03112020-JTR-01.qxd 11/2/2020 10:30 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE PATHWAYS TAKEN HERE SHOULD LITERALLY BE TRAVELLED LESS PAGE 2 Road Rot: Severely damaged stretches around Lamba Pind Chowk pose a grave threat to commuters’ lives. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY SRK MORE EXCITING THAN TOM CRUISE: CRICKETER MORGAN Members of the Kolkata Knight Riders extend good wishes to the owner of their franchise on his 55th birthday. MAX 30°C | MIN 12°C | YESTERDAY MAX 30°C | MIN 12°C SUNSET TUESDAY 5:36 PM Garbage mounds raise a stink, is anyone listening? Sanitisation staff protest silently against uncertainty over regularisation Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 2 Tonnes of garbage remained piled up in the city for the third consecutive day due to the silent strike being observed by the Municipal Corporation’s Sanitation Workers’ Union here on Monday. While there wasn’t any formal agitation by workers, the garbage lifting process was halted on Saturday and Sunday. Even on Monday, the lifting was done around 12 pm. Apart from condemning the MC authorities for not fulfilling their demands, sanitation workers said the lack of dumping space at Wariana dumping ground, which is the main dumping ground, had raised an alarm in the city. They said they were forced to lift limited amount of garbage from various dumping sites for the INBRIEF FACTORY GOES UP IN FLAMES Jalandhar: Goods worth lakhs was gutted in a fire incident at a football factory in Basti Danish Manda area. Factory owner Ballu claimed that he suffered a loss of nearly ~15 lakh in the incident. The fire broke out around 6 in the morning. Fortunately, there were no workers inside the premises, when the incident took place. The owner was informed immediately and a fire brigade was called to douse the flames. It took around two to the fire tenders to tame the flames. While the exact reasons of the fire couldn’t be established, the owner claimed that someone had purposely burnt his factory. Fire Department officials said a short-circuit could be the reason behind the fire. TNS Admn alert on illegal sale of crackers Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 2 To keep a check on the illegal stocking and sale of firecrackers in the district, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori on Monday issued helpline numbers 8556918229 and 0181-2224417 where people can register their complaints. The Deputy Commissioner said people could file their complaint through phone calls or WhatsApp following which a time-bound action would be ensured by the administration. The government recently imposed a ban on the sale of imported firecrackers and launched a crackdown on the stocking and sale of such products, he said. The DC said the district administration had constituted a three-member committee of the administration, the police, and the Municipal Corporation to ensure continued on page 2 A BIT OVER THE TOP: Garbage lies scattered at Plaza Chowk in Jalandhar on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO past few weeks. The condition of the main dumping ground of the district had worsened to such an extent that it was taking more than two hours to unload a garbage-laden truck. Rakesh, one of the sanitation workers, said: “It was dif- PAGE 3 ficult to move across the path leading to the Wariana dumping ground due to the debris that has accumulated. It has reached up to the knee level. Hence, workers have to wait for hours to unload the junk.” Moninder Pal Singh, a commuter, said: “Owing to this, commuters are at the receiving end as the accumulated garbage not only raises stink, but also occupies half of the road.” Heaps of garbage could be seen at the dumping sites of Plaza Chowk and fish market as well. Although lifting was continued on page 2 SOPHIE TO VOICE PRINCESS CHARLOTTE IN THE PRINCE PAGE 4 The Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner will be doing voiceover for Princess Charlotte in The Prince. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:46 AM TUESDAY | 3 NOVEMBER 2020 | JALANDHAR Multiplexes resume amid low footfall Owners taking all precautions, offering discounts to lure movie buffs Tribune News Service PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH WHAT’S IN STORE Jalandhar, November 2 A day after cinema halls resumed functioning after a gap of over seven months, the footfall of visitors remained very low. In fact, there were only two visitors in the afternoon show of the PVR here on Monday. While nearly 25 people watched movies at PVR MBD Neopolis, the occupancy was around 15 at PVR Curo mall. The footfall was even lower on Sunday. Though the state government has given its nod to open cinemas, except PVR, the gates of the rest of the cinema halls remained closed. Anticipating more number of movie buffs during Diwali, discounts and offers are also being offered by PVR owners. Earlier, the Chief Minister had announced the opening of cinema halls in October, but, the decision was withdrawn considering the Covid-19 threat. Vishal Kumar, a movie