---- Editorial ----
Hooliganism in disguise of nationalism
The clashes between students related to Left-affiliated AISA and BJP-backed ABVP
at Ramjas College, Delhi on Wednesday raises concern over freedom of speech and expression
under the present regime. ABVP member allegedly created ruckus, damaged college properties
and beat up organizers over a decision to invite JNU students, Umar Khalid, who is
facing sedition charges, and Shehla Rashid to address a seminar in the Ramjas College.
Delhi police who was present at the scene allegedly sided with ABVP member.
This is a sad incident and exposes the dictatorial attitude of the ruling regime.
Since NDA government came to power at centre, they have been targeting universities
and attacking those students who do not bow to their ideology. Clashes have been
witnessed between ABVP and other student groups in several universities. The BJP
is trying to impose its saffron ideology in the universities which is being resisted
by left and Congress backed student groups. The ideological battle should be fought
through debate and discussion not by using violent method. This is not the first
time ABVP has disrupted lectures, seminars and screening of films. On several occasions
they have been found using violence as tool to silence the opposition voice. Shockingly
BJP and other member of Sangh Parivar like RSS continue to maintain stoic silence
over activities of ABVP. This is wrong and is setting a wrong trend. BJP and ABVP
should understand that India is a democratic country and everyone has right to air
their views/opinions without fear. BJP should stop ABVP from indulging in hooliganism
in the name of nationalism.
---- Readers Forum ----
At the outset, let me thank Arunachal Times and its team for giving priority to unemployment
related issue in spite of all the political and alluring news doing the rounds.
My piece is with regard to a letter titled "Accept IGNOU diploma" where one candidate
has raised his/her doubts about rejection of DTS IGNOU students for the TIO post.
I would like to substantiate his point by informing APPSC that the entire syllabus
of TIO is taken from tourism studies paper-3(TS-3) of Diploma of Tourism Studies
(DTS) programme of IGNOU. In fact, it is ditto. There is no deviation of even a single
word. Moreover, coaching institutes in Itanagar are teaching from the IGNOU book(TS-3)
to the TIO aspirants. And many TIO aspirants are collecting only IGNOU books(TS-3)
for the TIO preparation.
If the syllabus of DTS IGNOU and TIO is same, how can our candidatures shall be rejected?
In my personal opinion, the rejection of DTS IGNOU candidates is a rumour. However,
if there is an iota of truth in the rejection news, I request the prudent Commission
to go through the syllabus of TS-3 book of IGNOU and that of TIO and accordingly
make the judgment.
Since the syllabus of TIO and DTS IGNOU is same, I am optimistic that the commission's
decisions will be in our favour. However, legal provision is always open for us if
the decision is other way round.
National Science Day
India will celebrate the National Science Day on February 28th. In a country plagued
with superstitions, open defecation, unacceptable political interferences into public
life, corruption, social injustice, gender discrimination and family violence; the
importance of dissemination of scientific thoughts and awareness is monumental. Being
the second largest populous country in the world root of scientific consciousness
among the Indian communities will mean a significant around the entire planet. It
is therefore important for us to salute several national and international agencies,
NGOs, devoted members and enthusiastic volunteers in their sincere efforts and hard
earned attempts in promoting science and scientific awareness among the common people.
No praise is enough for all these agencies and individuals associated with the movement
for promoting scientific awareness among students and countless local communities
and ordinary citizens of India successfully for the past six decades in spite of
serious obstacles and impending challenges. This is indeed a monumental achievement!
Saikat Kumar Basu,
Do not bank upon the glory of others
What should be the goal of any self-respecting individual, state or country? To become
the Sun or the Moon? Without discounting the calm and soothing factor of the moonlight,
it also remains the fact that it is not original. Rather it a mere reflection of
sunlight only! Yes, while the moon's presence or identity is dependent upon the Sun,
the latter shines through the world with its own merit and credential.
In the same vein, every honorable person or society will wish to assert himself/herself/itself
through their own steam, not by banking upon the glory of others.
This is the very reason why I have appreciated the letter of Mr. Taki Gumsar Tamin
very much("Partial treatment", February 22). Why would a cultural and scenic treasure
like Arunachal Pradesh depend upon alien Bollywood stars to make its right place
in the map of India or world? Why would the state spend its wealth on sponsoring
alien cultures instead of utilising it to promote its own talent? Also it needs
to be always kept in mind that the world salutes them who exhibit self-respect and
holds nothing but pity and contempt for those who try to establish themselves by
riding piggyback on others.
As an earnest admirer and well-wisher of Arunachal Pradesh, I pray that my favourite
state does not follow the spineless path of my mother state Bengal which has accorded
the post of "Brand Ambassador" to a certain alien matinee star of Bollywood by ignoring
stalwarts like Amartya Sen, Soumitra Chatterjee or Sourav Ganguly (to name a few)
in its midst and desire to "promote" its capital to "London" instead of trying to
establish Kolkata in its own right and light.
Let the pusillanimous Bengal relegate its great actors and directors in the oblivion
during Kolkata film festival and try to resemble the moon by borrowing "sunlight"
from Bollywood celebrities and turn laughing stock of the nation; but Arunachal Pradesh
should carve out its unique niche in the heart of India and the world through the
broad and proud shoulders of Jeli Kayi, Nangbia Chanda, Toko Teji, Bamang Loram and
Takio Soki as pointed out by Tamin.
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