Sunday, June 8, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Delhi CM appoints water & power monitors
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 7
Taking note of the simmering discontent over water and power situation in the Capital, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said all ministers of her government would personally supervise and monitor the situation. Several parts of NCT of Delhi are without water and electricity for several days now.

The MLAs and councillors would work in tandem with the ministers, closely monitor the situation and take necessary steps to redress the grievances, she said after inaugurating the commissioning of 36 high yield tube-wells in Palla, Burari and Iradat Nagar.

The BJP has been holding demonstrations against the acute shortage of water and electricity in the Capital. Water riots have not been entirely uncommon with residents clashing with the civic authorities and the police. Ms Dikshit feels that the supply of water in the city would enhance substantially, if leakages and wastage — more than 40 per cent — could be controlled. The commissioning of tube wells is a part of the Delhi Jal Board plan to augment the water supply. The DJB plans to install 110 high yield tube-wells at a cost of Rs 9.75 crore, which will supply water to the rural areas of North and North-West Delhi.

Ms Dikshit reiterated that her government has been working relentlessly towards improving the water supply in the Capital and, as a step forward in this direction, 320 Paani Panchayats controlled by women would start functioning from June 15.

“This,” she said, “along with 1,000 tankers doing 5,000 rounds, will solve the problem of water in far-flung and rural areas of the Capital to a very large extent.” She said the revised rates for private tanker operators were in effect since June 5.

There is a substantial amount of fresh water in Yamuna flood plain area near Paila, Burari and Iradat Nagar. Delhi Jal Board (DJB) had decided to instal 100 high yield tube wells in Palla and Burari and 10 tube wells in Iradat Nagar.

The work of installation of tube wells in Palla and Burari was taken up in phases and during the first phase, 30 tube wells were installed and commissioned in 2000-2001 and 2001-2002. In the second and third phases, 36 tube wells were being commissioned today of which 26 were in Palla and 10 in Iradat Nagar. This would augment water supply by 10 million gallons per day, said the DJB sources, adding that about five lakh additional residents, mostly of rural areas, shall benefit by the commissioning of these tube wells.


Canal water only answer to parched Ahirwal
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Rewari, June 7
The heat has made life more difficult for people of south Haryana, especially the Ahirwal belt, which is reeling under an acute shortage of water. Several organisations and individuals have voiced their protest against the government. According to the president of the Haryana Yuva Kisan Sangharsh Samiti (HYKSS), Mr Naresh Yadav, who is currently mobilising public opinion on the issue in south Haryana, the permanent solution to the problem lies in recharging the underground water table. The HYKSS has debunked efforts to sink tubewells in the area, describing the measures as “simplistic and half-baked”. The erratic power supply is another impediment in the running of tubewells.

Most areas of Mahendragarh district, especially Ateli, and Narnaul and some pockets of Bhiwani district have virtually no drinking water. The livestock is forced to go without water for days. There have been reports of cattle perishing for want of water. Villagers requisition water tankers from private parties based in nearby towns. Owners of such tankers charge astronomical sums.

A visit to some areas of Mahendragarh and Rewari revealed that the ponds in the villages have become bone dry. In some places, they have been converted into playgrounds. The taps in the areas are rusting owing to long period of disuse. It may be recalled that the residents of a cluster of 25 villages (Dohan Pachisi) in the Narnaul subdivision in Mahendragarh district had boycotted the Assembly elections in 2000 in protest against the inaction of successive governments on the water front.

While the water table has receded to over 1,000 feet in a large number of pockets, it has touched a depth of about 1,400 ft in the areas around Dohan Pachisi, Nangal Chaudhary and Palli. Farmers have installed tubewells at huge cost, but these have subsequently become useless due to the receding water table. Farming, the main vocation, has been severely affected in the entire Ahirwal belt due to the shortage of water.

What bothers the residents is that canal water intended for the Ahirwal belt was diverted to other parts of the state in the 70s. The anomaly persists, depriving the area of its share of the state’s water resources. It is felt that if canal water is made available, the water table in the area would raise. Therefore, the government must store water in dams such as the Masani barrage in Rewari district and Hamidpur dam in Mahendragarh district. At present, these dams are dry.