buff, who had come to watch a movie with his friend, said: “Ever since the lockdown was announced in March, I Visitors will be greeted with thermal scanners and sanitisers, wearing a mask is compulsory, food will be sterilised, every alternate seat has been sealed to practise social distancing, the timings of intervals of two shows would be different. Now, people will have to wait for their food orders and won’t be served inside the hall by workers. A notification will be sent on their phone numbers after their order is prepared. Besides, to avoid contactless payments, people will be asked to pay online. was missing going out and watching movies. We were fed up of watching content on OTT platforms and when we came to know that the cinemas are scheduled to open, we immediately booked tickets and reached here. I’m hoping that all safety norms are being followed. In the beginning, we will avoid ordering food and enjoy the movie only.” John, a hairdresser, said: “Watching movies and enjoying pop corns is our great escape from boredom and this was our routine schedule during weekends before the Covid-19 outbreak. Finally, we are sitting in front of the big screen. Proper safety measures have been put into place at the entrance and inside the halls. Seats have been sealed so that social distancing can be taken care of and food was delivered without any physical contact.” Cinema hall managers claim they have made robust arrangements for contactless functioning at theatres. Gautam Dutt, CEO, PVR, said considering the safety of visitors, they have circulated their own set of rules. “Apart from following gov- ernment guidelines, antimicrobial films were glued on every doorknob and other places of physical contact, Ultra Low Volume (ULV) cabinets have been installed at food counters and the entire premise has been sprayed with Virus 256 verosil disinfectant solution that lasts for around a month. After every show time, all seats will be sanitised,” Gautam said. An extra ticket will be given for free with a ticket booked for watching a Punjabi movie by paying only ~99, besides a 25 per cent discount on food items. When five men turned the tables on the British establishment GHADARITE PEASANT STRUGGLE The present-day farmers’ stir is a reflection of the pre-Independence uprising in the state Sabha in 1938 and were punished for it. Their non-violent stirs and patience in the face of lathi charge or other government provocation raised questions on the Unionist government’s pro-farmer image.” Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 2 At the main stage of the 29th Mela Gadri Babeyan Da on Sunday, a huge picture (right) depicted five turbaned men; in kurtas, kachehras and clapped in irons, staring into the camera on a morning of 1938 at the Amritsar railway station — it invoked the sacrifices made by Ghadarites during the pre-Independence era. These are the faces of iconic peasant movement leaders. Ghadarites Baba Santa Singh Gandhiwind, Darshan Singh Ferumaan, Fauja Singh Bhullar, Baba Sohan Singh Bhakna and Baba Karam Singh Cheema, who were arrested for organising the groundbreaking Amritsar Kisan Morcha in 1938 (total 145 arrests were made). Copped at the Bhandari bridge while on way to the courts at Amritsar, they had recently been beaten up by burly policemen. Going by the current snowballing farmer protests, very few know that the present-day struggle is strikingly similar to the pre-Independence campaign of the Ghadarites. Hard- One of their kind: A relative of Ghadarite at Yadgar Mela Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Why is it contextual to present-day stir? (From left) Ghadarites Baba Santa Singh Gandhiwind, Darshan Singh Ferumaan, Fauja Singh Bhullar, Baba Sohan Singh Bhakna and Baba Karam Singh Cheema, who were arrested for organising the Amritsar Kisan Morcha, wait for a train at the Amritsar railway station in 1938. ened with the blood, sweat and tears of these men, who fought to get the Mandi Board, farmers tasted emancipation for first time in late 1930s. They were among leaders, who, guided by senior Gadarites mobilised, held meets, fought for peasantry and went to jails to get farmers their rights. The late 1930s were very busy years owing to repeated meetings and farm congregations across Doaba and the state. While Kirti Kisan Party (established in 1928) had been exhorting the state’s peasantry through its mouthpiece the “Kirti” in the 1930-38 upsurge, farmers found a voice and movement the numbers which shook the British establishment. Chiranji Lal Kangniwal, Ghadar historian and member of the Desh Bhagat Yadgar Committee, recounts, “Each of these men made substantial contribution. They were mobilised by stalwarts like Baba Jwala Singh Thatthiyan and others who left farms in US and Canada to whip up peasantry. They mobilised Kisan Bandhobast by Punjab Kisan The Punjab Agricultural Produce Markets Act, which came into being in 1939, was a sweetened fruit of these men’s moiling. Also called the Mandi Act, it is this very historic legislation farmers are now fighting for. The Act passed