Jinhe Naaz Hai Hind Par Woh Kahan Hain ?



Cultural centre in Batalvi’s memory remains incomplete
Neeraj Bagga
Tribune News Service
Batala, May 5
Litterateurs and art lovers rue that though leaders of various political parties are not leaving any stone unturned to woo electors, they have failed to complete and maintain the Shiv Batalvi Cultural Centre here dedicated to legendary Punjabi language poet Shiv Kumar Batalvi.

He had died on May 6, 1973, at the age of 36. Even 29 years after the laying of the foundation stone of the cultural centre in his memory, it is yet t to functionl smoothly. In its 29-year existence, it remained functional only for a couple of years.
The building is locked. The garden around it is a picture of neglect. It has become a favourite haunting place for animals and anti-social elements. Garbage is littered all over the place. Absence of regular cleaning and repair has caused deterioration of the building.

Sukhwant Singh Gill, president, Citizen Welfare Forum, Batala, said about Rs 52 lakh had been spent for the construction of the centre, but it was yet to be completed. He lamented that such a treatment was being meted out to Shiv, known as John Keats of Punjabi poetry.

The then Governor of Punjab Aminudin Ahmad had laid the foundation stone for the Centre at the Batala-Jalandhar road. A Shiv Kumar Batalvi Memorial Trust was also constituted of which the Deputy Commissioner of Gurdaspur was made chairman and SDM, Batala, Rahul Chabba its ex-officio secretary.

Former national president, Bhartiya Kisan Union, Bhupinder Singh Maan said he had given Rs 10 lakh out of the MPLAD fund to repair the centre which made it functional in 1995. However, it remained operational only for two years.

Blaming political interference and bureaucratic hassles responsible, he alleged it marred its functioning.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: