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Testing time for judiciary
Just days before Arunachal celebrates statehood day, the state has been rocked by
the leak of explosive note penned by former Chief Minister late Kalikho Pul. Named
‘Mere Vichar’ the note written by Pul just days before he committed suicide has named
prominent politicians and even top judges of Supreme Court for allegedly being involved
in corrupt practices. Present Chief Minister Pema Khandu, his father late Dorjee
Khandu, Deputy CM Chowna Mein and former CM Nabam Tuki has all been named in the
diary. Pul’s first wife has sought CBI investigation into the allegation and has
even written to the Chief Justice of India Jagdish Singh Khehar in this regard.
Opposition parties like PPA and Congress has sought resignation of CM and deputy
CM. Strangely most of the persons who has been named by Pul has not responded to
the allegation barring Tuki. Shockingly even BJP, whose supreme leader Prime Minister
Narendra Modi, who often talks of rooting out corruption, has maintained stoic silence
over the issue. There is no denying that allegation leveled by Pul in his Mere Vichar
note cannot be taken as holy truth. It is possible that he might have dragged name
of all the people mentioned in note out of frustration. However, there should be
proper investigation into the matter by CBI or by a court monitor agency to unearth
the truth. The man has penned a dying note and therefore it should not be taken lightly.
It will be great injustice if this case is wrapped under a carpet and allowed to
die natural death. Justice should prevail otherwise people will lose faith on Indian
legal justice system. Now the ball is in the court of CJI and hopefully he will take
a decision which will restore the faith of people on judiciary.
---- Readers Forum ----
With the Education department in the state going viral, students in the state are
furious and confused regarding the scholarship and the stipend benefit. The rule
says that a student cannot avail scholarship/stipend facilities at the same time.
And we know our 'rich' state had been disbursing both scholarship and stipend to
those who applied for it.
The first meeting on streamlining of stipend was held under the chairmanship of Chowna
Mein, Deputy CM in his conference hall on 7-12-16 to discuss various strategies and
initiatives to be adopted. After a weeklong meetings and talks, the 'decisions'
were made. According to the list of decisions submitted- the 6th(III) of the decisions
clearly states the following: the new stipend policy to be made effective from the
academic year 2017-18. The old system will be followed/maintained during the academic
year 2016-17 to prevent lapse.
There are also students who have filled up the scholarship and yet again availed
the stipend while some did not get. Why?
India and China
The two Asian giants, India and China are now facing confrontations at every regional
and international platform mostly due to the bullying attitude of China. However,
I consider this to be a positive opportunity for India in growing faster to match
China in the coming decades than crying out. India has all the necessary credentials,
talents and resources to raise high in a global platform and built her economy strong
and solid. The challenge posed by China should stimulate India to get up from her
winter sleep and do more. India’s challenge is not her economy or her vast population
along with unguarded borders; but illegitimate politicians heading various political
parties. No one among political elites want to be a server to the people but all
of them wish to be the top leader whether they have the ability to speak in good
English at an international forum is a secondary question. Any good initiative that
the current Government of India has tried or attempted to follow rather than waiting
like a dead dodo unlike a puppet PM few years back; the opposition has stalled the
moves and disrupted parliament. India’s greatest enemies are her own politicians
and social elites; not actually China and Pakistan. Few others holding back the nation
are disgruntled groups like China backed Maoists and related insurgent groups. They
may have started with a good note and philosophy to care for the poor; but has transformed
into organized and heavily armed goons whose only focus is not social justice but
loot, arsenal, rapes, extortion, smuggling and trafficking. In spite of all these
limitations and the burden of a hugely illiterate population, India has done great
to be recognized in the global platform. As long as the people of the country only
look and think about harming one another and pull each other down, India is no match
for China. Unity is the only strength and force that can take India to the forefront
and match China.
Saikat Kumar Basu,
Conduct interview with dignity
Please do not play with the sentiments of innocent candidates. Many of the candidates
are preparing hard for every single opportunity so at least let us face the interview
I am talking about the interview conducted by NRHM for the post of DAHPM and District
Data Assistant on 14/02/2017. During interview, the way panel behaved was something
unacceptable. They were changing channels of the TV, leaving interview room, and
talking loud in mobile during the interview, outsiders were moving in and out. I
don't know how people can be so unprofessional.
Please do not dishonour our qualifications.
A Disappointed Candidate
Age and employment
The hot topic on the enhancement of retirement age from 58 to 60 years is going on
viral in the social media and dailies. Everyone have their own views and explanations.
A view from one side of coin depicts that they are demanding for uniformity in the
process of retirement age for every section of employees and believes that they have
their rights on demanding it. Currently, the state government is maintaining three
retirement system in the state. A view from the other side of coin reveals another
story. One of my colleague mockingly said, “Areh 2 years bada deneh se kya bada changes
layega system meh, sab log ko apna hi pocket ka parwa hai”. From my point of view,
there should be a constructive discussion among the representatives of different
groups, those who are opposing and favoring the call.
The current state of unemployment in our state is precarious and in this situation,
it is unhealthy for the CoSAAP to go for it. Practically, if we speak of surrendering
the Government job to a young and energetic eligible youths then it may yield a good
result; in this fast advancing era of supercomputers. No doubt, we are very grateful
and highly indebted to those people who have till now served our state administration
very cautiously and are vigilant in their duties.
The energy and power of youths is draining out, they are being directed in futile
ways due to the hell word “unemployment”. I know, most of you don’t agree with my
point of linking unemployment with the age enhancement. But it affects, at-least
a little. Many renowned people around the globe have acknowledge the power of youths.
Our present Prime Minister Modi says, “India is the world’s most youthful nation.
A nation with such youth power cannot dream small. We cannot commit this crime. We
should dream big, we should enable the youth to dream big and we should give them
an opportunity to realize their dreams”.
So it is now, up to the Government to decide the youth’s faith.
Phongam Tesia, RGU
The prevalent caste system
Lower caste students are forced to sit separately from upper caste for their mid-day
meal in a government school in Junagadh, Gujarat and such ugly practices prevail
elsewhere also. The Director of District Primary Education Project (DEPP), Mr Mahesh
Singh has told the Press at the end of the "Chintan Shibir" for teachers, principals
and education department officials that if the children of all castes are made to
sit together, many upper caste parents would withdraw their wards from the school.
These incidents confirm the survey on untouchability in India in 2016. Researchers
from Jawaharlal Nehru University and University of Maryland have covered 42,152 households
across our country. A whopping 27 per cent of the members of those households shamelessly
declare that they practice untouchability. There must be some more people who cling
to such inhuman prejudices without categorically declaring it to a study team for
the fear of legal actions against them. This shows that a large section of our people
are still carrying almost same horrifying apathy against Dalits as our ancestors.
We can now recall that a few days ago, a woman teacher in Amreli thrashed her Head
Master on being asked for stationery by her Dalit superior. These incidents and the
attack on the Bastar-based academic and researcher Bela Bhatia, explain why we fail
Dalits and their champions as well. This is the reason why 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, Bastar, Junagadh and Amreli.
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 the Dalits, only for the government sector is
just to ensure proportional representation of Dalits in every police station, government
office and legislative body so that they can save themselves in a country where they
are still being agonisingly ill - treated.
Sujit De, Kolkata
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