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After Ramayan and Mahabharat, now Shri Krishna to return on DD

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New Delhi: Public service broadcaster Prasar Bharati Thursday announced a re-run of the mythological show Shri Krishna on Doordarshan.

The move comes after Prasar Bharati decided to re-telecast Mahabharat and Ramayan following people’s demands during the nationwide lockdown.

Prasad Bharati CEO Shashi Shekhar also confirmed the news and said the broadcast was “coming soon”.

Shri Krishna is an Indian television epic series which showcases the life of Lord Krishna, who is worshipped as the eighth incarnation of Hindu god Vishnu. The most basic source of Krishna’s mythology can be sourced back to the epic Mahabharata.


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On public demand

A majority of Indians are being forced to observe quarantine to avoid transmission of the highly contagious novel coronavirus. In light of this nationwide lockdown, there has been a public demand to air these mythological series on Doordarshan.

Twitter users demanded a re-run of film director Ramanand Sagar’s Shri Krishna, which was first aired in 1996 on Doordarshan.

Prior to this, Prasar Bharati also ran a re-telecast of Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan, which was first aired in 1987 on Doordarshan. This series was based on the Hindu epic Ramayana believed to have been written by Valmiki around 300 BCE. A poem, it traces Hindu deity Rama’s journey.

Film director B.R. Chopra’s Mahabharata, which was first aired in 1988 on Doordarshan, was also re-telecast during the lockdown. Based on Sage Vyasa’s epic, Mahabharat narrates the struggle for ‘sovereignty‘ between the two groups of cousins, the Kauravas and Pandavas.


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Andhra doctor, suspended for alleging PPE shortage, now beaten by cops for ‘creating nuisance’

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Bengaluru: A doctor with a government hospital in Andhra Pradesh, who was suspended for questioning the shortage of PPE kits, was admitted to a mental health facility Sunday, a day after he was allegedly manhandled by the police and arrested for creating nuisance in Visakhapatnam.

Dr Sudhakar Rao, a government civil surgeon, was beaten, his hands tied behind his back and dragged by police officers Sunday. During the incident, Sudhakar allegedly verbally abused the Jagan Mohan Reddy government in an inebriated state. Videos of the incident have since been widely shared online.

“The police control room received a call about a person creating nuisance on Beach Road Hospital in Visakhapatnam. The Fourth Town police was rushed there and found that the person was the suspended doctor, Sudhakar.

“When the police tried to control him, he snatched the mobile phone of an officer and threw it away. He is suffering from mental disorder and he was drunk. He was sent for a medical examination,” Vishakapatnam Police Commissioner R.K. Meena told the media Sunday.

Sudhakar was admitted to a mental hospital Sunday after doctors at the King George Hospital in Vishakapatnam said he suffered from anxiety.

“Since the doctor is in anxiety and talking irrelevant things, I have referred him to a mental care hospital in Visakhapatnam,” said Dr Radha Rani, medical superintendent, King George Hospital.

A statement released by the hospital said: “Dr Sudhakar was brought to the KGH casualty ward at 6.30 pm. From the smell, it was found that he was in a drunk condition. Under the influence of alcohol, he did not cooperate with anybody there and kept abusing all. Still, his pulse, BP were checked. Pulse was 98, BP 140/100. Blood samples were sent to forensic lab to ascertain alcohol content in his blood.”


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‘Treatment towards Sudhakar was inhuman’

Sudhakar, who spent more than 10 years at the Narsipatnam Government Hospital in Andhra Pradesh, was suspended from his duties in March after he openly criticised the Reddy government for failing to provide PPE kits and N95 masks to doctors treating Covid-19 patients.

He had alleged that the state government was giving N95 masks and PPE kits meant for doctors to politicians and the police.

A video of Sudhakar criticising the government was also shared widely. In the clip, he can be heard saying: “We are putting our lives at risk here. We are asked to use the same mask for 15 days and a fresh mask will be provided only twice a month.”

Speaking to ThePrint, Dr P. Gangadhar Rao, member of the National COVID Committee of the Indian Medical Association, said the manner in which Sudhakar was manhandled by the police was “inhuman” and “violated” human rights.

“We strongly condemn the way he was taken into custody. He was not carrying a weapon, he was alone, the number of policemen outnumbered him. Why treat him like that? We also saw a video where a policeman beats him with a lathi,” said Dr Gangadhar.

He added that Rao was one of the most experienced anaesthetists the Andhra Pradesh government had.

“Our next step of action is to get Sudhakar to write an unconditional apology for having used filthy language, abusing the chief minister and the government. We will then take our appeal to the CM seeking that he be reinstated,” Gangadhar said.


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