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WHAT WOULD have been otherwise termed a highly successful carnival, the South Zone Inter-University Youth Festival, `Vaisakhi', now in progress on the Andhra University campus, has been marred by a solitary incident of eve-teasing.

An unidentified youth followed a delegate from Tamil Nadu from the Convocation Hall to the Hindi Department (where accommodation was provided to the delegation from her State) and made some obscene remarks on Saturday.

The stalker took to his heels and fled from the scene, when other delegates from Tamil Nadu, came to the rescue of the girl and chased him.

Following this incident, the police personnel were positioned at all the vulnerable points on the campus to prevent recurrence of such cases. Even at the Convocation Hall and at the Open Air Theatre where folk dance, group song and Western music events were organised, the police kept a watchful eye and gave a dressing-down to those students who made the girl students their target for hurling paper missiles.

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ONE MAN'S meat is another man's poison'' goes the adage. The South Zone Inter-University Youth Festival brought cheer to the participating students from various universities as also the host, Andhra University. But the festival gave some `tense' moments to the AU authorities and to some of the cops on campus duty.

On the inaugural day, the teams from the participating universities took out an impressive rally from the Silver Jubilee Grounds to the Convocation Hall. Outside the main entrance of the theatre, the AU Vice-Chancellor, Y.C. Simhadri and others waited to receive the teams.

Two students from Sri Potti Sriramulu Telugu University exhibited their skills in stick fighting. They fought with long bamboo poles without a care that the sticks could injure the crowd waiting on either side.

Sensing the danger, the teachers asked the team to move ahead but the two youth seemed to be in no mood to listen. They got even more excited and for a few moments it looked like a real fight. The policemen had a tough time in separating them and finally when they did, the V-C and other guests heaved a sigh of relief.

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TO DRIVE home the point that in any given situation, Indians were capable of one-up-manship, the retired Principal of the Administrative Staff College of India, E.A.S. Sarma, narrated a tale that used to do its rounds in the past in higher echelons. He was delivering a lecture on "China and India---global role players'', under the auspices of the Centre for Policy Studies last week.

An Indian in Beijing was witness to the tussle between a thief who could speak only Japanese and a corporal who knew only Chinese. The onlooker offered to be an interpreter. The Chinese constable asked the Japanese whether he had stolen some property to which he replied in the negative. When the cop said that he would break the accused's legs if he did not confess, the Indian translated the same and immediately, the accused admitted his guilt.

Thereupon, the Japanese was asked to show where he had hidden the property. The accused feigned that he had forgot the location. When this was duly communicated to the policeman, he threatened break the thief's head if he did not reveal the spot. When this was duly translated, the Japanese mumbled something indicating where he had concealed it. The Indian then told the Chinese: "Sir, he says that you can break his head, as he is unable to remember the place.''

That's Indian's one-up-manship, quipped Dr. Sarma.

By Santosh Patnaik, B. Madhu Gopal and R. Sampath

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