Dharamvira Gandhi and Harinder Khalsa suspended from the Aam Aadmi Party

The Political Affairs Committee (PAC) of the Aam Aadmi Party today suspended Dharamavira Gandhi and Harinder Singh Khalsa from the primary membership of the party and referred disciplinary proceedings against them to party’s National Disciplinary Action Committee.

In its meeting on 29 August, 2015, the PAC took cognizance of anti-party activities indulged in by Dharamavira Gandhi and Harinder Singh Khalsa in Punjab. In a unanimous decision, the PAC suspended Khalsa and Gandhi from the party and referred their cases to the National Disciplinary Action Committee. Now the three-member National Disciplinary Action Committee, with Pankaj Gupta, Dilip Pandey and Deepak Bajpai as its members, will look into the complaints of anti-party activities and indiscipline against Dharamvira Gandhi and Harinder Singh Khalsa.

Resolution passed by the PAC

The PAC expresses its concern over anti-party activities indulged in by Mr. Dharamvira Gandhi and Mr. Harinder Singh Khalsa. Mr. Gandhi and Mr. Khalsa have been involved in the activities of certain outfits, opposed to aims and objectives of the party. The only aim of these outfits is to damage the Aam Aadmi Party and anti-corruption movement in the country.

There are several instances that show that Mr. Gandhi and Mr. Khalsa are trying to establish a parallel organization within the party with the sole objective of damaging the party in Punjab.  Mr. Gandhi and Mr. Khalsa have criticized the party leadership and the decisions taken by the party on several occasions in the media. Not only Mr. Gandhi and Mr. Khalsa used the press to express their disagreement with the party on various issues, they also openly disobeyed the party on several occasions and refused to follow party discipline.

The corrupt BJP-SAD regime in Punjab has made the state a hub of narcotics trade. Well-oiled state run corruption machinery has completely paralyzed the government apparatus. Fed up with two terms of misrule by the BJP-SAD combine, people of Punjab have decided to go with Aam Aadmi Party to bring Delhi model of corruption free governance to the state. Mr. Gandhi and Mr. Khalsa have joined hands with the corrupt BJP-SAD leaders in Punjab and have betrayed the faith of the common man.

With a clear intent of creating confusion among party volunteers and damaging the party, Mr. Gandhi and Mr. Khalsa today organized a conference, parallel to that of the Aam Aadmi Party, at Baba Bakala today on the occasion of Rakhar Puniya. They used pictures of National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal and party MPs Bhagwant Mann and Sadhu Singh to create confusion and help Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP. They used party symbol and pictures of party leaders in the publicity material of their conference without due permission from the party.

Taking cognizance of their anti-party activities and indiscipline, the PAC has decided to refer their case to the National Disciplinary Action Committee for suitable action against them. The PAC also unanimously resolves to suspend Mr. Dharamvira Ghandhi and Mr. Harinder Singh Khala from the primary membership of the party.

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Press Release

New Delhi, August 28, 2015:  The two-day global ‘Call to Action Summit 2015’ concluded today with Health Ministers and heads of country delegations from 22 countries adopting the DELHI DECLARATION on ‘ending preventable maternal and child deaths’. The declaration was developed as an outcome of the high-level ministerial conclave held yesterday during the summit.

The Call to Action Summit 2015 held on 27-28 August 2015 in New Delhi was co-hosted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and the Health Ministry of Ethiopia, in partnership with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Tata Trusts, UNICEF, USAID and WHO.

The Hon’ble Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Shri J P Nadda, in his address as the Chair for the valedictory session of the summit urged all leaders from participating countries to “commit to a culture of evidence-based decision-making, strengthen accountability of national health systems and align resources to those with the greatest need.” During the address, he also assured that, “India will lead the efforts to demonstrate global progress in maternal and child health by working closely with global partners to make sure that the post 2015 development agenda will advance the cause of ending preventable child and maternal deaths.”

Heads of co-host organisations and partners including Mr. Richard Verma, US Ambassador to India; Ms. Geeta Rao Gupta,  Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF; Mr. Girindre Beeharry, Country Director, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Mr. R K Krishna Kumar, Trustee, Tata Trusts and Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO (SEARO) joined the ministerial delegations during the adoption of the DELHI DECLARATION and pledged their commitment and support to ending preventable deaths of children and mothers.

The Summit was a platform for the Health Ministers of 24 nations, Health Ministers from states of India, academic experts, health practitioners and global leaders from diverse sectors – corporate, civil society and media to deliberate on the importance of Systems, Partnerships, Innovations, Convergence, and Evidence in ending all preventable maternal and child deaths.

