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Yesterday, saw the historic play RAJULA MALUSHAHI at Sri Ram Centre Auditorium having been played good number of times all over the country during the last 35 years. The play is based on the true love story between the king of Bairatha in Kumaon, Uttarakhand Malushahi and a daughter of a trader Sunapati, namely Rajula.

This opera in Kumaoni dialect is rated as the timeless legend from the folk world of Uttarakhand. It’s a true love story that happened centuries ago. The play was written by Brijendra Lal Shah and the eminent director late Mohan Upreti, the founder of Parvatiya Kala Kendra. The auditorium was full of capacity with people standing around.

It was indeed a marvellous piece of work with melodious songs, back ground music, attractive colourful attires of the artists, fantastic lip singing and appreciable make up. The stage and light management too was splendid with each and every actor performing with tremendous amount of precision and perfection. All the characters, particularly the main centre of attracton Rajula played her role tremendously well mesmerising one and all.

The character of the king Malushali who desperately falls in love with Rajula too did perfect justice to his character with his marvellous acting. Rajula’s father Sunapati, trader was indeed exemplary in his acting of various shades. The beauty of the cast Rajula and handsomeness of Malushahi, the king (in reality) added relevence to the glamour of these two main characters of the play.The entire star cast was just remarkable and outstanding.

This folklore ( true love story) in the shape of a nritya natike won everybody’s heart with the jampacked audience finally giving a standing ovation to the entire star cast with incessant clappings. It was since long that I saw such an oustandingly wonderful play. The character of Rajula was brilliantly enacted by Ridhimma Bagga while Malushahi was played by Sudhir Rikhari. Mahendra Singh Latwal, a seasoned theatre artist impressed one and all by his towering performance as Rajula’s trader father. There were in all about 55 characters in this play.

The off stage orchestra was simply brilliant and extraordinary with the entire music arrangement monitered by Dr. Pushpa Bagga. Rajula Malushahi is a true story of love, sorrow and acstacy; a legend which has flesh and blood characters as protagonists in the magical realms of the mountain ranges of Northern Himalayas, the then Bairatha kingdom of Almora, Uttarakhand and a musical legacy that has defied the notion of timelessness – Rajula Malushahi is a story rather a memory etched in the hearts of the people inhabiting the Garhwal, Kumaon hills.

It’s a story of two desperate lovers Rajula and Malusha. One a daughter of a simple trader and another a young king of Bairatha, Almora district. At the heart of the story is the underlying principle – love without honour is meaningless. The best part of the whole story is: after so much of struggle, ups and downs, poisioning of the king by Rajula’s parents and fierce fighting between both of them, the king and the trader Sunapati, it’s finally the power of love which emerges as the true winner and the two lovers are finally united.Thanks and greetings to the organisers Parvatiya Kala Kendra.

Sunil Negi, PRESIDENT, UTTARAKHAND JOURNALISTS FORUM

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The day since the present government achieved power at the centre with a resounding majority the system of rhetorics and public assurances has become the order of the day with the main opposition party of the country Congress being still not able to counter these false assurances. For any country of the globe running under the system of parliamentary democracy the existence of the strong opposition is mandatory as its only the opposition parties who actually apply brakes and regulate the wrong doing of any government at the centre as well as the states.

Unfortunately in India the main opposition party has only 44 MPs and the rest of the anti BJP opposition is completely fractured with some of its leaders like Laloo Prasad Yadav going to jail on the charges of serious corruption componded with his other family members likely to follow suit. If we talk of the single largest opposition party, the Congress, its leader Rahul Gandhi who has recently been crowned as the president of this 132 year old party is alone fighting the entire government of the BJP lead opposition with no other opposition leader of any party matching his outstanding capability of relentless anti BJP opposition. The recent Gujarat elections has brought home the point that a singular oppsition leader Rahul has finally compelled the BJP that ruled Gujarat for 22 long years come down by 16 lawmakers despite the prime minister and the entire party campaignibg day and night to counter the former’s political jaggernaut. If we go by the recent analysis published in few papers of the country, had the BSP and NCP not contested in Gujarat elections who actually had no political influence directly affected the Congress’s chances in 10 seats as the margin with with the Congress lost in ten seats in Gujarat was just half in numbers in every constituency in terms of votes procured by the BSP and NCP candidates if clubbed together.

