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Sunday, January 31, 2010

ROADS AND CHOWKS NEED PROPER NAMES FOR EASY IDENTITIFATION


M K Gupta
Now we have to do lot of explaining to make a person understand a particular spot / address in Dwarka as most of the Chowks (crossings) and roads are without proper names. Some roads have been given numbers instead of names and the number is comparably difficult to remember than name.

I suggest that the Chowks should be given name of the Apartments situated in its corner with the maximum number of flats. The successful acceptance of the names of Ashirwad Chowk near the Ashirwad Apartments, K.M. Chowk next to K.M. Apartments and Janaki Chowk close to Janaki Apartments have prompted to give this suggestion. This will also help the DTC in publishing route map with proper names of the stands for its Circular Sewa and other services on the cards in future. Even after over a year - Dwarka, wherein Shahid Mohan Chand Sharma resided, who laid his life for the nation catching terrorists, lacks any spot after his name. I suggest that the road and crossing in front of or near his residence should be named as Shahid Mohan Chand Shrama Chowk and also his statue should be installed there. Poet Makhan Lal Chaturvedi has in his poem ‘Phool ki Antim Ichha’ rightly said ‘Mujhe Tod Lena a vanmali, us path par tum dena Phank, matrabhumi par shish chadane jis path par jaye veer anek. (Hey gardner, pluck me and throw me on the way on which the brave soldiers will pass through for offering their heads for their motherland).

Sector 6/10 intersections can be named as Khel Parisar Chowk as the Khel Parisar is the biggest and well-known landmark on this intersection. DDA’s Akashardham pocket in Sector 19 runs from one intersection to the other and an intersection near these Apartments can be named as Akashardham Chowk. MCD and probably the DDA also have Committees for naming the areas. After the naming of these spots properly, the names should be displayed conspicuously.

I request the Dwarkaites to give more suggestions on this proposal and after arriving at a consensus; the final proposal may be prepared for action.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

JOIN DADA-PAUTA-DADI-POTI Health Walk in Dwarka

Bhagat Chandra hospital is organizing health walk on 07 th February 2010 (Sunday) from Sector -7 Opp. Petrol Pump going towards Sect-11 Sports Complex & back, Dwarka. The starting time for health walk will be in the morning at 7.30 AM.

More than 500 participants are expected to participate in the health walk. It is aimed to improve the health of the community and awareness of walk by this health walk. There will we a award for best dada/dadi pauta/ poti Jodi.

It will be organized in partnerships with RWA, Dwarka Forum, Danik Jagran (city Plus) , DwarkaParichay.com and Dwarka Sandesh.

For more detail, please contact -Ghanshyam-9868709701, 9289052273

Thanks a lot to Dwarkaites

Dear Dwarka Parichay Team, Members of Dwarka Forum Dwarka residents & Dear friends,

Let me say at the outset-Thank you very much, for the greetings, kind words & warm wishes on my receiving the CID gallantry Award.Your words means `world`to me & I consider myself lucky to be a resident of DWARKA.
This Award, I, dedicate to all Dwarkaites. This has been possible because of good values instilled in me, by my respected parents, affection & firm support of my family members & good wishes of dear friends like you.

But, more than any Award,bringing the Change for the better, in our Dwarka in particular & Delhi, in general means, more to me.

I have a few suggestions-

Regular Talks/ activities related to role of values & ethics in good family values/neighbourly relations/good colony/management/governance in various schools/institutes of Dwarka, RWAs, TWAs/civil-society groups etc., need to be organised on regular basis. Dwarka Parichay, Dwarka Forum, Dwarka City can co-ordinate this, by taking up with various schools/institutes [located in Dwarka] Principals/Directors.
Count me in for giving/organising the Talks

Identifying Heroes of Dwarka - from various sections once or twice a year i/c the govt officials who are doing exemplary jobs & feting them in public functions who then share their experiences. They will then be ROLE Models.

Organising essay Competitions/debates/dramas/cultural activities/sports etc etc.

I feel, this will help in making DWARKA a Friendly & HEALTHY neighborhood/sub-city.

With my best wishes,

Vijay K. Saluja

Please send your suggestions/ participation for this project to : salujavijay@hotmail.com

Talk on`Role of Values & Ethics in Good Governance of Cities`, by Vijay K Saluja in March 2010.

Pride of Dwarka - Mr. Vijay K Saluja ( click for profile)

Comments from Dwarka residents:

*Hearties Congratulations for being awarded for SOCIAL BRAVERY. We are proud of you. - Rejimon C K

*Certainly it is a matter of pride for all of us. Congratulation to Mr.Saluja. - Sushil

*Heartiest Congratulations to Mr Saluja. His example is inspiring and encouraging. - Yashwant Prakash

*Heartiest congratulation for your act of bravery and reward for the same. - Arvind Agrawal

*Heartiest congratulation to Sh Vijay Saluja from Ekta RWA , Sec-3. - Madhuri Varshney

*Congratulations to Mr. Vijay K. Saluja. He alone fought against corruption against the system in NDMC, suffered for 22 years and finally won due to his conviction. Thanks to Dwarka Parichay for introducing such personality to all of us for our guidance. - M.K.Gupta


*MY Warm Congratulations to you, Mr. Vijay K. Saluja. You richly deserve the Award. See, Finally you made it. You won the battle against Corruption and in spite of all the odds. You are a great person among the millions of pygmies living in our society/country. India and Indian Citizens need more such exemplary young men like you to really bring about the needed transformation of our country and society. May God bless you with long life of health, wealth and prosperity and help you to continue the good work you have been doing with firm faith, commitment and honesty. On this occasion I also send you warm greetings on our Republic Day. Let Long Live, Republic of India with head high in the comity of Nations. - W.V.G.Venkata Ramana

*This is such a heart-warming news. When you are ‘surrounded by the rampant corruption, instead of going with the flow’, choosing ‘to swim against the corruption in the system' requires sheer bravery. The fact that Sri Saluja continued his battle in spite of ‘hostile work environment, financial instability, mental and physical stress and even death threats’ is heroic. Hats off to a brave heart! We need men like Sri Saluja in every govt. deptt. to bring about meaningful changes. Kind regards. - Rajendra K Goel

Friday, January 29, 2010

Free diabetic camp in Sector-22, Dwarka

Free diabetic camp

on 31st January 2010 (Sunday)
Time: 9 AM to 1 PM


at
Dr Khanna's Diabetes Speciality Center
Manish Mall, sec-22,dwarka

Free sugar, lipid profile, diet counselling,
body fat analysis, blood pressure and much more

Registration: 9810949594, 9210346960

DEVELOP THE SLIP ROADS TO OVER COME TRAFFIC JAM IN DWARKA


M. K. Gupta

It is a well-accepted that the slip roads are of great help for the left turn at the crossings without causing traffic jam when the traffic wait because of red light. Recently, in a meeting with Dwarka Forum, Mr. Ashok Kumar, ACP, Traffic, also emphasized the need of such slips roads for the smooth flow of traffic. He further said that the Traffic Police would take up this matter with the Delhi Development Authority. The planners of Dwarka have realized this and have left required space for this but this space is not being fully utilized due to elevated footpaths near the crossings. Traffic intersection at Sector 6,7/2,1 and 11,12/5,4 (Ashirwad Chowk) are some
examples. In the peak hours, long queues are seen before the traffic signals at these crossings and the vehicles are able to cross the road only after 2-3 red lights. Opening the blocked slip roads will mitigate the problem.

Also, the entry to Sector 11 market is blocked at the right place due to elevated footpath in front of marked entry gate while the entry to the Sector 5 market in front of ICICI bank is in order. Due to this, visitors to the sector 11 market either parks their vehicle at the main road, as they have to take a long round for using the sub-road before reaching the entry point of this market.

DDA should take this issue on priority basis and should open all the closed passage for turning left by making slips roads at the crossings.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Better Dwarka Brigade : Ekta RWA, Dwarka

Republic day celebrations at at Ekta RWA, Dwarka

Children participating at painting competition at Ekta RWA, Dwarka.
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The Glimpses of a Train Journey !


