World war

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - METRO -

Yet, af­ter the war, the Bri­tish re­warded In­dian loy­alty with even more re­pres­sive laws. Peace­ful pro­tes­tors were killed in Jal­lian­wala Bagh. The na­tion­al­ists now wanted in­de­pen­dence. And in the col­lec­tive ha­tred against the Bri­tish, the pain and loss of In­dian sol­diers of World War 1 was some­how for­got­ten – the im­pe­ri­al­ists chose to think of them as mi­nor play­ers, in In­dia the feel­ing was that they were mer­ce­nar­ies, who fought for the colo­nial pow­ers for money.

In re­cent years, how­ever, the con­ver­sa­tion around In­dian par­tic­i­pa­tion in the First World War has been gain­ing vol­ume. In the run-up to 100 years of Ar­mistice Day (November 11) — the sign­ing of the agree­ment be­tween the Al­lied Forces and Ger­many that marked the end of the war — as events have been held across the world, sem­i­nars and me­mo­rial ser­vices for In­dian sol­diers are also be­ing held here. A new me­mo­rial in France also com­mem­o­rates their val­our, an ad­di­tion to the few that al­ready ex­ist abroad. In­dian sol­diers of WW1 are fi­nally get­ting re­spect and re­mem­brance. and peo­ple, es­pe­cially the el­derly and young chil­dren, were asked not to go out.

On Satur­day, au­thor­i­ties extended a ban on con­struc­tion work and en­try of heavy ve­hi­cles into Delhi in or­der to help con­trol lo­cal emis­sions. In­dus­tries run­ning on coal have also been asked to cease op­er­a­tions.

“Sev­eral emer­gency mea­sures have been rolled out while new mea­sures were added over the past ten days. Th­ese might have worked,” said Su­nita Narain, mem­ber of the Supreme Court-ap­pointed pol­lu­tion con­trol author­ity Epca.

Farm fires are largely seen as the rea­son for the air to en­ter haz­ardous lev­els at the start of win­ters in re­cent years. In a bid to check this, the Union and state govern­ment in Delhi, Pun­jab and Haryana have an­nounced strict penal­ties on farm­ers who burn crop residue. In Pun­jab, the pol­lu­tion con­trol official quoted above said that farm­ers are now re­sist­ing in­spec­tions.

“Most of the in­ci­dents are be­ing re­ported from the Malwa districts where farmer unions are strong and are not al­low­ing au­thor­i­ties to take ac­tion against vi­o­la­tors. There have been more than 600 cases where field staff could not take ac­tion against vi­o­la­tors fol­low­ing farm­ers’ op­po­si­tion. On Fri­day, a Pun­jab Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board (PPCB) team was gheraoed in Bathinda,” said an­other official.

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