Money should not be misused
The US government has proposed USD 860 million in aid for Pakistan, including USD
265 million for military hardware, which it said would help the country fight terrorists,
secure nuclear weapons and improve ties with India. US believe this money will help
to disrupt, dismantle and defeat violent extremist groups currently operating from
inside Pakistan. Militant groups acting against the interest of India and Afghanistan
are mostly operating from Pakistan. While Pakistan denies their hand in supporting
such group and paint themselves as victim of terror, both India and Afghanistan remains
Therefore the decision of US government to pump in huge money will definitely worry
New Delhi and Kabul. There are fears that this money might be used for anti-India
and anti-Afghanistan activities. India is already opposing the move to sell F 16
fighter jets to Pakistan by Obama administration. Even though America has been providing
money and arms to fight terror group, the Pakistani has been selective in their action.
They only take action against those who act against their interest. Pakistan continuous
to support those terrorist organizations which are carrying out terror attack in
India. On January 2nd this year Air Force station at Pathankot came under terror
attack. India named Maulana Masood Azhar, the leader of Jaish-E-Mohammad as main
culprit. Despite India providing evidences about his involvement Pakistan has not
acted yet. They have not shown sincerity in probing 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case.
There are several other examples to show how Pakistan is sympathetic towards the
terror group operating against India and Afghanistan. Keeping this in mind, the Obama
administration should be careful about providing money to Pakistan. They should ensure
that money is not misused.
No potable water
Through your daily, I on behalf of dwellers of Bokpen Colony, Daporijo would like
to disclose our frustration due to drinking water scarcity in the area.
As matter of fact, this colony has been deprived from one of the most necessary basic
amenities since its establishment. It is administration recognized colony after Dikto
Yekar, MLA Daporijo had inaugurated it in 2015 with promise to provide drinking water.
However, the colony is still out of the reach of PHE Daporijo forcing people to use
muddy Water or fetch water from other colonies. .
I request the authority to provide clean potable water to the colony.
Pay RMSA teachers’ salaries
I am working as a Junior Teacher under RMSA and now I’m completely bankrupt as we
had not been paid for last eight months. Our pending salaries of eight (8) months
are already in the state exchequer since 24th September 2015 as Ministry of Human
Resource Development (Department of School Education & Literary) had released 500.73
lakh (Five Crore Seventy Three Thousand Rupees Only) as 1st part payment of 1st installment
recurring under Grant-in-aid for implementation of integrated RMSA during the year
2015-2016 to the state govt of Arunachal Pradesh.
Whenever our association Arunachal Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers’
Association (ARMSATA) followed the pending salary file, it found that, it only moves
between Secretary Finance to Principal Secretary. My status as teacher in the society
is degraded day by day because I am unable to pay my sisters school fees on time
also I m gradually losing my moral confidence as my family are fully dependent upon
me but I can’t affords their expectation.
Governor’s immediate intervention is necessary for release of eight months pending
salaries. I get salary only one time in a year that too after lot of hue and cry
made by RMSA Teacher Association, which is a matter of great concern. Moreover on
7th January 2016, Maneesh Garg, Joint Secretary (SE-I), Department of School Education
& Literary (MHRD) had written a letter to Secretary Education, Govt of Arunachal
Pradesh, Itanagar regarding delay in transfer of fund to State Implementing Society
(SIS) and directed them to transfer the fund to the SIS by Jan 15.
Governor should direct the concern officers’ to move the file so that our hard earned
salary could be released without further delay.
Upgrade Recruitment Rules
In the modern era of advance Medical Science and technology, Medical laboratories
are adopting Hi-tech technology and various disciplines of laboratories are growing
day by day with induction of special investigations and sophisticated computerized
instrument and newer techniques. Therefore clinical laboratory need qualified personnel
with degree of B.Sc MLT(Medical Lab Technology) or M.Sc MLT.
