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Try some other method
In yet another deadly attack by Maoists in Chhattisgarh, today, twenty five CRPF
Jawans were martyred in Sukma district. 6 seriously injured Jawans have been airlifted
for further treatment while some report claimed that few jawans are still missing.
For the last many years two districts of Chhattisgarh namely Sukma and Dantewada
have witnessed maximum attacks on security forces by Naxalites. With each passing
year the attack is getting more audacious and inflicting heavy casualties on security
forces. As usual after every such attack politician condoles the incident and promises
to take strong action. But after sometime everything is forgotten and things come
to square one.
Government has tried to rein in Maoist insurgency by deploying more number of troops
in the Naxalite inflicted region like Chhattisgarh, Odisha. But such move has backfired
as allegation of human right violation regularly crops up due to presence of large
number of security forces. It only helps Maoist to recruit more number of people
and turn them against security forces. Therefore union government should try some
other method to resolve Naxalite problem. Government will have to start dialogue
process with Maoist in order to bring them into mainstream. Before more lives are
lost, they should initiate the peace process. Dialogue is the only means to resolve
this long pending issue.
---- Readers Forum ----
One nation, one education
It is pertinent to understand roughly what is education? The wealth of knowledge
acquired by an individual after studying particular subject matters or experiencing
value based life lessons that provide an understanding of something is called education.
Now the whole definition has been changed. Education in nowadays is to strive for
getting good marks for acquiring the degree. What is the use of that degree except
to hang on the wall for the rest of one’s life? In our educational system, education
is only to get good scores. Scoring good marks is not the ultimate goal of a student’s
life. Examinations should produce human beings of high morale and dignity and not
being slaves of scores. I am not blaming students, but to the education system. There
are many teachers who provide selective materials like important and very important
questions for the exam point of view and a student has been judged on the basis of
his score, not knowledge. Let me put an example about what we perceive as a guardian
or a teacher-if a student gets 90% by mugging up syllable to syllable, he is considered
to be the best and congrats by everyone, whereas, one who gets 70% by writing on
his own words having understood the whole syllabus congrats by nobody. We hardly
value a student who applies his creativity and writes in an un-conventional way.
Even teachers and parents put pressure on students to get maximum marks. It’s pathetic!
Indian education system needs serious reforms as it mainly focuses on the theoretical
knowledge imparted to the students and has less to do with the practical knowledge.
As long as there are multiple boards, there is bound to be a variation and problems
will certainly occur while facing modern style of entrance exam. Let me give an example:-
The student of CBSE Board is more familiar to the type of exam pattern compared to
a student who has studied in any other state Boards to face IIT entrance or any such
all India level entrance exam. It is really quite hard for those students who has
studied long and primitive pattern of questions throughout. They are not acquainted
with MCQ solving intricate skills like any other CBSE or Navodaya students who face
Value-based Uniform Education with common syllabus is essential for eradication of
Crime, Corruption, Terrorism, Casteism, Communalism, and Extremism. Article 21A of
Indian Constitution- Right to education envisages not only free and compulsory but
also Uniform Education having common curriculum to all children of the age of six
to fourteen years. I would like to invite the attention of the present Modi Govt.
to extend it up to 10+2 standard i.e. from six to eighteen years and it is imperative
to implement the same as early as possible, if feasibility persists. This “One Nation
One Education” system would reduce inequality and help in abridging many gaps, present
in existing education system in India. This unique system has already been implemented
successfully in some of the developed and developing countries like Australia, Germany,
Britain, Finland, Denmark etc. These countries encourage students for exploring their
innovative and creative ideas. Whereas, in our country we have innovative and creative
ideas but we don't have proper infrastructure to implement them.
The current education system we are following is basically the old British system
which replaced the Gurukula system followed for thousands of years in India. Even
the education system in UK has been changed and improved but in India we are still
following this old British system. India needs to develop its own education system
which needs to include the best ideas from the Gurukula system, as well as other
modern education systems around the world. Theory originates from practical. If there
is practical knowledge then theory automatically comes in mind.
I would like to suggest some of my observations in connection with “One Nation-One
education” theory, such as:-
(1). Importance should be given more to the Practical curriculum up to 10+2. Subject
wise percentage of the marks should be divided in to 60-40 i.e. 60% for practical
and 40% for theory. (2).Most of the syllabus of our subjects without new technology,
so, the syllabus should be updated periodically to have balance with the pace of
rest of the world. (3).Minimize the rooms for theory classes and maximize practical
classes for different subjects and keep skilled guides accordingly. (4). Evaluate
the performance of the students on a daily/weekly basis keeping in view of the practical
activities, behavior, attitude, personal skills and such other parameters. Process,
Performance and product-based assessments are only considered authentic to assess
a student. (5). Introducing more career oriented options to select as per the interest
of the student like fashion designing, Acting, Drawing, Playing various musical instruments.
