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Resolve the issue
The Arunachal bhawan, Mumbai is once again in news for all the wrong reasons. This
time the Arunachal Students Union of Mumbai has alleged that US Roofs, the company
which has taken land on lease and developed the property including that of bhawan,
is trespassing into bhawan. The company is allegedly destroying parts of bhawan and
converting it into their office. This has deeply worried those cancer patients who
are staying in the bhawan. Mumbai is home to famous Tata Memorial Hospital, which
is known for its cancer treatment.
Majority of Arunachalees visit the said hospital for cancer treatment. Therefore
it is more important to resolve the issue concerning the Arunachal bhawan. The whole
problem started due to mistake committed by the state government. They should have
never given the land on lease and should have constructed the bhawan on their own.
State government should try to find out a lasting solution and end this imbroglio
at the earliest. Most of the people who use Arunachal bhawan, Mumbai are poor cancer
patients who can’t afford to stay at the costly hotels. In their interest the state
government should take urgent steps to resolve all the outstanding issues.
---- Readers Forum ----
Value critical minds of the citizens
Through a recent edition of this daily, a senior government official had published
a tenuous but arduously lengthy justification of how the recently concluded Festival
of Arunachal was an immaculate success (Arunachal festival sets benchmark: food fest
regains glory dated 25th February, 2017). It is fathomable that it is his duty to
uphold the actions of the Government as such however disdainful it might appear to
the educated and aware citizen of the 21st century.
This writer does not intend to question the grand success that he has unequivocally
purported. Rather, the worrying part is his tedious choice of words to criticize
the “critics” who he has ardently tried to portray as naïve and ingenuous.
This writer is of the opinion that critical mindset of the citizen is a sign that
they are aware of what is going on around the society. They are alert, aware and
questioning the authority of “whats” and “whys” of their actions. He has taken the
liberty to declare it himself without whatsoever rational justification that the
festival was absolutely flawless and bewilderingly memorable and that the people
had truly enjoyed it. Before name-calling the critics as cynical and naïve, isn’t
he himself being one by making such pompous remarks without a valid data to justify
whether the citizens actually did enjoy it or not.
Moreover, he has liberally declared that our state hasn’t yet delivered any artist
of the caliber of the Bollywood singers that were brought to perform. This might
be true to an extent but does it justify the views he has purported that these Bollywood
artists help showcase the potential of our state and enhance its image to the outside
world? This writer chooses to differ here. They go and play wherever they are paid
excruciatingly high fees for the performances. Just a few days back before playing
here, one of these Bollywood singers was performing in Guwahati at a college festival.
Did it improve the image of the college or say, Assam? I doubt. It’s their job to
play for a high fee. Rather, the same amount of money paid to them may nurture a
dozen of local talents here.
In the overall write-up, the officer has chosen to name a few government officials
and individuals whose roles he has specially cared to mention. What about the rest?
Were these the only ones responsible for the grand success that he has claimed? This
displays his bias towards others and favor for some.
One may take pride in one’s roles and duties to uphold the Government policies and
actions, but it is rather callous and portrays an air of dictatorial attitude when
a governmental official tries to shut the questioning and critical minds of the citizens.
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