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A.P.J. ABDUL KALAM CALLS FOR CULTURE OF EXCELLENCE

Ignites young minds at the valedictory of SJCE Golden Jubilee celebration

Caption: Former President and Scientist Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (second from left) is seen at the valedictory function of the Golden Jubilee celebration of SJCE in city this morning. Others seen are (from left) Mayor R. Lingappa; Suttur Seer Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji, Education Minister R.V. Deshpande, MLA Vasu and MUDA Chairman K.R. Mohan Kumar.

Mysuru, Mar. 31- There was an unprecedented cheering as he stepped on the dais. His modest appearance, humility and a compassionate smile made an indelible mark on the minds of the young and the old present at the valedictory function of the Golden Jubilee Celebration of Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SJCE) here this morning. Former President of India and Scientist Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s presence on the stage was both emphatic and enigmatic.

In his valedictory address, Dr. Abdul Kalam urged the youth of the country ...more

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   MMC&RI annual convocation held in city
   ‘Those who belittle Sri Rama are perverted’
   Silent protest against Prof. Bhagawan’s utterances against Lord Rama
   Mammoth auto rally against city taxi services
   ‘Rangavani’ flourishes from Central Prison
   Former Guv accuses Congress leaders
   MUDA Chairman K.R. Mohan Kumar goes on inspection-spree
   Boys steal vanity bag of groom’s mother at wedding hall
 


A MEMORABLE JOURNEY ON WHEELS – 5

[Continued from Sunday, 22nd March, 2015]

The parting question I had asked at the end of my part - 4 article was: Why, among animals camel, an ugly, gargantuan, grotesque, desert animal is considered as a symbol of love?

Though we disagreed with the guide who said camel is the symbol of love among animals making me pose the question as above, he convinced us at the end with an explanation that sounded rather skewed wrapped in a spiritual veil. “Camel is an animal that is a symbol of love because though nobody loves the animal, it loves all human beings. Hence, it symbolises pure love,” declared our guide in great flourish, highly amused. We nodded our heads in agreement. It was easy to agree. No personal interest involved !

Back to the luxury of our Royal Rajasthan on Wheels (RROW), we headed to the capital city of Rajasthan, Jaipur — Pink City, City of Polo players, City of Jantar Mantar, City of many living Royals, City of Hawa Mahal, City of Amber Fort and more.

We disembarked at the station to the strains of Shehnai and the usual royal welcome. City was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jaisingh II, hence Jaipur, in 1727 AD. This is my third visit to this city, hence less excitement except when I was asked to mount the elephant to go up the steep road to Amber Fort which I had avoided on earlier two occasions preferring jeep ride instead.

During my first visit to Amber Fort, our guide told us that K. Asif, Director of the famous Hindi film Mughal-e-Azam was inspired by Sheesh Mahal in this fort which is embellished with circular pieces of mirrors in the ceiling and also the walls that reflected the images of the dancers, creating a fantasy world to entertain the king. No guide mentioned of it during my later visits — memory and interest too fade with time, I suppose. The city was painted pink in 1876 to welcome the Prince of Wales and this tradition continues to this day and the city is recognised as the Pink City of India. It has nothing...more

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POINT OF VIEW: LEE DESERVED ALL THE PRAISE HE GOT. BUT HIS IDEA OF PROSPERITY WITHOUT FREEDOM CAN NEVER WIN

By T.J.S. George

The way the world reacted to Lee Kuan Yew's passing away was a measure of the greatness he had achieved as Prime Minister of Singapore. His lifelong disappointment was that he did not have a country big enough to match his vision. He made up by turning Singapore into a world showpiece, marked by efficiency, beauty, cleanliness and absence of perceptible corruption. In his later years he also achieved the status of a philosopher-king whose views were sought by other countries including China. He was an honoured speaker at America's think-tanks.

India's own admiration for Lee Kuan Yew was always out in the open, clinched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision to attend the funeral. Many of our leaders extended a different kind of compliment when they boasted that they would turn this city or that into another Singapore. A momentary political point scored with that bunkum, they went back to the shenanigans that have turned our cities into nightmares.

Occasional shenanigans are unavoidable in running a country in today's world. Lee had had his share. The defining question in all such cases is: Are they aimed at enriching oneself or at achieving national goals? The world evidently judged that Lee's intentions were honourable, hence the graciousness of the accolades showered on him. The New York Times report referred to the International Herald Tribune apologising when libel suits were filed by Lee. But it was too polite to mention its own cancellation of a lunch invitation to Lee in New York in protest against its correspondent being rudely thrown out of Singapore.

Lee's libel suits were numerous and famous. He did not lose one of them. He literally turned prosecution into persecution when lawyer J.B. Jeyaretnam won a seat in Parliament on an opposition ticket which Lee considered an unpardonable offence. He punished the constituency that voted for the oppositionist. Then he chased the MP relentlessly until court orders disq...more



 
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