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Doordarshan airs documentary on Modi govt’s cultural achievements

2023-11-30 18:39:32source:zop

“Today, the government coffers are not being opened up for religious activities, but for facilities and development, so that the citizens of India get access to facilities, which is their right,” says Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the special documentary “Dharohar Bharat Ki – Punuruthan ki Kahaani”, which was aired on Doordarshan on Friday evening.

Doordarshan airs documentary on Modi govt’s cultural achievements

The series traces Modi’s vision and his execution to build new national iconic sites. From Dholavira, the cradle of Indus Valley Civilisation, to Purana Qila, where India’s repatriated antiquities from abroad have been displayed, the 30-minute film covers it all, traversing Kashi, Ayodhya and Ujjain along the way.

Doordarshan airs documentary on Modi govt’s cultural achievements

After the 2013 floods, everything at Kedarnath was staring at destruction, and people believed the temple would not be resurrected again. In the same year, demands for the temple to be rebuilt were ignored by the Centre, the film says, adding that it was only in 2014 when Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister that people once again hoped it would be possible.

Doordarshan airs documentary on Modi govt’s cultural achievements

On Ayodhya, there is only one purpose of the grand Ram Temple being built — to offer Lord Ram his due respect at his birthplace, the film says, showcasing the work-in-progress at the site, after the bhoomi pujan (ground-breaking ceremony) was conducted by Modi in August 2019. “Perhaps, God willed it that this great task would be done at the hands of Modi,” it says about the 2.7-acre temple complex.

The Somnath temple in Gujarat, the first of the 12 jyotirlingas, is highlighted as a story of resilience, as the temple that withstood 17 attempts at destruction in the 11th century at the hands of Mahmud of Ghazni. The temple has now been taken under the Centre’s PRASAD scheme for pilgrimage rejuvenation. Modi says: “The good thing is that all of this has given an impetus to tourism. The new generation is attracted to see India’s ancient heritage in a new light.”

It talks about the concept of Shakti peeth in Hinduism, through Pavagadh in Gujarat, off Vadodara, which is among the 52 shakti peethas in the country, considered a manifestation of Goddess Parvati.

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The two-part series being aired on Doordarshan is anchored by Kamiya Jani. The second part — to be aired on Saturday — will showcase the sanctity of patriotic sites.


The film, which has been in the making for a year, has voice-over by poet-lyricist Manoj Muntashir, and is a collaborative effort of the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. “It will also be showcased on OTT platforms such as JioCinema, and private television channels,” Gaurav Dwivedi, CEO of Prasar Bharati, tells The Indian Express.

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“The idea is to make the nation’s history contemporaneous, and make the citizens feel a sense of connection with these iconic sites,” he adds.