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Indians Who Are A Role Model For Others
<b>Government Employee works for 14 years after retirement without salary</b> <!--emo&:ind--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/india.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='india.gif' /><!--endemo-->

Mar 20, 2008

A former employee of a health centre in Howrah district continues his "job" even after 14 years of his retirement, and that too without remuneration, due to his passion to work.

Rabindranath Bhadra, a former employee of Jagatballavpur Block Health Centre, still gets ready and set off to work by 6.00 am daily as was his routine before his retirement in 1995.

"He feels ill if he stops working. Once, we had stopped him from following his gruelling routine. But he started feeling depressed and started developing cardiac problems and so we have allowed him to work so he stays fit and happy," said his wife, Suniti.

The health centre authorities and staff say that Bhadra is too good a worker to miss out and has become indispensable for the smooth functioning of the institution.

"We have become dependent on him after his retirement. If he doesn't come for a day day we face a lot of problems. He is indispensable," Medical officer of Jagatballavpur Block Health Centre, Rupanjali Biswas said.

Asked whether he wanted to be get paid for his services to the government, Bhadra said "I get my pension and that is enough for me and so why should I ask for more?"

He joined 35 years ago as a Group D employee at the Health Centre at a monthly salary of Rs 90.

Bhadra was transferred to other health centres in the district during his service and after his retirement, he returned to the place where he began his work life.

He now gets a monthly pension of Rs 2700.

Bhadra's work is to take down names of outdoor patients and clean up rooms before the arrival of doctors. He also provides primary treatment to the patients and even arranges food for doctors.

"He has become so much a part of our health centre that we can never think of him as an outsider. When he doesn't come it becomes a problem for us because none have been assigned the work he does," said one employee.

Bhadra, on his part, said "I want to continue to work till I die." With two sons and wife Suniti, Bhadra leads a peaceful life at the home he built at Mondalpara in Amta, a remote area in the district.

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<!--QuoteBegin-Harshvardan+Mar 20 2008, 08:48 PM-->QUOTE(Harshvardan @ Mar 20 2008, 08:48 PM)<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Government Employee works for 14 years after retirement without salary</b>  <!--emo&:ind--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/india.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='india.gif' /><!--endemo-->

Bhadra's work is to take down names of outdoor patients and clean up rooms before the arrival of doctors. He also provides primary treatment to the patients and even arranges food for doctors.

"He has become so much a part of our health centre that we can never think of him as an outsider. When he doesn't come it becomes a problem for us because none have been assigned the work he does," said one employee.

Bhadra, on his part, said "I want to continue to work till I die." With two sons and wife Suniti, Bhadra leads a peaceful life at the home he built at Mondalpara in Amta, a remote area in the district.
[right][snapback]79844[/snapback][/right]<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->Thanks for posting this. It was very beautiful and inspiring. I so could <i>not</i> be like that (the prospect of ever working without getting paid... me? <!--emo&:lol:--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='laugh.gif' /><!--endemo--> Yeah right. I don't see any pigs flying yet, so it ain't happening...) But I much admire him for it.
He certainly has a very important job, so I can understand that he finds great fulfillment in it. May he live long, peacefully and happily and continue to help many; may all his family and descendants be like him and all live long, peaceful, happy lives.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->The then President, Rajendra Prasad, wrote to Raman inviting him to be the personal guest in the Rashtrapati Bhavan when Raman came to Delhi for the award ceremony. Raman wrote a polite letter, regretting his inability to go. He had a noble reason for his inability to attend the investiture ceremony, Mr. Kalam said.

“He explained to the President that he was guiding a Ph.D student and that thesis was positively due by the last day of January.

“The student was valiantly trying to wrap it all up and Raman felt, he had to be by the side of the research student, see that the thesis was finished, sign the thesis as the guide and then have it submitted,” Mr. Kalam said.
Kalam on C V Raman
<b>Orginally posted by Viren</b>

<b>Justice Jag Mohan Lal Sinha, who set aside Indira's election is no more</b>
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Allahabad, Mar. 23

Justice Jag Mohan Lal Sinha, who had set aside the election of Indira Gandhi from Rae Bareli in 1975 — a judgment which set off a chain of events that changed Indian polity forever — died at his Allahabad home on Thursday evening.