R.D. Bhardwaj

The train was running on time thankfully, my interview was due at 11.00 A.M, and the train was supposed to reach Agra at ten. The office was hardly at 10 minutes of walking distance from the railway station, so I was enjoying this journey. It was June. The heat was at its peak. Getting a seat by window side made me smile, and I felt lucky. Two small fans were running at their best speed but there was hardly any air. People were fanning with newspapers, magazines, dupattas, wiping their face of sweats from time to time. But, I sat comfortably and looked around, sometimes reading the faces of my co-passengers and occasionally glancing the outside scenes, thru the train window ……..

Two women, one aged around 56, may be the mother-in-law, and other the younger one around 25, presumably the daughter-in-law, who was wearing a big red bindi and lots of sindhoor, were sitting on my opposite front seat. Both were eating something from the packet and talking endlessly. They were Bengalis, I assumed that from the language. The head of the family was reading a newspaper and time to time glancing at me and other fellow passengers, through his spectacles. He was around sixty, balding, but in good health. His wife and daughter-in-law kept quiet for some time when he gave them a stern look and said something in Bengali, but after five minutes resumed their lively talk and started eating again. Someone was sleeping on the upper berth. I was trying to figure out whether he was a man or woman ? Alone or with this family ?

An old man, wearing dhoti - kurta was sitting beside me. He looked like a farmer sort of, smoking his bidi, to the discomfort of many passengers. His pale eyes were full of aloofness and depicting some kind of gloom also. Then, there were two students, enjoying music on their Walkman and exchanging cassettes without talking to one another. Both were too engrossed in enjoying their music.

The Bengali babu was sitting and scrutinizing each one of us. Someone was getting down from the upper berth. He was the replica of the Bengali babu, but with lots of hair and without spectacles. I concluded without any doubt, that he was the son of the older man and the husband of the younger lady. He asked for something in Bengali to his wife. I could follow that he was asking for toothbrush and paste. The woman with red big bindi, took out the things from the bag, which was on the seat itself, and handed over the same to him. It was a small towel, soap-case, toothpaste and brush. The man was gone to freshen up. When he came back, he was looking fresh. He kept all the things neatly in the bag, then took the newspaper from his father and tried to sit with him. The man gladly gave him the required space and the paper.

The train stopped suddenly. It was some station. Bengali babu said to no one in particular - 'This is Faridabad ' as if this was the most difficult answer, which he flourished with pride ! People started coming in the compartment. It was a reserved compartment so, Bengali babu shouted at every one who came to sit there. It started raining outside, as the train gained speed. Suddenly I saw a young woman in Salwar Kameez, with a small baby girl and a bag in her hand. She was certainly looking for a seat to sit and make herself comfortable. Bengali babu said something to his son who obediently climbed-up again to the upper berth. I was surprised, the man was trying to make seat for the young woman ? The lady too saw that and was happy to see the empty seat, but the moment she tried to sit there, the senior Bengali babu picked the huge bag and kept that on the seat, and said in stern voice - 'It is a reserved compartment.....' The lady was shocked, so were we. The farmer threw his bidi, gave a nasty / dirty look to the man, and stood up, gesturing lady to sit there. Students too made some space, so she and the farmer could sit comfortably. She thanked him and sat down, with baby on her lap. Now, we were five adults and one little baby on that berth, and only three people sitting on the opposite. I tried to argue with the Bengali babu, but he did not even listen. It was cool inside now. The young lady who came from outside just a short while ago, was wet due to rains, but was trying to wipe the baby’s innocent face with a small napkin, who was around two years old.

The Bengali babu was now talking to his family non-stop, and giving angry looks to all of us. He was certainly not happy that a lady with a little baby got a seat in a reserved compartment. I did not like his behavior, and was sure everyone else was also thinking the same for him. The hawkers started coming with cold drinks and other eateries. The Bengali family was buying and eating everything. The lady bought some biscuits for the baby, who was looking at everyone with a deep sense of interest. She got down from her mother's lap and was offering biscuits to everyone. She was such a beautiful and pretty baby that everyone started talking to her in next five minutes, except that Bengali family. But the little innocent girl made friends with everyone around ………

Another couple, who was sitting next to us with their two adolescent kids, became very friendly with her. Suddenly, the baby went to the lady with the big bindi, and asked - 'May I sit near your window ? ' The lady looked puzzled and looked at her father-in-law with questioning eyes - whether she should accommodate the little baby or not ; but the senior Bengali babu gave her a stern looks and spat something in Bengali again. The baby waited for a moment, but the woman pretended that she did not hear. I picked her up and made her sit at my place. Soon she started giggling with joy. Her mother gave me a gentle nod of thanks. I was standing now, but that gentleman did not make any efforts to give other people some comfort, as was expected of him.

As the train was about to reach Agra, I started getting ready for alighting from the train, and I saw the young woman also getting up. She held the hand of her baby and bag, and started moving towards the exit door, but turned back and went to the Bengali babu. In most calm and dignified manner said to him - ' When we are travelling in a train, it does not become our property. Reservations are indeed meant for the comfortable journey, but certainly not at the cost of others’ discomfort. I was not going to give you any trouble, whatsoever, neither had I told my daughter to ask for the seat near window, which you were telling your family that I did. "A small child taught by her smart mother " - that is what you told them ? You seemed a gentleman, but I am sorry to say that, this illiterate farmer showed the better behavior and good humanity, which was a lesson for you to learn. It was just a two-hour journey for me, but I shall always remember you as the most horrible experiences. Good day Mr. horrible ........ With the passage of age, you may have grown old, but you did not learn to behave in a responsible manner in society, particularly at public places of utility meant for everyone ………


I wish you a pleasant journey with your family.'

While talking, her face was red with anger. The Bengali family was looking at her with open mouth; all the fellow passengers were marveling at her courage, the college students also switched off their music system and even started clapping for the young lady. The train stopped at the Agra station. She turned again, smiled at Bengali babu and said - 'I am from Bhubaneswar, but I can understand Bengali quite well...... .' And saying so, she was got down from the train and was gone with her little baby and the bag.

I wished I could stay in that train for some more time to see the reaction of the Bengali babu and his family, but my interview was more important. So I also got down, but still was able to see the entire Bengali family, still sitting in the train, gasping with open mouth and quite astonished at the sarcastic remarks of the young lady, who had just left the train............. !!!

NEW GARBAGE COLLECTION BOXES IN DWARKA

   M. K. Gupta
Govt./ MCD has put big garbage collection boxes in front of many societies in sector 6 which is a good step. This is expected to be followed for other sectors. These boxes are made of iron and blue in colour. It appears that MCD has taken this step on the complaints by Mr Anoop Rohera, Member of Dwarka Forum.

In the past, there were complaints of the theft of old boxes and to stop this, the name of the CGHS/DDA Pocket should be painted on them. This may be on the lines of registration number of vehicles and the sequence could be Dwarka/Sector No. /No. of the Plot of CGHS or Pocket Number followed by stock register number of the Govt (MCD or agency manning them. For a box put in front of Plot No. 41, Sector 10, thus the sequence may be DW/10/41/number maintained by the MCD.

MCD should paint a number before putting them on site, which will also ensure the supply of full quantity of boxes by the company, which is supplying these boxes doing away any scope of manipulation. The Society / DDA Pocket/Market Associations etc. should arrange for the painting of their names on these boxes which should not be easily erasable, if indelible paint is not available. Management of Societies and DDA pockets etc. should through the their security guards voluntarily take initiative to prevent the the theft of these boxes.

Sant Asaram Bapu in Dwarka

Start Date/Time: Saturday, January 30, 2010 12:00 PM
End Date/Time: Sunday, January 31, 2010 8:00 PM

Description: Poonam Darshan & Satsang:
Date: 30th (12 noon onwards) & 31st Jan.2010

Place: Opp. Dwarka Metro Station, Sector-10, Dwarka, DELHI.

