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November 2018 Edition of Power Politics is updated.         November 2018 Edition of Power Politics is updated.
Issue:November' 2018


A day of political rallies

V.P. Prabhakar

October 7 was the day of political rallies by the ruling Congress and the opposition Akali Dal-BJP and AAP supported by radicals. The Congress held its meeting at Lambi, the long-time constituency of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, and the SAD organized its rally in Patiala, the bastion of Capt Amarinder Singh.
The Punjab AAP, hit by infighting, took the fight for Panthic politics to Bargari, where one of the party’s factions joined by Sarbat Khalsa jathedars at a rally and the other faction led by Khair took out a march from Kotkapura till Bargari.
The rallies, by the Congress and the SAD, and the protest march by a group of AAP leaders drew a huge public response. The sacrilege incidents and demand for punishing the perpetrators remained at the centre-stage of both Congress and AAP rallies. However, the SAD rally was focused more on projecting the five-time Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal, as the saviour of the Panth than anything else.
In Killianwali village in Muktsar, Capt Amrinder Singh targeted the Badals and vowed that no one involved in the 2015 case of sacrilege would be spared. In a harsh indictment of the Badal senior and SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, he said: “How is it possible that officials will not apprise the Chief Minister about the firing?” Along with Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar and Harish Choudhary he also unveiled Mission 13 to win all the parliamentary seats in the state. Jakhar lashed out at Sukhbir Badal for his ‘meeting’ with Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim in Mumbai in 2015; he went on to describe Parkash Singh Badal as a “sacha Akali” (true Akali) but a “majboor baap” (helpless father).
Capt Amarinder Singh sought to assure the gathering that his resolve to ensure punishment to all those responsible for the desecration incidents was not weakening.
Referring to Justice Ranjit Singh Commission’s findings, he said although the commission indicted Parkash Singh Badal and DGP Sumesh Singh Saini for their role in Behbal Kalan firing, it did not have the authority to recommend punishment. A SIT was, of course, constituted. Whenever its report comes we will take to the court of law and get them punished, he asserted.
In Patiala, the Badals alleged that Amarindar Singh was deliberately trying to malign their image by blaming them for the sacrilege incidents. Both Badals raised issues of loanwaiver, unemployment and drug menace in Punjab, calling the Congress regime a failure in the state.

Lone Gandhi Museum

V.P. Singh Badnore dedicates Gandhi Museum to the public Punjab Governor and UT Administrator V.P. Singh Badnore dedicated the newly constructed Gandhi Museum at Gandhi Smarak Bhawan, Sector 16, Chandigarh, to the public on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2.
Mr Badnore, while addressing the gathering on the occasion, said the museum, showcasing the life and principles of Mahatma Gandhi, had been developed in a unique way. A collection of stamps issued by 160 countries on the Mahatma was also on display.
The museum on Gandhi here is the only such museum in the region that includes Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. He said Bapu was an icon of peace who influenced such world leaders as Martin Luther King Jr and Nelson Mandela, who followed his principles and became the icons of equality and peace in their own countries. Mr Badnore announced a financial grant of Rs 5 lakh for Gandhi Bhawan from his discretionary fund. Appreciating the dedication and commitment of the Chairmen and staff of the Gandhi Smarak Bhawan, he said the Chandigarh Administration could work out modalities of the extension of the museum in keeping with the rules laid down for such extensions.
Mr K. K. Sharda, President of Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, narrated an incident which influenced the shaping of the museum. He said that about two years back a school bus from outside Chandigarh halted in front of Gandhi Smark Bhawan and students wanted to see Gandhi Museum.
Instead, they were shown the library of the Bhawan. This incident inspired them to have Gandhi Museum in the Bhawan complex which was inaugurated by Mr Badnore.

Brahma Kumaris

Public event to mark 50 Years of Brahma Kumaris Service in Chandigarh Chandigarh Mayor Davesh Moudgil led the city in hosting a programme called “Health and Happiness for All” organized by the Brahma Kumaris, which has completed 50 years of its existence in the City Beautiful.
Mr Moudgil, while addressing the packed Tagore Theatre on October 6, said: “I take the pride in welcoming all of you to this function of Brahma Kumaris. They are spreading positivity.”
“As we move towards being a smart city, we must maintain a true culture as well. We must ensure that we do not have old-age homes in the smart city that we will ultimately live in. Tolerance is a key quality to be happy,” he pointed out. The function was also meant to celebrate the achievements with Dadi Ratan Mohiniji, Joint Chief from Mount Abu, the key personage of the seminar. In her nineties, she remains lively, young at heart and lives up to her name "most beautiful jewel" by always appearing light and energetic. She reflects wisdom intruly understanding the spiritual nature of the self and empowering the self for transformation.
Three members of the organization --- BK Meera Didi (Malaysia), BK Rajini Didi (Japan) and BK Hemlata from Thailand -- - we also present on the occasion.
BK Meera Didi (Malaysia) said there were five essentials to lead a happy life: Determination, dedication of all your worries to the supreme power, satisfaction, honesty in your work and leading a fearless life. It is always said that if any individual articulates these five essentials in his/her life, he/she will be happy and contended.
BK Rajni Didi laid emphasis on the importance and benefits of "Rajyoga meditation" in today’s stressful life. Didi Mohini, in her address, said: “Contentment and giving space in your heart and soul to God is the key to happiness.”
Malta Didi conducted a meditation programme for five minutes and urged all members to practice it.

Heritage status for Panjab University ?

Raj Kumar Panjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Raj Kumar is in favour of getting the heritage status for the institution he heads. The university was set up in 1882 in Lahore and was re-established in post-Independence India in 1947.
Prof Kumar expressed these views during a meeting with the representatives of the Panjab University Teachers’ Association (PUTA).
This view has been raised in preference to the demand for a central university status for the institution, although teachers and others had earlier been in favour of the later idea.
The shift in the stand has come about because the Punjab Government had been opposing this demand from the very beginning. PUTA also informed that the Union Ministry for Human Resources Development (MHRD) was unwilling to allow central status to any more institutions.
The Vice-Chancellor assured to work for getting the heritage status for the university, known to be one of the oldest institutions in the country.
PUTA President Rajesh Gill said: “Heritage status would mean the university will get additional funds.” According to the UGC guidelines, the heritage status will get the university an extra grant of Rs 10 crore, subject to the availability of funds.