Three of family shot dead during mourning
Our Correspondent

Meerut, June 7
Three members of Dr Nasiruddin’s family, which was mourning the death of his grandmother, were shot dead and six others injured in a shootout in Bani Sarai Mohalla under the Katwal police station today at 1 pm. The assailants were brothers and relatives of Dr Nasiruddin.

All the nine seriously injured persons were rushed to a private nursing home where Dr Nasiruddin, his son Prince and his nephew Guddu were declared brought dead. Six others are struggling for life.

According to eyewitnesses, the family of Dr Nasiruddin was mourning the death of his grandmother at their residence in the Bani Sarai locality around noon. Several family members and friends were present at the house when a niece of Dr Nasiruddin joined them. However, other family members protested against her presence due to some family dispute. In the meantime, eight assailants, including four real brothers of Dr Nasiruddin, arrived at the spot and opened fire indiscriminately from several rifles, injuring nine persons.

Soon all the 13 SHOs of the city were rushed to the spot. The police shifted the injured to a private nursing home where Dr Nasiruddin, Prince and Guddu were declared brought dead by the doctors. The condition of two of the six others is said to be critical.

Thirty-eight cartridges of .12 bore rifles and three cartridges of .315 bore rifles and some empty cartridges of 30 Springfield rifles were recovered from the spot.

A dispute over 150 acres of agriculture land near Pilkhua in Ghaziabad district is said to be the cause of the attack. The family has decided to hive off its assets. The assailants had been unhappy with the share of property they had got, some eyewitnesses told the NCR Tribune.

Two killed in attack over property

New Delhi: Two brothers were murdered and the wife of one of them was injured seriously in an attack by six persons over a property dispute in the early hours today at Samaipur Badli in north-west Delhi. The woman is battling for her life in the hospital. A watchman was also shot at by the fleeing assailants, who were chased and beaten up by the neighbours.

The suspects — Sheela, her associate Jagtar and four others, residents of Samalkha — were also injured. Sheela and Jagtar were nabbed and admitted to a nearby hospital while the four others managed to escape under the cover of darkness. A case of murder and attempt to murder has been registered against them. Sheela and Jagtar will be taken into police custody soon after they are discharged from the hospital, the police said. TNS


Maid nabbed; GK murder solved
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 7
With the arrest of the maid, the Delhi Police today claimed to have worked out the murder of an old woman in the posh Greater Kailash area in South Delhi.

The maid, Gauri Jena, was arrested this morning from a jhuggi cluster in Govindpuri. She hails from Orissa and had worked with the victim, Mrs Meena, for sometime.

She allegedly committed the murder in Mrs Meena’s house in Greater Kailash on May 31 when the victim was alone. The murder came to light when the victim’s husband, who had gone out for some work, returned, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Vivek Gogia said.

The house was completely ransacked, which suggested that robbery could be the motive of the murder. A special team was constituted under the supervision of ACP Kalkaji Sanjay Bhatia.

The police suspected the involvement of the maid on the second day of the incident, as she did not come to the victim’s house for work. During investigation, the police were told by neighbours that the maid was seen boarding an autorickshaw in the evening. She was carrying a bag with her.

The police came to know that she had gone to her native place in Orissa. A team was sent there but she was not found. Cops were also sent to her sister’s house in West Bengal but she could not be traced. Subsequently, the police came to know that she was staying in a jhuggi cluster in Govindpuri. A raid was conducted and she was arrested this morning, the DCP said.

During interrogation, she confessed to having killed the victim. She disclosed that she went to her sister’s place in West Bengal. When she came to know that the police had reached there to arrest her, she left the robbed articles there and returned to Delhi. The police have recovered a bag and a few stolen goods. A team has been sent to her sister’s house to recover the stolen jewellery. The police said that the victim had bought the jewellery on the day before the murder to give to her daughters, who are married and live elsewhere.

Youths of well-to-do families shot at IMM official

Ghaziabad: The Kavi Nagar police have nabbed three youths, all belonging to well-to-do families, who had fired at the administrative officer of IMM, Sudhir Chaudhry, in C Block Market here on Wednesday night.

Sudhir Chaudhry said he was standing in the market when some youths in a Lancer car fired at him. Luckily, the bullets missed him. He said the assailants were the same persons whom he had had stopped from attending IMM programmes. They had then threatened him with dire consequences.

