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Tuesday, November 3, 1998
Surjeet predicts fall of
now mad rush for salt
Subletting of houses
Nagar kirtan on Gurpurb eve
Roy award for Prof Bose
against SSP dismissed
warrants against PCS officer
clarifies demolition move
told to pay compensation
Surjeet predicts fall of
CHANDIGARH, Nov 2 The CPM will vigorously pursue the idea of a third front, opposed both to the Congress and the BJP. The first meeting will be held in December and already groundwork has been done. Except the Telugu Desam Party, other constitutents of the United Front, are in touch with each other.
Talking to The Tribune, the CPM General Secretary, Mr Harkishan Singh Surjeet said here last night, "We want to see this government led by the BJP, which is not only ruining the economy of the country but, injecting the deadly virus of communalism, out at the earliest. But with the Congress, whom otherwise we consider a secular party, we have vital differences on economic issues".
Mr Surjeet predicted the fall of the BJP-led coalition soon after the Assembly elections in Delhi, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. "It will surely be a referendum on the performance of this government. Two states are currently being ruled by the BJP and if the party loses, as it surely will, then it has no face to show. Look at the price front. It has surpassed all previous records. Price rise has crippled the people. There is rampant corruption and unemployment. The BJP magic through Pokhran has just not worked and what surprises us is the total unconcern of the Central Government about prices. The situation is becoming riotous", he said.
When asked why most political parties, trade unions and kisan sabhas were neither protesting nor leading the people on this vital question, Mr Surjeet said, "The Left parties and trade unions are organising protest meetings and soon we would give a call for a bandh and see that it is successful". He said he could speak about the Left and like-minded parties only.
Returning to the national political scene, Mr Surjeet said that the Left parties would certainly help an alternative government at the Centre, but it had to pursue pro-people policies and not allow the capitalists to plunder the public resources and banks. It should have a clearly defined agenda. Asked whether any groundwork had been done regarding an alternative government, Mr Surjeet said: "There have been discussions and it will be possible to do something concrete when the elections to these states are over".
Talking about the last party congress in Calcutta, Mr Surjeet said that the political line was clear and the Left had to take along all secular and democratic forces and "build a strong alternative." Achievements of both the United Front Governments at the Centre were laudable, though these were shortlived. "Look at the dismal performance of a puerile BJP. It has shocked even its staunch supporters," he said.
Mr Surjeet conceded that a tie up with the Congress would have its own kind of problems. "I have already mentioned differences over economic issues. But then the Congress is the major Opposition in most of the states ruled by the United Front partners. This indeed is very ticklish. But we may have limited choices considering that the misrule by the BJP must end", he said.
Mr Surjeet sharply attacked the RSS agenda and warned against its ramifications.
He said: "The crude attempt to impose the RSS ideology on Indian education was also evident from the agenda notes that were circulated among the Education Ministers of various States and Union Territories. These notes included an annexure, title Recommendations of the Group of Experts, but with specifying who these experts were and and when this Group of Experts was constituted. As it transpired later, however, this note was prepared by those running the Vidya Bharati and were finalised by a national education conference organised here recently, in New Delhi, in August, 1998. This information was given by the October 25 issue of Organiser, organ of the RSS, which gives a summary of the recommendations made by the Vidya Bharati. Now, if one goes through the summary presented by the Organiser, one will find that it tallies, almost verbatim, with what has been said in the annexure that formed part of the Agenda Notes circulated by the HRD Ministry."
Mr Surjeet who address
party leaders from Punjab during their two-day conference
here emphasised the need to build a strong democratic
movement. He also castigated the Akalis for once again
taking up issues like the Sikh civil code and building up
communal hiatus. He said: "Sikh gurus never preached
divisions. They sacrificed everything for sarbat da
bhala good of all and worked hard against narrow
ideas. Sikhism is a broad-based humanitarian religion and
cannot be confined to narrow lines for the sake of some
political gains. We shall be focussing this issue during
the celebrations of the tricentenary of the Khalsa",
Hostel contractors in the soup
CHANDIGARH, Nov 2 Mess and canteen contractors in various hostels of the city are in the soup. The unprecedented three-fold increase in prices has put them in a tight spot they can't stay on and they can't leave.
