tourists to avoid wandering to high altitude areas unnecessarily.

The HP Meteorological Department, Shimla, has also issued a yellow alert for December 2 and December 5. While the plains can experience light to moderate rainfall at a few places,  the middle and higher hills could witness widespread rain and snow on December 2.   

For December 4, the HP Met had predicted light to moderate rain across the state. For December 5, however, the Met has issued an yellow alert with a prediction of rain and snow at several places.

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