Revival of a faded dream
In the early 1950s, Nilokheri — a creation of social visionary S.K. Dey — was Nehru’s pride and the ‘Mecca of rural development’. This model agro-industrial town today lacks even the basic facilities like higher education, healthcare and banking.
Ruchika M. Khanna, however, reports that things may look up for this Haryana town as Dey’s daughter Purbi Panday, a social scientist, is taking a keen interest in reviving her father’s dream.
Sandwiched between the historic town of Kurukshetra and the progressive city of Karnal, Nilokheri — a town that laid the foundation for the emergence of modern cooperative movement and Panchayati Raj institution — is a dream gone awry.
|MODEL LAYOUT: An overview of Gol Market shows the perfect town planning of Nilokheri
||DREAM PROJECT: Nilokheri was the first planned town created in North India after Partition.—
Photos by Manoj Mahajan
Bored by the Bard
Shakespeare may have been part of
the popular culture in the eighteenth century but today the Bard of Avon
is finding little favour amid students in Britain, thanks to the
teaching methods in schools. The Royal Shakespeare Company demanded an
overhaul of the way the Bard is taught in schools today, warning that
children were being put off for life by "boring" lessons.
Season to dress up
Fashion gurus are all set to invade your wardrobe this festival season, says
fashion industry is upbeat right now. Designers are ready with styles to
be seen during the wedding and festive season. If Jay Ramrakhiani is
borrowing fabric blends such as Italian jute crepe from the West, Shaina
NC is making a celebration of embroidered sarees in dull gold lame and
matching these with blouses in jersey or stretch fabrics.