FACETS of Randhawa
Singh recalls the contribution of M.S. Randhawa, the
visionary responsible for accelerating Punjab’s Green
Revolution and Chandigarh’s evolution as a ‘green city’,
whose birth anniversary falls on February 2
are known for agriculture not culture — so goes the
popular perception. But here was a man — the late Dr M.
S. Randhawa — who knew as much about culture as
agriculture. This son of the soil, who was born at
Zira in Ferozepur district of Punjab, held
prestigious offices like those of the Deputy Commissioner
of Delhi, Secretary of the Indian Council of Agricultural
Research, Chief Commissioner of Chandigarh, and the
Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU),
Ludhiana. He was an able administrator, a go-getter as
well as a caring human being.
M.S. Randhawa was a rare combination — an able
administrator and a scholar. He joined the Indian Civil Service
in 1934 and worked in various departments. He served as the
Vice-President of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR),
Additional Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of
Food and Agriculture, Adviser, Natural Resources Planning
Commission from 1961-1964 and Special Secretary, Ministry of
Food and Agriculture.
Kaur Randhawa may not call her late spouse Dr M. S.
Randhawa as a perfect husband. But she does remember him as very
sincere one. Not surprising that even when the "a
connoisseur of beauty" complimented beautiful women, Mrs
Randhawa never turned green with envy because, "He just
abhorred ugliness." Of all things beautiful, Nature was
undisputedly his first love, she reveals.
The soul of Slumdog is
in its music
A. R. Rahman’s
music in Slumdog Millionaire is unique in its blend of
the folk and the modern, says Shakuntala
doubt director Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire is one
of the best films to have come out of Hollywood last year. The
film is a sensory rush, a take on the terrible but darkly funny
side of Mumbai’s Dharavi chawls. Vikas Swarup’s debut novel,
Q&A, from which Slumdog Millionaire is loosely
adapted, is far darker, quirkier, and understated.
first Internet car radio
of listening to those limited radio channels while driving?
Well, now you can have access to 30,000 stations, including
online broadcasts and AM and FM stations from around the globe,
thanks to Aussie researchers who have developed the world’s
first Internet car radio.