---- Editorial ----
Make effort to re-start the peace process
The Indo-Pak relation is once again in spin following the decision of Pakistan to
execute alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav. A Pakistani military court has sentenced
him to death but has not informed when he will be executed. Yadav was arrested on
March 3 last year and accused by Pakistan of espionage on the orders of India's intelligence
agency RAW. India acknowledged Mr Jadhav as a former navy man but denied that he
was in any way connected to the government.
After Pakistan announced that it will execute him, India retaliated by deciding
it will not release 12 Pakistani prisoners who were cleared to return home tomorrow.
India also summoned Pakistan High Commissioner and lodged strong protest by stating
that if the sentence was carried out, it would be considered "premeditated murder".
The decision to execute Mr Jadhav would further increase the tension between the
two countries. The relation between two nations has remained tense ever since terrorist
attack on an army camp at Uri in September 2016. Tension has only increased with
both sides not willing to take any step to de-escalate the strain. The continued
hostility between two nuclear armed neighbours is cause of worry for the international
communities. Recently US offered to mediate which was out rightly rejected by US.
Even though the situation is very precarious, India and Pakistan will have to find
a way to ease the tension. Leaders on both the sides will have to rise above partisan
view and make effort to start the peace process.
---- Readers Forum ----
Polo Park is becoming centre of anti-social activities
Through the column of your esteemed daily I would like to write about ongoing vulnerability
happening in and around Polo park, Naharlagun. It is disheartening to see the teenager
come to Polo Park not for healthy reason but to indulge in bad activities. Many young
boys and girls are seen consuming cocaine and smoking marijuana, which is punishable
Not only this, the terror has disseminated in different level too. It has brought
all the morning walkers, joggers and family who come for quality time at park on
the verge of vulnerability. It is never known, when innocent people might be attacked
by all those intoxicated and drunken fellows.
Also some people visit Polo Park with Gun almost like a hunter. Being a morning-walker,
I have been witnessing the increase in number of such hunters day by day. In the
midst of materialistic world, everyone is under the chain of dense schedule. People
rarely get chance to associate with nature even if they want. Nature is best communion
and source of comfort. One who has stress and anxiety tries to connect with nature;
once they are connected all the anxiety and stress are lessened and consoled.
Since last three days, we hardly hear the sound of chirping Birds; we have been compelled
to hear the horrible sound of bullet. Therefore, I sincerely request the concerned
authorities to look into the matter and rescue us from the verge of vulnerability.
Kargu Kardi Students Union (KKSU)
IPO available in Itanagar head post office
Through your esteemed daily I would like to inform the aspiring candidates of Arunachal
Pradesh applying for the various posts of high court that IPO is now available at
Itanagar head post office.
I would also like to request all the department conducting examinations, that a notice
be sent to Post Master before conducting any examination so that post office is ready
with available IPO.
Lastly to all the aspiring candidates that a commission of 10% is charged which goes
directly to central govt account and it does not benefit concerned post office or
any particular person in any way. Wishing all candidates very good luck.
Nani Tadi, Itanagar
Melas have turned into gambling zone
Growing up as a kid, the one event that I earnestly anticipate was the arrival of
‘MELA’ in the town. For me, Mela meant celebration; it was a joyous experience, a
time of happiness and unlimited fun. From the high volume screaming during Giant
Wheel rides to the thrilling bike and car stunts in the WELL OF DEATH; from the awe
aspiring magic tricks to entertaining dance shows; the bright lights, music, sweet
delicacy in every turn I take, the entire event of MELA was something I wished to
spent the entire day without any worries but only fun and joy and laughter everywhere.
This is the MELA I know of as I grew up as a boy in Arunachal Pradesh.
However, as I grow older with the passage of time, the MELA I knew as a kid to the
MELA I experienced today is contradicting. In our capital city, we notice the huge
attractive posters and banners announcing the different entertainment and surprises
at MELA from Nirjuli-Doimukh till Gohpur-Chimpu area. But it is sad to know that
these posters are somewhat deceiving. To this date, I still have the urge to visit
MELA and bring back my childhood memories and to reveal the happy Mela moments again.
And I tell you, the banners are deceiving on the ground that the surprises, treats
and the unlimited thrills is nowhere to be found when we step inside the so called
Mela. Where did the GIANT WHEEL go? Where are the car and bike stunts? Where are
all the mouth watering sweets delicacies? “Have I entered a ‘Mela’ or have I mistakenly
stepped in gambling zone?” occupies my thoughts each time. A ‘gambling zone’ because
the area of Mela is nothing but entirely dominated by the most on-demand gambling
game of our people that is DICE, popularly known as ‘JANDI-MUNDA’. And here, I would
like to mention that this is not a story of one or two Melas but all the Melas of
capital complex that is being organized on the same illegal motive. In the name of
‘Mela’ and in the name of entertainment, gambling has taken a major negative turn
on the lives of our people. And it is even more surprising to know that there are
approximately 25-30 such Melas in the entire capital complex of which some are even
organized on a permanent basis.
Another irony is that if we enter this Melas before 3 pm in the afternoon, silence
rules the roost. But as the evening comes to a close, the gambling starts from every
corner with callers seeking the attention of the gamblers. Though I am just a layman,
at least I know for a fact that gambling or anything of such short is strictly banned
in capital complex. And I fully support the positive role administration is playing
in trying to bring down the illegal act of gambling. They hunt every nook and corner
and shut down any gambling arena. However, what is administration actually doing
when it comes to checking of such gambling inside Mela premises? Are they unaware
of such illegal act of gambling that are being organized in the name of Mela? Or
is this some kind of joint venture business partnership?
Lobom Lida Tamin
Central Library, RGU, Doimukh
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