The SO of Kavi Nagar, Mr Anil Samanya, said the incident had taken place in C Block Market on Wednesday night. Cops in a Gypsy parked in the area chased the Lancer car (DL-700 1186) from which shots had been fired and were able to arrest the assailants. The car has been seized. OC


A black-belt all-women petrol pump
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 7
They might be dressed in designer garbs, but their martial art skills will have the masters nodding in approval. The all-women petrol pump is not a place for eve teasing, thanks to the extensive training that the women have received. The BPCL’s all-women filling station, which was inaugurated last year, takes pride in the fact that the women have received training in judo and karate from the Delhi Police.

The training according to BPCL, was a lesson in empowerment. The company, taking note of the increasing cases of violence against women, decided to seek the help of the Delhi Police in instructing its employees in self-defence.

The all-women team at the filling station evokes a great deal of curiosity, with mostly men driving in to take a dekko at the women doing what is supposedly a “man’s job”. Those with a roving eye, however, need to exercise greater caution, as a lewd gesture could elicit an appropriate response. Dressed in stylish uniforms designed by Pratima Pandey, a faculty member of NIFT, the women at the station recently celebrated one year of successful operation.

Watch out, 1900 women trained in martial arts

More than 300 women, who have completed a self-defence training programme organized by the Delhi Police, were awarded merit certificates today.

The programme was initiated in December last, following the spurt in cases of crime against women in the capital. So far, the Delhi police have “trained” 1900 women.

The 1900-mark was crossed today and at least 300 women were handed over certificates by Deputy Chairperson of Rajya Sabha Najma Heptulla. Lauding the efforts of Delhi Police, Ms Heptulla said such training not only made women physically stronger but also instilled confidence in them to deal with physical assault. Delhi Police Commissioner R S Gupta said he was enthralled by the response to the training.

The Crime Against Women Cell has been providing training to women in 37 different institutions and the profile of those trained varies from a nine-year-old girl to a 56-year-old housewife.

Out of the 1900 trainees, 1300 are in the age group 17-25 while 14 are above 35. In eight cases, both mother and daughter have undergone training.


Residents of Sector 14 squirm in bed all night
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, June 7
The recent image-building exercise of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) came to a nought last night, one of the hottest of the season. The stark reality hit the residents of Sector 14 and adjoining areas in the dead of the night when the power supply snapped at 10.20 pm. The supply was restored at 5.15 am today. A snag in the 66 KV feeder line is blamed for the power failure.

As usual, the officials at the complaint centre would not respond to the complaints. Swamped with calls, the officials took the receiver off the hook. There was none to tell the suffering residents when the supply would resume.

“With the heat unbearable, inverters also could not cope with the protracted power cut. ``Our family kept sitting outside, waiting for the supply to be restored,” said Mrs S. S. Chaudhary, a resident of Sector 14 here.

The complaint centre is reportedly under-staffed. As a result, there is delay in attending to complaints, admits an employee, who did not want to be identified.

It is learnt that several feeders and transformers were damaged in the squall on Thursday, leading to power disruption in many areas of Ballabgarh, Hathin and Palwal subdivisions. A Congress leader, Ms Sharda Rathaur, said that the power department had failed to meet the expectations of the people despite the steep hike in power charges in the last few years.

Top authorities of the DHBVN had recently claimed that an ‘Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (APDRP)’ worth Rs 124 crore had been started in the Faridabad region. It was stated that low-capacity conductors of about 96 feeders of 11 KV line in the district were being replaced and all the substations in the district would be revamped by replacing old circuit breakers. It is reported that Rs 40 crore had already been spent on power development in the past three years in the district and the DHBVN was carrying out works to improve the system at a cost of Rs 33.31 crore.

According to the Managing Director of the DHBVN, a comprehensive plan worth Rs 203 crore to strengthen the power transmission and distribution system in the district was under way. Nine new substations, including a 220 KV substation at Palli, were in the pipeline.


Poor material being used for making watercourses
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 7
The Haryana Government has been suffering a huge financial loss owing to the use of substandard material in the construction of watercourses by the officials of the Command Area Development Authority (CADA) in this district during the past few years.

According to informed sources, some of the works executed in the past had been found to be of below standard and the CADA higher authorities had made a series of enquiries into the allegations levelled against the officials by the farmers.

The state government had been receiving complaints from the farmers against the ‘scandalous’ functioning of the CADA.

