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fter fighting a grim battle for his political survival in the State of Haryana for the past few years, Gurgaon MP Rao Inderjit Singh has come out with flying colours over the last few months. First, was the masterstroke of his welltimed decision to move from the Congress (where he had been for decades) to the BJP (despite being also courted by AAP). His meeting with Modi then helped him decide, and also kept him in the PM’s eyes for a Ministerial berth. It was no easy task to win the confidence of the local units as well as the top brass of BJP. Finally, the people of Gurgaon reposed faith in him once more (for the Lok Sabha seat). Rao has therefore been deservedly given an elevated status in the Union Cabinet, with the PM appointing him as Minister of Planning (with Independent charge). This means that all important decisions related to fund allocations and answers to Parliamentary questions would be undertaken by Rao Inderjit and his team. In addition, the Gurgaon

MP has also been given an additional charge as Minister of State for Defence, a coveted top Ministry posting. Political analysts suggest that this promotion given to the Gurgaon MP can also be seen as a decision by the BJP to cultivate a strong leader of Haryana who also has a clean image. He could then later be projected as their Chief

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he only disappointment in the Ministryforming has been the neglect or non-focus on Agriculture/Food. By splitting it 3 ways Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Food Processing Industries and Agriculture - the message is out that a composite Agriculture-based thrust, for food production, processing, availability, exports, pricing, investment and employment, freely across India, is not planned. It is all the more surprising because Gujarat is actually a good example of the success of Agriculture (unfortunately Ambani & Adani – and therefore industry - have taken all the headlines). FG has argued multiple times that an Agriculture-led policy (including the Food Processing industry) is the best answer for India, and plays to our resources, skills and experience strength. Trying to ‘copy’ the west or other nations that developed differently could be quite fruitless. Consider this:

Ministerial candidate for the State. There is also a thinking that this time the BJP, which has always fought elections in alliance with other regional parties in the State, would want to fight the polls alone - or at least as the dominant partner. Union Planning Minister Rao Inderjit Singh is very clear that only half the

battle has been won, and the war for Chandigarh will be fought in the coming 4 months. "The bigger challenge and fight is at the State level; we have to ensure that the scamridden Congress government is removed from power. We have to bring development, growth, infrastructure and jobs to the entire State,” says Singh, in an exclusive interview to Friday Gurgaon. The implications from this Lok Sabha election are far reaching. After many decades an election has not been fought and won primarily along traditional caste and community lines. An exception was Mewat; however, Rao wants to reassure the people of Mewat that, despite a majority of the Muslims not voting for him, he holds no grudge and will ensure that development and growth reaches this backward area also. "Going forward we would hope that people stop getting polarised on the basis of religion, just as they have been able to move forward from caste," asserts the Gurgaon MP. His elevation also means that he and his supporters have been well accepted into the BJP fold, and has also sent a message to the rank and file that Prime Minister Modi has faith in Rao Inderjit. "Regarding my specific Ministerial responsibility,

1)Despite a substantial cost/price benefit due to the over 40% rupee depreciation over the recent 2 years, our exports went nowhere. Now, when the sentiment is back for India, we don’t want the rupee to appreciate, in the hope that exports may (sometime, finally) go up! In the process we are continuing to pay high prices for imports, including oil. What kind of economic logic is this? We should let FDI (clearly expected big now) be our hedge for dollar earnings and allow the rupee to appreciate. We can do with some help on petrol prices. 2)Hundreds of SEZs across the country remain idle, despite having received the most special incentives. The proposed NIMZs (for Manufacturing) would probably meet the same fate. Manufacturing on a large scale (even a quarter of China) may not be our answer; it is neither in our DNA, nor our strength. And even if Manufacturing has to stand any chance, 2 policies would need to be made crystal clear and implemented accordingly. It will need straighttalking to both industry and labour (unions). The Labour Policy has to ensure that all casual labour that

the Party has given me an important responsibility by making me the Planning Minister and I will ensure that all efforts are made to ensure that our country has better plans, improved fund allocation and more accountability in expenditure," asserts Singh. With Haryana being home to a large number of ex-servicemen, Rao Inderjit, in his capacity as the Union Minister of State for Defence, says that the promise of One Rank One Pension would soon be delivered by the BJP government. "We will also try and ensure that a member from the Defence forces is included in the Pay Commission, so that the interests of the Defence personnel of the country are better taken care of,” he adds. The Defence University, which is being set up in Gurgaon, would be given concrete shape in the next two years, and it would be developed as a strategic thinktank, comparable to the best in the world. He adds that the resolution of the status of lakhs of residents living in the 900 meters restricted area around the Air Force Ammunition Depot would be a top priority. Contd on p 6 

is doing a regular full time role for a defined period of time is made Permanent – and industry needs to willingly accept. Concurrently, industry must have the right to hire temporary labour as casuals (genuinely) and also able to retrench labour when facing adversity (but only after paying a ‘significant compensation’). Labour and unions need to willingly accept this. Maybe, just like the rest of the electorate, even labour may surprise industry and the State – especially if they are ‘talked with’, rather than ‘talked to’. The other policy, of Land Acquisition, has had enough debate and is now final – and needs to be implemented. Industry must accept it as is and move forward. The bogey of high cost and difficult terms should be ignored. For most projects land has never been a significant part of the total project cost – and anyway has only appreciated in value. Industry has got used to ‘free land’ or negligible cost land almost as a ‘right’. They would do well to instead ask for stable power supply and proper roads from the State, and proceed with their fresh investments in a refreshed climate.


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Comedy Comedy Nights with Rohan Joshi, Neville Shah and Kenny Sebastian.

 Date: June 5 Time: 7:30 pm onwards.

 Venue: Manhattan,1st Floor, Global Foyer Mall, Sec43,Golf Course Road. Above Mercedes Showroom.
 Tickets: Rs. 500 Music Joey Dale & IPL Finals Live Screening

 Date: June 1 
 Time: 5.30 pm onwards
 Venue: i-Kandy, Pullman Gurgaon Central Park, MG Road

 A 2-in-1. Joey Dale & IPL Finals Live Screening are ready to rock your world.
 Entry: Rs 700 per person (only for Couples and Single Ladies).
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Food Food Meditation Workshop Raga Ratnam has organised a one day Workshop for the young 'uns to enjoy and learn healthy eating habits along with some fun cooking with Chef Shiv Shankar Ghosh. Date: May 31 Time: 05:00 pm Venue: 406, Sector 14 Exhibition Handcrafting The Future Exhibition and Sales Event showcasing exquisite craftsmanship from the Eastern handicrafts belt and other corners of India. Showcasing of exclusive hand woven Silk and Cotton Saris, Suit Pieces and Home Decor at great value.

 Date: June 1 Time: 4 pm to 9 pm Venue: 503 Alankar Apartments, GH-48 Sector 56 (AIT Chowk)
Phone: +91 7838886936 or +91 8600197335 Sports 1st National Cadet Taekwondo Championship 2014 and 32nd National Sub-Junior Taekwondo Championship 2014 Date: Wed June 4 Time: 09:00 am Venue: Gurgaon World School, Rewari Road, Pataudi, Gurgaon, Haryana, India

Theatre Wednesday Theatre @ 8 Patio Clubs in association with NDCC brings you the second edition of 'Wednesday Theatre @ 8'. Date: June 4

 The plays are:
 BADKE BHAIYA
 Written & Directed by : Nihal Parashar 
 Performed by : Feroz Alam & Shauvik Mondal 
 Synopsis: Badke Bhaiya is an adaptation of Munshi Premchand's Bade Bhaisahab. The story tries to explore the emotional relation between two brothers- Badke Bhaiya and Chota. DASTANGOI : DASTAN JAI RAM JI KI
 Directed by : Mahmood Farooqui
 Performed by : Ankit Chadha


Epicentre Music Chitrangada– A wishful desire (Bi-Lingual/90mins) Music & Dance Drama An evening of song offering from Gitanjali, as a tribute to Poet Rabindranath Tagore 'Gurudev', for winning the Nobel Prize 150 years ago; followed by Dance Drama Chitrangada– A wishful desire. Director Shukla Banerjee. It is Inspired by Tagore's Dance Drama and borrows from Rituporno Ghosh's film. Date: June 5 Time: 7:30 pm Workshop Brain Power This summer give your child's brain power a boost through this fun workshop. Children will participate in specially developed brain games, exercises and puzzles, which will be like a gym workout for the brain - stretching and training it. Kids will enhance their brain performance while also improving their memory, concentration & attention span. Ages: 7 to 10 years
 Date: June 2 & 3
 Time: 11.00 am to 12.00 noon
 Cost: Rs 1000 Young Astronauts Young Astronauts take an imaginary journey through the Solar System. They visit the eight planets in our solar system, explore rocky planets & gas giants, understand the recent ‘demotion’ of Pluto and go to the edge of the Solar System. Photographs, animated videos and hands-on games reinforce the learning experience. No corner of the universe is left unexplored!
 Ages: 5 to 8 years
 Date: June, 5 & 6
 Time: 11.00 am to 12.00 noon 
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 Workshop Science Workshop Children will make a Magnetic Propeller.  Date: Sunday, June 1  Time: 10 am to 11.45 am  Venue: #502, Tower 4, Vipul Greens, Sohna Road (opposite Hotel Fortune) For age group: 8 to 12 years Workshop fee: Rs 300  Contact: Ashwini Patil, 9811377705 Keeping it Green To mark World Environment Day 2014, Dronah Foundation is organising a clean-up drive at the BioDiversity Park, Mehrauli Road, Date: June 5 Time: 6.30 am to 8.30 am It is part of Iamgurgaon’s ongoing initiative of planting one million trees. It would be a very educative and satisfying outing for the young. Pehal United Way of Delhi and United Technologies Corporation cordially invite you to an Eye Camp and awareness drive on health & hygiene for migrant labourers in Chakarpur Village Date: Friday, May 30 Venue: House No. 76, near Yadav Chaupal, Chakarpur Village, behind Sahara Mall Time: 16.00 hours onwards Pehal started in July 2012 as a unique community development initiative aimed at improving education, health and living environment of 2,000 migrant labourers & their families (around 10,000 people), who are primarily inhabiting resettlement/slum clusters in Chakarpur Village.

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THE WEEK THAT WAS  MP, Gurgaon, Rao Inderjit Singh, is appointed as Minister of State (Independent), with charge of Defence and Planning & Statistics, at the Centre.  INLD says they would not ally with BJP for the Vidhan Sabha polls.  AICC dissolves all Congress units and bodies in Haryana.  A Block level Officer is arrested in the alleged fake voter card case.  A train mows down a mother and daughter near Garhi Harsaru.  A 20-year-old woman (from Bihar) hangs self in Sukhrali; a 27-year-old man, an auto driver, hangs self in Jharsa.  A 55-year-old security guard is found murdered near Dwarka Expressway – he worked at DLF Phase 1.  A 15-year-old from Bangladesh accuses a man and his wife for pushing her into prostitution; she had been called to the City on the pretext of a job.  A teenaged girl, who escapes from her rapist step-father, is found in Delhi; a 32-year-old woman is gangraped by 3 men (Including an advocate) in a farmhouse on the outskirts of the City – 2 of the men have been taken into custody; there is an attempted rape on a 9-year-old girl.  A 24-year-old is arrested for abandoning his live-in partner, in Sec 5.  A cameraman is arrested for molesting a TV anchor; a youth is held for molesting a girl after breaking into her PG room at DLF Phase 3; a woman alleges sexual harassment by a society member at a colony on Sohna Road.  3 persons are held for abducting a 17-yearold boy for ransom; it later turns out that the abducted boy was part of the plan to get money from his father.  A professor in Sector 18 is held on charges of dowry harassment.  A moving CNG-fitted van catches fire on Sohna Road – occupants (the driver, a woman and 2 children) are safe.  A family of 18 is trapped inside a lift for almost

an hour at a hotel on MG Road. 2 bouncers who refused to help are held.  Poll records are gutted in SCERT library, after a fire breaks out.  Police Commissioner asks all private security agencies to ensure that their guards undergo the necessary training and they and their arms are duly registered.  A domestic help runs away with Rs 22 lakhs from a businessman’s house in Sector 15; he is caught with almost all the money intact; 2 businessmen are shot at, and robbed of over Rs 3 lakhs, on Somnath Marg; a bank employee and 3 other people are booked for about Rs 3 lakhs fraud.  A person from Rajendra Park is defrauded of Rs 1.25 lakhs, for getting a visa.  2 engineering students from Delhi are held for a case of snatching at MG Road Metro station.  A gang of 3, involved in over 10 robbery cases, is busted.  Vigneshwara Group is alleged to be involved in a property fraud case.  An HVPNL security and manpower contractor is held for a Rs 1.25 crores fraud.

personally supervised the demolition while offering (lip) sympathy to the victims of the fire. They also send a petition to the Governor.  Residents from across Gurgaon protest outside MCG Commissioner’s office, against the non-functioning of the Dhanwapur Sewage Treatment Plant and the delay in undertaking development works at Badshahpur (despite being sanctioned almost a year ago). The contractor has reportedly been heavily fined.  NH8 would soon be recarpeted by the new concessionaire, Millennium City Expressways Pvt Ltd. CCTV cameras and streetlights would also be put up as required, and certain entry/ exit lanes widened.  Sushant Lok 1 residents protest on the street against pathetic services and maintenance by the builder’s agency.  MCG Joint Commissioner Anju Chaudhary is transferred as GM, Haryana Roadways; Vatsal Vashisht takes her place.  DHBVN has asked for the encroachments in the IAF restricted area to be removed.  Thousands of govt schoolteachers protest against the Training Needs Assessment exam. There has been a rise in heat stroke cases in the City – as well as cases of Dengue and Measles. HC clarifies that cycling and walking events do not require any special permission – squashes the notice issued by MCG against the NGOs that were earlier running the Raahgiri event.

