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12 patriotic web series to binge-watch this Independence Day on OTT



Jeet Ki Zid

New Delhi, Aug 13: Patriotic stories both fictional and real have taken over OTT in recent times. The digital space has created some gripping tales of courage, bravery, and patriotism for the viewers over a period of time.

IANS brings you a collection of 12 patriotic web series to watch this Independence Day:

Jeet Ki Zid

This recent web series is based on the real-life story of a retired Indian Army special forces officer Major Deependra Singh Sengar who was left paralysed waist below during the Kargil War, but his relentless attitude helped him bounce back in life. Directed by Vishal Mangalorkar, Amit Sadh has played the role of Major Deependra. It can be viewed on ZEE5.

The Family Man season 1 and 2

The spy drama follows the story of Srikant Tiwari played by Manoj Bajpayee, who is secretly working as an intelligence officer. While on one hand, his character has to safeguard his country from the terrorists, on another hand, he has to protect his family from the after-effects of his job. The edgy action drama is available on Amazon Prime.

Code M

Army lawyer, Monica Mehra played by Jennifer Winget gets roped in to solve, what seems like an open and shut case, of the death of an army officer and two militant suspects, killed in an encounter. However, as the facts unfold, she realises that the case is way more complex than it appears to be. It also stars Rajat Kapoor, Seema Biswas, and Tanuj Virwani. It is available on ALT Balaji and Zee5.

The Forgotten Army – Azaadi ke Liye

Kabir Khan’s series is based on real-life events. It tells the true stories of the men and women who fought for India’s independence from the British Raj as part of the Indian National Army led by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. It features Vicky Kaushal’s younger brother Sunny Kaushal and Sharvari Wagh in key roles. It can be viewed on Amazon Prime.

Special OPS

The spy action drama is based on the role of Indian intelligence in a series of real-life terror attacks that happened in India in the last 19 years, including the Mumbai 26/11 attacks. It stars Kay Kay Menon, Divya Dutta, Saiyami Kher, Karan Tacker, Vinay Pathak, Muzammil Ibrahim, and many others in key roles. Neeraj Pandey and Shivam Nair have directed the web series, which is available on Disney+ Hotstar.

Avrodh: The Siege Within

With Amit Sadh, Neeraj Kabi in the lead, the show is based on a chapter from ‘India’s Most Fearless’, a book by Rahul Singh and Shiv Aroor and showcases September 2016’s Uri surgical strike. Directed by Raj Acharya, it streams on SonyLiv.

Regiment Diaries

Showcasing first-hand stories of Indian soldiers, this web series tells the tale of the army through interviews and historical footage. Filled with grappling war stories, unique anecdotes and traditions, and strong principles of the army across various regiments, meet the real men at the frontlines up, close and personal. It is available on Sony Liv.

21 Sarfarosh: Saragarhi 1897

A historical drama based on the real-life Battle of Saragarhi fought between Sikh soldiers of the British Indian Army and Pashtun Orakzai tribesmen. The series features a battalion of 21 Sikh soldiers who fight to defend their outpost against an attack by over 10,000 Afghan soldiers. The series stars Mohit Raina as Havildar Ishar Singh along with Mukul Dev as Gul Badshah and Alexx O’Nell as Winston Churchill. It’s streaming on Netflix.

Bose Dead or Alive

This web series is based on Subhash Chandra Bose played by Raj Kummar Rao. The unsolved mysteries from Netaji’s war of independence against the British to his death have been shown in the series. It can be viewed MX Player.

Bard of Blood

The Indian spy thriller revolves around the story of an ex-IIW agent played by Emraan Hashmi. The series is based on the 2015 espionage novel of the same name by Bilal Siddiqi. It stars Kirti Kulhari, Vineet Kumar Singh, Jaideep Ahlawat and Sobhita Dhulipala. It is available on Netflix.

The Test Case

Nagesh Kukunoor directorial follows the story of Captain Shikha Sharma, played by Nimrit Kaur who is the only female in a group of Indian Army officers training to join the Special forces. It also stars Akshay Oberoi, Atul Kulkarni, and Anup Soni in pivotal roles. It is available on ALT Balaji and ZEE5.

POW: Bandhi Yudh Ke

This political thriller series is based on the life of two soldiers who meet their families after being imprisoned for almost 17 years. The plot is loosely based on the Israeli drama ‘Hatufim’. It stars Amrita Puri, Sandhya Mridul, Purab Kohli, Satyadeep Mishra in pivotal roles. It can be viewed on Hotstar.

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Unakoti in Tripura: Where Lord Shiva spent a night on his way to Kashi



Agartala: Colossal sculptures of Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesh, Goddess Durga and many more sculptures carved out of huge mountain are part of the largest open air rock sculpture gallery in India at Unakoti in Tripura.

Tripura is now opening to the world with its rich art, culture, music and heritage as it is being brought about to the people. This magical place is an Ancient Saivite pilgrimage.
Even the name of Unakoti district is derived from Unakoti hills and its Kokborok name is Subrai Khung.

