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India & China need to de-escalate the tension
The Dalai Lama's Arunachal visit has generated lot of interest about state among
international communities. The news of visit and controversies surrounding it is
making headline across the globe. The neighbouring China which has bitterly opposed
the visit is fuming and has warned India of tit for tat action. Already tense relation
between two nations has further escalated. Chinese are expected to increase rhetoric
over their claim on Arunachal and in all probability will try to inflame Kashmiri
separatists to target India.
While Tibetan along with majority of international community's including India see
Dalai Lama as spiritual leader but China thinks of him as separatist. Ever since
he fled Tibet and took refuge in India, the Chinese has been highly suspicious of
India. They believe that by hosting its arch enemy India is acting against its interest.
This suspicion is one of the main reasons for continued mistrust between India and
China. The ever growing hostility between two Asian giants is not good for the region.
Both the countries should take collective measures to de-escalate the tension. The
government of India has clarified that Dala Lama's visit to Arunachal is only for
spiritual purpose. His holiness himself has made it clear that he does not seek independence
of Tibet from China but is only seeking meaningful autonomy for Tibetans. Also the
Chinese should understand that India is a democratic country and here everyone including
refugees has certain rights which cannot be denied to them. For lasting peace in
the region both the nation will have to shed hostility against each other and work
out a long term solution to all issues concerning each other.
---- Readers Forum ----
Cash shortage in ATMs
The cash shortage in ATM is causing havoc in the capital city. People are facing
numerous problems. Hoping, that the concerned bank authorities will fix this problem
as soon as possible.
Racial attacks owe origin to caste system
This is in response to your editorial, "India's double standard on racism" (April
5). Racial attacks on Africans owe its origin in our age-old regressive caste system.
As a matter of fact, casteism and apartheid are the two banks of the same river -
hatred. And there is a colour bridge between them.
The bridge is built with prejudice - dark means lower castes and fair means upper
castes. Indeed, the other name of caste is varna which means colour. A recent study
says that the practice of untouchability is still very much prevalent in our country,
and this reaffirms the malaise of caste hatred. On the other hand, matrimonial and
fairness cream advertisements fan our fair mania. All-out efforts like monitoring
such advertisements must be undertaken on war footing to stop stereotyping human
beings with the brush of loathe.
Sujit De, Kolkata
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Don’t allow minors to ride or drive
With utter dismay for rash and reckless driving of adolescent prevailing or practiced
by younger generation in capital complex and other parts of state, I would like to
share about a incident that happened with me on 3rd April 2017 at A-Sector, Naharlagun.
The said incident occurred when I already crossed the road in order to go to a garage
near Polito’s Pizza. All of a sudden one scooty with three people in it hit my car
at the driver’s door.
After seeing that one of the riders was unconscious while pillion rider received
minor injury, I took them to Tomo Riba State Hospital Naharlagun with my damaged
car despite of heavy traffic jam within 8-10 minutes to save their lives.
But instead of thanking me, some of the relatives snatched my car key and started
to accuse and rudely warned me inside the hospital, where as their children had totally
disobeyed the traffic rules. Fortunately one ‘God Man’ shri Tadar Mama came as witness
at hospital and narrated the reality of the incident, otherwise some other circumstances
might have been be created by relatives.
Therefore, I have these queries to the relatives. Firstly, incase if the riders had
died on the spot or at hospital, who would have been the responsible? Secondly, who
would have been the responsibility if I or others were injured due to their rash
driving? Thirdly, who will take the responsibility to repair my damaged car?
Taking this opportunity, I would like to appeal to all the parents, please do not
allow minor children to drive or ride any vehicles. I also would like to suggest
the traffic police to strictly check against the reckless minor drivers.
Research Scholar, RGU
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