Chandigarh, like seldom seen before
“One’s actions should be such that even the enemy would concur. He may not do so on one’s face but would do so in heart of hearts.” With these words of Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, UT Adviser Vijay Kumar Dev paid tributes to the visionary on the 135th Founder’s Day of The Tribune here today.
Dev also released a book, “Chandigarh Sectors & Roads”, published by The Tribune, at a special function to mark the Founder’s Day at Hotel Mountview here.
Earlier, Justice SS Sodhi (retd), a former Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court and President of The Tribune Trust, Lt Gen SS Mehta (retd) and Naresh Mohan, both Trustees of The Tribune Trust, Dr Harish Khare, Editor-in-Chief, The Tribune Group of Newspapers, and Vinay Verma, General Manager, welcomed Dev.
In his speech, the UT Adviser said the book was another leap by The Tribune Group to educate city residents and visitors about the City Beautiful.
He said the book would be immensely useful for residents, visitors, urban planners and lovers of the city.
On a lighter note, he said now people would click photos of pages of this book and say, “Let’s meet at page so and so of the Tribune book.”
Elaborating on the book, he said it was nice to see that The Tribune Group did not fail to mention the edict of the city in this book.
Speaking about The Tribune, he said The Tribune and Chandigarh were synonymous. “If one thinks about Chandigarh, The Tribune automatically comes to one’s mind,” he said.
The Adviser saluted the great visionary, Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, who started this newspaper 135 years ago, initially as a weekly.
“It would suffice to say that through the institution, he lives for all times to come,” the Adviser said.
He said he was an avid student of Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia’s contribution, to Punjab and Punjabiyat in particular and the nation in general. “If people follow the principles of Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, discord will vanish and we will all become good human beings,” he said. He assured The Tribune Group that the UT Administration would take all possible steps to develop the city. Earlier, Justice Sodhi welcomed the august gathering. He said, “February 2 is a very special day for The Tribune as it is our Founder’s Day.”
He said The Tribune Group was commemorating this day with a social obligation by releasing the book.
The Editor-in-Chief, Dr Harish Khare, said The Tribune had a responsibility towards its readers. “Once in a while, if any of the representatives of the UT Administration goes overboard, we freely do our duty to question the authority.”
The Editors of Dainik Tribune and Punjabi Tribune, Santosh Tiwari and Surinder Singh Tej, respectively, also graced the occasion.
UT Deputy Commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi, UT Chief Architect Kapil Setia, Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University Arun Kumar Grover, RK Saboo, ML Sarin, BN Goswamy, HS Mamik and renowned theatre director Neelam Man Singh Chowdhary were among those present on the occasion.