The Additional Secretary and Mission Director (National Health Mission), Shri C K Mishra, outlined the commitments made by the countries in the Delhi Declaration. During the session that he chaired on “Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent Health’ he said, “Maternal and child health needs more resources and it is important to ensure accountability and maximisation of its impact.” The session examined ways to accelerate progress beyond 2015 on maternal and child health goals. The panel recommended that adolescent health, particularly of the girl child, should be given centre-stage in order to improve the health of mothers and the children they bear.

The session on ‘Moving towards Scale’ put the spotlight on the child survival interventions that have worked well in low and middle-income countries. India shared its experience in scaling up the immunization programme and policy makers from other countries offered solutions on how affordable primary health care services in urban areas could be expanded.  Game changing technologies for healthcare delivery were presented by experts and innovators, who also discussed the eco-systems required to foster innovations for child and maternal care: use of mobile phones, emergency transport, health education, and referral systems, to name a few.

H.E. Dr. Aminata Keita, the First Lady of the Republic of Mali chaired the session named, ‘Survive, Thrive, and Transform’, where the importance of the continuum of care in the prevention of malnutrition, diarrhea and newborn deaths was discussed. The session also touched on the inter connections between health, safe water, sanitation, gender empowerment and rural development. The session on Health Financing featured a discussion on financial models of health service delivery, fund management and utilization, public sector purchase of health services from or outsourcing to the private sector and ensuring accountability and governance in fund management.

In order to maintain the momentum in ending preventable child and maternal deaths in any country, government efforts are not enough. The session on corporate partnerships brought together development partners and the corporate sector to discuss the contributions that could be made by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and philanthropists and foundations to support this agenda.  In the final session on Accountability for Results, Shri Bhanu Pratap Sharma, Secretary, Health and Family Welfaresaid that, “Evidence based decision making and community level accountability are the cornerstones of a functional and impactful public health service delivery system.” He also highlighted the existing accountability structures within the National Health Mission.

The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the Summit yesterday and announced another major milestone achieved by India for children and mothers by eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus. In his inaugural address, the Hon’ble PM said, “I firmly believe that this summit will provide a highly effective platform to address common challenges that will help countries achieve the desired goals for maternal and child health.” The Prime Minister released a coffee table book‘Born to Be’ depicting key milestones in 25 years of India’s progress in maternal and child health’. He also released the USAID report ‘Acting on the Call: Ending Preventable Child And Maternal Deaths’ that outlines the plan to save 15 million children and 600,000 women by 2020.

Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu, Minister of Health, Ethiopia, said, “We will hold ourselves accountable to the commitments of DELHI DECLARATION through regular monitoring of progress through this joint platform, and promote cross-learning, knowledge sharing and collaboration among the 22 nations to end preventable deaths of mothers, newborns and children.”

Sonia Sarkar

Communication Officer (Media) , UNICEF India

Tel (+91) 9810170289,9891861445;

Email: ssarkar@unicef.org

SEBI issues discussion Paper on Review of policy relating to forfeiture of partly paid-up shares

 

SEBI has released a discussion Paper on “Review of policy relating to forfeiture of partly paid-up shares – Amendments to SEBI (Substantial Acquisition of Shares and Takeovers) Regulations, 2011”. It states that forfeiture of shares is a process specified under Table-F (Articles of Association of a Company Limited by Shares) of Schedule I of the Companies Act, 2013. The standard procedure to be followed in case of forfeiture of partly paid-up shares is as follows:

·         If a member fails to pay any call, or instalment of a call, on the day appointed for payment, the Board of Directors of the company may, at any time thereafter during such time as any part of the call or instalment remains unpaid, serve a notice on him requiring payment of such amount, together with any interest which may have accrued.

·         If the requirements of any such notice are not complied with, any share in respect of which the notice has been given may be forfeited by a resolution of the Board of Directors of the company

Need for regulatory amendment

·         Regulation 10 of the Takeover Regulations, 2011 provides general exemption from the obligations to make an open offer for certain acquisitions, subject to fulfilment of the conditions specified therein.

·         Increase in voting rights arising out of actions undertaken by the companies under the Companies Act, 2013 such as rights issues, buybacks and schemes of arrangement are exempt from the open offer obligations under regulation 10 of the Takeover Regulations, 2011

·         Further, accrual of voting rights on preference shares where dividend has not been paid for two years or more as per sub-section (2) of section 47 of the Companies Act, 2013 are exempt from the open offer obligations under regulation 10 of the Takeover Regulations, 2011.