 CBSE Class 12 results: Debangshu Haldar of DPS Sec 45 tops with  98.6%; top girl is Ruhani Seth of Bluebells School, Sec 10, with Friday Gurgaon is also available at: 98.2%. Indian Oil Petrol Pump (Opp. Neelkanth Hospital, M.G. Road)  6 more private swimming pools in Paritosh Book Stall (Sikanderpur Metro Station) private are shut down, for flouting C.S.P. - Kanchan (Opp. Vyapar Kendra - C Block Sushant Lok-1) licence norms – 3 schools, 1 hospital, 1 amusement park, and 1 C.S.P. - Swamy (Sector-14 Market, Near Mother Dairy) fitness club. Deepak Book Stand (Bus Stand)  MCG officials are attacked and Nagpal News Agency (Bus Stand) held hostage by a mob of Nathupur C.S.P. - Madan (New Railway Road) Village residents, after a failed Jain Book Stall (New Railway Road) demolition drive - following a Rojgar Point Book Stall (New Railway Road) fire that destroyed hundreds of shanties. The village elders later C.S.P. - Sector-14 Market (Near Mother Dairy) hold a mahapanchayat and ask C.S.P. - Dharampal (Sohna Chowk) for an FIR to be filed against the Karan Book Stall (Railway Station) MCG Chief, who seems to have Shashi (Fuwara Chowk) Raw (Sohna Chowk)

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 Contd from p 1 To ensure that the Party comes out a winner in the ensuing State polls, the Union Minister indicates the Party will have to project a mass-based leader who has strong local roots. “If you look at the election results in different States, the BJP has performed very well where the Party had strong local leaders; they added significantly to the Modi wave and ensured the Party’s majority in Parliament. If we are able to put forward a face early, and work unitedly, the Party can make history in Haryana," he asserts. Simultaneously, he says that those few leaders and workers who worked against the interests of the Party in these crucial elections should be weeded out - as they are likely to cause trouble in the State elections as well. "We need dedicated cadre who are willing to work above personal and self-interest; there are many such in the BJP and we need to empower them," he asserts. As a CM, he would wish to see is a more transparent government, which is honest and delivers the goods. He would want the recruitment process for State jobs to be freed of political influence, so that jobs go to people on merit. “Haryana also needs a massive boost in agriculture, and we would need to safeguard the farmers from the Real Estate agents, who in connivance with politicians have perpetrated massive land scams across Haryana," he asserts. It would delight the Gurgaon residents, particularly those who are living in private colonies, to know that the Gurgaon MP has not forgotten their endless woes, and promises that the licences of builders who have not delivered on their promises as per the agreements would be reviewed. "We have zero tolerance for corruption and under the leadership of Modiji we are going to transform the polity, including the governance of Haryana. The BJP in the State has performed well in this election, but we can clearly improve on this if we fight as a united force, and with a strong leader," he concludes.u

Rao Inderjit Singh's priorities for Gurgaon Gurgaon Development Authority: GDA is an idea that I have been pushing for long, but it has not matured because of the intransigence of the Congress government in the State. They only see Real Estate and how to milk it. GDA as the apex agency will oversee the planning, execution and review of development and maintenance works, for all civic and social facilities and services. The City would have a holistic plan, which would be consistently executed in all the current disparate areas – of HUDA, MCG and private builders. We will ensure that this Agency is empowered and has the resources to rebuild Gurgaon into a world-class city. Water: This is another top priority for me. I have been pleading with the Haryana government to forcefully pursue the implementation of the Sutlej Yamuna Water sharing pact in the Supreme Court. This matter will be taken up and resolved at the earliest. Also, the old water channels in this region, which had been serving us for centuries, would be revived. Water bodies in Sultanpur, Damdama and Badkhal will be revived, along with village ponds and pokhars. We will lay strictly monitor the implementation of rainwater harvesting; water recycling in condominiums would be a must. As far as the misuse of ground water for construction purposes is concerned, it will be ensured that the orders of the High Court are implemented in letter and spirit. Education: We plan to set up medical and education universities in Gurgaon. It was with great difficulty that I was able to bring the Defence University to this region, and the Sainik School in Rewari became a reality after a number of decades. These projects would be given practical shape now. We will also push for the setting up of vocational institutes where the children of farmers would be trained, so that they could be absorbed in local industry.   Crime: To check crime, we plan to empower the Gurgaon Police Commissioner based on the Delhi model. The Police needs to be more empowered and less politicised, and given adequate resources - which are sorely needed in a city like Gurgaon that has expanded very fast. Land acquisition: We are certainly going to scrutinise the land deals that have taken place in the last decade. We will ensure that forceful acquisition does not happen in the State, and interests of farmers are safeguarded as per the new Land Acquisition Act. Jobs: We would ask the private sector in Gurgaon to give preferential treatment to local boys and girls.

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he victory of Rao Inderjit Singh in the Gurgaon Lok Sabha constituency in such an emphatic manner is also being interpreted by his close confidante GL Sharma as the representation of people's anger on the discrimination with this region for at least the last decade, with the Congress govt. focused on serving the CM’s areas only. Sharma, who is believed to have been instrumental in charting out the strategy for Rao Inderjit's exit from the Congress, asserts that it was indifference of the Congress party at both the State and the Centre, which forced them to take the decision of leaving the Party, along with his leader, Rao Inderjit. "No doubt it was a risky decision and the future was uncertain, but we decided to take a principled stand because the people were suffering and we could do nothing," asserts Sharma. In his opinion, while the Lok Sabha result was more due to the unhappiness with the Congress, the coming State polls will show an even more massive support of the local populace for Rao Inderjit Singh. "We are going to win in at least 30 assembly seats where Rao Saheb has direct and indirect influence, and this is going to change the face of politics in Haryana," asserts Sharma. In his opinion Prime Minister Modi could also play an important in the elections, as he understands well the politics of Haryana,

having worked in the State for a long time with the RSS. Modi knows that politics in Haryana is peculiar in the sense that it is tends to get centred more around politicians (than about issues). "The elevation of Rao Saheb to the Cabinet also means that he might be entrusted with the task of leading BJP in the State polls. If this happens we have the best chance to form the first BJP government in the State," says Sharma. This time it will at least be a dominant partner in the run up to the elections. "The farmers in the State, the apartment buyers as also the common man – all are today being robbed in one way or the other. Where is justice?" he asks. “While many people of the State united under the banner of Haryana Insaaf Manch, Rao Saheb knew that if we fought the election alone there would be a division of votes. He was also influenced and impressed by the strong leadership of Narendra Bhai Modi, and this is the reason we joined the BJP. Today it is the only Party that can give a stable

government to the State. It is because of Rao Saheb that the Congress has been wiped out in entire South Haryana. "The Modi effect no doubt was most evident in Gurgaon and Badshahpur, which voted their hearts out for the BJP, " he says. “To win the upcoming State elections, the BJP has to start preparing from today. When we joined the BJP there was apprehension that the old party workers and seniors would be sidelined, but we have ensured that everyone has been an equal partner in this victory. It takes time to assimilate in a new culture and organization, but the workers and supporters of Rao Inderjit have the patience and the discipline to work under any dispensation that is oriented towards the growth, development and prosperity to Haryana - and particularly Gurgaon. Right from his entry into BJP, Rao Saheb had made it amply clear that we were a part of the BJP family led by Narendra Bhai Modi, and our conduct has proved that we are disciplined foot-soldiers,” he asserts. Sharma also says that the efforts made by INLD candidate Zakir Hussain to polarise the electorate in Mewat led to a situation where the Hindus in the region were motivated to vote en bloc for the BJP. He says that politicians need to understand that the nation is above any religion, and this kind of politics should end. Like his political mentor, Sharma is also very unhappy with some Party leaders and activists who worked against the interests of the Party candidate due to self-interest. "The Party needs to take a strong stand against such leaders and we have identified them. If action is not taken against such people then we are going to face more problems in the State polls," he says. Sharma is particularly peeved that certain Party functionaries in Gurgaon worked in tandem with the ruling party to cause harm to the poll prospects of Rao Saheb. “Reports on these leaders have been sent to the Party seniors," he says. He adds significantly that the role played by RSS in the polls would be crucial, and this organisation needs to be demystified for the common man. “The primary goal of RSS is to promote a national spirit among the people

of India. It wants the people to be proud of their motherland. While closely working with them we have realised that this sangh aims to build an army of Indian nationalists," says Sharma. When asked about his

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he Deputy Commissioner (DC), Shekhar Vidyarthi, on Thursday convened a joint meeting of the Residents Welfare Associations (RWAs), builders’ representatives and Government officials - comprising Member Secretary (Senior Town Planner R.K. Singh, Joint Commissioner MCG Anu Sheokand, City Magistrate Ekta Chopra and other officials from HUDA, DTCP, MCG, DHBVNL and HVPNL. More than 20 RWA representatives briefed the attendees about their problems, alleging that the builders were not taking care of either internal development or external development (including community sites), and even were negligent on the day to day maintenance. The DC, as Committee Chairperson, suggested that from June onwards a meeting would be held on the third Wednesday of every month, in which the problems of 4 colonies would be discussed. In these meetings the three premier federations - Gurgaon Citizens Council (GCC), JAFRA and Federation of Apartment Owners Association (FAOA will each list 2 problems of the concerned colonies and each RWA will list its 4 problems. These will be consolidated and filed before the 5th of every month. The first four colonies have been selected by a draw, and they are: Ardee City, Mayfield Gardens, Parsvnath and Uppal Southend.  The first such meeting will be conducted on 18th June - in which GCC, JAFRA, FAOA, representatives of all the four RWAs and the respective builders will be present. The Chairperson will call all the concerned govt. departments as per the grievances filed in advance.  The Chairperson has given strict instructions that those not following these directions will be booked under IPC 172, 173, 174, 175, 176 and action will be taken accordingly. GCC President R.S. Rathee expressed his thanks to the Chairperson for taking the initiative to solve the various problems faced by residents in builder licensed areas - like scarcity of water, inadequate security, frequent power cuts, inadequate sub stations, poor drainage, and sewage facilities, roads needing recarpeting, poor maintenance of parks, no community centres or clubs, no dispensary or health centre. The non-completion of all these facilities has facilitated the delay in the issuance of Completion Certificates to the colonisers for decades now.u

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oday's youngsters articulately share their thoughts on challenges, current issues and anything else they feel strongly about. These youngsters’ opinions are fresh, creative, honest…and always compelling. Sneha Sharma, a 20-year-old student of Maitreyi College, feels strongly about Gender Discrimination. “Discrimination against girls and women in the developing world is a devastating reality - even in this 21st century. Everybody knows it is wrong to do so, but still it Is widely practised. Gender discrimination is taking place in homes, and even more so now at the workplace. Apart from sexual harassment, an even more basic discrimination is on pay.Women are paid less (as compared to men) for the same assignment or for an equal amount of work. In our society, men and women are also discriminated on the basis of their clothes and the way they dress up. If a boy dresses up ‘modern’, people consider him to be smart and a trendsetter but if a girl likes to dress up fashionably or smartly, or if she likes to wear short dresses, she is considered to be a ‘loose character’. Even in the

The young are aware...and care gruesome Nirbhaya gangrape case, there were many people who blamed the girl for what happened to her, saying that she shouldn’t have been out at such a late hour! Very few people still believe in educating girls. The uncomfortable reality is that girls are treated as just objects of the household, and after that mostly as sex objects. Many just do not make it – having being killed in obe way or the other (foeticide or infanticide). The discrimination against women is hampering the growth of women at a social, economic and personal level. This will impede the country’s growth.” Vidisha Vig, in Grade XII at The Heritage School, wants to ‘take out’ her Exam Stress. “Class 12 - most of us think it is a sword that will rip off a good career from our destiny. Others say it is a ladder that will help us take an assured step towards a bright future. We often get to hear that if you have a score of 90% or more then your career is set! But is there any assurance for that? Our parents ask us to stop going out, eat better, sleep on time and avoid social media - because then only we can concentrate and score better. Yes, these actions do help… but what are the side-effects?

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notable hallmark of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections has been the emergence of youth power as the index of change in India’s socio-economic scenario. Political observers have rightly concluded that it was the nation’s youth that steered the outcome of these polls, since this huge and growing mass came forth for the first time in huge numbers to exercise their electoral franchise. A trio of leaders -NaMo, RaGa and AK-49 - ‘enabled’ this new chapter of Indian democracy. Indeed, these three leaders recognised – though very differently - that other than the conventional mode of canvassing, with orations of selfproclamation by each Party and the targeting of rival outfits, they should specifically address the problems, prospects and aspirations of the country’s youth. Despite Gandhi and Kejriwal being in their 40s, almost two decades younger to Modi (64), they failed to arouse the youth in their favour. Apart from having to face the spate of charges on corruption and nepotism against the Congress-led UPA government, Gandhi also lacked any oratory skills and seemed

Well, the only side-effect is that one becomes isolated and pressurised even more. We all know that after Grade 12 we need to go to good colleges/ universities and for that we need a score of above 90%. But do we realise that when we are preparing for that score we are burying ourselves into the grave of stress because all we think about is Boards – to take care of our parents’ expectation and their reputation, and to make a good career with the help of a good degree from a good college. ‘Yeh ek saal hai… padh lo ge to zindagi aabaad…varna… bardbaad’! We tend to forget that our careers not only depend on how we score but also how we deal with people. The pressure by parents and teachers puts a full stop to our social skills and creativity.” Tara Taylor, in her second year at NIFT, feels very strongly about issues of Equality and Equity in the world. “With reference to equality, I believe everyone is created equally. And by that I mean that everyone, in the sight of God, is equal. There is no one more special than any other everyone is equally special. If we all accepted this position on equality, we wouldn't have a world filled with bigotry, hate and war. All people want to be

treated with dignity, and respect and know from their heart that they are worthy of being loved and respected. Every human being has this inherent sense of equality within him/herself. Yet, we can see how some people are treated. They are hated for their race, their colour, their religion, their sexual orientation or any number of reasons - all of which are based on superstition, fear and ignorance. Equity is the other part. What equity means is that everyone receives his/her fair share, so that all may have something in their lives - food, clothing, shelter, an education, a job, a reason to be alive and a reason to live. Take away a person's equity and you take away their hope, their dignity, their selfworth, their passion for life and their reason for living - not just for themselves, but even for others. It is out of disparity between us all that wars and hatreds are bred, that peace cannot be attained and that conflict seems to be at the centre of the world - no matter how much we desire peace, prosperity and joy in life. God did not create life to be a struggle, a place of the haves and the have-nots. God created one sun, which shines over us all.” Gargi Arora a fresh graduate, preparing for her

