Sunday, September 3, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


M A I N   N E W S

Sikh heritage museum to be set up
From T.R. Ramachandran
Tribune News Service

NEW DELHI, Sept 2 — The internationally-renowned Smithsonian Institution in the USA has decided to set up a Sikh heritage museum as part of its 154-year-old edict of increasing and diffusing knowledge.

It is a recognition of the industrious Sikh community’s independent identity and its contribution to US society and the industrialised West.

The institution which was established as an independent trust in 1846 has begun the spadework in setting up the Sikh heritage museum as part of its international chain of museums and galleries to focus on the special attributes of Sikhism and its impact on the cultures of the world.

The blueprint for the project has been finalised and an advisory committee of eminent Sikh personalities constituted, according to Dr Paul Michael Taylor, Director of the Asian Cultural History Programme and Curator of Asian, European and Middle Eastern Ethnology of the Institution in the Washington DC.

In a communication to the Vice- Chairman of the National Minorities Commission, Mr Tarlochan Singh, Dr Taylor said he had gone round three museums in London and that work connected with the museum had begun. Dr Taylor had already had some extended sittings with a few acclaimed authorities of Sikh history and thought.

Dr Taylor proposes visiting India in October accompanied by Dr Amrik S. Chattha, for discussions with a cross-section of Sikh scholars, museum officials and curators both in the national capital and Punjab. Dr Taylor also plans going to Lahore for a meeting with Mr Iqbal Qauser, Executive Director, Punjab History Board. Mr Qauser has offered his assistance to Dr Taylor for the project.

Dr Chattha is a neurologist and an erstwhile president of the Sikh Council of North America. He is actively involved in social and cultural organisations and is the brother of Mr Ajit Singh Chattha, former Chief Secretary of Punjab.

Dr Jeevan Singh Deol, who has been working as a fellow at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom, has been specially selected to work on the project.

Post doctoral fellows will be recruited to work on the project. During his stay in India, Dr Taylor is expected to hold interviews and shortlist some doctoral fellows who will be authenticating and interpreting Sikh artifacts in the possession of the institution.

The institution will be touring various sites and countries in different parts of the world on a collection spree to put together an exhaustive exposition on Sikh arts, culture and religion.

The project has an initial budget of $ 3,50,000 spread over two years. A fund has been floated by the non-resident Sikh community for securing financial support.


Attack on woman Judge by lawyer in courtroom
From Our Correspondent

KAITHAL, Sept 2 — Tension gripped the district courts when a woman Judge, Ms Shalini Singh, was attacked with a knife by a lawyer in the courtroom here today. However, she escaped with minor scratches on the face and other parts of her body.

The Civil Judge-cum-Judicial Magistrate (1st Class) Kaithal in her complaint lodged with the police alleged that at about 12.15 p.m. a lawyer, Mr Ishwar Singh came on the dais with a knife in his hand and attempted to hit her in the abdomen. In the meantime, steno Anil Kumar and reader Satish Chhabra sensing trouble caught hold of the assailant. When he was pulled down from the dais he again tried to attack her with the knife and with the other hand scratched her face and physically assaulted her. As a result her face and some other parts of her body received scratches but the steno and the reader succeeded in overpowering him and pushing him down.

After the incident, Mr Ishwar Singh managed to escape from the court. The police has registered a case under Sections 307/332/353/452, IPC, and under the Arms Act has launched a massive hunt to apprehend the culprit.Back



Basu to retire on Sept 15

CALCUTTA, Sept 2 (PTI) — West Bengal Chief Minister Jyoti Basu has said he had made up his mind to retire on September 15, but the CPM central leadership has asked him to continue till it was approved by the party politburo and the state committee.

“I had already made up my mind to retire on September 15, but the central leadership asked me to continue till both politburo and the state committee approved my wishes,” the 86-year-old Chief Minister told in an interview, a transcript of which was made available here today.


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