·         Currently, there is no provision for increase in the voting rights of a shareholder due to the expiry of call notice period and forfeiture of partly paid-up shares to be exempt under regulation 10 of the Takeover Regulations, 2011 and an application needs to be filed with SEBI for seeking exemption from the open offer obligations in this regard under regulation 11 of the Takeover Regulations, 2011.

·         It may be noted that the facts of these cases with respect to these applications are quite similar. However, a reasoned order must be passed by SEBI in each such case which may take enormous amount of time and effort.

·         Further, increase in the voting rights of a shareholder due to the expiry of call notice period and forfeiture of partly paid-up shares is undertaken under the Companies Act, 2013 and is passive in nature

·         Therefore, it is proposed by SEBI that the Takeover Regulations, 2011 may be amended suitably for providing general exemption from the open offer obligations in the cases of increase in voting rights as a result of the expiry of call notice period and the forfeiture of shares in line with general exemptions available with respect to rights issues, buybacks etc

Proposed Amendment —Accordingly, it is proposed to insert the following as clause (j) under sub-regulation (1) of regulation 10 of the Takeover Regulations, 2011: “Increase in voting rights arising out of the operation of sub-section (1) of section 106 of the Companies Act, 2013 or pursuant to forfeiture of shares by a company undertaken in compliance with the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 and articles of association of the company.”

Considering the implications of the said matter on the market participants including listed companies, promoters/promoter group of the said companies and investors, public comments on the amendment proposed above are solicited by SEBI. You may kindly send your suggestions (if any) at surbhi@phdcci.in/sunitag@phdcci.in latest by 15th September 2015.

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29 August 2015
UNIC/PRESS RELEASE/147-2015

STATEMENT FROM THE UN SECRETARY-GENERAL

 

Lamenting recent migrant/refugee deaths, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appeals to governments for bolstered efforts ahead of global meeting:

 

I am horrified and heartbroken at the latest loss of lives of refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean and Europe. Yesterday saw the grim discovery of the bodies of more than 70 people inside a truck abandoned near the Austrian border with Hungary. Reports indicate that many of the victims were Syrian asylum seekers — including children.

Recent days have brought yet more news of hundreds of refugees and migrants drowning in perilous journeys on the sea. Earlier this year, I visited search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean. Despite the concerted and commendable efforts of the joint European search and rescue operation, which has saved tens of thousands of lives, the Mediterranean Sea continues to be a death trap for refugees and migrants.

These repeated tragedies underscore the ruthlessness of people smugglers and traffickers whose criminal activities extend from the Andaman Sea to the Mediterranean to the highways of Europe. It also highlights the desperation of people seeking protection or a new life.

A large majority of people undertaking these arduous and dangerous journeys are refugees fleeing from places such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. International law has stipulated — and States have long recognized — the right of refugees to protection and asylum. When considering asylum requests, States cannot make distinctions based on religion or other identity nor can they force people to return to places from which they have fled if there is a well-founded fear of persecution or attack. This is not only a matter of international law; it is also our duty as human beings.

I commend those leaders and communities who have stepped up to our shared responsibilities and obligations. But much more is required. I appeal to all Governments involved to provide comprehensive responses, expand safe and legal channels of migration and act with humanity, compassion and in accordance with their international obligations.

Let us also remember: the high number of refugees and migrants are a symptom of deeper problems — endless conflict, grave violations of human rights, tangible governance failures and harsh repression. The Syrian war, for example, has just been manifested on a roadside in the heart of Europe.

In addition to upholding responsibilities, the international community must also show greater determination in resolving conflicts and other problems that leave people little choice but to flee. Failing that, the numbers of those displaced — more than 40,000 per day — will only rise.

This is a human tragedy that requires a determined collective political response. It is a crisis of solidarity, not a crisis of numbers. I am encouraged that these issues will be an area of focus and priority when world leaders gather at the United Nations Headquarters in New York next month for the opening of the General Assembly. I am organizing a special meeting devoted to these global concerns on 30 September.

 

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United Nations Information Centre

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Global Sneak Peek

India has declined an invitation from China to send its military contingent to participate in the multi-national parade being held in Beijing. The parade is being held to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of second World War which culminated in the defeat of Japanese forces.