Justice Sinha (87), died due to age-related problems. His body was cremated at Rasoolabad Ghat on the banks of Ganga in Allahabad on

Justice Sinha is survived by his wife and three sons. The legal fraternity mourned the death of the man, who, as one of them said, was “known for his courageous voice of dissent against all that defines illegality.”

Said Justice Ravi Dhawan, a former Chief Justice of Patna High Court, who had a long association with Justice Sinha: “He said his final adieu to the world last night, but he will have a permament place in the pages of Indian judicial history”.

It wasn’t one of those usual tributes from one judge to another. For, Justice Sinha is the only judge in the history of the country and perhaps among the very few in the world, who set aside the election of a Prime Minister for using corrupt practices in an election.

Angry Indira

Angered by Justice Sinha’s judgement, Indira Gandhi retaliated by imposing a internal Emergency on June 25, 1975, suspended Fundamental Rights, arrested Opposition leaders and imposed censorship on news-papers. There were no TV news channels those days.

In the elections held after the Emergency in 1980, the Cong-ress was roundly defeated. Even Indira Gandhi and her younger son Sanjay — who
was believed to be the brain behind the Emergency — lost and, for the first time, a non-Congress government was formed at the Centre.

Justice R.B. Mehrotra, a retired judge of the Allahabad High Court, who had watched the proceedings in the historic case of Raj Narain versus Indira Nehru Gandhi as a young advocate, remembers Justice Sinha conducting the proceedings with calm and appropriate dignity.

Human chain

He recalled that the day before Indira Gandhi was to appear in his court, Justice Sinha ordered that no policemen, even on security duty, would be allowed inside the court premises. In an incident without any parallel, the security of a Prime Minister was managed by lawyers of the High Court who formed a human chain when Indira Gandhi came to the court.

Justice Mehrotra said that Justice Sinha asked the Registrar to take all steps to maintain the sanctity and dignity of the court in spite of the presence of the Prime Minister. So, while it was ensured that Indira Gandhi had an appropriate seat, it was lower than the judge’s dais. However, her chair was a little higher than the seats of the lawyers.

It was also strictly ensured that no lawyer or official inside the court would stand up when she arrived; that honour was rightfully reserved only for the judge who would arrive a little later, recalled Justice Mehrotra.

Daughter-in- law recalls

Justice Sinha’s elder daughter-in- law Vibha says he took the famous case as another routine case. When he returned home after setting aside the election of Indira Gandhi on June 12, 1975, it was like any other day; it did not look as if he had delivered a very important judgment against the Prime Minister.

Justice Sinha retired in 1982. He spent his time reading and gardening. Essentially apolitical, Justice Sinha was an anguished man in later years over certain disturbing trends in the country’s politics, said his other dauther-in-law Poonam Sinha.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Bringing out childrens magazines is his passion</b>
Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Bijay Kumar Mahapatra is on a unique mission. His creativity, his passion for childrens magazines and a flair for writing in Oriya may not hold one in awe. But he has already edited and published childrens magazines in around 50 Indian languages.

Bijay Kumar Mahapatra is on a unique mission. For this 39-year-old man, covering a distance of over 50 km daily on a bicycle through the weary streets and national highways is not an arduous task. His creativity, his passion for children’s magazines and a flair for writing in Oriya may not hold one in awe. But he has already edited and published children’s magazines in around 50 Indian languages.

A resident of Pakanpur (Kathiapada), Jagatsinghpur district, in Orissa, Mahapatra — who visibly looks frail, anaemic and infirm — says with conviction: “I am still far away from my goal of editing and publishing children’s magazine in 300 languages. But I will certainly accomplish it one day.” His urge for children’s magazine is such that he has even put his ancestral property on mortgage for finances. Thus he has earned the epithet of “patrika premi” (magazine lover).

“At times, he has even been rebuked by donors and advertisers, but he never complains. In fact, spending nights at bus stands and railway stations are very common for him to translate his dream into reality,” says Nrusingha, his friend.