This means that had the NCP and BSP not contested on these ten seats the entire anti BJP vote in all these ten constituencies wold have gone to Congress and the tally of this party would have further increased by ten more means 87 seats and the BJP would have come down to to 89 than 99 and adding 3 independents the Congress would have won by one seat more and would have formed the government by now. Anyways, apart from all this, the present political dispensation seems to be more interested in issuing and expressing rhetorics than actually resolving peoples’ issues.

There is total disenchantment on employment front with more than 6.5 crores deserving educated and highly qualified youth unemployeed and desperately looking for jobs while the process of retrenchment in private and public sector is still on the rise. What has happened to the pre election promise and assurance of prime minister Natendra Modi of providing 2 crore jobs every year is any body’s guess as 3 years and 7 months have already passed by now. About 580 farmers have already committed suicides by now and the agrarian economy of the country is in extremely bad shape.

The prices of essential commodities and rates of petrol and diesal and therefore the prices of entire construction sector is on the rise. The aftermath effects of demonetisation and GST have been extremely disastrous with no signs of black money having been retrieved except the commen men’s money of 14.5 lakh crores that came back in the government treasuries. The youth of the country is running from pillar to posts but all in vain and so is the middle and lower middle class people crying to control inflation in all the essential commodities. The government has till now failed to bring the petro products under the GST and despite of the prices of the crude being so low in internationational market the rates of petroland diesal are still on the uncontrollable rise.

This is shocking and absurd. How long will the people of the country be betrayed and fooled in the name of the so called saffronisation and influencing the illeterate electorate of the country in the name of religious and faith fanaticism. People need results for better employment, bringing down of inflation, reducing farmer suicides, improving the lot of the countrymen and creating conducive atmosphere for business and threat free commerce. What’ s your take friends?
SUNIL NEGI, PRESIDENT, UTTARAKHAND JOURNALISTS FORUM

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The Delhi government of AAP have been doing appreciable job on health, education, water and to an extent on power tarriff front by giving various concessions to the Delhi electorates, particularly those hailing from the lower middle class and the lowest ebb of the society as being given to understand and had also raised its voice of dissent against the arbitrary rise in the metro fare issue including passing of a resolution for regularising the contractual and adhoc services of the teachers imparting education receiving lowest salaries, though the matter is stuck at central level.

But in the context of the public transport front especially providing comfortable and convenient mode of transport through DTC it has not come up to the expectations of the Delhi commuters, particularly those belonging to the common masses, the student community and service sectors. The irregular, tardy, poor and complacent DTC n cluster bus services have led to enhance the dependence of majority of the Delhi populace to travel by metro rails whose fare has already been increased manifold twice in just six months, beyond their reach to pay.

Sounds shocking and ironical that on the one hand the AAP leaders and the Delhi government create shortage of public transport and on the other hand vociferously shows its impressive public dissent against the BJP government at the centre. The fact of the matter is had the Delhi government or the chief minister been serious on this count the majority numbers of metro rail commuters would have shifted to Delhi Transport Corporation services after the DMRC’S arbitrary anti people fare hike.

Today, Delhi has no dearth of funds and a whopping sum of rupees 829 crores collected as green tax is already lying unutilized. Delhi requires about 11000 buses to adequately cope with the situation but the anguishing fact is that there are currently only 5445 buses out of which due to the shortage of staff or some buses being faulty the number gets further reduced. The condition of public transport in DELHI is quite pathetic requires an indepth overhaul.

However the Delhi government has now, after so much of hue and cry ordered for the supply of 500 battery operated buses, good from the environmental angle but their delievery will take at least more than a year and by that time the pollution level of Delhi will further go ahead and the metro fares would be further increased. The point is, what had been the the current government doing till date after having come to power in Delhi. All the DTC buses are the ones’ purchased during the previous Shiela Dikshit government and since then the Delhi’ s new AAP dispensation has not purchased a single bus despite knowing the fact that majority of the commuters of the lower echelons of the society can’t afford the metro fares in view of their meagre salaries and low level private jobs. Delhi has a population of 1.35 crores out of which more than sixty persons live in unauthorised colonies and Jhunggi Jhompri clusters and are the low paid employees working in petty private jobs. Therefore adequate and full fledged bus transport system with little or no hassles is the perfect need of the hour.

