Friday, September 5, 2003, Chandigarh, India


L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


President emphasises on creative leadership
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 4
It was, indeed, one of the greatest moments in the 25-year-old history of the Ludhiana Management Association (LMA) to have the President of the country address its members. And that too during its silver jubilee year. The President also spoke most appropriately, emphasising on the need for ‘creative leadership’ and management stewardship.

In his 30-minute-speech on his vision of a developed India, he focussed on the leadership qualities. He said the greatest quality of a leader was how to tackle failures. “Creative leadership lies in tackling them and not being afraid of them”, he said.

Emphasising his ability to tackle failure, the President recounted his association with the great space scientist Prof Satish Dhawan who belonged to Ludhiana. Describing Prof Dhawan as his guru, he said in 1973, Prof Dhawan as Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), assigned him a project to launch SLV-3. The project was to be completed in seven years.

He said on August 10, 1979, the satellite was to be launched into orbit. In the final countdown, the computer showed an error. He said he ignored the computer and decided to go ahead with the launch. But the launch failed and the satellite fell into the Bay of Bengal.

Immediately after, there was a press conference. Dr Kalam said that Prof Dhawan took over and addressed the press and owned the failure declaring that within a year there would be another launch.

He said after a year the project was completed and on July 18, 1980 the satellite successfully launched. Dr Kalam said Prof Dhawan asked him to address the press this time. “This was the greatest quality of the man. He owned failure and disowned success,” he pointed out.

Since he was addressing the LMA and the managers, he had a special message for management stewardship. “The economic strength is powered by competitiveness. The competitiveness is powered by knowledge power. The knowledge power is powered by technology. The technology is powered by resource investment. The resource investment is powered by return on investment. Return on investments is powered by revenues. The revenue is powered by volume and repeat sales. Volume and repeat sales are powered by customer loyalty. The customer loyalty is powered by quality and value of products. Quality and value of products is powered by employee productivity.

“The employee productivity is powered by employee loyalty. The employee loyalty is powered by employee satisfaction. The employee satisfaction is powered by working environment. The working environment is powered by management stewardship. Management stewardship is powered by invisible leadership”.

He said, Ludhiana had to succeed for Punjab and Punjab had to succeed for the country. “You have it in you and you can do it”, he said. He stressed that knowledge was the basis for success. He also said for success there had to be a dream and “once you have a dream, you will think and once you think you can act and success will be there”.

After his speech, the President solicited questions from the audience. He replied and explained each query.

Among others present on the occasion were the Governor, Justice Mr O.P. Verma, the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, the president of the LMA, Mr Manjit Singh, the general secretary Mr V.K. Goyal, the chairman of the Hero Group of Companies, Mr Brij Mohan Lall Munjal, the chairman of the Vardhaman Group of Companies, Mr S.P. Oswal, other captains of industry, management experts, ministers and legislators.



It was security overkill, mismanagement
Amarjit Thind
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 4
It was a case of security overkill and mismanagement during the maiden visit of President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam to Punjab Agricultural University here today.

Farmers and others were not the only ones at the receiving end of the security apparatus in place but a group of mediapersons also got a first-hand experience of harassment due to “security reasons.”

To top it all, the identity cards issued by the local administration failed to budge the police personnel on duty at various nakas inside the varsity campus. Ironically, an official deputed to take the mediapersons around was also not allowed to pass.

Farmers complained that there were no markers to guide them to the route to be taken to reach the venue. Groups of visitors could be seen pleading with the cops to let them pass.

The common grouse was that it was their mela and they had the right of way. Instead of a roundabout way, they should have been allowed to enter and exit the place near one of the main gates. The covered area was too small to accommodate the crowd, they complained.

While mediapersons had been asked to proceed through gate number 2 to the main venue near the library, security personnel refused to let many of them through, citing security reasons and directed them to gate number 4. All pleas that the gate had been earmarked for them proved futile, with the cops sticking to their stand. Even showing the identity card failed since they were only going by the orders of their superiors.

The same scene was repeated at a naka near the venue where security personnel pointed out that no one could go through this way since it would endanger the copters parked in the grounds nearby.

How could a passerby damage the choppers could not be explained by the cops who then took refuge in the plea that they had their orders from their IG that no one was to be let through.

