India has been deeply shamed by what happened at Bengaluru few days ago. A 21-year-old
Tanzanian woman student was allegedly beaten up and stripped by the mob in a case
of mistaken identity after a woman was mowed down by a car in Bengaluru on Sunday
night. The incident has sparked outrage and has hurt the image of India. Such kind
of incident with a racial overtone is increasing in the country. Especially people
of African origin along with people hailing from North Eastern states are the worst
victim. In this case what is more shocking is that Tanzanian student was beaten up
infront of the police.
To the horror of victim no one including police came to her rescue. In a damage control
exercise India today assured necessary legal action against those involved in the
incident. MEA spokesperson told worried African nationals that all the safety measures
will be taken, so that such incident is not repeated. Home Ministry has also asked
the state government to give a detailed report about the circumstances leading to
the assault and action taken against those involved in it. The promptness shown by
MEA and MHA is praiseworthy. This will surely make African students feel protected.
The people of India also need to introspect. They were victim of racism during the
British rule. For years they fought against the racism. But now they themselves are
involved in racist activities. This is wrong and should be immediately stopped.
Teachers without salaries
Through the column of your esteem daily, I would like to express the frustration
and angst of teachers working under Rastriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) in
Arunchal Pradesh. It is generally said that teachers are the builder of the nation,
but I fail to understand why the RMSA teachers working under upgraded Secondary Schools
of Arunachal Pradesh have not received their hard earned salary since July 2015.
They have to work months together without getting their due salary. Time and again
executive members of Arunachal RMSA Teachers’ Association (ARMSATA) follow the salary
file from table to table up to the Chief Minister level but no positive result has
yet come out. It seems that as we are not less than any other contractors who follow
after the pending bill but blame must go to the education department itself.
Many a times politicians talk about quality education, but without giving salary
to teachers for months together.
An RMSA teacher who deals with secondary student or elder children of the schools
across the state receive Rs 15000/ pm only which is very meager amount compared to
other Junior Teachers of Govt Schools of Arunachal Pradesh. And the salary is given
once a year.
Whenever ARMSATA approached the officers and former Minister of concern department
regarding timely release of teachers pending salary, they simply says “centre se
abhi fund nehi aya he”.
We came to know that on 24th September, 2015, centre had already released Rs 500.73
lakh as 1st part payment of 1st installment under Grant-in-aid for implementation
of integrated RMSA during the year 2015-2016 to the state govt of Arunachal Pradesh.
Then why has salary not yet been paid to us? Where have the amount gone?
At last we are part and parcel of education department and need fair treatment from
There are many things in this society which should be banned, but the death penalty
is not one of them. It is definitely just to use capital punishment for capital crime.
Right now in our country, I find it outrageous that criminals think that they can
get away with just about anything. We need capital punishment to deter them from
committing severe crimes. The death penalty would make people more secure. People
in some areas of our country feel that they cannot walk around or step outside their
houses for fear of criminals. In some countries, however, you would rarely see laws
being broken because the penalties are so stern there.
If we use death penalty more often, all people would be able to use the streets even
in troubled areas because even dreaded criminals shake in the name of gallows. There
are reports that some notorious criminals even faint in the court room when they
hear that they would be hanged till their death.
Death penalties broadcast a clear and loud message to all criminals. Some criminals
who have committed many violent crimes like robbery, rape, and murder are walking
the streets like normal citizens because we are much too lenient on them. If the
death penalty is used more often than the present “rarest of rare” use then there
would not be as many daring and violent crimes as there are today. There are instances
that murderers after serving fourteen years of imprisonment commit another crime
and take revenge against the victim’s family. In closing, I would like to add that
this penalty should be used more frequently. It would make our streets safer, people
more secure, and make a better world to live in. The death penalty is a definite
plus for our society as a whole.
A little girl of Class II asked me whether terrorists will us. I have never seen
her as much worried as she was on that particular day. The question was daunting.
Her little face paled as she hugged me asking this big question. She saw the whole
episode on the TV screen.
That day Mumbai city and the whole country were glued onto the TV Screens watching
the operation carried out by security forces against the terrorists. Seven years
passed and the situation has not at all changed. Every child leaving his house for
school has this question in his eyes. He is unable to digest the philosophy of brutality
that demands blood of innocent people across the globe. The question was scary because
I was not sure if we were safe in this world and thought for a while as to what answer
will satisfy the child. Some people from the other side of the border could creep
into our territory and keep the entire country on its toes with few guns and hand
grenades. Leaders had the same statements shouted literally at the crowd, “The perpetrators
will be brought to justice.” It was true; our brave soldiers sacrificed their lives
hunting the intruders down.
With the passage of time, terrorism has taken different shapes but the underlying
principle and act remained the same, chaos and bloodshed of innocent people. Powerful
countries are pouring on ISIS with devastating weapons and their fighter planes spit
fire but it seems there is no end to the whole theme of terror. For India, the breeding
farms across the border are still active. The terrorist cubs are still growling at
the common man. It’s a matter of great relief that the 67th Republic Day of our country
culminated peacefully under heavy security scanner. But the situation in this country
is alarmingly dangerous and the big question in these days is, are we really safe
in a world of religious radicalization. Internet and social networking sites are
used rampantly to entice the youth and expand the spectrum of terror. But we have
a generation growing always anxious and who actually don’t know what this bloodshed
is all about, the so called holy war fought against innocent people across the globe.
Millions have so far been shattered, exterminated or forced to migrate. In the coming
days it may turn more volatile as huge migration is taking place even in European
countries. The world is to witness a great demographic change everywhere. While fear
is looming large over the whole world, from Pathankot to Peshawar to Paris, some
common questions still remain dreadfully unanswered, what is terrorism, who is a
terrorist and why he kills innocent people.
M R Lalu, VKV Sher