Representatives of various farmers’ organisations have stated that a high-level inquiry into the scandalous work is likely to expose the malpractices of the CADA officials.

Meanwhile, the irrigation department officials are minting money in the district at the cost of the department image.

According to knowledgeable sources, the bulk of the amount spent on the irrigation schemes had been misappropriated by the officials entrusted to the job of executing the schemes. Some of the works executed by the department during the past few years, remain on paper only and the officials made payment for the works which actually had not been executed at all.

The muster-rolls also included the names of the persons who never put on the job, it is alleged.

The Sonepat construction division has become a den of corruption as the funds allotted for the construction of bridges and other works are being misused by some officials. Representatives of farmers organisations have demanded a high-level probe into the working of the division.


Agriculture Dept advises farmers to cultivate castor crop
Shiv Sharma

Bhiwani, June 7
In view of the drought continuing for the past two years in the state, the agriculture department has stressed the need to concentrate on sowing the castor crop under diversification move.

With a view to getting positive results of the diversification move, the Haryana Agriculture University, Hisar, has planned to convert Kharkadi village (Dhigava Mandi) of the district into ‘Castor Village’.

The agriculture department has recommended the cultivation of castor crop for the areas where the canal water is not reachable, as it will save cost and require a minimum quantity of water.

Sources told the ‘NCR Tribune’ that the CCHAU (Ch Charan Singh Haryana Agriculture University, Hisar) considering the report of the Deputy Director, Agriculture, Bhiwani, as viable, has planned to convert Kharkadi village into castor village. The sowing of castor will be done in 100 acres in this village, besides 1,000 acres in Bhiwani district. The farmers will be imparted special training for the cultivation of this crop by the Agriculture Department.

Experts say that farmers had been sowing castor considering it a useless crop at the canals, banks and wasteland, so far but research had disclosed that it can be used to make lubricants, soaps and medicines.

The farmers in the state have also suffered a financial setback due to drought for the past two years especially in Bhiwani, Rewari and Mahendragarh.

The sowing of castor will certainly help the farmers to come out of their financial crisis, experts said.


MC in quandary over tax recovery from govt depts
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 7
The authorities of the Sonepat Municipal Council are in a quandary regarding the recovery of house tax and fire tax arrears from the heads of various government departments, including the offices of the Deputy Commissioner, the Superintendent of Police and the Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Sonepat.

According to a report, the authorities had given notices a number of times to the heads of the departments, pleading for the payment of house tax and the fire tax, but they were least bothered about these notices.

On receiving reports, the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, took a serious note of the matter and directed the district authorities to render help to the civic bodies for the recovery of house tax. The Chief Minister again asked the DCs and SPs on April 25 at a meeting held at Chandigarh to take immediate and concrete steps for the recovery of house tax and other taxes but in vain.

A sum of Rs 34 lakh is outstanding against 13 government departments in this city. Some of the errant departments are PWD (B&R) (Rs 10,49,778), Public Heath Department (Rs 8.08,268), Government Institute of Engineering (Surgical Centre) (Rs 4,61,197), Civil Surgeon’s office (Rs 94,276), District Sports Officer (Rs 82,947), DPRO’s office (Rs 71,168), Secretary, District Red Cross Society (Rs 55,86), Divisional Forest Officer’s office (Rs 37,679), Tehsildar’s office (Rs 32,478), the SDM’s office (Rs 31,152).

The authorities of the Sonepat Municipal Council had already taken punitive action against the defaulters by dumping filth and garbage in front of the offices of various mobile phone companies and several influential Persons. They are in a fix whether such punitive action should be taken against the heads of government departments or not. However, they have affixed the lists of the defaulters at some public places as a punitive step against them.


This industrial hub now has a chamber of commerce
Our Correspondent

Rewari, June 7
Rewari district, which mainly comprises the Dharuhera Industrial Estate, the HSIDC (Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation) growth centre of Bawal and the industrial complex of Rewari, has now become a vital industrial hub on the map of Haryana. Situated mostly along National Highway 8, it is now the home of several premier industries like Hero Honda, Sony, Asahi India and YKK India etc.

