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Surjit Patar Advises 'Suraj Di Akh' Author: Depict Flaws Of Historical Persona Carefully
Baldev Singh Sarraknama hits back, says he is shelving several projects on Sikh warriors
06.08.17 - BY PT ARTS & CULTURE BUREAU
Baldev Singh Sarraknama hits back, says he is shelving several projects on Sikh warriors



IN A HARD-HITTING attack on "Facebook scholars," Baldev Singh Sarraknama, the author of novel 'Suraj Di Akh', which triggered a massive controversy for its depiction of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, has now said he was shelving all his future projects including those about Akali Phoola Singh, Baba Deep Singh, Hari Singh Nalva and Sham Singh Attariwala.

"I had planned to undertake major initiatives in the years to come...I was busy researching and gathering material about Maharaja Ranjit Singh's general, Zorawar Singh. Now I have turned my face away from such warriors, epic heroes. These warriors of Sikh history may forgive me, because some scholars do not want that I should wipe off the dust that has eclipsed your persona...I thank these scholars (particularly those on Facebook) who have stopped me in my tracks rather than letting me undertake this arduous journey," Baldev Singh Sarraknama said in a hard hitting piece published on Sunday by Punjabi Tribune.
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Baldev Singh's declaration that he will no more pursue projects about warriors of Sikh history brought back memories of Tamil author Perumal Murgan's declaration of the death of his own literary persona after he was forced to withdraw his 2010-Tamil novel, Mathorubhagan, following street protests called by caste-based groups. 
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Baldev Singh's declaration that he was shelving a number of writing projects about warriors of Sikh history brought back memories of Tamil author Perumal Murgan's declaration of the death of his own literary persona after he was forced to withdraw his 2010-Tamil novel, Mathorubhagan, following street protests called by caste-based groups. 

Meanwhile, Surjit Patar, one of Punjab's foremost poets and authors, made his first detailed intervention in the debate, praising Baldev Singh for his earlier works, and referencing many dramatised depictions of Maharaja Ranjit Singh's actions in his daily life from Baldev Singh's latest work. However, Patar did take exception to depictions of the Maharaja's harem, mistresses and courtesans.

Patar, in a write up in the Punjabi Tribune's Sunday edition, advised Baldev Singh to be more sensitive while describing the flaws of personalities that have carved a niche in the public and Sikh mindscape since "such depictions can get amplified when rendered in a novel or a film."

Patar did not say if the attacks on and hounding of the author can be justified if he does not pay heed to advice about sensitised depiction of such historical personalities. Also, his argument left a key question hanging: "Is this piece of advice not also tantamount to an advocacy of forced self-censorship?”

Defending his depiction of the Maharaja, Baldev Singh said he is not the first person to write about him, and his novel carries a bibliography of the material he relied upon. His main defence was that while there is a benign representation of Maharaja, there is also a component of debauchery associated with him.

 "I am simply a writer, but a responsible one. I have been associated with the world of literature for 40 years. I have remained outside the pale of institutionalised literary world. My understanding could be limited, my research may have limitations. Whatever I could find from historical references, in keeping with my limitations, was the basis of my work 'Suraj Di Akh," Baldev Singh said.

He took strong exception to use of some abusive language on the social media against his novel, and thanked the two Kendri Lekhak Sabhas, farmer and labourers' unions, writer friends and readers for standing up for him and responding to the 'Facebook scholars.'
 
Baldev Singh clearly seemed pissed off with some prominent men and women of the world of Punjabi literature for maintaining a stoic silence on the raging controversy.

"Jehrre mere lekhak bhra (brothers - for some strange reason and possibly some deeply entrenched patriarchal mindset, reference to female writers is missing) chupp reh ke eh sabh tamasha dekh rahe hun, uh eh na bullan - ajj main hain, kal uh nishana hon ge," he wrote.

On the SGPC's move to set up a committee of three experts to review the novel, the author welcomed it and said he will cooperate. "Suraj Di Akh is not the last word, and there is always scope for improvement," he said.