Contact : 9810636360, 9811041342

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Pride of Dwarka - Mr. Vijay K Saluja

Vijay Saluja got CID Gallantry Award, in the category of Social Bravery by SONY TV

Mr Vijay K. Saluja ,Ex Chief Engineer[civil]New Delhi Municipal Council & presently a Senior Fellow[urban studies] at Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi www.issin.org , resident of Nav Sansad Vihar, Sector 22, Dwarka was conferred CID Gallantry Award in Mumbai on 19.1.2010. under the category of Social Bravery by SONY TV . The awards were instituted from this year. Mr Vijay Saluja did his civil engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi & also studied Management of Urban Renewal at University of Birmingham-UK. He has been conferred this Award in recognition of his honesty, integrity & for his sustained efforts for taking on unethical & unfair system, thus `demonstrating an exemplary act of BRAVERY`.The CID Gallantry Award certificate, which is signed by four jury members further states `that we hope that this achievement serves as an example for others to follow` Mr Vijay K Saluja was honoured with Red & White Bravery Award in 2002,Giraffe Heroes Award in 2004 ,for sticking his neck out for the common good by Giraffe Heroes Project, a US based organization www.giraffe.org & Satyendra K. Dubey Memorial Award,in Feb 2009 by IIT Kanpur & IIT Kanpur Alumni Association, besides many other recognitions, for fighting corruption. & for professional integrityAs an IIT Delhi graduate, Vijay Saluja joined the New Delhi Municipal Council in the hope of improving the overall living conditions for the people of New Delhi. Unfortunately this dream changed course when he was surrounded by the rampant corruption around him.

Instead of going with the flow, Saluja decided to swim against the corruption in the system, which resulted in a hostile work environment, financial instability, mental and physical stress and even death threats.

Saluja filed a civil petition in Delhi High Court citing his superiors' abuses of power, including massive squandering of public funds, and the damages to Saluja's career. The findings led to the restoration of Saluja’s 20 years of lost seniority, made him Chief Engineer of the department, and earned his adversaries contempt notices for dragging their feet.
Vijay Saluja has been sustained through the years by his devotion to the common good. "Callous waste of public funds, when abject poverty abounds, literally appalls me" says the Chief Engineer.

TELECAST OF THE CID GALLANTRY AWARDS CEREMONY WILL BE SHOWN BY SONY TV ON, 26TH JANUARY,2010, FROM 9PM ONWARDS

Comments:
*Hearties Congratulations for being awarded for SOCIAL BRAVERY. We are proud of you. - Rejimon C K

*Certainly it is a matter of pride for all of us. Congratulation to Mr.Saluja. - Sushil

*Heartiest Congratulations to Mr Saluja. His example is inspiring and encouraging. - Yashwant Prakash

*Heartiest congratulation for your act of bravery and reward for the same. - Arvind Agrawal

*Heartiest congratulation to Sh Vijay Saluja from Ekta RWA , Sec-3. - Madhuri Varshney
*Congratulations to Mr. Vijay K. Saluja. He alone fought against corruption against the system in NDMC, suffered for 22 years and finally won due to his conviction. Thanks to Dwarka Parichay for introducing such personality to all of us for our guidance. - M.K.Gupta

*MY Warm Congratulations to you, Mr. Vijay K. Saluja. You richly deserve the Award. See, Finally you made it. You won the battle against Corruption and in spite of all the odds. You are a great person among the millions of pygmies living in our society/country. India and Indian Citizens need more such exemplary young men like you to really bring about the needed transformation of our country and society. May God bless you with long life of health, wealth and prosperity and help you to continue the good work you have been doing with firm faith, commitment and honesty.On this occasion I also send you warm greetings on our Republic Day. Let Long Live, Republic of India with head high in the comity of Nations. - W.V.G.Venkata Ramana

*This is such a heart-warming news. When you are ‘surrounded by the rampant corruption, instead of going with the flow’, choosing ‘to swim against the corruption in the system’ requires sheer bravery. The fact that Sri Saluja continued his battle in spite of ‘hostile work environment, financial instability, mental and physical stress and even death threats’ is heroic. Hats off to a brave heart! We need men like Sri Saluja in every govt. deptt. to bring about meaningful changes. Kind regards. - Rajendra K Goel

Worth learning from Gujarat


Joginder Singh ji
( Former Director - CBI ) 


Gujarat has taken a bold step for making voting compulsory for all local bodies in the Sate. Though similar laws exist in more than 30 countries, which include Australia, Belgium and Singapore, the Gujarat Bill is the first of its kind in India. The Bill when made into law will be applicable to Gujarat’s seven municipal corporations, including Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot, 159 Nagar Palikas, 26 zilla panchayats, 224 Taluka panchayats and more than 13,700 gram panchayats.

The Gujarat Government says that its aim is to make the neutral voter, with no personal interests, politically conscious and encourage him or her to vote. It says, “It is Gujarat’s reply to those who carry out candlelight marches and drawing room politics but do not go to vote.”

The intention behind making the process mandatory is to bind the people of the State to some responsibility and, thus, strengthen the process of democracy. According to the Bill, voting for none of the candidates would be one of the options.

Whatever we do in life there will always be opposition. Some will oppose our convictions for genuine reasons while others will do so because they feel threatened. Political rivals of the Gujarat Government have called the move to make voting mandatory a gimmick and have questioned its ethical basis.

An Opposition party member has said, “How can a right be enforced as a duty? It’s in violation of fundamental rights … Moreover, making it (voting) compulsory for an unaware voter who does not know about party ideology will mean undesirable consequences where the value of a genuine vote would be diluted… But the issue to vote or not to vote is itself an ideological one. In a democracy one has the right to be indifferent and abstain from voting as well.”

Another strange argument that has been offered is that compulsory voting will ‘lower’ the spirit of democratic and political process! Some others have asked, and strangely so, for favours in return of compulsory voting. Their warped logic goes: “There is no package of guarantees in the Bill, like right to employment or food... Then what is the state asking for when it is offering so little or nothing?” The biggest problem in our country is that there are too many opinions — everybody, no matter whether informed or ill-informed, has an opinion. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the Gujarat Bill. In fact, it should serve as a template for other States to follow.

The Bill in its present form does not propose any penalties to ensure compulsory voting. In some countries where voting is compulsory, in order to be eligible for Government facilities, citizens have to show a certificate that affirms that they have voted in the last election. The logic that voters are unaware of political ideologies does not hold water. In fact, it is the other way around as it is the educated, upper-class people who are indifferent to voting.

I have been casting my vote from 1962 when I became eligible to be registered as a voter. In the last election, in the highly educated constituency of New Delhi, I went to cast my vote at about 11:30 am. I asked the polling officer the number of people who had come to vote. He said that among the officers class, both retired and serving, I was the first to do so. But he was all praises for ordinary folk who had made a beeline outside the polling booth even before the commencement of voting. At the end of the election, when the results were declared, the polling percentage was the lowest in New Delhi Constituency.

If looked at objectively, the Gujarat Bill leaves a lot of room for a citizen to express his or her dissatisfaction with the selection of candidates with the ‘none of the above’ option. What is compulsory is that the person has to come to the polling station and either express or not express his or her preference for any of the candidates. The Bill, when passed, will actually help create political awareness as when people know that they have to vote or express their disapproval of the candidates, they will automatically try and have an understanding of the existing political situation to make an informed choice.

In all fairness, the Gujarat Bill needs to be given a chance. There is no doubt that the Bill can be improved through experience when passed into law. It could eventually include grounds for exemption, like for instance when a person is in hospital or on a trip overseas and cannot make it to a polling booth. There should also be provisions such as postal vote, pre-poll vote, provisional vote, and absentee vote or voting for none. It would be desirable to have some penalty for deliberately not voting.

Compulsory voting is bound to improve the standards of our democracy. It will also negate vote-bank politics to a certain extent. It will truly make every vote count. A high voter turnout is vital for proper democratic endorsement of the Government and efficient functioning of our democracy. Activists throughout the last century have fought and died for enfranchisement. We should respect their sacrifice by voting.

Having a law that will make voting compulsory will make our democracy stronger. It will help emphasise the ideal that each voter is a stakeholder in the democratic process. Making voting compulsory in elections to civic bodies is a stand that deserves to be supported wholeheartedly. This will help in arresting the gradual decline in voting percentage in elections, as has been witnessed during Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha polls across the country. It would be worthwhile to learn from the Gujarat experience and extend compulsory voting throughout the country and for all elected bodies involved in the task of governance, including Parliament and State Assemblies. Besides, it must be remembered that if democracy ensures our fundamental rights, it also enjoins on us certain fundamental duties. This fact must not be lost on us.

There are bound to be those who will oppose the move. But that should not deter us from adopting a law which, if implemented in its true spirit, will further the case for participatory democracy. If other democracies which have tried compulsory voting are not complaining, the least we can do is give the initiative a fair chance.

DRY DAYS - WHAT IS THE USE OF THIS HYPOCRISY?