He has edited and published children’s magazines in Oriya, English, Hindi, Rajasthani, Kashmiri, Chhattisgarhi, Dogri, Khosali, Kui, Bathudi, Dam, Mundari, Kurmali, Sanskrit and Bhojpuri languages among others. Mahapatra, who was in Ranchi to attend a seminar, spoke to Sandeep Bhaskar of Deccan Herald about his future plans. Excerpt:

<b>So you are a patrika premi...</b>

(Smiles) Call me patrika premi or patrika pagal (obsessive), it hardly matters to me. I am doggedly pursuing my dream of publishing children magazines in 300 languages. Despite giving 18 years of my life to editing magazines, I am still very far away from my goal. But I feel that a divine force is guiding me to my destiny and I will certainly accomplish my goal one day.

<b>Is it true that you have come out with magazines in 50 languages so far? How many of them are regular?</b>

Yes, it is true and here is a testimony to the fact. (Shows a certified copy) The collector and district magistrate of Jagatsighpur has issued me a certificate saying that I have been editing and publishing magazines — especially for children — in 50 Indian languages and dialects, ie Suna Bhauni in Oriya, etc. While our publications in Oriya, Hindi and English (monthlies) are regular, we are trying to bring out other magazines half-yearly. But due to lack of resources, some of them become irregular.

However, ours is the only organisation with children’s magazines duly registered with the Registrar of Newspapers for India, in Sanskrit, Bhojpuri, Rajasthani, Kashmiri, Mundari and Digi languages. The name of these magazines changes according to the region. Suna Bhauni becomes Mayaru Bahin in Chhattisgari. It is Duleri Bahei in the Khortha dialect of Jharkhand while it becomes Tuath Byani in Kashmiri, Dulari Bahin in Bhojpuri and Subarna Bhagini in Sanskrit.

<b>What’s your basic objective behind bringing out magazines in different languages?</b>

Magazines for children, containing valuable write ups, can be a very effective tool in grooming them. But the publication of such magazines is still a low-key affair and mostly ignored in India. Many people don’t understand the importance of children’s literature. I am only a small fry, whose whole idea is to promote national integration through different languages.

<b>How was your journey for the past 18 years in publication?</b>

I started my work in 1990, purely for the love of it, with Suna Bhauni. Later I started publication in English and Hindi. However, the journey has not been a bed of roses. Despite being aware of my limitations, writers expect a substantial payment. I can’t pay them well as I am not doing all this for business. I have already exhausted all my resources. I have already mortgaged my ancestral property to realise my dreams.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
A tip of the hat to football hero <b>Baichung Bhutia </b>
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<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->In 2008, Bhutia was solicited to run with the Olympic torch in India, but he refused to carry the torch to show support for the Tibetan struggle. "I sympathise with the Tibetan cause. I'm against violence but I thought I should stand by the Tibetan people in their fight," Bhutia said, giving a shot in the arm for the growing Tibetan protest to the Beijing Olympic Games.  He is the only Indian to date who has refused to carry the Olympic torch. His actions have won him much praise from the Tibetan community and its supporters in India
Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baichung_Bhutia"

Says B Raman about him
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->The importance of the participation of football hero <b>Baichung Bhutia </b>to the Chinese was not only because he is a football hero, but also because he is a highly-respected Buddhist personality. He saw through their game and declined to let himself be used by the Chinese to serve their psychological warfare agenda in Tibet, Sichuan, Gansu and Qinghai. One hopes he does not change his mind under pressure from our Communists. It is a pity you (Amir Khan) have not seen through their game.
<b>Armed with PhD, this chowkidar teaches post-grads</b>
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->New Delhi
He takes post-graduate classes during daytime and keeps guard of the library building at Arts Faculty of Delhi University in the night.

Fifty-two-year-old Rajkishore Pandey, who has taken PhD on A comparative study on Adhyatma and Ananda Ramayana in the Valmiki Ramayana from the Delhi University and teaches Sanskrit to post-graduate students, is a permanent chowkidar in the Delhi University.

Despite being on the wrong side of the age now, Rajkishore still appears for interviews for the selection of university teachers and devotes most of his time in the library he guards. His son is also a PhD in Hindi from the same university.

"I teach Valmiki Ramayana to post-graduate students at South Campus. I take three classes in a week. All classes are held in the morning. From 5 pm onwards, I am on duty at Arts Faculty," says Rajkishore.

Rajkishore, who got married when he was 10, has spent more than 22 years guarding the campus. He came to the Capital from Tiwaripur in Uttar Pradesh in 1980 armed with an intermediate certificate from his village school and started as a daily-wage worker at the DU. He later became a security guard.