The ascent of the young democrats from IGNOU), took leave during the elections and went to his home town so that his vote could count. He said, ”The Gandhi family and its Congress have failed to provide us job security. I need to look after my family. Without a job I am nowhere. We wanted a change - a person who could think for the youth and for our nation. So my vote went to Namo.” Modi's track record as CM, and his distinct image as an efficient administrator, known PRAKHAR PANDEY for taking quick decisions, has been able to excite young people. His ‘Gujarat Model’, which has been built to have no inkling on how to attract either the youth or the masses - inspite of his on the premise of managing the civil service with private secage benefit and dynastic links. tor efficiency, resonates This prompted the Congress well with a generation Party to depute his sister, Prithat has abandoned the yanka, at the penultimate stage lure of 'mundane' govof campaigning, to try and fill ernment jobs in favour some of the void. of the 'dynamic’ private The youth traditionally sector. The high voltage identify well with rebels. In campaigning of Modi, narmany ways Modi has risen rating his saga from the from multiple rebellions. days when he was a tea Gabbar Singh, 22, who works stall vendor to his position at a girls’ hostel as a cook and at the apex of BJP, caught also pursues his academics (BA

Masters, says ‘Cruelty to Animals must Stop’! Every day we see that animals are beaten, neglected or forced to struggle for survival. Left in unsanitary conditions, with no food or water, they have little hope; they live out their days without the compassion they deserve. Some are found and rescued, and are given the chance to experience how great life and humans can be; others aren't so lucky. To grow as a nation we must fight for these abused animals' rights and severely punish the heartless owners. It is up to us to speak up for these creatures (who lack a voice) - for who will if we don't?
It is hard to tell just what drives people to harm innocent animals. Most animal abusers find some sort of fulfillment or power in torturing a victim they know can't or won’t fight back. It's not only up to the legal system to ensure that communities across the country are made aware and educated about animal cruelty. As a nation we need to make it our priority to come together and ensure the safety of our beloved pets. As Margaret Mead once said, ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has’.” We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power towards good ends.u

the imagination of the youth. Sensing this development, Modi relentlessly kept up the momentum across the nation. At times when the media was against him, Modi created an alternative communication channel-- a kind of first in Indian politics—via the social media, to keep up the connection with his audience. In the battle of wits, Modi proved how a white beard can be a plus-factor in exhorting young supporters. While asking for votes to help in rooting out the old corrupt political order, he laid an ethical as well as ideological foundation to cleanse the society. This optimistic modus-operandi not only impressed the youth, but almost all the classes and masses across India. Priyanka Chauhan , 20, student of Sociology, addressed Narendra Modi as ‘the man of the season’. She has been pretty interested in joining politics; after her graduation she has planned to intern with BJP. These Lok Sabha elections have changed the political scenario, with the youth becoming more active and responsible, not only for their careers but also for the nation. The youth dream for a better India ...free of corruption and inflation, and full of job opportunities. Modi holds the best promise for delivering on these dreams.u


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he evolving cosmopolitan Gurgaon is offering unique opportunities and space to its residents, something that even metropolitan Delhi, stuck quite in its old ways, has not been able to. The arrival of a diverse, educated, talented, aware and globaloutlook migrant population to the Millennium City has encouraged many to unleash, and even explore their entrepreneurial talent. Apart from being an important IT, Auto and Real Estate base, the City has also become a hotspot for startups. In fact, going one step further, many of these are being led by women who have preferred to move away from the humdrum of their corporate jobs, or looked to make a mark beyond their homes. This City offers them the space, the opportunity and the patrons, who are more than happy to work with these femmeentrepreneurs. Most of these nouveau businesswomen say that if you can offer anything ‘unique’, then this City is the place to be - where the residents are ever ready to try new products, services and concepts; and of course have the money to splurge. The residents’ taste for the good things in life, to maintain their diverse and rich lifestyle, helps breed these new businesses. After spending 10 years in various corporate positions in the social sector, Indrani Sharma decided to take the entrepreneurial route, as she wanted to do something more meaningful for society and also build a business that was centred around people. Sharma says that during her work in the social sector she realised that a majority of NGOs were set up with right intentions, and also did good work, but lacked the systems, and processes to ensure that work was carried out in an organised manner. "Most of the NGOs found it difficult to manage accounts, communicate with internal and external networks, or reach out to the government and other donor agencies," says Sharma. She set up Indrani Sharma Associates, a consultancy that hires educated homemakers who wish to work without being tied to any organisation. The women are inducted and trained by her consultancy, and thereafter they work as part of a virtual team in various projects. In her opinion, all women, if given the right support, can

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be successful. In her case her family has been very supportive of her pursuit. "I set my own agenda, work on projects I like and with organisations that are professional. Some people still believe that women can’t ‘deliver’ consistently, but I have been doing it for long now, and projects come to us because we are able to deliver," she stresses. For entrepreneurs like her, the ability to earn well while doing something they love, and on their own terms, is what drives them. However, things are difficult for many, as the idea of women running businesses is still alien - the society is still ‘digesting’ their entry into the corporate world.  The thought of the ‘protected’ Indian woman going out into the ‘greasy’, ‘real’ world of men and getting her hands dirty is still frowned down upon by a majority. However, with the local economy now having shifted gear towards the service sector (instead of the earlier manufacturing), and with the advent of the Internet–enabled e-commerce and social media, it certainly has become more attractive for women in this City to explore entrepreneurship as a suitable ‘career’ (or back-up plan). Indrani Sharma says that till a few years ago she did not know how to operate a computer, but today she runs her entire operation virtually, reaching out to employees, clients and others across the world. “Technology indeed has helped change the process and operation of doing business, and particularly for women, as it provides us the freedom to connect easily even while sitting at home,” she adds. Being in Gurgaon is a major positive for entrepreneurs, particularly women, feels Delhi-based entrepreneur Vikky Anand, who runs a beauty business and will soon be expanding. “Gurgaon is more liberal and free and gives a lot of space to women. Their innovative ideas get a readymade market,” she says. In comparison, Delhi stands quite rooted in an orthodox spirit, where women working in offices, and especially those

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running their own operations, are still not quite ‘acceptable’. "A decade ago I wanted to get a commercial power connection for my office, and visited the electricity office in Najafgarh many times. I was asked to make repeat visits, the officials would offer tea and want to talk on different issues, but there was no progress on the connection," says Anand. She later had to send a ‘proxy’, in order to finally get the connection. She says tat there is a wealth of office space, with modern facilities and security, across Gurgaon. While the infrastructure has improved in Delhi as well, Anand opines that the biggest challenge still remains the attitude towards working women. Women entrepreneurs believe that the major challenges for them are in hiring people who are honest and faithful, managing books of accounts, and accessing the ‘right’ finances when they need to expand. "Despite women having a strong sixth sense, they may still not be very good at judging male employees. We need to be careful about this," she warns. While Gurgaon may be a land of opportunities, Veena Gupta, who runs a social business centred around security, says that only a woman entrepreneur has to (unfairly) face the multiple challenges of ‘managing’ the family, the society and her own business. "There is still very little acceptance of businesswomen in society, as there are doubts about their capability in this sphere," she says. A major initial challenge, she says, is the difficulty in financing a start-up, particularly if it is being run by a woman. Even the financial institutions are not reaching out to them. While there are various government schemes meant for women entrepreneurs, they are not at all promoted, she rues. Gurgaon of course has problems related to safety and security, as well as a lack of civic infrastructure. From a pure business point of view, Veena Gupta strongly votes for Gurgaon as the land of opportunity as far as start-ups are concerned.

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The ‘start-up culture’ needs to be promoted, so that dreams of the budding entrepreneurs are realised, says Indrani Sharma. She adds that the presence of various social and online groups in Gurgaon is also helpful for the entrepreneurs. Ashma Khanna Sachdeva, who is a veteran entrepreneur running her Ayurveda Spa, Anammyya Wellness, says that there are many micro issues faced by women in Gurgaon, particularly in malls, as there is no standardisation of services and infrastructure. "Whatever ad hoc decision they take just has to be accepted - no one can challenge it. Further, though there are many government compliances, there is no one monitoring what is happening in the City," she says. It’s seemingly (and therefore perhaps ominously) all on autopilot. In the name of running spas, she says, a number of wrong things are happening, under the very nose of the authorities - but no action is being taken. If Gurgaon does not want to get a sleazy tag, such activities need to be curbed, asserts Sachdeva. Referring to taxes and similar issues, she says that it is still an unequal world - where a businesswoman cannot stand guarantee for another, even if she is a successful entrepreneur! "Why do you need the guarantee of only a ‘man’ in several matters? I just fail to understand this," she says in exasperation. Things are changing, says Dolly Bhasin, founder of Divaz4Business, a group that was launched to promote entrepreneurship among women. “The major issue is in generating finance for the business. While the financial institutions and banks say they are flush with funds and are looking for the right projects, they do not reach out to women; and women by themselves have limited access to information on such funding opportunities;” she says. It seems that women need to get more financesavvy. Divaz4Business is enabling women to prepare effective project reports, to get funding approvals from financial

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institutions – for start-ups or for those wishing to scale up their operations. Raj K Pathak, cofounder, says that their aim is to create a support system (like filling knowledge gaps) to help women overcome hurdles while starting or expanding their businesses. The arrival of the IT and IT enabled services industry in Gurgaon has also spawned ‘tech start-ups’, which mainly focus on global business. Aakriti Bhargava runs a services firm called Boring Brand, which aims to help such start-up companies with their marketing, design, PR and social media work which are non-core functions for the start-ups. "We have till now worked with about 100 start-up firms across the globe, and business is growing," she says. The reason she went into business was to start something that she was passionate about, and drive it according to her own pace. Most of the women entrepreneurs say that though it is tough to run a business, the freedom that it gives you is great, as also the joy of seeing it grow. Shakun Rai, who is experienced in the pharma business and has her own venture selling nutraceuticals, feels that budding businesswomen need to have faith in themselves and the support of their families. She would like to see more women in ‘hardcore’ business areas such as manufacturing, trading and finance. However, Vikky Anand believes that women should stick to doing what they like. Women entrepreneurs seem to strongly believe that having your own business makes you more creative and multi-skilled. It is helpful today that – especially for women it seems - what were earlier considered ‘hobbies’ can now be ‘businesses’. In Gurgaon this bandwagon of women entrepreneurs has taken off. However, they warn that anyone starting a new business should have a big appetite for risk and be ready to accept initial failures. A focus on managing cash, and keeping the cost low, will also be very helpful in ensuring the longevity of your venture. Also, having a quality support structure, of family and business partners, helps reduce stress and can be instrumental in developing some good, long-term relationships. So, ladies, aim for the sky in this city of dreams; though, as you progress, keep an eye on the bottom line as well. Maybe there is already a woman in here, all fired up by a vision of being the next Ambani (Mukesh, that is). u


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Letter To The Editor Sri Abhishek Behl’s title piece ‘Save the wetlands!’ on FG (23- 29 May) is very welcome. It has become an annual ritual of TV debates, media reporting, a few meetings with NGOs and then a sine-die till the next time. Water is getting scarcer and scarcer by the day. How much have we really achieved? God gives enough rainfall to sustain us all but we do not have enough wisdom to control and utilise the bounty. The powers that govern and the environment planners that plan have been utter failures so far. There is no dearth of official concern, committees, activists, plans and schemes, yet, as rightly said, ‘slow (and now fast) descent of the city towards desertification is continuing unabated.’ The will is certainly lacking. Ponds and Water bodies: In the old days and in our rural environment it was considered a pious act to create a pond or dig a well. In our old village style, every village had one or two ponds and wells and pools. It is not impossible to revive this idea even within urban conditions. Our ‘colony planning’ invariably includes a couple of parks, shopping centres, places of worship, schools etc. They are all needed but do we plan a pond or a water body in any of our residential colonies? I just do not know why? At an individual level here are some tips too, may be as drops in the ocean. I have tried them myself and know they work. Rainwater: Watch the amount of rainwater flowing down the roads…to nowhere. Those who have a little space in front of their houses can easily direct some of this water to small pits in their front garden, to recharge the ground. I can vouch that the few trees planted in front of my house need very little extra watering and I have reasons to believe that the water table has gone up - may be by a few inches. (I have a small inexpensive scheme in place). Kitchen Water: Store the water from the kitchen sink in a bucket. You may put a cloth strainer to keep the solids out. Use this water for your potted plants and enjoy the green leaves. Flush Toilet Water: Every time you flush, a full flushing is not required. Submerge a closed and waterfilled plastic bottle in the flush tank. This will reduce water wastage greatly. My friends and I have already taken to it very seriously. Moisture Harvesting: With more than one A/c in our households now a days, have you noticed how much water trickles to waste in a day? We may not have noticed it, but with a 2 ton A/c it is almost two buckets a day. Put a bucket under the A/C and you will collect enough water for your potted indoor plants and washing machines. Bimal Mohanty G13/4 DLF Phase 1 Tel 9350865050