M K Gupta

This year, on 25th January just one day before the dry and republic day, wine of over 16 crore was sold. Last year, wine and bear of over 12 crore were sold on 23rd January and of 4.3 crores on 24th January in that year. (25th Jan was a Holiday). Before the dry-days, normally, the Government issues huge advts in the paper that next day is dry day. In fact, such ads are an open invitation to purchase the wine in advance and convert the ‘dry’ day into ‘wet’ day. There is no use of such dry days unless they come without notice and with a surprise. If the Government is really interested to discourage the wine consumption as per the directive principle enshrined in the Constitution, such advts should immediately be stopped otherwise these dry days will only be hypocrisy to fulfill a mere formality. Perhaps, Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi ji may have never imagined such a situation in his life time and now, he may not have any option except to watch the difference in preach and practice of the government working silently from the heaven. This is nothing but adopting the double standard which should immediately stopped.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

DELHI GOVT NEED TO HAVE OFFICIALS OF PROPER APTITUDE & ATTITUDE


Vijay K. Saluja

Delhi had one of the coldest & foggiest sixty first Republic Day! On this day, there are still, thousands of families in every metro of India, who have no roofs over their heads, or any shelter whatsoever! They spend their days & nights in the open sky., facing the elements!

Out of the four metros-Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi this season, is having one of the coldest January. In this harsh weather for sizable number of persons in the city, apart from their cosy homes, convectors, good food [and drinks] even one heavy quilt with an additional blanket is not enough but more than 15000 families in Delhi, as per the reports, are braving nay enduring one of harshest winter in recent times!!

This is a glaring & stark example of a non-inclusive city?! Non-inclusive because of many factors, over the years. One of the prime factor, to my mind is the apathy, insensitivity, non-caring attitude & self-centredness of some of the officials in local government, whose assigned job, is to take care of them.

One really gets appalled to read the media-reports of their heartlessness & lack of sensitivity amounting to brazen callousness of those officials who gave orders to demolish in December-2009, Pusa Road night-shelter, in the name of beautification & widening of roads etc, for Commonwealth Games!!!

I will not fault the whole Delhi, Govt or the LG or CM-Delhi for this cruel & sad episode? But, certainly, the officials who passed orders to do so, have no ATTITUDE, APTITUDE & BUSINESS To be in public service esp of local-governance.

There is an urgent need for introspection by the LG, CM, Chief Secretary Delhi & the Municipal Commissioner-MCD about the quality of the persons who are manning sensitive positions in DDA, MCD & NDMC, in particular & the Delhi Govt, in general..

Thanks to Supreme Court & the Delhi High Court who got anguished & appalled at this inhumane act & went into emergency mode, ordering immediate corrective actions.

But, the question which comes to mind is why at all, situations come to this pass! Are not the senior officers within the Delhi Govt to monitor & oversee the governance & management of the city-the capital of India? What about their accountability, sensitivity & empathy towards hapless families having young children, grown up daughters & old persons. What is the fault of these persons-that they were born in India?! Their requirements are very minimal.

The urgent need is to have Caring Govt-sensitive people`s representatives, accountable & efficient officials of right aptitude & attitude with qualities of head & heart-hearts which beat for the general public & not for a chosen-few.

Delhi Govt need to give more importance to this than to preparations for hosting Commonwealth Games, though that also can not be neglected. But caring for the hapless families in this harsh winter, to my mind, is a priority of any caring govt. The concerned officials need proper training & sensitizing.

Writer is CID Gallantry Award Winner-2010,
Ex Chief Engineer[civil], New Delhi Municipal Council

Republic Day Celebrations in Dwarka

शहीदों की चिताओं , पर लगेंगे हर बरस मेले
वतन पर मरने वालों का , येही बाकि नामो निशा होगा
Social Development Welfare Society (Regd.NGO) celebrated Republic Day on 26th January 2010 at Shaheed Ramphal Chowk Palam Ext. Sec – 7 Dwarka. President of NGO Mr. Naresh Lamba hoisted the flag with NGO’s children. NGO’s Vice President Mr. Manish Mann Greets Republic Day to all present there.

Social Development Welfare Society (Regd.NGO) is taking care of this Shaheed monument
( Shaheed Ramphal Chowk). Airforce Retired Sh. Kuldip Singh Solanki, Ex Registrar Sh. Pohkar Mal, Sh. Jai Bhagwan, Sh. Jai Singh and NGO’s Best volunteer Miss Anisha Lamba & Master Ankit Lamba , all other students of NGO & other people saluted the National Flag by singing the National Anthem. President Mr.Naresh Lamba’s message , he addresses the people that where ever there are shaheed monuments, people should respect them and RWA & NGO’s of that area should take initiative to take care of those monuments. Posters & Banners should not be affixed on such monuments. People should respect them who have sacrifice for the country.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Diwakar Navotkarsh School celebrated Republic Day

‘ Diwakar Navotkarsh School ‘ for the differently abled children Sector 7, Dwarka is one great example to prove ‘ Service to the poor and the needy are the highest form of worship.’ The Principal Ms Rachna Saxena, the Director Sh. Sandeep Saxena, and the staff here are into the yeoman service by making an effort to teach these physically and mentally challenged children . It was indeed heart rendering to watch these little ones sway to the magic of music in celebration of the ‘Republic day’.
Sh. Hari Om Gupta, President RWA Sector-7, Dwarka, Retired Major Sangwan, Ms Raji Viswanathan, Ascent Academy and other residents encouraged the children.
The staff, students and the management need a great pat on the back for this selfless service.

Contribution in cash and kind can go a long way to this great mission of holding out a helping hand to the less fortunate.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Dwarka City organising Painting competition on 26 th January in Dwarka


Presents
6 th Republic Day

Painting Competition



on 26 th January 2010
Time: 2.30 PM to 4.30 PM

Venue: DDA Park, Sector-6, Dwarka

Categories :
3-6 Years, 7-10 Years & 11-14 Years

Chief Guest
Sh. Kirti Azad
International Cricketer & MP

Note: Participants to bring painting materials like pencil, colour, brush etc.
Drawing sheet will be provided by the organise.

For sponsorship & participation call:
Ms. Sudha Sinha - 9810442903, 9810944118

More than 600 budding artists from different schools of Dwarka and nearby area will be participating...

Internet Partner :




Friday, January 22, 2010

MAINTENANCE OF PARKS IN DWARKA


M K Gupta
Media Advisor 


On the initiative taken by Shri Rajesh Gehlot, Councillor and also a member of Delhi Development Authority, for the maintenance of parks in Dwarka, the Dwarka Forum is compiling the list of parks, which require maintenance. From the feed-back received so far, the general complaint is about the absence of lights and maintenance. It was decided in a meeting between DDA and Councilor held on 17th Dec. that in all the main marks, floodlights would be provided.


From the over 25 feed-back received, it is observed that some parks are really in a very bad condition. Ms. Ragini Malhotra has informed that from the park behind plot No. 4 to 6 in Sector 10, thieves have entered in HMM Society thrice. A member has informed that the park in Sec. 6 between Kalka and Bahawalpur Apartment is in awful condition as there is no lights, no pruning of trees, Complete jungle and the entrance to the park has become the garbage dumping ground besides the conditions of walking path is deplorable. Group Captain P V Singh has informed the park between Air Force & Naval Officers Enclave is stinking as there is garbage all around and no body attend to this park. Bhagwan Jamwal has informed that the park in sec-7 between the boundaries of Harsukh and Kamal Vihar is without a gate facing service road and is in totally dilapidated condition without jogging tracks light and grass. It is a wild open area. Another member has informed that in the park in sector 7 along the boundary of DDA SFS, Pocket–2, there is no maintenance, boundary wall is damaged, Park is being used as a passage and it is a complete barren land without lights and entrance gate. It is in totally dilapidated condition. It is a wild open area with animals grazing therein most of the time. A member has informed that the park in Sector 13, near Mahabhadrakali apartment is a full of bushes and snakes and a temple is built there. Pradeep Bist has informed that in the park in front of Sec. 11 metro station, people prepare food in the polluting the park. M. K. Gupta has informed that there is no light, shelter or toilet in the sector 10 parks despite verbal assurance by the authorities for these facilities. One resident has said that in the park in Sec. 22 near Bank Vihar, the boundary fencing with KG of steel is vanished (theft)

However, one member has stated that the park in sector 9, near Shri Radha Apartment was earlier a jungle and area for miscreants but it has now been cleared and maintenance work had started and one or two swings are there but the park is not leveled. 

