Tuesday, August 12, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Cabinet nod to Delhi Statehood proposal
Tribune News Service

Law and order and public security will continue to remain in Centre’s domain.

In case of a conflict between the Centre and the Delhi Government, the formers’ directives will take precedence and would be binding on the state government.

Status of land not clear with Minister mum on whether it would be transferred to the state government.

Once the Bill gets Parliament’s nod, Articles 239 AA and 239 AB, under which Delhi was granted Assembly status and other facilities, would cease to exist.

New Delhi, August 11
Yielding to electoral compulsions and, by default, to the longstanding demand of Delhiites, the Union Cabinet today cleared a proposal to introduce a Bill granting full statehood to Delhi. However, even in the new dispensation, law and order and public security will continue to remain in Centre’s domain.

The decision comes three months before the scheduled elections to the Delhi Assembly and a day after Deputy Prime Minister L. K. Advani’s announcement that the Bill would be introduced in the current session.

While the Delhi BJP welcomed the decision, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit dubbed it as ambiguous and a political stunt.

Talking to newspersons, Parliamentary Affairs and Health Minister Sushma Swaraj said in case of a conflict between the Centre and the Delhi Government, the formers’ directives would take precedence and would be binding on the state government.

Adding that Parliament was still in session, she refused to give details of the proposal. The minister also declined to comment on whether land would be transferred to the state government. But she disclosed that once the Bill gets Parliament’s nod, Articles 239 AA and 239 AB, under which Delhi was granted Assembly status and other facilities, would cease to exist.

Ms Swaraj pointed out, “Delhi will then be like any other state.” Thus far, Delhi, like Pondicherry, has remained a Union Territory despite having an Assembly. Delhi acquired an Assembly in 1993 and since then the demand for full statehood has gained momentum.

The minister said the decision would meet the long-standing demand of the people of Delhi. She said Deputy Prime Minister L. K. Advani was keen that the Bill be introduced in the current session.

However, the Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, expressed unhappiness at not being consulted on the issue. Ms Dikshit said she had written to Mr Advani this morning, requesting him to consult her before formulating the draft Bill on statehood for Delhi. “We were neither informed nor consulted about the Bill. Whatever we have come to know is through the media and from Parliamentary Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s briefing on the Bill. It seems ambiguous and not understandable,” Ms Dikshit said.

Pointing out that the Bill had several “grey areas”, the Chief Minister said: “The fact is that police and public order remain with the Centre, which totally negates the concept of full statehood. The provision under which the Centre’s directions, in case of differences with the Delhi Government, were binding on the state government also negate the concept”.

Terming the Cabinet decision as “historic”, Delhi BJP president Madan Lal Khurana asked the Congress to support the Bill when it is tabled. “If the Congress fails to support the Bill in Parliament, it will tantamount to betrayal of the people,” he said.

Mr Khurana said the BJP had been raising the demand “since the Jan Sangh days in 1965...’’

Last year in November, a special session of the Delhi Assembly had passed a joint resolution supporting the demand for full statehood. The resolution, passed unanimously by the Assembly, had sought to bring land and law and order within the ambit of the state government, leaving security of VVIPs and vital installations to the Centre.

The issue of law and order had been a matter of contention. The Congress initially favoured that law and order be retained by the Centre, but later changed its stand, demanding that a part of the force be under the charge of state government for day-to-day management.

The BJP, however, had all along been demanding that the Delhi Development Authority and the Delhi Police be under the Delhi Government while proposing that the Centre could exercise control over the security of the VVIPs and vital installations. 



Two Lashkar men nabbed from CP
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 11
The Delhi Police today claimed to have foiled a major terrorist attempt to disrupt the Independence Day celebrations with the arrest of two members of the banned Lashkar-e-Toiba from the Connaught Place area of the Capital last evening.

The arrested militants were identified as Altaf Hussain and Aftab Ahmed. They were arrested from Palika Bazar where they were scheduled to meet, the police said. A map of Delhi, a Chinese pistol and a wireless set were seized from them.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi), Mr Manoj Kumar Lall, said the militants, who hailed from Poonch, had fled to the Capital when they were identified after an encounter in which one of their associates was arrested. They decided to set up a base in the Capital following instructions from their bosses in Pakistan.

The arrests followed intelligence intercepts indicating the presence of LeT’s fidayeen members in the Capital. The DCP said the two could have been a part of an LeT module to disrupt the Independence Day celebrations and could have been sent as an advance team to check the police alertness in the Capital. “If they had escaped unnoticed, a second team of the LeT could have arrived to carry out incidents of violence,” he said.

He said the duo would have acted as a local contact for the second group in providing logistical support and a base for the operation. “The recovery of the Chinese pistol and wireless set clearly indicated that they were mostly involved in providing information and intelligence inputs to their LeT bosses.”

The DCP said that the duo were also involved in LeT’s hawala operations and were planning to go to Dubai after the Independence Day to strengthen their network. They were being quizzed about their targets, their modus operandi and the whereabouts of any associates in the city.

Though the Capital is always on alert ahead of the Independence Day, this year the security agencies are hyper alert owing to fidayeen attacks on Army camps in Jammu and Kashmir.



Wheeler Club dress code offends BJP sensibilities
Our Correspondent

Meerut, August 11
The drive against the sartorial code of the Wheeler Club here, a legacy of the Brown Sahib, snowballed today with more parties, including the Shiv Sena and the Rashtriya Lok Dal, jumping onto the BJP bandwagon. Result: The city witnessed protests, road blockades and rallies against the dress code of the club, which frowns upon the kurta-pajama, the dhoti, the Gandhi cap and the like.

