Sabse Uncha Hindustan

 

Most of us already know that the tallest building in the world is the mammoth Burj Khalifa in Dubai and a lot of us have already dreamt of touching the clouds and going to there one day.

Talking about heights, have you ever wondered what would it be like to look up in the sky and salute the Indian National Flag?

We have your curiosity, don’t we? The tallest flag of India was recently inaugurated at the India-Pakistan Attari Border.

The flag mast has been set up at a distance of just 150 meters from the border. The gargantuan flag stands at 110 meters in length. To vividly describe this number for you, in comparison, the Big Ben of London is 96 meters and the Leaning Tower of Pisa is just 56 meters in height.

Punjab’s Minister of Medical Education and Research, Mr. Anil Joshi inaugurated the country’s largest tricolor on the tallest flag post on the 5th of March, 2017.The colossal flag post, measures 110 meters in length, 24 meters in width and weighs 55 tons.Planned and built by the Amritsar Improvement Trust Authority of the Punjab Government, the structure cost an approximate Rs 3.50 crore.

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The new flag post got an immediate positive response after being installed at the Tourist Reception Center of Wagah border, as it became an attraction for the thousands of tourists who had gotten there to watch the amazing Beating Retreat Ceremony in the wee hours of the evening.

The previous plan was to hoist this historic tricolor on the 26th of January but technical reasons caused the event to be delayed. Better late than never it seems, as this huge flag was watched from the other side of the border with profound curiosity too! The flag is said to be tall enough to be visible from the city of Lahore in Pakistan as well.

Previously, the record for the highest flag of India was held by the 91 meter tall tricolor in the city of Ranchi which was hoisted for the first time on 23rd of January 2013.  The Ranchi flag was famously knows as the tricolor taller than the Qutub Minar.

Or countrymen sure seem to be in a hurry to break our own records! It is only befitting that the highest tricolor of the country should be at the nation’s most renowned border, Wagah.

How great an evening would it be, to go to the picturesque border, see the fantastic Beating Retreat Ceremony and be privileged enough to look up into the soaring orange sky and honor our Motherland and realize how it has literally developed leaps and bounds and reached its peak!

Singing the rhythmic patriotic songs and roaring cries about our Incredible India with thousands of people; who said patriotism can’t be fun? Just thinking about the whole experience give goose bumps and the body shivers with excitement!

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Ammo Of A Soldier

A lot of us have had the thought of giving back to our country in one or the other way. We always wonder how we can work towards the prosperity of our nation and support those who have sacrificed their lives for us. Let us read ahead and find out how we can support our warriors with the mindset of each drop contributing to the formation of an enormous ocean.

There are two major funds for the Indian Armed Forces in India presently. They are the National Defence Fund (NDF) and the Army Welfare Fund Battle Casualties.

The National Defence Fund was set up in 1962 to take charge of voluntary donations in cash and kind received for the warriors that have sacrificed their lives fighting for us at the border. The fund is used for the welfare of the members of the Armed Forces (including Para Military Forces) and their dependents. The fund is entirely dependent on voluntary contributions from the public and does not get any budgetary support.

The Army Welfare Fund Battle Casualties on the other hand was started in 2016 due to the country receiving a huge shock by losing 10 brave soldiers in the Siachen region. This fund is also completely independent of any budgetary laws and functions on voluntary donations only. The money received is used in the welfare of the dependents of those martyred in line of duty.

Often, when we hear about any fund or charitable organization, we always have a hint of doubt whether it is functioning honestly or not. We also think about the cause on which the fund or organization has been established and then consider donating money. However, as far as the above mentioned funds are concerned, both of them are operated by the Government of India along with the Reserve Bank of India and are for a cause that requires immediate attention.

We need to learn about how our money is channelized towards the welfare of our society and only used for benefit of humanity.

The Lok Sabha is trying to pass a bill that will have a maximum limit for the budget of a wedding i.e., Rs.5 lakhs and 10% of any amount spent above that has to be used for the marriage of poor girls.

This is where the real question arises; should our government tax the citizens to contribute to a good cause or should they keep all donations only on voluntary bases?

Should we as citizens of this country do our part and give back to the people who protect us and help us in our daily lives? It is all about one’s perspective for giving back to the community and the emotional connection one feels towards the social order.

On one hand, the government could tax its citizens and assure that the fund has a constant cash flow and on the other hand it can solely trust the citizens and their generous donations.

Donating to any fund or organization should not be about people how welfare is done or being politically correct or even because it is mandatory to do so. Donating to a charitable fund should be about being generous and being concerned and responsible for the people around you who have laid their lives without blinking their eyes twice.

It is not the amount that matters; it is the thought behind it. Therefore, whatever cause is a person donates towards, it should be straight from the heart not from the pocket.