The residents can inform about the non-maintained parks to the Dwarka Forum on its email address Dwarka-residents@googlegroups.com . The list is being finalized by Ms. Sudha Iyer, Governing Body member of the registered forum and probably the biggest on line discussion group of over 2100 members in Dwarka.


Thursday, January 21, 2010

KAVI SAMMELAN on Republic Day

SENIOR CITIZENS COUNCIL OF DELHI
(Registered under Societies Registration Act of XXI, 1860)
RECOGNISED BY THE MINISTRY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE & EMPOWERMENT, GOVT. OF INDIA,
SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT OF DELHI GOVT., I.C.C.R. & DELHI POLICE

DONATIONS EXEMPTED UNDER 80 (G) (5) (vi) of Income Tax Act 1961
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cordially invite you on
KAVI SAMMELAN
in Association with I.C.C.R. as per programme

Date & Time :
Tuesday, the 26th January, 2010 (7.45 a.m. to 9.00 a.m.)

Venue :
Deer Park Satsang Sathal, Near Hauz Khas Village,
New Delhi-110016

Chief Guest : Sh. A. Parsuraman, Director, UNESCO, New Delhi (7.45 to 8.00 a.m.)
Guest of Honour : Sh. Mathew Cherian - CEO, Help Age India
Distinguished Poets : Dr. (Mrs.) Kirti Kale, Sh. Surender Dubey (Jaipur) &
Sh. Yusaf Bhardwaj

R.S.V.P.:
J. R. Gupta, President, Senior Citizens Council of Delhi
Chairperson, Federation of Senior Citizens Associations of Delhi & NCR
Tel.: 9810488059

Note : You are also requested to join us for refreshment in Park Baluchi Restaurant, after function

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

“Say No to Poly Bags”

The Eco club of Mount Carmel School, Dwarka and other NGO`s of Dwarka will be organizing a campaign “NO TO POLY BAGS” on Friday, 22nd Jan. 2010 at sector-6 Market at 2:30 pm. More than 200 student of Dwarka`s schools will participate and convey the message through NUKKAD NATAK and distribute paper bags to the shopkeepers and gathering.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Saraswati Puja celebrations in Dwarka

Sambhaav Samiti cordially invites you in the celebration of Sarswati Puja


Sambhav Samiti is a Dwarka based NGO with a moto to promote cultural value and rich Indian tradition. brotherhood amongst the civil society by organizing various programme, events and this includes organizing Pooja of Saraswati Mata (Goddess of art and knowledge). Samiti is celebrating Saraswati Pooja for consecutive 3rd year at sector 14 chowk in Dwarka.

Programme Scheduled as follows:

Venue: Sector 14, Dwarka

Date: 20th January to 22nd January, 2010

Events: Pooja, Drawing Competition, Musical Chair Competition,
Cultural Programme, Bhandara

Sponsors are invited to participate in the programme



For sponsorship contacts:
9350829327, 8010179808, 9350307811, 9350824357,
9868018565, 9555356913, 9873008034

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Saraswati Puja on 20th January, 2010 ( Wednesday )

Venue
Akshardham Apartments, Sector -19, Pocket -3,
DDA Flats, Dwarka, New Delhi -110075

Details of Puja Programme :-
Puja starting from --- 9 am
Pushpanjali -----11 am
Prasad Distribution ----11.30 am
Yagna -----------12 PM
Bhog Distribution –----- 1.30 PM
Evening Arati ---------6.30 Pm
Bhog Distribution –------ at evening at 8 PM onwards
Various Cultural functions / Dance Drama / Musical chair Programme ----- 7 PM onwards
On spot paining competitions for small children’s at 12 PM ( afternoon )

For support for contributions and other query please do contact :-

Ashok Chowdhury --9312286767
Amitava Banerjee ---9210828500
Kalayan -----------9871960014
Purnima ----------28042438

Need your own flat?

Join demonstration on
19 th January 2010

Time: 15:14 Hrs

at Jantar Mantar,

RCS office, Parliament Street 

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Views of Dwarka Forum members on self allotment of flats

To the demands of reservations to Yadavs in Rajasthan, bow before Shri Mahender Singh Tikait or accept the demand for Telangana under pressure of fast un to death and then also keep the declaration under pressure from the other pressure group. In democracy, the unity and head counts first.  



Statement of Shri Mahabal Mishra, our area MP of Congress, is understandable that he went only to attend tea party their at the spot of the event. In Delhi, Congress rules and at Centre, Congress led UPA is ruling. Leaders should be fearless and they should be loyal to the public first and should raise their voice at party forums. After all, the members of these Societies have been victims of the ways of Registrar of Co-operative Societies, delay in delivery of justice by the judiciary, apathy of Delhi and Central Govt. When the RCS can promptly react to self-draw, why it cannot prompt the conducting the draws? We know that this draw does not hold legal validity but why the educated members were drawn to such a situation that they have to resort to such means?


One thing is clear, that this event will bring the issue on priority. I don’t think that RCS or govt. will be able to take action against anybody as threatened in the RCS notification because for this situation, RCS is liable and every body now understand this. The need is to take the media into confidence in the matter and that will make the things easy. - M. K. Gupta

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Self Draw is nothing new and it has been done by societies in the past also.The issue of legality or otherwise will also get sorted by courts. But there are certain fundamental issues which will have to be addressed. Is there a need to have such a bulky organisation under RCS to deny the people their rights, when this can be achieved by just having an ASSISTANT. Is this organisation answerable to any body for anything. If yes, then what have those seniors done for justice to so many citizens. If things persist like this, a day is not far off when for day to day requirements, public will go courts rather than concerned department. - S C Arora.


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I am one of those who still and would continue to feel that self draw was and is the only solution possible to this whole mess. How long can and should one wait? Had it been the case of a private builder not delivering within 4 - 5 years, I am sure people would have moved the courts and courts would have relented in favor of Aam Junta only (of course after taking their own time). But only for some officials involved in this, even the judiciary system failed to act in our favor.

People waited long enough and tried every way possible to make it happen in the usual way possible. If this incident sets precedent for future, it may well be so. At least, officials would now be aware of the actions people can take, if they themselves fail to deliver in time.

Courtesy our media, what has happened in Ruchika case is now known to everybody. We should always remember one thing that justice delayed is justice denied. Same rule applies to all of us as well.

Democracy is either run by representatives elected by people or by people themselves directly. If elected or appointed representatives fail to act, its very legitimate for people to take things in their own hands. Now it can either be called as "taking law in their own hands" or "fighting for their right". - Inder Preet Singh


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RCS has come up with below strategy against the MC of these societies
now, so that they can scare of at least some of the more societies
which are planning to do self draw in coming weeks.

1. Times of India 13th Jan , 6th Page
After two self draws of Cooperative Group Housing Societies (CGHS)
flats in Dwarka last week, the Registrar of Cooperative Society (RCS)
has now shot off notices to the managing committees of the societies
for which draws have been held. Maintaining that the draws were
illegal, the registrar has reportedly asked them to furnish their
replies within a week and asked why these managing committees should
not be superseded.
People involved in the self-draws said that till Tuesday evening
managing committees of a few societies had received the notice. ‘‘We
will give a common reply within the given time frame. We have already
replied to the registrar’s recent public notice that stated the self-
draw is illegal. We are not breaking law. We are instead implementing
the court order, which the registrar had failed to do for long,’’ said
Ashok Kumar, convener of the initiative.
Kumar, in his reply, said the registrar’s office did not clear a
single file in the past three-and-a-half years after the Delhi HC
judgment. ‘‘This has been confirmed through our RTI query. The HC had
cleared membership of all members enrolled up to July 1, 2007 and they
were to be treated as valid,’’ he added

2. Apart from this, they have asked the Kapashera division( South
West) to please not make any registry for these flats.

3. Regarding moving to flats, people are planning to move in to
these flats. As these are the raw flats, so it will take atleast 1
month for them to start shifting. Hopefully people would start getting
into these by February.

4. Regarding eviction from the societies, i doubt if RCS can play any
role in it. The land is in name of society, the charges have been paid
by society people. The members are the original owners. so, no way
they should be found guilty of anything. Govt does not evict even the
jhuggi dwellers, who does not pay for the land, and rather get them
prepared the ration cards and tries to provide other facility.