Hundreds of BJP youth activists, led by its district president Sunil Bharala, reached the heart of the city, Begum Bridge, and blocked all the five roads, including National Highway 58. The activists then sat on dharna, demanding an immediate ban on the Wheeler Club. A BJP minister, Dr Lakshmi Kant Vajpaye, also joined the crowd and shouted slogans against the authorities.

Speaking to the NCR Tribune, Mr Sunil Bharala said that Meerut had been the cradle of the nation’s freedom struggle and it was unpatriotic to honour Gen Hug Wheeler in any way. They had written to Defence Minister George Fernandes in this regard and the agitation would continue till the bylaws of the club were changed.

Not the kind to lose a chance like this, Shiv Sena activists also burnt effigies of the club and of Gen Wheeler, and submitted a memorandum to the District Magistrate. Roads were blocked in other places in the city, including the Tej Garhi crossing on Garh Road and the road in front of the Collector’s office.

A local NGO, Surabhi, also attacked the bylaws of the club and shouted slogans against the British and the Sub Area authorities. Repeated efforts to contact the club chairman failed. However, the club secretary told the NCR Tribune that some dubious characters were agitating against the club for furthering their political interests. He added that the dress code was the club’s internal matter. The club authorities also threatened to move the court against persons who were fomenting the stir.



SC issues notices on promotion of judges
Tribune News service

New Delhi, August 11
The Supreme Court today issued notices to the Registrar of the Delhi High Court, the Lieutenant-Governor and the Delhi Government on a petition alleging violation of apex Court guidelines in the promotion of judicial officers.

A Bench comprising Justice S. Rajendra Babu and Justice G. P. Mathur also issued notices to four judicial officers on a petition filed by Metropolitan Magistrate Gurdeep Singh challenging the present method of promoting officers from the Delhi Judicial Service to the Delhi Higher Judicial Service.

Mr Gurdeep Singh quoted the apex court judgement of March 21 last year and said the court, while accepting the recommendations of the First National Judicial Pay Commission, had ordered that recruitment to the cadre of District Judges directly from advocates should not exceed 25 per cent of the vacant posts.

The court had said that of the remaining 75 per cent, 50 per cent should be filled by promotion from amongst Civil Judges on the basis of merit-cum-seniority and passing a suitability test and the other 25 per cent through limited competitive test for Civil Judges of senior division.

The petitioner said that the Delhi High Court in its full meeting on July 19, 2003 proceeded with the promotion of officers to Higher Judicial Service without amending the existing Rules as per the orders of the apex Court. 



Hisar varsity VC unlikely to get extension
Jatindar Sharma

Rohtak, August 11
The government has reportedly decided against giving another term to the Vice-Chancellor of Guru Jambheshwar University, Hisar, Dr R. K. Chauhan. The present term of Dr Chauhan expires on September 11 and he is likely to join his parent department, the University Grants Commission, as Additional Secretary.

That the government is against extending the term of Dr Chauhan became clear on Saturday when the Executive Council of the university, which met in the India

International Centre in Delhi, selected its nominees for appointment on the search committee. The two nominees of the council on the search committee are Mr M. K. Miglani, Vice-Chancellor of CCS Haryana Agricultural University, and Mr Dharam Vir, Commissioner of Technical Education, Haryana.

The Governor-cum-Chancellor, Babu Parmanand, is yet to name his nominee on the search committee. Interestingly, Mr Dharam Vir had acted as Vice-Chancellor of Guru Jambheshwar University when he was Commissioner of Hisar Division, after the expiry of the term of its founding Vice-Chancellor, Prof K. L. Johar, on October 31, 1998.

Guru Jambheshwar University was set up in October, 1995 as a teaching and affiliating university in the field of technology, management, environment, pharmacy and energy. All engineering colleges in the state were then affiliated to it. The wings of this university were clipped when the HVP-BJP government, immediately after taking charge in 1996, transferred the engineering colleges in Ambala, Kurukshetra, Panchkula, Yamunanagar, Karnal, Panipat, Kaithal and Jind districts to Kurukshetra University and of the remaining districts of Rohtak, Sonepat, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Rewari, Mahendragarh, Bhiwani and Jhajjar to Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak. Thus, Guru Jambheshwar University has been converted into a residential university since then.

Interestingly, there has been no set methodology to ‘search’ for a vice-chancellor in the state. Though the government constitutes search committees, it remains a mystery how these `searchers’ make their ‘find’ for the university. The `search’ is conducted by the political bosses and the committee puts its stamp on it, say educationists.



Passing through a loop into the Guinness Book
Shiv Sharma

Bhiwani, August 11
After getting into the Limca Book of Records by passing his body through a loop made by interlocking his hands, the maximum number of times in a minute, a science teacher of Bhiwani, Mr Ved Prakash Sharma, is ready to break the record of Mr Jasson Francier of Canada. Mr Francier entered his name in the Guinness Book of World Records by passing his body through a similar loop 14 times in a minute on April 23, 2003.

Forty-six-year-old Sharma, who is working as a science teacher in Government School, Badala, has passed 28 times in a minute through the loop created by interlocking his hands with a handcuff, which is any day better than the prevailing world record. He has written to the Guinness Book authorities about his achievement.

“Though I can go through the loop 32 times in a minute, I am only claiming that I can do it 28 times. As soon as I get a response from the organisers, a video film will be prepared in the presence of the Deputy Commissioner and the Superintendent of Police, which will be forwarded to the Guinness Book authorities,” he said.

