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In Dante’s footsteps

A new book chronicles a hi-tech Hell, which is very different from what one finds in the sacred texts, and echoes our times

Charles Patterson’s recently published novel, In Dante’s Footsteps: My Journey to Hell: A Modern Divine Comedy, unfolds at two levels. At one, it is a set of intertwined narratives about the life of a young man, Thomas Aaron Reed III, who becomes a priest, leaves priesthood, journeys to Hell and returns. At another, it is an exploration of human conduct, values, emotions and aspects of morality.

Don’t destroy Aravallis

Saturday, 02 March 2019 | Hiranmay Karlekar

Haryana’s recent legislative amendment to the land preservation Act will play havoc with the hill range and the environment. Voices against it must get louder

The Punjab Land Preservation (Haryana Amendment) Act (PLPA), 2019, passed recently by the Haryana Legislative Assembly, has understandably alarmed those who care for the ecology of the very large part of the Aravalli hills that fall in Haryana. The PLPA was enacted in 1900 to “preserve” land in undivided Punjab by curbing activities like the felling of trees for timber, quarrying for rocks, agriculture, herding and other pastoral preoccupations on land notified under it. The Act disallowed all human activity that could affect the availability of sub-surface water, alter the landscape, lead to biodiversity loss and other unpredictable consequences.

Section 3A of the amended Act states that the provisions of the PLPA would not apply to “the lands included in the final development plans, any other town improvement plans or schemes published under the provisions of” Acts listed under the Section. The amended Act would throw open almost 30,000 hectares of land to a wide range of activities, particularly construction and mining. The impact would be all the more devastating because its provisions would apply, “except unless expressly provided,” retrospectively from November 1, 1966, when Haryana came into being, and provide legal cover to all activities, some of them subjects of lawsuits, which were clearly in violation of the provisions of the Act prior to its amendment.

I think the new Kerala is West Bengal , where people kill puppies because the poor wretches tried to sleep on their shoes or clothes because it was cold. Unfortunately these people will get a slap on their wrist and get away with it because the laws of India are quite weak. They should have been in jail for atleast 7 years. People who can do this to little puppies are psychopaths .


2 nursing students arrested in Kolkata for killing 16 puppies