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India’s double standard on racism
The recent mob attack on African students at Greater Noida is racist in nature. Students
were attacked after rumors emerged that a local boy was allegedly killed by the Nigerians.
A mob of people began searching the area for Africans and violently attacked some
of them. The incident is grim reminder of how India continues to battle racism in
its own backyard. When Indians face racist attacks in west or in Australia, they
make such hue and cry. But unfortunately African along with people of North East
India on regular basis becomes victim of racist attacks in the mainland India. After
such incident government assures of taking strict action but everything is forgotten
after sometime. This time the incident of attack on African students at Greater Noida
has received widespread condemnation from international communities and international
media has been scathing in its criticism of the attacks.
There is growing anger among Africans because of rise in such kind of hate attack
against its citizen in India. Heads of African missions in India on Monday denounced
the attacks on African nationals as "xenophobic and racial" in nature, accusing the
government of taking no "known, sufficient and visible" deterrent action. African
Mission said it expected strong condemnation from the "highest political level" of
the Indian Government, and also called for an "independent probe" by the "(UN) Human
Rights Council" and other human rights bodies. The United Nations has also expressed
hope that those behind attacks on African nationals in India would be brought to
justice. Though Government of India brushed it aside as simple law and order issue,
there is no denying that attack in Greater Noida may have been racially motivated.
Also it is occurring at a time when ultra-nationalism and hatred of the other are
being associated with patriotism in India. Sadly government is doing nothing to provide
a sense of security not only to Africans but to all foreigners. India immediately
needs an anti-racism law to strictly deal with such incidents.
---- Readers Forum ----
Appoint Rijiju as new defence minister
Through the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh I would like to request the Prime Minister
of India Narendra Modi to appoint MoS for Home Kiren Rijiju as Defence Minister of
Imminent personality like Kiren Rijiju can easily grasp the intricacies and complexities
of the defence ministry. Ministry of defence cleared a total of 124 new contracts
worth Rs. 209,731 crores under buy IDDM [Indigenously Designed Development and Manufactured]
category since the BJP Govt came to power. Needless to say, Rijiju has vast experience
and knowledge in the subject mentioned above. His appointment in the important ministry
will be of immense help to the country as a whole.
Osong Saroh, Advocate
Gauhati High Court Itanagar
Why AAPSU is silent
Through the column of your esteemed daily I would like to question the stoic silence
of apex student body AAPSU regarding illegal practice being adopted for recruitment
of Junior Engineer under RWD. The sudden advertisement of such huge number of post
by the department after announcement of HCM to give away group B recruitment post
to APPSCE sends a clear message to the society that the department is pushing for
It’s such a shame that these corrupt officials are openly playing with the career
of poor hard working students to which neither media nor any organizations are raising
voice against. Atleast we had a faith on AAPSU thinking that they being the parental
student body would come to our rescue. Where are you AAPSU? Shouldn't student affair
be your prime focus?
An open letter to Chief Minister
I would like to draw the kind attention of Chief Minister towards the genuine grievances
of Govt. employees who are running from pillar to post for getting medical expenses
reimbursed without any fruitful results. There was an order issued from finance department
vide No. Fin/E-11/75/97 dtd 6th Aug' 2013 directing to grant medial reimbursement
for state Govt. employees (70% to critical patients and 30% to non none critical
Accordingly some departments like AHV & DD are following the Govt directives but
some other departments are disobeying the same order and granting 100% M.R. to their
employees. This is injustice to a section of employees. Moreover, the order itself
is unconstitutional and injustice towards the right of genuine govt servants to having
medical expenses while serving the interest of public.
On the other hand, it has been found that there is no provision of getting life saving
medicines, injection, bed charges etc. in APCMUHIS (Card) and it provides only the
charges of doctors and equipments used during operation. The card system is only
for those who needs operation, and other patients are to purchase and spent from
their own resources. Govt. or concerned department should reimburse the medical expenses
that are incurred by Govt servants.
In this situation, the duty of state govt should not only to prepare new schemes/projects
but also to bring good days to every section of workers/govt employees by implementing
old system like giving medical expenses, bonus etc.
Therefore, I would like to request the CM to intervene and revoke the said order
immediately and pay pending medical reimbursement to genuine patients/employees.
Directorate of A.H. & Vety. Nirjuli (A.P.)
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