The steep hike in the rates of vegetables, edible oils and spices has all of them running into losses. Boys hostels of the university are the worst affected. The contractors of one of the hostels has already "run away". His counterparts, in other hostels, have stayed behind to tell the story.
Says one, "On Divali night, after calling it a day, he locked the mess never to return". Another one adds, "He suffered a loss of Rs 50,000 in three months and left when he could not bear loss anymore. The other contractor is providing food to the boys for the time being but he too is leaving on November 10".
The Dean, Students Welfare, RS Grewal, when consulted feigned ignorance and denied statements given by other contractors that one of them had left without prior information. Instead he says, "The contractor managing hostel No 1 left after a month's notice because he got a contract elsewhere. As far as I know there were no losses he suffered. We on our part have increased the charges per meal after a meeting with students."
But is this hike of Rs 1.25 enough to satisfy the growing unrest among the contractors? "Certainly not", says one. Joined by another, they together lament, "We have all suffered a loss of over Rs 10,000 in the past three months. If prices continue to skyrocket and the authorities do not give some sort of relief we will be forced to quit."
The "icing on the cake" comes from the boys themselves. Most of them do not pay their dues. The contractors are scared to approach them for money and cannot cut off their food supply. They continue to bear losses and do not question these boys for fear of retaliation.
The contractors in girls hostels, not only on the campus but elsewhere in the city, though are suffering losses yet are living through the rough patch in the hope that eventually the prices will come down because they cannot continue the way they are for ever.
Most of them cannot leave this business they are in because they have acquired no other skill over a period of time. Some of them are into this profession for as long as 38 years.
Pritam Singh, a contractor of a local girls college says, "I have children studying here and I am not educated enough to get a job elsewhere. If I leave where will I go? What will I feed them? The authorities know this and are exploiting this very factor, turning a deaf ear to all our pleas."
To this, Grewal says, "We are considering providing them relief by cutting down on the sweet dish and curd. though raising charges is out of question because we have to watch the students' interests. The happiest ones are those with the cooperative system whereby the students buy whatever they want and then divide the charges equally among themselves. So these contractors don't end up suffering losses as heavy as the rest.
Though all of us have been
heavily burdened with this price rise yet contractors are
the worst hit since they do not have the freedom to
choose food which will minimise their expenditure and
have to provide the diet that is assigned. They are not
in a position to adjust the expenditure according to the
rising prices. They continue to survive day after day
with the firm belief that soaring prices will eventually
And now mad rush for salt
CHANDIGARH, Nov 2 After Delhi it is the turn of residents of the City Beautiful to go on a salt buying spree.
Even though there is no shortage of salt or rise in its prices in the city markets, the residents, panicked by rumours that salt prices may go up, were seen making a beeline for grocery shops and provision stores to get any available quantity of salt.
During a survey of different markets, the TNS observed that the mad rush for salt, which started on Sunday afternoon, was fuelled by newspaper reports and rumours that there was an acute shortage of salt in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The report had further said that in those states the salt prices had jumped from Rs 6 to Rs 60, thus forcing the people to queue up before grocery shops in the Capital.
Mr Sunil Chawla a grocer of Sector 35, said in a period of just three hours as many as 35 bags of salt were sold. However, he said the commodity was sold at a normal price ranging between Rs 6 and Rs 7 depending upon the brand. "I have not seen such a heavy demand for salt in my life,"he added.
While dubbing "salt scarcity" as a rumour, Mr Ramesh Kohli, a sector 18 shopkeeper, said against the usual sale of about 20 packets of 1 kg daily, about 75 were sold by him before noon today. Almost every buyer was demanding four to 10 packets of salt, even though the average monthly consumption of a family of four was not more than a kg. He said in view of the increasing demand, he had ordered for 10 bags (each weighing 75 kg) against a quantity of five bags. He, however, said there was no short supply of salt from Delhi and that the residents should not be taken in by the rumours.
A departmental store in the same Sector went a step further by rationing the sale of salt by restricting the sale of a packet per customer. Mr Raghuwinder Singh, an employee of the store, said the step had been taken in view of the demand as even a single buyer was demanding as many as 25 packets of salt. He said the demand had risen 15-fold.
An old lady who had come to the store for buying salt said though she had already four packet of salt, she wanted to stock more of it as she had heard that as in Bihar its price was going to skyrocket. Similarly, a Dhabawallah in Sector 22, said fearing a shortage he had bought two packet of salt against his daily need of one.
