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128 new names added to rowdy list in 2016

Caption: Dr. A. Subramanyeshwara Rao

Mysuru, Jan. 19- Taking serious note of an alarming rise in rowdyism in city, the Police will soon bring back the Anti-Rowdy Squad. The squad will be headed by an Assistant Commissioner of Police and will have 15 members including two Inspectors and four Sub-Inspectors. The team will crackdown on rowdy-sheeters who spread fear among residents by their anti-social activities.

Speaking to Star of Mysore this morning, City Police Commissioner Dr. A. Subramanyeshwara Rao said that there has been an increase in the number of rowdies and their activities have disturbed the city atmosphere. “I have already conducted a couple of meetings and have taken stock of the people who are in the rowdy list and budding rowdies. Till now, the rowdy-sheeters were dealt in Police Station-level and we are planning to have ...more

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   Mysore Varsity gold medallist electrocuted
   Bahuroopi Intl. Multilingual Theatre Fest concludes: Rasthe Nakshatra unfolds miseries of slum-dwellers
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Caption: A scene from the play ‘Mejnun - Madman in Love’

If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.”

— Johann von Goethe

Since I could not wait for more than one-and-half-hours for the inaugural day show of the play ‘Chitralekhe’ (Kannada) at the Bhoomigeeta mini-theatre at Rangayana’s Bahuroopi International Theatre Festival, I abandoned the challenge and bought the tickets the same evening for an english play with an aspirational title ‘Mejnun - Madman in Love’ for yesterday. The usual spelling we are familiar with about this story of star-crossed lovers in Persian (or was it in Arabic?) is ‘Laila and Majnu.’

The original play is in Uzbek, it being from Uzbekistan, a country bordering Russia, earlier part of Soviet Union. It is 96% Sunni Islam but good people with liberal approach and practice of their religion, full of tolerance to non-Muslims and minority Shia Muslims. No wonder its Constitution provides for freedom of religion.

By the way, interestingly, the word ‘Majnu’ means mad man, probably for that reason an eponymous title is given to the play. The real name of the boy is Qays ibn al-Mulawwah.

This is a one-man show with the message of Universal Love and Tolerance among mankind regardless of race, gender or religion. A noble effort with a sublime message no doubt; but like all one-man shows or even pantomimes, it becomes boring and ennui descends on you. Mercifully, it lasted just about an hour.

As I left the theatre, a thought was troubling me, the thought that despite this kind of effort to propagate peace, understanding, tolerance, brotherhood and love among mankind cutting across race and religion, why the evil of hatred persists and the good of love does not prevail?

It is said that man is always anxious, fretful when evil befalls him and grudging when good befalls him. He...more

     Feature Article  

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC

What is the latest fad among the rich and the well-heeled ? Well, do not be surprised. Fitness is the new mantra. One has to just open up any social application like the Facebook or WhatsApp, advises from all and sundry pours out, new recipes using siridhanya, new Ayurvedic concoctions, a sure shot one shot prescription for all diseases.

I am also trying out a bitter concoction prepared by my wife every night. Surprisingly, this concoction has helped in increasing my resistance to cold! The amount of diabetes medicines with all kind of fancy government patents is astounding. One is not sure if these institutions do exist or not. How effective are these? I have no answer but looking at the amount of money being spent on the marketing blitz, the sales of all these medicines must be good.

Coming to my topic of interest, the net result of this fad is that siridhanya, the staple food of the poor, is becoming the food of the city-dwellers. I recently went out to buy one of the siridhanyas, the ‘ragi’ at a flour mill nearby and was shocked when he quoted a price of Rs. 40 per kg, mind you top class wheat was available at a price of Rs. 34! Imagine the plight of the poor for whom ragi mudde is a staple diet !

Why and how did this phenomena occur? Walk into any mall, the number of ragi combinations like biscuits, flours, bread etc., available is endless. Suddenly the urban crowd have realised the nutritional value of this millet, which was in existence for thousands of years. The supply is short, the prices shoot up. For the rich, quinoa, an exotic millet from South America is also available at a price of Rs. 900 a kg. One may ask, if the demand is so high, why are the farmers not cultivating these millets, en masse, which does not require much water also. Herein lies the catch. It is the lack of processing units across the State.

Millets are one of the oldest ...more

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