Don’t turn glacier into death field
The death of ten soldiers in an avalanche at Siachen has come as big shock. The tragedy
has once again put spotlight on Siachen, which is considered the highest battlefield
in this world. One junior commissioned officer (JCO) and nine jawans of the Army's
19 Madras Regiment died after they got trapped inside avalanche. The incident took
place on 3rd of this month. Siachen is the world's highest active battlefield, contested
by India and Pakistan since 1984 when India launched Operation Meghdoot. In April
1984, the Indian Army moved in to pre-empt a move by the Pakistan Army to occupy
the glacier. Indian Army currently occupies the full Siachen glacier, while Pakistani
forces are deployed at the lower heights of Saltoro ridge.
Since occupying the area Indian army has lost more number of personnel to weather
related incident. With this latest incident, there are questions being raised over
stationing of soldiers in such inhospitable area. Some people are even suggesting
for withdrawal of troops. However government of India led by Defence Minister Manohar
Parrikar has dissmissed suggestions for withdrawal of troops from Siachen. India
is worried that if they leave heights of Siachen, Pakistan might occupy it. Such
situation will give advantage to the Pakistan. Therefore in all probability India
will not vacate the posts. But in the long run, the two countries will have to find
a solution. Both India and Pakistan spends huge money in manning their respective
posts. Finding lasting solution to vexed Indo-Pak issue might take years but at least
they should explore the possibilities of finding some solution on Siachen. The two
countries should not turn beautiful glacier into death field.
Sudhir Tailang will continue to reside in the hearts
The highly respected cartoonist Sudhir Tailang is no more. His cartoons were not
only highly enjoyable, but very thought-provoking as well.
I vividly remember a cartoon, which he had created on July 2012, after the much-hyped
discovery of the God particle. It was indeed the Kohinoor of all. The destitute,
while searching for food in a garbage vat akin to dogs and rats, asks “Did you find
the God Particle? I’m very hungry brother”!
The cartoon should act as an eye-opener for those who try to judge the progress or
modernity of the society through scientific achievements only; the plight of the hungry
millions being consigned to oblivion. That the destiny of the starved stomachs will not
change a bit despite the much-hyped discovery of God Particle had been brilliantly
illustrated by Tailang. Scientific research is good, but eradicating hunger and malnutrition
from the society should remain our greatest concern.
Through this column, let me salute the great humanitarian in Tailang. He might have
physically left this mortal world, but Sudhir Tailang will continue to reside in
the hearts of those who strive for equality of all.
Through the column of your esteemed daily, I wish to draw the attention of traffic
police and the general public of Pasighat with regard to the reckless driving of
heavy motor vehicles, loaded vehicles and most importantly passenger carrying vehicles.
To begin with, the drivers of these vehicles are reckless, negligent and men of violent
passion. These errant drivers have no regard for the traffic rules. Over speeding,
overtaking from wrong side, rush driving have become a fashion for them. In fact,
a few days back, I narrowly escaped death while I was on my way to Pasighat from
Ruksin when a Winger came out of nowhere and almost hit my scooter. At that point,
the passengers inside the vehicle could have lost their lives too. After having witnessed
such sobering incidents, not once but a couple of times, I reckon the people in Pasighat
would pay heavy prices due to road accidents, caused by reckless drivers.
Apparently, traffic rules and regulation do exist in the town but the drivers pay
no heed. Despite the implementation of traffic rules, no substantive change has been
witnessed so far. Therefore, it is high time that serious actions are taken to put
an end to the reckless driving of vehicles so that the lives of the citizens are
Current path of economic and industrialdevelopment needs corrective transformation
GOD desires every human in the planet to have adequate, equal and universal access
to at least vital material resources like natural healthy air, water and food items
and strictly leaving aside artificial chemical contaminated ones and that’s why such
a magnificent Mother Nature is created.
Chemically polluted and contaminated air, water and food items has become the biggest
single reason affecting human health globally besides afflictions due to microbiological
agents and others. It’s also a matter of truth that, appropriate consumption of God
gifted natural fresh air, water and varied food items do tremendously prevent and
heal afflictions due to microbiological agents and others since the God created these
wonderful healing things to keep human and other beings healthy and joyous in the
Creation. The humanity may have developed numerous healing techniques like modern
medicine, yoga & others, but until and unless the causes of afflictions are exterminated
from the root, the sufferings will continue to haunt the mankind for long.
The task of earning and providing natural fresh air, water and food items may sound
easy and mundane but that remains the biggest challenge of humanity to attract highest
The fundamental thoughts, planning and activities of every human, national governments
across the world, the United Nations Organization and other global organizations
should focus to achieve that fundamental goal first in this world.
The fundamental goal of humanity to earn and provide natural fresh air, water and
food items can be universally achieved only by proactive participation of every human
and all national as well as global institutions.
Every human need to resolve and take out some precious time to cultivate a kitchen
garden or farmland without use of any artificial chemical manure, pesticide, weedicide
for healthy consumption.
Then, the national governments across the world, the United Nations and other global
organizations need to urgently sit down and work out appropriate policy decisions
to transform from artificial chemical dependent agriculture towards natural organic-
artificial chemical free farming techniques globally. The land, water bodies, air
quality will be tremendously rejuvenated with the infusion of organic farming worldwide.
Then, the natural forest ecosystem has the greatest reserve of natural healthy air,
water and diverse food items. The Mother Nature and her system and entities need
utmost sacred conservation and sustainable extraction of the healthy and priceless
Economy driven by rampant and uncontrolled industrialisation to earn higher and higher
Gross Domestic Product, Economic Growth Rate, National Income, Employments, Gold
& Precious Ornamental Reserve, Cash Reserve, etc by governments and individuals all
around the world carries no meaning and becomes self defeating when pursuit for such
goals compel, inflict and kill the humanity by forced consumption of the dangerous
poisons; the artificial chemically polluted and contaminated air, water and food
items. The current path of economic and industrial development needs a deep rethinking
and corrective transformation and reorganization for health and well being of the
The topmost fundamental goal of an individual, family, national governments, international
organizations, the humanity as whole invariably remains common; to live healthy and
live long in this single life.
A collective and comprehensive global approach to earn and distribute natural healthy
air, water and food items shall infallibly and invariably enable the humanity to
live healthy, long and joyous in this world.
A legitimate demand
Demand for termination of all Adhoc, Officiating officers is a genuine one, because
these officers enjoys same pay scale and others parks as regular employees, depriving
the genuine to be promoted candidates. When there are officials in queue for promotions
then why these temporary arrangements?
On the other hand Department of Rural Development is the most irregular in this case.
No fixed promotional scopes for PA’s, EO(Cr)’s, Jt. BDO’s, BDO’s, EO(RE) and walk-in-interview
for the posts of APO (Agri), APO (Cr) which is regularized without written interview
and no surprising these are gazetted posts, whose selections should have been done