He practises regularly but advises against performing soon after meals. About a decade ago, while doing yoga, he realised that he could enhance the elasticity of his body. One thing led to another and soon he was able to jump through the loop.



Vidrohi alleges recruitment scam
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 11
The Haryana Pradesh Janata Dal (U) president, Mr Ved Parkash Vidrohi, has criticised the Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, for ‘perpetuating nepotism and favouritism’ in the recruitment in various government jobs.

He demanded a white paper in this regard.

Mr Vidrohi alleged that the political and monetary considerations played a significant role in the recruitment and the merits of the candidates were often ignored.

In a press statement here, he said that the petition filed by a former Director of the Senior Secondary Education, Mr Sanjeev Kumar, in the Supreme Court had exposed the malpractices of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) Government in the recruitment of teachers.

Referring to the package announced by the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee, for the farmers, he welcomed the move of the Central Government and said that it should enact laws to ensure remunerative price for the produce of the farmers.

He said that moral values in the political field have become a thing of the past and every leader has become money-minded and trying to save his ‘gaddi’ at all costs.

He referred to the demand of the UP Chief Minister, Ms Mayawati, for the resignation of the Central Minister, Mr Jagmohan, and said that she had to withdraw the demand for remaining in power.



‘Jal Yudh Nayak’ for equitable distribution 
of canal water
Our Correspondent

Rewari, August 11
Former legislator Raghu Yadav, popularly known as “Jal Yudh Nayak” in Ahirwal, said that while it was essential for the SYL canal to be completed, an equitable distribution of available canal water was of greater importance.

He was addressing local leaders from the various political parties in Ahirwal on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the ‘Jal Yudh’ and the release of his book, ‘Yamuna Ke Is Par Se Sindhu Ke Us Par’.

He said that it was ironical that while some districts in the state such as Sirsa, Hisar, Fatehabad, Jind and Kaithal were facing water logging problems, Rewari, Mahendergarh and Gurgaon and parts of Bhiwani and Jhajjar were facing problems of water scarcity due to the faulty distribution of canal water.

He criticised the ‘hypocrisy’ of the Punjab Chief Minister, who claimed that not a single drop of water could be spared for Haryana. He said that it was unfortunate that the Punjab Government had been misleading the masses in this regard.

He emphasised the need for an equitable distribution of available canal water in Haryana and called upon leaders of all political parties to join hands to make the ‘Jal Yudh’ a success in Haryana. 



Chautala misleading people: BJP

Sonepat, August 11
Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan, MP and vice-president of the Haryana BJP, has accused the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, of misleading the people of the state.
Talking to mediapersons here today, he said that the Centre had allocated crores of rupees for the execution of development works in the rural areas under various schemes in Haryana, but the Chief Minister was taking all the credit for these development works at the open darbars held by him, under the ‘Sarkar Aap Ke Dwar’ programme.

He maintained that the BJP-led Government at the Centre had sanctioned special funds so as to improve the condition of the rural people. He declared that the BJP would launch a mass contact campaign and expose the misdeeds of the INLD government in the state. OC



With unmanned intersections, traffic goes for a toss 
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 11
While traffic here remains mostly unregulated vehicle snarls and chaos have become a routine affair at many places.
As many busy intersections have been lying unmanned, the failure of the authorities concerned to repair damaged spots has only made things worse.

One of the busiest spots in the town that has been crying for attention is Neelam Chowk near the Ajronda flyover in the NIT area. Although thousands of vehicles, including light and heavy ones, pass from here in four directions daily, the chowk had been in very poor shape.

It is learnt the authorities had taken up a scheme to provide a better outlet for storm water about four weeks back but work on this had been hanging fire.

The uprooted road has not been repaired and stagnation of rain or storm water is common. The authorities, instead of repairing and relaying the road, have closed one side for four-wheelers coming from the Bata factory side (Neelam Bata Road). The vehicles have to turn left and pass the Bhadshah Khan (BK) chowk to return towards the flyover. This arrangement has led to acute problems for the motorists and delays stretching for 15 to 25 minutes in crossing the chowk have become a daily occurrence, said Anand Kumar, a resident of NIT. He said the road at both BK and Neelam Chowk had been heavily damaged and chances of accidents had risen in the recent past.

Rajesh, a resident of Jawahar Colony, claimed there was no rationale behind stopping or diverting traffic coming from one side.

It may be recalled that Neelam is the only flyover (built over the railway tracks) that connects NIT with Mathura Road and the sectors, which was used by about 60 to 70 per cent of vehicles crossing over to either side.

The authorities had got built a new flyover named as Bata flyover to provide similar access but as a result of toll tax being charged very less number of vehicles use it. Residents were waiting for the date when its use would be made free, said Kishan Lal of NH-2 area of the NIT.

Although there had been a demand for construction of a new flyover near the old Faridabad railway station to connect NIT with Mathura Road the state government was still to show any response. The Bhadkhal crossing flyover, although less old compared to Neelam, is a single lane one and too narrow to adjust a large number of vehicles on either side.

The authorities are reported to be still toying with the idea of providing flyovers at crossings like old Faridabad, Badhkhal, Ajronda and Ballabgarh on the national highway where traffic is in utter chaos during busy hours every day.



Can astrologers succeed where seismologists failed?

The stars, the moon and the Milky Way have fascinated mankind since ages. Our imagination, dreams and romances also mostly revolve around these heavenly objects.