However, Minister of State in External Affairs Ministry Gen (retired) V K Singh will be attending the high profile military parade on 3rd September, says Vikas Swarup, official spokesperson of External Affairs Ministry.

The military parade organised by People’s Liberation Army of China will see the participation of over 1000 foreign troops from more than 15 armies of the world, including Pakistan. China is planning to showcase its military might in a big way in front of foreign militaries.

At least 38 girls and young women have been killed in a crash while traveling in a truck to a Swazi king’s royal residence for the annual reed dance, the Swaziland Solidarity Network said in a statement. The network added that 20 other people were injured in the incident. According to news reports, the truck smashed into the back of a van and was then struck by another truck.

Police in Thailand have arrested a man in northern Bangkok accused of involvement in a deadly bombing on August 17 that killed 20 people, mostly tourists, national police spokesman Prawut Thavornsiri said. The suspect reportedly left a rucksack at the site of the attack. Officers raided his apartment and found possible bomb-making materials. The suspect “looks like the one we are looking for… [Police] also found a lot of materials which can be used to make bombs,” Prawut said.

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“We have got to do something about gun violence in America, and I will take it on. There are many people who face it and know it, but then turn away because it’s hard. It’s a very political, difficult issue in America. But I believe we are smart enough, we are compassionate enough to figure out how to balance the legitimate Second Amendment rights with preventive measures and control measures so that…we will not see more deaths—needless, senseless deaths. … There is so much evidence that if guns were not so readily available, if we had universal background checks…that maybe we could prevent this kind of carnage. So I hope that in addition to expressing sympathy for those directly affected, that this is maybe—for the media, for the public, for elected officials, for every American—what it hopefully will finally take for us to act.”—Hillary yesterday

TV journalists shot dead in US
UPDATE: 2 TV journalists shot dead in USUpdated on : 27-08-2015 02:29 PM
A woman TV reporter and a cameraman were Wednesday killed on live television when a “disgruntled” ex-employee of the TV station opened fire in the US state of Virginia before succumbing to his injuries from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Alison Parker, 24, a reporter for WDBJ television news channel, and Adam Ward, 27, a cameraman, were interviewing a woman about a shopping plaza in Moneta, a small community near Roanoke city – some 400 kilometres south west of Washington DC — when they were shot by the gunman identified as Vester Lee Flanagan II, 41, of Roanoke.

The gunman is believed to have fired six or seven times, WDBJ General Manager Jeff Marks said.

After the shooting Flanagan fled but was later found by police in his car with gunshot wound.

“Troopers approached the vehicle and found the male driver suffering from a gunshot wound,” police said.

He later died at the Inova Fairfax Hospital after succumbing to the injuries suffered from the self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Flanagan previously worked for WDBJ under the name Bryce Williams. He was hired at the station in the spring of 2012 after working at stations in San Francisco and in Florida, North Carolina, Texas and Georgia.

WDBJ let him go in February 2013, Roanoke Times reported. In May 2014, Flanagan filed suit against the station in Roanoke General District Court, seeking money he felt he was owed and additional damages.

His suit alleged discrimination by the station and named most of the WDBJ staff in his complaint, but in July 2014, the case was dismissed.

Video of the shooting was later posted on the Twitter account and Facebook page of Bryce Williams.

It showed an outstretched arm holding the handgun and firing repeatedly at Parker as she tried to run away.

Part of the incident was caught on video during WDBJ TV’s morning broadcast as the shocking viewers saw the grisly drama on their TVs.

The station was interviewing Vicki Gardner, head of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce. Gardner was shot at his back and is currently battling for his life in a hospital.

Flanagan was believed to be disgruntled with the TV station. According to New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, since 1992 five journalists have been killed in the US.

This year so far at least 39 journalists have been killed worldwide with France, South Sudan and Syria, being the most deadly countries.

“The thoughts and prayers of everybody here at the White House are with the families of those who were injured or killed in that terrible incident,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at his daily news conference.

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Minister Venkaiah Naidu announces names of 98 proposed smart cities

Minister Venkaiah Naidu announces names of 98 proposed smart cities
Regarding smart cites the smartmove on papers is still notional plan which is lurking in thoughts of Political outfits from last one decade  but still is in fix. However BJP run government under stewardship of PM Modi the Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday announced names of 98 proposed smart cities, these cities will get 100 crore rupees every year for the next five years for being developed into smart cities.

Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday announced the names of the cities to be developed into smart cities in the next five years. Prime objective is to enhance the quality of urban life.

