14042018-JTR-01.qxd 4/14/2018 12:31 AM Page 1 c m y b SATURDAY | 14 APRIL 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Resentment Manto’s play IPL rocks Activists of the Istri Jagriti Manch protest in Jalandhar against rapes taking place in the country. P3 Artistes staged the play "Rishtian Da Ki Rakhiye Na" in Jalandhar. P3 IPL has been going on since so many years now and has clearly enjoyed a large viewership. P6 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 34°C MIN 15°C | YESTERDAY MAX MAX 31.6°C MIN 13.9°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 6.50 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 5.55 AM UNDERVALUED REGISTRIES Revenue Department expedites cases Bonanza ~2.4 cr recovered from a single defaulter, 250 cases decided Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 13 If the district Revenue Department has faced a shortfall of Rs 29 cr on account of stamp duty due to low turnout of applicants, it has made some recoveries in the past few months to cover up the same. The cases under Section 47 A of the Indian Stamp Act which were pending in the court of Additional Deputy Commissionercum-Collector Jalandhar for the past as many as nine years are now being cleared. The defaulters who were found to have got their properties registered at lower collector rates than that listed and had paid lesser registration fee and stamp duty are being issued notices to make the payments. In the biggest such case, the Revenue Department has netted Rs 2.4 crore that a single person had defrauded for a set of six prime properties falling on the JalandharPhagwara Highway. This stretch of the road has the highest rates of property in Jalandhar. This property had been purchased way back in 2009-10 by showing them as undervalued. The matter came up during auditing but remained pending in the Collector’s court ever since. ADC Jasvir Singh said he had cleared more than 250 cases that were pending in his court in the last three months. Of these, there are nearly 100 cases of Jalandhar-1 sub-division, 40 cases of Jalandhar-2, 15 from Bhogpur, 10 from Nurmahal, Nakodar and Shahkot and few each from Goraya, Mehatpur and Adampur. Second entry to rly station; team conducts inspection Avneet Kaur Jalandhar, April 13 Railway’s Engineering Wing, XEN, Ashok Sharma and Engineer Rajeev Bhasin visited the city railway station and conducted inspection of the Qazi Mandi area along with nearby areas to ensure if the second entry to station could be made or not. The Surya Enclave Extension Welfare Society had demanded the shifting of goods shed of city railway station to Suranussi station to provide a second entry to the city railway station from their colony side. As per sources, the team has planned to join Qazi Mandi-Surya Enclave road to Jalandhar-Amritsar highway, and at the place of goods shed situated near Qazi Mandi a new entry to railway station is proposed. The team inspected Surya Enclave extension road as well nearby colonies, the report has been sent to the higher authorities at Delhi and Ferozpur Division for clearance. Fact file The problem of encroachments falling on the road to the Damoria flyover is a major hurdle behind the construction of the 120-ft road to the Damoria railway overbridge connecting from Surya Enclave Extension. The residents at the Surya Enclave Extension said, the problem of encroachments falling on the road to the Damoria flyover is a major hurdle behind the construction of the 120-ft road to the Damoria railway overbridge connecting from Surya Enclave Extension. There is a factory falling in between and although the Punjab and Haryana High Court in December 2015 dismissed the petition filed by some area residents challenging the acquisition of their land for the project, the work has not started yet, the second railway entry was promised in 2012 but till date nothing has been done, they added. ML Sehgal, president of the society said as the majority of goods were arriving at the shed located in Suranassi railway station, the shed at the city railway station had become almost abandoned. It has almost become non-operational. If the railway authorities remove or shift this shed to some other place, it will prove to be beneficial for the residents living in our area. We can get a direct entry into the railway station.” He said the authorities had assured action and said, the work would start soon, after the higher authorities pass the project. The members of the society have urged the district administration to include the proposal into the Smart City project. Also they have posted letter to CM Captain Amarinder Singh for a meeting on April 14 during his visit to the city, to discuss their problems and seek action against JIT for its mishandling and delaying of projects. Ahead of Baisakhi, students of Lyallpur Khalsa College in a happy mood in a wheat field in Jalandhar on Friday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Gram Swaraj Abhiyan launch in 72 villages Tribune