---- Editorial ----
EC should not behave like political party
An Electronic Voting Machine that was reported to have voted for a particular party
during a demonstration in Madhya Pradesh on Saturday last has reignited the opposition
charge that tampered EVMs had helped the BJP in the last round of recently concluded
assembly elections. Immediately after losing UP poll, BSP Supreme Mayawati had alleged
that BJP won election due to tampering of EVM. AAP on their part alleged that party
lost Punjab election because of similar reason. EC has sought report from Madhya
Pradesh authorities over allegation and has also sent a high-level team to the state
Several political parties including Congress and AAP complained to EC over tampering
allegation. But strangely election commission instead of acting on the complaint
hit out at the AAP for leveling "unfair" allegations of EVM-tampering and asked it
to introspect on the reasons for its defeat in the Punjab polls. The language used
by EC sounds more like that of political parties and not of a constitution bodies.
The allegation of EVM tampering is nothing new. BJP, after their dismal performance
during the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, accused the Congress of tampering with EVMs.
Therefore EC should find out a ways to ensure that trust on EVM retains. Instead
of lecturing political parties, the election commission should take all parties into
confidence and work out a solution using best available technologies to make EVM
tamper proof. EC is an independent constitutional body and if it starts talking like
political parties then people will start doubting the whole election process. Such
scenario will not be good for the Indian democracy.
---- Readers Forum ----
Preference for fair skin
May I have the honor to publish an article through the esteemed column of your daily
newspaper about the role of market politics which has been the responsible for the
rise of colorism in India. The word "Complexion" is derived from Latin word "Complexi"
which is referred in general terms to a combination of things and psychological term
'to the balance of humor'. In the Oxford dictionary, complexion means the natural
colour, texture, and appearance of person's skin especially of face.
Today, complexion plays a major role in Indian society, though most Indians shows
apparent ignorance, the practice of exclusion or discrimination based on skin tone
of a person, however, the multiple growth of fairness products in market once again
tends to bring the British Ideology of division of society based on color 'Black
and White' in the early 18th and 19th centuries. British having fair skin and different
facial features claimed themselves to be 'Superior and an Intelligent' and called
Indians a 'black and inferior' to them. Such segregation was very clear from the
time of East India Company in 1600 A.D., who named their Fort st.George settlement
a 'White Town' and of Indian settlement a 'Black Town'. However, the status quo of
Indian society is very different from the past, we are no more physically suppressed
by any external powers but an extensively growth of market politics in terms of fairness
products which again tends to shape the society into colorism. This shape the common
man's association with white color skin with the ruling clan, with power and also
with beauty which dictates the desired for western concept of beauty with lighter
skin even after many years of India's Independence. Today, we see numerous advertisements
on fairness products in televisions, newspapers, magazines and social media, and
so on, the products such as Fair and Handsome, Fair and Lovely, Garnier, Loreal,
Olay, Cavin Kare's Fairever etc. On the top of that media's obsession with fair skinned
image greatly influence the general population to look like the lighter skinned model
and every mean to become fair by using fairness products. To beauty oneself is not
the problem. However, the problem is that the beauty based on fairness set by media
moguls and industrialist who dictate market force and vested interest in such ideologies
concern about skin tone become only too apparent in day to day life. The same ideal
of beauty is now influencing the behavioral practices and even preference where fair
and white woman has chances to get a job in many private companies than dark woman.
Very interestingly, all the villains in the movie industries are often brown or dark
in complexion fighting the fair skinned heroes. This ideology creates a lacuna in
the society. Since, India itself is made up of an agglomeration of diverse culture
and people. If beauty comes from within then why to discriminate based on color?
Tititso Lap, NEHU
Dont bombarding APPSC with selfish suggestions
This is with regards to a letter titled "A suggestion and an appeal to the APPSC"
by one unnamed aspirant, who appealed to APPSC to do away with the objective based
examination for the recruitment of assistant professor.
While opposing objective based examination, he seemed unaware of Manipur's assistant
professor recruitment drive. In Manipur, it is only after objective based examination,
viva voce for assistant professor is conducted. His sweeping generalisation of recruitment
process of Assistant professors lacks authenticity and is distorted.
Furthermore, it seems he prepared new eligibility criteria for the post of Assistant
professors as per his wishes. Under UGC norms, candidates who secures 55% in masters
(50% for ST,SC) along with NET/SLET or Ph.D are eligible for the Assistant professor.
He seemed to have misunderstood assistant professor for Associate Professor and
Professors, and its eligibility criteria for that matter.
Because he has all the qualifications, he wants to compete away the aspirants who
do not have qualifications as mentioned by him. At least his letter portrays that.
Moreover, his manner of connecting objective based examination with stoppage in research
publication was a very childish argument. Such low morale is not expected from a
Lastly, I would like to appeal all the aspirants to give new team of APPSC some time
to consolidate their new policies and schemes. Till then stop bombarding commission
with so many selfish suggestions.
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