With a view to promoting holistic development in the region and maintaining meaningful communication with the policy makers, the Rewari Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) has been formed with the initiative and inspiration provided by Mr Vineet Garg, Deputy Commissioner, Rewari. The newly constituted executive body of the RCCI comprises the following office-bearers: president: Mr Rajeev Kapoor (Hero Honda); vice-presidents: Mr D. K. Jain (Aggarwal Metals) and Mr Ravi Gupta (Paramount Communications); general secretary: Mr Vipin Kaushal (YKK); joint secretary: Mr J. Aloysius Ignatius (Space Age); treasurer: Mr Radha Shyam Gupta (Gupta Metals); and convenor: Mr L. R. Pruthi (Hero Honda).

The RCCI, which is a registered organisation and has already enrolled 30 industries as its members, has the target to enlist the remaining industries of the Rewari region as its members by March, 2004.

Appreciating the constitution of the RCCI by local industries in line with the vision of the Chief Minister, the Deputy Commissioner expressed the hope that it would be able to provide the necessary feedback to the state government towards the implementation as well as reorientation of its policies to ensure substantial industrial growth in the area.

Addressing a press conference here last night, its newly elected president, Mr Rajeev Kapoor, informed the RCCI was also moving towards becoming a part of the CII, Northern Chapter, PHDCCI, and other apex industrial organisations to keep pace with the rapid strides of development.

As regards the aims and objectives of the RCCI, he said that apart from representing the industries in various forums it would continually organise programmes and workshops to bring about quality improvement in local industries and also to ensure environment safety and health.

He also said the provision of a common site for disposal of the solid waste now accumulating in local industries, regular supply of power and a better communication system were other such essential requirements which needed the urgent attention of the government.

In this very context, Mr D. K. Jain, vice-president of the RCCI, voiced the demand for a 50-bed ESI hospital in Rewari district, the absence of which, he said, had been causing considerable hardship to the thousands of workers employed in various industrial units of Rewari, Dharuhera and Bawal.

Simultaneously, he also pleaded for legalisation of contractual labour as well as slashing of custom duty on plant and machinery.

Mr Sunil Sabharwal, president of the Haryana Environmental Management Society, a non-government organisation, emphasised the need of importing essential training to local technicians and others to ensure the availability of proficient technicians for the rapidly mushrooming high-tech industries here.


JD(U) puts govt on the mat for warrants against farmers
Our Correspondent

Rewari, June 7
The issuance of warrants against a large number of defaulting farmers of Rewari, Mahendragarh, Gurgaon, Jhajjar and Bhiwani districts as well as the Mewat region under Section 104 (C) of the Cooperative Act by the Assistant Registrar, Cooperative Societies, Haryana, has come in for sharp criticism from the Haryana Janata Dal (U) president, Mr Ved Prakash Vidrohi.

Flaying the state government as well as the authorities concerned for unleashing a reign of terror against the hapless farmers, Mr Vidrohi said it was common knowledge that earlier the kharif crop in these areas was a total failure on account of unprecedented drought. Now, the rabi produce had remained much below expectations owing to extremely inclement weather conditions and certain other factors.

There was such a severe financial stringency for the farmers that it virtually incapacitated them in repaying the short-term crop loans which they had taken from various mini banks.

Mr Vidrohi further said it was deplorable that instead of adopting a lenient and merciful attitude the

authorities were treating the hapless farmers with a heavy hand. He said it was agonising that in a bid to secure recovery of loans the poor farmers were being persistently intimidated, socially stigmatised and also sent behind bars.

Alleging that the high-handed treatment of the authorities towards the farmers here was harsher than that being meted out to officials in other parts of the state, Mr Vidrohi demanded the immediate cessation of the issuance of warrants and adoption of a humane and lenient approach in the recovery of loans from farmers in south Haryana.


Plan to construct Maharana Pratap Bhavan
Our Correspondent

Rewari, June 7
Maharana Pratap Jayanti Samiti, which is a registered voluntary organisation of the Rewari region, has made it known that it intends to construct Maharana Pratap Bhavan at Rewari. It recently celebrated the 464th birth anniversary of Maharana Pratap at Maharana Pratap Chowk here with great fervour.

