Himachal confidential: Epic Tales

The function organised to launch a private TV channel,Himachal Aaj Kal,in the town turned out to be a mythological treat last week.

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published: January 23, 2012 1:08:47 am

Epic Tales

The function organised to launch a private TV channel,Himachal Aaj Kal,in the town turned out to be a mythological treat last week. While Madhav Kumar Mehta,a veteran journalist and CEO of Disha channel,referred to the Mahabharata to assert his point on “power of truth”,Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal cited excerpts from Lord Krishna’s explanation to Pandavas on Kaliyug. Giving the example of a small earthen lamp — how it burns itself throughout the night to fight darkness — Dhumal said a few noble souls could also contribute to make the world a better place to live in.

Virbhadra worries

An adverse recommendation of an independent poll management body,ie FAME (Foundation for Advanced Management of Elections),on Vikramaditya Singh’s election to the state Youth Congress chief’s post — it has recommended declaring his election null and void,and said he should be debarred from contesting poll afresh — has come as a blow to Union Minister Virbhadra Singh. The agency has been engaged by Rahul Gandhi to oversee Youth Congress elections in all the states. Its recommendation has come in an election year — the state is slated to go to Assembly polls later this year — and that’s what is a cause for concern for Virbhadra. Add to it the fact that Vikramaditya was just beginning his political career. Is this all a sign of Virbhadra’s waning power in state politics?

Dharamsala debut

Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association president Anurag Thakur’s election as joint secretary of the BCCI has started paying dividends. Now the state will host a one-day international and a T-20 match as well for the first time,in addition to IPL matches. The venue is going to be Dharamsala. The event is likely to brighten tourism prospects of the hill state. “My effort is to make Dharamsala’s modern cricket stadium as popular as any other stadium in the country,” says Thakur.

Golfers’ gang

Snow may have played a spoilsport but golf enthusiasts are not ready to rest. Many of them went to Panchkula and Chandigarh golf courses to stay in action while it snowed in Shimla. Hats off to bureaucrats,IPS officers,lawyers and other professionals who are taking the sport seriously!

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