5. I am sure that someone from RCS office would also be a member of
this group, and would be keeping tap on the planned activities of the
members. - Ashish
-----------------------------------------------------We have been discussing this issues for so long.

Whatever RCS is doing that is expected but believe me if MC of the society has not done anything wrong except draw they will have to regularised it.One can say it is not the duty of MC but if somebody has done the duty of others in a manner which is not unfair, where is the problem.

Even in the case where the allotment was pending directly or indirectly MC of the society was also responsible.Now if MC is taking initiative for the benefit we should definitely support the move. -  sushil

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If people have decided "Self Allotment" after such along
wait then actually it was a timely need and no other option left.

If RCS being a public servant can dare to disobey High Court's order
for more than 18 months then whatever these suffering members had done
was due to him only and Court understands this very well.

RCS's threateing notice on Jan 5 impacts a few only as even after that
notice, people repeated it again on Jan 10 and I hope will do it again
in future as well. India is a democratic nation and ultimately ruled
and governed by AAM AADMI only. People even keep on living in illegal
constructions and colonies for years and even then what happens, every
one knows.
While this is the case where :
-construction was legal.
-CBI did not find any problems.
-Court had ordered a timely allotment.

and what this RCS deptt did, just kept on avoiding the matter until
people had to take this hard step.

I appeal all suffering members,
Please remain united like this only and please do not get distracted
by any such Notice or messages, because we are in a far better
position after High Court's order in our favor  - Rajat (Retd. colonel)
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Suffering members who had been following up the Yogi Raj Krishna matter in the High Court may remember the report submitted by CBI/DDA on Societies ordered to be investigated by the HC on affidavit of Gokul Agarwal.16 Societies were separately listed which were ordered to be investigated but were already allotted. Members in these 16 Societies have not suffered like us and have been staying in their flats.Suffering members have resorted to self draw after exhausting all legal, political,and official remedies.CBI investigation has failed to act as a deterrent on RCS office. They continue demanding bribes in the name of verification.

The sections of DCS Act 2003 are known to the MC's and members, and members have resorted to such extreme step out of sheer desperation, knowing the likely consequences. I feel the members are prepared to face such consequences.

Moreover, in the absence of any assurance from any quarter on time frame for legal draw, what is the alternative?. Retired persons/widows/people paying house rents only would realise the value of a roof of their own. In my view it is difficult to contain the self draw movement at this stage. Only weak MC's still under the control of Builders are not coming forward and are in fact not allowing their members to meet in the Society's housing complex.

Any concrete suggestion by any one to stop this euphoria?  - Vinod Sharma

Monday, January 18, 2010

DO WE NEED TO BE GUARDED FROM OUR GUARDS?

M. K. Gupta

We generally think that we are safe and secure inside a Society but this may not be always true. On 24th December, reportedly thieves has stolen cash and jewellary from some flats in the Sahara Society, Plot No. 11, Sector 6. Recently, such theft was also conducted from the Badhawar Society in the same sector. Thieves locked nearby flats on the same floor from outside.

It is a mystery that while the guards were on the gate to guard, how the thieves made their way inside the complex and went unnoticed after they stole cash and jewellery? It has been informed that in this regard, a meeting attended by the ACP, Mr. Mukesh Sinha, a member of Thana Level Committee; Mrs. Sushma Bhatia, President, Sahara Society and some others has taken place 2-3 days ago.

Mr. M. S. Randhawa, ACP, Dwarka has always stressed the need for the verifications of workers and the residents and for making a penal of verified guards and that only the verified guards should be deployed. He also made it clear that those agencies failing in this task can be black listed. Now, it is the turn of the respective Managing Committees to act and ask the security agencies for the same and should exercise vigil.

Our guard is Police but it is also found wanting. Incidence of snatching of chain, purse and other valuables are also being talked. It has been told to me on the condition of anonymity that recently, two bike borne youths snatched a purse near Plot No. 10/11, (Rudra/Sahara Society) and also withdrawn money from the ATM from the card in the purse. The PCR came and went away telling that local police is must and it came after over half an hour and noted the incidence. In another incidence, snatchers snatched purse containing Rs 12,000, other valuables and documents. Matter was reported to police and the complaint / FIR was registered, as has been told by a reliable source. All such incidences are not always reported to police because the victim usually says “FIR se Kya Hoga? Police sub Jaanati Hai.“ The very remarks show that the public is losing / has lost faith in their guards which can only be restored by the concerted efforts of our police.

indradhanush 2010: 17th Jan update

Kanaka Sudhakar

The Third day of the ongoing INDRADHNUSH festival saw a very good gathering of art lovers at the ICCR auditorium at Azad Bhawan New Delhi. This festival organized by SUNAINA Society and We Can – a Campaign to end all violence against women entered its last day on Sunday

The day was graced by Sh Dr Kanwar Sain Hon’be Mayor of Delhi, Sh Punitji who is a leading active member of We Can Campaign and the famous art critic Madam Leela Venkataramanji. After the inauguration and lighting of the lamp the senior artistes of Guru Smt Kanaka Sudhakar (president SUNAINA) presented a scintillating Thillana in rag Desh to mark the last day of the festival,


This was followed by very well practised trained and talented artistes of Bharati Shivaji . The artistes Deepa Nair, Manjula form Indian and Priya from Russia performed with grace and lightness very typical of traditional Mohiniattam. After the first item on Lord Ganesha , Manjula performed the Ashtapadi with involved expression describing the state of Radha who wants to unite with Krishna. Her expression and involvement were both intense. The Mohiniattam recital was concluded by the Pandattam –meaning ball game by three friends It was refreshing to watch them play ball even with the audience. It was a thrilling performance

The next Dance Form to be depicted in the festival was Bharatanatyam by Nikolina Nikoleski. A Croatian by origin and disciple of Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan, Nikolina showered the stage with the flavour of Traditonal Bharatantyam. Nikolina’s graceful posture, poise, extremely balances karanas were the hall mark of the item of Shiva: "Bho Shambho” After this neerajakshi was a lilting and soothing piece followed. Her Thillana in Desh was precise and crisp.

We can Campaign Members took the stage next and communicated to the audience the importance of becoming part of the campaign to end domestic violence showed a film on the status of women in society and how they tolerate violence against women. They took a pledge from the gathering and ended their presentation.

The next presentation was a jugalbandhi between Bharatanatyam(Raghunandan) and Oddissi(Maanasi Pandya) who presented KALA SANGAM. It was very interesting and beautifully performed. The piece depicting Navadurga was breathtaking and the synchronization between the two art forms was beautifully balanced.

This was followed by the last presentation of the Festival ODDISSI. The solo element was performed by Amulya a young, energetic Oddissi dancer form Orrissa who had come all the way for the festival. His first presentation was Pallavi Devagandhari – A Nritya item with movements of lyrical race and musical syllables sung musically with synchrony. Amulya showed through his performance the beauty of male movements and beauty of forceful Oddissi movements. The choreography of Solo Odissi by Amulya- Guru Bichitrananda Swain The next item was Mahakalee stuti. The dark and furious incarnation of Goddess Durga was effectively shown through the movements of Oddissi by Amulya

The duet element of Oddissi was showcased by Ayona and Shaswati who had come from Bhuvaneswar to participate in the festival
The first item was SHIV-PARVATI SHABDA .
It is believed that Lord Shiva, in a moment of ecstacy, created the Tandava, the male form of dance, and his consort, Parvati initiated the Lasya or the graceful and delicate feminine style. Music Composition by Sri Ramahari Das -Choreography by Smt. Sharmila Biswas The artistes complimented each other beautifully and were perfect in their technique.

They then presented MEERA BHAJAN – Hari Tum Haro Jan Ki Peer--an abhinaya depicting three episodes where Lord Vishnu answers the prayers of his devotees and comes to their rescue. So beautiful and so forceful was the representation of this item that the audience response was intense. The scene of Draupadi cheerharn was overwhelming where Ayona played Shakuhni and Shaswati Yudhishtir. The next episode Prahlada Charitram was awesome especially in the Narasimha Avatar. In the Gajendra Moksham also their presentation was equally effective,

The festival ended with the felicitation of the artistes and a vote of thanks by Guru Smt Kanaka Sudhakar and a feeling among the audience that such festivals should be staged more often.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Self allotment of flats - views of Dwarka Forum


Dwarka Forum
expresses its opinion that the members of CGHS self conducted draw must taken on Humanitarian grounds.