Naturally, the heavens take priority and have received far greater attention than terra firma. Scientists today have developed an unprecedented accuracy and precision in unveiling the secrets of the universe besides calculating and predicting planetary motion and their behaviour while our knowledge on predicting certain geological phenomenon remains uncertain. Earthquakes have always left behind suffering, misery and devastation but there are hardly any cautionary warnings. Where scientists have not succeeded, astrologers have been attempting to develop a predictive model for forecasting earthquakes.

Even as the scientists continue not to recognise the predictive aspects of astrology, a seminar held recently at the IIC in New Delhi attempted finding a basis for astrological predictions on earthquakes and some other natural calamities. One of the conclusions of the seminar was the prediction regarding an earthquake in August in the vicinity of Delhi. Coincidentally, on Sunday, August 10, in the afternoon there was indeed a mild tremor. Does it mean that where scientists have failed astrologers have succeeded? The seminar attempted finding a relationship between the planetary configurations, resulting in eclipses, and their other mutual aspects. The pattern of solar and lunar eclipses taking place each year in the previous century was studied and related to devastation and other calamitous events of those years like wars, revolutions, assassinations, earthquakes and other natural disasters. A strong correlation has been claimed in respect of multiple eclipses occurring in a single year and such phenomenon.

After a detailed study of eclipses and the prevailing planetary configurations of the particular time, it has been enunciated that the malefic influences of Uranus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter often result in earthquakes.

Simultaneously, the sun signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn need to be occupied by malefic planets or hemmed in by such planets for such adverse conditions. Based on this premise, it has been claimed that successful predictions could be made in respect of a number of earthquakes. Correct prediction has also been claimed in a case where a massive earthquake had struck Iran, but without any loss of life.

Earthquakes are well-known geological phenomenon which occur due to a sudden release of stress energy from within the earth in the form of seismic waves. There is now increasing evidence that geological strain within the rock mass accumulates along the deformations around the fringes of the tectonic plates. These are commonly known as the fault lines. The lateral deformations can be plotted by trigonometric triangulations and trilaterations while the vertical faults can be measured by precise levelling and tiltmeters. Delhi lies between two well-known fault lines, one diagonally cutting across the Aravali Ranges through Sohna and over the Yamuna into certain areas of UP and Uttaranchal, the other one passing through the vicinity of Sonepat. While Sohna at one time used to be famous for its hot springs, indicating a geologically active belt, areas around Sonepat have often reported mild tremors.

Yesterday’s tremor also had its epicentre not far from Sohna. It is for this very reason that Delhi has been included in the sensitive zone IV of the seismic belt.

Scientific models for predicting earthquakes are presently quite weak and have to depend upon statistical analysis of the signals on increase in seismic events of small magnitude, changes in the earth’s magnetic field, changes in properties of rocks and fluids near the fault lines etc but these could only be treated as indications or preliminary inputs. Their validity to form the basis for a scientific predictive model remains to be fully established. No wonder that a well-known scientist had recently quipped that had we invested even a fraction of the amount spent on space exploration for geological research we would have had a perfect predictive model by now, saving mankind from immense misery.

Graeme Smith’s staying power: A fantastic run of cricketing form and we suddenly start looking up the thesaurus for superlatives. In the late fifties, when Norman O’ Neil of Australia began to demolish some of the finest and fastest of the bowlers he was quickly branded as the post war `Don’ (Bradman) but as time went by the initial promise faded away into mediocrity. Similarly, when Brian Lara arrived on the scene in the late eighties and early nineties he was often compared to Sobers. But despite Lara having bettered two world records, one set by his mentor at a time when he had not even been born, he is still nowhere near Sir Gary. And now cricket pundits and statisticians seem to have gone into an overdrive on Graeme Smith, the South African cricket captain, as undoubtedly some blazing performances from him in the first two tests against England have set the Thames on fire. Smith (621 runs from only two tests), who is now on the verge of breaking the world record for the highest number of runs in a series, is already being compared to the `Don’ for his staying power at the wicket, and in stroke play, perhaps somewhat more realistically, to Graeme (R.G.) Pollock. Let us not forget that earlier, in June/July, this very media was highly critical of him, both for his captaincy as well as his performance with the bat, often reminding the readers that he was not the first choice of SA selectors for their home World Cup but was only thought of as a replacement for the injured Jonty Rhodes.

Be that as it may, it is a fact the current English team has been battered out of shape at the Lords within four days. The 22-year-old Graeme Smith, who was reportedly attempted to be humiliated by the 35-year-old Nasser Hussain at the beginning of the Edgbaston test, ensured within no time that the later announce his retirement from captaincy. Darren Gough, who, after a proud recall as a strike bowler, got just one wicket in two tests for over 300 runs, has also had to announce his retirement from tests.

With Alec Stewart having already scheduled to call it a day after the series, many a cricketing reputation in England seem to be going for a six. But this is not the first occasion that an opposing captain has had to announce retirement while playing the Proteas. A very strong Australian team with Bill Lawry, Stackpole, Ian Chappel and Red Path forming the nucleus, was pulverised 4-0 in 1970 with Bill Lawry having been left with no option but to prematurely contemplate resignation and make way for Chappel to take over the Australian captaincy next season.

Now famous, Dr Ali Bacher was the then South Africa captain, which had all-time greats like Barry Richards and Graeme Pollock besides Mike Proctor, Peter Pollock and Colin Bland, along with Tony Pithey and David Pithey. Incidentally, it was the first time for two pairs of brothers (Pollocks and Pitheys) to play together in the same team.

