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  • Writer's pictureLt. Gen. (Retd.) Gurmit Singh

A Week of Historical Exploration, Agricultural Innovation, and Spiritual Celebrations in Uttarakhand

This past week has been eventful and culturally enriching, with commitments, that underscore the historical, technological, and spiritual facets of our state.

It commenced with a visit to the Ashoka inscription located in Kalsi, Dehradun. This significant historical site, dating back to 250 BC, offers profound insights into the moral teachings and governance of Emperor Ashoka.

A visit to the animal breeding area in Kalsi, operated by the Uttarakhand Livestock Development Board under the Animal Husbandry Department was interesting. Recognized as a Center of Excellence for Indigenous Breeds by the Government of India, this facility is pivotal in the conservation and promotion of native cattle breeds such as Red Sindhi, Sahiwal, Gir, and Tharparkar. The advanced technologies employed, including ovum pickup, IVF, genetic engineering, and genome engineering was impressive. There is an immense potential in these innovations, to revolutionize the agricultural sector and significantly benefit farmers nationwide.

Midweek, the first group of pilgrims for the Hemkunt Sahib Yatra from Rishikesh were flagged off. Leading the group were the Panj Pyaras. The spiritual significance of the 18-kilometer trek at an altitude of 15,000 feet, is indication enough of the devotees' faith and reverence for the Gurus.

Towards the end of the week, participated in the Buddha Purnima celebrations at the IRDT Auditorium in Dehradun. During the event, Dharmacharya Shantam Seth and the Tibetan Women Association were honored with the Dharma Ratna Award-2024 for their dedication to Buddha’s teachings. Reflecting on the profound impact of Buddha’s teachings, I urged everyone to imbibe these ideals in their daily lives.

The week concluded with a shift to the summer capital of Nainital. At the start, paid obeisance at the Shri Singh Sabha Gurudwara and offered prayers for the happiness, prosperity, and welfare of the people of the state, at the Maa Naina Devi temple.

This series of events throughout the week highlights a strong dedication to promoting historical awareness, technological advancement in agriculture, and spiritual enrichment among the people of Uttarakhand.

Until next week, stay happy and stay safe

Jai Hind.

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