Friday, October 23, 2020
Home News Reports Read about the four stalwarts nominated to the Rajya Sabha by the President of...

Read about the four stalwarts nominated to the Rajya Sabha by the President of India

President of India Ramnath Kovind has nominated 4 people for the Rajya Sabha today. The stalwarts nominated are Sonal Mansingh, Rakesh Sinha, Ram Shakal and Raghunath Mohapatra. According to article 80 of the constitution of India, from the total 250 members of the Rajya Sabha, 12 are nominated by the President of India. The nominated persons are usually people who have made their mark in the fields of literature, science, art and social service.

Here are some details about these 4 people and their contribution to the Indian society:

Sonal Mansingh:


Born in 1944, Sonal Mansingh learned Manipuri and Bharatnatyam as a child. She went to Bangalore to learn Bharatnatyam when she was 18. Mansingh has degrees in Sanskrit and German literature. She learned Odissi from Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra and has been performing professionally since she was 18. She is one of the greatest names associated with Bharatnatyam and Odissi world-wide. She is the founder of the Centre for Indian and Classical Dances (CICD) in Delhi and has many honorary doctorates from renowned Indian Universities for her contribution to classical dance.

Sonal Mansingh was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1992 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2003, making her only the second Indian classical dancer after Balasaraswati to receive India’s second highest civilian honour. Known for her legendary ‘abhinaya’ (expression) style, Mansingh has experimented with several dance forms like Chhau, Kuchipudi etc. Her performances are inspired by mythology and Indian traditions. She is also an illustrated speaker and ardent admirer of Indic art forms.

Rakesh Sinha:

courtesy: Aaj Tak

Professor Rakesh Sinha is a renowned author and columnist. Born in rural Bihar in 1964, he is an alumnus of Delhi’s Hindu College. A professor at the Motilal Nehru college under Delhi University, he is the founder of the think tank India Policy Foundation and also a member of Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR). He is the author of the biography of RSS founder Dr Hedgewar and often writes for several newspapers and magazines. A renowned journalist and political analyst and speaker, Professor Sinha is the author of several highly acclaimed research papers on social and political issues and has received awards and recognition for his works.

He created ripples in the political circles after his research papers and speeches over the Sachar Committee report. He termed the Sachar Committee report objectionable and stated that it is unconstitutional and secessionist. A vocal critique of appeasement politics and anti-Hindu secularism practised by many Indian politicians, professor Sinha is a regular face in political debates and has a larger number of followers on social media.

Ram Shakal:

courtesy: Amar Ujala

55-year-old Ram Shakal is a Dalit leader and campaigner for farmer’s rights. He has represented the Robertsganj constituency 3 times as an MP in the Lok Sabha. He hails from the Baiswar community. The community has members in Madhya Pradesh too. He has been a popular leader who has fought for the rights and socio-economic growth of farmers, labourers and migrant workers. An alumnus of Gorakhpur University Ram Shakal has been associated with public work and social service for four decades.

Raghunath Mohapatra:

courtesy: Dsource.in

Sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra is a household name in Odisha. The 75-year-old artist learned ancient ‘Shilpa Shashtra’ from palm leaf scriptures and is known as one of the very few sculptors in the country with knowledge of traditional style stone carving in temple architecture. He is a direct descendant of the great architects who had carved the sun temple at Konark and Jagannath temple in Puri.

Shilpakar Mohapatra has been working since 1959 and has trained over 2000 students in the intricacies of the art. He has also worked on the renovation projects of the Jagannath temple and other ancient temples in Odisha. He was appointed as the President of the Odisha Lalit Kala Academy in 2016. He was awarded the Padmashree in 1975 and the Padma Bhushan in 2001. He was nominated by the Ministry of External Affairs as a member of the Indian Council of Cultural Research in 2000. He has been the senior instructor and superintendent in the handicraft training design centre run by the Government of Odisha.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

OpIndia Staffhttps://www.opindia.com
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Related Articles

Trending now

US Senate Committee on Judiciary approves subpoenas for Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg asking them to testify over allegations of censorship

The senate approved the subpoenas in a 12-0 vote after both Facebook and Twitter censored a New York Post report on Joe Biden

Remembering Lalu’s Jungle Raj in Bihar: When an IAS officer’s wife was raped for two years by an RJD leader

During Lalu's Jungle Raj in Bihar, IAS Officer BB Vishwas's wife Chamba Biswas was raped for 2 years by RJD leader Mrityunjay Yadav

“Your outrage against Hinduphobic content on OTT platforms may actually be fuelling more such content”- Here is what an industry insider says

OTT platforms are not hit if a movie or a series if boycotted for Hinduphobic content as people have already paid for subscription

No, India Today, Katrina Kaif in yellow saree for Navratri is not offensive to Hindus, this is where you got it wrong

India Today tries to be holier than thou while trying to paint Hindus as trolls over Eros Now's vulgar Navratri posts

CM Yogi distributes relief amount of Rs 113.21 crore among the flood-affected farmers in Uttar Pradesh

CM Yogi distributed the relief amount to the flood-affected farmers in 19 districts of the state by online transaction.