Naidu said, it include 13 cities from Uttar Pradesh,12 from Tamil Nadu,10 from Maharashtra, 7 from MP, 3 each from Bihar and Andhra Pradesh included in smart cities.

He urged for people’s co-operation to move forward in this mission. The minister said, prime motive is to enhance urban life, mission is very practical and realistic.

Naidu said state and union territories and urban local bodies have an important role to play in the implementation of Smart City Mission.

The minister said 13 crore population across 98 cities which is 35 percent of urban population will be covered under this smart city mission.

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Asian stocks gain:

Tokyo shares gave momentum to Asian stock markets higher on Friday after news of US economic growth report buoyed investors following a prolonged rout driven by concerns over China´s economy. The dollar gained and oil prices rose on the back of the US growth report, but concerns over Japanese inflation figures tempered sentiment.Tokyo stocks gained 2.49 percent in early trading, while Hong Kong was up 1.00 percent and Shanghai gained 1.65 percent.

Sydney was also 0.53 percent higher, while Seoul gained 1.38 percent.The gains in Asia followed a second straight day of advances on Wall Street, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average gaining 2.27 percent, the broad-based S&P 500 rising 2.43 percent and the tech-rich Nasdaq adding 2.45 percent.

They were boosted by a US economic growth report that showed the world´s biggest economy expanded at an annual rate of 3.7 percent in the second quarter, sharply higher than the initial appraisal of a 2.3 percent gain.

“Fear for the global economy had been one reason behind the recent falls, so the unexpected strength in the US, the fact that their GDP has managed to grow this much, is positive,” said Nobuyuki Fujimoto, a Tokyo-based senior market analyst at SBI Securities Co.

The gains come as a relief to investors who at one point saw $8 trillion wiped off global markets in a rout led by fears over the outlook for China.Oil prices also extended gains after surging 10 percent in the previous session on the back of the US data.

US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for October delivery gained 83 cents to $43.39 while Brent crude for October rose 45 cents to $48.01.And on currency markets, the dollar was at or near one-week highs against the euro and the yen.

Tokyo trading, the dollar bought 121.14 yen, up from 121.02 in New York and 119.98 on Wednesday.

It was also at $1.1250 against the euro, down from $1.1239 in New York but still stronger than Wednesday´s value of $1.1312.
The euro bought 136.30 yen, against 136.03 yen in US trading.

Gains from upbeat releases in the US were tempered by data in Japan that showed that inflation in the Asian powerhouse fell back to zero in July while household spending dropped for a second straight month.Gold, which is seen as a safe haven in times of stock market turmoil, traded at $1,129.61, up from $1,125.00.
In India the RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan said that despite immense efforts by the government and the apex bank, the stability of Indian economy is still a work in progress. He said, economic growth is still below levels that India is capable of. He said that inflation is still on the higher side and the willingness of banks to cut base rates is muted. The report says that uncertainty in the progress and distribution of monsoon continues to be a risk for both growth as well as the inflation outlook. RBI has said that it is closely monitoring the overall disinflation strategy that requires inflation to be brought down to 5 per cent by January 2017.

Dr. Rajan said RBI will continue to remain focused on bringing down inflation and work with the government and banks to resolve the issue of distressed projects and clean up bank balance sheets so as to support new lending.

RBI Governor has said that the focus is on getting the underlying real projects back on track; while also keeping a check on the progress of current projects.

He said the RBI has created a database of loans of over 50 million and advised banks and NBFCs to report regularly on the status of the loans.

RBI has welcomed the Government’s decision to add to the recapitalisation fund for banks as it will help in cleaning up balance sheets and generating healthy growth.

The RBI report has said that with a surplus expected on trade in services from software exports and travel earnings, the current account deficit for the year as a whole should be contained below 1.5 per cent of GDP.

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HridayManch- the annual theatre festival of Sparsh Natya Rang kicks off in the capital today

​​Fourth edition of the festival promises to be bigger and better

New Delhi, August 27, 2015: HridayManch – the annual theatre festival by Sparsh Natya Rang started at the Sri Ram Centrein the capital today. The festival will go on till August 30, 2015.

In its fourth edition, the festival this year will be showcasing plays with a focus on folk elements and the major attraction of the festival would be the Hindi adaptation of Ibsen’;s “A Doll’;s House”.