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Comment by: Jaswinder Singh

Ask Mr 'Saraknama to give evidence about what he has written in his novel.
He doesn't have backing of any historical facts. Instead he is misleading emotionally by announcing of leaving future projects.
We don't need such writers to take up Sikh History projects who are distorting history and malging the Heroes.

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Army jawan posted in Kashmir is fighting - this time alone, for his land
06.08.17 - PT Bureau
Army jawan posted in Kashmir is fighting - this time alone, for his land



AT A TIME when the dominant discourse of the Narendra Modi government revolves around the image of an army jawan fighting along the Kashmir border to safeguard India's sovereignty, one jawan is unable to pay full attention.

Jaspal Singh, resident of village Rahal Chahal, who is currently posted in Jammu and Kashmir, is waging a battle for six kanals of land that has been usurped by some villagers, allegedly with the backing of local Congress legislator Ramanjit Singh Sikki.

Frutrated after his efforts to seek justice, jawan Jaspal Singh has now threatened to commit suicide in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner.

He said the goons want to snatch another 11 kanals from his four acres of land, and he had even contemplated suicide earlier but then there emerged a ray of hope when former MLA Ravinder Singh Brahmpura said his party will take up the matter as part of Akali Dal President Sukhbir Singh Badal's Jabar-Virodhi Morcha. It was Ravinder Singh Brahmpura who took along the jawan to meet the local SSP, Darshan Singh Mann.
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Where are the crowds that shout Bharat Mata Ki Jai if anyone criticises Indian Army for anything? Where are the hordes that are forever ready to beat anyone to pulp for not standing up in a cinema hall for the national anthem? Where are the rakshaks that pounce upon cattle transporting innocent Muslims because they are so sensitive they don't want anyone to hurt cows? An army jawan is running from pillar to post to save his land from goons and powerful people, knocking at the doors of police officers, deputy commissioner with folding hands, hoping a Sukhbir Badal will help, or an ex-fauji like Amarinder Singh will listen. 
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Earlier, DSP Satpal Singh of Goindwal Sahib had denied that Sikki or his men were grabbing Jaspal Singh's land, while Additional DC Sandeep Rishi termed it a case of land distribution between two parties. 

Even as this army jawan runs from pillar to post to save his land from goons and powerful people, the crowds that are ready to beat anyone to pulp for not standing up in a cinema hall for the national anthem or transporting cattle seem nowhere in the picture.




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Date, time, weapon declared.
Punjab's Fastway Cowboy: Sidhu is challenging Maharaja for a duel
03.08.17 - Agyakrit Singh
Punjab's Fastway Cowboy: Sidhu is challenging Maharaja for a duel



LESS THAN FIVE months after being sworn in, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and high-profile, motor-mouth, shooting-from-the-hip Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu are in an eyeball to eyeball situation. Excuse the hyperbole, but it is no less than Donald Trump versus Robert Mueller.

One is resisting investigating into la affair Fastway, the other is pressing on, threatening to expand the scope of his investigation and using all legal instrumentalities of auditing, legislation, cabinet meeting and tax recovery. And he is bringing in the "mother of corruption” also. 
In this Fastway versus Navjot Sidhu versus Amarinder Singh triangle, the power turf fight is being redefined. No more is the Maharaja unchallenged. With every new salvo, Sidhu seems someone who still has a lot of fight left in him, while Amarinder looks like a legendary wrestler of yore who has a reputation to defend but who cannot put as much power into his punches anymore.  

In the last 24 hours, Punjab's Congress government has come to a tipping point. Sidhu is on a "try and stop me” Fastway route. And let us stop mincing words: His target is Amarinder Singh.

If Amarinder Singh takes more than a day to respond to the challenge, Sidhu would have won the round. The former cricketer has now publicly said if he was to get the excise dept, Fastway would be facing an audit into its dealings throughout the ten years of Akali Dal regime. Translation: Amarinder doesn't have the guts to order an audit. I will do it in a minute.
 This is a duel -- pistols drawn, hands on hip, 20 steps across, aim taken, fingers on trigger. Right now, it looks like Amarinder has forgotten his gun home. Sidhu is itching to shoot.
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Sidhu said Fastway has not paid Rs 20,000 crore worth of taxes. Add the earlier comment and update the translation: There is a thief, and I can catch it, and Amarinder is blocking my efforts. Now, try a rephrased position: Amarinder is helping a thief. I am the people's cop. Money involved is comparable to one of India's huge scams.