The CGHS Members were compelled to take such "REVOLT OF MASSES" as the administration failed to deliver rightful flat No assigned. The draw procedure as per DCS Rule required presence of RCS and DDA official to ensure free and fair conduct? If the RCS/ DDA not turning up after repeated request of MC and Supreme Body of CGHS (ie. General Body) then the members conduct a draw and there is no complaint among those members where is the problem? We agree there is legal provision given in the DCS Rule and its violations are not to be encouraged at the same time the Democratic Process adopted by COOPERATIVE Members must be respected.

We would appeal to the RCS/ DDA and Delhi Govt call the representative of the CGHS and find amicable legal long term solution as well as regularise the draws conducted.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Resonance- Textures….Hues….Shadows

Photographs by Dr Dinesh Sethi

8 th Jan 2010 to 17 th Jan 2010
Time: 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Venue: Academy for Photographic Excellence (APEX)
60, Basant Lok Community Centre,
Priya Complex, Basement of "Passion -My Cup of Tea"
Vasant Vihar, New Delhi - 110 057

For more detail contact: 9811207022

Dr Dinesh Sethi is a Doctor - Radiologist by profession, passionate about photography and shooting with a professional SLR camera (Canon)

Happy LOHRI, SANKRANTI AND PONGAL


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to all members, readers and friends.

Lohri marks the sun's entry in to the 'Makar Rashi' (northern hemisphere).
The period, beginning from 14 January lasting till 14 July, is known as Uttarayan.
It is also the last day of the month of Maargazhi, the ninth month of the lunar calendar.
The Bhagawad Gita deems it an extremely sacred and auspicious time, when Lord Krishna manifests himself most tangibly. And so, across India, people celebrate the month and the prodigious harvest it brings - Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Bihu in Assam, Bhogi in
Andhra Pradesh and the Sankranti in Karnataka, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

Dwarka Parichay Team

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

An eco-friendly approach to protect the environment by ISHRAE

Reena Batra

Making the earth eco-friendly is something that each one of us dream of but some make efforts and change it into reality. ‘Shaping the future for a sustainable tomorrow ‘was the basic motto of the organization that went ahead with idea of making the earth a better place to live in. The heart of Green belt, India Habitat Center witnessed a platform of like-minded people from ISHRAE to contribute in making the environment eco-friendly in a conference called ‘Airconf’. The basic idea was to make people aware of the fact that going back to roots to breathe in fresh air can again be possible. Everything that we use in modern technology emits out heat and radiations that are responsible for air pollution. The conference was all about using products that help in energy conservation and save the environment from damage. Using wood from trees that are exported without disturbing the natural surrounding was one step towards going green. Besides using glass that cut the heat out helps to make the environment comparatively cooler than outside.

Green building is a concept that has already been booked by many people belonging from the middle segment of the society. Adhering to its low budget profile it is going to a success story with average earning population. The Chief guest Dr. Ajay Mathur of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency(BEE), congratulated the organizers for hosting this international event and promised that BEE will work closely in helping the mission of bringing back the good old days of a harmonious environment.

विश्व भोजपुरी सम्मेलन सपफलतापूर्वक सम्पन्न

10 जनवरी, द्वारका, दिल्ली। पूर्वांचल एकता मंच द्वारा आयोजित दो दिवसीय विश्व भोजपुरी सम्मेलन आज सपफलतापूर्वक संपन्न हो गया। देश-विदेश से आए, लाखों लोगो ने इस महाकुंभ में स्नान किया और भोजपुरी के समर्थन में आवाज बुलंद की।

वैसे तो आज का पूरा दिन संगीतमय रहा। बैले ग्रुप, तरूण तुपफानी एवं सुर संग्राम के सितारे आलोक पाण्डेय, मोहन राठौर, अनामिका सिंह, विजेता गोस्वामी एवं रमाशीष बागी ने दर्शकों को लोक रंग में डूबो ही दिया था पर सुर सम्राट मनोज तिवारी के आते ही जैसे लोगो पर जादू सा हो गया। उनके जादुई संगीत ने लोगो को बार-बार तालियां बजाने व नाचने को मजबूर कर दिया।

इसी बीच बिहारी बाबू शत्राुघ्न सिंहा एवं महुआ चैनल के चेयरमैन श्री पीके तिवारी का आगमन हो गया। पूर्वाचल एकता मंच के अघ्यक्ष श्री शिवजी सिंह ने सभी अतिथियों का भव्य स्वागत किया एवं सबसे यही आग्रह किया कि चाहे जैसे भी हो अबकी बार भोजपुरी को आठवीं अनुसूची में शामिल करना ही है। बिहारी बाबू एवं श्री पीके तिवारी ने इसका पूरजोर समर्थन किया एवं शिवजी सिंह को इस अद्भुत आयोजन के लिए बधई दी।

इस अवसर पर उतर प्रदेश के पूर्व मुख्यमंत्रा, एवं कांग्रेस सांसद श्री जगदिम्बका पाल के कर कमलों द्वारा संस्था की पत्रिाका ‘पूर्वाकुर’, एवं भोजपुरी के लोकप्रिय शायर मनोज भावुक के गीत संग्रह ‘चलनी में पानी’ का लोकार्पण किया गया।

पिफर एक बार गीत संगीत का दौर चला और लोक गायिका मालिनी अवस्थी ने सुर संग्राम के सितारो के साथ पफगुआ गीत गाकर समा बांध् दिया।

इस अवसर पर संस्था की ओर से सर्वश्री शत्रुघ्न सिंहा, पीके तिवारी एवं डॉ राजेश सिंह को ‘भोजपुरी गौरव सम्मान’, श्रीमती मालिनी अवस्थी को ‘भिखारी ठाकुर सम्मान’ एवं पूर्वांचल एक्सप्रेस डॉट कम के संपादक श्री कुलदीप श्रीवास्तव को ‘भोजपुरी पत्राकारिता गौरव सम्मान’ से नवाजा गया।

इस अवसर पर सर्वश्री के राम, करण सिंह तंवर, श्री अरूण सिंह, संजय सिंहा, डॉ रमाशंकर श्रीवास्तव, हीरा मिश्रा, दिनेश तिवारी, मनोज श्रीवास्तव, निर्मल सिंह, संतोष पटेल, राजेश सिंहा, प्रदीप कुमार पाण्डेय, अमरेद्र सिंह, हरेद्र सिंह, सुरेद्र सिंह, आरके सरकार, विजय शंकर सिंह, पीएन यादव, नागेंद्र सिंह, रवींद्र दूबे एवं मॉरिशस दर्पण न्यूज पेपर के संपादक हीरा जयगोविंद जी उपस्थित थे। कार्यक्रम के इस सत्रा की अघ्यक्षता भोजपुरी समाज के अघ्यक्ष श्री अजीत दूबे एवं संचालन श्री संतोष सिंहा ने किया।

For a Better Traffic system in Dwarka

Dwarka Forum members ( Sudha Iyer, Sushil Kumar and Anoop) met with DCP (West) - Dr. Singla, ACP- Mr. Ashok Kumar and Traffic Inspector- Mr. Harinder Singh at Sector 6 market. Before reaching Sector 6 market, Dr Singla visited Ashirwad Chowk and took a first hand look at the position there, and then he came to meet again at the red right intersection at 6pm on Saturday, Jan 9, 2010.

The time was perfect for his visit; DF members took him on a site inspection tour of the market and showed him the traffic situation. The following points were discussed:

1. Parking
· Service Lane space: He (DCP) showed us the space opposite the sector 6 market (opposite to the Delhi Sports Club), there is L-shaped lane (where a seller with flower vase sits) is available for parking. He checked the place and asked us “why this space can’t be utilized for parking”.
· Suggestion: He said that we should start using that space/area for parking the cars instead of parking on the main road. He has advised TI to mark it as a free parking space.

· Inside the market: After observing, he said there is enough space inside the market provided the vehicles are parked properly. Also, he said most of the vehicles parked inside the market place would be of the shop keepers, which is parked for the entire day.