SUNIL NEGI

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It was on 9th November, 2000 that Uttarakhand acknowledged the constitutional recognition as the separate state. It is on this very day every year since then that the successive and the current governments have been celebrating this day with with complete fanfare using the tax payers’ money by way organising government functions and issuing advertisements highlighting their so called inflated achievements to impress the innocent electorates and protagonists in and outside Uttarakhand.

The two major national parties Congress and BJP have ruled this state turn by turn during the last more than one and a half decades n the latter is still at the political and administrative helm since the last eight months. I also wish to convey you all my heartiest greetings on the 18th foundation day after completing the 17 tumultuous n challenging years after its official formation in the year 2000 after so much of sacrifices and relentless struggles and thousands of activists going to jail after tremendous torture, physical, mental and psychological.

On this day the government of the state, its chief minister and his cabinet colleagues also get a golden opportunity to put forth their so called achievements and the news analysts a reason to asses the successes and failures of the political outfit in power. However it is an open secret that people of Uttarakhand have witnessed 8 chief ministers during the 17 year rule and number of scandals with no single politician going to jail for alleged corruption.

Thanks to the successive governments for their failure in appointing a state LOKAYUKT , despite ample and umpteen commitments. The electorates have always been kept on dark on pivotal issues of health, employment, quality education, their socio economic and all round development during all these years and the unholy nexus between the politicians, corrupt bureaucracy, liquor, land, building, illegal mining and forest mafia always had their fullest say. Even the finacial aid meant for the welfare and well being of the tragic Kedarnath victims of June 2013 have been embezelled.

If honestly anybody have been outrightly benefitted at the instance of achieving statehood 17 years ago, they are obviously and undoubtedly the politicians and the above unholy nexus whereas the families of the real and hard core Uttarakhand movement activists are in immense financial mess.

The politicians have allegedly amassed huge wealth, property and heavy bank balance with bright political future to be conveniently carried forward by their sons and daughters. The pivotal issues of appointment of Lokayukt, capital Gairsain, employment generation, decentralized all round development at the block level has taken the back seat and instead people are being misled under the populist slogans like ” Selfie in your village and Raibaar (message ) by organising highly ostentatious government events without the adequate participation of the village populace and the people who actually matter.

There is complete lack of participatory democracy in the development process of the state. What have we achieved during the last years? Is it the staggering fiscal deficit of 42000 crores. Massive migration of 32 lakh people. Locks in 2.5 lakh village houses. 3000 villages devoid of population . About 2.5 thousand schools closed in the interiors. Hospitals devoid of doctors, compounders, equipments and basic medicines. Lot more is there to be said but time and space is the constrained.

SUNIL NEGI, PRESIDENT, UTTARAKHAND JOURNALISTS FORUM

 

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Despite the recent gigantic hike in the fares of the Delhi Metro by DMRC, almost double in just last six months putting the commuters in quandary, the rush of the commuters in Delhi does not seem to be receding and the key metro stations like Rajiv Chowk, Gurugram, Dwarka and Badli full of commuters.

It’s not that the commuters are happy or satisfied with the arbitrary enhancement in fares but since they don’t have any alternate mode of transport to cope with the situation, they are constrained to keep on the services of Delhi Metro. About thirty lakh commuters avail the Delhi Metro Rail services which include large numbers of students, youths, women, senior citizens, traders and office going – private and government employees.

There is no doubt that this arbitrary and authoritarian manifold increase in the fares by DMRC on the recomendation of the Ministry of Urban Development’ s Price Fixation Committee has amounted to committing decoity on the pockets of the poor, underprivileged, marginal, lower and middle class sections of the society who are now paying just double of what they had been paying six months ago.

The maximum ticket which was of Rs 30 to 35 then has now been enhanced to Rs sixty one sided and similarly there is an increase of Rs. 10 on every travel after five kilometres.

Lakhs of students, the office goers and the small n medium traders including labourers, masons, carpenters, technicians, fourth class employees and the people with meagre income are the most affected lot who will now have to spend 20% of his earnings on Delhi Metro Fares every month in addition to other expenses in these hard days of sky rocketing prices of essential commodities. Is it not like committing decoity on the already cash starved pockets of the Delhi Metro commuters especially when the government of NCT of Delhi is ready to bear the fifty percent so called losses of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation that come to around 1500 crores but unfortunately the BJP led NDA political dispensation at the centre is not ready to cooperate and feels happy and satisfied to put the DELHITES in acute financial quandry and disarray.