Speaking about the samiti’s plan in this regard, the president, Mr Naresh Chauhan, said the construction of a bhavan here was important to infuse the valuable ideal of patriotism among the young generation. He also disclosed that the samiti would soon make a formal request to the state government to allot the piece of land lying vacant in the vicinity of Maharana Pratap Chowk here for this purpose. Besides, the samiti would also request the government to give funds fir its construction. Earlier, the samiti had set up a magnificent statue of Maharana Pratap riding a horse at the chowk. This was unveiled by former Union Minister, Dr Karan Singh, on May 31, 1998.


The choosing of a guru and some cautions

Teachers are needed to teach children the rudiments of mathematics. Even as we need teachers to teach music and crafts, men need guidance from teachers in the realm of religion and spirituality, claims those who argue that spiritual knowledge can come only through a guru.

India is known to be a country producing spiritual teachers in abundance. The guru-sishya tradition in India while ensuring a place of honour to the teacher has at times promoted excessive and blind worship of gurus. While some of them do motivate people to search for the truth, quite a few misguide disciples, exploit their credulity and emotions. Some build up empires of their own while promoting superstitious beliefs and narrow mindedness in their followers. Part of religious fundamentalism owes its existence to vested interests in the field of religion.

The warning against false prophets and false teachers are contained in all scriptures. Many have been disillusioned in the attempt by the blind to lead the blind.

“For long I yearned for an all-knowing, enlightened and true spiritual master who would with his touch, with the wave of the proverbial magic wand or at least a teaching or a technique, transmit insights, understanding and even powers that would enable me to transcend the deep, incompleteness in relating to myself and my world,” confesses Rajiv Mehrotra, in his recently released book, The mind of the Guru. It is a collection of his “conversations” with spiritual masters during his broadcasting career.

In his enlightening interviews with spiritual masters such as the Dalai Lama, Thich Nath Hanh, Deepak Chopra, Swami Ranganathananda, Swami Parthasarathy, U. G. Krishnamurti, Desmond Tutu, Baba Amte, Swami Agnivesh, Dr Karan Singh and others there is one persistent question: Are you a guru? And the inevitable answer, though couched in different words, is in the negative.

However, there is enough warning against worshipping gurus as infallible beings, as almost gods. The author, at the end of all his interaction with great minds, also is categorical in maintaining (with his unquenchable yearning for someone who would lead him out of the abyss) that no “all embracing answers” or “cataclysmic moments of liberating insight”, emerged out of his exchanges with these great minds. And his search continues with greater certitude happy over the privilege that he had met at least some people “on the brink of that all embracing state of bliss”. It is this honesty that makes the book worthy of reading by seekers of truth.

Swami Ranganathananda emphasises that the guru must be of good character to earn the respect of students. To Swami Parthasarathy, the title “swami” refers to one who is dedicated to the understanding and realisation of self. He goes on to clarify: “I am not a swami in the sense that I have taken on any roles, but the public has confirmed the title on their own volition. In fact, I am just a grhastha, a family person, but for many years the people have been calling me Swami.” The significance of these answers lie in the fact that while the leaders themselves are humble enough to admit their humanness, it is strange that the masses attribute superhuman abilities to so-called god men and put them on a higher pedestal. The Dalai Lama, in his forward to the book says that Buddhist practitioners do not try to view literally every action of their spiritual teacher as divine and noble. “The scriptures clearly delineate the specific, demanding qualities that are required of a teacher. But if it should unfortunately occur that the teacher seems to behave in an unacceptable way, it is appropriate for students to be critical of it,” feels the Buddhist leader.

“It is not necessary for the guru to embody perfection in all things. She/he in human form remains inherently and potentially fallible,” asserts the author and then clarifies: “Our own common sense and judgement needs to circumscribe the teaching. It must stand the sustained scrutiny of our own experience. We learn from the guru. We surrender to the greater spiritual experience of the guru, but it is the teaching not the teacher that offers ultimate wisdom.”

In the different spiritual traditions, the guru acquires different roles. In philosophies based on advaita (non-duality) the striving is to awaken insight from within oneself, through one’s own efforts, rather than in relationship to an external idea or intervention.

Deepak Chopra, also regarded as a spiritual teacher, who had spent most of his active life in the United States, says: “the best guru is the guru within, the teacher within. It is the inner intelligence, which is the ultimate and supreme genius, which mirrors the wisdom of the universe.”