Singing, dancing, etc., so as to give them proper shape with practical knowhow as
per the interest of the student.
(6). I suggest to freeze all other boards and to make “One Nation One Central Board”
system. There should be one nation one board which will ease the problem of admission
for a student who has to move from one place to another.
I feel Uniform Education is not only necessary for socio-economic equality but also
essential for assuring of individual dignity, unity and integrity of the nation as
a whole. This kind of education will definitely help them to pursue their higher
studies and which could be a path finder to earn their bread & butter in future.
Rabin Prasad Kalita
Apropos your editorial, "Govt yet to learn any lesson" (April 24), landslide killed
16 construction workers at Tawang last year, and it took the lives of another 3 at
Palin Town last week. Why should not sufficient preventive measures be taken when
landslide is a common phenomenon? Are the lives of our construction workers cheaper
than the VIPs? It is horrifying to see construction workers are doing life-threatening
jobs without having minimum safety protection and insurance coverage. This is nothing
short of exploitative enslavement. When will they be allowed to enjoy the 'Fundamental
Right against Exploitation' as enshrined in Article 23 of the Constitution of India?
Sujit De, Kolkata
Let’s be responsible drivers
I would like to put my views, through this daily, over the recent hit and run case
Firstly, I express my solidarity with the family members of the deceased at this
hour of grief and pray for the eternal peace of the departed soul.
It saddened me when heard about the incident. I was going through the social media,
and found people mostly male, who were present at the time of incident, were busy
shooting video rather than helping one lady who is seen trying to call a police or
may be relatives. They were seen advising to do this and that in such a critical
situation rather than involving directly, which is disgraceful, I believe. On the
other hand, people are now advising dos and don'ts to the Govt. in social media and
news daily which is indeed a good suggestions.Govt./administration should take it
seriously. But, what about ourselves, who rides/drives recklessly without following
the traffic norms? What I found in capital is reckless driving, haphazard parking,
unnecessary overtaking, over speed which, I believe, is the failure in our side in
being a socially responsible citizen.
I agree with the masses that the less number of traffic police, improper execution
of traffic norms are the cause of such incidents in the capital area but my question
here is, why not we create such environment where traffic norms are followed properly,
after all it is us who breaks these norms.
At the same time, I want to know from legislators whether they advise their drivers
to drive rush or these drivers don’t listen to the MLAs.
Let's begin from our self, let's follow the rules even if execution is poor, and
let’s be a responsible citizen.
I extend my condolence to the family of deceased, once again.
Take care, stay safe.
Tashi Dorjee Bapu
Help the accident victims, social media can wait
At a time when a helpless girl was crying for help at the nick of time at Niti Vihar
Accident Spot, Itanagar; capturing of videos, taking photos by nearby people and
more shamefully the out fluxing of SUVs, motor Cars from the spot turning a blind
eye and not having a single thought to help the girl, simply implicates the denizen
of Capital-Complex. Such an acts also shake the basic foundation of our tribal society.
It is because, unfolding into the past; our tribal society was filled with helpfulness,
selflessness, empathetic, bonhomie and harmonious atmosphere. Now, the question is,
“Is our traditional society obsolete in today’s modern age?” The answer is no. We
still have our proud tribal society in village level and then in the city level,
we have metropolitan society wherein the prime ingredient of both societies is humanity.
So, one is bounded by society at any level and then humanity. It is, therefore, imperative
to show one’s humanity in such accident case in such a precious time in order to
save live of victim. At the same time, it is important to throw away one’s orthodox,
intuitive feeling of embracing bad luck on oneself while helping the victim. In other
sense, let me assure you that there is no such thing scientifically and even if it
is psychologically then such feeling will be out weighted by blessing from victim,
victim’s family and friends.
On the other hand, through this column of your esteem daily, I would like to request
the netizens of Capital-Complex to be professional while reporting or uploading such
a video because direct uploading of video without blurring the image of victim causes
outrage and mere uploading videos devoid of address details which creates chaos and
confusion. The Good Samaritan should first handle the situation then upload such
cases professionally in Social Media like Facebook, Whatsapp etc. Lastly, please
don’t be lightening quick to upload incomplete videos or message because there is
no gold medal for it.
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