Sidharth Mishra

Delhi Needs A Bridge to Rebuild Political Dialogue

The Signature Bridge inaugurated by the Arvind Kejriwal government a day before ‘Dhanteras’ came with the fireworks generally reserved for Diwali. The bad air engulfing the city has had its ill effect on city’s political culture, known so for dialogue and mutual respect between political rivals. The Sunday evening incident sounded the last bugle to such engagements where a city level Congress leader could walk up to BJP’s tallest leader with a complaint against his party men.

The Signature Bridge inaugural, and the two inaugurations before that of the Rani Jhansi flyover and the ITO Skywalk, made news not for the engineering marvel being given to the city but for the political bitter talk. Both Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari, or for that matter Centre’s designated Minister for Delhi Hardeep Singh Puri, in his capacity as the in charge of Urban Development, have little to with the completion of these projects.

They are like the railway gatemen who stand with a flag when a train, in whose running they don’t have much of a role, comes to a particular gate at a given time. Destiny ordained that they would be holding respective chairs when these facilities are inaugurated, so they were there inaugurating them. While the stone plaques bearing their names would fade with time, the history would recall the small talk and ruckus these inaugurations created.

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Madanlal Khurana Once Ruled Delhi; He Left Without Much Ado

It was a reflection of the changing times that when the carriage carrying the corpse of former Delhi chief minister Madan Lal Khurana arrived at the Delhi BJP office on Pandit Pant Marg, it went off as mostly a non-event. The sorrow on social media did not really converge on the streets of Delhi, where once Khurana ruled the roost.

In the heydays, Khurana was referred to as Dilli Ka Sher or the Lion of Delhi. He won Lok Sabha elections from south Delhi in 1989 and 1991, defeating Subhash Chopra and Romesh Bhandari, respectively, building the momentum for the assembly polls in the national capital in 1993 when it was provided the legislative body. During this period Khurana also played a substantial role in the success of the Rath Yatra that was led by LK Advani in 1992 during the Ramjanmabhoomi movement. The assembly of the huge sea of supporters in 1992 welcoming Advani when he reached Delhi was credited to Khurana.

In Khurana, Congress strongman HKL Bhagat, another Punjabi refugee leader, had found a match. Delhi became the National Capital Territory in 1993. Elections for the state assembly followed with Khurana leading the BJP and Bhagat the Congress. ‘Dilli Ka Ek Hi Lal, Madan Lal, Madan Lal’ resonated in the air. The BJP scored a big victory, Khurana was sworn in as the chief minister in December 1993.

Prof. Rajvir Sharma12

Need For Spirituality in Education

The present day world is passing through a very critical phase. The entire humanity is a witness to a battle between peace, harmony, tolerance, compassion and the forces of violence, intolerance, hatred, instability, terror and destruction. This battle is not peculiar to any one nation or community.

Violent and volatile conditions prevailing in almost all regions and relations right from the Asian to western world is evidence enough of the threats and challenges to the generations to come as well. There seems to be an environment of uncertainty, distrust and mistrust that is being readied to overtake the saner voices of unity and harmony.

Self and self interest on the individual and collective plane is getting deeper in national and international relations both horizontally and vertically. Imperialist and expansionist minds still are operative. Science and technology meant for removing poverty, deprivation and putting good governance in place, is under threat of being abused by the impulses of baser human nature. Why is it happening?


Clean Environment and Human Development

The United Nations has honoured me with Champions of the Earth Award. 'While I was extremely humbled at receiving this honour, I do feel that this award is not for an individual. Instead, it is recognition of the Indian culture and values, which have always placed emphasis on living in harmony with Mother Nature. It was a proud moment for every Indian to see India's proactive role in mitigating climate change being acknowledged and appreciated by the United Nations Secretary General, Mr. António Guterres and Mr. Erik Solheim, the Executive Director of the UNEP.

Humans have a very special relationship with nature. Mother Nature has nurtured and nourished us. The first civilisations were established on the banks of rivers. Societies that live in harmony with nature flourish and prosper. Today, human society stands at an important crossroad. The path that we take hereon will not only determine our wellbeing but also that of the generations who will inhabit our planet after us. Our greed over necessities has led to grave ecological imbalances. We can either accept this, go ahead with things as if it is business as usual, or we can take corrective actions.

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Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is Cleansing society of its Poor

Today we celebrate the 149th Birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. The Father of the Nation for the past few years has been getting unprecedented attention. The Narendra Modi Government in its four-and-half-years-long tenure has given a Gandhian name, if not character, to most of its policies and schemes.

Mahatma’s name and quotes have been variously used in the nation he helped create, to perpetuate ideas, thoughts, schemes and scams, which would have never passed his scrutiny. The UPA government launched a most ambitious village rejuvenation programme and managed to win a second term on the basis of this scheme. When the programme came under cloud for financial irregularities, it was named after Mahatma lest a successor government decide to scrap it.