Another long trek to another naka with the same results. Only this time the officer tried to call his superior but could not do so because of frequency jamming equipment. He pointed out that we should have come by the vehicles of the administration.



Johar’s query surprises all
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 4
The Minister for Higher Education, Mr Harnam Dass Johar, sprang a surprise at the Ludhiana Management Association (LMA) meeting here today after the President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam’s address. After his address, the President solicited questions from the audience. After a few questions, which related to his vision of India, Mr Johar rose from his seat and asked the President as to why India had been unable to tackle the problem of terrorism.

Mr Johar made a reference to late Beant Singh, a former Chief Minister of Punjab, who is credited with the success of having wiped out terrorism from Punjab and who was killed in a bomb blast. He also mentioned that it was regretful that nobody mentioned Beant Singh’s name during the entire proceedings.

Everybody was taken by surprise over Mr Johar’s question, as it was felt that there was no occasion for such a question. People wondered over the context in which Beant Singh’s name was mentioned. He also observed that terrorism was still going on in Punjab. Those in the audience wondered whether a senior Cabinet rank minister in the state government should not have raised the issue, as it amounted to saying that terrorism was still prevalent in Punjab, when it had been entirely wiped out. This was against the principle of collective responsibility of the Cabinet. In fact Mr Johar was corrected by the President himself, who clarified to him, “you (in Punjab) have no terrorism here as you have already wiped it out”.

Some people present in the audience, who included captains of the industry, some of his ministerial colleagues, parliamentarians and legislators, also questioned the propriety of Mr Johar to raise a question about the country’s inability to check terrorism. He being a senior Cabinet rank in Punjab was obviously not expected to raise such a question that obviously embarrassed the government. A disappointed Chief Minister kept looking on in disapproval while the audience had the last laugh. 



Capt asks Kalam to help industry
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 4
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today urged the President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, to provide relief to industry of Punjab. He was addressing the silver jubilee function of the Ludhiana Management Association, where the President was the chief guest.

The Chief Minister brought to the notice of the President that soon after the Punjab Government announced an industrial policy for the state, the Union Government also announced a separate policy, which proved to be detrimental to the interests of Punjab as it provided special incentives like tax holidays to its neighbouring states.

He pointed out that the centre provided various sops to the industry in the neighbouring states of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, including tax holiday for 10 years to these states. He said it had led to shifting of the industry from Punjab.

Capt Amarinder Singh said, Quark, a US computer giant, had finalised the plans to set up an IT park in Punjab spread over 5,000 acres of land.

Listing other problems of the industry, the Chief Minister pointed out that after liberalisation, the Punjab industry found itself in the global market and was finding it difficult to compete there. He observed that state industry needed some special incentives.



All for a glance of Kalam
Deepkamal Kaur

Ludhiana, September 4
Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India, received a tumultuous response from thousands of farmers who came from different parts of Punjab for a glance of the President at the kisan mela, which was inaugurated at Punjab Agricultural University here today.

As his helicopter descended on the university grounds around 10:45 am, everybody wanted to see him. While he immediately left for Guru Nanak Dev Bhavan, the farmers lined up outside the security check-post at the university Open Air Theatre, where he was to address them. Since the theatre had a capacity to seat 1,500 people, many farmers were refused entry. They, therefore, preferred to remain outside and listened to the address of the President.

Some educated farmers were amused at the interpretation of President’s address in English, which was translated into Punjabi by Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice Chancellor. Pointing out some instances, a group of young farmers from a village near Moga said: “While the President talked about physical connectivity of villages with the city areas, the VC translated it by saying that farmers should keep themselves physically fit. While the President talked about electronic networking, Dr Aulakh translated it by saying that the farmers should keep on interacting with the scientists”.

The farmers said they were able to understand the President well. They said they felt happy when he talked about their welfare and assured them that development of villages was being followed at higher levels. “His interest about our families and his oath in which he mentioned that education, welfare and upbringing of our children was his prime consideration was very touching”, said a farmer who had come along with his family all the way from Ferozepur.

Two representatives of the Kisan Club presented him with a turban and a “phulkari”. The two farmers were much elated to get their photographs clicked with the President. He even enjoyed sitting on a tractor in his round of the agro-industrial exhibition and get himself photographed.

