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JUMBOO SAVARI REHEARSAL HELD TODAY

Mysore, Oct. 1- Three days ahead of the Dasara Jumboo Savari, a rehearsal was held today at the Palace premises with 11 elephants participating, led by Arjuna, the bearer of Golden Howdah weighing 750 kgs.

However, during the rehearsal, Arjuna carried a wooden replica of the golden howdah.

The rehearsal began from the Varaha Gate at 8.10 am with Naupath Aane, Nishani Aane, Kumki Aane along with the Police Band playing the tune of “Saare jahaan se achha Hindustan Hamaara…” The elephants were designated their positions to be taken during the grand finale procession to be held on Oct. 4.

The rehearsal procession was supervised by CAR DCP Shivanna and DCF V. Karikalan, who offered floral tributes to the jumbos from a specially erected dais at the Palace premises.

All the rituals involved in the procession were followed, including the firing of cannons as Gun Salute and platoons of KSRP, CAR, Mounted Police an...more

     Special Coverage   
   Asian Games-2014
   Jaya’s Bail Plea adjourned to Oct. 7
   For a week-long grand Dasara holiday, think of Mysore as nodal point
   Foreign tourists get a taste of Mysore royalty
   Environmentalist Prof. K.B.Sadanand no more
   ‘Indian Ocean’ rocks at Yuva Dasara
   Jugalbandi of maestros at Mysore Palace
   95-year-old to lead Gorava dance in Jumboo Savari
 


KASHMIR ISSUE ACCORDING TO NATWAR SINGH

Kashmir is the albatross round the neck of every Prime Minister who came to office after Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, our first Prime Minister. This is Nehru’s legacy, despite the opinion held by historians that modern India is Nehru’s creation.

Following the death of the first Deputy Prime Minister of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel rather too early after Independence in the year 1950, Nehru stalked the Indian subcontinent like a colossus for nearly 17 years. No wonder Natwar Singh says in his autobiography ‘One Life Is Not Enough’ that “it is often said that Sardar Patel would have made a better Prime Minister.” In retrospect, it seems there is truth in this opinion because if Sardar Patel had lived at least for another five years, he would have put an end to the Kashmir issue pestering India like a chronic disease, nay festering wound. The problem, in fact, is only in the Muslim majority Kashmir Valley and not in Jammu and Ladakh of J&K. More on this later.

I touch upon Kashmir issue as discussed in Natwar Singh’s book because our Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now in America to attend the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) which was earlier addressed by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who went on a Kashmir rant raking up the same old demand for a plebiscite and demanding the UNGA to settle the “core-issue of Kashmir” to bring peace in the region.

Nehru during his early days in office was considered a peace-maker and a staunch opponent of nuclear weapons. A leader of world stature in the third world, guiding the non-alignment movement in a world polarised between USA and Soviet Union. Yet Nehru could not solve Kashmir issue which was his own creation in association with his friend, the then Governor General of India, Lord Mountbatten. If only he had chosen military option rather than the one advised by Mountbatten to go to UN, there would be no Kashmir issue today at all. And our military, even in those early days of independence, was capab...more

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VOICES FROM THE GRASSROOTS: AN UNEQUAL LIFE INDEED...

By Dr. R. Balasubramaniam

As a boy growing up in middle-class Bangalore in the 70s, I could recollect eating out in restaurants on rare occasions when my mother had to travel away from home or when she was sick. Today, it is an accepted fact that most middle and high-income families plan on eating out at least once a week. An evening of eating out for a family of 4 in a not so expensive restaurant in Mysore usually ends up with a bill of around Rs. 1000.

A few weeks ago, I was in conversation with some of my students doing their Master’s programme in a reputed business college. They were sharing their experiences of the campus interviews that they had recently faced and the negotiations that it involved. A few of them felt insulted that the average salary offered was less than a million a year. And most of them grudge paying their domestic helps Rs. 2000 per month.

A woman toiling away in half a dozen homes as a maid once narrated to me her trial as she set about building a 250 square foot house in a suburb of Bangalore. Running from pillar to post to get the Corporation officials to grant her a licence, to negotiating with the many money-lenders for loans at unimaginable rates of interest, to paying the high labour costs to the construction workers were all nightmarish. But in the end, what was gratifying was the fact that she now had her ‘own’ house to live in. That, she mentioned was worth all the trouble she had been through.

Though each of these incidents appears to be discrete and unrelated, what disturbs me is how visible the gap between the rich and the poor in India has been expanding. We are all happy to celebrate the announcement of bullet trains in India or the high speed rail corridors linking Bangalore to Chennai or Ahmedabad to Mumbai; but what about the abysmally poor public transport facilities to the millions of villages which are excluded from our economic mainstream?

If the ...more



 
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