We at UdChalo applaud the contributors who have helped in collecting over Rs. 1000 crores in the mentioned funds on aggregate and believe in uplifting the prosperity of India by giving to the place we grew up in.

“Generosity consists not the sum given, But the manner in which it is bestowed.” – Mahatma Gandhi

The Surya’s Namaskar to India

American author Roman Payne once said, “Ô, Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth.” The gorgeous orangey-red glow of our Sun is often underestimated as it is an everyday event. We have long forgotten the beauty of Mother Nature while focusing on creating more man-made wonders each day.

If you have ever seen the spellbinding view of the sun rising, you already know how wonderful and refreshing it looks. It can put a smile on your face for the entire day and give you amazing energy to get through your busy day.

Japan, known as the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ (even depicted on their national flag), is actually not the country where the Sun rises first. The sun rises first in New Zealand. However, an important question is where does the Sun first rise in our very own country? In a country that is such vast geographically and that spreads like a bed sheet over the Earth, what lucky area gets to see the Sunrise while the rest of the country is snoring in darkness?

If your guess is that the place is somewhere in the North-East region, you’re not wrong. However, that’s like saying Mumbai is somewhere in Maharashtra.

Without further ado, the answer is a small town with the name of Dong present in the Anjaw district of Arunachal Pradesh first witnesses the sunrise in India.

 

It was in the year 1999, that Dong was revealed as the Eastern-most place in India and that it is this village that sees the Sun before anyone else.

However, if you want to see this beautiful sight and earn your bragging rights, you need to climb a mountain via a trek of 8 kilometers. Tourists and locals have been trekking the mountains to see the sunrise from behind ever since its exposure. Talk about a natural tourist attraction, eh?

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Dong is situated at a moderately high altitude of 1,240 metres above sea-level. It is situated at the convergence of the rivers Lohit (a tributary of the Brahmaputra), and Sati, and is tactically crammed between our neighbours China and Myanmar.

Wondering how early you will have to wake up to ensure you don’t miss this fascinating site? Don’t worry; we have got your back! The sun usually rises at around 5.54 a.m. in Dong.

Since the sun rises so early, it even says its goodbyes a tad earlier than we usually see. The Sun sets at 4.30 p.m. during the winter season, almost an hour before other places in the country observe the same.

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Getting the travel vibes? The time span from April to June is considered the best time to travel this region as the temperature is around a cool 20 degrees Celsius. Without the presence of rains or extreme cold climates, your early morning trek will be pleasant and worth the beautiful view.

Finally, have a reason to wake up early morning?

So, calling all enthusiastic travellers and everyone else to add this place to their go-to list and be proud of seeing such a sight!

 

 

Hum Honge Kamiyaab

Hum Honge Kamiyaab!

Thomas Edison apparently once said, “Tomorrow Is My Exam But I Don’t Care Because A Single Sheet Of Paper Can’t Decide My Future.”

This is a way too radical of an opinion about examinations because as much as students hate giving exams, it is the only way to push students to study. Exams are important as they instill a certain amount of discipline in students. The debate whether they test the student’s memory or knowledge entirely depends on how the student has prepared for the exam.

Recently, a video has been circulating social media. The video portrays a group of 14 to 16 year olds writing letters to their parents about stress during exams. The video shows these teens writing their heart out to their parents because they cannot tell their parents the same things face to face.

What are heartbreaking are the comments to the video. One comment reads, “I’m a 14 year old Indian girl and I feel that someone is showing my biography with me .But if I tell all these things to my parents, they’ll scold and beat me for that .So the better option is to keep mum .Because there is no other option for it. I never go to play or move out of my home. Just study and study all the time. Just to score good marks in my school and be the topper .My parents too are demotivating and don’t support me in participating in co-curricular and other activities. My life has become a hell.”

This blog post will not waste the precious time of students talking about the Indian education system as that discussion will not be fruitful towards preparation for your next exam but will help you and all parents and teachers reading this mould their child’s future. We urge parents and teachers to be motivating and asking the child the right questions like ‘why aren’t you able to study?’ or ‘what is going wrong?’ instead of ‘when are you going to study?’.

We need to remember that the man shouting war-cries isn’t always a soldier but helps the army fight with their whole strength!

We at UdChalo believe that every student is equally capable of doing extremely well in academics and want to offer lessons from the armed forces that can be followed by the students to excel in their lives.

Lesson 1: TO STRIVE FOR A WELL ROUNDED PERSONALITY

In the National Defence Academy, young officers in training are encouraged to choose from a whole host of activities like sailing, boxing, polo, astronomy, music and many others. The point is to turn them into well rounded individuals with a wide range of interests and hobbies.

