---- Editorial ----
The dynamics of international politics is witnessing a massive change. Two of the
world's most powerful countries US and UK is suddenly turning towards protectionism
and is withdrawing themselves from role of prominence. Ever since the end of cold
war and collapse of Soviet Union, US along with its ally UK has dominated the international
politics. However with election of nationalist President Donald Trump and Britain's
decision to exit UK, things are changing. Today UK Prime Minister Theresa May received
Parliament's first stage approval to begin the process of Britain's exit from the
European Union (EU) after winning a crucial vote in the House of Commons last night.
British MPs voted in favour of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill.
With this Britain has taken the first step towards formally exiting the EU. The decision
of UK to leave EU has deeply demoralized rest of EU members and it has galvanized
right wing nationalists across the Europe. They are also dreaming of taking their
country away from EU. In the western hemisphere, Donald Trump is taking US by storm
with his protectionist policies. As the two powerful allies take a backseat, it has
opened the door for countries like Russia, China and even Germany to take mantle
of leadership. While Russia and China will be more than willing to fill the gap,
the international community will be quite apprehensive as two countries are known
for their disregard of democratic values and curtailing of human rights. Germany
with its democratic system and an open economy offers the best hope. The rest of
the world will be patiently waiting to see how international politics evolves in
---- Readers Forum ----
Through your esteem daily, I would like to request the esteemed members of Arunachal
Pradesh Public Service commission to introspect the matter of recruitment for AAO
advertised recently. The criteria framed seem to have deviated from objective of
finding an ideal Audit Officer from the Govt's perspectives.
Is the subject requirement for the examination of AAO fair enough?
The general definition of auditing may be read as : " It is a systematic examination
and verification of various books of accounts, statutory records, other related
documents and physical investigation of inventories by an auditor ".
It is very well known that if a person wants to become an auditor, he/she should
possess an excellent (if not, adequate) knowledge on accounting. Our state seems
to be an exception in this matter. Your esteemed office has issued a totally new
definition of Audit and Auditor through recent advertisement. The advertisement
signifies that no specific knowledge on accounting /financial is required to become
an auditor here. Just a fundamental knowledge of English and mathematics would suffice.
A commerce graduate studies special and a compulsory paper on Auditing. What we do
Kindly peruse the details of National Level and other States' examinations to recruit
similar or analogous officials. It is necessary to understand the enormity of issue
being trapped. The follow up resurrection from your part should be justifiable.
Nevertheless, the concept is simple and can be corrected from your end itself.
Before I begin, I must say my view is subjective and expressed according to how I
took the visuals of recent tourism promotional video of our state launched by the
Department of Tourism of GoA.
The video portrays Arunachal by displaying Buddhist monastery overlooking many tourism
circuits in various districts of our state. The video was quite similar to promotional
videos of Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh, Gaya (Bihar) and Sikkim where they portray Monastery
and Monks as backbone of their tourism promotional campaign. Whereas, in real, our
state comprises of motley tribes with traditions and customs quite diverse, one can
do proclaim Arunachal as mini India to pragmatically define its vividness. But I
must admit, in the entire video I enjoyed the clips of hanging bridge and narrow
roads only. The video is more or else like Arunachal Pradesh promoting a celebrity
rather than celebrity promoting the state.
After watching the whole video, now I know why my mainland friends have this prejudice
about Arunachal Pradesh as entirely Buddhist dominated state.
Address farmers agony
According to National Crime Records Bureau's recent report, 'Accidental Deaths and
Suicides in India in 2015' farmer suicides in our country surged from 5,650 in 2014
to 8,007 in 2015 ~ a 42 per cent increase in just one year. This must serve as an
eye-opener. It is highly unfortunate that we fail labour intensive sectors like farming,
micro and small enterprises that mainly contribute to current livelihoods in our
country. India should give priority to labour intensive technology to generate employment
which can increase the purchasing power of the people, boost market, stop colossal
food wastage (as a result of poor affordability of hungry people) and therefore redress
farmer’s agony of not being able to market their harvest.
Judges and justice
Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to point out the acute shortage
of judges we are facing today has added a sense of urgency to the issue. It is comprehensible
that the respected Chief Justice of India has been waiting for speedy appointment
of judges required for thwarting setbacks in justice delivery. Shortage of judges
may be one reason for pending of cases. Increase in the number of judges is long
overdue. Widespread vacancies delay proceedings and expand court dockets; inadequate
judicial resources imperil criminal prosecutions and cause civil proceedings to lag;
and overburdened judges are hard-pressed to give each case the attention it deserves.
Around 170 proposals for appointment of high court judges were now pending with the
government. India needs better quality of judges and not quantity. Successive governments
have failed in this regard. The sense of frustration palpable in the appeal by the
Chief Justice is entirely understandable. No doubt, a large number of pending cases
is not only because of lack of judicial strength alone. There are number of other
reasons including deliberate delay tactics adopted by a section of lawyers that hindered
speedy trial process, especially in lower courts. It is not a one man's show to put
the judiciary on the right track. The executive and judiciary the two important pillars
of nation have to work collectively to address the problem of timely delivery of
justice to the citizens.
Vinod C. Dixit
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal
address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.