He then visited the Punjab Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute (PAMETI) on the university campus for its inauguration and planted a sapling of putrajeeva. There he met six students from Limpopo Province of South Africa currently studying in the Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE). The President said: “India and South Africa have shared a good harmonic relationship. It is nice to have you here as the pact has also opened the doors of Indian students who could go and study in South Africa.” The students replied: “We are deeply honoured for you spared some moments from your busy schedule and interacted with us.”

From the PAMETI, he left for lunch at Sukhdev Singh Bhavan and then to Guru Nanak Dev Bhavan. Later at the helipad, thousands of farmers encircled the grounds to have the last glance of the President. Some kids, accompanying the farmers, were even seen waving him goodbye.



Aiming small is crime, students told
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 4
Exhorting students to dream big, President, APJ Abdul Kalam warned them that aiming small is a crime. Interacting with over 600 students from different schools in Ludhiana, including some from rural areas, the President emphasised the need aim big.

He made the students to repeat after him, “I realise small aim is a crime. I will work and sweat for a great mission. The mission of transforming India into a developed nation powered by economic strength with value system”.

The interaction was straight and direct. He did not wait for anyone to introduce him to the children. He asked them to repeat after him: “Learning gives creativity. Creativity leads to thinking. Thinking provides knowledge. Knowledge makes you great”.

He answered many questions ranging from his vision of a great India to the menace of corruption. Preeti Verma, a student of Kundan Vidya Mandir, asked him whether he believed that arms race could lead to a peaceful world order. He explained that traditionally India was a peace-loving country. But for 3,000 years now it had been continuously invaded from Alexander to the British. “Strength respects strength”, he said, arguing India’s nuclear programme was only a deterrent.

Another important question was posed by Nisha, a student of Government Senior Secondary School, asking why there could not be an anti-corruption drive across the country. The President said there was no absolute antidote for corruption.

“You can make any number of laws, but corruption cannot be rooted out”, he said, adding that there were only three persons who could do this “father, mother and the teacher”.

Concluding the interaction, he made three suggestions to the students. He exhorted them to study well and excel. This, he pointed out, was possible only if they worked hard. Second, he told them to teach at least five uneducated people each during their holidays. Addressing the students, he said: “You are lucky that you have reached high school, but there are 400 million people who cannot read and write. So make it a point that on Saturdays and Sundays, each one of you teaches at least five such people”. Third, he told them to plant five trees each.

The President said he was inspired by the interaction with the children. He mentioned he believed that the children from Punjab were dynamic and enterprising. He quoted the example of Kalpana Chawla, who, he said, had studied in Punjab (Punjab College of Engineering, Chandigarh) and was on a great mission to explore the universe.

Reacting to the interaction with the President, Inayat Dhanda of Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, said: “It was like talking to someone too familiar to feel uncomfortable with”.



Who invited Kalam to city?
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 4
While it is believed that Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India, was in the city on an invitation of Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, the Vice-Chairman of GRD Academy claimed that the President was here on his request.

Stating this, Mr Raja Singh, Vice-Chairman of the academy, said he had requested the President to visit his academy in Dehra Dun or Ludhiana, urging him to spare time for students. He said an acknowledgement of his invitation was received by him on July 24 from Mr H.Sheridon, Private Secretary to the President.



Sidelights of President’s visit

* Some LMA officials were seen using their mobile phones, while security officials seemed too much preoccupied with regulating the movements of photographers only. How did this happen? The LMA cards clearly said no mobile phones and recommended a dress code.

* The theme of the function at the LMA was the Tri-colour. So the flowers were arranged in layers of saffron, white and green. Even the caps worn by students who sang the National Anthem to welcome the President also made it look like the Tricolour. Even visit bands used the Tricolour. Bouquets given to the President were also in Tricolour.

* After the President finished his interaction with the students and left, it was the turn of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh to face scores of students who wanted his autographs. In fact the Chief Minister appeared to be popular among students, with one of them asking the President as to why could there not be an anti-corruption campaign at the national level, as launched by the Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh in Punjab.

* The demand for invitation cards to the function was such that a senior LMA office-bearer missed 300 calls on his mobile phone during the last 24 hours prior to the President’s visit.