Human survival on water Survival of humanity is mainly dependent on the availability of water. It has no substitute. Unfortunately the gap between its demand and supply is getting wider. The population of the country is going up and the sources of water supply getting thinner. It is a dangerous signal for the future times. To check its demand some harsh measures are imminent by the government. For example a family with more than two children should be debarred from a government job. It should also be deprived of all other benefits available to the members, say old age pension, medical facilities and other subsidies available on consumable goods. Thus the growth of population might be controlled to certain extent. To make water available in equitable proportion, a maximum limit of consumable monthly units should be fixed. Its price should be related to slab wise consumption of units. For more consumption one has to pay more. If a family is exceeding a maximum limit of monthly units, it should be penalised suitably. Such a step would also minimise the wastage tendency in our households. So far we are accustomed to using water as a cheap product and in the habit of wasting water on cars and courtyards freely. Further, wastage of water should be made a cognizable offence. These steps appear to be harsh and may have public resistance in the first instance. Therefore they should be taken carefully and in phases. Moreover, to promote the preservation of water, NGOs and RWAs laying water harvesting units and recycling of water for other than drinking purpose, should be suitably rewarded. Then we can hope to get water supply without much difficulty for decades to come. Regards, R.S. Jain, Social Activist HNo 129, Sector-14, M-9313065032 Sir, Your cover story (23-29 May) is frightening. The prospect of our city becoming another Fatehpur Sikri - a desert - as soon as 2020 or even 2030 is cause for very serious concern. It is a crisis situation and needs to tackled on war footing. What will happen to the millions of square feet of plush apartments, office / commercial space and the many malls, theatres and restaurants when the city runs out of water. It is a spectre like the post nuclear war scenario vividly painted by many writers. Ghost town with beautiful buildings and no people, no life! What will happen to all of us who have invested their life's savings in building properties and businesses here. Where will we go and how will we buy a place in another town - where there is water - without any money. Such an exodus from the city and villages can lead to a serious social issue, a serious law & order issue. Some of the very rich may have alternate houses in water sufficient towns (if there are any in India) and even abroad but most will be literally on the road, like destitutes. Admittedly water scarcity is a global phenomena - largely due to human greed and total neglect of any conservation habits - but probably India is among the most water stressed nations and, unfortunately, within India Gurgaon is one of the worst placed. Developer and builders are making merry, raking in huge profits, selling their creations even before these are ready and will quietly move out to their water rich havens like Switzerland, Canada and a few other lucky places. It is another matter that the governments of those countries will need to beef up their defence apparatus when every one else would be ready to kill for water!! In this bleak scenario, I see only one hope. DLF - the biggest builder in the city - does not sell their commercial spaces. They rent these out and -if one is to believe rumours - earn as much as 10 to 15 crore in rentals every day. Obviously they have a game plan in mind to solve the water scarcity problem of the city.Without some solution in the near future, they won't go on sinking more and more money into creation of gigantic new towers and rent it out to virtually all the Fortune 500 companies in the world. Krishan Kalra Unfortunately, water for the City is not even remotely in DLF’s control, or something that it can ‘substitute’/’add on’ even for just its own areas (like it has done for other civic/social ‘deficiencies’). The option for leasing versus selling may also have more to do with trying to eat the cake and having it too, especially in a prime commercial area. Anything similar would be difficult to repeat in any other part of the CIty. The Fortune 500ers would also have to live elsewhere in the City - FG.

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he saffron wave has swept the country. I wonder what effect it will have on this cosmopolitan city. The majority of the people here have their roots elsewhere. Most lack an ‘emotional connect’ with the City as they are here just here temporarily, or have moved in recently. Meanwhile, work on so many new sectors is in progress. With civic infrastructure already creaking, the future looks bleak. Will the Modi government stop the greedy mafia taking over every available land and converting the environment into concrete? The State (MCG) today hardly maintains anything in ‘new’ Gurgaon; to make matters worse, most private developers have performed their role

no better. The traffic jams within the City have not improved. Across the highway, ‘old’ Gurgaon is in a pathetic state. While the residents here are more emotionally connected to Gurgaon, belonging originally from this region, most of them do not want to move out of the area. In Gurgaon the government seems to exist just for the land mafia; land is being given away for random buildings. Yet, when I visited Chandigarh I saw its good planning; its cleanliness was very much noticeable. That city still has an oldworld charm. The high-rises that have come up of late are in a separate sector, and the builders are under a strict watch – unlike in Gurgaon. It is clear that the citizens love their city too much to let it be spoilt by greed. They keep the local Administration on its toes

- unlike us. Another peculiarity in Gurgaon is that while there are enough jobs, there are no local (or even pan-Haryana) takers. The Bangladesh migrants have taken most of the casual labour jobs. The maids, who form an ‘essential’ work force, the autorickshaw drivers, and all other domestic or semi-skilled help are not locals, but come from Odisha or Bangladesh. Many original residents of Gurgaon have sold their property to the land-grabbing companies and are enjoying an easy life now. Their rich youth now do not wish to work and are happy in themselves. The ‘migrants’ – of all collar-types - have even a lesser stake. So why would the government have any interest in this City, when its various class of residents seem to care even less for it?u


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Demolition after a fire?! { Abhishek Behl / FG }

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he simmering tension between residents of Nathupur (and other villages) and MCG Gurgaon is assuming serious proportions, with the people demanding the registration of an FIR against the MCG Chief for allegedly demolishing a house that the locals claim was neither illegal nor built on land that belonged to MCG. A deputation of 31 prominent personalities, who were part of the Mahapanchayat held in the Village, along with the residents of Nathupur and members of political and social organisations, on Wednesday called on the Police Commissioner to apprise him about the alleged action taken by the MCG Chief, and demanded that an FIR be registered against him.  Earlier, the Mahapanchayat had discussed the matter and decided that a high level enquiry should also be sought.

The locals allege that while Dr Praveen Kumar ostensibly had come to Nathupur to help the victims of a slum fire, but during the night, and just on a whim, he ordered the demolition of a three-storeyed house that was owned by one Satbir. Kamal Yadav, BJP leader, says that Kumar, instead of initiating proper legal action, had sought the help of private bouncers; but once the villagers came to know that he was planning to demolish another building, they decided to oppose him. “When the villagers resisted, it led to a scuffle and violence broke out. The MCG commissioner was not following any rule or regulation,” says Yadav. The Police Chief meanwhile has sought a week’s time to conduct the enquiry into the case, and assured that suitable action would be taken on whoever is found guilty. R S Rathee of the Gurgaon Citizen’s Council (GCC) says that the entire exercise carried out by the MCG Chief in

Nathupur was against the basic tenets of law. “The land belongs to the owner, and the house was not violating any MCG rule. This demolition was simply based on the whim of the Com-

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eople are their country`s strength. If its people are satisfied & happy, there will be purpose and unity in various endeavours. Their various actions will be positive and harmony will prevail in society – leading to higher productivity. This will mean better incomes & benefits to the citizens. However, the Government, the Party in power, needs to take the responsibility to ensure this. It needs to have clear vision, commitment, drive, passion, skills and selflessness in managing the country to achieve its goals. It is important to also take the opposition parties & the community along, in this march. The first address of Modi, in the Central Hall of Parliament, gave a good indication about his mindset. Hopefully the care & comforts of the common man, the majority of whom are steeped in poverty despite more than 65 years of Independence, will get priority in the new dispensation. Perhaps the apathy of the governance-apparatus may be over soon. Modi’s emotional discourse touched the heartstrings of many, & even brought tears to their eyes – including thosue of a few prominent leaders. To my mind this is the beginning of a new order, appropriately started from the hallowed precincts of Parliament, which in the past few years has been reviled by many of its elected/chosen members – many of whom have had a number of criminal cases of serious nature filed/pending against them, for years. Any country, state, organisation or family can only do well in the long run if its heads & seniors have clear & honest intentions to bring about positive im-

provements in the systems under their charge. If honesty becomes the norm, then, as it has been experienced all over the world, improvements & positive results start coming in - soon. Singapore is a prime example. The political leadership has to be determined to uphold high benchmarks of public integrity & probity. The law should not exist just on paper, but needs to be implemented in a time-bound manner, without any discrimination & favouritism. If the new leadership in our country decides straightaway that they will follow the path of firmness & rectitude, then the faith of the Indians, especially of the common men, will be vindicated. There are many best practices from various countries of the world that we can emulate, & take the right steps in a measured manner, to bring our strayed system back to the right track. If a small country like Singapore, with limited land area, population & natural resources, can evolve an efficient operating system that is attracting entrepreneurs & companies from all parts of the world because of its excellent infrastructure & efficient work culture, then I am sure that our India, with all the resources that it possesses, will soon start marching in the right direction under the new Prime Minister. It is no point reinventing the wheel. Best practices can be emulated and a partnership in skill-formation & other vital areas can be made with countries that are efficient & effective in chosen areas.u Senior Fellow, Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi www.issin.org Ex-Chief Engineer (Civil), New Delhi Municipal Council

missioner, who is known to act in his own strange ways,” says Rathee. He adds that the deputation also submitted a memorandum to the Governor of Haryana through the office of the Additional Deputy Commissioner. The residents of Nathupur, and many other villages, have united in this fight against the MCG – which they say is very helpful to the builders and contractors but deals with villagers as if they are criminals. They also allege that despite repeatedly asking for documents from MCG to prove that they are the owners of the plot, the MCG officials are just seeking more time. They apprehend that this could be a ruse to prepare false documents. They say that the plot of land was given to the owner by DLF Universal Ltd, in lieu of land that DLF acquired from him. Rathee reveals that the Police Chief has assured them of a transparent probe, and the police officials of the concerned area have also been asked to probe into the matter. Satbir, the owner of the plot, says that he has been staying in this house, which was constructed on the land acquired from DLF Universal Ltd in exchange for his farmland. He says that there has been no violation of the MCG Act while constructing, and the demolition was clearly in violation of his legal rights. When he tried to show the ownership documents, and pleaded for at least 24 hours notice, the MCG officials and accompanying ‘bouncers’ removed half the materials outside and started demolishing the house in front of

his entire family. It was after the attempt to demolish an adjacent house, which was built 25 years ago, that many villagers gathered and opposed the MCG staff. The villagers later complained to ACP Dalbeer Singh Yadav, but no action was taken despite their repeated pleas. Also, how can a demolition be carried out with out a formal order? Not only that, any person aggrieved by a demolition order should be given time to appeal against it in a court, or to the Divisional Commissioner of the Municipal area, within the period specified in the order. It was also wrong on the part of he MCG Commissioner to carry out the demolition in the middle of the night. GL Sharma, BJP leader, says demolition cannot be just summarily ordered.   “The officials, howsoever mighty they may feel, have to follow the rules - but the MCG Commissioner seems to make his own rules. An individual should be given time to seek justice, and also to ensure redressal of a problem,” he says. The MCG Commissioner has denied all the allegations and asserted that all rules were followed in Nathupur - and prior to that in Sadar Bazaar as well. When asked why he went on demolition sprees during the night, Kumar said that it was to ensure that there was no law and order trouble, and in the city areas there is always a rush of traffic during the day. He said that demolition was ordered in Nathupur when the owner could not offer any legal proof of ownership. The MCG Commissioner also said that in the case of Sadar Bazar, a humanitarian view could be taken and the current owners could be given a share in the proposed commercial complex that the government plans to build on the 7 acres of land that has been encroached. With regard to Nathupur he said that the problem of illegal encroachment in the villages is rampant, and has to be checked. u


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Manav Rachna Internatioinal school, Sector 46

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Are we being poisoned?

World Environment Day {Prabha Prabhakar Bhardwaj}

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any facets of the environment make it an essential word in every one’s vocabulary. Rachel Louise Carson, an American Marine Biologist and Conservationist, in her book Silent Spring (1962), described the harmful effects of chemical pesticides, and especially of DDT, on the environment and on birds. Today she is considered the founder of the world’s Environment movement. The fear of the harmful effects of human actions became so serious that in 1972 the United Nations General Assembly decided to convene a conference at the behest of the government of Sweden. The aim was to discuss the state of the environment around the globe, and representatives of 113 countries participated. The resolution to establish the United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP) was adopted; UNEP, set up in Nairobi, had a mandate to ensure the development of sound environmental policies and practices and to co-ordinate activities around these. The first World Environment Day was held on June 5th. 1973. It has been celebrated every year since then, with a different theme. The number of participating countries is gradually increasing. This year the focus is on ‘Small Islands and Climate Change’, and the slogan is ‘Raise Your Voice NOT the Sea Level. This year, small islands have been targeted because of their unique development issues, varied range of environmental problems )including climate change), unsustainable consumption patterns, degradation of natural resources and their management of waste (not only generated by them but additional received through surrounding rivers). We may shrug our shoulders and ignore this warning, because India is part of a continent and not a small island. But the fact is that there are islands of various sizes that are parts of India and their future is in jeopardy. India has a string of islands – namely the Andaman & Nicobar, Lakshadweep, Mumbai Harbour, Goa, etc. Taking into consideration this year’s theme of small islands, there is the example of a three-mile long South Talpatti Island, which submerged in March 2010. There was dispute of its ownership between India and Bangladesh. Vilanguchalli Island, part of the Gulf of Marine National Park, is a meter below the mean low tide level, as a result of excessive coral mining. Additional coastal areas of other islands also are getting submerged during high tides. The situation is alarming. The World Environment Day is observed every year to reinforce the environmental issues that often get ignored /overlooked in our everyday life. People must be made aware of their role in environmental degradation and pollution. Pollution is defined as the introduction of containments into the environment that cause adverse change. This Day is a good occasion to adopt the 5 R formula as a way of life: to Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Renew and Recycle. It can be adopted by everyone. It is already it is part of every school’s teaching schedule. In fact it is more the grownups who have to reform their lifestyles and make a resolution to adopt this formula. u

maad Muzaffar, Youth Icon & student of Manav Rachna International School (Sec.-46) has been conferred the 16th rank globally amongst the Top 1000 world high school students at the 18th Felicitation Ceremony of the Global Student Entrepreneurs held at Dubai Conference Centre. Emaad was also presented with an Apple MacBook Air and luxury travel sponsorship to Europe. The School has also been awarded a cash prize of 30,000 UAE Dirhams for its remarkable contribution in promoting the cause of young leadership all over the globe.

