Lucknow  Diary

A standoff over installation of the idol of Lord Lakshman has broken out in the city known for its Ganga-Jamuni culture.

Published: 04th July 2018 04:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th July 2018 04:02 AM   |  A+A-

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FIFA fever grips Lucknow

As the fixtures are proceeding, FIFA fever is peaking in Lucknow city as well. The sports goods shops, inundated with FIFA souvenirs, are witnessing brisk sales of football kits as the World Cup is on. The stores prominently display colourful sportswear - jerseys, stockings, studs, other accessories and footballs. Shops in the main markets see buyers demanding footballs and jerseys, while soccer buffs also demand t-shirts of their favourite footballers. Bags, wristbands and handkerchiefs with images of footballers Lionel Messi, Neymar Da Silva Santos and Ronaldo printed on them are the major takeaways.

Row over idol

A standoff over installation of the idol of Lord Lakshman has broken out in the city known for its Ganga-Jamuni culture. Lucknow Municipal Corporation’s (LMC) proposal to install a giant statue of Lord Lakshman in a park in front of a prominent mosque - Teele Wali Masjid - has rankled Muslim clerics who feel that the statue of a Hindu deity will obstruct their namaz. Proposed by a corporator from Gomtinagar in LMC’s executive committee meeting a few days ago, the idea got approval of the committee on the grounds that the place was earlier called ‘Lakshman Teela’ and that Lucknow, used to be known as  Lakhanpuri earlier,  was named after Lord Lakshman.

Monsoon musings 
Monsoon has advanced in the city. A drop in temperature following overnight rain and cloudy sky during the day kept the weather pleasant last week. The city parks witnessed an increased footfall and youngsters were seen pedalling together on the green stretches enjoying bicycle rides together. As the scorch of sun has abated and with the Eid festivities over, the young ones are taking time to hang out outdoors in the pleasant weather, welcoming the monsoon laced with a few sultry spells. 

Lucknow varsity goes puja way

For the first time in the academic history of over a century-old Lucknow University, the fresh session would take off with a grand Saraswati Puja on next Tuesday (July 10). Apart from Vice Chancellor (V-C) SP Singh, teachers, students and employees will worship Goddess Saraswati before starting the new session. However, the decision has not gone down well with many, the V-C has come under fire from different quarters as academicians, led by former V-C Rooprekha Verma, charging him with saffronising education. Denying the accusation, Singh said it was just an endeavour to seek blessings of the deity.

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