Rajkishore did his graduation from Shivaji College, MA from Hansraj College and PhD in the year 2000 from DU. He took special permission from the then Vice-Chancellor for taking PhD degree. "I regularly apply for teacher's or lecturer's post in different universities.

On several occasions, I was about to be appointed. But all of them fizzled out in the last moment. It seems the fact that I am a chowkidar had worked against me. I could never convince the interviewers that I could be as good or bad a lecturer as any other qualified person is," he said.

Rajkishore was even offered a clerk's job by DU but he refused it saying that he would either become a lecturer or remain a chowkidar. "Now, I really wish that my son doesn't face a similar problem and becomes a good teacher," he added.

When Rajkishore arrives for duty, he is an epitome of a chowkidar. His colleagues, teachers of various departments and students are all praises for him.

Some say his academic success is an example of hardwork while others hold the anti-poor mindset of administrators as the reason for his professional failure.

Curriculum vitae
Name: Rajkishore Pandey

Graduation from Shivaji College

MA from Hansraj College

PhD from DU

Topic of study: A comparative study on Adhyatma and Ananda Ramayana in the Valmiki Ramayana

Aim in life: Either become a lecturer or remain a chowkidar. <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Not surprised.
Once again Gujarath shows the way.

<b>Gujarat lawmakers set an example for the rest</b>
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Apr 11, 2008

<b>Not even an hour was lost in the just concluded first session of the 12th Gujarat assembly, setting a precedent for legislators across the country, says Speaker Ashok Bhatt.</b>

Bhatt said the ruling party members and the opposition exhibited high standards of tolerance and harmony in the assembly session that began Jan 18 and ended March 26.

Four bills and three resolutions were unanimously passed, which was rare. The assembly timings did not have to be extended to compensate for disturbance or adjournments, he said.

'I began this on an experimental basis. I contacted all the members before the session and made them understand the importance of the smooth functioning of the house. I appealed to their sense of purpose,' Bhatt told in an interview.

The members are the representatives of the people and if people have to regain faith in the democratic traditions, it is necessary for members to help in the smooth functioning of the house, he said. 'I feel my efforts are paying off,' he added.

During the assembly session, 22 urgent questions were asked and answered. This was the 106th session ever since Gujarat state came into being.

It is after a long time in one's memory that the house did not stop working for even a minute due to postponement or adjournment, a satisfied speaker said.

The house did not witness any unruly scenes. The way leaders of both the ruling and opposition groups put forth their views and discussed was indeed praiseworthy, he said.

Referring to the passing of four bills unanimously, Bhatt said that 14 bills of the government were passed while one was taken back by the government.

All 14 bills were discussed in an orderly fashion and then passed. 'This has set a fine example for the 12th house,' he said.

Another notable feature was about questions during zero hour. For the last several years ministers never allowed questions during zero hour. This time three important questions were discussed, he said.

Attributing the success of the session to the unusual harmony shown by the two sides, Bhatt felt the change in the mindset of members could have largely come from the three-day Sansadiya Gyan Shibir, a workshop on parliamentary matters, held here March 2-4.

Those who attended the workshop were Bhatt, Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, Lok Sabha secretary general P.D.T. Acharya, former Lok Sabha secretary general Subhash Kashyap, former central minister Arun Shourie, opposition leader in assembly Shaktisinh Gohil, state Health Minister Jaynarayan Vyas, former Indian Institute of Management - Ahmedabad director Bakul Dholakia among others.

Addressing the newly elected members, Chatterjee had expressed concern over the deteriorating standards of legislators and MPs and said common people were now perceiving a lack of seriousness in the political class in sustaining the democratic structure.

'Frequent disruptions of the legislature and growing confrontational politics have eroded trust of the common man in our democratic values,' said Chatterjee.

Sounding a note of warning, he told the assembled Gujarat legislators: 'It is a matter of serious concern that on the plea of non-functioning of legislatures, other organs are intruding into the area of the legislative organ.'

Bhatt also felt that the new developments could be related to the two-party system prevailing in Gujarat. 'In other states and parliament it is the multiplicity of parties that leads to all sorts of evils,' he said.

Of the 182 legislators in the new assembly, 70 are new faces. The ruling Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) has 117 members while the main opposition Congress has 59 and the National Congress Party (NCP) three. Two members are independent.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

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