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told Firstpost,“We respect an individual’s rights but at the same time we will also not allow the civic modesty to be ravaged by these parties The police have promised us that everything will be kept in check but we have learnt that they too have their compulsions We will be on alert We are watching the places where these parties are being held on New Year’s eve If we find any ‘hanky-panky’ business we will be there if the police does not take action to restore order" “We are experiencing many incidents of ‘love jihad’ in the region and our research establishes that it is events such as weekend parties New Year parties and Valentine’s Day celebrations that are triggering events of ‘love jihad’” he added District units of Bajrang Dal and VHP in Udupi and Uttara Kannada districts too have issued notices to the police and the district administration on similar lines but the police chiefs of these districts have not confirmed receiving such a warning Despite a brief history of incidents involving attacks on party-goers Mangaluru hotels are reporting good business in the last weekend of the year Representational image Getty images A banquet manager at a hotel known for its parties seeking anonymity said that most rooms are booked and there have been no cancellations so far “Customers have confirmed with us if we will have a DJ on 31st night before booking rooms There might be some cancellations when news of fringe groups’ threat gets out” he said Event organiser Rakesh Shetty has a group of 50 guests including foreigners coming from Calangute and Colva in Goa “We just hope that everything goes well If it doesn’t I will end up in a big mess and face financial loss” Shetty said Goa on alert The fear of fringe groups has travelled across the border as well According to South Goa police security has been tightened around all beaches and party zones including Panaji Calangute Margao Vasco and Biana The Goa Police is not taking any chances as these parties will have foreigners in attendance and an incident in such a scenario may draw infamy and international criticism Tighter arrangements in Goa often see revellers making way to Gokarna in Uttara Kannada district which has several beaches and a less crowded atmosphere to offer on the New Year’s eve Jose Luis Carlos Almeida MLA of Vasco da Gama and chairman of the state-run Kadamba Transport Corporation allayed the fears of vigilante attacks in Goa “We respect every culture and our people are highly enlightened There are hardly any incidents of vigilantism We do have strong security ring around the places where large number of people gather for partying on New Year’s eve but presence of police is never felt unless law and order is disturbed They are briefed to keep distance from the crowds” Almeida said Kerala’s gain In the last decade Mangaluru has witnessed repeated incidents of vigilantism Attack on Amnesia Pub in 2009 and on a homestay in 2012 among other incidents of vigilantism targeting youths have impacted Mangaluru’s image of a coastal paradise for tourists Amid an overcrowded Goa and the opposition to late night partying from fringe groups in Mangaluru it is resorts in Kerala that are gaining new visitors from Bengaluru Mysuru and Mangaluru “Kasargod and Kannur happen to be decent places to ring in the New Year but finding alcohol is not very easy You have to stay in a 3-star place that has stocked booze It may be costlier than normal but keeps us in check” said Sushi Vaidya a Bengaluru-based techie While Bajrang Dal and VHP consider it their responsibility to thrash people in order to give a glimpse of the perfect culture they own a few other Hindu organisations and Mahila Mandalis have begun holding events to depict devotion and nationalism on 31 December every year Vinayak Bhat a Hindu activist said he has already distributed flyers inviting other groups to take part in New Year events “At these satsang events we distribute thirtha prasadam and light refreshments light diyas listen to devotional music and even partake in a Yakshagana episode depicting tales from the epics” Bhat said (M Raghuram is a Mangaluru – based freelance writer and a member of 101Reporterscom a pan-India network of grassroots reporters) Written by Pratap Bhanu Mehta | Published: January 11 2016 12:02 am Top News There are moments of intellectual achievement that are beyond measure They deserve recognition and engagement In any reckoning of Indian intellectual history one figure whose achievement is almost unparalleled is Abhinavagupta Although usually described as a Kashmiri Saiva philosopher the range of his work and its originality defy easy classification He lies at the centre of so many currents of intellectual thinking: Aesthetics literary criticism dramaturgy music tantra yoga devotional poetry cognitive science emotions philosophy of mind language His incandescent brilliance transformed every subject he touched His writing provides glimpses of his own persona And that is how we know he lived almost exactly a millennium ago There are plans to commemorate his millennial centenary There is no question that substantive engagement with him is essential not just as a matter of history but as intellectual inquiry in its own right But the challenges of doing so also shed light on our intellectual environment This is not the occasion nor do I have the competence to expound on his range of works from the Dhvanyaloka-locana to Paratrisika Vivarana His conceptual fecundity is absolutely astonishing piling up one fine distinction upon another to illuminate time-worn problems There are many reasons why he is such a transformative figure He makes a powerful argument that the literary dramaturgical even sensual ecstasy and religious experience are integrally related The idea was not as some commentators have claimed to infuse the aesthetic with religious significance It was rather to formulate a unified theory of consciousness that underlay different modes of experience To grossly simplify his description of the literary experience even of a reader — where we lose or abstract away from our own location in time and space our own utilitarian justifications and transcend our ego since our interests are not at stake and yet at the same time we are responsive — is paradigmatically linked to religious experience This move itself had radical consequences It infused the ordinary plenitude and vibrancy of the world with significance; it showed