The Upanishads and other Hindu scriptures have highlighted the qualities of the guru. Brahmavidya Upanishad says the guru is one who is God (and therefore not in bondage); learned in the scripture (Mundaka Upanishad); established in God (Mundaka Upanishad); brahmachari (Atharva Veda); chaste in character, pure, free from dualities, omniscient and saviour and refuge. It is obvious that no human person can fulfil such conditions.

The Advaitarak Upanishad (mantra 16), however, analyses the word Guru as made of two derivatives, ‘gu’ meaning darkness and ‘ru’ meaning dispeller. The Guru is the dispeller of the darkness of the soul. God alone can perform this function. God himself is the Guru.

In his book, The Idealist View of Life, Dr S. Radhakrishnan, the great philosopher India had produced, writes: “The religious truth is found in Plato and the Upanishads. Its highest embodiment is in the life of Jesus.”

The ‘Conversations with Spiritual Masters’ in the mind of the Guru certainly serves to shed some light on the spiritual journey. Published by Penguin Books India, it should serve to warn those who blindly enthrone ordinary mortals on a pedestal as gurus.

M P K Kutty



DSGMC welcomes 2nd language status for Punjabi
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 7
The members of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) has welcomed the grant of second language status to Punjabi. In a meeting organised here today, it was pointed out that the agitation to ensure that the second language status is granted to Punjabi paid off and that the Bill has been sent to the President of India for his assent.

Prof. Harmohinder Singh, Secretary, DSGMC, said that the first phase of the problem is over and that now emphasis should be laid on propagating the language.

He added that schools should encourage Punjabi reading through literature and newspapers and that children should also be encouraged to speak and communicate in Punjabi.

It was also pointed out that Punjabi Vikas Committee should now take timely steps for appointing Punjabi teachers in schools and colleges.

The members were also of the view that more money should be allocated to grant fixed scales to Punjabi teachers. Mr. Harmeet Singh, principal, Khalsa College, was critical of the government’s ban on the recruitment of Punjabi teachers and hoped that the appointments will be made without any discrimination.


Police directed to register case against scribe

Panipat, June 7
The Judicial magistrate (JMIC, First Class), Mr Rajinder Goel, today directed the police to register a case against Chander Shekhar Dharni, a correspondent of a vernacular newspaper for allegedly tarnishing the image of a lady social worker, Ms Rajni Gupta. According to the counsel for the complainant, Mr K. C. Sharma, the JMIC directed the police to investigate the allegations of Ms Gupta after registering a case against the accused, editor and publisher of the newspaper under Section 156(3) of the IPC.

It may be recalled that Ms Gupta was honoured by the district administration for her social works on the Republic Day this year. However, the correspondent criticised this, saying she was “incompetent”, and alleged that Ms Gupta had been apprehended along with her “lover” by the police in the past. The report also mentioned that the Haryana Government had ordered an inquiry into the circumstances leading to her being honoured by the district administration. TNS


4,054 plots allotted under relocation scheme
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 7
In compliance with the Supreme Court orders, the Government of NCT of Delhi has allotted 4,054 plots in Narela, Bawana and Badli industrial areas under the relocation scheme, a top official said today.

As many as 3,395 plots have been allotted in Bawana, 657 in Narela and two in Badli. In addition, nine industrial flats have also been allotted to the eligible units, said Mr Rajni Kant Verma, Managing Director of the Delhi State Industrial Development Corporation (DSIDC.)

The draw of lots for plots of sizes 100 sq m, 150 sq m, 200 sq m and 250 sq m was conducted under the supervision of DSIDC General Manager Krishan Kumar. Mr Verma said the remaining units would be considered in the next draw of lots to be held after development of 175 hectares of land, which was being acquired.


Shops gutted in Yusuf Sarai
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 7
Goods worth lakhs of rupees were destroyed in a fire that broke out in seven shops in Yusuf Sarai market in south Delhi early this morning.

The shops were in temporary sheds allotted to Kashmiri migrants. Four fire fighters were rushed by the Delhi Fire Service (DFS), which doused the fire within one hour.

Fortunately, there was no casualty in the fire. Short-circuit is suspected to be the cause of the fire as there was no proper electrification in the shops, a spokesman of DFS said.

Inspectors transferred

The Commissioner of Police, Mr R.S. Gupta, issued orders for the transfer of three traffic inspectors from the Delhi Cantonment, Lajpat Nagar and Kotwali areas after he received adverse report against them.

