Films Lite Blogs Punjab

From Punjabi Cinema to Pan-Indian Acclaim

Vicky recalls that when he was offered the role, he had little idea it would catapult him straight into the big league, considering his next film is with Manoj Bajpai. He stresses that excellent teamwork was a major reason why everything including his acting was received well…writes Sukant Deepak

He recalls the time when a few years back, after earning Rs 5,000 in a theatre production, he took the next train out to Mumbai. Of course, the money did not last long and he was back in one month.

There were minor roles for Suvinder Vicky in Punjabi films — the uncle, the distant relative. He was waiting for his ‘chance’, and knew it would come one day, but doubts had also started creeping in.

Cut to the web series ‘Kohrra’ where his stellar performance made even Karan Johar remark: “I was blown away by Suvinder Vicky’s performance, he is and will be the revelation of 2023 across film and streaming … his silences can launch a million scripts.”

Vicky recalls that when he was offered the role, he had little idea it would catapult him straight into the big league, considering his next film is with Manoj Bajpai. He stresses that excellent teamwork was a major reason why everything including his acting was received well.

“All elements came together perfectly well, each person knew exactly what to do. The atmosphere on the set was relaxed. Yes, I prepared well, and spent much time studying the character,” the actor tells IANS during the recently concluded Cinevesture International Film Festival in Chandigarh.

The actor who had played a police officer’s role in back-to-back several web series admits that it was important to ensure to bring something new to every character.

“Honestly, I did not have much choice. These were the only roles that were offered to me. However, I put in a lot of effort to ascertain I played all of them with different shades. I prepared differently for each role and put in a lot to avoid any kind of repetition. Of course, credit should go to the directors too.”

While ‘Kohrra’ may have exposed him to a wider mainstream audience, Vicky had been doing exceptional work in Punjabi independent cinema.

In Gurvinder Singh’s ‘Chauthi Koot’ in which he played the protagonist Joginder, his haunted eyes said more than words. During breaks, Vicky would sit still for hours while the excellent National-award-winning cinematographer Satya Rai Nagpaul would set up his cameras.

“You know, Gurvinder wanted me to ‘un-act’ during the entire film, he insisted that I needed to speak through silence and my eyes, and not expressions or movements. Of course, it was frustrating sometimes. But I must admit, he has taught me a lot — the art of holding back, taking realism to an entirely different level and coming well-prepared to the set.

Vicky, who also played the lead in Ivan Ayr’s ‘Milestone’ which premiered during the 77th Venice International Film Festival in the year 2020, admits that before his foray into independent cinema, he was just another Punjabi actor.

“In many contemporary Punjabi films, no bound scripts are given to the actors. You are just told to enact a particular scene on the spot. There is no concept of rehearsals, and neither are actors expected to come prepared,” he laments.

While only a few independent filmmakers are working in Punjabi, and most of the films being churned out from the state are slapstick comedies, Vicky feels that we can be optimistic as a lot of new filmmakers are now emerging from the state.

“Let us hope that they strive for cinematic excellence and not just box-office returns,” concludes the actor who has signed several Hindi films and web series after ‘Kohrra’.

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Punjab: AAP’s First List of 8 Candidates Announced

Former MLA Gurpreet Singh has been given the ticket from Fatehgarh Sahib and the name of Karamjeet Anmol has been announced to contest from Faridkot….reports Asian Lite News

The Aam Aadmi Party announced its first list of eight candidates for the Lok Sabha elections from Punjab on Thursday.

The list includes five cabinet ministers- Gurmeet Singh Khudian from Bathinda, Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal from Amritsar, Laljit Singh Bhullar from Khandur Sahib, Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer from Sangrur and Dr Balbir Singh from Patiala.

Apart from these, the sitting MP from Jalandhar, Sushil Kumar Rinku, has been named a candidate for the party whose convenor is Delhi Chief Minister Aravind Kejriwal

Former MLA Gurpreet Singh has been given the ticket from Fatehgarh Sahib and the name of Karamjeet Anmol has been announced to contest from Faridkot.

On February 27, the Aam Admi Party had announced its candidates for four Lok Sabha seats in Delhi and one from Haryana’s Kurukshetra constituency. It has fielded Kuldeep Kumar from the East Delhi constituency, whereas former Delhi Minister and senior AAP leader Somnath Bharti will contest from the New Delhi Lok Sabha seat.