“The idea behind the festival is to attract not only regular theatre watchers, but also those who are not avid followers of theatre. And that is why we chose plays which have universal themes. We also try to keep an element of folk every year. We want to encourage the art of theatre that is intrinsic to our country’;s heritage”, saidAjitChowdhury, Director, Sparsh Natya Rang group.

 

The festival started with ‘Pati Gaye Ree Kathiawar’, written by Sudhir B.Kulkarni and directed by AjitChowdhury(also director of the festival organising group Sparsh Natya Rang).
Pati Gaye Ree Kathiawar is the story of a village called Bhamboda near Pune in Maharashtra. The Subedar of Pune from a long time had been paying his visit to Kathiawar for yearly collection of tax. His wife Janki was a beautiful, devoted, dedicated lady, who loved her husband very much.
After hearing the news that her husband has to go Kathiawar she was in a deep sorrow, so she asked her husband to give her some work to keep herself busy. So SarjayRao asked her to build a palace made of glass and that too without paying any money from his side, in his absence. Although whatever he said was a part of joke, but his wife Janki took it seriously and wanted to fulfill the wishes of her husband. This is the story of the play. The character of Joravar and his Diwanji create some funny moments in his play. A husband-wife relationship is based on faith towards each other, if there is a tittle mistake then the life becomes hell for them, In his context in our male dominating society, it is true that it is always the woman who is asked give the test of life. If a woman commits a mistake she is defined as characterless & if it is done by a man he is spared. This play shows the funny side of the truth behind a man and a woman relationship.

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GudiyaGharthe play which would bestaged on day two of HridayManch, is an adaptation of  Henrik Ibsen Doll’s House directed by Basab Bhattacharya of New Delhi Players. One of the finest plays written on the subject of women’s rights & has the distinction of being the most performed play internationally perhaps because it’s as close as one could get to the truth of hypocrisy in accepted gender roles in a marriage, in those times and even today. Even though the writer has mentioned that the play is a description of Humanity and is about Self-discovery.

Nora and TorvaldHelmer believe they are happily married and on the brink of a blissful new phase of life. Torvald has been promoted to bank manager and their money worries are over. But Nora has a secret debt, incurred with good intentions and a forged signature, and with her husband’;s new power comes the threat of blackmail. Over three acts the illusion of bourgeois contentment unravels, and the play culminates in a spectacular scene between the couple as Nora’;s lie is exposed and Torvald first blames, then forgives her – and is finally abandoned as Nora recognizes the truth of her situation. She accuses her husband, and her father before him, of having used her as a doll, and declares herself unfit to be a wife or mother until she has learned to be herself. The ideal wife & mother walk out of the marriage.
Henrik Johan Ibsen, a major Norwegian playwright largely responsible for the rise of modern realistic drama, writer of A Doll’s House was inspired by the belief that “a woman cannot be herself in modern society,” since it is “an exclusively male society, with laws made by men and with prosecutors and judges who assess feminine conduct from a masculine standpoint.

The play is as relevant today as it was in 1879. In the century and more since, the play and the role of Nora have taken on iconic status; UNESCO’;s Memory of the World register calls Nora “a symbol throughout the world, for women fighting for liberation and equality”.

 

​​Thethird play scheduled during this edition ofHridayManch is ‘Mayaram Ki Maya’, directed by J.P. Singh, written by-Jay Vardhan, presented by Rangbhoomi.
The theme of the play ‘Mayaram Ki Maya’ is based on a folktale, with human being being its center point. Amongst innumerous living beings it is man only who desires to establish his own entity parallel to that of God. Call it whether curiosity or his wiliness, man sometimes seems to be hallooing the existence of God. His mind is filled with many diverse perversions. This is why man thinks something else, appears to be someone differently contrary to his thought and acts finally in quite a different manner. He forgets serious relations when the occasion arises; forgets the obligations and the reverence of God.

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The last play to be staged is ‘Mousaji Jai Hind’, written and directed by VasantKashikar, which is a play based on a story of renowned Hindi writer UdaiPrakash presented by Vivechana.

Mousaji Jai Hind is a portrait of a unique character and the story moves around a person named Mousaji. He is an old man who has woven an imaginary world around him. He has allthe problems of a common poor man but he always talks about his participation in freedom struggle, his friendship with Gandhi Ji, how AngrejSahabs were afraid of him in those days and how the Chief minister and police chief still respects him. People know him and his reality but still love him for his simplicity and honesty. Mousaji entertains and at the same time compels us to think about him and his own world. The play ends up where Mousaji was compelled to accept the reality of life.

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