But it seems in Arunachal Pradesh, the recruitment rules of such post are still in
diploma level (i.e., 10+2 Science with 2 years DMLT), but in other state the entry
level is B.Sc MLT Or M.Sc MLT.
So I would like to appeal to the concern department to look into the matter and upgrade
the recruitment rules for laboratory Technician for the betterment of people of Arunachal
Burden of stigmatization
Rohith Vemula was a research scholar from the Hyderabad University. His suicide under
suspicious circumstances has propelled the discussions on Dalit rights with a new
vigor. Rohith has been an intelligent student who wanted to become a great fiction
writer. That was the ambition which he wrote down in his death note. Rohith was a
student who always raised his voice against the disproportionate punitive actions
taken against the Dalit students in the university. And it is justifiable to raise
one’s voice against the injustices done on the socially, economically and politically
marginalized communities. India, with its multidimensional and multicultural societies
has always been on a volatile volcano which would any time erupt with unpredictable
repercussions. This is very much detrimental to a nation dreaming high with regard
to its future prospects. The political system of our country attends issues which
would actually gain them political dividends. Leaders from different parties thronged
into the university campus pretending to console the bereaved parent who sat on a
As for social disparities, I have personal experiences to quote from and emotionally
disagree with. Societies divided in the name of caste and creed would never deliver
to its populace with unbiased equality. The stories about the feudal upper-class
and their subjugated servants from the lower-class have always been read with sadistic
sarcasm by many and with unimaginable fury against oppression by some. The dominance
by the upper-class on the browbeaten lower-class was the theme that actually angered
social reformers like Swami Vivekananda.
While visiting the erstwhile Malabar region of Kerala, he reprimanded calling the
state a lunatic asylum where a large section of the society was considered as socially
untouchables. They were treated outcasts and often excommunicated for their poor
family background and skin color.
Interestingly, the discrimination ran so rampant that the women belonged to the lower
castes had to fight for their right to cover their breasts. Incidents such as slicing
one’s own breasts in protest to the feudal upper-class are still remembered by many.
Contributions made by the spiritual saint and social reformer Narayana Guru in Kerala
to eradicate the menace of caste discrimination were revolutionary. He had to lead
a society which was totally disregarded and denied of freedom for the only reason
that they had been standing at the lower step of the caste hierarchy ladder. The
temples he consecrated across the state were for the poor and the exploited. The
movement initiated by the saint gained momentum and instilled confidence in the minds
of the people to fight out the evil.
Interestingly, the political parties of the country seem to be awfully shameless.
Narayana Guru has later been conveniently hijacked from Kerala to Uttar Pradesh by
the celebrated crusader of the Dalits the Bahujan Samajwadi Party. The saint and
social reformer, who propagated One Caste, One Religion and One God for the humanity
appears to be sad on the party posters. Long back, even the king of Travancore had
to come to the forefront to ensure temple entry for the marginalized class of Kerala.
The proclamation for temple entry by the king became an historic event for the humanity.
Act of atrocity by the self-styled upper classes committed on the socially marginalized
sections of the society of yore are repeated even in the present century. We need
to change our mind, a new perception for the humanity, to accept and appreciate our
neighbor but not to discriminate and disapprove. In fact this system of discrimination
was afoot everywhere. The societies across the globe are infected with the trends
of discriminations based on caste, color, territory and language. We are the most
vulnerable because we are a large nation with the largest segmentation.
Rohith Vemula has become a metaphorical representation of many who still fight to
get their due in a society which is politically and socially polarized. The values
that Narayana Guru upheld were for the humanity. For him the caste and religion were
the same, the love for the humanity. For him service to man was service to God. The
discrimination run on the Dalits in schools and colleges needs to be urgently addressed
by the government. But more than that, a civilized change must take place in the
approach of everyone. Everybody has a right to live in this country with dignity.
We need to be more and more inclusive because exclusion and humiliation are always
beyond the line of acceptance.
VKV Sher, Kimin