Irked by inquiries regarding the availability of salt, a shopkeeper even demanded that such a 'rumour mongers' be booked by the administration.
Sources said there was absolutely no shortage of salt in the market. The President of the Grain Market Karyana Association, Mr Ram Karan Gupta, said he had inquired from Delhi and was told that there would be no shortage of the commodity in future.
The sources said the
scarcity was temporary and that too for a day in Bihar,
where on the occasion of "Chhath Puja", salt
was sold Rs 25 a kg. During this festival, which is
celebrated after Divali, salt and "halwa kaddu"
is worshipped by the people of the state.
Subletting of houses rampant
CHANDIGARH, Nov 2 Emboldened by the reported inaction of the government in tackling the menace of subletting houses from the central government general pool, a "mafia", allegedly in collusion with staff of the Estate Office, is having a field day.
There are as many as 2,418 houses of various categories in Sectors 7 and 46 and subletting is "rampant" in view of the low rents charged by the government from its employees. While the official rent varies from Rs 39 to Rs 122 for different categories, the market rent for two-room and three-room sets is between Rs 1000 and 2500 per month.
This has been going on for the past several years despite directions of the Supreme Court that departmental action should be initiated against all erring employees. In view of the "flexible "rules for allotting the houses, the "mafia" has a free run. The problem has assumed such proportions that an employee with more than 13 years of service cannot hope to get a house here as the waiting list grows longer.
Sources said one reason was that several employees had constructed their own houses in the vicinity of the city and were only too eager to rake in the profit by subletting. Coupled with inaction on the part of the authorities and the cooperation of the sub-lettees, the going is smooth for all parties.
Raids by officials of the Director General of Estates, Delhi, following complaints by some employees have had little effect. Periodical raids have unearthed little and one of the allegations levelled is that the raiding party is only shown those houses which are not subletted.
After a story in this context appeared in The Tribune last year, a team raided colonies in both sectors and initiated cancellation proceedings against 60 allottees. While the allotment of 50 persons was cancelled and cases against 25 being pursued, the Estate Office is yet to get the possession of some of the houses.
The Assistant Estate Manager, Mr C.R. Garg, said one of the major problems was staff shortage. At present, only eight persons looked after the entire set up. In addition to this, they had to perform the duties of enforcement as there was no one in the enforcement wing.
Other reasons include cumbersome procedures like serving notices and then waiting for the replies. In the event of cancellation, market rent is charged from the person but penalty is imposed. A sub-allottee cannot be pulled up under the existing laws and gets away scotfree, he added.
Sources said almost 65 per cent of the houses have been sublet in connivance with the staff. As the staff receives the orders of allotment, they approach the allottee and ask him whether he wants to sublet the house. For a "fee" prospective tenants are found and in case of impending raids, the allottee and his tenant are forewarned.
One of the complainants told TNS that amounts varying from Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 per house were collected after previous raids through a front man, a furniture dealer of Sector 7 to "pay off" the raiding party. There have been serious allegations of staff members having assets disproportionate to known sources of income, the sources added.
Uneasy stars pass the mike
CHANDIGARH: It was with a bevy of small and silver screen stars that members of the Chandigarh Press Club interacted on Monday evening at the Press Club lawns. The artistes who are in the city to shoot for a Hindi serial, "Na Jayeeo Pardes", written and directed by Ravinder Peepat, comprised Bhagyashree, the starlet of the mega-hit, "Maine Payar Kiya", Abhinav Chaturvedi, "Nanhe" of Hum-Log fame, Pankaj Berry, a well-known face on stage and screen, Vishal, 'Sanju' of "Dekh Bhai Dekh" and Salim Khan, an upcoming actor.
Bhagyashree, dressed in a shimmering red lehnga was the 'real star' of the evening. Answering questions from the audience as to why she is seen now on the small screen and not in films, she said: "I don't feel that acting in TV serials is in any way 'coming down' of the stars. Acting is always in terms of creative satisfaction and I derive satisfaction from the roles I'm portraying these days on television".