The party has fielded Sahiram Pahalwan from the South Delhi seat, and Mahabal Mishra is set to contest from West Delhi. In Haryana, AAP has decided to field Sushil Gupta will contest from Kurukshetra.

There are 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab with four seats reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) candidates. In the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, the Congress-led UPA alliance clinched 8 seats, while the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) managed to secure four. The AAP, which was contesting for the first time in the state won one seat.

AAP is the first party in the state to have announced its candidates for the upcoming general elections. (ANI)

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SAD Denies Speculations of Alliance With BJP

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal, however, did not entirely rule out the possibility of a tie-up in future….reports Asian Lite News

On a day the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) named its candidates for 8 of the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal denied speculations of reaching any alliance with the BJP but did not entirely rule out the possibility of a tie-up in future.

The Akalis were partners of the BJP earlier in the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the Centre and the two even contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in the state together but failed to come up with the goods.

However, seeking to dispel rumours that the two parties could be costing up again ahead of the Lok Sabha polls and might even announce a seat-sharing deal in Punjab, the SAD chief said neither his party nor the BJP has any knowledge of an alliance in the state.

Claiming that such speculations were only confined to social media platforms, he said his party was keen to continue its tie-up with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in the state.

“Neither myself nor the BJP is aware of any alliance in Punjab. This (speculations of a tie-up) is only confined to social media. At this moment, we are keen on contesting all 13 Lok Sabha seats in the state. We have an alliance with the BSP…but I am not ruling out (the possibility of a tie-up with the BJP). Like-minded parties that want to save Punjab are most welcome to join us. We cannot and will not go with the Congress or the ‘broom’ (AAP),” the SAD chief, leaving the alliance door open.

The SAD snapped ties with the BJP and exited the NDA in September 2020 over the contentious farm laws of the Centre. The laws, however, were repealed later in the face of farmer protests.

On AAP national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s statement on the Centre’s notification of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), claiming that law and order will collapse and crimes will go up if it was implemented, Badal said, “Kejriwal has an anti-Sikh and an anti-minority mindset. Shiromani Akali Dal had been saying from the beginning that Sikhs from Pakistan and Afghanistan have been facing a lot of strife in their homeland. Many of them crossed over into India over the past several years.”

The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), as articulated by the Centre, is a legal grant of permanent residentship to members of religious minorities in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, including Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists, who fled alleged persecution in their homelands and crossed over into India.

“We have been saying that they (religious minorities currently settled in India as refugees) should be granted citizenship. We supported CAA in the Parliament too. I have known about Kejrwal’s anti-Punjab and anti-Sikh mindset from the beginning. However, for others, it is coming to light now,” the SAD chief said.

On the AAP’s prospects in Punjab in the Lok Sabha polls, the former deputy CM said, “I was following Kejriwal’s statement yesterday. He is very shrewd. Initially, when he sensed a fertile ground for the AAP in Punjab to bed itself in, he told people, ‘ Ek mauka do Kejriwal ko ‘ (Give Kejriwal a chance). When they won handsomely (in the 2022 Assembly polls), he took all the credit for it. However, now he has come to realise that this useless government and CM have done nothing for the state other than inflicting damage, he is saying that the party will build its campaign for the Lok Sabha elections around Bhagwant Mann. You have to understand this subtle shift in stance. This shows that he has accepted that his candidates will lose their deposits. The AAP will finish fourth in Punjab. Just wait and watch.” (ANI)

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Partition Museum: Bridging Divides Through Shared Memories

The Partition Museum in Delhi was inaugurated in May 2023 and was meant to commemorate the 75th anniversary of India’s Partition, but got delayed. It is the first museum in the world to dedicate a gallery to the lost homeland of Sindh…writes Sukant Deepak

No matter how many times one visits the Partition Museum in Amritsar, the ‘Gallery of Hope’ always makes you stand still. Amid the horror of 1947, this life-affirming space asserts the painful yet important process of reconciliation, of certain acknowledgments and the will to move forward without trying to erase.

“Memory is the most important cultural heritage and must be preserved for it anchors us. No matter how painful, memories of tragedies like the partition must be preserved for future generations. People pass on, and if we do not keep the records of such events, how will the future generations learn?”

