Union Ministry of Culture Current Affairs - 2020

First 5 Re-printed Volumes of Mongolian Kanjur Manuscripts Published by Ministry of Culture

Under National Mission for Manuscripts, the Union Ministry of Culture will be reprinting all the 108 volumes of Mongolian Kanjur Manuscripts. Out of these 108 volumes, the Ministry has published the reprinted version of the first 5 volumes of the Manuscripts.

March 2022 is the expected and the targeted date chosen by the Union Ministry of Culture for publishing the reprinted edition of all the 108 volumes of Mongolian Kanjur Manuscript.

On the occasion of this year’s Dhamma Chakra Day on the 4th of July 2020, a set of the Manuscripts was handed over to the Ambassador of Mongolia to India by Prahlad Singh Patel (Union Minister of State I/C for Culture).

The Mongolian Kanjur Manuscripts are reprinted under the supervision of Prof. Lokesh Chandra. Back in 1970, Professor Lokesh Chandra had published all the 108 volumes of the Mongolian Kanjur. The Mongolian Kanjur Manuscripts were brought to India in between 1956 to 1958 by Professor Raghu Vira.

Mongolian Kanjur Manuscripts

Kanjur is a word by Lord Buddha that means ‘Concise Orders’ (in the Mongolian language). 108 volumes of Buddhist canonical texts – Mongolian Kanjur has been translated from the Tibetan language and is one of the most important religious texts in Mongolia.

The lines in 108 volumes of Mongolian Kanjur is being recited at temples by Mongolian Buddhists as a sacred ritual in their daily life. At temples in Mongolia, the Buddhists worship Kanjur.

‘Sankalp Parva’ on the call of Prime Minister by Ministry of Culture from 28th June to 12th July 2020

The Union Ministry of Culture has announced on 27th June 2020 that on the call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi the Ministry has decided to celebrate a 2-week long tree plantation campaign called ‘Sankalp Parva’ from 28th June to 12th July 2020. This was informed by the Union Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge) Prahlad Joshi.

During the nationwide lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the country has experienced the importance of a clean and healthy environment. Under the Sankalp Parva, the Ministry of Culture has recommended planting 5 tress:  Bargad, Awla, Pepal, Ashok and Bel. These 5 trees represent the herbal heritage of the country.

The Ministry has asked for the participation of all and has urged the organization to ensure that each employee must plant at least one sapling of his/her choice. If the saplings of the above five trees are not available, people can do plantation of any other sapling that is available.

Sankalp Parva will be celebrated across all the Subordinate Offices, Institutions affiliated & attached to the Ministry and academies. For the success of the campaign, the Ministry has urged Institutions to ensure that employees must take care of the sapling that they have planted until it survives and flourishes.