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It is as if people are getting more possessive about their identities and feel the need to lash out at any perceived ‘threat’ to their cultural mouldings.When Padmavati was announced it was as if the Rajput consciousness of their historical identity was at stake And now we find ourselves ‘threatened’ by the historical references shown in the film Here it becomes all the more necessary to see Padmavati through a historical lens to understand the time cultural setting and social order which propelled it to this juncture But most of all this whole brouhaha over a film raises some pertinent questions: Is the legend of Padmavati historically authentic To what extent is she a product of fiction What does historical research say about it Professor Irfan Habib eminent historian and professor emeritus at the Aligarh Muslim University pointed out that tracing the roots of Padmavati in history is all but a futile exercise as her existence lies in the realm of the imaginary "Although her existence is debatable and has been discussed by many historians there is not a single mention of Padmavati in any contemporary historical narrative The first mention (of the legend of Padmavati) appeared in a piece of poetry by Malik Muhammad Jayasi called Padmavat dating back to the 16th Century" Habib said Jayasi’s poem narrates the tale of Padmini a princess of unparalleled beauty who lived in the kingdom of Simhaladvipa (present day Sri Lanka) It said that she caught the eye of Chittor’s Rana Ratan Singh who travelled to Simhaladvipa and won her hand in a swayamvar After returning to his kingdom in Chittor Ratan Singh banished a sorcerer who travelled to the Delhi Sultanate to avenge his banishment He seeded the idea into Delhi’s ruler (Alauddin Khilji) of Padmini’s beauty and convinced him to attack Chittor The Khilji ruler as per the poem then marched to Chittor and vanquished Ratan Singh However he failed to win over Padmini as she along with other Rajput women committed the practice of jauhar— self-immolation to protect their honour Habib however highlighted some historical loopholes in Jayasi’s poem "Although it is true that Khilji had defeated the Rana of Chittor it is also true that he had done so in 1303 and that he had died in 1316 At this point in time no one is known to have existed by the name of Padmini or Padmavati Since the mythical Rani Padmini was first mentioned in the 16th Century there is a timeline gap of more than 200 years between Khilji and Padmini" But if she did not exist then how did she become a part of the Rajput mythology Professor Harbans Mukhia a renowned historian whose principal area of study is medieval India explained how this could’ve happened "The concept of Padmini is a very old one It was there even in the Kamasutra It plays out the formula of the virile man chasing a beautiful woman overcoming all kinds of hurdles to win her This formula finds mention in many folktales like the Betal Pachisi and in Rajput literature Jayasi wrote his poem Padmavat and he picked up on this old formula" Mukhia said "There is a difference of 237 years difference between the two incidents — that is the history part of it It’s a very old trope of literature — purely a literary trope" he added In fact Jayasi even ends his poem Padmavat with the words "I have made up the story and related it" But despite that we find ourselves at his juncture where we cannot distinguish between history and legend or mythology "It is like if Amitabh Bachchan plays a coolie (porter) in a movie and 100 or 200 years later we claim that there once was a coolie named Amitabh" Mukhia stated Correcting history Recently Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had said that the legend of Padmavati will be taught in the state’s schools to help students learn the ‘correct history’ Similarly in July the state of Rajasthan attempted to rewrite history when its education board approved changing Class X history books to teach students that the Rana of Mewar Maharana Pratap was the victor against Mughal emperor Akbar during the 16th Century Battle of Haldighati In this context it becomes clear that the Padmavati row cannot be seen as an isolated incident and that it portends to a larger theme "One of the biggest ironies in this is that Padmavati was given birth to by a Muslim (Jayasi) and the whole fiction is now being turned into historical facts to protect the sentiments of other communities Every mythological legendary figure has become historical and you can’t dispute it because you’re likely to have your head chopped off if you do" Mukhia said "The only history being ‘corrected’ is that of Muslim rulers There seems to be no problem with the colonial history Why is that they (the ministers mentioned) are only finding fault with Muslim history" he added? 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We cannot be completely dependent on Kajauli. Jain alleges local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal has had a stint as the Union minister for water resources Howeverduring his tenureadditional water was not secured for the city MeanwhileUT Home Secretary Anil Kumar stated that Chandigarh was willing to pay its share for laying of pipelines for getting additional water from Kajauli Howeverthe water share is undecided due to the dispute between Punjab and Haryana He added that getting water from Ghaggar would not be a feasible option Supply hours changedrepair on From Wednesdaythe Municipal Corporation will be supplying water from 4 am to 8 am in all sectors The evening water supply will be as per the schedule released by the MC earlier The water supplied on Tuesday was between 2 am and 6 am or 7 am in most sectors This caused considerable problems for the residents who complained that the supply hours need to be increased Following the complaintsthe supply hours have been changed The repair of the pipelines continued on Tuesday and work is expected to be completed in the next two days Officials said work was being undertaken round the clock There was a surge in the demand for tankers with water supply being low pressure and supply hours reduced On the upper storeys of housesthe condition was pitiable