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Thursday, February 06, 2020



India is a odd country , whose fabric has been woven by diverse linguistic, cultural and religious threads, held together into a composite national identity by a rich history of cultural evolution, coupled with a exciting liberty struggle that was built around the tenets of non-violence and justice. The spirit of mutual understanding amidst a shared history has enabled a special unity in diversity, which stands out as a tall flame of nationhood that needs to be nourished and cherished into the future.
Time and technology have condense distances as regards  connect and communication. In an era that facilitates mobility and outreach, it is important to establish cultural exchanges between people of different regions, as a means to further human bonding and a common approach to nation-building. Mutual understanding and faith are the foundations of India's strength and all citizens should feel culturally integrated in all corners of the India. Students from the north-east, for example, should not feel like  'strangers in a strange land' when they arrive in Delhi.
The idea of a sustained and structured cultural connect between denizens of different regions was mooted by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi while the Rashtriya Ekta Divas held on 31st October, 2015, to a commemorate the birth anniversary of  Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Honorable Prime Minister propounded that cultural variation is a joy that ought to be celebrated by  mutual interaction & reciprocity between people of various States and UTs so that a common spirit of understanding resonates throughout the country. All State and UT in the nation would be paired with another State/UT for a year, while which they would carry out a structured engagement with one another in the spheres of a language, literature, cuisine, festivals, cultural events, tourism etc. For example, the Andhra Pradesh is paired with Punjab for a year 2017. While  the year, Punjabis would attempt to learn key words in Telugu , a few Telugu books would be translated into Punjabi & vice-versa, Andhraites would hold food festivals giving Punjabi dishes, Punjabis would perform Andhra folk dances, while Andhraites would perform Bhangra at staged occasion etc. This pattern of cultural adoption of the partner State/UT would be went after by all States and UTs .
States/UTs in India were paired till March year 2019. The paired States/UTs signed MoUs with the each other, outlined a set of activities that they would carry out. An activity calendar for every pair was prepared by  mutual consultation, paving the way for a year long process of mutual engagement. Such interaction between various segments of the population of every pair of States /UTs at the cultural level, generated the vibrant of understanding & appreciation between the people and forge mutual bonding, thus securing an enriched the value system of unity in the country. The same pairing of States/ UTs will continue till June 2020. After the creation of UT of Ladakh, it has been paired along with Jammu & Kashmir with the Tamil Nadu. The pairing of States/ UTs is available  on the website. New pairing of the States/ UTs may come into force from 01.07.2020.

II. Purpose of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat :

The wide purposes of the initiative are as follows

i. To CELEBRATE the Unity in variation of our Nation and to maintain and strengthen the fabric of traditionally existing emotional bonds among the people of our nation ;

ii. To PROMOTE the spirit of national unification by a deep and structured engagement between all Indian States and Union Territories by  a year-long planned engagement between States;

iii. To SHOWCASE the rich heritage and culture, customs and traditions of either State for enabling people to understand and appreciate the variation that is the India, thus fostering a sense of common identity

iv. TO START long-term engagements and,

v. TO create an environment which promotes learning between States by sharing best practices and experiences.

Main Themes for Interaction:

To celebrate the idea of the India as a country wherein various  cultural units across varied geographies coalesce and interact with each other, this glorious manifestation of diverse cuisine, music, dance, theater, movies & films, handicrafts, sports, literature, festivals, painting, sculpture etc. will enable human to imbibe the innate chord of a binding and brotherhood.
To make our people aware about the seamless integral hull of the Modern Indian State spread around a vast landmass on whose firm foundations, the geo-political strength of the nation is ensured to benefit one and all.
To impress upon people at large about the increasing inter-connect edness between the constituents of different cultures and traditions, which is so vital for the spirit of nation building.
To actuate a sense of accountability & ownership for the nation as a whole through these close cross-cultural interactions as it intends to build up the inter-dependence matrix unequivocally.

III. Implementation Strategy/Methodology:

The EK Bharat Shreshtha Bharat Engagement Matrix between States and UTs till June 2020 would be as follows:

Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh: Tamil Nadu
Punjab : Andhra Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh : Kerala
Uttarakhand : Karnataka
Haryana: Telangana
Rajasthan: Assam
Gujarat: Chhattisgarh
Maharashtra: Odisha
Goa: Jharkhand
Delhi: Sikkim
Madhya Pradesh : Manipur& Nagaland
Uttar Pradesh : Arunachal Pradesh& Meghalaya
Bihar : Tripura & Mizoram
Chandigarh : Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Puducherry : Daman & Diu
Lakshadweep : Andaman & Nicobar

The aforesaid States and UTs are to enter into a wide range of mutual engagements. The Ministry of Human Resource Development, which has been designated Nodal Ministry for co-ordination of the programmed has intimated all States/UTs to nominate a nodal officer for the program , sign the MoUs with the partner States/UTs and make an Action Plan describing the activities, time lines and implementation account abilities , in consultation with the partner States/UTs.

Some key works which have been communicated to States for taking up suitably under Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat are given below and this is an indicative list:

1. Translation of minimum  five  Award Winning Books, five  award winning songs of One State in the Language of Partnering State.

2. Identification of proverbs having same meaning in the languages of the 2 States and their translation and dissemination for interchangeable use.

3. Cultural Exchange Program  between partnering States with the help of troupes identified in the home State by Cultural Competitions.

4. Exchange program  for Writers and poets etc. in the form of Literary moments.

5. Culinary festivals with chance  to learn culinary practices of partner State.

6. Educational Tour by varsity Students reciprocally in the partnering States to bring out salient functions  of that State.

7. Promotion of House Stay culture for visitors from partnering States.

8. Promotion of Rajya Darshan programmes for tourists from partnering States

9. Arranging Familiarisation trips for the Tour Operators of one State to the partnering State.

10. Subsections  of pupils of one State to alphabets, songs, proverbs and 100 sentences in the languages of the partnering State.

11. Helping the administration of oaths / Pledges in the two Languages of the pairing states.

12. Inclusion of a some  pages in the course books of schools in the language of the partnering State.

13. Organizing Essay Competition among students in the language of the partnering State.

14. Arranging Optional Classes in schools / colleges, where potential, for learning the language of the partnering State.

15. Arranging  Drama(s) of other State in the academic institutions of the partnering State.

16. Exchange of information on traditional Agricultural Practices and Forecasting among farmers in partnering States.

17. Arranging Combined Tableau of Partnering States on the event of 15th August and 26th January.

18. Participation of Parade accidental from one State in the Ceremonial Functions of the partnering State.

19. Telecasting / Broadcasting of programs of one State on the Regional TV / Radio channels of partnering States.

20. Organizing Film Festivals in the State with Sub-Titles in the language of the partnering State.

21. Helping  fashion shows and frequent wearing of attire of the partnering State by the students and people of the State.

22. Arranging National Quiz Competition in many languages on My Gov portal.

23. Taking lead in organizing State Specific Quiz Competition on TV / Radio / My Gov portal in the language of the partnering State.

24. Arranging Photography competition for the people of One State making their portfolio on sites, places and objects in the Partnering State.

25. Organizing Blog Competitions on Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat.

26. Arranging Cycling expeditions for the pupils / people of one State to the places in the partnering State.

27. Organizing NCC, NSS Camps of students of one State at the locations in the partnering State.

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