News Service Nawanshahr, April 13 The administration has plans to hold a series of functions in 72 villages of the district as a part of ‘Gram Swaraj Abhiyan’ from April 14 to May 5. The DC, Amit Kumar declared this while presiding over a meeting here today. He said “Starting from the birth anniversary of Dr B R Ambedkar, a special outreach programme has been prepared to reach out the rural people to make them aware of the various social schemes. Awareness camps, seminars and meetings would be held during this period,” he said. He further said people would be made aware of seven schemes including Ujala Yojna, Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana-Saubhagya, Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna, Pradhan Mantri Jiwan Jyoti Bima Yojna, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojna and Mission Indradhanush. He said eligible vil- lagers would be enrolled by the teams at the spot. He also added that April 14 would be celebrated as Social Justice Day, Swachh Bharat Diwas on April 18, Ujjawala Panchayat Diwas on April 20, and Panchayati Raj Diwas on April 24 would be celebrated in the district. Besides, Gram Shakti Abhiyan, Ayushman Bharat Diwas, Farmers Welfare Day and Aajeevika Diwas would be celebrated on April 28, 30 and May 2 and 5 respectively, he added. He said the objective of the Gram Swaraj Abhiyan is to promote social harmony among the villagers, connect to poor rural households, gain feedback on government’s programmes, focus on doubling farmers’ income, improving livelihood opportunities, and strengthening Panchayati Raj institutions. He exhorted all the heads of various departments to appoint nodal officers to ensure better coordination and cooperation. He also said that the progress of the functions would be reviewed on a routine basis. Relaid, used for a year, MP inaugurates road now Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 13 Creating yet another controversy in the run-up to the Shahkot bypoll, the overboard Congress on Friday went on to inaugurate a road which had been relaid and was open to traffic for more than a year. Jalandhar Member of Parliament Chaudhary Santokh Singh, along with party leader and a Congress ticket aspirant from the seat Hardev Singh Laddi Sherowalia, today inaugurated the road from Mahliwal to Kotla Heran villages within the bypollbound constituency. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders from Shahkot pointed out, “This 9-km long and 18-foot wide road was laid ahead of the 2017 Assembly poll. It has been full one year since traffic has been shuttling between the two villages. If at all the Congress is to take credit, it should do it for works which are completed now and not the old ones. Whom are they trying Jalandhar MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh inaugurates a road on Thursday which has been open for over a year at Shahkot. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH to befool with their pictures in paper? The voters here are already well aware of the reality.” Meanwhile, Chaudhary Santokh Singh sent a press release, saying the stone had been laid with the work done, using the Centre’s Rs 5.5 crore grant under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna. CWG medallist honoured Chaudhary Santokh Singh, MLA Pargat Singh and Markfed MD Amarjeet Samra honoured Pardeep Singh Johal who has won silver in weightlifting in the ongoing Commonwealth Games (CWG). ‘Politician da pata nahi, par mai 50 saal baad vi shayad parheya javanga’ Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 13 ll Punjabi writers have largely been anti-establishment. Be it the British, the Congress or BJP or Akalis. Guru Nanak was also anti-establishment. Waris Shah was also anti-establishment. I have hope from every genuine writer. But at the same time, there are avenues where state or establishment — choga pandiyan ne te loki chugde hai (they feed you and you get fed). By and large, our entire literature is positive. I believe writers should be together. Maybe, we need to build a stronger momentum. I believe we shall.” Acclaimed Punjabi theatrist — the wise old man of Punjabi theatre — Dr Atamjit came to Jalandhar after decades to stage his play “Rishetyan Da Ki Rakhiye Naam” during the KL Saigal Punjabi Theatre Festival being organised by YUVAA at “A Q: In the present times which are the subjects which weigh heaviest on your heart? Saigal Memorial Hall. Expressing hopes about the consistent efforts from the region to provide a centre and a hub for theatre – like is being done by YUVAA during the festival – Dr Atamjit spoke about the perils of narrow nationalism and hopes he had from artistes who, he believed, can triumph over the evils haunting our society. Excerpts from an interview: Dr. Atamjit Singh Q:The warrior and Sufi identities of Punjab have grown side by side and in the present times do you think the saner Sufi voices have taken a backseat from hypocritical interpretations of the