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Vice President releases book titled Vivekadeepini

Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu releases a book titled ‘Vivekadeepini’, a concise book of aphorisms (a memorable expression of a general truth or principle) initially written by Adi Shankaracharya, one of India’s greatest spiritual and literary geniuses.

About Vivekadeepini

This short book is a summary of Prashnottara Ratnamalika written by Adi Shankaracharya.

It is a compilation of select 36 verses drawn from 67 verses of Prashnottara Ratnamalika which are written in Question-Answer format.

The verses in this book contain universal truths and are the starting points for reflection. It contains glimpses of India’s wisdom in most lucid language.

Languages: The book has been translated into ten languages- English, Hindi, Bengali, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Marathi Gujarati and Odia.

This lucid commentary is written by Shri S.S. Naganand and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) Vedanta Bharati has taken up this onerous responsibility to connect citizens of India with country’s intellectual tradition and ethical foundations.

About Adi Shankaracharya

He is 8th century Indian philosopher and theologian.

He consolidated the doctrine (or Philosophy) of Advaita Vedanta (Monism).

Advaita Vedanta: states that Brahman is only reality and world is illusory (Maya), thus ignorance of reality is what causes suffering, and liberation can be obtained only by true knowledge of Brahman.

He is founder of Dashanami Sampradaya, Hindu monastic tradition of single-staff renunciation. He is also credited with unifying and establishing main currents of thought in Hinduism.

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Thawarchand Gehlot appointed as Leader of Rajya Sabha

Thawarchand Gehlot, Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment was recently appointed as Leader of Rajya Sabha (Council of States). The Leader of the Rajya Sabha is appointed by the party in power at Centre.

This position was occupied by senior BJP leader and former Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley in previous Narendra Modi-led government (2014-2019).

About Thawarchand Gehlot

  • The 71-year-old Gehlot, is leader from Madhya Pradesh has almost four decades of legislative experience.
  • Apart from being an experienced parliamentarian, he is a member & general secretary of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
  • He belongs to Scheduled Caste and is a Dalit face of saffron party.
  • He has been a member of state legislative assembly for several terms and has also served in Lok Sabha as well as Rajya Sabha.
  • He became a Rajya Sabha member in 2012 and was re-elected to Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh in 2018. This new term of his will end in 2024. A member to Upper House of Parliament has a term of 6 years.

Leader of Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Parliament)

  • A Leader of House is a Rajya Sabha member who either holds a rank of cabinet minister or another nominated minister. The Leader has a seat next to ex-officio Chairperson of Rajya Sabha (the Vice President of India), in the front row.
  • The term Leader of the House has been defined in Rule 2(1) of Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Rajya Sabha.
  • Gopalaswami Ayyangar was the 1st Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha.

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