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oday, disease is quickly diagnosed and medicines prescribed. The symptom is apparent but the root cause is often ignored. In many cases we are slowly being poisoned by the very food that we eat as nutrition. Some scientific ‘advancements’ have come at a cost. We have genetically modified seeds and inducted chemicals, so that the ‘product’ is more appealing and attractive to the consumers. We do not leave it at that. The cows are given chemical feeds, so that they give more milk; farmers use dyes to enhance the colour of vegetables, and inject fruits in order to ripen them faster. Last month USA banned the import of (Indian) Alphanso mangoes. They found that the mangoes contained chemicals that were beyond acceptable limits. What happened to those mangoes? They just flooded our markets. It did not bring their prices down either. We as consumers happily bought those mangoes. It did not bother us or the government that the people were consuming harmful levels of chemicals. In fact our government has also seen it fit to import seeds and to destroy our own. Our Indian corn has virtually disappeared from the market. We are forced to consume American corn, which is alien to our palette and is genetically modified. The reason given is that our farmers are now offered imported seeds, which yield more. It does not matter if they are resistant to our weather or to pests. Last Saturday some groups took the initiative to protest against such chemicals in our food. The idea was also to create awareness among citizens about the presence of harmful chemicals in our food produce. There was: Rachna Arora

from ‘India for Safe Food’, who initiated the march; Shruti Mittal, from Gmoms Food Club (GMFC); Rajesh Krishnan from ‘India for Safe Food’; and Ritu Mathur from Upavan. There were volunteers and the group was self-funded. I joined them. I felt that this was an urgent issue that needed to be brought into the public domain. If the situation is arrested now it will also save our country a lot of medical expense later. The protest and awareness began from the Biodiversity Park in DLF Phase 3. The group of cars and a few brave cyclists braved the summer heat to reach Jantar Mantar and then proceeded to the BJP Head Office. We were escorted by a police vehicle, to meet Muralidhar Rao, General Secretary, BJP, who graciously accepted the memorandum and a gift of organic produce on behalf of the PM-designate. Every day that we feed on these harmful chemicals takes a further toll on our bodies. Cancer and allergies are common occurrence today. The time has come to change some of these harmful policies. u


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Ryan International School, Sector 40

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yan International School Sector- 40 organised a Life-skills Camp at Shimla. It was a 3 days experiential, learning holiday. Staying in tents was a great experience. The days started with a nature walk and morning exercise and culminated with a night trek, followed by a bonfire. The students performed adventure activities like caving, rock climbing, zip line, rappelling and mountain biking. Nature was the classroom there. Samba was an exciting orchestra of the little Ryanites; their instruments were the ordinary plastic and tin cans and boxes. This trip was has inculcated a love of nature among the students. The invigorating fresh air and exercise was great for health.

yan International School, Sector-40 participated in ‘Energy Conservation 2013’ - a Painting competition on National Energy Conservation Day organised by Power Finance Corporation, where Anam Akhtar of Class VI was awarded a Consolation prize at the State Level. More than seven lacs students from across NCR participated. The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, was the Chief Guest. School Head Ms. Peeya Sharma congratulated the young Ryanite for participating enthusiastically and bringing laurels to the School.

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yan International School, Sector-40 has received Intach Heritage Club Award 2013-14 for its outstanding contribution in nurturing patriotism amongst the students. The Heritage Club of the School is constantly organising activities to inculcate the feeling of love, reverence and belongingness for our country. The students participate in various competitions, to express their love for their motherland. Recently, Rashi Sharma VI E, Sharmishtha VI A, Saloni VI B, Akshansh VI E, Ananya Gupta VI E and L.Shruti VI E have been awarded by INTACH for their remarkable contribution in helping preserve our rich culture. The School Chairman, Dr. A.F. Pinto, believes in nurturing and preserving India’s rich culture and heritage. The School Head, Ms. Peeya Sharma, encouraged the Ryanites to proudly remain passionate lovers of the country.

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he Summer Camp, ‘Shilanyas’, has been conceptualised with multiple activities for the children.  The School Head, Ms Peeya Sharma, has conveyed that the main focus of ‘Shilanyas’ is to nurture the talent  and personality of the Ryanites and also to give them in-depth theoretical knowledge of skills that interest them. There have been Pottery, Personality Development, Dance, Skating and Cricket classes. Special classes for computers & football were also conducted for underprivileged children. The best-outof-waste tutorials have had students making beautiful utility boxes, pencil holders from plastic bottles, wall  3D paintings, photo frames, clay pots, paper weights, flowers from pista shells & bread, designer hangers, turtles from diyas….

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t DPS Sushant Lok the fourth batch of students marked their success in CBSE Class 12 Exams, with 37% (49/131) securing an aggregate of 90% and above (out of whom 8 have secured 95% and above). All the three stream toppers were girls. 6 girls secured an aggregate of 95% and above (as against 2 boys). Varnika Khandelwal, the School topper, notched up a 97% aggregate, with a perfect 100 in Chemistry. Sankalp Kalia, a differentlyabled child with muscular dystrophy, has done the School proud by securing 79.8% aggregate in the Science stream.

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he Diabetes epidemic has silently yet surely crept up on us and now threatens to undermine the quality-of-life of vast multitudes. The alarming aspect is that it is no longer a disease of the urban rich. Diabetes is making steady inroads into everyounger age groups and into rural areas in the developing world. This could have long lasting adverse effects on the health and economy of nations. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness and kidney failure. It causes mild to severe nerve damage. Diabetes-related circulation problems often lead to the loss of a leg or foot. Diabetes also significantly increases the risk of heart disease. In the U.S. alone (which accounts for about 10% of the world’s Diabetic population) this disease results in an estimated $116 billion in excess medical spending, and an additional $58 billion in reduced productivity. Worldwide it is estimated that the number of Diabetics will rise to 439 million by the year 2030 (from 285 million in 2010). The good news is that Type 2 Diabetes (90% of all Diabetics) is largely preventable. Simple steps, like keeping weight under control, exercising more, eating a healthy diet and not smoking, can make all the difference. However, what makes this difficult is that large numbers remain ‘undiagnosed’ till it is too late. In the developed world one in four do not know they have the disease; in the developing world the number can be as high as one in two! India has the dubious distinction of being termed the ‘Diabetes capital of the world’. The numbers of Diabetics here are sky-rocketing and are expected to rise to 70 million by 2025, unless urgent preventive steps are taken. Indians are more prone to Diabetes and premature Coronary Artery diseases due to certain genetic factors compounded by poor diet and lifestyle choice (mainly decreased physical activity). This results in increased insulin resistance, greater abdominal fat, lower adiponectin and higher C-reactive protein levels.

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First and foremost, the abominably low awareness on Diabetes needs to be tackled. This should be followed through with simple screening tools like the Indian Diabetes Risk Score (IDRS), which can result in early identification of at-risk in-

Health & Vitality... Naturally!

Bitter-Sweet Dilemma dividuals. Symptoms may include: (i) high levels of sugar in the blood; (ii) unusual thirst; (iii) frequent urination; (iv)extreme hunger and loss of weight; (v) blurred vision; (vi) nausea and vomiting; (vii) extreme weakness and tiredness; (viii) irritability, mood changes etc. Several community-level integrated interventions have shown very promising results. One such program in Chennai has been reported in the Indian J Med Res 125, March 2007, pp 217-230 http:// icmr.nic.in/ijmr/2012/october/Most_cited2.pdf.

of Diabetes. Traditional Medicines derived from medicinal plants are used by about 60% of the world’s population. Medicinal plants are once again being looked at for the treatment of Diabetes. Many conventional drugs (e.g. Metformin) have been derived from prototypic molecules in medicinal plants.

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In the Journal of Clinical Biochemistry (May 2007), several specialised Herbs for the prevention/management of Diabetes are listed. When purchasing a herbal supplement, the ingredient list should be scanned, to check the presence of some of these: Anantamul (Hemidesmus indicus), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) , Baheda (Terminalia belerica),Bhujamala (Phyllanthus amarus), Bur (Ficus bengalenesis) , Chirata (Swertia chirayita ), Davana(Artemisia pallens), Ginseng Panax, Gray Nicker (Caesalpinia bonducella), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia) , Gudmar (Gymnema sylvestre ), Hibiscus , Kadavanchi(Momordica cymbalaria ), Hirda (Terminalia chebula ), Karir(Capparis decidua), Krimihrita (Enicostema littorale), Neem (Azadirachta indica), , Palasa (Butea monosperma), Pitanga ( Eugenia uniflora), Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa) , Semul (Bombax ceiba ) ,Quebecol(from Maple Syrup), Sadabahar (Vinca rosea),Shahajira ( Syzygium alternifolium), Supari(Areca catechu), Sugar Apple(Annona squamosal) , Supari(Areca catechu), Sweet Broomweed (Scoparia dulcis) ,Tinospora crispa and Vairi (Salacia reticulate).u Registered Holistic Nutritionist (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition). For education purposes only; always

Surgery - want a second opinion?

H Nature’s Wonder Food(s) of the Week: Anti-Diabetes Foods Natural foods that reduce inflammation, blood sugar and bad cholesterol, and boost hepatic metabolism activity as well as immunity, are the best to prevent Diabetes. Several common foods (see Table) are rich in antioxidants, fibre, Omega3 fatty acids, Vitamins A C & E, folate, potassium, magnesium and iron. A diet consisting of these foods can lower blood glucose levels, support cell renewal and metabolic reactions, as well as reduce toxins in the body. Most of these foods are low in calories, help weight loss and decrease the progression

Common Fruits & Vegetables

Nuts, Seeds & Herbs

Grains, Lentils, others

Amla (emblica officinalis) Apple, Artichoke

Almonds, Aloe

Apple Cider Vinegar

Banana, Beetroot, Bitter Gourd (karela), Blueberry, Clabash or Bottle Gourd, Cherries, Chickpeas, Grapefruit, Guava

Celery, Cinnamon, Coconut oil, Coffee, Curry patta, Garlic

Barley, Beans, Brown Rice, Bran, Buckwheat, Dark Cocoa powder

Jamun (eugenia jambolana) or Indian Gooseberry, Kale, Kundru (coccinia indica), Lettuce

High Omega 3 fatty fish (tuna, salmon, halibut, mackerel, herring, cod)

Legumes, Lentils

Mango, Pomegranate, Pumpkin, Spinach, Squash, Sweet Potato

Methi or Fenugreek, Onion, Parsley, Peanuts, Stevia, Green Tea, Tulsi or Holy Basil, Turmeric, Wakame Seaweed, Walnut

Oats, moderate use of Red wine, Whole grains & Whole fat dairy

Foods can help decrease symptoms and complications of Diabetes, including high bloodglucose levels, low energy, nerve damage, vision loss and cardiovascular disease.

ave you been advised a surgical procedure for an ailment that you have been battling? Has this advice put you in a dilemma and you are wondering if surgery will be the right option? If yes, a second medical opinion is what you are looking for. This month you can get it free at a special OPD campaign launched by Paras Hospitals. Surgery is considered by many, and rightly, as an option of the last resort. Even doctors prescribe surgery when all other medical interventions fail to provide relief. Yet, it is often difficult for patients and their families to arrive at the decision to go for a surgical intervention. Most people seek second opinions before going for a surgery, to be absolutely sure about its need. A special team of laparoscopic surgeons will be available this month at a special OPD, where patients are invited to discuss their cases and seek a second opinion. More importantly, the consultation at the surgery OPD will be given out without charges and people may just walk in to seek an expert opinion on their cases. The patients can meet the Hospital’s team of experts, comprising senior surgeons and consultants Dr Viprashree, Dr Meenakshi Sharma, Dr Alok Gupta, Dr Rakesh Durkhure, Dr Pankaj Gupta, and Dr Naveen Satija.  “Surgery, be it of the heart or the abdomen or any other area, is a procedure that people do not jump into. They evaluate the medical advice offered to them and, more often than not, they seek a second medical opinion to convince themselves about the need for surgery. Many a time they want to try alternate medicinal options before going for a surgical procedure. For such people, who have been advised surgery but are not yet convinced about it, Paras Hospitals   has set up a special OPD from May 12 to May 31,” says Dr Viprashree, Senior Consultant Laparoscopic Surgery, Paras Hospitals. The Hospital has a team of reputed and experienced laparoscopic surgeons adept at performing all major gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary and pancreatic procedures. Compared to traditional surgery, minimally invasive procedure like Laparoscopy cause less pain, less blood loss and a faster recovery. u


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Where’s the Hi-Tech?

D EDITORIAL Atul Sobti

espite all the ‘advances’ in technology we are still at a fairly rudimentary stage. And technology is not adapting to us, we are being forced to adapt to it. We’re still having to type (and view), when we should have been mainly speaking (and listening) - whether at home, on the road or at work. In terms of our senses, we have not even scratched the surface on ‘transmitting’/exchanging smell and taste – let alone feeling (as in the heart). We feel excited at leveraging (physical) robotics, when we should by now have been trying to understand our sixth sense. Technology still needs us to wire up and connect some sort of cable; wirelss charging is still up in the air. And despite the most ubiquitous virtual connectivity, we still need to meet physically, in order to take most of our important decisions – especially if we are ‘meeting’ for the first or second time. The key technology players seem to be a little lost…they have clearly slowed down. Forget the all-in-one device, or the all-in-one operating system, even the next big step seems tentative. (All-in-one should include creating, inputting, displaying, viewing, editing, processing, storing, printing and exchanging all forms of information - written, spoken and images - on a single device. It obviously includes mails, music, movies and games). Apple is happy to be the closed shop, working on its own allin-ones – very securely. Not everyone – or actually no one else – seems capable of being an Apple (though officially they declare this is because of their love for openness). Microsoft was, and still is, the Office king - with the leading (Office) Operating System. What would happen when (not if) the Office world also moves Mobile? Microsoft seems to have taken a more Hardware answer – by taking over Nokia. Of all the big players, it is they who should know best that Hardware is a very poor substitute for Software – and especially for an Operating System - in terms of ensuring business and margins longevity. Microsoft invested rightly in Voice (Skype), but there has been little value-add, integration or next bold step, thereon. Who would take on Microsoft in Office – and when? Would it be wiser to move the battleground itself ? Move offices out of the office? The real concern would only be security. Can Apple be the one to do this? The next big player could be Samsung. They are moving from Harware to Software, and to an Operating System. They have the most exciting new launch – the Tizen Mobile Operating System. This could be the Android killer….slowly though, as Samsung is the biggest Android user. A key queston would be whether they can, or want to, keep Tizen open (especially to other Hardware players like Nokia, Sony or LG). A Samsung-Google fight could be very interesting – and seems on the cards, especially with Google having taken over Motorola. Google, the King, has probably made its first ‘error’. The Motorola acquisition has shown that Google is (thankfully?) human. With this acquisition Google is moving ‘backwards’ – from Applications & Software to Hardware. Motorola could be a big mistake not for the money spent and to be spent (Google has enough), but for the precious time it will take away in trying to make it work – that too against today’s Hardware King (Samsung). Samsung best ‘proactive antidote’ would be a takeover of, or merger with, Intel. A great acquisition for any player would be a security company that specialises on the Mobile-Office interface. It may also help the player take a lead in the Mobile Payment Gateway space – the biggest frontier….of the Mobile as the credit card cum ATM card cum cheque book. The Technology Fight of the Millennium is playing out – between mainly the brand powers of established, global Product and Service Brands (Microsoft, Apple and Samsung) versus the power of The New Intermediary (Google). It is a fight on an increasingly foreign terrain (the Internet) for the former, but a terrain best known to the Intermediary – it is where it was born, and of what it is constituted. This is where the world citizens are also increasingly residing. Google really does not need to build a Community. They have what every Community wants. Facebook could be the biggest casualty of this decade. What’s App’s almost $ 20b valuation is going to probably sink it. No amount of volume is going to get the better of value (add). Gionee (China) could be the joker in the pack.u

Who would lead in the Net space – who would set the directions? Who would become the leader in e-commerce – by best helping companies create awareness, provide information/ knowledge on their products/services, handle queries, set up trials and deliver on time/immediately as required. Logistics and Insurance tie-ups could be great value-adds.