Research has shown how pursuing a hobby can help a child become better at academics. The hobby can also help you find what you actually want to do in life. Always remember:  The world loses a great author, poet, archaeologist, dancer, actor, photographer or a musician dies every time a non-passionate engineer, doctor, lawyer etc. is born.

Lesson 2: The determination to achieve your goals

One thing that truly makes our soldiers stand apart is their ability to achieve their goals, even fighting against incredible odds. This spirit was displayed a hundred times over in the Kargil War, when despite being at a disadvantageous elevation, the Indian Army retook peak after peak from the intruders. Always ensure you keep your goals realistically high and work towards it will complete dedication and hard work.

Lesson 3: To always have a positive attitude.

The men who protect our borders have this knack of being really hard to de-motivate. They tend to see the best in the worst situations. Even when the chips are down, they never leave a chance to celebrate. Never think about a previous exam or check a paper after leaving the examination hall. Always maintain faith in your heart and a smile on   your face. The reason why board exams are hyped so much isn’t because a person’s future rides on it. Most of the institutes don’t even consider board marks as criteria for admission nowadays. Board exams have been hyped by students, parents, teachers and everyone around because they’ve made the exam bigger than the student appearing for it. If you give any exam out of fear, the exam will crack you down not the other way round.

So all young ladies and gentlemen who are appearing for any exam, always believe in yourselves and ensure that you walk into the examination hall with your chin and chest held up high and write the exam to shape a better future for yourself.

All the very best of luck from UdChalo!

Jai Hind!

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The Olive Green Family

In the not-so- friendly world around us, we often think what would be the chances of a family member coming home safely.However, a certain section of our society has that paranoia day in day out. Yes you have guessed it right; it is the services background. In a video posted by ‘The Quint’, we see how Mrs. Shivani Vats, a war widow, keeps alive the spirit of her late husband Major Navneet Vats along with her daughter Inayat.

https://www.thequint.com/india/2017/03/03/undefeated-web-series-indian-army-naveen-vats-shivani

The most beautiful aspect of this video is the passion and confidence through which she narrates the story of her marriage. She felt honored not scared that she was marrying into the army and this is the kind of courage each and every one of us should display. Being supportive towards a loved one is not as easy as it sounds or looks like. The way she talks about how proud she was when she was married to a man who was part of the esteemed Gorkha Rifles of the Indian Army. The manner in which she tells us about the brilliant culture of the Gorkha Rifles makes us feel how we should too be proud to be citizens of a country that has such boundless heritage attached in its armed forces. She proceeds to tell us how she still believes that any member of the Gorkha Rifles is like a brother to her and this vividly describes the line in our Pledge that says ,“All Indians are my brothers and sisters.”

In the video, we also understand how people who have family members working in a different place; people who have family members that don’t come home daily due to work commitments, usually tend to be closer to each other as the distance increases the strength of the bond between them. With people from each sector of the world unable to successfully manage their time and be with their family, the lesson to be learnt is that there are a few who don’t have the ‘privilege’ to see their family for weeks, months or even years.

We usually tend to remember God when things aren’t exactly ruling in our favour. In the midst of all the prayers, we often forget to have faith in the person we are praying for. A crucial lesson that we all can learn here is that just like the family of a soldier has faith that their warrior will come back home, we too need to have faith in each other to make the right decisions and act as a pillar of support for each other. Towards the end of the video, we learn about how the death of her husband made Mrs. Shivani Vats realize that there are people around her who will be like family to her and will be a shoulder of support and a helping hand in every way possible. We must always remember that we are surely unique, but never alone. In a world of 700 crore people, it is slightly difficult to be alone.

When somebody passes away, he or she is just going to a better place. That person is not gone forever but is just a little further away that he or she was before. They’re always in our hearts, minds and memories. It is not just our duty as citizens to help each other but also a step towards making our world more human and compassionate. This is the same duty that Mrs. Vats has taken on her shoulders as she now teaches little ones and the future soldiers of our nation in Army Public School, Chandimandir.

She along with her daughter Inayat, request the general public to not have sympathy but have empathy and wish that the society can be motivating and encouraging for families who face similar situations.

We at udChalo believe it is our duty to serve those who have laid their lives down for our country and salute the huge pillars of support our warriors have in the form of their families.

Jai Hind!

Lost Sisters of India

This blog post isn’t about a group of women who got lost somewhere; it is about the often forgotten Seven Sister States present in the North-Eastern region of our country.

Why is it that we can name the presidential candidates of another country’s election but can’t even name all the states of our own country? Is it our lack of awareness or is it the Indian media’s fault that statistically proven, dedicates only about 1.13% of its coverage to the region.

Therefore, we at UdChalo would like to express our gratitude towards the Seven Sister States of North East India and dedicate this blog article to them! We present to you some of the astonishing truths about the region of our country that is as taken for granted just like the ‘Terms and Conditions’ of computer software.

