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Maintain certain decency
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a swipe at his predecessor Dr Manmohan Singh on
Wednesday while replying to the motion of thanks on president’s address in the Rajya
Sabha. Modi said only Dr Singh knows how to take “shower with a raincoat”. PM made
the remark while referring to various corruption scandals during UPA era. Dr Singh’s
image had remained intact while his colleagues were mired in corruption cases. The
PM’s jibe riled Congress and they staged walk out from Rajya Sabha. Congress has
demanded apology from PM and today conducted brief walk out in Lokh Sabha.
While Modi has every right to use all kind of analogy and words to target his political
opponents but one expect some decency from the person holding highest office of Prime
Minister. This is not for the first time that Modi has come under attack for his
choice of words. Even during assembly election campaign, he has been accused of making
below the belt swing at his political opponents. Several leaders of Congress party
including leader of opposition in Lokh Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge has also been accused
of using indecent words in the floor of parliament to target rivals. This is not
good for the Indian democracy. All the parties including ruling and opposition should
restrain themselves while attacking each other. They should maintain certain decency
in public forum. People will expect Prime Minister to set an example in this regard
as he is the leader of the country.
---- Readers Forum ----
The State govt should enhance the wages of casuals ALCs, contingency and other contract
workers who work under AP govt from existing rate to 15000-18000/ per month atleast
and implement 75% reservation for those who are already engaged in every dept. Theese
employees do not get any types of TA, DA, TTA, MR, and other allowance though they
do their work without any hesitation whereas their wage is 6000-9000 only which is
a meager amount. They are not even entitled to have a govt quarters whereas 7th pay
commission has been declared for all regular govt employees.
In every field, there is no relaxation for casual employees. Due to shortage of finances,
their children can't get proper education and their hard work is going in vain.
Grievances of an unemployed youth
Through your esteem daily, I would like to convey my grievances regarding recent
publication of walk-in-interview for recruitment in Krishi Vigyan Kendra, under the
department of Agriculture, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, published on Jan 20.
As you know Arunachal Pradesh is still behind rest of India in term of communication
services. Because of communication bottleneck, newspapers do not reach the rural
The department have given only 11 days for submission i.e from 20th Jan. 2017 to
31st Jan. 2017 which is very less for a vast state like Arunachal Pradesh. Some of
us could not apply within the stipulated time. So I would like to ask the concern
authority through this media- why can’t the date of submission be extended?
Lastly, I write this as an aggrieved unemployed youth and appeal to the concern authority
to take up the matter and to make Arunachal a better and greater place to live in.
Patriotism and Satyarthi
A mere replica of the Nobel Peace prize and its citation, awarded to Kailash Satyarthi,
have been stolen from his home. However, even if the original medal, kept in Rashtrapati
Bhavan Museum, had met the same fate; there lied no reason to make a hue and cry
What honour has India bestowed on this great selfless humanitarian and Nobel Laureate
for peace? Even after he received the highest recognition in the world for his yeoman’s
service towards the hapless vulnerable souls engaged in child as well as bonded labour,
India does not regard him eligible enough to get Bharat Ratna! In contrast, professional
singers and cricketers, who “serve” the nation in lieu of Himalayan fees, are lavishly
served with the highest civilian award of the land!
Esplanade station within Kolkata Metro Railway network has designated a portion of
its premises to pay tribute to the Indian Nobel Laureates. The ‘Nobel Wall’ features
pictures of all the beneficiaries not only from Rabindranath Tagore to Amartya Sen;
it also include those who are foreign citizens, but Indians through mere ancestry
only! But again no spot for that unsung Kailash Satyarthi! India has simply excelled
itself as far as displaying utmost indifference to Satyarthi is concerned.
However there lies no mystery behind such criminal negligence towards Satyarthi.
India barbarically flaunts its "elitism" by merely placing a space ship on Mars orbit!
It tries to display its “might” in international community by building gigantic statues
at State’s expense, launching Bullet train projects and performing mass Yoga on Rajpath!
But that epitome of divinity named Kailash Satyarthi's noble fight and work, which
have earned the recognition of the world, have blatantly exposed India's dark scandals
like child labour and slavery in front of the international community!
As "true nationalists", it remains our supreme duty to sweep all the woes of the
downtrodden lot and vulnerable children under the "patriotic" carpet of space missions,
bullet trains and statues. And Satyarthi has drastically failed in this litmus test
of “patriotism”! In such a pathetic, heartless and “nationalist” perspective; it
is absolutely natural that Kailash Satyarthi would be religiously offered a cold
shoulder in his own backyard. And the woes of the poor and helpless children of the
country will continue to get ruthlessly throttled behind the shadow of the glittering
malls, multiplexes and flyovers --- the “temples” of “modern” India!
So not only do we remain indifferent towards Satyarthi, we are equally negligent
towards his mission of nipping the evils of child and bonded labour in the bud. In
such a pathetic and heartless perspective; it can be safely said that even if the
original Nobel medal had got lost, Indians hold no moral right to lament over it.
What is the value of that award whose significance itself does not hold minimum value
in this self-obsessed cruel consumerist glamour-centric society?
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