Navjot Singh Sidhu is playing a well crafted game. Sample his sharpest attack, wrapped in sugar and dripping with honey: "I need the support of the CM and other cabinet colleagues to take action against the cable company.” 

As we always help with the translation, here is a quick draft: The CM is not supporting me, and this is my challenge to the other ministers also. 

And then came the real threat, this time with the hour of the strike clearly spelt out, the arena named, the weapon declared.

Sidhu said on Friday, he will move an item on the agenda in the Cabinet meeting.
This is the race to be the next Chief Minister. Sidhu has already overshadowed Manpreet Singh Badal. Rest of the crowd is far behind.
Rana Gurjit is buried under a pile of sand, and Sunil Kumar Jakhar
is hardly a mouse that can roar. 
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This is a duel -- pistols drawn, hands on hip, 20 steps across, aim taken, fingers on trigger. Right now, it looks like Amarinder has forgotten his gun home. Sidhu is itching to shoot. 

"Amarinder heads the excise department tasked with collecting taxes. If the government passes an ordinance and gives power to my local bodies ministry, I will order an immediate audit of the accounts of Fastway cable network," Sidhu said. 

And then added a Sidhuism, the gold standard of his persona: "Phir vekkhiyo main ki karda uhna da jinna ne rajj ke luteya."

This time, we need not translate. And Amarinder knows it was no joke.

"I need strong laws to carry out my task. A ‘kamzor’ government can’t do anything,” Sidhu was rubbing salt into the wound he had inflicted. The cricketer-turned-TV persona-turned politician has done his homework well. Accompanying him were Supreme Court lawyer Vineet Bhagat, pursuing the small cable operators' case in court, and adviser to the local bodies department Amar Singh.

"Eh mehkama (excise department) CM saab kol hai. Je mere kol hunda, main taan puchann chaka deniyaan si.” 

Fastway did respond, and predictably: It called Sidhu's presser political vendetta and claimed all taxes were paid. 

Amarinder, too, seems to have responded -- by sending someone to ask Sidhu to please stop shooting. Denials followed, but point has been made. Sidhu is showing up for a duel, and he shoots from the hip. Amarinder is saying let us stay away from vendetta.
This is the race to be the next Chief Minister. The other man in the ring is Manpreet Singh Badal. As of now, Sidhu has shadowed him. Rest of the crowd is far behind. Rana Gurjit is buried under a pile of sand, and Sunil Kumar Jakhar is hardly a mouse that can roar.

"Aseen corruption di maa nu pakarrna hai, te mainoo pata hai Maa kaun hai." Don't worry, Sidhu was not mixing genders. He has stopped telling jokes. This is serious. 

The newbie is roaming the town, gun slung on his shoulder, looking for the mother of corruption and the sheriff is cowering behind a bunch of press release writers called media advisors. 

God bless the town, a Fastway dish hanging atop. Are you getting a clear signal? Sidhu is providing both audio and video in high resolution, and Punjab is watching all glued.
 
You may also like to read PUNJAB’S POLITICAL CABLE CONNECTION
 
 

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The article is very well penned down! Kudos!

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CM dismisses CAO on corruption charges
01.08.17 - team pt
CM dismisses CAO on corruption charges



Captain Amarinder Singh has dismissed the Chief Agriculture Officer (CAO), Jalandhar, Jugraj Singh, from service, after videos of him demanding bribe from a shopkeeper went viral on social media.

Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said Capt Amarinder Singh had taken serious note of the videos shot by a Jalandhar shopkeeper, Bikker Singh, on July 11. The videos clearly showed the CAO demanding a bribe from Bikker Singh.
 
