Kumbh Mela 2019 - from the eyes of Kuwaiti visitor Mr Ali Al Sayegh

IIK Staff Reporter
Sunday, April 14, 2019

Kumbh Mela is a mass pilgrimage of faith in which Hindus gather to bathe in a sacred or holy river. This time around India government made it as one of the largest event in the country not only for the religious devotees but also for the large number of foreign tourists. For the first time, a Kuwaiti national was invited to visit this year's Kumbh Mela by the Government of India. Mr Ali AlSayegh, Chairman of Lemonade International, which markets the popular community portal IndiansinKuwait.com shares his exclusive experiences at Kumbh Mela for the readers of IIK.



"The Kumbh Mela was a wonderful and absolutely, once in a lifetime experience, which I will treasure forever!" Mr Ali Alsayegh said. He was invited by the Indian government to visit India and participate in Vishwa Sahabhagita Programme in Kumbh 2019 at Prayagraj during February 21-23, 2019. It was a familiarization trip sponsored by Government of India to give better idea about India's one of the largest event "Kumbh Mela". Selected delegates from several countries attended the event where the India government arranged all visa and other facilities for the guests.



"I was very much impressed by the cleanliness of the place and the entire event which was very well organized ", Mr Ali Alsayegh said. The 3 days stay in India consisted of official programs and sightseeing. We received a very warm welcome in India starting from the New Delhi airport. We were divided into groups which were named after the Indian Rivers during our stay. First day we got to know of Kumbh Mela through a Talk on Kumbh and Screening of Documentary "Kumbh: Eternal Journey of Civilization". It was a well-organized event and we came to know the background of this prestigious event, Mr Ali said. On the second day the group travelled to Prayagraj where they visited Akshayavat - the Ancient Banyan Tree, Sangam Nose etc. “It was all very beautiful for the eyes,” he said.



"On that day evening we were taken for a Cultural Program, which we really enjoyed", Mr Ali said. We enjoyed the mesmerizing Indian culture at its best there, he added. It was a kind of experience which gives a chance to know India and its rich treasure of a unique culture and its mix of multi ethnicity, he said. The entire event at Uttar Pradesh was very well managed by the India government. We visited several places which were absolutely clean and all arrangements for people was good and secure.



Next day was a very proud moment as I could meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Madam Sushma Swaraj. "It was a great honor to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and get a chance to have a photo session with him" Mr Ali said. They were all very cordial and friendly with us.



There were people from many other countries and it was also wonderful experience to get to know about other delegates, so many wonderful people from all around the world. “Truly it was a great experience to be at Kumbh Mela and to witness this great spiritual holiday in India”, concluded Mr Ali Alsayegh.



Mr Ali AlSayegh had previously visited several places in India including New Delhi, Jaipur and Coorg in Karnataka.


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Vijaya Nair
Monday, April 29, 2019
The decision to commemorate Pravasi Bharatiya Divas had come much in the anticipatory event of the year 2019 where planning and execution demanded a huge role in the setting of its successful event. The central theme of this event has always been the role of Indian diaspora constructing Free and New India. The motto behind the event has always served the people to be connected with the roots and thereby leading them to be an incessant inmate to the happenings in the Government of India. The event kicked off on 21st January 2019 and the delegates all around the globe had gathered to participate in “Kumba Mela” and “Republic Day celebration in New Delhi”.

The days were an attractive site for the visitors as well as the delegates around the globe to get together under one roof. The cordial reception of the delegates at the airport and the logistics rendering of service to the dignitaries proved the efficacy of the officers. The warm greetings from the locals of the city stemmed out warmth and cozy invitation to the arrived guests. The total clearance of beggars and dirt in the city added an additional surprise to the invitees. The police stretched the equal amount of gentleness and care towards citizens and delegates. The liaison officers showed the immediate attention on the sick and needy.
There were some fundamental precautionary measures, which failed the attention of the government.
• Devoid of sanitation facilities.
• Inadequate facility of washroom for the senior citizens and unhygienic surrounding of the same.
• Improper management of appropriate food for NRI’s which caused the problems related to health and resulted in the wastage of food.

Despite the flaws, Kumba Mela proved its smooth functioning with the desirable.

The guests were received warmly at Prayagraj and visit of the Honourabl Minister Dr Gen. VK Singh left a lasting impression of beautiful memory and made us to be at home. The train helped us to carry some unforgettable memory but the happiness lasted only until the time we reached Delhi where the arrivals were denied with the proper facility to reach the destination.

The areas to be improved:
• Three days program schedule and timings was not informed to the delegates well in advance as some were put to miss the session.
• The change in flow chart and agenda were not put up properly.
• The venue was not informed to the gatherers with the proper signboards.
• The necessity of telephone recharging and information booths were not set up.
• As many delegates are new to the visitation of the venue, the guidance for a proper channeling was null.
• The meeting with the ministers took place effectively but the lack of security management was seen.
• Many delegates missed to capture the moments, which they deserved.

The areas what the delegates missed in the event:
• Failed to have a glimpse of the exhibition
• Missed to capture the record-breaking event
• The statement that more Paravasi to visit Varanasi
• Expectant secular theme in next Paravasi 2021.
• The assessment allotted for NRI’s contribution award was not stated properly.

NRI’s were not given due respect by placing them in the front seats. They left to be totally neglected in the event. Embassy failed its mission to delegate staff to the venue. Delegates were not seated according the nations they reside in. The previous year’s winners were not given proper seats of honor. The scheme allotted for NRI was not discussed and the interaction with the PM was not facilitated. The benefits that come from NRI was not discussed.

It felt more apt to concentrate on NRI, as they are the promoters of India’s global exchange. It could be advisable to invest the crores spent for this event in the place for NRI scheme and pension scheme.
Some major issues, which had to have taken place during discussion, were failed.
The overall event of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas-2019 fetched a far-reaching vision and memories among the gatherers that included the locals and Pravasi delegates of the day. On behalf of Telangana Jagruthi Kuwait Team with the utmost heartful of gratitude, We offer our thanks to Honorable Prime Minister of India-Sri Narendra Modiji for his vision and mission being executed in India. I stretch our thanks to the amazing work contributed by UP police and ministers. Our part of thanks is also extended to the liaison officers and Indian Embassy Kuwait for their untiring support and whole hospitality.



Reshmi
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Very well said Mr.Richard..India is changing Nice article Indiansinkuwait..

Jay
Thursday, April 25, 2019
@Suresh Jangrid perfectly fits the criteria of a blind bhakth. He has overlooked the achievement and efforts of hundreds of others and given the entire credit to one guy

LD Sharma
Monday, April 15, 2019
Kumbh Mela was entirely organised by the Government of Uttar Pradesh and not Government of India.

Suresh Jangid
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Correctly said by @Richard.. I would sum up in one sentence - Modi hai toh Mumkin hai

Richard
Sunday, April 14, 2019
This kind of an organised gathering in a place like India requires meticulous planning and organisation. Hats off to the Indian PM and UP CM, without whom this would never have been possible. India is changing for sure.

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