warrior ones? A: There have been phases in the history of the state and there will always be foregrounding and backgrounding of things. Nowadays, the extreme which you are talking about is in the foreground and the saner ele- ments have gone to the background. But it’s a worldwide phenomenon, how can I isolate my people? The real thing, however, – is that part which is saner, beautiful, subtle and spiritually dead? I don’t think so. It’s not dead yet. And I don’t see any situation where it will be dead. That’s why our effort is to keep it living. These are difficult times. And during these difficult times, one has to trust that we can save those elements. First of all women. I believe women of Punjab are better off than women of our neighbouring states and they have also grown a lot. However, it is still not an ideal situation. There is still a lot of work to be done for women. I have already written a lot on these issues. The latest two plays I did were on this theme – ‘Main Ta Ik Sarangi Han’ and ‘Panchnaad Da Pani’. The second subject close to my heart is migration – women migrate from one home to another. Ninety five percent of the women have to do so. People from villages go to cities, those from cities to bigger cities. Punjabis are migrating abroad, causing cultural problems. People of UP and Bihar coming to Punjab have given rise to cultural problems. Similarly, when we go to England or America, similar problems arise. This process of acculturation –it’s very painful at c m y b times. I have written about it. Apart from these issues, I feel some of the big contributors of Punjab who have contributed very highly to the state need to be highlighted. For example, I have a play called Mangu Comrade – It’s on a man called Makkhan Singh who fought for the freedom of Kenya. No one in Punjab knew about him before I wrote the play. Similarly, the Ghadarites, our legendary singers and artistes have to be talked about. Q: What are the modern scenarios which disturb you? A:One of the things that really disturbs me is parochial patriotism and narrow nationalism. There is need to rise above narrow walls. Personally, Albert Einstein is my model. Our concern should ideally be with humanity irrespective of the walls built around us. Despite the problems we are facing, we should take a stand somewhere. If I’m at war with Pakistan, I should be the first person to offer my services. But on the other hand, why should I blacken a statue’s face? Why should I reject a programme by Ghulam Ali. He sings in my language, I write in his. Can we ever relegate Sadat Hassan Manto only to Pakistan? If we do so, we are also limiting Dr Atamjit only to Hindustan. Sadi oh insaniyat jihdi gal Baba Nanak ya Kabir karda hai – oh katam ho jaegi (our humanity which Baba Nanak and Kabir talked of, will end, if we do those things). Q: Do you think artistes are passive and compared to politics, they have a harder time prevailing because they lack that focused aggression to fight for their cause? A: I may agree with your contention but not with your words. It’s not the work of artistes to fight. Art is used for dialogue. If I go and fight on the street I will be a fighter not an artiste. So we can’t fight like a politician. Eh sadi kamzori vi hai takat vi (this is both our weakness and strength). But the artiste’s triumph is that he can prevail. Politican da pata nai agli chon jittega vi ki nahi par mennu lagda hai mai 50 saal baad vi shayad parheya javanga. 40 saal baad vi mera natak khedeya javega (you never know whether the politician will win the next elections, but I think I shall be read even after 50 years and my plays still staged after 40 years). However, I agree we should take a stand. Though our stand has to be aesthetically and artistically very clean. We can’t be rough. We can’t be dirty. And given the award wapsi muhim – and other instances, I believe we have fought our battles very nicely and symbolically and that is how an artiste should fight. Q:What future do you see for Punjabi theatre? A: I see a very good future for the Punjabi theatre. With one rider — we should have much more playwrights. But playwrights and directors won’t come unless Punjabi theatre becomes independent. Just like the medium of films has become already. Film is an area which can show you the success of art and commerce joining hands. Punjabi theatre wants and also awaits the meeting of commerce and art. Once that happens, theatre will get unprecedented support. Till that time, it’s a struggle and we are all part of it. Q:Your upcoming personal projects? I am working on many projects. My latest play shall be presented at this festival on April 17 – Mur Aa Lama Ton. It’s on World War I. The subject is World War I, but it hits at so called parochial patriotism and narrow nationalism. I believe World War I was the outcome of that narrow nationalism which we are seeing even today. Beyond this, I am also writing about Kashmir.
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