Gujarat shines on chess board with a world record

Published By : Admin | December 24, 2010 | 05:01 IST

It was a moment of pride for Gujarat when Guinness Book adjudicator Ms. Tarika announced a new world record in the name of Gujarat. Much-awaited historic event took place at GMDC ground here where 20000-odd players played chess all at same time at same venue. Record certificate was handed over to Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi, a brain who engineered this mega event.

Whats more for sprouting chess stars when chess guru and India’s own world chess champion Vishwanathan Anand himself was there showing various chess moves to them in the presence of the State Chief Minister.

As many as 20,486 players were selected to play for this sporting bonanza arranged jointly by Youth and Cultural Activity Department, NIIT and Gujarat State Chess Association. The troop of players also included about 140 visually challenged players. The world-record earlier was with Mexico, who won it in 2006 with 13,346 players playing chess simultaneously.

Chief Minister while congratulating the players said that India had 299 world records in its account and with today’s record the count has reached to 300. Chief Minister also mentioned about Gujarat’s recent pattern where it has captured record after records with the events like mammoth tree plantation program, Khel Mahakumbh having 14-lakh players, 50-lakh people reading inspirational books in one hour, Tana-Riri at Vadnagar and others. He also appealed the players present to prepare five more players in the game of chess and thus create a pool of one lakh chess players in the state.

Shri Anand said that Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi had originally envisaged this event a year back. He said that he is happy to see this historic event actually taking place, a sure one to earn pride for Gujarat.

Youth and Cultural Activities Minister Shri Fakirbhai Vaghela said that chess is a brain game and that this event was organized with a view to inculcate sporting spirit among the youth of Gujarat.

Revenue Minister Smt.Anandiben Patel, Education Minister Shri Ramanlal Vora, NIIT’s Shri Rajendra Pawar, Chief Secretary Shri A.K.Joti, Ahmedabad Mayor Shri Asit Vora, Famous film-star Shri Paresh Rawal, noted stage actor Shri Manoj Joshi and chess players in large numbers were present on the occasion.

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On Wednesday, April 17th, over 10,000 people from different backgrounds gathered at The Art of Living International Centre in Bengaluru for an event called "An Evening of Music and Meditation with Viksit Bharat Ambassadors." The attendees included people from all walks of life, including Art of Living disciples, instructors, professionals, and educated individuals of various ages.

The VBA 2024 event was honoured by the presence of Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living Foundation, who served as the Chief Guest. He spoke about important topics, ranging from the importance of democratic participation to celebrating cultural and religious milestones.

One of the highlights of the evening was the screening of a film showcasing Viksit Bharat's journey and its transformative impact over the past decade.

Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his commitment to governance, adherence to religious customs, and his leadership in fulfilling the aspiration of establishing the Ram Mandir.

Gurudev lauded PM Modi's role in fulfilling a long-standing aspiration of establishing the Ram Mandir, underscoring the emotional significance of celebrating Ram Navami at the birthplace of Bhagwaan Shri Ram after 500 years. He lamented that previous governments did not do enough about it and said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi ended 'politics over Ram Mandir' and turned a centuries-old dream into reality in the shortest possible time.

"Despite historical challenges, Prime Minister Modi's resolute leadership has ensured the timely construction of a magnificent temple. His meticulous attention to detail and personal commitment during the consecration process have set a compelling example for others to emulate," he said.

Witnessing PM Modi's sincere efforts and strict adherence to religious customs, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said that the Prime Minister doesn't believe in superficial things and does everything with a 'clean heart and strong resolve'.

"PM Modi followed the ascetic 11-day Yam Niyam before the Pran Pratistha ceremony of Ram Lalla. He also keeps fast on all nine days of Navratri. By strictly following the Hindu rituals, he has set a benchmark for his successors, and they will have a tough time meeting the standards set by PM Modi," said Ravi Shankar.

"PM Modi has set high governance standards in the last ten years. He doesn't socialize on Sunday; he does 'Mann Ki Baat' with the countrymen. He celebrates Diwali with the jawans on the borders. Whoever becomes his successor in times to come will have to maintain this standard," he said.

Gurudev remarked on the Prime Minister's high standards in governance and urged future leaders to uphold similar dedication and integrity. He emphasized the need for committed leadership to realize the vision of Viksit Bharat, a mission to achieve a developed India by 2047.

"Prime Minister Modi has raised the bar for future leaders by prioritizing duty over personal comfort. His commitment to spending Diwali with the army and engaging in regular public addresses like 'Mann Ki Baat' sets high standards, emphasizing the importance of selfless service and echoing the ideals of Lord Ram. This places significant challenges on future prime ministers, who must uphold these standards to advance India's development," he said.

"To set ourselves on the path of development, we have to unite our efforts and inculcate a positive mindset. You can't become a Viksit Bharat Ambassador unless you are eager and inspired to attain it. To achieve this mission, everyone should come together and contribute to it," he said.

Addressing the audience, Gurudev called on first-time voters to recognize their role as active participants in shaping the nation's future. He encouraged them to vote with a sense of responsibility and optimism, stressing that every vote contributes to the country's progress.

"You should think about yourself as an active participant of the vibrant democracy and vote with a positive mindset that your vote has the power to give direction to the country's growth," he said.

He appealed to first-time voters not to get discouraged and disoriented by local issues but to vote to take Bharat to new heights.

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