that the religious experience was not cut off from ordinary experience but an aspect of it; and rather than placing “religious” experience at the summit of a hierarchy it placed emphasis on the movement and recovery of all that underlies experience Roberto Calasso once said that “every true philosopher thinks but one thought; the same can be said of a civilisation” If the enigma of “consciousness” is that great thought of this civilisation then Abhinavagupta is its deepest articulator He is a pathway into self-discovery Abhinavagupta has every soteriological ambition that philosophers in the Indian tradition have had But he combines them with an unusual sense of our embodiment as creatures There is an unusual sense of humanity that runs through his commentary on the Gita a far cry from the cold metaphysical sternness of Shankara He is decidedly more egalitarian less devoid of sectarian imperialising than many others His contributions to the philosophy of language the relationship between Word and World or perhaps more accurately the World as Word brought about a paradigm shift in thinking about language His re-articulation of the idea of rasa as something involving not just the properties of a text but the subjectivity of the agent was something like a Copernican moment in Indian aesthetics Arindam Chakrabarti in a brilliant essay “You I and the Tranquil Taste of Freedom” has also recovered Abhinavagupta’s account of freedom and more importantly of an understanding of self in relation to others There are too many reasons to engage with and celebrate and stretch our sense of self with Abhinavagupta The task of making his millennial centenary meaningful is not going to be easy For centuries he survived largely in the portals of south Indian Saivite tantrism; the recovery of the full range of his texts was largely a product of the pioneering efforts by scholars like KC Pandey in the 1930s There is no question that he is difficult not in the sense of being unclear but in the sense that any philosophical enterprise that touches on fundamental questions is He is for deep-sea divers not for those who skate on surfaces One central problem for the modern reader is the problem of translation While projects like the Murty Classical Library are now creating new benchmarks the knotty problem of translating Indian philosophical texts has still not been addressed Scholars like Jaidev Singh have done a heroic job of translation But there is a more general problem with translations of Indian philosophical texts For instance even non-Greek readers can get a vivid sense of and use Greek texts in ways in which it is impossible to use translated Sanskrit texts And finally there is the question of intellectual distance Different generations will put different texts to different uses Modern readers are embarrassed by references to tantrism and yoga But there is a kind of intellectual dishonesty in marginalising some central problems of consciousness because of an a priori or ideological resistance There is a tendency to approach these texts for instrumental reasons: They are markers of “national” pride — or in Abhinavagupta’s case to use him as a prop in a contested Kashmiri identity The question of engaging with this tradition is also not just a matter of finding a pedigree for particular ideas In fact one thing reading Abhinavagupta does for you is that it unsettles ideas about what tradition is In some ways for this tradition texts are not sources of authority They are rather the medium in which problems and arguments are expressed The engagement with past texts is not the search for authority or authenticity; it is to find a language in which we can articulate our experience Or there is the lazy use of these texts episodic citations that make us feel we have ticked off the Indian tradition box or claimed modernity inhered in India But then as Chakrabarti wrote to “honestly study the thread of his arguments is a form of self-transforming meditation a tasting of the tranquillity of repose” To confront Abhinavagupta is to confront an intellectual relentlessness about self-knowledge that our frenzied world has lost The writer is president Centre for Policy Research Delhi and contributing editor ‘The Indian Express’ For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Published: June 14 2017 6:56 pm Rohan Bopanna poses with a cake at a felicitation ceremony at Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association (Source: PTI) Related News French Open return champion Rohan Bopanna who won the mixed doubles title with Canadian partner Gabriela Dabrowski said on Thursday that to create champions in singles the country needs to build a system in place at the grassroot level In an interview to PTI Bopanna said that players need support from junior level to create champions He said “Never give up on your dreams That is something which stands out (in this win)” “To get singles champions we need to have a system in place at the grassroots level We have a very limited support from the Federation (AITA) or Corporates We need that system to compete with European standards We still have a long way to go” he said “It’s not about complaining We should look at it in a positive way Everyone from outside plays a part whether it is Federation parents coaches These guys need support from junior level and that is when you create champions” This is Bopanna’s first Grand Slam in 14 years Bopanna gave credit to his team behind his success “Age is only a number You can’t set a timeline (for achievements) As long as you believe in yourself and keep working hard nothing can stop you I worked towards my goal every single day and I am feeling grateful that my team also put in efforts Although tennis is an individual sport everyone has contributed in it” he said The 37-year-old who has an academy in Bangalore said “I am also bringing a couple of coaches to my academy in Bangalore from outside They will be here for a year and help these kids I tell the players if they go outside go for a year not for a month or so “In a month it does not really help improve much That’s why I am bringing these coaches let’s hope the kids make good use of this opportunity coming this month” he said For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Vikram S Mehta | Updated: May 4 2015 5:53 am Prime Minister Narendra Modi Related News A year ago I was requested to make recommendations on a 100-day action plan on energy for the new government In