Ahead of Diwali celebrations this weekend, the South African Hindu Maha Sabha have commissioned a team of attorneys, in anticipation of racism and anti-Hindu sentiment, that usually flares up during the period of Diwali.
President Ashwin Trikamjee says those observing and those who choose to use fireworks as part of celebrations, must do so in accordance with their municipal by-laws. He says people need to be mindful of fellow residents and their animals.
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City of Ayodhya to dazzle with 25 Lord Ram statues this Diwali
The Lalit Kala Akademi will exhibit 25 Lord Ram statues on the theme Jan Jan Ke Ram (or Lord Ram for every person) in Ayodhya on Friday ahead of Diwali, the festival of lights. The unique idols of Lord Shree Ram, built at Laxmanpur in Ayodhya, the city of Lord Ram, will fascinate Ram devotees.
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath will inaugurate the exhibition on the day. It will be held at Ram Katha Park and one can see expressions of love, kindness, love of Lord Shri Ram in the artworks prepared by sculptors from Kanpur, Banaras, Prayagraj, Mathura, Lucknow. The sculptors said, “It is a matter of pride for us to have an exhibition in Ayodhya. After the commencement of the construction of the Ram Temple at the Ramjanmabhoomi, we have got the privilege of putting an exhibition in the holy land of Rama on the first Deepawali. We are happy about this. The Chief Minister has honoured the work of artists by giving them a stage in Ayodhya.”
The famous episodes of Ramayana like Ahilya Deliverance, Kevat episode, Darshan of unique forms of Rama, Ram Laxman Prem, Bharat Milap will be displayed as sculptures shielded in fiber, terracotta, and wood in the exhibition, under which Shri Ram’s messages will be conveyed to the people tap here for more.
ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule in court on Friday
In other news, ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule is expected to appear in Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court this Friday, relating to the controversial asbestos contract in the Free State, when he was still Premier. Magashule however, says he was not aware of the warrant when media began reporting on it.
The Hawks have confirmed that the warrant has been signed and issued, but he has not been arrested because arrangements have been made with his lawyers that he present himself at court.
Hoosen Ebrahim spoke to political analyst Sanusha Naidu, who gave her thoughts on what Magashule is likely to do next.
Source inputs: Newsbreak Lotus