While the Holocaust Museum, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Apartheid Museum were the inspiration behind the Partition Museum which also opened another in Delhi last year, Desai says that it is important to record people and not just leaders.

“And this kind of recording of memories has to go on consistently. It is the difficult moments in a nation’s history that must be recorded — to reconcile and acknowledge the truth,” says Desai, who is part of the ongoing ‘The Sacred Amritsar-2024’, presented by Sleepwell and produced by Teamwork Arts.

The Partition Museum in Delhi was inaugurated in May 2023 and was meant to commemorate the 75th anniversary of India’s Partition, but got delayed. It is the first museum in the world to dedicate a gallery to the lost homeland of Sindh.

“It is called the Dara Shiko Library. And now it’s open to the public and schools and colleges are an important target group.

While there may be no plans to open more museums, considering the huge effort and the resources involved, she says, “We had to complete the work very fast as most people whose stories were recorded were in their sunset years. It was a race against time. Not to mention the huge financial resources.”

The few people from Pakistan who have visited the museum have shared positive reviews. There have been some write-ups in newspapers from across the border too. “The way I look at 1947 — it was a humanitarian crisis. Someone asked me long back, why not help to put up such a museum in Pakistan. But I am clear, they have to bring forth their narrative.”

During the pre-COVID era, the museum organised several exhibitions and pop-ups at different schools across the country to explain the history of the Partition. “In fact, we get several visitors from abroad, both NRIs and foreign nationals who would like to know more about 1947.

Pleased with multiple private museums coming up in India, Desai says that for too long now, it has been an exclusive domain of different governments.

“Of course, it is good that the states maintain them, but there has been a huge space for the private sector to pitch in. The new ones focus on a particular aspect and give opportunities to young people too.”

Currently working on a novel on the partition that will include her parents’ experiences as well, she is also writing a political biography which she does not want to talk about right now.

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AAP, Cong mutually decided to go solo in Punjab, says Kejriwal

The Chief Minister said that the AAP is holding seat-sharing talks with the Congress in Delhi as not going for it will make things easy for the BJP…reports Asian Lite News

Rebuffing rumours about all not well in opposition bloc INDIA, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said that it is “mutual decision” of the AAP and Congress to go solo in Punjab for the Lok Sabha elections, and there are no differences between them.

Talking to reporters about AAP’s decision to go it alone in Punjab, Kejriwal, who met Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi for lunch, said that the decision was mutual and there is no hostility over this.

The Chief Minister said that the AAP is holding seat-sharing talks with the Congress in Delhi as not going for it will make things easy for the BJP.

Since a decade, the BJP has been winning all seven parliamentary seats in the national capital.

Earlier, when Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann announced AAP’s decision contest all 13 seats in the state, Punjab Congress leader Pratap Singh Bajwa had said that is what the grand old party wants exactly.

Recently in an interview to a private TV channel, Bajwa had said: “We cannot go with AAP in Punjab, as AAP is the ruling party and Congress is in opposition.”

Reacting to the development, the BJP termed the opposition alliance as “opportunist”.

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Farmers’ Protest Cuts Off Delhi

Farmers are protesting over their demands which include “MSP guarantee law” and debt waiver…reports Asian Lite News

Massive security arrangements that were put in place on the borders of the national capital to stop protest by farmers on Tuesday turned into a nightmare for commuters in Delhi. To ensure law and order, Delhi enforced Section 144, restricting entry of tractor trolleys and large assemblies.

Visuals from Delhi’s Gazipur border, Shambhu border and Tikri border showed barricades and barbed wires erected on the roads blocking entry. Similar arrangements are observed at the Singhu border with rows of barricades lining the road.

Multi-layered barricades were placed at borders to restrict the protesting farmers from entering the national capital. Meanwhile, Mohammed Sarfaraz, SP, Patiala city reviewed the security arrangement at Delhi’s Shambhu border.

As per the police, a force of more than 2000 personnel, including CAPF, Crime Branch staff and battalions, are keeping a vigil to maintain law and order and address any untoward incidents.

Ankit Singh, DCP of the North East District on Monday said, “Section 144 is in place. Bringing in tractor trolleys and assemblies is restricted. The Delhi Police and the CAPF are here. We have prepared to seal the border. We will ensure that no one breaks this border. If there is any untoward incident we will seal it completely.”