But cricket continues to be a game of glorious uncertainties and with Flintoff raring to do a Botham England may yet redeem themselves in the remaining tests.

(Dr K. K. Paul is Special Commissioner, Administration, Delhi Police)



‘India can beat America on economic front’
Tribune News Service

The IIPM campus in Delhi
The IIPM campus in Delhi.


The Indian economy has made rapid strides in the first fifty years of freedom, achieving food self-sufficiency, creating a strong and diversified industrial base, developing technological capabilities in sophisticated areas and establishing growing linkages with an integrated world economy.

India, at present the fifteenth largest economy, is well poised to enter the 21st century as an emerging regional economic power, having moved into a higher growth trajectory in 1990s- the decade of transformation from an inward-looking, ever-regulated to a highly liberalised market-oriented system.

GDP growth rates of 7 to 8 per cent in recent years (1994-97) yielding an average of over 6 per cent in the latter half of the 1990s, rising level of foreign investment inflows and the potential being tapped for expanded trade in goods and services are making India increasingly important in the global economy.

The World Bank has projected that India will be one of the five developing countries to move up in the league of major economies by 2020. 

Known as an economic visionary in the academic circles, Dr M. K. Chaudhuri did his MSc, PhD and DSc from the Berlin School of Economics, Germany, where he is a co-record holder in MSc, Economics. His PhD thesis was on solution of unemployment problem in India by promoting small-scale, cottage and village industries and his DSc thesis was on reforming the International Monetary System.

At an early age of 32, he became the professor of economics at XLRI, Jamshedpur, and at the age of 35 he became the professor of economics at Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore. He is the founding Director of Management courses at Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Ghaziabad, and the Founder Director of the Indian Institute of Planning & Management (IIPM), which is rated today amongst the top 8 B-Schools in India.

Father of Professor Arindam Chaudhuri, who is said to be the pioneer of the ‘I’ (Indian) factor in management, the elder Chaudhuri has been an inspiration for his son, who attributes the runaway success of his recent book, “Count Your Chickens” to the initial grooming he got from his father. Because of the immense knowledge that he has acquired over the years, Dr Chaudhuri enjoys tremendous respect in the academic circles both here and abroad. In a freewheeling interview with the NCR Tribune, he talks about his forthcoming book ‘The Great Indian Dream’ and his vision for India.

IIPM is the only institute which imparts education in National Economic Planning while teaching management. Why?

In the light of the Indian economic scenario, it is imperative to offer comprehensive programmes to train a new generation of entrepreneurial managers, who can face with confidence emerging global challenge of international markets, while remaining committed to remove massive poverty of Indian masses within a generation.

For this we must achieve a growth rate of 14 percent and more of the national economy and engineer market extension and social entitlements favouring the bottom 80 per cent of the population. This is essential for corporate growth rate of the same order and more. This requires intervention employing national economic planning techniques. Future entrepreneurial managers must be aware of this and not remain intellectually handicapped.

How did your ‘Great Indian Dream’ evolve?

It has been a part of my system ever since 1963. For the last 30 years at IIPM, I have taught my students around the same topic on how to take India at par with the developed world. Over the years, the feeling has been growing that teaching is good but we need change. This book is our second step towards bringing about a change. The masses in India need to believe that India can become a developed country in a very small period of time. Today, the masses seem to have given up the belief that change is possible due to the non-stop propaganda by the government and media that the problems in India are too complex and a change is a difficult process. So, “the Great Indian Dream”.

In ‘The Great Indian Dream’ you advocate a 14 percent growth rate... Don’t you think this is unreal?

We have been showing through our alternative budgets for the last 10 years that India can grow at around 12 per cent to 14 per cent. The government of India has finally woken up to the reality and has started talking about a 9 per cent growth rate at least. C. K. Prahlad as well as Mukesh Ambani have talked about a growth rate of up to 15 per cent. It is true that no country can sustain such a high level of growth for too many years.

But the Chinese experience as well as the South Asian experience shows that these kinds of growth rates are extremely achievable during the initial stages of growth. India can surely do that and we have pointed it out with the help of proper figures in “The Great Indian Dream”.

Could you tell us something about your unique concept of lifestyle parity?

The idea is that to catch up with the West or to beat them in terms of development you do not need to have their per capita income since their lifestyles are different. One can live as happily and perhaps more with $15,000 per capita in India than an American with $30,000. This is so because Indians lead a happier family life and their consumption patterns are culturally different. So we drink less of alcohol... we have less costs of entertaining different girl friends and so on!

According to one estimate of World Bank, India’s per capita income is around $2,500 in terms of Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) by now. I have been developing a new concept called Life Style Parity in dollars (LSP $).

It takes into account culture and geography related consumer preference, Indians may need less warm clothing, may prefer orange juice to liquor, paneer (cheese) to meat etc. Our preliminary findings indicate India’s per capita income measured by LSP $ by far exceeds even $2,500 when per capita income of the USA. Europe is LSP $17,000.

Thus, in order to catch up with the living standards of the people in developed countries we need to catch up only in terms of Life Style Parity in essence.

So, you believe that the ‘Great Indian Dream’ is a policy for India to catch up with the developed nations?

Yes, India can not only catch up but also beat America and the other western countries in terms of growth and lifestyle in a matter of 25 years.