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 The region has been identified as one of the top 7 bio diversities of the world. This means that a very high variety of flora and fauna are seen in the region. In the midst of coming up cases of poaching and deforestation, this is one region where you can enjoy the view of wildlife and plant life. As far as the safety of this vast variety of wildlife is concerned, the Seven Sister States are home to 7 of India’s major National Parks including the renowned Manas and Kazhiranga.

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Interestingly, 70% of the world’s orchids are found just in the North East of India! How amazing is that?

A piece of land formed by alluvial deposit within a river is called as a riverine island. The world’s largest riverine island is not in Europe or the Americas, but in our very own state of Assam in Majuli. It is present in the river Brahamaputra.

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Not just diverse in terms of flora and fauna, the region has over 220 languages spoken amongst the people! 220 languages spoken in just 7 states of the country. The term ‘small world’ certainly does not apply to the North Eastern States of India.

When someone mentions the phrase ‘music festival’, do you think of NH7 or Sunburn or even Tomorrowland? You are forgetting India’s most popular music festival, the Hornbill Festival, held in Kohima, Nagaland. If you plan to travel to the region anytime soon, take along your dancing shoes because the North East is the most musically active region of India!

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Travelling to this region will not only give you a break from the hustle bustle of the city, but will also experience the rural lifestyle of the hilly areas, breathe in fresh air and get a vivid description of diversity and natural beauty means.

The Seven Sister States aren’t behind in holding international records as well! Mawsynram, a village in Meghalaya is the wettest place on Earth, i.e., the place with the highest annual rainfall in the world.

Mawlynnong, another village in Meghalaya, was awarded the label of the cleanest village in Asia! Step aside polluted urbans, the real cleanliness master is here!

The armed forces of the region have to be on complete alert as always due to the threat possessed by China. The Assam Rifles are India’s largest and oldest paramilitary forces formed in the year 1835!

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You must also be thinking that you should really care about this region of India after reading all of the above fantastic facts about it but you don’t need to be aware about them because they are our country’s most beautiful or cleanest region; you don’t have to be aware about them because China wants to capture it; you certainly don’t have to be aware about it because it is one of the most diverse regions of the world in terms of wildlife. You need to be aware about it because it is a part of your country.

It is not just North East but the North East of India.

Jai Hind!

JOURNEY TO THE TOP

Every one of us always wants to reach to the top of our professional careers and become the best at what we do. However, many do not reach there. The same applies to our Indian Armed Forces as well!

From a Sepoy to a Marshal, the Indian defense forces are served by millions of brave hearts, serving in different capacities. Their sacrifices and bravery cannot be compensated but it can be recognized.

You would know that officers serve in different capacities in our armed forces. But do you know that there are three ranks across the forces that are seldom conferred? These prestigious ranks are next to impossible to attain, yet are the highest attainable ranks.

So let’s see who were these great men who reached a place which no other man had before!

Indian Army – Field Marshal

The highest rank attainable in the Indian Army is Field Marshal. Ranked as a Five Star General Officer, a Field Marshal is ranked above a General. A Field Marshal’s insignia comprises the national emblem over a crossed baton and saber in a wreath of lotus flowers.

Field Marshals hold their rank for life, there is no retirement and they are considered as serving officers till their death. This also means that they do not draw a pension and are in the pay roll for the rest of their lives. Like other army officers, Field Marshals are required to be in full uniform during any official occasion.

Till date this rank has been conferred on only two individuals. One was Sam Manekshaw, MC. He was known for his bravery, which also earned him the nickname of Sam Bahadur.

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The other was KM Cariappa, OBE who was also the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army.

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Indian Air Force – Marshal of the India Air Force

Equivalent of the Army’s Field Marshal, the highest rank attainable in the air force is the Marshal of the Indian Air Force. It is mostly awarded in a ceremonial capacity. Martial of the Indian Air Forces is ranked immediately above the Chief of Air Staff.

This Five Star rank has been conferred on only one individual till now – Arjan Singh, DFC. With the death of Sam Manekshaw, he is currently the only living defense officer of a five-starred rank in the country.

India is also the only Commonwealth country, besides England, to have conferred this ceremonial rank to an air officer.

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Indian Navy – Admiral of the Fleet

Equivalent of the Army’s Field Marshal and the Air Force’s Marshal of the Indian Air Force, Admiral of the Fleet is the highest attainable rank in the naval force. This Five Star rank is primarily conferred in wartime and honorary capacity.

This rank has never been conferred on any individual in the country.

The highest rank belonging to someone right now is the Chief of the Naval Staff, the office of which is currently being served by Admiral Robin K Dhowan.

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