Meanwhile, the meeting between the farmer union leaders and the government ended in a stalemate with no common ground in sight.

On the meeting, Union Minister Arjun Munda said he remains hopeful of a breakthrough, adding that the Centre wants to arrive at a resolution through dialogue.

Speaking to the reporters here after holding a fresh round of talks with the protesting farmer leaders, the Union Minister informed that while a breakthrough wasn’t achieved, a broad consensus was reached on most of the issues of contention.

Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Piyush Goyal and Agriculture Minister Arjun Munda were among the team holding talks with farmer leaders. Punjab Minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal was also present. Farmers are protesting over their demands which include “MSP guarantee law” and debt waiver.

‘Tried our best to find a solution’

Punjab Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee General Secretary Sarwan Singh Pandher on Tuesday said that all efforts were made in the meeting to find a solution to avoid a confrontation with the government adding that they anticipated a positive result.

“We want to present our views before the whole of India that we tried our best in yesterday’s meeting to take some kind of decision so that we can avoid confrontation with the government and we get something that we had hoped for. We can only hope and trust. After doing this, we sat in the meeting for 5 hours,” Pandher said while addressing media in Punjab’s Fatehgarh Sahib.

He alleged that the police are harassing the people in the villages of Haryana and Punjab while expressing concern over the situation in these states.

“We presented the position of Haryana before them that you have turned Haryana into the valley of Kashmir, you are sending police to every village in Haryana. You have sent water cannons to every village of Haryana. Farmers and relatives of every village of Haryana are being harassed,” he said.

“It is being said that your son is doing MBBS, they will not let him do it, the kind of degree your son should get. If your brother is working at home, we will fire him from his job and cancel your passport. Then other types of harassment are also more and more, whatever kind we say, it is more and more. See it seems that Punjab and Haryana are not two states from India but an international border, by what we are seeing now,” Pandher asserted.

The farmer leader rubbished the claims of Congress party’s support to the farmers and labourers adding that the latter is as guilty as the ruling BJP in the plight of the farmers.

“We are the farmers and labourers of the country, whatever is being said in the media, no Congress supports us, we consider Congress as guilty as BJP is guilty. These policies have been brought by Congress, We are not left, CPI, and CPM who ruled Bengal, made 20 mistakes, what kind of revolution came from there in West Bengal, we are not on anyone’s side, we are farmers and labourers,” Pandher said.

“Those who are going to raise their voice are their men, and then we will appeal to our people, whether they are singers of Punjab or the country or intellectuals, NRI brothers, whether it is another civil society that also includes journalists,” he said.

“This is not just our issue, or question, that is definitely in this big movement, it is not just us, this is the demand of 140 crore countrymen,” Pandher added.

The farmers have put forth 12 demands before the central government for which they’re marching to Delhi. The protest this time has been called by Sanyukt Kisan Morcha and Punjab Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee led by farmer union leaders Jagjeet Singh Dallewal and Sarwan Singh Pandher.

According to the protesting farmers, the centre promised them better crop prices after which they ended the 2021 protest.

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Khalistan Offers No Hope For Punjab

It’s ironic that Pannun’s destructive brand of activism thrives in the West concurrently with the India’s genuine efforts to empower Punjabi youth, writes Parminder Singh Sodhi

Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, the self-proclaimed leader of the fringe Khalistan separatist movement, has recently been in the media quite frequently. Not only did he threaten violence against an Air India flight and the Indian Parliament, but now he has also offered legal aid to miscreants caught trespassing in the Parliament building – none of whom hail from Punjab.

This begs the question: if Pannun and his ilk truly care about the well-being of Sikhs, where exactly are their priorities? Why dedicate resources to aiding individuals with no apparent connection to the movement, while ignoring the potential of their own community? Why not channel those funds towards positive, forward-looking initiatives that could empower Punjabi youth and build a brighter future for all?

Imagine the impact of scholarship funds enabling access to higher education in the US, UK, or Canada. Picture student exchange programs fostering cultural understanding and breaking down stereotypes. Envision thriving sports programs equipping young people with valuable skills and promoting a healthy lifestyle. These are the investments that align with the core tenets of Sikhism – values of community, service, and progress. Should these not be the talking points and priorities of ‘leaders’ of a state?