· He suggested:
(i) we should call for a meeting with the Shop keepers association and discuss, request and impress upon them if they could free up the space inside the market for the shoppers by parking their vehicles on the Service Lanes opposite to the sector (mentioned above), which will enable the shoppers to park their vehicles while they come for shopping which will be a pleasant experience of the shoppers as well.
(ii) He said we will be more than happy to be present in such a meeting and can resolve issues.

· On Main road: As requested by us for making one row of cars to be allowed to be parked on the main road, he refused to accept our suggestion, but said for this coming week, they will allow by sticking wrong parking notice on the cars. He instructed the cops present there to show the place/area for people to park their vehicles. He said first lets utilize the space available and that they will keep monitoring the situation.

· Rickshaws: He instructed the TI to put up a notice that rickhaws will not be allowed on the main roads. They will have to ply only on the service lanes. Said this should be strictly followed as they are creating too much nuisance and blocking the traffic.

· Mobile Catering Van: License of all vans was checked and we also saw them. Most of the licenses are due for renewal in March. There are given by MCD, and few of the vans also had a letter from the LG’s office. He suggested that we should take up this matter with MCD requesting them not to renew their license.

· The DCP also observed that the mobile vans are supposed to be on wheels and that it should not be permanently stationed and encroach upon public land. He instructed the ACP and TI to make note of it and told them to take against the vans which does not have wheels. He told them to exercise their power.

2. Encroachment on Palam Colony roads (under the Palam Bridge)
Took a trip down under the Palam Bridge. He observed and instructed the TI to let the shopkeepers park their vehicles in one lane and not all over. I impressed upon him that it is very important to have this road clear of encroachment as this is one of the outlets (ingress/egress) to Dwarka.

He agreed and suggested we will take up this shortly. He said lets take up issues one by one…and the first is the clearance of the parking problem at the Sector 6/10 markets which needs to be sorted out immediately.

3. Red lights (Sector 1) coming down from the bridge
Free left-turn: We informed and (he himself observed) that the duration of red light and the bus stop, is causing long jams and vehicles bound for left turn are unable to take it.
We suggested that the sidewalk is far too wide, which can be cut to widen this road and a slip road can be created for traffic going towards the left.

He agreed and instructed the TI to write to DDA to widen this road for easing out the traffic.
He showed us the traffic signal records maintained by the CMS guy of the duration of red and green lights which is maintained on hourly basis depending on the traffic. He said they are strictly monitoring the lights all over and their functioning.

He also instructed his team that they should take it up with relevant authorities, to build a slip road, in every crossing, for free left turn.
Installation of signals (red lights) between Sector-6&10 and main road Madhu vihar.

4. Action Points:
1. To set up meetings with Shopkeepers regarding parking.
2. To let all the public know that they can utilize the space available and not to park their vehicles on the main road.
3. To write to MCD regarding renewing of license.

We feel the meeting was very useful and constructive. And I appreciate and Traffic Police team, responsible for Dwarka, for taking note of our letter and organizing this meeting almost, immediately on receipt of our letter.

We also would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Singla, Mr. Ashok Kumar and Mr. Harinder Singh for spending some very useful and constructive time with us and to understand the problems faced all of us and giving us their suggestions. We welcome such interactions in future also.

Sudha/Sushil/Anoop
Dwarka Forum

Monday, January 11, 2010

Remembering Lal Bahadur Shastriji


‘Had Shastriji Lived Longer’

India as a nation would have changed had Shastriji lived longer; travelling across the length and breadth of our country this is something I often get to hear from the old and young alike. ….

At a time when all leaders were talking of building a modern India, his slogan of ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’ bore testimony to his commitment towards the real India, one that belonged to its real heroes- the farmers and soldiers. Shastriji’s is an exceptional story of a common man and his rise to the post of Prime Minister of the world’s largest democracy. He lent immense dignity to his office by meeting the demands that India’s history made on him with integrity, truthfulness, modesty and courage. Lal Bahadur Shastri today is thus a symbol of simplicity and honesty. He not only was a true nationalist who took part in the freedom movement but also sacrificed his life while still serving the nation.

However, a thought that still arises in all our minds is that Shastriji has not been given his dues. It is time the government does its best to ensure that his message of honouring the real India is passed on to future generations. We may have lost Shastriji many years ago but his slogan is relevant even today. So in order to immortalise his ideology and recognise our soldiers and farmers, we suggest this day henceforth be observed as the “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan Day”.


Ms.Neera Shastri  
Daughter-in-law, 
Former Prime Minister Late Lal Bahadur Shastri  

Who will police the police?



Joginder Singh ji
Former Director - CBI 


The Union Government has issued a circular to the States calling for mandatory registration of all complaints received at police stations, which should be treated as FIRs. Under Section 154 of the Criminal Procedure Code, the law already enjoins officers in charge of police stations to register all cognisable cases and maintain a Station House Diary for non-cognisable cases. For the benefit of the readers, cognisable cases are those where the police are competent to initiate legal action against offenders.

However, it is unfortunate that Government circulars or orders are rarely implemented at the police station level for the simple reason that only a statistical approach is taken for the assessment of police officers. When officers are in a position to manipulate statistics and under-register crime, they do so freely and frequently to show that all is well in their area.

After joining the Indian Police Service, I noticed that the instructions issued and reissued by me as the district police chief of Bidar only marginally improved matters. In one instance, even a case of murder was not registered as the officer-in-charge was trying to bring about a compromise between the two parties. After conducting a departmental inquiry, I dismissed the official who then went in appeal against my order. The Deputy Inspector-General of Police set aside my order after reducing the punishment to a warning. I then went in appeal to the Inspector-General of Police, saying that what had happened was unlawful and that a fraud on the public had been committed. My boss, the DIG, never forgave me for what he called disobedience. Only after my retirement did he tell me that I was young, impetuous and a stickler for rules.

Police forces all over the world are easily upset and hurt with rising crime figures. Therefore, meticulous efforts are made by a section of them to doctor crime statistics in a manner so as to give the impression that overall crime is on the decline. Senior police officers, while not discouraging or taking strict action against erring subordinates, turn a Nelson’s eye to such malpractices. The officers insisting on compulsory registration of complaints are criticised for not being competent enough to handle crime.

Take the case of the national capital, which is supposed to set the trend for the police all over the country. A simple analysis of phone call records to the Police Control Room in Delhi in 2008 reveals that on an average nearly 20 complaints of snatchings are made every day. Approximately10 calls are made for robberies. But only 10 per cent of these complaints get converted into FIRs. In 2009, approximately 1,300 cases of snatchings were registered as compared to 13,500 complaints made, while 450 robbery cases were registered out of 3,000 calls received.

Perhaps the police are more sinned against than sinning as sometimes the alleged offences are concocted. Passing of laws is one thing, but providing infrastructure to implement those laws is another. Not only is there a mismatch but also a big gap between the two. The Government feels that it has done its duty by simply passing laws.

Whether it is providing vehicles or money for petrol and stationery items or even filling of vacancies in the police force, most State administrations are extremely lethargic.

During my tenure I noticed that each police station was given a princely sum of Rs 2 per month for stationery purchases. With this amount not only complaints were to be registered but statements recorded and a copy of all evidence against the accused furnished to him or her. Apart from this, the diet allowance for prisoners in police custody was only 75 paisa per meal. The relatives or friends of the accused were expected to feed him. A common complaint against the police was that it would also ask the complainants to bring stationery for official work.

Even the bills for petty expenditure took ages to be cleared. Once, my office, despite repeated reminders to the IG’s office, did not get stationery. I wrote to the IG, “I have been begging periodically for stationery but there has been no positive response. This is the last sheet of paper and hence no more correspondence may be expected from this office till we get the stationery”. I got the stationery I needed.

With four lakh vacancies in the police all over the country, coupled with pathetic infrastructure, policemen take the short-cut of not registering cases. Though vegetable vendors, coolies and even beggars nowadays have mobile phones, the SHO of a police station is still denied this facility by the Government. It is inexcusable for a police force to indulge in malpractices like corruption. But the greater responsibility lies with the Government to rectify the situation. India not only has one of the lowest police to public ratios in the world, it does not even provide the required facilities for the police to do their job.

Since the job of the police is negative in nature, policemen can never win any popularity contest. Those who criticise the police — whether the Government or the accused or the accuser — are bound to be always unhappy with the situation. People praising the police is like having the hangman tell you that you have a pretty neck. Condemning the police is no solution. It is the Government that has to take the initiative to mend the present situation.

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