For this, we need to have dedication and commitment for the bottom 80 per cent of the population. Once their purchasing power increases automatically, the country will start developing. We call this trickle-up. This is ‘The Great Indian Dream’



The thread of filial bonding becomes a status symbol
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 11
“Bahna ne bhai ki kalai se pyar bandha hai, resham ke dori se sansar bandha hai.....’ These lyrics which symbolised the deep affection between a brother and a sister have been forgotten in the race for modernisation. The Raksha Bandhan festival has also not remained unaffected as the kind of rakhi you flaunt has now become a status symbol. Technology is being made full use of in manufacturing rakhis.

This can easily be assessed from the prices of the rakhis which go up to Rs 1,000 and beyond.

Hundreds of varieties of rakhis are available in the market. These are decorated with silver, chandan, rice, sindoor, supari, cardamom and various motifs. Besides, the rakhis, packed with agarbatti, sandal, sugar and a Re 1coin are also available in the market.

Companies have left no stone unturned to encash the liking of the people and have brought forth different ‘models’ as per the requirement of the buyers. Different varieties of rakhis are also available on various Internet sites.

In order to make rakhis appealing for children, the companies have used images of famous TV characters like Junior ji, Mickey Mouse, Shaktimaan. Rakhis coated with gold water are also being sold in the market.

Similarly, for adults the rakhis are decorated with pictures of goddess Laxmi, Saraswati, Ganesh, Shiva, Rama, Hanuman and Sai Baba.

The prices of these costly rakhis have been further jacked up by introducing attractive packing material.

Women can make a choice from rakhis studded with natural flowers and attractive stones. People have started treating this thread of love and affection as a status symbol with sisters feeling proud in sending costly rakhis to their brothers, they remarked.



Third Front demands ban on soft drinks, synthetic milk
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 11
Political parties affiliated to the Third Front in the national Capital today submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the Union Health Minister, Ms. Sushma Swaraj, demanding a high-level inquiry into the “adulteration” of soft drinks, milk and other consumer produce.

They also demanded an immediate ban on the sale of soft drinks and adulterated milk.

The memorandum said since India had not been enforcing the maintenance of the requisite health standards, the MNCs were taking advantage and “adulterating” the soft drinks with “ingredients of their choice”.

Meanwhile, the activists of the Delhi units of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), Janata Dal-S (JD-S), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Samajwadi Janata Party (SJP), National Akali Dal (NAD) and Shakti Dal, who will be contesting the Assembly election scheduled this year-end under the banner of the Third Front, also staged a demonstration at Jantar Mantar this morning.

The LJP president, Mr Ramvir Singh Bidhuri, JD-S Delhi unit chief Shoaib Iqbal, NCP Delhi unit chief Sukhbir Singh Panwar and other leaders of the Front addressed the rally.



Pilgrim found murdered on roof of dharamshala
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 11
Four persons have lost their lives in different incidents in the district during the last 24 hours.
One Prem Singh of Kailana village under Gannaur police station was found murdered on the roof of a dharamshala this morning. He had reportedly gone to the fields yesterday evening for watering the crops, but did not return. He had received fatal head injuries as reported by the villagers who found the body.

Sandeep, a student of Motilal Nehru School of Sports, Rai and resident of Nihalgarh village in Bhiwani district, was found drowned in the school swimming pond. He had been missing since last evening as reported by the college authorities.

In a road accident on Bega Eoad near G T Road outside Gannaur, a three-wheeler was knocked down by a canter Tata-407. The victim, Anoop of Simbhal Garhi village in Samalkha subdivision of Panipat district, who was sitting in a three-wheeler suffered serious injuries and died on the way while being shifted to local civil hospital.

The body of an unknown person has been recovered by the police from the fields adjacent to road near Saiyan Khera village this morning. The face of the body has been burnt and a plastic wire is found wrapped around his neck.

Road blockade: Irate residents of Jauli and Lath villages held up traffic on the Sonepat-Gohana road near their villages, about 30 km from here yesterday, to register their protest against the frequent power disruption.

According to a report, the civil and UHBVN officials arrived on the scene and pacified the irate mob by assuring them of uninterrupted power supply. Later, the angry residents lifted the blockade.

Youth falls off moving train: An unidentified youth was seriously injured when he fell off a moving train, near the railway station here last evening. According to a report, the injured youth was rushed to the local civil hospital from where he was shifted to a Delhi hospital for further treatment.

According to another report, a truck driver sustained injuries when his truck loaded with coal overturned on the Nahra-Halalpur road, about 25 km from here yesterday. The injured driver was immediately hospitalised and he is stated to be out of danger.

Youth injured: Naveen, a 14-year-old youth, sustained serious burn injury when he touched a live wire near his house at Nahri village, about 25 km from here yesterday. According to a report, he was immediately hospitalised and stated to be out of danger.

Bid to loot liquor vend foiled: The Gohana police thwarted an attempt of robbery and arrested three armed youths while they were planning to loot a liquor vend at Fountain Chowk in Gohana town, 35 km from here last night.

According to a report, the youths were identified as Bijender, alias Pale, of Garhwal village; Bijender, alias Channu, and Virender, alias Boni, of Garhwal village in Gohana sub-division. Their two accomplices, Sanjay, of Sonepat and Naresh of Gautam Nagar, Gohana managed to escape under the cover of darkness.

The police seized a loaded pistol and two iron rods from them. A case under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered against them. A massive hunt has been launched to apprehend other culprits.

Giving the details of the arrests, the Superintendent of Police, Mr Paramjit Singh Ahlawat, told mediapersons here today that a patrolling party of the Gohana police was

organising a nakabandi near the bridge of Drain No. 8 on the Gohana-Rohtak Road when a tip-off was received about the robbers. The police, he said, immediately swung into action and carried out a raid on the hideout. The police arrested three youths on the spot but two managed to escape.

