Current Affairs - December, 2018

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PM releases commemorative stamp on Maharaja Suheldev

PM Narendra Modi released a commemorative stamp on Maharaja Suheldev. He described Maharaja Suheldev as a brave warrior and a hero who inspires the people and said that the Union Government is determined to preserve the legacy of all those who contributed to the cause of India’s defence and security, and to its social life.

Legacy of Maharaja Suheldev

Maharaja Suheldev is a semi-legendary king whose references are found somewhere between the boundary of fiction and history. There is no consensus about his name and is alternating between Sakardev, Suhirdadhwaj, Suhridil, Suhridal-dhaj, Rai Suhrid Dev, Susaj, Suhardal etc. There is also no much clarity on his caste and religious identity. Of late various Hindu nationalist groups have characterized him as a Hindu king who defeated a Muslim invader.

The only surviving historical account of him can be traced to Mirat-i-Masudi, a 17th-century Persian-language historical romance. Maharaja Suheldev is said to have defeated and killed the Ghaznavid general Ghazi Saiyyad Salar Masud at Bahraich, in the early 11th century.

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One District, One Product scheme of Uttar Pradesh

The government of Uttar Pradesh has initiated One District, One Product scheme to encourage indigenous and specialized products and crafts of the state. The scheme aims to capitalize the rich heritage of the Uttar Pradesh by reviving them through modernization and publicisation to enhance the reach of these products.

Objective of the Scheme

Uttar Pradesh is a vast state with vast diversity in all facets of life. The diversity of products and crafts in UP is breathtaking. The vast diversity encompasses the ancient and nutritious Kala namak rice, the rare and intriguing wheat-stalk craft, world-famous chikankari and zari-zardozi work on clothes, the intricate and stunning horn and bone work that uses the remains of dead animals rather than live ones, a nature-friendly replacement for ivory. Many of these rich traditions are facing the existential threat. The One District, One Product aims to revive these traditional heritages by reviving them through modernization and publicisation.

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