---- Editorial ----
India-China will have to learn to live together
Finally better sense seems to have prevailed as China and India have agreed to end
a lengthy standoff at the Sikkim border that began in June. Both the sides are reportedly
moving to withdraw their troops from the remote Doklam Plateau, a region that both
China and Bhutan claim. The standoff began in mid-June after Chinese troops started
building a road on the Doklam plateau. Indian soldiers rushed to stop that, triggering
the worst military tension in decades with China. The breakthrough comes ahead of
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's trip to China in a few weeks for a summit of the BRICS
group of nations.
There was growing fear that stand-off could lead to escalation of tension. During
the tensed period media on both the sides indulged in provocative rhetoric against
each other. The de-escalation of tension should make way for constructive dialogues
between two nations to resolve the outstanding issues. India and China have differences
of opinion and view on several issues. The border row is yet to be resolved and China
still claims whole of Arunachal Pradesh as part of south Tibet. The border standoff
like the one witnessed in Doklam might again take place in future. There is a need
to put in mechanism to resolve such issue at the earliest before situation goes out
of control. Both India and China should learn a lesson from Doklam incident and do
not allow such incident to repeat in future. The two nuclear armed nations will have
to learn to live together even though they may be competing at various forums.
---- Readers Forum ----
Anarchy when political power bows to religion
This refers to the report, "32 died in violence after conviction of Dera chief "
(National, August 27, 2017). Anarchy is bound to happen when political power bows
to religion. And this has practically been staged in Haryana. The Punjab and Haryana
High Court has rightly said to Monohar Lal Khattar, the Chief Minister of Haryana,
"The Chief Minister is also the Home Minister.
Why have you allowed people to assemble for seven days? If they were antisocial elements,
why were they allowed entry for seven days?"
It is a pity that when the judiciary is trying really hard to drive religious prejudices
like triple talaq out of the socio - political backyard, our political representatives
are fighting shy of such responsibility even though they themselves had promised
to take up that job after getting elected.
We need to realize that there are two aspects of religion - spirituality and religionism.
Sri Aurobindo had rejected religionism or sectarianism in religion. He said, "On
the other hand, religion when it identifies itself only with a creed, a cult, a Church,
a system of ceremonial forms, may well become a retarding force and there may therefore
arise a necessity for the human spirit to reject its control over the varied activities
According to Mark 12 : 17, Jesus Christ said, "Give back to Caesar what is Caesar's
and to God what is God's." Here Caesar means the Government. This is a clear message
for a secular government, which is not connected with religion. Had we followed this
teaching, we could have avoided oceans of bloodshed and banished many Rasputins from
enjoying political power.
History has indeed witnessed many Rasputins, big and small, coming out of an unholy
alliance between religion and politics. So, the people need to be very cautious about
religious dogmas hijacking our political rights as well as our evolutionary progress.
The names of those who shared the public space with Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet
Ram Rahim Singh even after his being charged with as grave a criminal offence as
that of a rape, must be made public. The electorate should be in the know about such
political Who's Who to beware of them.
Selective Service by a police officer
Through the columns of your esteemed newspaper, I would like to draw the attention
to the unjust application of law.
Last night, there was a police checking at Naharlagun.
I forgot my wallet with driving license at home. I pleaded for mercy but i was denied.
The policeman denied other govt. officials and a fauji with medical case explaining
the need for law and the necessity of Chalan.
I was touched by his discipline and professional attitude while conducting his duty
being a non-APST amidst the APST.
When I returned back with the money for Chalan , the IRBNs stopped a costly car with
two women and a driver. As I was going to receive my Chalan, that car pulled over
near the officer and a lady in the back said , '' Sir, yeh log humko rukarae " and
the officer exchanged few words and let her go.
The lady while going said ' jai hind ' and the officer offered a salute as a sign
of courtesy. I asked the officer regarding this immoral act and he said that he knows
them well and they are reputed people.
When I further enquired for equality of law, he began to threaten me with court and
high cost of an advocate. His advice was, ' hum jantae ' & ' Apna ka deko.
It was midnight and my family was with me. I was shocked by his changed flexible
melodramatic policeman image. I had to say sorry to calm him down and leave. I never
got what he meant by 'reputed'.
l appeal to the officials to serve all rather than the selected few. The handsome
salary and other benefits you enjoy is the tax that common public pays to the govt.
We appreciate your efforts to serve and our co-ordination is a guarantee but we expect
the genuine code of conduct as well. We are resilient by force, not by choice.
Through your esteem daily, I would like to request the secondary education department
to kindly advertise various vacancies of teachers as soon as possible as there are
many vacant posts.
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