* Some of the local officers like the City Mayor and the Commissioner Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, did not let the opportunity to go to score their point with the Chief Minister. The Mayor and the Commissioner had raised a separate hoarding welcoming Capt Amarinder Singh opposite to the one raised in the honour of the President.

* National Anthem was sung by the students of the KVM, Civil Lines. The President also got photographed with these students.



Begging is demeaning to them
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 3
"We live in penury and are hand to mouth, but we do not let our children beg on streets to earn a living. Rather we make them work," says Rajkumari, a migrant from Uttar Pradesh.

She along with her small children and her neighbour's children sells brooms and wipers near the Lakshmi Ladies Club. Children in the age group of six to eight carry heavy loads on their slender frames.

Rajkumari said they live in Shanties in Samrala Chowk. After failing to find any regular employment, they eke out a meagre existence by doing odd jobs. The things they sell depend on season. Businessmen approach them to sell toys, covers for remote controls, sunscreens and toys etc.

"We set out in different directions everyday to earn our livelihood. We go without food for days. But we will not allow our children to beg as begging is demeaning to the soul", said Rajkumari.

She lamented that due to abject poverty, education was a distant dream for their children.



Youth asked to shun drugs
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 4
A seminar urging the youth to give up drugs was organised at Government Senior Secondary School here today under the aegis of the Rangla Punjab Bhangra Club with the assistance of the Nehru Yuva Kendra at Pakhowal district.

The programme’s slogan was “Nasha Taygo, Pyare Sathio. Mr Labh Singh, Zonal Director, Nehru Yuva Kendra, Chandigarh, said on the occasion that the greatest enemy of our youth were drugs. A large number of young people were taking to drugs and ruining their lives.

The guest of honour, Ms Rupinder Kaur, Child Development Officer, said drug addiction starts from frustration, and that arises out of a feeling of inferiority. Mr Jasbir Singh, Director, District Youth Wing, Guru Nanak Study Circle, Mr Paramjit Singh, Mr Jagmeet Singh and Mr Hardeep Devgan also attended the seminar. 



Two booked for causing deaths
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 4
The Civil Lines police registered two cases of death in road accidents yesterday. In the first case, Mr Abidesh, a resident of Bhogan Pura in Rae Bareilly district, UP, alleged that Inder Pal Singh, a resident of Avtar Market, who was driving a car (PB-10AM-9657), rammed into his brother Krishan Kumar who was going on the road with his hand-pulled cart. He was admitted to Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries yesterday. A case under Sections 279, 304-A and 427 of the IPC has been registered. No arrest has been made so far.

In the other case, registered under Sections 279, 337 and 304-A of the IPC on the statement of Mr Jagdish Singh, a resident of J-block in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Daljit Singh, a resident of Narangwal Khurd village, who was driving a PRTC bus belonging to the Jagraon depot, allegedly hit the vehicle into the scooter being driven by the complainant. Kuldeep Singh who was riding pillion died on the spot. The accused has been arrested.

Porno movie watcher held: The Haibowal police has arrested Ram Chander, a resident of Jassian Road, and booked him under Sections 292, 293 and 294 of the IPC for watching a pornographic movie in his house at high volume, causing inconvenience to neighbours.

Cases of assault: The division No. 6 police yesterday registered a case under Sections 452, 323, 427, 148 and 149 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Ram Vishwas, a resident of Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, against Manoj. The complainant had alleged that the accused had forced his way into his house, beat him up and damaged household goods. No arrest has been made so far.

The division No. 7 police has registered a case under Sections 323, 341, 506 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Mukesh Kumar, a resident of Guru Nanak Dev Nagar, Bhamian Kalan village, against Babu Bhim and Sawittari Devi, residents of the same locality. The complainant had alleged that the accused had intercepted him on the road, beaten him up and intimidated him. No arrest has been made so far.

The Sahnewal police has registered a case under Sections 353, 379, 186, 506 and 34 of the IPC and Sections 22, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act on the statement of Mr Bhag Singh, a JE with the PSEB at Kohara, against Avtar Singh, a resident of Gaddowal village, and an unknown person. The complainant had stated that he, along with two other PSEB employees, Lashman Singh and Manjeet Singh, while on duty had gone to the house of the accused who was stealing power with the help of a “kundi” connection. When they sought explanation, the accused scuffled with him, abused him and threatened him with arms. 


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