Pm Modi Current Affairs - 2020

February 9: Ravidas Jayanti celebrated across India

The birth anniversary of the 14th century saint Ravidas was celebrated all over India on Febraury 9th. PM Modi and President Kovind and other leaders paid tribute to Guru Ravidas.

Highlights

The saint emphasized brotherhood and harmony to bring upon positive change in the society. His songs are included in Guru Granth Sahib.

About Ravidas

Ravidas was an Indian mystic poet. His teachings are highly popular in the states of Rajasthan, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. The poet was a social reformer. His teachings deal with Nirguna-Saguna theme.

Nirguna-Saguna

Nirguna is knowledge focused and Saguna is love-focused. These two were alternate ways of imagining god during the Bhakti Movement.

Bhakti Movement

Bhakti movement began to reform Hinduism. It swept over North and East India between 15th and 17th century. In South India it originated in 18th century. It acted as a catalyst for the formation of Sikhism. At the end of the movement, salvation that was available only to men was then available to everyone!

Sri Lankan Prime Minister visits India: Terrorism and Trade discussed

On February 8, 2020, the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa held high level talks with PM Modi during his five-day visit to India. The leaders held talks about terrorism, trade and economic projects in New Delhi

Highlights

The meet will enhance mutual economic trade and investment. The leaders also discussed improving tourism and connectivity. On the side lines of the meet, PM Modi announced that India will provide a grant of 400 million USD for developmental projects in Sri Lanka. The countries also have plans to expand the housing projects undertaken by India in the island to all parts of the country. India has also allocated 50 million USD to help the country deal with terrorism.

It is to be noted that in 2019, India granted a line of credit of 450 million USD to Sri Lanka.

India-Sri Lanka

The location of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean has been strategic geopolitical relevance to many major powers. The Chinese are building gigantic modern ports in the Indian Ocean. It includes Hambantota (Sri Lanka), Gwadar (Pakistan), Kyauk Phru (Myanmar) and Chittagong (Bangladesh).

Therefore, it is essential for India to maintain close ties with the island nation to resist the increase of foreign presence in the IOR.