The Vigilance Department of the Delhi Police had informed him that haphazard parking of commercial and goods vehicles were made in these areas allegedly in connivance with the Traffic Police. The Commissioner of Police has also asked the DCP concerned to explain why appropriate steps had not been taken to control the malpractice, the police spokesman said.


Three bodies found in Rohtak

Rohtak, June 7
Three bodies were found from various places in the district. Mr Nand Lal and his grandson, Manjit (8), were found dead in fields at Nigana village. Their bodies were noticed by a farmer, Ran Singh who reported the matter to the police.

The duo was murdered by sharp-edged weapons, said the police. In another incident, a middle-aged man’s body was recovered by the police from Chhotu Ram chowk here. The body could not be identified. OC

10 persons injured
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 7
Atleast 10 persons, including a five-year-old child, were injured in different road accidents that occurred on the National Highway No. 1 last evening.. According to a report, all the injured persons were hospitalised and are stated to be out of danger. The police have registered the cases and further investigations were in progress.

Farmer electrocuted

Sonepat: A farmer, Mr Baljit Singh (42), was electrocuted while working in the fields at Larsauli village, about 15 km from here today.



Antique articles worth lakhs seized
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 7
The Delhi Police today claimed to have seized 22 antique articles worth several lakhs of rupees from a house in the Jangpura area and arrested one person in this connection.

The raid, which was jointly conducted by the Rajasthan and Delhi Police, yielded as many as five pieces of bronze idols and 17 ivory items from the house. The police said that S. S. Goyal, who was allegedly engaged in smuggling of these items, was taken into custody.

The antiques were reportedly stolen from the remote temples in Rajasthan and have been sold for exorbitant prices in Capital and in other parts of the country.

The police have now sought the help of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to find out the other details of the seized antiques.

The raid was a follow up of the drive undertaken by the Rajasthan Police to crack down on smugglers of antique items during which they arrested an antique smuggler operating as a handicraft dealer and seized 17 to 18 pieces of antique statues and idols.

Arrested for stealing cars

The Delhi Police have arrested the proprietor of a finance company on the charges of stealing cars. The accused, Joginder Singh, who runs an auto finance company in Janakpuri area of South-West Delhi, was arrested by Crime Branch on the basis of an information last evening.

Preliminary investigations revealed that Singh had been engaged in stealing cars since 1990 and used to dispose them off using his business as a garb, the police said. According to the police, he had been booked once but managed to evade arrest despite a court declaring him an absconder.

Prostitution racket busted

The Crime Branch of the Delhi Police has busted a flesh trade racket by arresting five girls, two pimps along with four customers from a south Delhi area.

The Crime Branch sleuths conducted a raid at a house on the basis on an information last night and effected their arrests, said the police.

The owner of the house, Firoz Khan, was allegedly running the racket while using his export business as a garb.

The police said that he would lure girls from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and other adjoining areas on the pretext of his export business and use them for prostitution.


Murderous attack on Tees Hazari advocate
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, June 7
Criminals in Gulawathi made a murderous attack on a young advocate, who was returning from the Tees Hazari Court in Delhi. The assailants attacked the advocate in a populated area with daggers and firearms.

The seriously injured advocate was admitted to a Meerut Hospital where his condition is said to be critical. Though a large crowd had witnessed the lone advocate, Mukesh, graplling with the six assailants, none came to his rescue.

Mukesh is the son of Sagar Dutt Sharma of Mohalla Adarsh Nagar, who is the principal of Chaudhry Charan Singh Inter College in Bhatona.

Mukesh, an advocate at Tees Hazari Court in Delhi, is also the legal consultant of a Meerut based publishing house.

He was walking to his house at about 10 pm on Friday night after getting down from a bus. As he entered the street of Saraswati Shishu Mandir, six assailants attacked him with knives and revolvers.

On hearing the gunfire, the people came on to their terraces, but none dared to confront the criminals. Even though wounded, Mukesh put up a fight with his assailants. The assailants were seen walking away leisurely, waving their weapons in the air. They got into their car, which was parked at some distance and sped away.

Later, some acquaintances helped rush profusely bleeding Mukesh to a local hospital. In view of his condition, he was referred to the Lok Priya Hospital, Meerut. The police, which reached the site of crime fairly late, picked up an empty cartridge from the spot.

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