Keep an eye
Ever since Pathankot terror attack took place, the role of Border Security Forces
(BSF) has been under scanner. BSF guards large section of Indo-Pakistan border stretching
from Gujarat to Jammu & Kashmir. On eastern front they guard Indo-Bangladesh border.
Questions have been raised over how Pakistan based terrorists sneaked into India
from Punjab border and carried out terror attack in Pathankot. However this is not
for the first time BSF has been under scanner. In the past they have been accused
of helping smuggler in the western front.
Large scale drugs are smuggled inside India from Punjab border. It is widely alleged
that smugglers are hand in glove with some border men guarding the sensitive Indo-Pak
border. Last month Punjab and Rajasthan police arrested constables of BSF from their
respective states for allegedly helping cross-border drugs and arms smugglers. In
North East India especially in Assam, BSF has been allegedly accused of not being
tough on illegal migrants who enter state from Bangladesh. But after coming under
scanner over Pathankot incident and subsequent arrest of the some of their member,
BSF seems to have learnt lesson. Today 191 battallion of BSF killed 4 smugglers in
Khemkaran Sector on Indo Pak Border under Punjab. According to BSF sources two Indian
Smugglers and two Pak smugglers were exchanging the packets of Heroin. After intercepted
by BSF soldiers they started firing. All the four smugglers were killed during exchange
of fire. The prompt action of BSF deserves appreciation. They should continue to
act tough against the smugglers. Further besides strictly guarding the border, BSF
should keep an eye on their own men and don’t let them become prey to anti-national
Fees without parking lot
As far as I am know, one of the function of Municipal is to clean and clear the street
to make it garbage free and to reduce traffic chaos but I did not see anywhere in
India that the Municipal collects Fees for parking the vehicles in the National Highway
which is absurd. I’ve been to metropolitan Cities like Mumbai, Delhi, etc. and nowhere
have I found collecting parking fees in the National Highway. They do but in certain
places such as shopping Malls, private market areas where they had installed parking
My friend told me once, “Assam is a rich state with poor people and Arunachal is
a poor state with rich people”. The other people use their resources tactfully while
ours waste it like there’s no tomorrow plus desire to earn Lakhs in a minute.
This attitude is not limited to any individual rather had extended its hands to Unions,
Associations, Cooperation, etc. The difference between others and ours is that despite
privileging parking areas, they take Rs.2 or 5/vehicle but ours as expected, charge
Rs.10-20/vehicle that too for being parked throughout the National Highway from Itanagar
to Banderdewa. There’s a system which needs to be followed and which the Municipal
needs to know. There are thousands of vehicles in the capital if each is charged
Rs.20, it becomes Lakhs a day. Where will Municipal use it? In addition to paying
road tax, why parking tax?
I would ask the Municipal Officials, where are your Parking Lots? Why Rs.20? What’s
the problem to start from Rs.5/vehicle? Is there no jam in traffic flow now than
before or is the same as before? Any decision taken by the Municipal officials affects
the public life whether we want it or not. Being responsible decision-makers of our
city, the Municipal should execute works for the welfare of the society without getting
double benefits from the public in return. Despite the huge resistance by public,
Municipal had left no stones unturned to make us their source of earning. If IMC
had deployed these volunteers voluntarily, people would have clapped for what they
have done but since they are engaged to collect fees from people, it is awkward.
It is requested to IMC that decisions be reviewed for people’s well-being and these
volunteers be given salary from other Government funds rather than from our pockets.