Isn’t it shocking and highly uncalled for? There is opposition all around and various political parties are on streets criticizing this covertly and overtly anti people stand of the centre and are questioning in repentence that was it for this, that they had voted respected Narendra Modi Sir, who had always promised publicly for bringing the ACCHE DIN. However, despite all this confusion, choas and problems, the Delhi Metro commuters are confronted with, after this arbitrary anti people hike, the DELHI GOVERNMENT of Arvind Kejrival is also to be equally held responsible for this lapse, as not only has its five directors who were members of the Metro rail fares’ revising committe never attended its any meeting except for once during the last two years to oppose these fare hike proposals of the centre.

Not only this but in the context of providing safe, expeditious and swift service of alternative bus transport the Delhi government has miserably failed on this significant front. Currently, the Delhi Transport Corporation is running on a huge loss of around four thousand crores and buses are in extreme short supply.
The CAG report finds that the total loss for the DTC in 2014-2015 was Rs.2,917.75 crore, the highest in the previous five financial years. Except on ring roads majority of the buses have been withdrawn on metro routes and commuters have to wait for hours together to get a bus. The Delhi Transport Corporation services are in total mess with the DTC staff behaving like dictator as the government of Delhi has no control over them. The DTC commuter is the greatest suffering lot.

It’s only because of the collapsing system of public road transport in DELHI that majority of the Delhites are constrained to avail the metro rail services despite 100% increase in fares in just 6 months.

Though the political parties like AAP, BJP and CONGRESS are dropping crocodile tears on METRO FARES today but the fact of the matter is its primarily the DELHI AND NCR commuters who have between the ill concieved politics of manipulations and maneuverability. What do you say friends?

SUNIL NEGI

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THE FIGHTER LADY

We often come across such type of aunties who always fights with people for a seat. They are always on “MUJSE KOI NAI JEET SAKTA MODE”.

If by mistake a man enters a women compartment he is treated like an alien there. He can’t stay there or more than a minute. Because “LADKIO SE KOI NAI JEET SAKTA BOSS”
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THE SELFIE ADDICT

Some people are busy taking selfies and they don’t realise what’s going around them. For them  a perfect metro selfie makes their day anyway!

Every moment they be like  “CHAL BETA SELFIE LELE REY”

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THE LOST ONE

These are kind of people who are suspicious to everyone, nobody knows what is going on their mind and what are they upto! They are always a “PARESHAN AATMA”.

They are not interested in the people around them and are busy with themselves.

These kind of the people should be warned while travelling in a metro “K BETAJI HASNA ZARURI HAI”

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THE ONE WITH SILENT WHISPER

Well all of us have probably met these kind if people who talks silently and secretly. No one can try to hear what they are talking and even if they are talking or not!

They are “SECRET CHIT CHATTERS” and are always conscious of other people, that they might not be caught while talking.

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THE LAST MINUTE EXAM REVISION ONE’s

These last minute quick readers are mostly college going students , who are always in a confused state what to do or not? They are always in a tension of their exam and acts like they are the “UNIVERSITY TOPPERS”

They are always carrying books or notes in their hands and it seems like for them last minute revision is “TERA MUJSE HAI PEHLE KA NAATA KOI”

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THE LOUD SPEAKERS

Their voice is louder than the metro announcement! They don’t realise how loud they are speaking, whether they are busy talking with their companion sitting on the metro seat or they are busy talking on the phone scolding someone and they want the world to know they are right.

Why, I ask. Why?

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THE MUSIC ADDICT

They can leave the metro seat but can resist without their music! They are the music freaks who simply don’t care about anything and are busy enjoying their music on their headphones.

They are lost in the way that if someone asks them something, they have totally no idea and answer to that question!

“MERE PAAS MAT AANA MAI MUSIC SUN RAHA HU“ they are always full of this attitude.

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THE NICHE BETHJATE HAI ONE’s

When  people travelling in metro are unable to find a seat for them, they decide to sit down and act like “YE MERI HI METRO HAI BABU MOSHAI”

They can’t manage to stand for hours and travel so they make their luggage their bed and make a comfortable atmosphere for them. Well they cannot differentiate between what  a “local train” or “metro train” is? “KYUNKI VO NEECHE BETHENGE TO BETHENGE”

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