Instead, Pannun and his group choose the path of negativity and division. Their actions stand in stark contrast to the Sikh faith, renowned for its commitment to peace, justice, and social well-being. Sikhs dedicate themselves to upliftment and service, not divisive rhetoric and empty threats.

Furthermore, it’s ironic that Pannun’s destructive brand of activism thrives in the West concurrently with the India’s genuine efforts to empower Punjabi youth. Initiatives like Startup India and Khelo India are tangible examples of commitment to a bright future. And the results are clearly visible. Athletes from Punjab brought several medals for India in the recent Asian Games. Innovations by the youth, right from the school level, are nurtured and honed into sustainable businesses for growth and job creation. These programs demonstrably invest in the education, economic, and athletic potential of young people, paving the way for self-reliance and success.

The choice, then, is clear and stark: Pannun’s divisive rhetoric and self-serving agenda, or the constructive, collective, concrete endeavors toward building a thriving, inclusive future for Punjab. The misplaced priorities by Khalistan extremists speak volumes about their true intent. Their hollow tagline of “Khalistanis are true Sikhs” rings hollow in the face of their actions, which demonstrably contradict the core values of the faith and offer nothing but empty promises to the communities they claim to represent.

It is time for the world to see through the façade of manufactured outrage and recognize the true face of this extremist movement. The path to progress lies not in threats and intimidation, but in positive, community-driven initiatives that empower youth and build a brighter future for all.

(The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author. The article first appeared in Khalsa Vox)

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Punjab’s Farm Fire Incidents Crosses 30k Mark

Paddy straw burning in Punjab and Haryana has been identified as a major contributor to the alarming increase in air pollution in Delhi during October and November…reports Asian Lite News

The number of stubble burning incidents in Punjab has surpassed 30,000 within two months, with 2,544 new farm fires reported on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Delhi’s air quality deteriorated to “severe,” and neighbouring Haryana experienced a ‘very poor’ category.

In the same period last year and in 2022, Punjab recorded 67,020 and 45,464 stubble burning incidents, respectively. The recent surge in crop residue burning incidents is evident, with 639 cases on November 9, six on November 10, 104 on November 11, 987 on November 12, 1,624 on November 13, and 1,776 on November 14.

Paddy straw burning in Punjab and Haryana has been identified as a major contributor to the alarming increase in air pollution in Delhi during October and November. On Wednesday, Punjab reported a total of 30,661 farm fires, with Bathinda leading at 356 cases, followed by Moga (318), Barnala (264), Sangrur (262), Ferozepur (253), and Faridkot (225). In comparison, the state had reported 1,761 and 141 farm fires on the same day in 2021 and 2022, respectively.

Delhi’s 24-hour average Air Quality Index (AQI) reached 401 at 4 pm, marking a continuous deterioration from 397 on Tuesday, 358 on Monday, and significantly lower levels on Sunday (218) and Saturday (220).

Punjab declares red alert

Punjab Special Director General of Police (Law and Order) Arpit Shukla on Wednesday said a red alert has been sounded in all districts and legal action would be initiated if anyone was found burning stubble.

DGP Gaurav Yadav had appointed Shukla as the Police Nodal Officer to monitor action against stubble burning. 

He said that CPs/SSPs have been directed to engage farmers, citizens and various stakeholders to sensitise them about the ill-effects of the stubble burning, which is also a violation of law and action and action could be initiated against them. 

“All DSPs and SHOs have been asked to have discussions with Sarpanches and Kisan leaders to sensitise them about the ill effects of stubble burning, which not only affect the urban people but each and every individual,” said Shukla, who was on a tour to review the stubble burning cases in Hoshiarpur and SBS Nagar district. 

He also called a meeting of all gazetted rank officers and Station House Officers (SHOs) in Hoshiarpur and SBS Nagar to review the status of stubble burning in their areas. 

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Punjab Announces International Punjabi Language Olympiad

The Olympiad promises to provide a unique and exciting platform for students to deepen their understanding of the Punjabi language…reports Asian Lite News

In a significant move aimed at preserving and promoting the rich cultural legacy of Punjab, the state government has declared the commencement of the International Punjabi Language Olympiad. This exciting event, set to unfold online on December 9th and 10th, stands as a unique opportunity for students to delve into their linguistic roots and explore the beauty of the Punjabi language.

