---- Editorial ----
Ban cow vigilante group
The cow vigilante group which has been creating havoc in the country in the garb
of cow protection has been put on alert by Supreme Court of India. SC has sought
response from six states, including Rajasthan, on a plea seeking a ban on cow vigilante
groups there. A bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and A M Khanwilkar issued notices
to Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh and asked
them to file their reply within three weeks.
Activist Tehseen S Poonawalla, in his plea alleged that these groups were committing
atrocities against Dalits and minorities in the name of protection of cows and other
bovines. This is a very good step and everyone will be hoping that these anti-social
groups are banned by the apex court. They have already killed two people, one at
Alwar, Rajasthan recently and another at Dadri in UP last year. The activities of
these cow vigilante groups are against the spirit of Indian democracy. They have
no right to take law into their own hands and make life miserable for minorities
and dalits. Even if people violate law, there is court and police to take action
in this regard. Before they create more mayhem, these groups needed to be regulated
and banned in the interest of social harmony, public morality and law and order in
the country. Democratic country like India has no place for illegal and anti-social
element like cow vigilante group.
---- Readers Forum ----
Sort out all issues peacefully
Through the column of your esteemed daily I would like to write about ongoing election
process of ASUD (Arunachal Students Union, Delhi). Everybody is well aware about
the discrimination and intolerance to the NE students in mainland India especially
in Delhi where student has been killed and are being tortured. So all the students
who are studying outside the state particularly in Delhi should maintain peaceful
cooperation and support each other. But, since last few days I have witnessed through
news paper and social media that our Arunachalee students are fighting each other
with regards to ASUD election. As a student they need to remember that we all are
staying in Delhi which is thousands miles away from the home only for education and
not for politics.
Yes I believe that we are in democratic country, hence we can form any associations
and unions and also can contest and participate in the election. I have nothing to
do with ASUD but as an Arunchalee I want cooperation and peaceful co-existence among
the fellow citizens.
Therefore I sincerely request to president and entire executive members of ASUD and
senior students to sort out all issues as soon as possible for great interest of
Save Arunachal! Save ASUD!
Parents should not allow under age children to ride & drive
On 6th April late afternoon while searching for ATMs that had any cash, I saw what
I never hope to see again. Two bikes with youths at high speed collided creating
a loud blast. It happened between the Civil Secretariat and Yes Bank. Being about
50 meters away from the spot it took me a second to come to term about what I just
saw before running towards accident site to help. But already some good people were
there helping to lift the victims and some stopped an auto to take the victims to
RKM. Such people make Itanagar so much better to live.
Yesterday, the police were also holding their routine mobile court near Tennis court.
What I noticed was that they mostly sidelined the two wheelers. That’s appreciable
as it is not good to see bikers riding bike dangerously.
I appeal to parents and elders to be strict with young ones. Children should be made
to understand that all forms of vehicles are a means of transport and not to play
around. To the police I would like to suggest, besides their routine work please
also check schools for vehicles which don't belong to the faculty or other staff
and not to hesitate to arrest anyone who is under 18 and drives without a license.
Long ago one of our school teachers told us that in Kolkata the traffic police would
stop vehicles at night whose lights are in high beam. Wish that could also be done
here also. I am writing this for the sake of safe driving.
Racism runs deep in India
This is in response to the editorial titled "India's double standards on racism"
published on April 5. Racism runs deep in India not just against African students,
but also against its own citizens. The physical harassment and mental torture meted
to the North-Eastern students studying or living in the "mainland" India are increasing
with each passing day. As a former resident of Bihar, I had witnessed how the Bengalis
used to suffer racial taunts and abuses in that state. In such a scandalous state
of affairs; the barbaric fatal attack on Yannick Nihangaza, the innocent Burundi
student on July 2012 in Jalandhar, sexual assault on a Tanzanian girl in Bangalore
last year or physical torture upon an Arunachal Pradesh student very recently in
Bangalore are not a bit surprising. If the Australians or British are "racist" due
to the stray incidents of attack upon the Indian students studying there, then the
assault on African or the North-Easterner students in Bangalore, New Delhi and other
"progressive" cities are also no lesser than racism. It should also be taken note
of that while many Australian goons have been sentenced for their barbaric acts,
we hardly hear any news about punishment of the Indian brutes who dare to assault
or rape their own countrymen from the North-East or our respected guests from Africa.
Since centuries, innumerable Indians are falling victim to that draconian evil named
casteism with Rohit Vemulas now "leading" the way in "modern" Universities. In this
"great liberal" land, people of certain castes were not only deprived from village
wells or temples(Oh what a classic case of "Hindu brotherhood"!), they were directed
to sport bells around their neck so that the "human beings" of "upper" castes can
get alert and avoid the path of the "pariahs"!
Less said about the tensions, riots and pogroms revolving religion that are plaguing
independent India. "We are all Indians" ---- yet not only elections in majority
of the states get fought on the issues of Mandir, Masjid, beef, gomata, graveyard
and innumerable other divisive agendas; right from Lok Sabha to panchayat
elections, tickets are awarded to candidates not on the basis of their eligibility
or efficiency, but by shrewdly taking into account the demography of the respective
constituency ie who are the dominant racial, religious, caste or sub-caste group!
Yes "We are all Indians"!
Thus, instead of beating our own trumpet of "tolerance" or accusing others of practicing
"racism", we Indians should at first learn to clean up our own backyard; else India
will end up as a classical case of "pot calling the kettle black"!
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