As the name suggests, the objective of Our Platforms is to raise the voice of the common man. The website is a part of ‘Samarpan Society’ which is active in the field of education and welfare of the people. Presenting the news does not serve any purpose until we give it a different angle, precisely when it comes to exposing the root cause of the problem. That said, we don’t believe in making the news sensational; something which has become increasingly common with the launch of 24-hour news channels.
Our Platforms is launched with an aim to provide both Allahabad city news and views. We will ensure that full attention is given to the events, which often do not find a place in newspapers and channels because of their lesser sale value. Our team of investigative journalists will dig out the suppressed news and we will show their importance to you. Besides the coverage of the current news and events, we will investigate the functioning of government-run schemes and expose the corrupt officials, politicians and contractors.
Spirituality— mixed with vibrant political nature, creativity and careless culture of Allahabad differentiates it from the other cities. Anyone who comes to Allahabad easily adopts the habit of boasting. Coffee Houses and tea stalls are the favorite hangout places of people where long hours are spent on discussions on different topics, including world politics, movies and much more.
Allahabad is also called Prayag, the king of all pilgrimages. People from all parts of the country and foreign countries visit Sangam, the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati. The Kumbh, Ardhkumbh and annual Magh Mela are organized here and crores of people attend these events.
The city has been a major center of education since pre-independence and excelled in all fields of education, including Arts and Humanities, Science or Technology and Literature. Allahabad Central University popularly called Oxford of the East has produced a number of great scholars who have proved their mettle, worldwide. The city has modern institutes like IIIT, MNNIT, Medical College, NASI, besides two deemed universities, an open university and also a number of good private colleges. Students from all parts of the country and abroad come here for pursuing higher studies. The city has also earned a reputation of producing civil servants. Students from all parts of the country could be seen here preparing for most coveted IAS and PCS exams.
With passage of time the social-economic situation of the city has changed and so has its infrastructure. The work for metro rail has been initiated with survey of routes completed. Construction of five over bridges will also start. It is gradually developing into an important business center with more and more commercial and business establishments coming up in the city. Malls like Big Bazaar, PVR, Vishal Megamart, Kolkata Bazar and restaurants KFC, McDonald, Pizza Hut, Haldiram, are changing the habits of people. Apart from the High Court, the city is also well known for its head offices of many departments including Police Head Quarters, AG Office, Excise, North Central Railways, Public Service Commission, Revenue Board etc.
Well Known Faces
The revolutionary youth of Allahabad has always made an impact, be it in the pre-independence era or after independence from Colonial rule and in formation of modern India. The soil of Allahabad produced country’s first Prime Minister Pt Jawaharlal Nehru.
Indira Gandhi, VP Singh, Chandrashekhar and other political stalwarts like ND Tiwari, Madan Lal Khurana, Murli Manohar Joshi, HemwatiNandanBahuguna, and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi also hail from this land of rich cultural heritage. Founder of BHU, Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, renowned lawyer and former central law minister Shanti Bhushan and lawyer Prashant Bhushan also belong to Allahabad.
This column will be incomplete if we forget to mention poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan and his son superstar Amitabh Bachchan. At-least every locality of Allahabad boasts of having a writer of national and international fame. Hollywood blockbuster Slumdog Millionaire was based on the novel of Vikas Swarup who also belongs to Sangam City.
Presently the Uttar Pradesh cabinet has four ministers from Allahabad including Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh, Minister of Stamps Nand Gopal Gupta and WCD Minister Dr Rita Bahuguna Joshi.
Having a population of around 60 lakh, the district is divided in three parts—City, trans-Ganga and trans-Yamuna. Jhunsi and Naini have now become the suburbs of the city and are bustling with commercial activities. Educational Institutes, Housing Groups and small factories have mushroomed here in the last few years.
Trans-Yamuna areas of Bara, Ghoorpur, Shankargarh, Meja, Koraon of the district are infamous for illegal mining of sand, silica sand and stone quarries. Poverty reigns in these rocky areas, which are home to a large population of quarry workers and sand mining labourers.
Situation is comparatively better in trans-Ganga where farmers often produce surplus crops. The district borders Madhya Pradesh while Kaushambi, Pratapgarh, Bhadohi, Jaunpur, Chitrakut are its adjoining districts. Allahabad comprises of 12 legislative assemblies and three Loksabha seats; making the district politically active, throughout the year.
Our Platforms is the brainchild of renowned Mumbai based surgeon Dr Rajiv Chandra whose long time wish was to give a platform to the voice of common man. Dr Chandra wanted to highlight the issues, which affect the life of people but are seldom discussed by mainstream media. Dr Chandra completed his MBBS and MS from prestigious Banaras Hindu University and he runs Asha Hospital in the Navi Mumbai area. Dr Chandra remains in touch with many social organizations working for the poor and marginalized sections of the society.
Our Office is at Lukarganj, around one kilometer from the Allahabad Junction. The address is 315 A Lukarganj (close to the police outpost). If you are interested in working with us you can send us your stories and news pieces on our email- firstname.lastname@example.org. It is not a problem if you are new; we will take care of the errors and grammatical mistakes, if any. Just remember to attach the photographs related to your story.
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