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Of rampage and reunion

Dr Nitin Pandey

26-Nov-2008
3 days of deliberations were held by around 1200 participants in the ABVP Uttarakhand State Meet which was held recently in MKP College, Dehra Dun, on the twin issues of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants and on making Advani the next PM of India. It was felt that the Central Government was not serious about the issue of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants and apparently the meet decided that the best way to make the Central Government aware of the issue would be by stopping children of Uttarakhand from studying for one day. So an educational bandh was called on the 12th of November, in which some enthusiastic ABVP workers even broke furniture of a few colleges, in an attempt to convince the college management of the need to tackle Bangladeshi immigrants. Taken unawares by this sudden closure, uniformed school children could be seen loitering around the roads of Dehra Dun on that day. A majority of Doonites, however, failed to empathize with the distorted logic and the blatant display of muscle power and so, in the end, such disruptions did more disservice than service to ABVP’s cause.

Meeting of a different kind was held in St. Thomas College on the 13th of November. 14 people from as far away as Canada, US and Australia met in the college to celebrate 50yrs of their passing out. Of the 18 students who finished their Senior Cambridge in 1958, 14 made it to their Batch reunion and also coming all the way from Australia was Mr. Luther, their Science teacher. It was a very emotional event and it was a touching to see people in their sixth decade of life jumping and shouting like young school children. In 1958 the total strength of the school was 300 and in this batch there were 12 girls and 6 boys. Both the then Head boy (Col. Amar Pal Singh) and Head girl (Mrs Eleanor Kapoor) spoke eloquently about the influence school still has over them and how things learnt in the school helped them later on in life. Students and teachers of St Thomas presented a glittering dance and song show on the occasion. Mr RV Gardner, the principal of St Thomas, was a gracious host and literally made everyone dance to his tune. Among the interesting anecdotes shared was the way students used to cycle down to Lacchiwala for class picnics. How many students today could cycle all that way would be an interesting point of discussion? Plucking fruits from trees on the way to school seemed to be a daily routine with students then. Apart from Doon School, St. Thomas College must be the only other college in Dehra Dun to host such a reunion.

Also spreading happiness to Doonites is the month long Khadi Gram Udyog Mela in Parade Ground. Displaying khadi items and other handicrafts from all over India, the Mela aims at spreading awareness about Khadi and dispelling the myth that Khadi is not synonymous with style. The well spread out stalls and clean carpeted alleys are most conducive to leisurely strolls. A stall displaying hand woven shawls from Manipur seemed to be the most popular among shoppers. The biggest hit, however, is the evening cultural programs in which Garhwali and Kumaoni folk songs and dances strike a chord with the audience and entice the youngsters to dance along. The festival closes December 7.


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