Complaints were also received from hotels and hostels For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: January 3 2016 1:05 am Related News In the planning stages for over three decades and after repeated false starts the Sewri-Nhava Sheva Mumbai Trans Harbour Link got a push with the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) granting the project an in-principle approval The project viewed as a vital connector to the upcoming Navi Mumbai International Airport was stalled for want of environment clearance for several months Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said “As soon as the notification for the final clearance is in we will close the loan agreement with JICA for the trans-harbour link I had earlier said after my Japan tour that we will issue tenders for the project in March I reiterate that by March we will start the tendering process for the project and plan in such a way that the project is completed in 2019” Prime Minister Narendra Modi had recently taken up the project for discussion with state functionaries which led to fast-tracking of the approvals Fadnavis added A senior state government official who did not wish to be named said “There is one condition that the state will have to fulfill before the ministry grants a final clearance However it is just a procedural formality and we hope to complete it soon” For final clearance the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) which is the state implementing agency for the project has to make a fresh application for tribal rehabilitation in the forest area that will be impacted by the project as per the Forests Rights Act This is to certify that the project will not impact any tribal life in the forest areas that it will pass The MMRDA has already communicated to the environment ministry there is no tribal life along the alignment of the 22-km Sewri-Nhava Sheva link but will now have to follow due procedure as per the Forests Rights Act to state the same The official added that the government is looking at starting the tendering process for construction of the Rs 12000-crore trans harbour link in March on a cash contract basis Three earlier attempts to bid out the project have drawn a blank Simultaneously MMRDA is in the process of working out a formal loan agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to fund the project The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Maharashtra government has been aggressively trying to fast-track the trans harbour link touted the country’s longest sea link as the Navi Mumbai airport is already under tendering The government wants to have the link across Mumbai’s harbour to the airport ready by the time the airport commences operations so that it can be made easily accessible to fliers The project has faced several green hurdles with its alignment proposed to pass through mudflats at Sewri on the island city and those on the mainland side at Nhava as well as the Thane creek Environmentalists have flagged potential adverse impacts of the project such as destruction of the mudflats coercing Mumbai’s seasonal visitors the flamingos to search for other homes with construction activity likely to dent their natural habitats 2019 deadline for coastal freeway The state government has set a target of 2019 for completion of the ambitious coastal freeway from Nariman Point to Kandivali “The project had become an annual feature in the government’s functioning and wasn’t moving forward at all But now within one year all approvals required from the Union government to start work on the coastal road are in Now it’s the state government’s time to double the pace We will ensure that by 2019 my car runs on the constructed coastal freeway” Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said The Union government on Wednesday released the final notification amending Coastal Regulation Zone norms to permit reclamation for a coastal road Besides setting a deadline for the coastal road Fadnavis also vowed to set up the state housing regulatory authority by February this year For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Shub Karman Dhaliwal | Chandigarh | Updated: January 16 2016 8:58 am Top News The City Beautiful is set to get an earthquake warning system The equipment which will be installed at the New Haryana Secretariat in Sector 17 will sound an alert around 30 seconds before an earthquake German company Secty Electronics Gmbh in collaboration with German Geo Research Centre (GFZ) has developed this system An alert will be sounded when the sensors catch the vibrations of the P-wave or primary wave in the zone where an earthquake will take place The P-waves are the first waves of an earthquake to arrive on a seismograph These are followed by surface waves The system was assembled on the basis of research conducted by GFZ on earthquakes in the last 100 years Chandigarh is in seismic zone IV making it prone to earthquakes Managing Director of Secty Electronics Juergen Przybylak said “Our system has not given any false alarms since 2006 The device can measure the expected damage to a building and gives a person valuable time to find a safe spot or leave the building before the earthquake sets in” The device will be installed after studying the layout of the building The sensors of the device can also sense the magnitude of the earthquake which if greater then level 6 on the reading scale will sound an alarm indicating that the earthquake will be destructive The alarm can be adjusted according to the wishes of the client The equipment also comes with speakers which increases the range of the alarm The device helps in blocking and shutting down of gas pipelines nuclear supplies water supplies etc In case of leakage in a pipeline supply to the pipeline is stopped and can only be resumed through a code The cost of the device is between Rs 12 and Rs 14 lakh In India Terra Techcom is involved in the business of setting up the device Managing director Bijender Goel said that the system was currently working in 26 countries For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top NewsRangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera took three wickets apiece to break Zimbabwe’s resistance and