11082017-JTR-01.qxd 8/11/2017 1:13 AM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 11 AUGUST 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Aadhaar seeding Victory of human spirit Back with a bang The administration has launched a drive to get 100 per cent seeding of Aadhaar card in the district. P2 A Class VIII girl recalls how Hindus and Muslims protected each other during partition. Preetika Rao is all set to hit the small screen again. FORECAST P3 P4 CLOUDY | MAX 35°C MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C MIN 27°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 7.09 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 5.47 AM The ordeal and pain are still fresh in the mind Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 10 Donning a white kurta pyjama, a pen in his pocket, an Urdu newspaper placed on the table to his left, which he just finished reading, Sardari Lal (85) says he only reads Urdu newspaper, the language which he learnt in Sialkot, now in Pakistan. The mention of Sialkot suddenly brought back the memories of Partition. The pain from which he went through and the agony which he faced popped up in his mind and his relaxed demeanour suddenly vanished and sadness came to his eyes. Lal, who is an ex-MC councilor, says he left Sialkot with his parents and uncles and experienced this tragedy at the tender age of 16. “I can never forget that place where I was born and that moment when I left it, I was very young,” Lal says with a heavy voice. After a small pause, he continues, “When we boarded a train from Pakistan and reached Badami Bagh of Lahore, the train was attacked by miscreants, but the military that was along with us guided us to safety.” “And the moment the train crossed Wagah Border, people celebrated by shouting in happiness and hugging each other. We were happy that at least we were safe at that moment,” remembers Lal. The journey after reaching here was also not so easy. Lal says when he reached Jalandhar, the name of the place was not even known to him. “Asi ik desh to doosre desh aaye si, kuch nahee pata si ki kithe jana hai, kithe rehna hai, ki khana hai, oh time kadi nahee bhul sakda” (We had shifted from one country to another, we didn’t know where we were, where to stay and what to eat, I will never forget those times) Danger on road When they saw Indian flag “We were made to stay in a camp where I remember that our nation’s flag and only one tent was installed,” said Lal. “We felt relaxed and confident to see our flag, but all the people were made to stay under one tent,” he smiles. Sipping tea, Lal said they did not sleep for the whole time in the tent and they did not even eat. “They used to give us chickpeas (“chane”) and we would run to eat.” As he came out of the thinking mode, he said he felt that today’s generation would never understand the problems people had to face then. “You all are lucky that you are born in present times, only we know what we went through,” Lal says while keeping aside the cup of tea. After living in camps in Burlton Park, he said that all Molestation case Jalandhar: The Sadar police on Thursday rounded up a 35-yearold man for allegedly molesting a 12-year-old girl. The girl, staying near his rented accommodation, got pregnant and was in her second semester. The victim, being small, did not reveal anything to her parents and was continuously getting sexually molested by the tenant hailing from Bengal. It was only after the victim’s parents felt changes in her body that they consulted a doctor who later informed them about her pregnancy. The police have registered a case and started investigation into the matter. people got shifted in the quarters in Bhargo Camp that were especially got built by the government for the people who came here after Partition. “They really came as a relief, and then I started my work here in 1950 of manufacturing surgical instruments, and things eventually fell in place,” he said. From riches to rags “Once I was coming back from work and found that an ice-cream vendor was arguing with a man who had stolen his spoon after eating the ice cream,” he said. The man initially denied and afterwards, he accepted and cried that he had stolen the spoon. “Voh aadmi crorepati tha, yahan par ek chammach ke liye chori ki, ye alam tha us waqt,” says Lal before signing off. SNIPPETS Events, seminar on Deworming Day Sardari Lal, who endured Partition, in Jalandhar. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH National Deworming Day was observed at various schools in Jalandhar and Kapurthala districts on Thursday. Students were administered tablets. P2 Braid-chopping: More cases crop up in city Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Iron rods, loaded on a rickshaw, pierced into a car’s front windowpane in Jalandhar. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Jalandhar, August 10 The mystery behind the braid-cutting incidents has deepened, with more cases coming to light in the city today. Thirty-six-year old Dinesh Kumar’s hair were chopped off mysteriously at his house in the Dakoha area. According to him, he felt some uneasiness and later got unconsciousness. When he regained consciousness, he found a portion of his hair lying on floor. In another incident, a woman’s braid was chopped off at her house. The victim said she was lying on her bed and suddenly felt as if someone was pulling her hair. When she informed about this to her husband sitting nearby, he saw her chopped off hair lying on the floor. Sources, meanwhile, wondered whether it was an act of an evil spirit. But why only middle-aged and illiterate women are becoming the sole target of the “mysterious” braid cutter? Though some cases of children and men too were reported in various parts of the country, the number is almost negligible. Dr Smita Vasudev, a psychologist in the city, said, “These are purely cases of human involvement in which some people have fallen victim to the hatred of their close associates. Various reasons like inner house conflict, social stigma of some kind, personal preferences over one’s looks and even anger on some issue can be some of the reasons behind such incidents.” She added that while in certain cases some victims have confessed to having done it of their own, some have become victims to the “malevolence” of their near and dear ones. The Tribune spoke to people across social strata and found that while some of A braid-cutting victim in Civil Hospital, Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO them were feeling conscious and panicky about the issue, a majority were laughing at it. Saloni (14) said a similar incident of hair chopping was shown in a series of episodes of a famous thriller serial on a national network TV in May. “I remember a person ‘Ustara Man’ used to chop off hair of corrupt people with his razor. It seems that someone has got an idea from this and has initiated a chain reaction,” said Saloni, laughing away at the mass hysteria created in society. The serial was based on the concept of ‘Charlie’s Angels’ and is an action thriller. However, according to Dr Vasudev, the victims’ mental health is a real cause of Continued on page 2 Cong councillor booked for mishandling media Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 10 The police today registered a case against Congress councillor Surinder Kaur of ward number 58 for allegedly mishandling media representatives who had come to her ward to shoot a report on development works undertaken by her. According to eye-witness- es, the media team was making a film in the area by speaking to area residents when suddenly supporters of the councillor came and snatched the cameras and mikes from reporter. Following this, supporters of both fraternities began to gather on the spot and attacked each other. The police, on getting information, rushed to the spot and controlled the situation. While the media team of local cable channel alleged that their equipment as snatched by the councillor’s supporters, Surinder Kaur, refuting the charges, claimed that only war of words took place between two of them. Initially, the police was adamant not to register a case against the councillor and tried to bring the two groups to a compromise. However, media persons began to lodge a strong protest at the Bhargo camp police station and shouted slogans against the police. It was only after much hue and cry that a case was registered against the councillors. The police have also sought the video clippings shot on the spot to verify the sequence of events. FEEDBACK Jalandhar Tribune invites feedback from its readers on issues of public concern relating to Jalandhar, Phagwara, Kapurthala and the nearby areas. Readers can email their views to jalandhar.feedback@ gmail.com Thunderous applause for ‘Main Se Badh Kar’ Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 10 Arthur Miller’s classic “All My Sons” was revisited in the localised rendition titled “Main Se Badh Kar”, staged by the Yuvaa Theatre group, at the Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya in Jalandhar today. Organised by the Budding Brontes English Literary Society of Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya, the play was designed and directed by Prof Ankur Sharma. Yuvaa marked another first with this outing as it for the first time that a college staged a play in exchange for donation passes duly paid for by students. Before this, all play groups have only held free theatre screenings in Jalandhar. With the eternal militarypolitico discourse in the country centered around the sacrifices of the Army person- Actors in the play “Main Se Badh Kar” in Jalandhar on Thursday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH nel, giving Arthur Miller’s classic a new viability, especially in view of the present Indian context, the play once again brought to fore the theme of the havoc wreaked by capitalist mindsets for whom – contrary to propa- ganda – a soldier’s life sells for a pittance compared to monetary gains. However, when that very capitalist mindset claims the life of someone closer home, one’s own demons come back to haunt them. In the story, an industrialist (Dhanraj Kapoor), responsible for supplying defective cylinders for army planes, frames his partner-neighbour friend (Avinash Khurana) for the fiasco, while himself pretending he had pneumonia c m y b on the ill-fated night. Concomitantly, one of his (two) sons, Tejas is reported missing on the front and another (Dhairya) is busy fighting on the front. While Dhanraj’s wife Maya holds onto the precious memory of her son hoping he is still alive, Dhairya and Tejas’ fiance (Ananya) are keen to move on towards matrimony despite Maya’s assertive insistence that Ananya should wait for Tejas. As Ananya’s brother turns up at the house enraged at Kapoor’s (Dhanraj) betrayal against his father, skeletons tumble out of the cupboard one by one as Ananya also eventually produces the last letter sent by Tejas to her and eventually reveals his father’s sending of faulty cylinders to the army – which ended up claiming the lives of 21 soldiers and claimed Tejas’ life. Continued on page 2 UFV (Abbotsford) Bachelor of Computer Information System SENECA (Toronto) Bachelor of Commerce & Bachelor of Business Management
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