Reiterating the same sentiments, Pankaj Berry, product of the Indian Theatre Department, Panjab University, stated, "With the film industry going through such troubled times, everybody is doing serials these days. In fact today, everybody needs to work on television". Remarking on the difference in acting for theatre and on screen, Berry, who has worked in 18 films and various serials, said, "Acting is no different, whether on screen or on stage. There are obviously technical differences, but then in both cases the actor needs to live his character."
For Abhinav Chaturvedi, who was being addressed as "Beta" by the audience, it was obvious that the label of "nanhe" would be hard to shake off. Explaining why he is not seen enough either on the small or the big screen, he said, "My first film was 'Parvat Ke Us Paar' which was released on Friday and taken off on Tuesday. I've just not been lucky enough in films. But then, I've learnt a lot and now even run my own production company in Delhi".
Funnily enough, both the audience and the artistes seemed to be at a loss at what to say to each other. With long pauses between questions, the artistes looked quite at unease. When family asked to repeat a favourite dialogue, all of them kept on passing the mike passing the parcel style! Finally, some Tamil-style Hindi dialogues were uttered by Berry from his forthcoming film which drew a round of applause from the audience.
Creating a sense of fear
CHANDIGARH, Nov 2 A burly-looking man with a handgun tucked over his trousers or an automatic weapon slung across the shoulder may look very menacing to an average citizen.
Thanks to the callous approach of the Chandigarh Police and much to the chagrin of the public such sights are a matter of routine in the city. Armed gunmen posted on security duty in plain clothes can be seen outside leading restaurants, offices, markets, hospitals and even schools where they go to pick up children of officials.
At times city residents, and even policemen, are unable to decipher if the "burly looking man" with a weapon is a security guard or just another hooligan out to create terror in the minds of the people.
The enthusiasm of the police to nab the policemen who carry weapons in plain clothes seems to have died down. About two months ago, the local police after a high level meeting convened by the Chandigarh Administration had said that they would be "policing the police". All policemen including those from Punjab and Haryana, would have to wear uniforms while carrying weapons on security duty, was the strict order.
Orders were issued after a couple of incidents were reported in which official gunmen had either committed a crime at the behest of the protected persons or were used to intimidate the other party.
The IG, Mr RP Singh, says no criminal offence can be made out if an authorised person is carrying a firearm in plain clothes. However, during the high-level meeting DGPs of Punjab and Haryana had agreed that security personnel will not carry automatic weapons in plain clothes.
The police, when it had started the drive, detained a few cops from neighbouring states who were later let off. As per the orders the police had then claimed that gunmen in civil clothes would be taken to the police station for verification.
Seniormost teacher to act as
CHANDIGARH , Nov 2 In the absence of a regular principal after his retirement or resignation the seniormost teacher will officiate as the principal in colleges affiliated to Panjab University.
This has been recommended by a committee which met under the convenership of Mr D.S. Mangat, DPI (Colleges), here today.
The committee has, however, attached a few conditions with regard to the qualifications of the seniormost teacher. He must have a minimum of three months of service left on the date he takes over as principal. He should also fulfil university norms, sources said. At the same time there should be no charges pending against him, the committee has recommended.
The recommendation could go a long way in avoiding situations as the one that emerged in case of the local DAV College after the retirement of Dr K.S. Arya. The Principal of DAV College, Kangra, was appointed as the officiating principal which led to protests by the college union.
The committee which met today also took up the resolution of Mr Joginder Singh, a fellow of the university. This was with regard to working conditions of part-time teachers.
After detailed deliberations, the committee recommended that a part-time teacher must get at least 25 per cent of the basic pay of a regular teacher. The total number of part-time teachers in an institute should not be more than 10 per cent of the total staff.
The committee recommended
that the college should initiate steps to fill vacant
seats at the earliest by appointing full-time teachers.
The maximum period of appointment of a part-time teacher
should not exceed a year. The teacher is expected to have
at least 55 per cent marks at the postgraduate level,
Nandas' arrest stayed
CHANDIGARH, Nov 2 Mr J.L. Nanda and his wife, Mrs Ved Nanda, Managing Director and Executive Director of Druck Grafin India Limited, respectively, today filed an application in the court of the Sessions Judge, Mr B.S. Bedi , for anticipatory bail.
The Judge issued notice to the state for November 6. In the meantime, he stayed the arrest of the Nandas.
According to the complainant, Coats of India Limited, they were issued two cheques for Rs 3,33,590 and Rs 1,74,144. However, these cheques were dishonoured.
