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A welcome change
The US President Donald Trump is making all the right noise regarding Afghanistan.
President Donald Trump on Monday cleared the way for the deployment of thousands
more US troops to Afghanistan, backtracking from his promise to rapidly end America's
longest war, while pillorying ally Pakistan for offering safe haven to "agents of
chaos." The increase in US forces will definitely help the fight against Taliban
and other terrorists including ISIS which has found safe haven in Afghanistan. Trump
also seems to have understood that ally Pakistan is the root cause of trouble.
It is an open secret that terror groups like Taliban, Al Qaeda etc are operating
from Pakistan with active support of its military and intelligence agency. Unless
Pakistan acts against these terrorists the stability will not return to Afghanistan.
Pakistan largely depends on donation and investment from US to run its country. Therefore
if America tightens screw around its so called ally, the things will definitely improve.
President Trump has shown immense courage to take on Pakistan publicly. If indeed
US increase the strength of its force in the country it should not leave in hurry
as such situation leads to creation of "vacuum" that terrorists "would instantly
fill." In 2010, the United States had upwards of 100,000 military personnel deployed
to Afghanistan. But then President Barack Obama withdrew majority of forces in phased
manner. Taliban waited patiently for the withdrawal and since then have captured
large parts of the country. Today there are around 8,400 US troops in Afghanistan
and the situation is as deadly as ever.
---- Readers Forum ----
Arunachal is shining example of secular India
Though I am a non-APST, I truly love the state of Arunachal Pradesh where I spent
major part of childhood as my parents use to work there. Though it has been more
than 10 year since I left state after my parents retired, still I regularly read
online version of Arunachal Times to keep myself updated with my spiritual home Arunachal.
One new development which struck my mind is the decision of government to create
department of Indigenous faith and Culture. I respect the sincerity of state government
to create this department to safeguard the rich tribal culture and tradition. But
I wonder how will they justify creating a department exclusively for one religious
During my stay in Arunachal I saw active participation of local tribal population
in all festivals like Holi, Diwali, Durga Puja, Christmas etc. In fact during Durga
Puja, locals outnumbered non-APST population in Puja pandals. It was an incredible
sight to see. In the last 10 years I have stayed in many states working but have
never seen a more secular society like Arunachal. Therefore it worries me to see
state government creating a separate department for the believer of one community.
I truly hope government is not working at the behest of outside influence. At a time
when country is going through a deep division over religious issues, Arunachal can
become a shining example of secularism. I do not intend to hurt sentiment of indigenous
believer as I truly love their belief. I personally attended many such religious
rituals and ended up eating those meats which was strictly banned in my conservative
Hindu home. My only concern for writing this letter is that secular fabric of Arunachal
which I truly miss now should not be diluted by the wrong step of the government.
Avdesh M, Chennai
Traffic jam has become norms of the day
Traffic Jam nowadays is not a big deal for the citizens of capital complex. Infact
if there is no traffic jam citizen feel astonished. There are various reasons why
traffic jam occurs. To name few it starts from the basic problem of poor condition
of the road, which further deteriorates during the monsoon.
Another significant reason is disobedience of traffic rules by the motorists. This
is something that I noticed in capital complex and I strongly believe that main cause
for jam is violation of traffic rules. People indulge in showmanship by not following
rules which leads to huge traffic jam.
Promote local dialect
Through your esteemed daily, I wish to put forth few of my opinions in public domain.
It is a well understood yet not seriously thought over issue by the general masses.
According to the recently published survey majority of tribal dialects spoken in
the state are on the verge of extinction. As per that article, many factors like
initiation of Indianization process by the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru after
1962 Indo-China war by pushing large number of Hindi teachers in the state and introduction
of Hindi as main language right from primary school level were cited. To counter
this threat at small scale in various home, I found many young parents who are not
fluent in their local dialect including myself, forces oneself and converse with
their children in local dialect. A small step for man but a giant leap for the mankind.
But, is that enough? As I have also seen older generations who followed the same
pattern of conversing in local dialect at home during the entire period of their
wards’ upbringing period but now after grown up, they prefer conversing in Hindi.
But why? Where did it go wrong? The crux lies somewhere inside your idiot box. It’s
not what they see, it’s what they hear. I am not blaming gadget guru Doraemon or
the naughty Shin-chan or the demon loaded Ben 10 or the very strong Chota Bhim or
the always running Motu Patlu or masti time Krish. What I am worried about is their
dubbed version in Hindi. But every dark cloud has a silver lining therefore, since
there is birth of a new Department of Indigenous Faith & Cultural Affairs, I hope
there will be a provision through which all the animated gentlemen will be able to
proudly speak in our local Arunachalee dialects.
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