‘Mughal Prince Tucy’ lashes out on AIMIM’s Asaduddin Owaisi, calls him ‘Bewakoof, and Gadha’

Prince Tucy said that when the people of Hyderabad are dealing with horrific floods, MP Asaduddin Owaisi is busy doing poll campaign in Bihar.

Recently Popular

France: Charlie Hebdo cartoons projected on government building to express solidarity with deceased teacher who was beheaded by Islamic terrorist

Days after the barbaric beheading of teacher Samuel Paty on the streets of Paris by a terrorist for showing the cartoons of Prophet Mohammad to his students, support continues to pour in for the deceased teacher.

Eros Now apologises for publishing vulgar Hinduphobic content on Navratri

After netizens outraged over vulgar posts on Navratri, Eros Now issued an apology.

Lucknow: Jama Mazar caretaker ‘Kale Baba’ caught running sex racket, video goes viral

The caretaker has allegedly confessed to police that he was sexually exploiting women and engaging them in illicit activities in the name of curing infertility and other ailments.

Remember Sheena Bora case? Param Bir Singh was the IG of Konkan range, the site where her body was dumped

Param Bir Singh knew that Sheena Bora was missing. He had asked Rahul Mukerjea to file a 'missing persons' report. Sheena, however, was never reported as 'missing'.

No, India Today, Katrina Kaif in yellow saree for Navratri is not offensive to Hindus, this is where you got it wrong

India Today tries to be holier than thou while trying to paint Hindus as trolls over Eros Now's vulgar Navratri posts

“Islam is in crisis all over the world” and all the other things the French President said

Earlier this month, the French President Emmanuel Macron took the stage at city hall in the Paris suburb of Les Mureaux to deliver one of the most consequential speeches of his career.
- Advertisement -

US Senate Committee on Judiciary approves subpoenas for Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg asking them to testify over allegations of censorship

The senate approved the subpoenas in a 12-0 vote after both Facebook and Twitter censored a New York Post report on Joe Biden

Complaints filed against Eros Now and Arré for vulgar social media posts related to Navratri

Both Eros Now and Arre had published social media posts linking Navratri festival with sex and vulgarity

Chhattisgarh police file FIR against video journalist who had reported on farmer protests based on an allegedly edited video

Video journalist Manish Soni had reported about the plight of farmers whose paddy crops were ruined due to anti-encroachment drive

Reducing Navratri to ‘mating dance’, comparing Holi with terrorism— how the Indian media has turned Hinduphobic

After Eros Now posted series of vulgar messages associated with Navratri, far-left site Arre posted a Hinduphobic tweet on Durga puja

Remembering Lalu’s Jungle Raj in Bihar: When an IAS officer’s wife was raped for two years by an RJD leader

During Lalu's Jungle Raj in Bihar, IAS Officer BB Vishwas's wife Chamba Biswas was raped for 2 years by RJD leader Mrityunjay Yadav

“Your outrage against Hinduphobic content on OTT platforms may actually be fuelling more such content”- Here is what an industry insider says

OTT platforms are not hit if a movie or a series if boycotted for Hinduphobic content as people have already paid for subscription

Mumbai Police threatens Republic TV executive editor with imprisonment for refusing to reveal source of Hansa report in TRP scam

Republic TV Executive Editor warned by Mumabi Police that he will be booked under IPC sections 174 and 179 if does not give source of Hansa report

No, India Today, Katrina Kaif in yellow saree for Navratri is not offensive to Hindus, this is where you got it wrong

India Today tries to be holier than thou while trying to paint Hindus as trolls over Eros Now's vulgar Navratri posts

UP: Police find conversion of over 200 people to Buddhism fake, people were asked to sign conversion papers disguised as govt scheme

After reports of 236 Valmiki community members converting to Buddhisim, police find no evidence of conversion in Karehra village

Lucknow: Jama Mazar caretaker ‘Kale Baba’ caught running sex racket, video goes viral

The caretaker has allegedly confessed to police that he was sexually exploiting women and engaging them in illicit activities in the name of curing infertility and other ailments.

Connect with us

245,563FansLike
466,099FollowersFollow
18,800SubscribersSubscribe