The place hosts an ancient Shaivite place of worship with huge rock reliefs celebrating Shiva. It is the prime tourist spot of Unakoti district in the Kailashar subdivision of Tripura. This Shiva pilgrimage dates back to an unknown era.

There are two kinds of image at Unakoti — rock-carved figures and stone images. Among the rock-cut carvings, the Shiva head and gigantic Ganesha figures deserve special mention. The central Shiva head known as Unakotiswara Kal Bhairava is about 30 feet high including an embroidered head-dress which itself is 10 feet high.

On each side of the head-dress of the central Shiva, there are two full-size female figures – one of Durga standing on a lion and another female figure on the other side. In addition, three enormous images of Nandi are found half-buried in the ground. There are various other stone as well as rock-cut images at Unakoti.

Legend has it that Lord Shiva once spent a night here on his way to Kashi and 99,99,999 gods and goddesses followed him. He had asked his followers to wake up before sunrise and make their way towards Kashi.

Unfortunately, none awoke, except Lord Shiva himself. Before he set out for Kashi alone, he cursed them all to turn into stone. And that is how the site got its name. The place is peaceful and surrounded by lush greenery.
Annual fair Ashokastami Mela is held in the month of April which is visited by thousands of pilgrims from all across.

Another smaller festival takes place in January. The place is around 178 km to the north-east from Agartala district of Tripura and 148 km to the south-east from Silchar district of Assam.

But the site has suffered centuries of neglect causing degradation and loss of considerable scale to the rock art. Since its adoption by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) as a heritage site, the situation has slightly improved, though a lot of work including substantial excavation remains to be undertaken.

The government of India has approached to UNESCO to declare it as a World Heritage Site. The Government of Tripura is also trying to create all kinds of facility for the convenience of pilgrims and tourists.

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Did you know these five waterfalls exists in Tripura! Checkout details 



Agartala: Tripura is well known to people across the country for its natural flora and fauna and historical places like Unakoti and Eastern India’s lone water palace Neermahal.

But, did you know Tripura also has as many as 5 small waterfalls, while many are yet to be discovered by govt and organizations.

However, if you are planning to spend your time chilling out in , these are the five places you can plan your next trip.

These are the waterfalls you can visit when in Tripura.

1)Tayung Tuku Waterfall
2)Dumla Waterfall
3)Saika Tuisoi Waterfall
4)HawaiBari Waterfall
5)Buddha Waterfall

So, are you excited and want to know the location? Follow RiseEast for to know more about these waterfalls and how you can reach them.


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VHP wants Govt to declare Bhagwatgita National Book of India



New Delhi: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) wants to give a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare Srimad Bhagwatgita as the National Book of the country. The VHP has been demanding it from very long and has been working in this regard. Now, some other sections of the society too have started demanding it to be declared as the National Book.

The VHP also wants to hand over a memorandum to ensure security of saints and sages across the country in view of attacks, lynching and murders of sains in the country. Secretary VHP Acharya Radha Krishna Manodi will speak to media on September 30, 2021 in detail on this issue and tell the strategy of the organisation on this.

This is to recall that the then External Affairs Minister Late Sushma Swaraj also demanded that Srimad Bhagwatgita must be declared as National Book of the country way back in 2014. She had said that initiative in this regard has already been taken when Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered Srimad Bhagwatgita to the then US president Barack Obama. She said that just a formal announcement has to be made.

Several other BJP members in the Lok Sabha made a strong plea for declaring Bhagwad Gita as the National book. The issue was raised during zero hour by BJP MP Yogi Adityanath, who is Uttar Pradesh Chief minister at the moment, said the teachings of the Gita have become all the more relevant at a time when the world is concerned over ‘jehadi’ terrorism. Noting that the scripture teaches immortal values and is a guide to humanity. He also wanted that learning of Bhagvad Gita be made part of school curriculum.

Speaking on the occasion of International Bhagvad Gita Mahotsave at Kurukhshetra in 2018 Sushma Swaraj said that Lord Krishna was a great philosopher besides many other qualities attributed to him, but he was a greater psychologist to understand the feelings of Arjuna that he was undergoing at the time of the great war of Mahabharata.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi released one of the interpretations of Srimad Bhagavad Gita on March 9 2021 and said, “We are releasing 11 editions that bring together 20 interpretations of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita. I respectfully salute all the scholars and others for their efforts behind this sacramental work and congratulate them. You have done a great job of making such a huge repository of knowledge accessible to today’s youth and for generations to come.”

The Prime Minister said, “Through the Gita, India has served the entire humanity outside the boundaries of the space and time. The Gita is a treatise that is for the whole world, every creature. It has been translated into so many languages of the world, so many countries are doing research on it and so many scholars of the world are associated with it. It is the Gita that introduced the world to the ideals of India like selfless service. Otherwise, India’s selfless service, our spirit of ‘universal brotherhood ‘, is nothing short of a surprise to many.”

Bhagwatgita is a complete book and it must be declared as the National Book. The VHP will not only give a memorandum but also start a campaign to get this book declared as National Book of India, said the VHP source to the RiseEast.

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