secure a 225-run victory for Sri Lanka in the first Test at Harare Sports Club on Wednesday After declaring on their overnight total of 247 for six to set Zimbabwe 412 for victory on the final day Sri Lanka were under threat of being held to a draw as Graeme Cremer once again proved to be the thorn in their side with his stubborn 43 But Herath finished with figures of 3 for 38 which included the key wickets of Cremer and Sean Williams and Perera took 3 for 34 as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 186 with just 73 overs left in the game Sri Lanka’s players celebrate their victory against Zimbabwe in 1st Test AFP A rollercoaster of a final day began with Zimbabwe making a strong start to their innings as openers Tino Mawoyo and Brian Chari saw off the new ball Even after Chari was bowled in Lahiru Kumara’s first over to depart for 10 Mawoyo found solid support from Hamilton Masakadza as the pair batted for almost an hour However a poor umpiring decision changed the complexion of the game as Mawoyo was given out lbw to Perera by umpire Simon Fry with replays showing that the ball was comfortably missing leg stump The DRS review system was not used in this match although will be operating in the second Test in Harare from Sunday Mawoyo’s departure for 37 sparked a heavy collapse as Zimbabwe fell from 68 for one to 74 for five in the space of four overs “We were really happy with the start we had but then when we started to lose a few wickets we panicked” said Cremer Perera trapped Craig Ervine lbw in his next over and in the following over Lakmal dismissed both Masakadza for 20 and Malcolm Waller With another decision going against Zimbabwe after lunch when Peter Moor was given out lbw by umpire Ian Gould to a Kumara delivery that was bouncing over the stumps the end was in sight for the hosts But Williams was joined by Cremer whose unbeaten century headlined the Zimbabwe first innings and the pair saw the hosts through the next 80 minutes to the tea interval Needing four wickets in the final session to wrap the game up Herath stepped forward to have Williams caught at slip for 40 before trapping Donald Tiripano lbw Yet Cremer fought on taking his innings towards the three-hour mark and his score to 43 With less than 10 overs to go the Zimbabwe captain had a rush of blood to the head and was stumped off the bowling of Herath “I blame myself for losing this game” said the man of the match “If I was there then at least if Carl (Mumba) or Chris (Mpofu) had got out then I would have felt a lot better about myself but I think my wicket was the turning point in us losing this game” Mumba and Mpofu lasted a further three overs before Perera sealed the game by bowling the latter for a duck consigning Zimbabwe to defeat in their 100th Test “I tell you a lot of credit goes to the fast bowlers” said Herath “There was not much assistance for the spinners and the Zimbabweans batted well But the fast bowlers played their heart out and gave 100%” By: PTI | Los Angeles | Published: December 11 2015 11:10 am Patricia Arquette’s impassioned speech about the gender wage gap at this year’s Oscars received mixed reaction and the actress has now clarified her comments that caused controversy Related News Patricia Arquette’s impassioned speech about the gender wage gap at this year’s Oscars received mixed reaction and the actress has now clarified her comments that caused controversy Arquette received praise from both peers and fans for her speech which she gave while accepting her Best Supporting Actress Oscar but then later received backlash after she suggested gay people and people of colour start fighting for women’s rights In an essay for the Hollywood Reporter Arquette discussed what she has learned since “Since the speech I have learned a lot more about the feminist movement and how women of colour have been left out of the process I understand that more now I am really sad that I may have added to their feeling of being excluded” she wrote Arquette also expressed regret for the “stupid wording” she made during her comments that evening “It was my own lack of clarity backstage that made some women feel left out or slighted This of all things makes me sad because they are my heroes” Arquette pointed out a few statistics such as wage disparity “costing the average woman USD 400000” and “75 per cent of all low-wage earners” being women many of them mothers Arquette also showed support for the LGBT community “We also need to hear more about our lesbian sisters and our trans sisters Our trans sisters are the most likely women to be living in deep poverty with 15 percent of them making less than USD 10000 a year That’s crazy and needs to change” The year has seen several other actresses speak out about the wage gap in their industry such as Rooney Mara Jessica Chastain Sharon Stone and Jennifer Lawrence For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Vinod Kumar | Chandigarh | Updated: December 12 2016 9:39 am The contract of the previous company expired in July following which affixation of HSRPs was stopped on July 13 (Source: Express Archives) Top News WITH THE Chandigarh transport department failing to hire a firm for affixation of high security registration plates (HSRP) the pendency of registration plates has mounted to over 50000 The UT Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA) on Saturday rolled out a new registration series: CH0I-BK With this the pendency is likely to cross 60000 mark by the end of this month HSRP number plates have not been affixed in CH01-BG CH01-BH and CH01-BJ series HSRP number plates are also pending in old series starting from CH03-N series Watch what else is making news: The contract of the previous company expired in July following which affixation of HSRPs was stopped on July 13 However even after a lapse of more than four months the transport department has failed to find a replacement After the expiry of contract of the previous company the transport department had thrice floated tenders and only one company came forward which proposed a hike of over 100 per cent on the existing rates The department held several rounds of meeting with the firm and also formed a committee but failed to convince it