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Bangalore: 'Height' of Negligence - 'Stained'  Tricolor Flutters atop Vidhana Soudha

for Daijiworld Media Network - Bangalore (MB)
Inputs and pics from Jaison Soares (GA)

Bangalore, Jul 18: These days every politician’s eyes are concentrated on distant Delhi, as the date of the presidential election is fast approaching.

But it is unfortunate that nobody has bothered to throw a glance at the national flag flying on top of the seat of the state government, the stately Vidhana Soudha complex.

According to the Constitution of India, there are certain codes and rules in respect of the national flag - like its exact measurement, how to handle it, the way to hoist it and lower it and the time-frame to keep it hoisted during daytime hours. Any act of disrespect to the tricolor is punishable under law. Under the same law, it is a punishable offence to fly a damaged, distorted or sullied flag.

What was not spotted by others could not escape the eyes of our agile reader, Jaison Soares from Taccode. As he was passing by the Vidhana Soudha a couple of days ago, he could not help spotting a spot on the national flag flying atop the building.

It appeared to be either a hole or a patch, which could be noticed only from a few angles. He immediately captured it in his camera and sent it to Daijiworld so that the flaw could be rectified by the authorities.

Is it symbolic of a stain or a hole in our patriotic spirit? There could be few who might think it is a petty matter. But what about the Constitutional requirement?

The chief minister keeps travelling through the length and breadth of the state, on the pretext of meeting the villagers and listening to their woes. But is he aware of what is happening right under his nose, nay, above his nose on top of his seat of power?

It is sure a clear case of carelessness, callousness and negligence. Now that this serious impropriety has been brought to the attention of our rulers, will the damage be undone?

Fire Breaks out in Vidhana Soudha

DH News Service, Bangalore

Bangalore: For a change, the firework was outside the Legislature Session Hall of the Vidhana Soudha. On Tuesday, while the Legislature session was on, a fire broke out in the computer server room (No 203) due to a short circuit on the second floor of Vidhana Soudha.

Four computers, electric wires and furniture in the room were burnt partially and the internet connectivity in  Vidhana Soudha has been affected. No major loss of property has been reported and nobody has been injured in the accident.

Gangadhar, driver of Co-operation Minister G T Deve Gowda, whose chamber is next to the server room, explained, “Around 11.20 am, it was noticed that smoke coming through the windows of the server room. When the panes were broken, heavy fumes billowed out and blackened the clothes of all those who were standing nearby. The air condition apparatus had caught fire and it spread to the computers and wiring, within no time. We informed the fire service men, who extinguished the fire.” C Chandrashekhar, IGP (Fire Services), who inspected the spot, said that a tap of the wash basin inside the room was loose and water was dripping and the same was collected too.

As the collected water was not cleared, it came in contact with the electric wire and caused a short circuit. Minister for Science and Technology Ramachandra Gowda, speaking to reporters after inspecting the room, said it was a minor fire accident and nobody was hurt. As the incident took place in the server room, internet connectivity in the Vidhana Soudha was affected. “It may take a couple of days to restore the facility,” he added. He also clarified that there were no files in the room
Negligence of PWD

The server room is attached to the chamber of Deputy Secretary (Finance) H Ganesh Murthy. Murthy’s personal assistant Sharada alleged that despite repeated complaints to the Public Works Department, to repair the water tap nobody had turned up.“I had called the PWD Department four times this morning too. But they did not turn up. Thank God nobody was inside the room when the incident happened”, she said.

B N S Reddy, DCP (Central) said that the police have registered a case of fire accident. 


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  • Ganesh, USA

    Thu, Jul 19 2007

    Mistakes do happen - big or Small - many times inadvertently. As the author says it was not easily noticeable. So that is not like a neglect. Protests and action should happen I, after bringing the neglect to the notice, the respondent talks lightly, does not apologize and does not rectify. Recently, Jaram Ramesh, Central minister is said to have committed a faux-pas by stepping on FM Cariappa's Samadhi and he immediately issued a statement of apology.

    That is the correct response. I don't think CM or any one else has neglected or desrespected our flag. I would say, it is better to directly send this info to CM so that the problem can be immediately rectified. If he does not respond, then case should be filed against the CM and the entire Govt.

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  • Nelson Lewis, Karkala/Bombay/Kingdom of Bahrain

    Thu, Jul 19 2007

    Where are the people who like to portray or pose themselves as the protectors of the law and culture and due to their fanatical seal, act as Moral Police? Are they in deep slumber?

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  • Jason Rodrigues, Kundapur/Dubai

    Wed, Jul 18 2007

    I would like know where are the "moral police" now? I remember, they ransacked a footwear shop some time back. The reason being, shoes were kept on top of "tender coconut". Even if our tricolor is stained they wouldn't do anything since their party is in power.

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  • Rajesh, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 18 2007

    Do our Netas who sit in the seat of Government Know what the colours symbolize? How will it make them any difference if it is discoloured when they are only interested in securing and clinging on to the seats inside the government from Chief Minister to chaprasi who could also check for corruption and malfunctioning....of the state machinery....and resources and assets and more importantly the Crown / the identity / the Flag of the Nation.....

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