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BRISK START FOR APMC POLLS
Polls seen as pointer to ensuing Nanjangud and Gundlupet Assembly by-elections; Counting of votes on Jan. 18

Mysuru, Jan.16- Peaceful polling is on at seven Taluk Headquarters in the district in which 7,01,353 voters including 1,74,398 women are likely to cast their franchise at 855 polling booths to elect members to seven Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMCs) in the district.

Elections are being held for 'agriculturist' and 'trader' Constituencies in Mysuru, Nanjangud, T. Narasipur, Hunsur, K.R. Nagar, Periyapatna and H.D. Kote APMCs.

While Mysuru and Hunsur APMCs have 14 Constituencies each, other APMCs have 13 Constituencies. The leaders of Congress, JD(S) and BJP are striving to ensure the victory of candidates supported by respective parties.

With 1,37,027 voters, Nanjangud taluk is the biggest APMC in the district and as many as 152 polling centres have been set up, H.D. Kote is the smallest APMC. While Mysuru taluk has 1,11,120 voters, T....more

     Special Coverage   
   BJP team visits drought-hit areas
   Man kills uncle near Malavalli over land feud
   CCTV cameras to be installed in SSLC exam centres
   Classical Kannada Centre will not be shifted from Mysuru: CM
   Bahuroopi International Multilingual Theatre Festival: Fun day for theatre buffs on Sunday
   Expo of posters & photos on growth of theatre
   Maj. Gen. P.C. Thimmaiah promoted as Lieutenant General
   Senior Congress leader B.T. Pradeep no more
   MDJA calendar, diary released
 


OCEAN OF LOVE AND DESERT OF HATE

Caption: A scene from the play ‘Mejnun - Madman in Love’

If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.”

— Johann von Goethe

Since I could not wait for more than one-and-half-hours for the inaugural day show of the play ‘Chitralekhe’ (Kannada) at the Bhoomigeeta mini-theatre at Rangayana’s Bahuroopi International Theatre Festival, I abandoned the challenge and bought the tickets the same evening for an english play with an aspirational title ‘Mejnun - Madman in Love’ for yesterday. The usual spelling we are familiar with about this story of star-crossed lovers in Persian (or was it in Arabic?) is ‘Laila and Majnu.’

The original play is in Uzbek, it being from Uzbekistan, a country bordering Russia, earlier part of Soviet Union. It is 96% Sunni Islam but good people with liberal approach and practice of their religion, full of tolerance to non-Muslims and minority Shia Muslims. No wonder its Constitution provides for freedom of religion.

By the way, interestingly, the word ‘Majnu’ means mad man, probably for that reason an eponymous title is given to the play. The real name of the boy is Qays ibn al-Mulawwah.

This is a one-man show with the message of Universal Love and Tolerance among mankind regardless of race, gender or religion. A noble effort with a sublime message no doubt; but like all one-man shows or even pantomimes, it becomes boring and ennui descends on you. Mercifully, it lasted just about an hour.

As I left the theatre, a thought was troubling me, the thought that despite this kind of effort to propagate peace, understanding, tolerance, brotherhood and love among mankind cutting across race and religion, why the evil of hatred persists and the good of love does not prevail?

It is said that man is always anxious, fretful when evil befalls him and grudging when good befalls him. He...more

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INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK: “THIS IS THE TIME FOR ME TO CORRECT MYSELF AND BE A ROLE MODEL TO THE YOUNGER GENERATION”

Says P.G.R. Sindhia, State Chief Commissioner, Bharat Scouts and Guides

The seven-day 17th National Jamboree of Bharat Scouts and Guides with the theme ‘Together for Better Tomorrow’ was held at Adakanahalli near Nanjangud from Dec. 29, 2016 to Jan 4, 2017. There were many who worked tirelessly for the success of the mega event and it showed when a day after the valedictory function, a few of the elders came and congratulated P.G.R. Sindhia, the State Chief Commissioner, at the Jayachamarajendra Scouts and Guides Bhavan, in Mysuru. There was one aged lady who said, “Very great Sir, no other State has done this. In future you must become the Chief National Commissioner.” The hearts of the people around Sindhia swelled with pride.

Senior journalist N. Niranjan Nikam caught up with Sindhia, the man behind the show, who finally managed to spare time after being totally caught up in the organisation of this mammoth exercise involving 25,000 children for more than a week. He spoke at length about his involvement with the Scouts and Guides, his own life, the challenges of organising an event of this magnitude, the contributions of the Wadiyars, the cooperation he got from the State Government and the local team, and the fact that the Jamboree was almost incident-free, in this free-wheeling and candid interview to Star of Mysore.—Ed

By N. Niranjan Nikam

Star of Mysore (SOM): The seven-day 17th National Jamboree of Scouts and Guides is a stupendous success. You were the driving force behind the mega event. How did this happen?

P.G.R. Sindhia (PGRS): I am very happy that the event was a great success. After the ‘All Faith Prayer’ yesterday (Jan. 4, 2017) all the 25,000 young minds of the country and neighbouring countries who participated in it have to believe in all faiths whether they are Hindus, Muslims,...more



 
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