The SP said that investigations were in progress.



Police keeping tabs on property dealers
Our Correspondents

Greater Noida, August 11
After having arrested two property dealers involved in a call girl racket in Greater Noida four days ago, the Kasna police have decided to take a close look into the activities of other property dealers in the area.

It is learnt that the number of property dealers involved in sex racket is much larger than previously calculated. Police inquiries have also revealed that some of the property dealers are of criminal mentality. The arrested property dealers are reported to have given a list of names to the police in this connection.

Mr Umesh Srivastava, SP (Rural), instructed the Kasna police to keep an eye on all such elements so that such activities were kept in check. The SP has also directed the police to keep a close vigil on vacant houses in the area, which could be used for such activities.

Fraud detected in property sale

The police have reportedly registered a complaint against one Hanif under Sections 420, 468 and 471 for having sold the property of one Pramod Sharma in village Sorakha on the basis of forged documents. Pramod discovered this fraud when he visited the Registry Office in Sector-16, Noida. The police are making further investigations and are on the lookout for Hanif, who is absconding.

AIDSO rally against fee hike

Rewari: All India Democratic Students Organisation (AIDSO), Haryana, has demanded immediate withdrawal of the decision of fee hike in medical, engineering, technical and other professional institutes in the state.

Mr Ramesh Chander, state secretary of the organisation told the ‘NCR Tribune’ here today that the organisation had decided to launch a struggle against the decision, which, he asserted, had shattered the hopes of thousands of poor but talented students who would now not be able to enter the medical, engineering and other professional colleges.

He said that during the next phase of their ongoing agitation, a state level protest rally would be held at Rohtak on September 9. The rally will be followed by a massive demonstration, which would be organized before the Parliament House in Delhi on September 26.

He said the activists of AIDSO were engaged in collecting one lakh signatures of students and the signature sheet will be submitted to the chief minister of Haryana in October.

Implement crop insurance: farmers

Sonepat: The district unit of the All India Kisan Sabha has urged the state government to implement crop insurance in the state.

According to a report, the AIKS sent a memorandum containing their demands to the state government today. They demanded that the subsidy in case of items used in agriculture should not be stopped and payment of the arrears of the amount of sugarcane crop, outstanding against the co-operatives and other sugar mills, in the state be made. The management of the sugar mills should pay the interest on this amount, the memorandum stated.

Urging the government to provide subsidised ration commodities to the farmers and the farm labourers, so that they could benefit from the welfare schemes launched by the government, AIKS also emphasised on immediate construction and repairs of all the roads in the rural areas of the district.

The memorandum also demanded the appointment of doctors and other para-medical staff in the rural dispensaries and stated that steps should be taken to ensure supply of free medicines to the patients. They also asked for immediate establishment of a government rice mill at Sonepat. Earlier, the leaders of the Sabha accused the Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, of exploiting the farmers.



Traffic bandobast for I-Day rehearsal 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 11
The traffic police have made elaborate arrangements to regulate traffic on August 13 when the rehearsal for the Independence Day will be held.
The traffic will be closed from 5 am to 9 am on Netaji Subhash Marg from Delhi Gate to Chhatta Rail, Lothian Road from GPO Delhi to Chhatta Rail, SPM Marg from Old Delhi Railway Station to Yamuna Bazar Chowk, Chandni Chowk from Town Hall to Red Fort Chowk, New Darya Ganj Road from Ring Road to Netaji Subhash Marg and Link Road from Esplanade Road to Netaji Subhash Marg, police said.

To avoid inconvenience, the motorists are advised to use Rani Jhansi Road for North-South access instead of the Ring Road during morning hours. The traffic will not be allowed either between Nizamuddin Bridge and Wazirabad Bridge on Ring Road between 4 am and 11 am. Buses ordinarily terminating at Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Old Delhi Railway Station will be terminating at Ghata Masjid, Delhi Gate, Yamuna Bazar, Boulevard Road opposite Tourist Camp and Mori Gate and Tis Hazari.

People desiring to reach the Old Delhi Railway Station are advised to use Pul Dufferin and SPM Marg, if approaching from the North Delhi and Ring Road, turn left to Kela Ghat and Zorawar Singh Road from South Delhi.

People from South Delhi can take Ajmeri Gate, Shradhanand Marg, Peeli Kothi and SPM Marg or Mandir Marg, Rani Jhansi Marg, Azad Market Chowk, Boulevard Road, Mori Gate, Pul Dufferin and SPM Marg. No restrictions exist in the area of approaches of New Delhi Railway Station, the traffic police said.

DSGMC to hold special Gurmat Samagam on Aug 15: The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee has arranged first special Gurmat Samagam on August 15, at Lakhi Shah Vanjara Hall, Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib, New Delhi, to highlight the contributions of Sikh community during India’s freedom struggle. India’s top war-veterans will be honoured during the congregation.

The programme shall start early morning with the recitation of Sri Sukhmani Sahib and Nitnem. Thereafter, the famous Ragi Jathas of Bhai Gurvinder Singh Ji Paras and Bhai Satvinder Singh Ji of Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib, Delhi, Bhai Sahib Bhai Amrik Singh Ji Zakhmi and Bhai Sahib Bhai Balbir Singh Ji Amritsar Wale will perform Shabad-Kirtan.