to reduce the rates After failing to break the deadlock the transport department cancelled the tender The firm had quoted Rs 158 for a two-wheeler and Rs 366 for a four-wheeler Since February 2013 — when the HSRP scheme was implemented in Chandigarh — the rate for a two-wheeler has been Rs 79 and for a two-wheeler Rs 183 UT director (transport) Amit Talwar claims they will float a tender for hiring a new firm shortly “So far we have not been able to find a firm despite putting in best efforts” he said Talwar maintains it will take them around four months’ time to clear the backlog “We will set up more counters for clearing the backlog The pervious firm was operating only three counters” he added The department has decided to give contract for a period of five years with an option of two-year extension “The longer term of contract will enable the firm to recover investment” said Talwar Federation of Sector Federation of Sector Welfare Associations Chandigarh (FOSWAC) chairman Baljinder Singh Bittu asserts that the administration should hire a new firm at the earliest “The growing pendency will later cause harassment to residents” he said For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Navjeevan Gopal | Chandigarh | Published: September 14 2015 3:12 am Related News THE wait for the staff of Director Research and Medical Education (DRME) Punjab office in Mohali for their salaries for the month of August is likely to get longer with arrears of three litigants having not been cleared by the department Acting on a petition where the litigants had demanded arrears alleging disparity in their pay scales as compared to other employees during a revision of scales a Patiala court on August 24 had attached the salaries and other expenses account of the office at treasury department Share This Article Related Article The court had fixed September 10 as the next date of hearing in the case and the DRME office it was learnt had approached the finance department for its nod to pay the arrears to pave the way for release of salaries of its staff Sources said the finance department was studying the case before taking a call A senior official of Medical Education and Research department said the finance department had sought details of similar cases where employees were claiming arrears “We told the finance department that we are in process of compiling the details of any such cases and requested that the department should give its nod in the case at hand so that the salaries of the staff could be released” said the official The August 24 order by the Patiala court came after the department authorities failed to appear before the court in connection with a case for execution filed by three persons Dr Dharampal Garg a retired lecturer of Physiology at Rajindra College Patiala Harpal Singh Associate Professor and Jaswinder Singh Demonstrator both in Pharmacy department The three had demanded execution of arrears due to them by the department where they had moved court seeking parity in a matter of pay scales According to Harpal a court in Patiala had ruled in their favour after the petition was filed in year 2006 He said that “the office of DRME moved District and Sessions Court to challenge the order but the court dismissed the plea and again ruled in our favour” The DRME did not appeal in the higher court after the District and Session Judge court order in the stipulated period of time thereby losing the opportunity to challenge the order While litigants claim department owe Rs 27 lakh as arrears to them Director Research and Medical Education Dr Manjit Kaur Mohi says the arrears calculated by department were to the tune of “Rs 15 lakh and not Rs 27 lakh” Mohi said the next date of hearing in the case fixed by court was September 25 For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express AppBy: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: February 16 2016 1:25 am Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis Related News THE MAHARASHTRA government plans to work towards shaping the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) as an ‘economic capital region’ ramping up infrastructure and creating employment opportunities across the urban agglomeration Senior industry leaders like Yes Bank Managing Director Rana Kapoor Cisco Systems Executive Chairman Dinesh Malkani GVK Power & Infrastructure and Vice Chairman Sanjay Reddy among others discussed Mumbai’s potential and challenges at the ‘Make in Mumbai’ seminar The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had organised the event with the state government to showcase Mumbai as a financial commercial and entertainment hub to domestic and international investors as part of the showpiece ‘Make in India’ week Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said “All projects that we will implement are planned towards making the Mumbai Metropolitan Region the financial capital region of India We have a comprehensive mobility plan which we will update for seamless connectivity throughout the region” He mentioned projects such as the Sewri-Nhava Sheva Mumbai Trans Harbour Link the Navi Mumbai International Airport and Naina the influence area around the airport that will be a conglomeration of 22 smart cities as catalysts in the development of MMR Share This Article Related Article The chief minister also expressed a need to stress on ‘Built in Mumbai’ to rope in developers and create large affordable housing projects saying it is unfortunate that a large aspiring population cannot afford decent houses even for Rs 1 crore “Built in Mumbai should be a massive campaign to construct affordable houses What is hindering this is the way we are doing business We need to deregulate and create seamless systems” Fadnavis said Fadnavis also said that there is ample interest among investors in the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) that the government is looking to create in Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex “I have already received one call saying whenever there is an IFSC I should reserve 20 floors in that investor’s name such is the interest Although Mumbai is not the first IFSC no other 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