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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, 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.


Video: Massive Landslide in Sirmaur Caught on Camera, NH 707 Closed for Traffic



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Sirmaur-Incessant rains have caused another massive landslide in the Sirmaur district on National Highway 707. A 100 to 150 meters stretch of Paonta Sahib – Shillai road near Kali Dhank, Badwas, caved in within a few minutes.

According to the initial information received, no loss of lives or damage to any vehicle was reported as a minor slide from the hill had alerted the people.

The landslide completely damaged several electricity poles, causing a blackout in some parts of the region.

The district police is re-directing all traffic from Paonta Sahib to Shillai to the Puruwala-Kilod-Jong-Kafota-Shillai route.

Further, all traffic movement towards Shimla from the region has also been re-directed.

The HP Meteorological Department has issued a yellow alert for the state till August 2th, while widespread rain has been predicted till August 4th. 

The Met has also issued an alert for flash-floods for Chamba, Mandi, Kullu, Shimla, and Solan districts.

It’s pertinent to mention that furious monsoon has already claimed over 200 lives and caused damages to property worth hundreds of crores in Himachal Pradesh.

During the last two days, as many as 21 people had died due to landslides and flash floods triggered by cloudbursts. Some of the persons who were swept away or buried were yet to be traced.

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Himachal: Cloudbursts, Landslides Claim 9 Lives in 48 Hours, 7 Still Missing, Met Issues Alert Till August 1st  



monsoon damage in himachal pradesh 2021

Shimla-Monsoon continues to pummel Himachal Pradesh with deadly ferocity, leading to more cloudbursts, landslides, and flash floods. Several rivers and rivulets are in spate. Incessant rains could bring more destruction as the HP Meteorological Department has forecast widespread heavy rains till August 1st. While a red alert was issued for July 28, an orange alert has been issued for July 29 and July 30 and a yellow alert for July 31st and August 1st.

An advisory has been issued for locals and tourists to not venture near the river banks and avoid unnecessary travel as incessant rains could lead to more landslides, flash floods, and uprooting of trees.  However, tourists could be seen resolutely ignoring these warnings and partying near river banks and water bodies.

As devastation unfolds, the death toll due to monsoon induced calamities has reached nearly 200, while damages to property were assessed to be in hundreds of crores. Over 350 roads, including Manali-Leh, Pathankot-Chamba, and Shimla-Kalka, were blocked due to landslides.  Half a dozen bridges, as many as 30 houses and several vehicles were destroyed. Hundreds of tourists were reportedly struck in Lahaul.

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After a flash flood in Dharamshala, a massive landslide in Shahpur constituency, and a horrid rockslide in Kinnaur district that killed nine tourists and injured four people, a cloudburst triggered a flash flood in Lahaul-Spiti district on Tuesday that washed away over a dozen of people, who were said to be labourers.  

cloudburst in lahaul-spiti

According to the Director of the State Disaster Management, Sudesh Kumar, at the time of writing this report, seven bodies had been recovered while four others were missing. The cloudburst occurred over Tonzin nallah in the Lahaul region of the tribal district. Rescue operations were in progress to trace missing persons.

A team of the National Disaster Response Force, which was on its way to Lahaul-Spiti through road, remained stuck in Mandi for several hours.  

On Wednesday morning, cloudburst was reported in Kullu district resulting in deluging of Bhramhaganga – a tributary of Parvati river. A  tourist, a 25-year-old mother along with her 4-year-old son, and a hydropower official came in its spate and were yet to be traced. Beas river was also in spate and people living in shanties on its bank were evacuated. 

Beas in spate

Rackham area in Kinnaur district also reported heavy losses due to a cloudburst on Wednesday morning.

While a rockslide killed one person in Chamba’s Saluni, a helper tagged with a JCB deployed for clearing Bharmaur-Pathankot National Highway was swept away by gushing waters of a nullah on Tuesday night. His body was recovered on Wednesday.

In Shimla, a landslide between Vikasnagar and Panthaghati crushed a vehicle and caused damaged to some others. Gumma khud in Chirgaon was also in spate and reportedly swept away a bridge and about four vehicles. 

landslide in shimla crushed car

Dharamsala received the highest 122 mm of rain, followed by Una 119 mm. In Solan district, Kasauli and Nalagarh also received over 105 mm rain. 

This widespread destruction has worried climatologists and environmentalists who are linking increased instances of landslides and cloudburst to environmental degradation and destabilization of hills due to developmental projects, including cutting of hills for widening of roads, construction of four lanes, hydropower projects etc. 

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Kinnaur: Massive Landslide Caught on Camera, Kills 9 Tourists, Injures 4, Destroys Bailey Bridge



kinnaur landslide in batseri

Kinnaur: A massive landslide in Batseri on Sangla-Chitkul road in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday killed nine persons and injured at least four others. Huge boulders rolled down the mountain following the landslide and destroyed an iron Bailey bridge and many vehicles parked along the road within a few seconds.

A tourist vehicle, which was reportedly carrying about 11 tourists from Delhi NCR, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and Chattisgarh, was hit by boulders near Gunsa, killing nine tourists. A couple of videos of this heart-wrenching incident went viral on social media. In the video, some people can be heard whistling and shouting to warn others.

“Nine people died, and three were injured after boulders rolled downhill due to a landslide in Kinnaur district. Batseri bridge collapsed in the incident. A rescue team is present at the spot,” Superintendent of Police (SP), Kinnaur, Saju Ram Rana said.

The intensity with which boulders hit could be assessed from the fact that the iron bailey bridge on the Baspa river collapsed instantly. 

Video of landlside in himachal pradesh

On receiving the information, teams of district police and Indo-Tibetan Border Police rushed to the spot and initiated a rescue operation. The district administration was also assessing the situation. As per reports, rocks sliding down from the hilltop made the rescue operation difficult for the teams.

sangla valley landslide

As per initial reports, a request was made to make a helicopter available to aid rescue work, which was yet to be fulfilled.

landslide in himachal pradesh

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur also expressed grief over the incident. An ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh was announced for the deceased while injured would be given Rs. 50 thousand.

The exact cause behind the landslide was yet to be ascertained.

The deceased were identified as:

  1. Pratiksha Sunil Patil (27) from Sadhbhawna Nagar, Nagpur, Maharashtra
  2. Deepa Sharma (34) from Jaipur
  3. Amoghi Bapat (27) from Korba Darri in Chhatisgarh
  4. Umrab Singh (42) of Tagore Garden West Delhi
  5. Kumar Ulhas vedpathak (37)
  6. Anurag Biyani (31) from Sikar in Rajasthan, his mother Maya Devi Biyani (55) and his sister Richa Biyani (25)
  7. Satish Katakbar (34) from Chhatisgarh.

Those injured have been identified as Shiril Obroy (39) from West Delhi, Naveen Bhardwaj (37) from Kaharar in Mohali and Ranjeet Singh (45) from Batseri in Sangla.

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