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The construction work will be executed on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis and the maintenance cost will be recovered from parking and conversion charges, a senior MCD official said The civic agency had zeroed in on the Parade Ground after the proposal to build an underground multi-level parking facility at Shaheed Park hit a roadblock The Archaeological Survey of India had denied permission to the civic body for the project on the ground that it was within 100 metres of two protected monumentsKhooni Darwaza and the Ferozeshah Kotla ruins In Januarythe new spot at the Parade Groundtoohad run into trouble after the Shri Dharmik Ramlila Committeewhich organises Ramlila at the grounds every yearwrote to the civic body protesting the move The committee said the parking lot will disrupt the Ramlila functions The matter was resolved after the civic agency convinced the committee that the underground parking lot will not disrupt any kind of activity at the ground level MCD officials said once completethe parking lot will help decongest roads and increase walking space for pedestrians The MCD also plans to construct two more multi-level parking lots in the ares at Gandhi Ground and Dangal Ground For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Pratap Bhanu Mehta | Updated: April 16 2016 12:16 am Top News Book: A Revolutionary History of Interwar India Author: Kama Maclean Publisher: Penguin Books Pages: 303 Price: Rs 599 What is the relationship of revolutionary organisations like the Hindustan Socialist Republican Army (HSRA) formed by Bhagat Singh and Chandrashekhar Azad to the mainstream national movement Kama Maclean’s deeply engrossing and textured history of revolutionary movements of interwar India opens up this question in a profoundly interesting way Maclean begins by noting a paradox: popular historiography of the nationalist movement is unimaginable without Azad and Bhagat Singh who are always central to the pantheon of freedom fighters; official or academic history tends to see nationalism largely through the centrality of the Congress Maclean uses this paradox to powerfully explore the dialectic of violence and non-violence in the nationalist movement This book is a valuable contribution at several levels It uses visual archives to open up historical questions Maclean splendidly recounts how a visual pantheon of revolutionary India including the now mesmerisingly iconic photograph of Bhagat Singh in a hat was created These visual archives in an ironic twist capture the subtle relationship between HSRA and the Congress much better than the academic histories that treat them separately do It is a wonderful contribution to the study of HSRA itself its ideology and networks its internal fissures its regional variations and its tactics It uses a relatively unused gold mine of oral history recordings available at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and Cambridge to give genuine voice to a neglected episode One of the sheer delights of the book is the ways in which so many HSRA characters come to life Many readers might remember perhaps from Manoj Kumar’s Shaheed the woman and child who travelled with Bhagat Singh and helped him evade the police The police were looking for a single man but travelling with a family allowed Bhagat Singh to avoid arrest Have you wondered who that woman was One of the most important feats of this book is a deft chapter that rescues that remarkable woman Durga Devi Vohra a clandestine operative and revolutionary in her own right from obscurity But its political claims are equally striking One of the great merits of the book is to study HSRA in relation to the Congress This relationship allows her to explore new insights into how Congress itself evolves First there is no question that contrary to Congress histories the HSRA and its leaders were becoming genuinely popular; they were not fringe elements operating at the margins of politics or popular imagination She makes the striking claim that it is precisely their presence and popularity that in some ways forced the hand of the nationalist movement; in part the civil disobedience movement may have been launched to pre-empt this challenge by more radical groups from the outside But did the presence of this revolutionary alternative help Congress Did the British take Gandhi more seriously and anoint him their chief interlocutor because of the presence of these violent revolutionary movements Better deal with Gandhi than more radical groups More disconcertingly was the potential threat of a radically revolutionary group filling the vacuum required to energise non-violent politics and elicit a response from the British state Maclean’s evidence suggests a yes Perhaps more Congress leaders recognised this than would publicly admit Jinnah defended HSRA in the Legislative Assembly Many of them continued to have deep relationships with the HSRA One figure who emerges as strikingly important in this relationship is Motilal Nehru a figure who also needs rescuing from the shadows of his descendents Indeed what is striking is how much networks of political activity transcended ideological and organisational differences The book dwells on the vexed question of the extent to which Gandhi could have saved Bhagat Singh and his associates In one episode the anger of HSRA against Gandhi is palpable They greet him with a garland of black cloth flowers Gandhi responds by “praising their wisdom in offering him black flowers Instead of expressing displeasure he showers love on them” As Jaideva Gupta Bhagat Singh’s childhood friend wrote “Gandhi by his reasoning sweet voice calm and quiet manner would convince the public that what could be done was done” Maclean is persuasive in arguing that Congress and