 

The videos were uploaded on social media on July 16 and were shared widely. According to the spokesperson, as soon as the matter came to the notice of the Chief Minister, he directed the agriculture department to investigate it. The department contacted the shopkeeper through the Deputy Commissioner and he submitted an affidavit on July 19, reiterating his allegations.

The Agriculture department submitted its report to the Chief Minister, who also holds the Agriculture portfolio, and he immediately ordered Jugraj Singh's dismissal from service. Reiterating his commitment to zero tolerance against corruption, Amarinder warned officials against indulging in corrupt acts and said that similar stern action would be taken against anyone found guilty.

The orders for Jugraj's dismissal were issued by the Additional Chief Secretary (Agriculture) MP Singh under Rule 5 of the Punjab Civil Services (Punishment & Appeal) Rules, 1970, read with Article 311 (2) of Constitution of India.




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Captain asks Haq panel to provide clear roadmap for farm debt waiver
01.08.17 - team pt
Captain asks Haq panel to provide clear roadmap for farm debt waiver



CM Captain Amarinder Singh has directed the T Haq Committee to expedite the submission of its report, with clearly identified eligibility criteria and modalities to waive off loans of the farmers in the state.

Chairing a meeting of the committee, CM reiterated his government’s commitment to farm debt waiver and issued clear instructions to the committee, and other concerned officials, to prepare a complete roadmap for time-bound waiver of the loans as announced by his government in line with the Congress poll promises.

The meeting also mulled the issue of multiple crop loans by farmers, and the committee was directed to go into the matter in detail and come out with conclusive ways and means to see how best to deal with it in the interest of the farmers.
 
 

Amarinder told the meeting that he was also simultaneously pursuing with the central government various initiatives to provide relief to the distressed farming community of the state. In a letter to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, the chief minister has sought a one-time exemption to the state government from the provisions of the FRBM Act, 2003 that restrict its borrowings to a maximum of 3% of the GSDP, which comes to Rs. 12,819 crore. He said he had sought permission from the Centre to allow the state government to raise additional borrowings of Rs.10,000 crore  from financial institutions/market to help mitigate the financial distress of the farmers.
 
Pointing out that on the basis of consultations within the Haq-led expert group the state government had decided to provide an institutional loan waiver up to Rs. 2.00 lac to marginal and small farmers, Captain said, in his letter, that through this debt relief, the state was proposing to give relief to around 10.25 lac farmers and the relief package would amount to Rs. 10,000 crore (approx.).

In view of the urgency and importance of the issue, a delegation led by State Finance Minister had met Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) as well as Chairman, NABARD on July 26-27, 2017.  Though the RBI had said the state would have to arrange funds from its own resources/borrowings for the proposed debt relief scheme, given the constraint of resources, it would not be possible to extend this support to farmers from the state’s own resources, said Amarinder.
 
 

Noting that the expected gap in revenues and expenditure in Financial Year 2017-18 had been projected at Rs. 10,273 crore, he said the state would need to raise loans for this additional liability, but the provisions of FRBM Act, 2003, restrict State Government borrowings to a maximum of 3% of the GSDP, which comes to Rs. 12,81 crore. As a result, the State was not able to extend this debt relief scheme to the farmers until the limit of borrowings under FRBM Act, 2003, was relaxed and enhanced as a special dispensation for this purpose, he added. 

The state Chief Secretary had already taken up the matter with the Finance Secretary, Government of India, vide his letter no. SF/462 dated 28.7.2017, Captain wrote, adding that the State Government was also, on its part, making all out efforts to mobilize additional resources and reduce its revenue expenditure through various measures viz. imposition of professional tax, rationalization of user charges/taxes etc., which were at advanced stage of decision/ implementation.

Further, he said that, the receipt of various cess/fee which were so far being collected and spent directly by various institutions, had already been transferred to the consolidated fund of the State. Moreover, the State was likely to earn handsome growth in revenues under the GST regime, he said, adding that these additional resources shall be helpful in servicing the debt of the State.
 
He told the meeting that the farmers of the state had suffered enough and it was his government’s responsibility to provide early succor to them.




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