It is a good step to minimize the traffic chaos but at the same time it should not
be head ache for public as well. In spite of collecting from us directly, a donation
box should be installed in the parking areas. Those whoever want to donate, would
Bamang Taba HB
Monster of hatred
No one can deny the statement of the editorial (“Shameful incident” , AT, February
5, 2016) , ‘India has been deeply shamed by what happened at Bengaluru a few days
ago’. The mindset of the mob who tortured a Tanzanian student at Bengaluru street
has a deep rooted sewerage connection with hatred and prejudices against Dalits of
different hues. India’s sex ratio of 940 women against 1000 men exposes the practice
of killing girl child through foeticide and infanticide. Though things are changing
now, but women are still being treated as gender Dalits. They are being projected
as animals in popular B-grade reel world. Reel heroes resort to eve teasing to ‘tame’
heroines and that has been sold as love stories. Heroines are to dance with minimal
clothes even in subzero temperature with monkey-cap clad heroes. It is supposed that
women are not human beings so there is no question of their catching cold. With such
animal tag in her forehead, a woman is to face apartheid in marriage market if she
happens to have a dark complexion. Cosmetic companies freely fan the existing colour
prejudice for selling their fairness cream. Such attitudes against the fair sex and
dark complexion explain Bengaluru mob’s becoming so furious with a black woman. Many
avatars of prejudices are dancing in the dark in the courtyard of our country. We
have gender Dalits (women), colour Dalits (dark complexion), language Dalits (non-Hindi
speakers), class Dalits (poor) besides caste Dalits. That nine Dalit students committed
suicide in Hyderabad University in just five years clearly indicates how hostile
environment a Dalit is to face in educational institutions in twenty first century
India. The juggernaut of prejudice against caste Dalits still rules the roost. This
prejudice of hatred has a new language avatar. It is a matter of concern that non-Hindi
speakers in Hindi heartland are being relegated to language Dalits. Such prejudice
is creating walls of falsehood among us and kills Nido Tanias in the process. However,
it is seen that the existence of so many avatars of prejudices cannot hide age old
class hatred a bit. After the 2002 hit and run incident at a Mumbai street, a Bollywood
singer is quoted as having said that a dog will die a dog’s death if it sleeps on
a road. This clearly exposes our attitude towards class Dalits. In fact, the monster
of hatred is still so powerful that it makes parents kill their wards in the name
of pedigree. Such a cannibalistic and horrific act is passed for honour (!) killing.
According to statistics from the United Nations, one in five cases of honour killing
internationally every year come from India.The need of the hour is to fight in all
possible ways against prevalent hatred for Dalits of all hues. The Preamble of the
Constitution of India resolves to secure fraternity. It is our duty to translate
it into reality in our everyday life. Any departure should, adequately, be dealt
with. The environment should make us realise the truth that a rainbow is so beautiful
because it is multicolour.
Sujit De Kolkata
Cleanliness is a grey area in India and we do not maintain any discipline in cleanliness.
Occasional participation in cleanliness drives will not make the state any cleaner.
Self discipline and attitudinal changes from us only can change. All the municipalities
and corporations must be held accountable for keeping the areas under their jurisdiction
dirt-free. The business houses can take up one area each and attempt to make it clean
More public toilet should be provided and garbage bins should be placed at the
corner of the road. Fines should be imposed on violations. All schools, colleges
& local bodies should be encouraged to participate in cleanliness crusade.
We are responsible and we need to get solution and not blame others.
Anil Thapa, Doimukh
Courts are there to help us
First of I would like to congratulate Jhon Libang and his friends who took help of
the court and dared to fight against the misdeed of department of Secondary Education
who tried to recruit PGT and TGT in spite of knowing that the concerned department
has no authority to do so.
It is lesson to those officials who think that they can break norms.
They have done good job and every unemployed youth of the state appreciate them.
Actually this job should have been done by the student union. But our students have
no time for such work rather they are busy in playing politics. That’s why slowly
parents and guardian have started to ask their children not to participate in any
student union activities.
The corrupt officials and politicians forget that time has changed and public of
Arunachal are now well aware and ready to fight against any kind of injustice. Besides
court are there to help.
Now it is clear that recruitment of PGT and TGT will done by APPSC, I appeal to commission
to start the recruitment process soon.
Tage Tadu, Itanagar
Salary and promotion
A government employee keeps going for two things, salary and promotion. But sadly,
these two are becoming distant dreams.
A group of Junior Engineers were appointed in 2003 in PHE & WS Department.
Since the last thirteen years, they had been serving the department with utmost
sincerity and dedication playing their role silently in building the state.
As their turn for promotion neared, their spirits were high. But the government had
other plans. Three Junior Engineers gets promoted to Assistant Engineer (functional)
vide order no PH E/Sectt-45/97 Pt II Dated 14thJanuary 2016, superseding more than
47 Senior Junior Engineers. Though functional posts are stop gap arrangements but
the government overlooked the seniors which are disheartening. This development has
jolted the moral of these seniors for now they will be under the command of juniors.
As has been the trend, any vacancies, ad-hoc or functional had been filled up by
the senior Junior Engineers maintaining the gradation list. The illegal appointments
backed by political and money power is leading our state to wrong direction and is
murder of humanity.
PHED 2003 batch