response I offered the following suggestions which I hoped might define the roadmap for the following year Steps should be taken to institutionalise the formulation of an integrated energy policy The roadblocks constraining the production of oil gas and coal should be removed; prices should be aligned to the market and the distortionary implications of subsidies should be addressed; competition should be reinvigorated by levelling the playing field between the public and private sectors; tax administration should be simplified and the anomalies of a cascading tax structure corrected by bringing petroleum within the ambit of the GST; the public-private partnership model should be reconfigured to attract private capital into gas pipelines power transmission and distribution systems railways and other essential logistic infrastructure; and finally the PM should place his weight behind the transition towards a low-carbon growth path I stressed that given the capital and technology intensive nature of energy and the fact that it is subject to inherently volatile geopolitics the policy should be seen through lenses that enable medium- to long-term reflection and flexibility A year on I ask has the government moved along the suggested pathway What has the government achieved and where are the shortfalls On balance in my view the results are impressive The most notable positive has been the decision to roll together the ministries of power coal and renewables under the charge of one minister Earlier it was handled by three separate cabinet ministers The decision is notable not so much because it has had much of an impact but because it confirms that the PM wants energy policy to be viewed through an integrated prism Ideally the PM should have created a supra “ministry of energy” that included petroleum with a senior cabinet appointee and several ministers of state (and respective secretaries) a la the ministries of finance defence and external affairs This would have reinforced the integrationist trend and in particular perforated the vertically structured conduit that currently directs the movement of files and the formalities of official interaction But that would have been a stretch too far and to not welcome a good first step simply because it falls short of the best would be churlish to say the least A second positive has been the unclogging of the coal industry It remains to be seen whether the companies that have secured coal mining leases will be able to raise the finance or offload their output on remunerative terms Many of them are highly leveraged; some will face huge transportation costs and given that coal is a tradable all will be price-constrained by the competitive pressures of imports This said there is no denying that the ministry of coal has breathed fresh life into the sector Coal production has in the first month of the 2015-16 financial year posted a double-digit growth rate A third positive is the rationalisation of prices and reduction in subsidies The government did no doubt receive a major fillip from the collapse in oil prices However it leveraged this bonanza well and deregulated the prices of transportation fuels and implemented the direct benefit transfer (DBT) scheme Today the prices of diesel and petrol are aligned to the market and the cash drain on the exchequer on account of petroleum subsidies has dropped from Rs 96800 crore in 2012-13 to a budgeted Rs 30000 crore for 2015-16 The DBT scheme has further enabled the government to weed out “benami” beneficiaries It is reported there are 150 million LPG connections Of these only 126 million have actually enrolled for the DBT The rest (20-30 million) must be ghost entries duplicate connections and voluntary opt-outs A final positive is the push given to clean energy The PM called for a “saffron [solar] revolution” a month into his new role and since then the government has jacked up its target for solar and wind energy It is now committed to increasing solar energy capacity from the current 25 gigawatt (GW) to over 100 GW by 2022 and wind energy from the current 26 GW to 50 GW by 2030 These are ambitious targets Until now the government has added on average 1-15 GW of renewable energy per annum (mostly wind) Now it is pushing to add 19 GW of solar and 6 GW of wind annually And that too in the face of an inadequate grid that will have difficulty absorbing such a massive influx of intermittent and variable electrons and an estimated investment requirement of $100 billion plus The targets are prima facie unattainable but I am positive because it confirms that clean energy is high on the government’s policy agenda But the record is not without blemish One is still waiting to see the contours of the New Exploration Licensing Policy Oil and gas production has not picked up; the exploration intensity of our sedimentary basins is still amongst the lowest in the world and there is lack of clarity on fiscal pricing operational and regulatory issues which have stalled the conversion of discoveries into actual production Judging from what one reads I get the sense that bureaucrats in the ministry of petroleum are still reluctant to take decisions because of the “Reliance factor” I use the latter phrase to reflect official reluctance to take decisions involving the private sector that might at some later date attract the attention of the CBI/ CVC/ CAG A second concern surrounds the clashing objectives of trebling coal production on the one hand and controlling air pollution on the other The latter is now of “deathly” importance and yet there is scant discussion on issues like carbon taxes enforcement of emission standards and decarbonisation technology In the run-up to the Paris climate change summit the government must prepare a blueprint on how it plans to solve this conundrum The writer is senior fellow the Brookings Institution and executive chairman Brookings India For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Updated: June 18 2017 11:28 pm Sania Mirza congratulated Indian Hockey team on win over Pakistan (Source: Express Archive) Related News Moments after Pakistan clinched their maiden Champions Trophy title Indian tennis star and wife of Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik took to social media and congratulated India’s hockey team on their win over Pakistan Indian hockey team thrashed Pakistan 7-1 inHockey World LeagueSemi-final tournament Sania wrote “? 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