• Short Summary

    AMID THE UNCERTAINTIES OF AN UNEASY CEASE-FIRE IN THE CONFLICT WITH PAKISTAN, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA HAVE BEEN FINDING HOPE FOR THE FUTURE IN THE RELIGIOUS FESTIVAL OF DUESSEHRA.

  • Description

    AMID THE UNCERTAINTIES OF AN UNEASY CEASE-FIRE IN THE CONFLICT WITH PAKISTAN, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA HAVE BEEN FINDING HOPE FOR THE FUTURE IN THE RELIGIOUS FESTIVAL OF DUESSEHRA. IN CALCUTTA, THEY'VE BEEN COMBINING THE WORSHIP OF THE GODDESS DURGA WITH THE DONATION OF BLOOD FOR SOLDIER ON THE "FRONT LINE", AND IN NEW DELHI MR SHASTRI, THE PRIME MINISTER, WAS ONE OF THOSE TO ATTEND FESTIVAL CELEBRATIONS ON TUESDAY.

    CELEBRATIONS OF THE DUESSEHRA FESTIVAL IN CALCUTTA SPURRED THOUSANDS IN PLEDGING THE DEFENCE OF INDIA AGAINST OUTSIDE ATTACK, AND -- BENEATH A STATUE OF THE GODDESS DURGA -- MANY HAVE DONATED BLOOD FOR THE FIGHTING INDIAN 'JAWANS' OF THE FRONT LINE. DURGA IS SAID TO BE A DESTROYER OF EVIL AND MANY YOUNG PEOPLE MADE THE DONATION OF BLOOD PART OF THEIR WORSHIP.

    IN NEW DELHI, EFFIGIES OF RAVANA, REGARDED AS THE EVIL DEMON KING, AND HIS ASSOCIATES WERE BURNED TO SIGNIFY THE "VICTORY OF GOOD OVER EVIL". SCENES FRO M THE HINDU EPIC, RAMAYANA, WERE ENACTED USING FIRE-WORKS TO HEIGHTEN THE EFFECT. MR SHASTRI WAS IN THE VAST CROWD THAT SAW A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE GOD RAMA FIRING ARROWS AT RAVANA.

    IN A SHORT SPEECH AFTERWARDS, MR SHASTRI TOLD THE CROWD ABOUT 500,000 PEOPLE THAT THEY MUST CONSIDER THE MORAL OF THE EPIC -- THE "FIGHT FOR GOOD." HE SPOKE OF "THE JUSTNESS OF THE INDIAN CAUSE ON KASHMIR", AND APPEALED TO THE WORLD TO "SINCERELY CONSIDER THE PROBLEM."
    DR. HUSSAIN, THE INDIAN VICE PRESIDENT, ALSO ATTENDED THE CELEBRATIONS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAIZEY6NZ4SY0I6WO3FIH2A2C0
    Media URN:
    VLVAIZEY6NZ4SY0I6WO3FIH2A2C0
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/10/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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