Plea against SSP dismissed
CHANDIGARH, Nov 2 The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Sant Parkash, today dismissed an application moved by Baljit Singh, one of the suspects in the ongoing Burail jail blow-up case, against the city S.S.P., Mr C.S.R. Reddy, seeking action for his alleged illegal detention and torture by officials of the Chandigarh Police.
Bailable warrants against PCS
CHANDIGARH, Nov 2 The Judicial Magistrate, Mr K.C. Garg, today issued bailable warrants against Ms Kiran Rozy, a P.C.S. officer, on a complaint filed by Ashoka Oil and General Mills, Industrial Area, Chandigarh.
According to the complainant mill, Ms Rozy owed a sum of Rs 1,69,561 to the mill as on March 31, 1998. The suspect issued a cheque for Rs 1,50,000 in favour of the complainant. But the cheque was dishonoured on May 30 on the grounds of "insufficient funds."
On June 6 a notice was sent to her through registered A.D. However, no reply was received.
The Magistrate observed: "Service (of the summons) to the accused has been effected as per the report of the process server dated September 8, 1998. She did not appear in the court. Bailable warrants be issued."
B.C. Roy award for Prof Bose
CHANDIGARH, Nov 2 Prof Shashanka Mohan Bose of the PGI was awarded the prestigious Dr B.C. Roy National Award for "eminent medical teacher" by the President, Mr K.R. Narayanan, in New Delhi last week.
The award was constituted by the Medical Council of India in 1934. Other eminent recipients in various categories include Dr P. Venugopal, Dr G.B. Parulkar, Dr S.D. Bapat, Dr A.G. Phadke, Dr S.N. Bhagwati, Dr M.R. Girinath, Dr B. Krishna Rao, Dr T.K. Biswas, Dr A.K. Vasavada and Dr D.D. Patel.
Administration clarifies demolition move
CHANDIGARH, Nov 2 The Chandigarh Administration today clarified that demolition of ongoing and recently built structures had been its top priority.
The recent demolition in Raipur Kalan were recent structures and were uninhabited. The demolition has been carried under the provisions of the Periphery Control Act.
No long standing
structures have been demolished and the administration
was considering regularising old colonies around villages
with a view to provide civic amenities on payment.
Expansion of low income housing was also on the cards, it
HUDA told to pay compensation
PANCHKULA, Nov 2 Holding the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) responsible for causing delay in giving them possession of a plot at Rohtak to a consumer, the local consumer court has directed the former to hand over the same within two months.
The consumer has been awarded Rs 1500 by the forum as costs.
The order was passed by the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum on a complaint filed by Ms Suman Jindal, a resident of Prem Nagar in Rohtak.
Ms Jindal in her complaint alleged that she applied for a plot in response to a housing scheme floated by the HUDA in February 1991. After a draw of lots she was allotted the plot. She deposited said 24 per cent of the total price of the plot. A number of representation to the HUDA for completion of development works in the area did not yield any results.
In its orders the forum
has directed the HUDA to pay 15 per cent interest on the
basic amount deposited by the complainant with effect
from January 1, 1995, till the date of giving possession
of the plot.
Nagar kirtan marks Gurpurb eve
CHANDIGARH, Nov 2 Thousands of residents participated in a colourful nagar kirtan' taken out in the city today by the Nagar Kirtan Tal Mel Committee to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.
The kirtan was started
amid chanting of 'shabad kirtan' from Sector 19 gurdwara
and terminated at Sector 23 gurdwara in the evening after
passing through Sectors 27, 28, 29, 30, 20, 21 and 22.
'Sangat' participating in the procession was greeted by
residents and shopkeepers of different sectors, who
offered tea and 'prasad' in different parts of the city.
CHANDIGARH, Nov 2 With just over a month to go for his term to end, the Senior Deputy Mayor of the Municipal Corporation, Mr Prem Sagar Jain, today tendered his resignation, thus further deepening the intra-party division in the local unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Later justifying the resignation, Mr Prem Sagar, said he was feeling "suffocated due to the intra-party squabbles of the BJP". Though Mr Jain will continue to be a councillor, he has resigned from various committees that he was a part of.