And what is the Google Grand Vision? From Search Engine to The (Business) Intermediary to the Payment Gateway? Directing the global flows of Information, Commerce…and now Cash? From individuals to corporates, and then both? Are they trying to set up a new location (in the world of Finance) - The Big G – up in the Google Cloud. Google of course will keep copying 
the UniNet. There may come a time for them to play God…so says the Vision. One day the Universe may need to be (virtually) regenerated.

Google was last year broken into by the US National Security Agency (NSA). The Googler had been Googled by a googly that went right through; Google was hoist on its own petard. Googlers might well have asked…is this how it feels to be Googled? How was the algorithm king algorithmed? By being broken-in, and ostensibly caught flat-footed and out-encrypted, has Google altered our perception of it being the Gold Standard of and on the Internet? The ubiquitous, know-all (Google) Search could become a weak Wiki. Google needs to do more than search for the right words to tackle this; it needs to build Fort Knox-Google on the Net. Are we expecting too much from, and have too much riding on, one private company – Google - and its folks? Someone has to stop the rots. The world cannot just self-protect. The more Google copies, the more the chances that someone, somewhere would want some of that information. It can, and will, fall into all kinds of hands.


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Learning from the Adept { Dr. Rajesh Bhola }

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he real purpose of life is to navigate and complete the evolutionary journey through this ‘illusion’ (of life) with adeptness. Life’s cards are dealt and redealt continuously till we begin to find the love within us – our other-self. This game can only be won by those who lay their pleasures, their limitations, their all upon the table face up and say inwardly: “All of you players, each otherself, whatever your hand, I love you.” And to realise who we truly are – to find our other-self - we really do not need to meditate, perform heavy penance or renounce the world. Why should we need to forsake everything to just find our true identity and the bliss that already resides within us? The answer to that one question, “Who am I?” has been given by many sages over the ages. However, there have been very few individuals who have passed down this experience to others. In this process of self-realisation, just like a goldsmith helps in separating gold from other elements, an enlightened person – an adept - is needed to help an individual achieve his/her purest form – to realise his/her true self. The adept helps separate our two eternal elements, of the self and the non-self. The path of self-realisation leads us to an inner world. This world is as real as the world we see, hear, feel and touch. Adepts are able to recognise the difference between these two worlds. They understand that the outer world is unreal, an illusion; only the inner world is real and true. They live on an inner plane that is both concurrent and coherent with the outer plane. They play their roles well and conscientiously. How exactly does the adept differ from an ordinary person? Fundamentally, it is a difference in attitude. The adept lives in accord with the principles of an inner world, principles unknown to the uninitiated. The opening of a door to the inner world symbolically represents the opening of the doors of the mind. It is the realisation that there is another life to live, other than this ordinary worldly life. Religions refer to this as metamorphosis; an apt word for the experience. It is a turning around of one’s life, a change in direction. Initiates are not expected to get swayed unduly by their emotions; they are to keep their expression governed by their mind, not by their feelings. Each experience in the outer world has an inner lesson, to help advance the disciple. These experiences are opportunities to develop courage, endurance, wisdom and other similarly desirable characteristics. The end objective is to bring the disciples’ physical, astral and mental bodies in

line. The astral is dominated by emotions; the mental is the causal element of our being. The initiate’s consciousness becomes open to continual expansion; yet, regardless of how inclusive the consciousness becomes, the initiate never loses his or her individuality. This is the nature of the spiritual, of an expanded consciousness and a well-grounded individuality. The adept comes to understand that matter is not evil, but merely an expression of spirit. Matter may be said to be evil only when it hinders us, when it becomes an obstacle to our enlightenment – just as a knife turns evil when we cut ourselves with it. The disciple prays to be delivered from the false and the impermanent, and to be open to the true, the permanent and the real. The initiates, accepting the invitation to become adepts, pray with all their heart to be led from darkness to light. They yearn for knowledge of the path and the higher planes of existence to which it leads. The heart of such a person must be inspired by the spirit of veneration and devotion. Such a spirit is apparent only when one passes through the doorway of humility and lets go of arrogance. The opposite of humility is arrogance, not pride - for the opposite of pride On the physical plane we consider the age of the body; on the spiritual plane we consider the age of the soul. The soul that is ‘on the path’ begins to show signs of advancement in intelligence, emotional maturity and spiritual power. This advancement has little or nothing to do with the worldly age of the personality.

There are laws governing the spiritual life, just as there are laws governing the physical world. The latter we call the laws of nature, not all of which we yet know, or may ever come to know. Never underestimate the power of devotion, for this is a powerful pathway to higher knowledge, to the supernatural world, to the attainment of spirituality. However, every carping criticism and every negative expression frustrates the power of the soul in its desire for the attainment of higher knowledge; in the same measure as all heartfelt devotion frees the powers of the soul. Critical faculties are essential and have contributed to the development of civilisations, but at a cost. The cost is a corresponding loss of the hope of ever attaining a higher knowledge, or even a denial of the existence of a higher dimension of existence. It is essentially a loss of spiritual expression.

is shame. We can gain this higher knowledge only when we are ready to esteem it. Finally, the initiates desire to overcome death, and to obtain the immortality that they firmly believe in. Death, to the adepts, is a door into a higher and fuller life. We were not meant to live for all eternity in our present personality, but to evolve into a form more grand than we are yet capable of conceiving. If we do not develop within ourselves a deeply rooted feeling that there is something higher than ourselves, we shall never acquire the strength and the courage to evolve to that. The true disciple, after learning from an adept, will set aside certain moments during which to withdraw, listening in complete silence to the echoes of what he/she has experienced - of what the outer world has revealed of itself. In these moments of quiet, every flower, every animal and every action will unveil undreamed of secrets. The external world will be viewed with different eyes. However, here there is also great danger, a great temptation. We must not stop at simply enjoying the new pleasures we experience in this heightened awareness; we must not live just within ourselves. We should not become dead to the inner world, a world that we need for our spiritual advancement. We should not accumulate wisdom as a treasure, but put out our learnings for the service of the world. The law of the spiritual way must be rigidly observed; we should seek knowledge only for the purpose of serving humanity and for the upliftment of the world. Any branch of knowledge that we pursue just to enrich ourselves with wealth, power, fame and security, would lead us astray from the path of attainment. Whoever can devote himself or herself to observing life as it expresses through any form whether it be animal, plant or human - must adore this expression, must be in awe of it, must wonder about it. We cannot understand any of this consciously or empirically. All we can do is transcend the ‘illusion’ (of life), by choosing an identity that is bigger and more all-encompassing than what we seem to be. Imbibing virtues from the adept works powerfully and leads to an unfettering of the mind; similarly, exhibiting a certain degree of adeptness in working with the self can confer great mind potential.u Dr. Rajesh Bhola is President of Spastic Society of Gurgaon and is working for the cause of children with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, mental retardation and multiple disabilities for more than 25 years. He can be contacted at rabhola@yahoo.com

Inner Purification { Shobha Lidder } The Kalyug is at its peak Its effects are rampant, reign supreme We see suffering, pain & sorrow all around Hate, anger, revenge abound No relationship is without greed or need No one is honest or faithful in deed Betrayals for a few silver coins Judas are born overnight Homes have no foundations of love & faith Unity & harmony are missing delegates Neighborhoods are full with discord & disharmony Disagreements & resentments Workplaces are full workaholics Achievers, ambitious diplomatic Team spirit is missing Individualism is the in thing Countries remain at war with endless animosity Hostility goes on forever Now even Mother Earth is revolting At the atrocities meted to her with pollutions And toxins of factories She has been plundered of all her rich Nature With concrete forests of high-rise structures The Elements are revolting The ‘Tandava’ is resonating The tsunamis, the Katrina’s, the cracked, parched Earth The famines with disease & gall Have come to purge the ‘asuras vritis’ ‘Kaal vriti of Kalyug’ Time for inner purification If you want to join the Noah’s Arc Be of the chosen ones The task is tough, to be nice to the rough Be focused on your job Don’t rob, be content with what you have Be it wealth or health, name or fame None remains, have to be relinquished Now or later, the Priests & Presidents retire Only God is the true Boss Keep your lines clear with him Be on line, don’t keep Him pending Depending on Him is self reliance, The inner science The rest is abject subservience Sing your secret chants of aspirations Avoid conflicts & confrontation Be instantly in tune with your deity And ask for peace, power & prosperity Fearless serenity in face of adversity Be focused on your goal Know your role Be a kind soul. Writer Journalist, Social Activist, Teacher Trainer, Reiki Master, Pranic Healer


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reat dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion’ - this quote is truly reflective of a Dancer who has embodied the essence of Dance and sums up the efforts of one of the legends of Modern Dance. Martha Graham is often clubbed in the league of a few extraordinary ‘artistes’ of the twentieth century: with Igor Stravinsky (Music), Pablo Picasso (Modern Art) and Frank Lloyd Wright (Architecture). Martha Graham not only complemented the influence that the trio had on the modern Performing, Visual and Creative Arts at the turn of the twentieth century, she also created an extraordinary league of her own (in the field of Modern Dance), under trying circumstances. Born in Pennsylvania, USA, to parents of Irish-Scottish origin, at the turn of the twentieth century, Martha was floored by Dance when her father took her to a theatre. In a ‘career’ spanning 7 decades, her achievements, accolades and recognitions speak for themselves: including the highest civilian awards of USA (The Presidential Medal of Freedom) and France (Legion d’Honneur). The first Dancer to perform (The American Document) at the White House at the behest of Eleanor Roosevelt, Graham began the tryst with her incredible destiny at the Denishawn School of Dancing and related Arts, influenced by Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn in the 1910s. After a short stint at the Eastman School of Music, she established the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in 1926, acknowledging magnanimously that her School was influenced greatly by Denishawn. She spiralled through the era of Modern Dance with her performance ‘Chronicle’ in 1936, choreographing on serious historical and political issues that plagued America and Europe - like the portrayal of the conditions of American

Martha Graham (1894-1991)

Indians, in ‘The Primitive Mysteries’, the stock market crash of 1929, The Great Depression years (1929-1933), and the Spanish Civil War. Graham refused to perform at the Berlin Olympics of 1936, protesting against Hitler’s racial policies. It was often remarked by the audience and critics that she was way ahead of her times. Graham stated that her acts on stage reflected the times. She once remarked, “No artist is ahead of his time. He is his time; it is just that the others are behind the times.”

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his happened a few days before our son’s wedding. The house was full of relatives and there were many visitors coming every day. It was a time of festivities and endless phone calls…generally lot of activity and, as usual, confusion. One evening, when the phone rang, I picked it up the extension…but was a few seconds late. The domestic help had beaten me to it and informed the lady at the other end that Deep − our son − wasn’t home. So the moment I said “Hullo”, there was an angry retort. “So you are sitting at home and telling the servant to tick off callers?” she rasped. I was taken aback, but made an excuse that the servant perhaps didn’t know I was in. I also ventured to ask who the caller was. This time the response was even harsher. “So now you don’t even know my name, you….? After all the trouble I’ve gone to finding your number? I had to make so many calls. Anyway since you refuse to recognise friends now, I have to let you know this

She was married for a short time to her boyfriend of eight years, the first male performer of her Dance company, Erick Hawkins. Performing solo and also in groups, her major successes on stage were the Vision of Apocalypse, Lamentation, Revolt, Primitive Mysteries and Frenetic Rhythms. Graham collaborated with various music companies, and though most of these performances have not been videographed, the recordings of later dancers inspired by her choreographies provide an ample

