---- Editorial ----
CM and DCM should take initiative
The report of state finance department creating obstacles in construction of steel
bridge between Naharlagun Helipad and Borum village is classic example of how bureaucrats
can become enemy of the development. The Indian bureaucracy is famous all over the
world for its notoriety and red tapism. Many of the important developmental projects
get stuck in table of bureaucrats for years. These bureaucrats who sit in the comfort
of air-conditioned office and drives around in costly government owned SUVs do not
understand the pain of ordinary citizens.
Everyone is aware of massive traffic problem affecting the people of capital complex.
While Itanagar offers some respite due to presence of few arterial roads, the situation
is pathetic in Naharlagun. Heavy traffic jam is regularly witnessed in the Naharlagun
area. The construction of steel bridge over Pachin river connecting Borum village
and Helipad is expected to ease traffic congestion in Naharlagun area. State government
should have taken up this project on priority basis. The action of finance department
holding up the file of such important infrastructure project exposes the weakness
of state leadership. Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Deputy CM Chowna Mein, who also
holds PWD portfolio, are very much aware of the traffic problem affecting the capital
complex. They should take urgent initiative and ensure that work for construction
of steel bridge starts at the earliest.
---- Readers Forum ----
Reservation for Dalits
India still needs job reservation for the Dalits not for giving them jobs but for
the sake of social justice and to make our administration free from caste bias. It
goes without saying that any administrative bias against Dalits cannot act as a deterrent
to stop rising incidents like Una and Bastar.
Caste reservation is confined only to government sector which is a tiny part of total
job market. If the idea behind the caste reservation is to provide just employment
to Dalits then such reservation would have been extended to private sector also.
As a matter of fact, reservation for Dalits, only for the government jobs is just
to ensure proportional representation of Dalits in government administration and
public services so that they can save themselves in a country where they are still
being agonisingly ill - treated.
Sujit De, Kolkata
Two kinds of poverty
As humanity keeps developing on Earth, two kinds of poverty are also simultaneously
growing at rapid pace.
First, poverty in underdeveloped societies where humans are dying due to shortage
of potable water and food items.
Secondly, the so called developed societies, where people face shortage of clean
and organic air, water & food items and die prematurely in millions due to consumption
of dangerously polluted stuffs.
Ironically, humanity think and believe that, mere accumulation of cash, jewellery
and other material things leaving out clean food items, potable water, little pair
of clothes, a modest hut signify progress.
A life endured in diseases & sufferings and prematurely ended in prime age of 50s
and 60s has become counted as successful.
A simple, orderly, healthy and peaceful 100 years living is natural, cool, blessed
and best lived.
Accord minimum dignity and rights to Rohingyas
It is really a matter of utmost shame and disgust to see how the Rohingya Muslims
of Rakhine state in the "alien" nation named Myanmar are being forced to lead a horrible
life of refugees after getting tortured and displaced by the ethnic Rakhines! Less
said about pogrom and mass killings of the helpless Rohingyas the better.
Not Muslims or Hindus, Christians or Buddhists, Bhutanese or Brazilian --- but humanity
is the ultimate truth and this needs to the guiding spirit of the increasingly fragmented
globe in the name of religion, language, caste and colour. But sadly neither Myanmar
nor Bangladesh is attesting to the theory.
While the hapless Rohingyas are being banished from Myanmar by the Rakhine fundamentalists
because of their alleged Bangladeshi origins, Bangladesh is ruthlessly sending them
back by branding them as Myanmar citizens! The sight of the Rohingyas, especially
those of the children, getting dubbed as "citizen of none" and stranded on the high
sea on overcrowded boats between the coasts of the two nations should be enough to
hang the heads of all to shame. The sons and daughters of this very world only have
no right or place to settle and lead an honourable life in this vast globe! Yet the
rhetoric of "international brotherhood" continues to reverberate in the horizon!
And what does our "holy cow" in the guise of religion teaching us? Insulting fellow
human beings who are all children of the Almighty! Buddhism derives its name from
that great apostle of peace named Buddha the great. Yet how can the ethnic Rakhines(including
the Buddhist monks), claiming to worship Buddha, commit such barbaric atrocities
on the Rohingyas? Also often do we hear the call of "Muslim brotherhood". Now Bangladesh
is an overwhelmingly Muslim country and the Rohingyas are also followers of Islam.
Why doesn't Dhaka come forward in welcoming the persecuted Rohingyas? Thus it gets
proved that when it comes to self-interest, all dialogue of religious affinity vanishes
into thin air!
Despite the propaganda of "globalisation", the fact remains that intolerance towards
"aliens" in terms of religion, language, politics or geography is increasing by leaps
and bounds. The minorities are being persecuted and displaced in many parts of the
globe. Will these hapless souls continue to receive such a raw deal until the enlightenment
of "equality of all" at last dawns on the mind of human beings?
As far as the Rohingya case is concerned; why don't the mighty economies and "guardians"
of the world, who announce sanctions at the drop of a hat against many nations, do
it so against Myanmar? Because of its strategic location and mineral resources to
be exploited to the full? South Africa was boycotted from all international forums
due to its ugly policy of 'Apartheid'. Why would Myanmar not be rendered untouchable
unless it learns to accord minimum dignity and rights to the Rohingya Muslims?
Last but not the least. The “liberal” brigade around the world have got united in
condemning the democratically elected President Donald Trump’s supreme ”intolerant”
and “excusive” mindset! Why do these self-declared guardians of inclusiveness and
tolerance remain mum when the Rohingya people have been reduced to mere tennis balls
being played on the court of ruthless inhumanity between Bangladesh and Myanmar?
New pattern of APPSC
I would like to take the space of your local daily to thank Tajom Taloh for bringing
transparency and true work culture in APPSC office by the dint of his decisiveness
and prompt action.
He has showed us how a work can be done and dusted by doing away with red tapism
and inaction. He thought us true meaning of "will and way" quote. He is an inspirational
figure whom any official can emulate. He is a competent figure whom a civil service
aspirant can look up to. In a nutshell, he is man of substance at the time of adversity
If he remains at the helm of affairs we can expect several unprecedented progressive
Having said that, I would like to request the Commission to disclose new pattern
of APPSC(combined examination) as soon as possible. We know that APPSC combined exam
is not a three months play. We have to toil for several months to get our aspired
post. We are confused with the C-sat issue, number of Optional and GS in mains etc.
In this regard, I request our chairman to put an end to all the speculation doing
the round by disclosing the new pattern so that serious aspirants can start their
preparation in accordance with the new syllabus.
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