Prof. Harbans Singh of Khalsa College, principal Narinder Pal Singh, Prof. Nirankar Singh and Dr Gur Rattan Pal Singh of Chandigarh, will deliver the lecture reviving the memory of the devotees about contributions of Sikh community during India’s freedom struggle.

Devotees are requested to join the special Gurmat Samagam programme and pay their obeisance to the war veterans. Guru ka langar (Free Community Kitchen) will be served to all.

Cleanliness drive launched: The Delhi Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, today launched a cleanliness drive initiated by the NDMC in collaboration with the Residents’ Welfare Associations at the DIZ Area, Gole Market.

Speaking on the occasion, she urged the residents to come forward and contribute ‘Shram Daan’, which should not be limited to one day but should be a continuous process.

The drive will be carried out for four days in all the areas under NDMC’s jurisdiction. The main thrust will be on cleaning toilets, colonies, drains and removal of garbage, besides repair of streetlights.

Mr M. P. Chawla, Member, NDMC, and senior officers of the civic body were also present on the occasion.



Headless body found. Police grope for clue
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, August 11
Vijay Nagar police, who have arrested one youth in connection with the headless body found in the area, have so far failed to search out the severed head of the deceased.

The police claim to have rounded up a number of men for interrogation, but there is no clue to the crime so far.

The sharp-edged weapon used for the murder has reportedly been recovered from the man. The deceased has been identified as Sanjeev Sharma, whose body was recovered from a field opposite a gas agency, a few days ago.

He was a resident of Gau Puri who had gone to the Hindon river for fishing along with his neighbour, Sunil. Later, only Sanjeev’s headless body was found.

Somebody had informed the police that the man who was last seen with Sanjeev was roaming in Pratap Vihar.

Police arrested Sunil who told them that murder was sequel to a quarrel. But both the police and the public are finding it hard to believe. Sunil’s two other accomplices are still at large.

Two killed: Two murders have been reported in the district in the past 48 hours. According to police sources, a youth, identified as Krishan, running a cycle repair shop in Jaspal Colony of Mujesar village, was lynched with a sharp weapon near Gagan cinema on Saturday night.

It is suspected that some persons had killed him to loot Rs 2,500 that he was carrying. A case has been registered.

In another incident, a 16 year-old boy was stabbed to death by some youths, near Palwal town yesterday. The victim, Manoj, a resident of Burja village, succumbed to injuries in the hospital.

Chain snatched: Two motorcycle-borne youths snatched the gold chain of a woman, going in a cycle rickshaw, in Ballabgarh yesterday.

The woman, Kamla, had come to her parents’ house at Vishnu Colony of Ballabgarh. She was on her way to her house when the incident took place. TNS



4 inter-state gangsters rounded up 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 11
The Crime Branch today claimed to have arrested a notorious inter-state gangster and his three accomplices in two different places after encounter. In the first case, the police received information that gangster Brijesh alias Mavi alias Shekhar, resident of Meerut would be coming to Malviya Nagar to kill some key witnesses in a case. The cops spotted him at around 8 this morning on a Maruti Car No HR 26H 9763 in Pusp Vihar. When they signalled him to stop, he whipped out a revolver and started firing at the police.

The police party retaliated and overpowered the accused. Brijesh was found in possession of a 32 foreign revolver along with two cartridges and a letter written by his co-accused Satish Jat, to eliminate prime witnesses in a murder case, which had landed Satish in jail. Brijesh was involved in more than 11 cases of murder, dacoity, attempt to murder and kidnapping. He also carried a reward of Rs 25,000 for his involvement in a sensational crime.

During interrogation, Brijesh revealed that after his Malviya Nagar operation, he was to meet his associates in Rohini. The police team immediately rushed to Rohini and at around 1 pm, spotted an Indica Car NO HR 49 9410 moving in a suspicious manner near Japani Park. The three persons who were spotted inside the car started firing at the police party, but the police soon overpowered them after a brief encounter. No one was injured during the encounter.

The accused were identified as Rajesh Sharma alias Tonta, resident of Hathras, Babloo Gautam alias Dev Parkash, resident of Sadar Bazar and Ajit Gautam, resident of Agra. During their interrogation, the trio also revealed that they were waiting for Brijesh to join them. One of accused Babloo was involved in at least nine cases of attempt to murder, criminal intimidation in Uttar Pradesh.

Dacoity case accused held: The Delhi Police Crime Branch today claimed to have arrested the 13th accused involved in a dacoity case in 2001, where Rs 2 crore was looted from the Brinks Arya security van, when the money was being transported from the Reserve Bank of India to the ICICI bank in Connaught Place.

The police have so far recovered Rs 72 lakh, property worth Rs 50 lakh, one truck and one tractor from them. Three more accused Jagbir Singh alias Manoj, Jai Bhagwan alias Dhillu and Ram Kumar are absconding.

The accused Anil Tiwari, resident of Kanti Nagar, Jaipur was arrested by the sleuths after a tip-off. 



Boy stabs to death four members of his family 
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, August 11
In a tragic incident, a 15-year-old boy killed four members of his family by stabbing them at Berla village in this district. According to information, Rajender, son of Inder Singh, axed his father, grandfather Darya Singh, paternal aunt Om Pati and her son Anil while they were sleeping at night.

The neighbours informed the police about the incident. The bodies were later sent for a postmortem at the Civil Hospital, Charkhi Dadri, today.

It is learnt that the mother of Rajender had died in mysterious circumstances about three months back. He was upset and had certain doubts about the sudden death of his mother. The police have registered the case and are investigating the matter. 


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