HSRA were more on a spectrum Bhagat Singh himself was extremely self-conscious about the limits of violence: it could have limited use in its initial stages to lift people out of their torpor But as he put it “terrorism is a confession that the revolutionary mentality has not penetrated down into the masses” Even the radicals had a serious moral compass rooted in non-violence The writer is president Centre For Policy Research New Delhi and contributing editor The Indian Express For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Agencies | Jammu | Published: September 14 2009 10:35 am Related News Army has arrested a Pakistani nationalwho crossed over to Poonch district from across the border Troops patrolling the Line of Control noticed some movement near forward post Balakote in Mendhar block of the district last night and asked the intruder to surrenderpolice said on Monday Latertroops arrested the Pakistani national identified as Pappu Hussain During questioninghe told army authorities that he had crossed over to this side inadvertently For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by P Budhkar | Mumbai | Updated: March 29 2016 3:26 pm Artisanal arrack is quite popular in England and is used in cocktails (Source: Rockland Distilleries) Related News When my cousin travelled to Sri Lanka last month I asked him to get me a bottle of good Sri Lankan arrack I have always wanted to get my hands on a bottle since I had some at a friend’s place on a muggy Mumbai afternoon many decades ago We had the arrack with coconut water the way the Lankans have it and I found it to be a subtle refreshing drink As far as indigenous drinks go I have been acquainted with toddy mahua and even narangi in a dustbowl in Bihar but I have never really got to know arrack But as they say better late than never especially if you consider my advanced age Arrack is older than I am older than all of us put together and possibly the world’s oldest distilled spirits It was made and drunk mostly in South Asia including India Sri Lanka Java and the Philippines Here of course I am referring to coconut arrack which is different from araq made from fermented fruits in Africa and the Middle East and Indonesia’s Batavia arrack which is distilled from molasses So for those of you not in the know what is arrack Now there are four wonderful things you can do with coconut toddy: drink it; cook with it; make vinegar out of it; and distil it to create arrack Read More Over the years various states in India have banned arrack and then gone back on their decision but there is no ambiguity about arrack in Sri Lanka and the liquor still flourishes over there The little island is the world’s largest producer of coconut arrack and a lot of it is fine stuff Apart from Mendes premium arrack is also produced by the Distilleries Company of Sri Lanka International Distilleries and among others Rockland The nearly 100-year-old Rockland is the last of the country’s family-owned distilleries and it was to them I turned to get a better understanding of the spirit “Arrack is the national spirit of Sri Lanka and has been so from the days of our kings It’s to us what Scotch is to Scotland” says Amal de Silva Wijeyeratne who helms Rockland Distilleries which produces among other spirits Ceylon Arrack A fair few things go into the making of good arrack says Wijeyratne “Halmilla plays a key role in the ageing of arrack It is Sri Lanka’s hard wood the equivalent of oak in Europe It can be found in some parts of south India and in Sri Lanka But the wood is only half the story A pure 12- 15- or 18-year-old arrack won’t be the best straight off the vat The art of distillation is of primary importance as well as the skill of the master blender” Arrack is made from the fermented sap of coconut flowers (Source: Rockland Distilleries) Over the last five-odd years Ceylon Arrack has served notice abroad especially in the UK and it can be found says Wijeyratne in chai cocktails and champagne cocktails in upmarket Indian resturants such as Dishoom and Hopper Rockland’s arrack is also used in the making of punch and that is not surprising since historically arrack was the base spirit for punch Wijeyratne has a few tips in case you are going to be in Colombo or Galle sometime this year He wants you to steer clear of congeners and flavourings and have arrack especially his brand with coconut water or ginger beer/ale When my cousin sent the bottle across I was all agog with excitement He had picked up the Mendis Founder’s Reserve aged for 15 years I got some ginger ale organised coconut water and chilled it and set about preparing for a languid evening The Mendis Founder’s Reserve has a fruity nose and is decidedly more complex than you’d expect arrack to be It was also pleasantly smooth and reminded me of a good rum and maybe cognac I had my first drink with ginger ale Then I poured some more Mendis into my glass topped it up with chilled coconut water and as I sipped the smooth drink I remembered an afternoon from my youth Ruby Punch Ruby Punch a recipe first published by master mixologist Jerry Thomas in 1862 has stood the test of time its imaginative blend of Port wine lime and tea proven irresistible to drinkers throughout the decades Ingredients Whole punch bowl 700ml – Ceylon Arrack 280ml – Taylor’s Ruby Port 280ml – Fresh lemon juice 210ml – Sugar syrup 1050ml – Black tea brewed and cooled Method * Shake all ingredients together with ice and then strain over fresh ice Ruby Punch can be made as a one-off cocktail but it’s more fun to make a large batch * Serve from a generously sized punch bowl For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related News It’s since waded into virtual reality with the Vive headset. which affect millions of young Iranians. 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