Come Kumbh Mela, and sixty-four years old Abdul Hafeez, a retired health department employee, is seen telling Hindus about the right way of performing `snan' and `Gangajal aachman'. He performs `Surya namaskar' and has been taking holy dip at the Sangam since 1968 on all main bathing days. He does the job of health supervisor and oversees arrangements in all major ashrams, akharas and camps in Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh, Bharat). He was felicitated by the state government in 2001 for his valuable contributions during Kumbh, Ardh-Kumbh and Magh Mela for over four decades. ``It gives me an immense pleasure to see smile on the faces of the pilgrims as it means God has accepted my services,'' he says.He is called by mela officials every year. Besides offering services to pilgrims, Hafeez also offers the mandatory namaz five times a day regularly. His family members also offer prayers to `Maa Ganga', he adds.
Based on a report by Shri Kapil Dixit in THE TIMES OF INDIA, January 6, 2010 (Idea: www.tamilhindu.com)
The Legislative Assembly of Uttarakhand state (Bharat) has set an example for other states in the country by declaring Sanskrit as second official language. The Rajbhasha Vidheyak (Official Language Bill) was introduced in the Assembly to make Sanskrit as second official language as people of the State have keen interest in the language. They tend to use Sanskrit on special auspicious occasions with extreme regards. There are primary, intermediate, graduate and postgraduate Sanskrit medium schools and colleges also in the State which contribute to spread and learning of Sanskrit. Former RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri KS Sudarshan and many Sanskrit scholars felicitated Chief Minister Dr Ramesh Pokharial `Nishank' in Haridwar for this courageous step. Shri Sudarshan described it a historical and commendable decision. It is a great irony that in India, 18 states have made Urdu their second official language under the appeasement policy, but the Uttarakhand government took the right decision by declaring Sanskrit the second official language, he said.