Target Practice is Vinita.” “Hi Vinita, how are you?” I mustered the courage to ask. This was curious. Only the other day we had gone and delivered the invitation cards and ‘mithai’ to our friends Vinita and Surinder Pahwa, and here she was talking about trying to find our number! Why was she being so difficult? Had we slipped up and not delivered all the cards? Was there something wrong with the ‘mithai’? Had we forgotten to write, ‘with family’, on the envelope? A hundred thoughts crossed my mind. “But our numbers are on the card,” I added. “I like that!” she piped back, “Who the hell has got the card? That’s what I wanted to tell you. Really, I ‘ll have to come and sort this out with you Mister Kalra, you so and so.” By now I was thoroughly confused. Why was she playing games? Or was it another Vinita that we knew and I just couldn’t recall? My mind was working furiously, but I couldn’t, for the love of God, come up with any other name. “Aren’t you Vinita Pahwa?” I decided

insight into Graham’s innovative and modern techniques as early as the 1930s. Her style involved freeing Dance from its original form through new concepts and a meaningful narrative. Her performances revolutionised stage lighting and were embellished with glittering costumes and innovative music – in an attempt to achieve ‘creative perfection’. Graham also improved upon her mentor Ted Shawn’s technique, by incorporating violent and jerky movements to go with emotional outbursts in her Dance - a far cry from Ruth St. Denis’ smoothness in Dance and lyrical choreography. This initially made critics dub Graham’s Dancing as ‘ugly’. However, when she conceptualised a technique of ‘contraction and release’ of body muscles, to match the emotions of stress and relaxation, she astounded her detractors. Graham continued to bring out new choreographies well into the 1960s. She performed for one last time on stage in ‘The Cortege of Eagles’, in 1970, aged 76. However, as she faded into the shadows amidst the applause, she started to slip into deep depression - and even attempted suicide. Realising in time that her life was meaningless without Dance, she returned in 1972 and choreographed ten ballets within the next few years. Such was her passion for Dance that she choreographed till the age of 95 – with ‘The Maple Leaf Rag’, premiering in 1990, being her last. She died of pneumonia the next year, while working on the choreography for the Barcelona Olympics of 1992. TIME magazine named her as the ‘Dancer of the Century’ in 1998 and Google featured her as its Home page icon for a day in 2011. As she once remarked, “Think of the magic of those feet, comparatively small, upon which your whole weight rest. It’s a miracle; and Dance is the celebration of that miracle”. u The Writer is a renowned Kuchipudi Danseuse and Choreographer

to take the bull by the horns. “How many Vinitas do you know, Mr. Casanova. I am not going to take this insult. I must come and whack you.” Now she was shouting like a maniac. I was flabbergasted. I needed time to think. “Listen, Vinita, this is getting serious. I‘m confused and I also have guests. Give me your number and I will call you in 15 minutes.” Condescendingly she rattled off a number. I poured myself a stiff drink and sat down to think. Just then Deep walked in. The moment he heard my tale of woes he knew it was his friend, Vinita Tuli Khanna. He dailled the number and, before he had a chance to say much, there was another flowering comment “So, now you know whom you are talking to?” Unlike me, he was ready. “Wait till you find out whom you were talking to,” he said, and told her the story. The poor girl was distraught. She even considered going back to Bangalore without attending the wedding. She tried to avoid me throughout the wedding functions. She was just too embarrassed. Thankfully I didn’t get whacked!u


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Welcome to the Club { Abhishek Behl / FG } write to us at letters@fridaygurgaon

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he legend of the great colonial era clubs is all set to be revived in the National Capital Region (NCR), by private enterprise. A leading name in the private club industry is Vipin Luthra, Chairman and Managing Director, The Palms Town and Country Club. Luthra has enjoyed the life of ‘clubbing’ and wants to give his patrons the same joy – delivered with quality service and a multitude of lifestyle options. He says that with the arrival of many other avenues of ‘entertainment’, the old clubs just could not cope (or did not want to change) and lost their relevance. Most of these institutions had already started to fade into oblivion due to internal politics and government interference. Luthra believes that Vipin Luthra believes in enriching the now club life has come full circle, quality of life of the Club’s members, and particularly in a global city like Gurgaon. The people are now by providing them with the best dining, looking for places where they can recreation and fitness facilities, a 365-day spend quality time in a safe and event calendar and an environment that secure environment that offers caters to the mind, body and the soul. world-class comfort. “Life today is full of stress and challenges. After a hard day’s work, a class of people is looking for exclusive people who are spaces where they can de-stress,” says Luthra. Although working in the he agrees that clubs have not made a (full) comeback, corporate space he believes that some (like The Palms) are making their prefer the yearly membership, says Luthra. presence felt. He states that The Palms is located in the The club space over the last decade has been taken heart of ‘new’ Gurgaon, very close to the corporate hub, over by private entrepreneurs, who have been quick offers the ambience of a resort, serves global food, and the to respond to market forces and needs of (mainly service is world class. Customers can organise meetings, corporate) customers. The Palms is trying to create large functions, poolside parties and corporate get- ‘exclusivity’, says Luthra, adding that it wants to serve togethers. “Our goal is to provide five star facilities at the people who want to enjoy the good things in life. The price of a good three star hotel. Our patrons should want Club also features regular cultural events, and invites to come back repeatedly, to enjoy our services,” says top performers to entertain the members and guests. Luthra. The Palms is a ‘members only’ club. The term The Club gets the maximum number of visitors on memberships on offer are for 5 and 10 years – although ‘special’ days - when festivals, concerts, promotions and a 1-year membership is also available for those who are brunches are held. Luthra takes special pride in the top not permanent residents of the City. The majority of the quality food being served at the three restaurants, which

Service to Self { Sri Bimal Mohanty }

Rishte mein…

Service it is not to throw a piece of bread through the door of your car To the roadside little boy to appease his two days’ hunger Service it is, to see him eat in glee To be part of his happiness while you go hungry for a day may be Service it is not to gift a bejewelled throne at the temple of god And then ask the drumbeaters to call the town to behold Ask people to praise you for your great benevolence To give you a memorial, a few eulogies full of nonsense Service it is to offer your last saved rupee Till it hurts to give, to know, you are as poor as he or she Service it is to look at the two urchins there Sharing a tattered blanket, braving the cold winter air Then to spread your own blanket over Around them, and walk away as if it is your no more Thank God for all you could do In gratefulness shed a tear or two.

{ Ashok Lal }

Pray Lord! Do not make me ambitious or vain Extend my hand as far as I can Be honest enough to venture out of my door Reach the wailing voice beckoning me from afar Thank you for all you could do In gratefulness shed only a tear or two.

Pita - putra ke rishte mein janmon se Ek reet sada chali aayi hai Chaahe kitna bhi woh ise chhupa le Beta baap ka anuyayi hai

bimalmohanty@ahwan.org

Daftar mein apne afsar ko aisi aag barabar jaano Jis se sardi ke mausam mein khud ko haath sekta maano Paas agar tum gaye bahut to, nishchay hi jal jaoge Door agar ho gaye bahut to, thande hi reh jaoge Dost aur uski dosti par nazar zara yun daalo Matlabi aur be-matlab ka matlab zara nikalo Saara jug munh morh le aur koi na aaye saath Aise mein asli dost hi dega tumko haath Ghar ke aangan mein saas bahu ka Rishta hai badnaam zara Agar maa - beti sa ise bana lo Madhur yeh hi ban jaaye barha

Bhai - bhai ko kitna bhi chaah le Ya kitna bhi kar le pyaar Rishta vaisa hi ban payega

are manned by expert chefs. The Palms has three restaurants: Brown’s - The English Pub, Senses and Fusion. Senses is a versatile, multi-cuisine restaurant. Its contemporary style and design is truly a treat for the senses. Fusion serves authentic South East Asian cuisine, bringing together the flavours of Vietnam, unique dishes of Indonesia, some dishes of Malaysia…and more. “We like to cater to, and take care of, the mind and soul of our patrons. We are happy to claim that 99 per cent of our members are very happy with the way the things are being run here,” he states. “With The Palms in Gurgaon, we have created a new benchmark for the club business in India. Plans are now to take this club model forward in other cities of India, and expand the range of clubs to include golf clubs, sports clubs and residence clubs,” says Luthra. He wants to open 10 clubs in the next decade. His vision for the Club is for it to become the best in India, and to be benchmarked with the best in the world.u

Jaisa chahegi ‘ghar ki sarkaar’ Do bahenon ke pati rishte mein ‘Hum-zulf’ kehlaye jaate hain Par aksar dekha gaya hai aisa Bechare ‘hum-zulm’ nazar woh aate hain Rishta pati-patni ka Hota hai kuchh khaas zara Khushiyaan hongi is mein sada wahaan Jab is mein ho vishwaas bhara Kehta hai ‘Lal’, rishte sabhi rishte hote hain Woh dete hain sabko maan sammaan Sahi kasauti par woh hi uterega Jis mein ek insaan doosre ko samajhe insaan. ablsl1971@yahoo.co.in


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Spain’s Archaeological Museum reopens as ‘Europe’s finest’ { Elena Box and Marta Rodriguez/ Madrid/ DPA }

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he challenge was to modernise a 19th-century museum and adapt it to the 21st century; and by all accounts Spain’s National Archaeological Museum has come up trumps. Some 5,100 visitors showed up on the first day that the Museum opened to the public after a long closure. They took a tour of Spain’s history and its different cultures in the newly-renovated building, which is located on a major avenue in Madrid.
Architect Juan Pablo Rodriguez Frade, who was in charge of the architectural aspect and the Museum exhibits as well, told dpa that it took six years to complete the modernisation. He is confident that the National Archaeological Museum (MAN - from its Spanish acronym) is now the ‘finest museum in Europe’ of its kind. Rodriguez Frade explained that in terms of architecture, the biggest challenge was in adapting a 19th-century building to the needs of today. “When you are dealing with a building that you need to protect and keep the original architect’s touch, while simultaneously incorporating state-of-the-art technology, there’s a big clash. That was the main challenge: to achieve that balance and not leave a toostrong author’s mark. If (original architect) Francisco Jareno were to come back, he would still see it as his building - but more ‘alive’,” he said. He added that the Museum’s Collection had grown ‘rancid’. “We found a very old-fashioned, boring museum. It was an ‘expert’s museum’ and we have turned it into a museum in which all

visitors - from archaeologists to children to tourists - can feel it was made specifically for them,” he said. An aspect of the MAN’s renovation that has been much lauded is the way natural lighting has been integrated into the design.
 Rodriguez Frade said that the Museum as envisioned by Jareno had courtyards that were originally covered and used as exhibition halls. But in the 1950s their roofs were taken down and the courtyards were no longer used. The current design has restored the symmetric courtyards, using a modern glass roof that has added a great deal of naturally lit exhibition space, he said.
 Only select materials were used in the rebuilding: ones that can endure, and not become obsolete. He said wood and marble

Architect Juan Pablo Rodriguez Frade, Chief Architect for the restoration of MAN. It took six years to complete the modernisation. MAN is the Archaeology museum in the Spanish capital, Madrid.

A replica of the ceiling from the Cordoba Mosque was used in the Islam Art section of the redeveloped MAN in the Spanish capital, Madrid. A very special corner of the Museum has been created for it.

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The Lady of Elche is a limestone bust from the 4th century, believed to have been used as a funeral urn. It is a treasure of the redeveloped MAN, the Archaeology museum in the Spanish capital, Madrid. were chosen because of their modern appeal - but without overdoing it. “A museum is supposed to last at least a generation - say 40 years, and I think this one can last more, he added.” He explained that when a museum is renovated, form must contribute to function. This idea was put into practice in several sections of the Museum, in particular the Islamic Art hall, which had earlier been pushed to the sidelines. A replica ceiling was built using a model of the Cordoba Mosque, and a very special corner was created for it.
 Audiovisual technology is at the heart of the new museum. As visitors enter the Museum, they are treated to a spectacular show, mapping out archaeology and depicting how humans have

The Museum’s glass-roofed northern courtyard, containing the Pozo Moro (Moorish Pit) Mausoleum. The redeveloped MAN is the Archaeology museum in the Spanish capital, Madrid. related to their surroundings through different epochs.
 There is an educational exhibit with a model and videotaped material, offering lessons on the different cultures that have passed through Spain. There is much to learn, Rodriguez Frade said, but it depends on each visitor. “You can take an hour, 10 hours or 10 days (to visit the Museum),” he said.
 He is very pleased that the project to remodel MAN cost

The Greek section of the redeveloped MAN, the Archaeology museum in the Spanish capital, Madrid.

just 65 million euros (about 92 million dollars) - which was under the original estimate.
The construction work cost just 32 million euros for 30,000 square metres; the overall cost to renovate MAN came in at about 2,200 euros per square metre, whereas the Queen Sofia Museum in Madrid was renovated at a cost of 32,700 euros per square metre, and the Neues Museum in Berlin cost 14,400 euros per square metre.
 “For me, to have inaugurated this Museum, with all its complexity, in good time while in the middle of an economic crisis, is nothing short of a miracle,” he said.
 A modern museum must comply with today’s requirements - for example, providing a library and an events hall, and offering services such as a quiet room for nursing mothers and a tour for the visually impaired. “Without exaggeration, I think this may be the finest museum in Europe. Not only because of its collections, which are also very good, but as an institution, as a living entity pleasing to the eye, in which technology fuses with the pieces on display without becoming the protagonist,” signed off Rodriguez Frade. u


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Social Jugger { Roland Beck/Bamberg, Germany/ DPA }

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few lads are kicking footballs at a goal on a sports ground. Suddenly a horde of youths storms onto the field. Like gladiators ready for a kill, two lines form opposite each other. The youths are wielding menacing-looking poles and balls-and-chains. One of them calls out, “Three, two, one - Jugger!” and the two groups rush at one another. Nearly colliding with full force, they try to get possession of a strangelooking object - a ‘jugg’ - lying on the field.
That’s when the poles and chains come into play, as the combatants start whacking Two each other.
 social workers are standing on the edge of the field, watching the action. “Great work! Keep it up!” they shout out to the youth. Nobody is actually getting hurt, despite all the dangerous-looking action being played out. Both, the bamboo poles - called pompfs - and the ball at the end of a plastic chain, are wrapped in foam rubber. While there will be no broken bones or cuts, there would be many bruised egos – as when, upon being struck by an opponent, a combatant has to sit out of the action for a count of either 8 or 12 seconds.
The game is called Jugger and was invented by groups in Berlin and Hamburg in the late 1990s. It was inspired by a US-Australian postapocalyptic movie, The Blood of Heroes, starring Rutger Hauer. It has developed into a formal sport, mainly in

Moritz Lintner, 19, the balland-chain man, moves in for the kill during a Jugger match organised by social workers in Bamberg. The ball has the outside padded with foam. Germany and Australia, and combines the attractions of Rugby, Handball, and Fencing.
Every player has a role to play. Social workers introduced it in Bamberg, to keep the ‘rough youths’ out of trouble – those boys who do not feel at home in ‘polite’ sports like tennis or golf. “Bamberg is one of the first Bavarian cities where Jugger has intentionally been used in social work with the youths,” says city spokesman Tim-Niklas Kubach. 
 A team consists of up to 8 players, and at most 5 are in action at any given time. The runner is the only person who may pick up the ‘jugg’ - a foamcovered object looking like a dog’s skull - and run with it, to score points. The other four teammates wielding their pompfs, and ball-and-chain, are there to protect him. The action looks like some battleground from the Middle Ages. A Jugger League was set up in Germany in 2003. Though the games looks like a brawl among teenagers, the guiding idea is educational.
In the version of the game in Bamberg, there are no referees; the action is guided by the social workers from the sidelines. They ensure that the

most important rule is fairness. When a combatant gets struck by an opponent, he must admit that he took the hit and stay put for the required penalty time

Fighters battle with foamrubber-padded bamboo poles during a Jugger match organised by social workers in Bamberg, Germany. The Sport originates from a US-Australian post-apocalyptic movie, The Blood of Heroes, starring Rutger Hauer, and has developed into a regular sport mainly in Germany and Australia.