by Sir Chotu Ram freed farmers from decades of exploitation and earned him titles from both Hindu and Muslim peasants — ‘Deenbandhu and Rehbar-e-Azam’. Farmers revere Gadarite leaders. The systematic preparations for the farmers’ agitation today remind historians of the Gadarite penchant for farmer mobilisation. At a conference held at Cheema Kalan in June 1936, a huge pandal with four gates titled Marx, Lenin, Ramkishan and Kissan Nagar were continued on page 2 Jalandhar, November 2 Farmer Gurtej Singh from Mehatpur comes every year to Desh Bhagat Yadgar Mela because he has a deep connection with the Ghadarites. He is a kin one of them who had fought for farmers’ rights during a protest by the Kisan Morcha in 1938. It had led to the arrest of five, one of whom was Sardar Santa Singh and Gurtej is a grandson of his brother. Gurtej shared that his father used to tell stories about his brother Santa and would always share that how he always wanted to see farmers getting their rights. As the issue is on the boil these days, Gurtej got himself clicked with the grand poster showing that how farmers were still fighting for their rights even after these years. Recently, when a statewide protest was held on September 25, Gurtej was accompanied by his children Gurshaan Singh and Paramraaj, who have grown up listening to the stories of Sardar Santa Singh. Like the great Ghadarites, Gurshaan Singh (13) and Paramraaj (10) have also resolved to fight for the cause of farmers. “Mere dada ji kinne saal kisaana de hak layi lade si, te ajj mere bete vi ladan ge. Par kisan da haal ajj vi ohi ne (my grandfather fought for the rights of farmers for years, and now my sons shall follow suit. The condition of farmers remains unchanged),” the father said. Gurtej, who is peddling to the villages motivating people from remote areas to join the protests, is now planning to visit Sardar Santa Singh’s birth place as well, where he would encourage people to come forward to keep the legacy of the great Ghadarites alive. Leading Punjabi artistes mobilise support for protesting farmers Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 2 “Theatre during the farmers’ stirs is coming out of a myth. A myth that theatre dies in tent and canvas canopies or in the open. The protests reaffirm that theatre is of the people. It is committed to tell the stories of the people,” says playwright Dr Sahib Singh. In more than one way the angst of the agitation manifested at the 29th Mela Gadri Babeyan Da at the Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall here on Sunday, the theatre groups active amid the stirs across the state lent wholehearted renderings during the cultural night at the fair. Subjects such as farmer stirs, migrant crisis, ❝People in thousands Kewal Dhaliwal, Dr Sahib Singh, Kirti Kirpal groups perform at morchas, Mela Gadri Babeyan Da watch and identify with plays. At least 12 to 15 groups, including those of Dr Sahib Singh, Kirti Kirpal, Ikattar Singh and Moga groups, have all been actively engaging with farmers. Kewal Dhaliwal, Artistes perform during Mela Gadri Babeyan Da at Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall in Jalandhar. ❞ PLAYWRIGHT AND FOUNDER MANCH RANGMANCH PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH Hathras rape incident ruled the roost on the night. A woman carrying a child on a suitcase (migrant crisis), a play warning of the perils of a madari making the public dance to its tunes, a satire on opportunist politicians were the themes echoing on the stage. In Sahib Singh’s play c m y b “Rangkarmi Da Baccha”, five children born on the highways during the crisis, asked the audience what their birthplace was. Amolak Singh, cultural convener, Desh Bhagat Yadgar Committee, said, “Amid farmer agitation, themes of theatre took digs at the political system in the country and aligned themselves with people’s issues. Art and theatre have had a major role to play in the agitations and farmers’ groups are also actively supporting newer voices and ways which assert their demands.” Interestingly, it isn’t the fringe groups or small theatre troupes which support the stirs but the leading theatre luminaries in the state have channeled their resources to supporting the farmers. As farmers of the BKU extended solidarity with the Mela leaving their morchas, so did the members of myriad theatre groups active during the protests across the state. In the past months many theatre groups have trailed farm agitations holding plays at toll plazas, petrol pumps, roadsides, streets and grounds. Kewal Dhaliwal, playwright and founder Manch Rangmanch, Amritsar, whose group has been performing plays across the morchas in the state, said, “We brought our plays ‘Agg Di Jaai Da Geet’ based on the Hathras rapes and the play ‘Haarhian Sawnian’based on the farmers’ agitations.” They have travelled the state and performed at Barnala, Sangrur, Mansa, Bathinda among other places. “People in thousands watch and identify with plays. At least 12 to 15 groups, continued on page 2
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