Mr Jain said he had resigned in the wake of a letter issued by the local president of the BJP, Mr Dharam Pal Gupta, yesterday. In the letter Mr Gupta had asked Mr Jain to clarify if the meeting of the corporation scheduled for October 30 was adjourned at the behest of expelled councillor O.P. Goyal.
In the letter, Mr Gupta had alleged that immediately after the meeting Mr Jain held a close door secret meeting with Congress councillors. This has been denied by Mr Jain saying "being an official of the corporation his room was open to anyone". He says "in my reply to Mr Gupta I have said there is no use of the clarification and the only sacrifice I can make is by resigning".
CHANDIGARH, Nov 2 A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court comprising Mr Justice VK Bali and Mr Justice B Rai, today, convicted Dharam Vir Khosla (64) of Hariana village in Hoshiarpur district for contempt of court and sentenced him to undergo a month's simple imprisonment, which was kept in abeyance for 15 days to enable the contemner to file an appeal against his conviction.
Mr Khosla had levelled allegations of corruption against a subordinate judge who had decided a suit against him. Replying to the charge, he made all sorts of charges against the judiciary.
The judges observed that neither in the pleadings nor during the course of arguments was Mr Khosla able to give any reasons whatsoever that compelled him to resort to the language he used which, per se, was scandalous and tended to bring all courts into disrepute.
The Bench observed, "We are thoroughly convinced that Mr Khosla far from having any respect for any court in the country, wishes to scandalise and lower the authority of the courts and, in our considered view, committed gross contempt of court and is guilty of criminal contempt as defined under Section 2 (C) of the Contempt of Courts Act".
CHANDIGARH, Nov 2 The high drama in the rounding up of six persons from a gurdwara in Palsora village by the SAS Nagar police this afternoon ended with their release after interrogation.
The SAS Nagar police rounded up four persons from Simran Sar Gurdwara, leading to resentment among the assembled congregation. The SP, Mr B.S. Randhawa, when contacted said the persons were rounded up for interrogation as the police was investigating a case registered on October 1.
Meanwhile, a statement issued on behalf of the gurdwara said plain-clothes men took into custody six persons and disrupted the ongoing akhand path. This charge was, however, denied by the SP, who said the persons were rounded up at 4.30 pm and let off at 7: 15 pm.
Onions stolen: In a unique case of theft, thieves broke into a house in Sector 23 and took away more than 2 kg of onions along with 12 kgs of ghee, besides Rs 1500 and other household items. The theft was committed in the house of Mr Chander Singh while he and his family were asleep.
A case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC has been registered.
Liquor pouches: Jagdish Chander of Dadu Majra and Jagan Nath Patel of Khuda Lahora village, have been arrested for allegedly possessing a crate and 40 pouches of liquor.
Cases under the Excise Act have been registered.
Car stolen: A Maruti car ( DL-4-CC-1465) owned by Mr Sanjay Kumar of Delhi was reportedly stolen from Sector 29.
Assaulted: Harnam Dev Singh of Sangrur was allegedly assaulted outside an eatery in Sector 17 on Sunday.
A case under Sections 324 and 34, IPC, has been registered.
7 arrested: Seven persons wanted in separate cases of road accident, gambling and theft for the past 18 years, have been arrested by a special team of the district police.
The SP, Mr Alok Mittal, said Ishwar Singh of Khuda Ali Sher village and Jagan Nath of Gurgaon, were wanted in separate cases of road accident.
CHANDIGARH: Recently the city has been a witness to a few high calibre exhibitions of paintings. Continuing with this trend is the show having works by a known name in the field of art, Dr Ram Viranjan. A lecturer in the Department of Fine Art, Kurukshetra university, he is displaying his works at Indus Ind Art Gallery under the title "Colourscape".
Sometime back Viranjan had exhibited in Chandigarh along with one of his colleagues. At that time he had worked with figurative in oils. But now his style is entirely different. The current show has beautiful landscapes in water colours.
These landscapes depict the scenes of a river bank where boats are anchored. Besides, they give the view of rural life and its buildings. One of them takes the viewer through the bylane of a village while another magnetically draws him in front of a temple. It can be said that these pieces have an ethereal quality about themselves. The colours used lend a dream-like effect to Viranjan's creations. Each frame beckons the visitor to come near and admire it, marvelling at the exquisite delineation.
The exhibition will be open till November 15.
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