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Published: Sunday, Aug 22, 2010, 1:10 IST
By Maitreyee Boruah | Place: Bangalore | Agency: DNA

Rock concerts and fashions shows are passé. As far as college fests are concerned, taking the lead is St Joseph’s College, it will host its annual festival ‘Visages’ in September.

“Over the years, college festivals across Bangalore are focusing more on Western culture. We have nothing against it,” said Clement D’Souza, student welfare officer of St Joseph’s College, adding, “but, our college is making an attempt to bring to light the best of Indian culture and tradition, since last year.”

In a bid to connect with the ‘other India’, they will invite students
from rural and government colleges from across Karnataka to participate in ‘Visages’.

“This time we will lay emphasis on different traditional and folk music, from various parts of the country,” said D’Souza. The festival is also seen as a platform to bring into the spotlight themes like “unity and nationalism among fellow Indians through different events”, he said.

Recently, St John’s Medical College celebrated the 20th edition of ‘Autumn Muse’, and invited students from various parts of India, as a part of its national integration programme.

“Around 10,000 students from at least 100 colleges from various parts of the country participated in the four-day long event,” said Jino Joy, president, St John’s Medical College Students’ Association.

“The idea is to use college fests as a platform to interact and spend time with students from across the country, he said. A Mount Carmel College teacher said that the college had tried to bring in more traditional elements into its annual festival ‘Cul-Ah’.

Two-month old Jain College, Jayanagar which concluded its first fest ‘Udbhava’ on Wednesday, college authorities said, “It had a good mélange of Indian and western programmes.”

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This an e-mail forward I got. I never knew about such a provision in law till I read the mail. Requesting all of you to read it carefully. It is really important I feel.I am actually ashamed to put up this post. It exposes the uncivilized crooks of our nation. But for the better good of many I recommend you all to read this. Check out the Irony – They depict justice as a blind folded lady and here in our country the most heinous of crimes are directed against the Ladies of our Society.

An incident took place in Pune – a young girl was attacked by a man posing as a plain clothes officer; he asked her to come to the police station when she & her male friend didn’t have a driver’s license to show on a regular inspection. He sent the boy off to get his license and asked the girl to accompany him to the police station. The police man took her instead to an isolated area where the horrendous crime was committed. The law [which most of us are not aware of] clearly states that between 6 pm and 6 am, a woman has the right to REFUSE to go to the Police Station, even if an arrest warrant has been issued against her.

It is a procedural issue that a woman can be arrested between 6pm and 6am, ONLY if she is arrested by a woman officer & taken to an ALL WOMEN police station. And if she is arrested by a male officer, it has to be proven that a woman officer was on duty at the time of arrest.

It is good for us to know our rights !!

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in news???

DNA Daily - Bangalore Edition

Malayalam Daily

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Divide & Rule

Till now I had 5 Ap ites in my batch. Following what is happening  to Andhra Paradesh, I fear I will have just 1 Ap ite in my batch and 4 Teluganites ( please excuse me, if that is not the official term) from now on. Interesting… Our list of Indians will have some additions for sure.  Mals, Tams, Apites, Kannadikas, Mumbikars to be joined by Teluganites. Good let the list of Indians grow.  But are you not missing India and Indians in it ?

I thought ‘Divide and Rule’ was a British Policy but Indian Politicians seem to be interested in clinging on to the same at least when it comes to state formations. The Recent developments make you think so.

I cannot and need not be a judge about whether the division of AP is good or bad but it does not look so good right now at least on the large scale for India. I have read and heard enough about the under development of Telugana and the discrimination over the years. The cry for a separate state, it seems existed right from the beginning. But somehow Andhra Pradesh seemed to sail through and Hyderabad emerged as one of the top cities in South Asia. But eventhough Hyderabad prospered the surrounding Telugana states did not prosper enough over the years.

So, as it is preached by pro-telugana leaders a division is the only way to improve the condition of Telugana. I feel they have a point in that. Smaller territory, with leaders form the same area… sounds good. But still the fear is that will it repeat a Eutopia?

Telugana though not fertile like coastal Andhra, is rich in coal mines, has electric power stations and some big industries and IT around Hyderabad. Jarkhand, one among the latest states in the country had a similar upper hand and still its struggling. Hope that the new leaders of the new state -TELUGANA do not concentrate on looting the resources and making the people just more backward and poorer.

Apart from, Worries for Telugana and Problems for AP, I think the worry for the union government and concern for other Indians would be about the other STATE demands which have started in different parts of our country. After the telugana hunger stike and its success, the Ghorkha land fighters from Darjelling have decided to adopt the same style with a little added flavor – of violence and moral policing. Not to forget Mayawathi’s ‘repeated warning letters’ to PM demanding division of UP into three different states . Karnataka is soon to follow with some uprising already in Southern Side.

This indeed will be a big headache for the Manmohanji and Sonia Gandhi. It would be intresting to see how UPA tackles this. How ever they do if more division of states are put into effect that will just witness emergence of new local leaders, who become national leaders overnight… will lead to more social and cultural separations… Let us not forget though we write about Unity in diversity, A tamilian is still called a Madrasi or Tam, A keralite – the mallus and so on… And the Indian seems to be dead among all these nick names !

Bottom line… my worry is not about TELUGANA getting a separate state status or whatever… But the question is Why We Indians Want to Divide ourselves again and again… Do you call this is still within our unity and not about any separatism…. I doubt especially when “Telugana Jago and Andhra Bhago” , “Quit Mumbai” and similar exhortations are in the air !

Yours truly.. Jino Joy !

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