The initiative arises in response to the changing global landscape, where Punjab’s diaspora has dispersed across the globe in pursuit of better opportunities. Harjot Singh Bains, the Education and Language Minister, highlighted the imperative need to bridge the gap between the younger generation and their mother tongue. In a letter to the Education Department, he emphasized that many youngsters born abroad lack a full awareness of the beauty and significance of the Punjabi language.

The International Punjabi Language Olympiad is designed to be an inclusive affair, inviting students up to grade IX from all corners of the world to participate. This means that young Punjabis residing in India, the USA, Australia, Europe, and beyond will have the chance to showcase their linguistic prowess and celebrate their cultural heritage. It marks a significant effort to unite the global Punjabi community through the common thread of language.

The state government’s announcement has ignited enthusiasm among educators, parents, and students, with many regarding this initiative as a pivotal step in ensuring the continued flourishing of the Punjabi language and culture among younger generations, regardless of their geographic location.

The Olympiad promises to provide a unique and exciting platform for students to deepen their understanding of the Punjabi language. Additionally, it offers a rare opportunity for participants to connect with peers from different parts of the world who share a common cultural bond.

To register for the International Punjabi Language Olympiad, interested students can visit the Punjab School Education Board website. The registration process has been streamlined and made accessible, ensuring that students from diverse backgrounds can actively participate and celebrate their linguistic heritage.

In a world where languages and cultures are in constant flux, it is heartening to witness a state government taking proactive steps to ensure that the Punjabi language remains vibrant and cherished by future generations. The International Punjabi Language Olympiad is not merely an exam; it is a celebration of a language that unites a global community. As December 9th and 10th approach, anticipation builds for the vibrant spirit of Punjabi culture to shine brightly on the global stage.

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Hope, Perseverance, and Dedication: Dr. Malhi’s Story

Dr. Malhi’s recent achievement as the second Asian to earn a Doctorate of Medicine in Cardiovascular Radiology and Endovascular Interventions from AIIMS, New Delhi, underscores his remarkable dedication, tenacity, and brilliance….writes Manjari Singh

In the busy hallways of Amritsar’s Government Medical College, a young Amarinder Singh Malhi once walked, pursuing his dreams and navigating the challenges of an MBBS degree.

Fast forward to today, and he stands tall as a beacon of inspiration, not just to the students of that very college, but for medical aspirants across the nation.

Dr. Malhi’s recent distinction as the second Asian to receive a Doctorate of Medicine in Cardiovascular Radiology and Endovascular Interventions from the illustrious AIIMS, New Delhi, speaks volumes about his dedication, tenacity, and sheer brilliance.

This momentous achievement comes as no surprise to those who’ve tracked his academic trajectory.

Following his MBBS, Dr. Malhi furthered his studies at Dayanand Medical College, Ludhiana, earning a degree in MD Radiodiagnosis.

The next pinnacle awaited him at AIIMS, where he became only the second student to enroll in their DM course for cardiovascular radiology and endovascular interventions – a program that had its inception just in 2016.

Now, as an assistant professor at AIIMS Delhi in the department of radiodiagnosis and intervention radiology, he looks beyond his accolades, keen on shaping the future of India’s medical academia.

For Dr. Malhi, the journey has never been solely about personal accomplishments. His vision expands to the holistic development of the nation’s medical sector. Witnessing the brain drain phenomenon, where talented individuals seek opportunities abroad, he emphasizes the urgent need for fortification of the domestic medical education framework.

“I stayed back in India because I was conscious of my duty to the nation. But many students leave. For that to stop, medical and health educational infrastructure must be strengthened,” reflects Dr. Malhi.

His story is a testament to the potential of determination, passion, and commitment. It also serves as a clarion call to the policymakers and educationalists to invest more deeply in the nation’s health education, ensuring that the country retains its brightest minds.

The journey of Dr. Amarinder Singh Malhi is not just a story of individual success. It’s an emblem of hope, perseverance, and dedication to one’s homeland. The nation watches with bated breath to see what this exceptional physician achieves next and how he continues to inspire countless others to dream big and aim even higher.

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