German social workers Thomas Lauterbach (left) and Thomas Neubert (right) stay calm as Bamberg teenagers charge behind them for Jugger practice. before re-entering the action something that many boys have not been brought up to accept. 

 “Darn it, I have just been pompfed,” says one of the youth after being struck by the foam-rubber-padded pole, while trudging out for his penalty time. The youth have built their own weapons using instructions downloaded from the Internet.
 Social worker Thomas Neubert says that the game of Jugger is helpful for many reasons. “If rules are broken or arguments break out, the game is immediately called off. Only team spirit and sticking to the plan can lead to success,”

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he says. Boys and girls of the same age can play it together. “Besides, you don’t have to be particularly athletic. Everybody has a purpose in Jugger - be it as a runner, a defender or an attacker,” Neubert says. “You get a quick reward for a successful operation.”
 A spokesman for the German Olympics Sports Federation (DOSB) reports that the game of Jugger is also used in juvenile detention centres, to help young inmates in learning to trust each other better and to prevent fights.
 In Jugger the most feared player is the ‘ball-and-chain-man’. Today that role is being played by 19-year-old Moritz Lintner, who is swinging the foam-rubber ball in a menacing circle over his head. “This is home-made,” he says proudly, about his 3-metre-long weapon. Anyone struck by the ball must sit out for a count of 12 seconds. 
The social workers conduct most of their work in deprived parts of the City, where drug use, alcoholism and school truancy are rife. They are combating the problems of the street with the help of the dangerous-looking yet peaceful battle of Jugger, on the sports grounds. The social workers are most happy with one aspect. Youth from every social level come out to play Jugger, something that only rarely happens in their normal work. A university or high school student, a middle-school pupil, a job-seeker or a disadvantaged youngster, are all united on the battleground of Jugger. u

Men’s preference for femininity { Helsinki /DPA }

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en from countries having good health conditions are more strongly attracted to women who have feminine facial features than men from less healthy countries, an international study has found. Among the nationalities surveyed, Japanese men preferred softer features the most and Nepalese men the least. The research team, led by Urszula Marcinkowska, a biologist at the University of Turku in Finland, suggests that evolution may have primed men in harsher environments to select mates who were less feminine, more dominant and therefore better able to hold on to resources. In the study, published in the British journal Biology Letters, the researchers asked 1,972 heterosexual males from 28 countries to choose the more attractive young female face in each of 20 pairs of photographs. Each pair showed the same face, but one of the (2) photographs had been electronically doctored to give the face either more feminine features - such as larger eyes, fuller lips, a less angular jaw and less pronounced brow or more masculine ones. While the men in all the countries surveyed preferred ‘feminised’ over ‘masculinised’ female faces, the researchers found substantial differences between countries in the degree of their preference. In general, men from countries with a high ‘national health index’ had a stronger preference for facial femininity. The Index was based on eight factors: the adult mortality rate, under-5 mortality rate, infant mortality rate, neonatal mortality rate, maternal mortality rate, life expectancy at birth, healthy life expectancy and years of life lost to communicable diseases. Testosterone levels may have also played a role in the correlation, the researchers say, noting that previous studies had shown that men with low levels of the sex hormone were less likely to prefer more feminine women, and that men raised in countries with poor health conditions tended to have lower levels. The results of the study contradict the hypothesis that men in unhealthy countries in particular are subconsciously drawn to women with feminine looks - a signal of fecundity and ‘good genes’ - so as to improve their chances of having healthy offspring.u


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The new lives of Ship Doctors { Martina Rathke/Greifswald/Berlin/ DPA }

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hen the ship Greif recently hoisted its sails and left Greifswald harbour, a port on Germany’s Baltic coast, a wag might have asked, “Is there a doctor in that house?” And there would have been a sea-chanting chorus of “Yes.” There were 30 German medical doctors on board, but they weren’t there for some pleasure cruise. They were embarking on a two-day training voyage on the Baltic, part of a new training programme to better prepare medical doctors for helping the sick at sea. Rising cruise excursion tourism and the setting up of more offshore industrial facilities is the reason for the Greifswald University Clinic offering this course to doctors - to make them more sea-worthy. Professor Olaf Schedler of the Berlin Unfallkrankenhaus, a clinic specialising in emergency care, notes that with a spurt in oil, gas and wind platforms offshore, the demand for medical aid at sea is rising - especially for the treatment of injuries. Doctors of the emergency treatment hospital are the instructors in the Greifswald 2 programme. For the past two years the Hospital has provided captains and ships’ officers training in first aid, while also helping to prepare ‘marine doctors’ for what they will face at sea. Each year Germany also needs 25 new ship doctors to ‘cater to’ the boom in cruise tourism. “A doctor on board a ship must be able to do everything - whether delivering a child, treating toothache or providing emergency treatment,” Schedler says. But the doctor also needs to know at least the basics of seamanship and be able to judge weather conditions; an important aspect, for example, when transferring a patient from one vessel to another. Reiner Biffar, Dean of the medical faculty at Greifswald, says that lectures, seminars and practical exercises are integrated with the Nautical Medicine training programme, in order to train future doctors early on for the challenges they will face while at sea. The German Navy training vessel Greif is the classroom for the exercises at sea, assisted by the emergency rescue cruiser, Harro Koebke. Besides exercises for the rescue and treatment of stricken patients, the medical students are also taught weather forecasting, navigation - and the tying of knots! u

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1) Young doctors climb the mast of the Greif, a German Navy training ship. They are required to know the basics of nautical work. 2) Young doctors practice resuscitation on an injured person aboard the Greif, a German Navy training ship.

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3) Young German doctors in thermal suits and lifejackets learn the basics of staying alive in the water in case of a shipwreck, during a course held aboard the German naval training ship, Greif (background). 4) A rubber boat and lifejackets are lowered into the sea from the Greif, a German Navy training ship, during a course for ships’ doctors.

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5) Professor Olaf Schedler (centre) demonstrates how to help someone injured in the water during a shipwreck. The practice was undertaken during a course held aboard the German naval training ship, Greif (background). The doctors wear thermal suits and lifejackets. 6) Five trainee doctors in thermal suits and lifejackets frolic in the water next to the Greif, a German Navy training ship, during a course for ships’ doctors.

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7) A young German doctor in a thermal suit and lifejacket learns the basics of staying alive in a shipwreck.


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Raunchy comedies to dominate Hollywood's summer

Pope calls for greater social justice

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t used to be that a flight of swallows was the telltale sign that summer was here. Now there's a new way - an avalanche of raunchy comedies from Hollywood. Recent summers have all featured adult-themed comedies with a cast of men-children behaving badly - not to mention a fair sprinkling of women acting in unladylike ways. So if you enjoyed the shenanigans in such sophisticated laugh vehicles as The Hangover, We're The Millers, Bridesmaids or The Heat, prepare to guffaw endlessly this summer by viewing an endless parade of profanity-laden toilet humour. The raunch-fest kicked off recently with the Walk of Shame, which starred Elizabeth Banks as a straight-laced news anchor who gets a lot more than she bargained for when her friends coax her out for a night of clubbing. For the uninitiated, the movie's title refers to the often-dishevelled appearance of partiers when they emerge the morning after a one-night stand, wearing the same clothes. The Neighbours, which hits the screens soon, stars the king of all immature slacker stars, Seth Rogen, who has elevated Hollywood humour to new lows in movies such as Knocked Up, Superbad, Pineapple Express and Zack and Miri Make a Porno. This time he inhabits the other side of the divide, playing a straight-laced family man who

must access his inner hoodlum to keep his neighbourhood safe from the university fraternity boys who move in next door - headed by Zac Efron. Other raunch offerings include Tammy, which stars Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon as a woman and her foul-mouthed grandma on an unconventional road trip; and Sex Tape, in which Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel launch a desperate quest to recover their missing private video. Seth McFarlane, former Oscar host and creator of cult TV hit, Family Guy, has his own point to prove. His film, A Million Ways to Die in the West, is an outrageously crude cowboy caper that would put even hardened gunslingers to shame. There's no better way than an adult rating to stand out from a summer movie slate that is crowded with family-rated superheroes, McFarlane noted. "That's the advantage of the R ratings: to say whatever you want and not be constrained," MacFarlane told USA Today. "Comedy has to constantly be pushing the lines to be funny.

Google Classroom { San Francisco/DPA }

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oogle wants to embed its high-tech tool box into the world's classrooms, while helping do away with the reams of paper that still dominate the homework scene. The Web software giant has announced Google Classroom, a new platform to help teachers and students better organise their assignments - using Google's Gmail, Docs and Drive features. The initiative could prove to be a master-stroke for Google. The platform will be free for users and won't carry ads. If it is widely adopted by schools around the world, Google would be able to get billions of students and educators into its ecosystem. The Google Classroom platform is "based on the principle that educational tools should be simple and easy to use, and is designed to give teachers more time to teach and students more time to learn," Classroom Project Manager Zach Yeskel wrote in a blog post. For now the free platform is open only to a few schools and aims to allow teachers to create, track and collect assignments paperlessly, improve communications and help all involved stay organised by automatically creating folders for each assignment. u

It cannot be soft." It remains to be seen whether this slate of no-holds-barred comedies will hold their own against the pack of sequels and superhero flicks. Families and tweens will no doubt flock by the millions to films like Godzilla, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Malifecent, How to Train Your Dragon and Transformers: Age of Extinction. Other potential blockbusers include Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Guardians of the Galaxy. While there may be no Hunger Games or Twilight movies slated this summer, the expected young adult hit of the season is likely to prove that the ‘snapchat generation’ is still capable of genuine emotional sensitivity. The Fault in Our Stars is widely predicted to be the top-grossing teen movie of the summer. It tells neither of vampires nor dystopia, and there's no toilet humour or people in capes and tights. Instead, the film, adapted from a New York Times bestseller, tells of a romance between two young cancer patients. u

ope Francis recntly urged for more progress on social justice at an audience with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the heads of other United Nations agencies. Noting the achievements on poverty eradication of the UN's Millennium Developing Goals, which expire in 2015, Francis said more ambitious targets should be set in future. The targets should "have a real impact on the structural causes of poverty and hunger, attain more substantial results in protecting the environment, ensure dignified and productive labor for all, and provide appropriate protection for the family," the Pope said.

The Argentinian-born pontiff, who has on several occasions has condemned unfettered capitalism, recalled the story from the Gospel of St Luke about the rich tax collector Zacchaeus, who decided to share his wealth after meeting Jesus. "Jesus does not ask Zacchaeus to change jobs, nor does he condemn his financial activity; he simply inspires him to put everything, freely yet immediately and indisputably, at the service of others," Francis said. Ban invited the Pope to visit the United Nations headquarters in New York and said he hoped that Francis' visit to his home country of South Korea, due in August, could help reconciliation with North Korea. u

Australia celebrated Star Wars Day with LEGO bricks { Sydney/DPA }

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he planet's biggest LEGO brick model of movie villain Darth Vader went up in a Sydney shopping centre recently, as Australian Star Wars fans rose to the worldwide May The 4th Be With You challenge. Around 250,000 plastic bricks were needed for a 4-metre tribute to the fictional father of Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa. May 4 is Star Wars Day to fans of the science fiction classic, chosen because it sounds similar to the film franchise's catchphrase, May the Force be with you. "We also built Yoda, the Jedi Master himself, but he was about half the size of Darth Vader," LEGO Master-Builder Dan Steininger said. "It was the first time I built a Darth Vader this big. It was a LEGO first." Steininger, a Star Wars fan himself, is one of only seven LEGO Master-Builders. u

I share, therefore I am { Antonia Lange/ Stuttgart /DPA }

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he how is easy to understand: all it takes is sufficient clicks. But the why is harder to get: what decides why some videos go viral and others languish unseen? A video of people kissing for the first time gets recommended on Twitter and soon it’s everywhere; a video from a poetry slam goes up on Facebook and, next thing you know, everyone has seen it. But why? “We create profiles of ourselves by what we share,” says media researcher Sebastian Buggert, of the Rheingold Institute in Cologne. “After all, sharing is easier than producing something yourself.” That means someone who shares a funny video hopes to be seen as funny in turn. “You can express your humour that way,” says Buggert. “Or show that ‘I’m resourceful’.” For example, the video, First Kiss, by artist Tatia Pilieva for fashion company Wren, is everywhere. It’s been clicked 80 million times on YouTube. It shows 10 strangers kissing each other for the first time. It circulated heavily on Facebook and Twitter for weeks - ebbing and flowing. Of course YouTube doesn’t allow researchers to check how often a video is shared, but the high number of clicks indicates how many people have stumbled across First Kiss. “Usually it’s thanks to prominent

placement, which the creators make sure they get and sometimes even pay for,” says Buggert. A lot of companies shepherd their content so that it’s seen by many people. Indeed, large companies are often behind these Internet hits. One popular hit in the German-speaking world shows the late50s actor-singer Friedrich Liechstenstein bathing in milk for a grocery chain, Edeka. “The entire thing is a play on regular advertising and gives you a surprise,” says media researcher Guido Zurstiege. But not every Internet hit is a front for a corporation. Kony 2012, created by the American organisation, Invisible Children, was a huge success. Released two years ago, it was designed to inspire people to bring alleged war criminal Joseph Kony to justice. Despite being nearly half an hour in length, it was still accessed about 100 million times. Anyone who shared this video saw a chance to portray themselves as “good and part of a powerful and seemingly sensible movement,” says Buggert. Still, there’s no patented formula for making a video go viral. “It has to speak to people, to move them and be noticeable.” Regardless of whether its an ad, a campaign or just your luck, as a user you'll have either a feast or a famine. Once a video goes viral, it will be recommended to you over and over on Facebook, with likes by your friends and even by elderly relations you thought didn't use the Web. “The more it’s shared, the more likely it is to snowball. Sharing belongs to the system,” said Buggert. u


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