Pay and prejudice

Commission’s omissions

The recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission have come under fire, for the raw deal meted out to the armed forces, paramilitary forces and the IPS. The Tribune correspondents check out why our men in uniform are feeling cheated of a deserving pay packet
The Sixth Pay Commission report held no cheer for the majority of oficers of the armed forces. The resentment is most visible in the middle-rung officers between the ranks of Major and Brigadier in the Army and their equivalent in the Air Force and the Navy. It is the middle rung, which forms the backbone of the armed forces. The three service chiefs were left with no option but to approach Defence Minister A.K. Antony for an upward revision in the pay panel’s recommendations. The government has set up an Empowered Committee of Secretaries for reviewing the report.

The murals of Dhianpur
The 19th-century murals at Sheesh Mahal and Gaddiwala Dalan depict secular themes, says Kanwarjit Singh Kang
Among the several Vaishnava establishments in Punjab, the most important are those at Pindori Mahantan, Damthal and Dhianpur, all in Gurdaspur district. At Dhianpur, near Batala, is a well-known shrine of Vaishnava bairagis of the Ramanandi sect known by the name of Dera Baba Lalji.

Insects ride the wind
enormous number of migratory moths flying high above our heads throughout the night aren’t at the mercy of the winds, but use them to reach their destinations, according to a study.

Khandaani paandaans of Hyderabad
The paandaan is a small box with fitted spoons for storing the essential ingredients. To this day a Hyderabadi begum’s saliqa is judged with the way she keeps her paandaan, writes Lotika Ramchandani

of the professional paanwalla in our major metros, his gesticulating hands leaping, a conductor’s baton over gleaming stainless steel dabbas to orchestrate that perfect paan. For customers on the run, he will even offer paan masala in polypack sachets.

Heralding spring, the Goan way
The Shigmo festival, marked by a colourful pageant taken through major cities of Goa, exhibits the spirit of bonhomie the land of beaches is acclaimed for, say Rajbir Deswal & Chander Koumdi
our 10-day sojourn in Goa, we not only relished its scenic beaches but also its famous kaju feni, buildings, churches, and the laidback but friendly attitude of the locals. Driving from the Miramar beach to the Old Secretariat in Panaji, our vehicle suddenly came to a halt near the Kala Academy Bhawan. In front of us was a huge, three-dimensional, multi-coloured figure of a demon, with stretched arms and a blood-soaked tongue hanging out.

Few takers for Incredible India
India received only five million tourists last year and accounts for just 0.56 per cent of world tourism, writes V. N. Chhibber

spite of a Ministry of Tourism at the Centre and a high-pitch Incredible India campaign to project the country as an attractive destination, the tourist influx has been rather very modest. For a continent-sized country as ours which has been heavily marketed for its diversity 

New kids on the block
From being fringe players in Bollywood, more than a dozen young directors are making their debut this summer, writes Derek Bose

the mercury climbs, Bollywood is having a new reason to celebrate. More than a dozen enterprising directors, fired by the spirit of youth and drama, are making their debut this summer with films that are as refreshing in form as can be varied in content. From glitzy crime capers and action thrillers to spunky romances, insane comedies, robust musicals and syrupy melodramas, even a stylish ghost story thrown in… these youngsters are pushing the boundaries of Hindi cinema in ways never seen before.

Making comedy is serious business
                                               – Shyam Benegal
Sabi Hussain

National Award winner, director of critically acclaimed films like Ankur, Nishant, Manthan and Bhumika, Shyam Benegal, feels he has done a lot of serious cinema during the past few years and he needs to do something new.


Jest for life
Mirasis are not only great actors and entertainers, endowed with the rustic wit known for its dramatic punch, they also have a social role in rural Punjab, says C.D. Verma

, I was attending a social function at Rewari in Haryana. The town is steeped in history and culture. Suddenly there arrived a troupe of street singers — tall, lanky, having rustic looks, dressed in blue kurtas and white dhotis and playing on dhols and daflis. They sang encomiums in praise of my friend, a rich descendant of a family of Ahirwal, and addressed him as the pride of the place.


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GARDEN LIFETurn to tulips
by Kiran Narain

FOOD TALKKulcha pizza
by Pushpesh Pant

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Make sure schools are ‘safe’
by Pushpa Girimaji

Hollywood hues: Slam bang action
by Ervell E. Menezes

ULTA PULTA: Fair fight
by Jaspal Bhatti

by David Bird


Idea of Islam
Himmat Singh Gill
Moderate or Militant: Images of India’s Muslims
by Mushirul Hasan. Oxford University Press.
Pages 252. Rs 495.

Slice of modern life
Ramesh Luthra
Zanibar Bed and Other Stories
by Rajeshwar Singal. Shilpayan Books, Delhi.
Pages 248. Rs 300.

A hymn for humanity
Amar Nath Wadehra
Sukhmani Sahib
by Sri Guru Arjan Dev (1563-1606). Presentation by Syed Afzal Haider.
Izharsons, Lahore, Pakistan.
Pages: 320. Rs 1,200.

Travails and tribulations
Harbir K. Singh
The Mahanadi Dreams
by Subhakanta Behera.
Indialog Publications, New Delhi.
Pages 214. Rs 225.

Dynamics of globalisation
Santosh Kr. Singh
Globalization, Governance Reforms and Development in India
Ed. Kameshwar Chaudhary. Sage, New Delhi. Pages 552. Rs 1,100

How India lost 1857
Shyam Chand
Rebel Sikhs in 1857
Pages 119

  • Letters of Spies and Delhi was Lost
    Pages 128

  • Jeewan Lal: Traitor of Mutiny
    Pages 117. By Shamsul Islam, Vani Prakashan, Delhi. Rs 95 each.

back of the book
Voice of dissent
The Starkness Of It
by Ashok Mitra. Lotus/Roli. Pages 350. Rs 295

Not a happy homecoming
Two new books talk of the experience of displacement for indentured workers of Indian origin who went to the West Indies, reports Shubha Singh

Shakespeare’s secret is a bestseller
Arifa Akbar

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