Intelligence mess up
Just a week after Prime Minister Modi met up with Nawaz Sharif, his Pakistani counter,
Indian Air Force Station at Pathankot is under attack by Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists.
Seven precious Indian lives have been lost and scores injured. Four terrorists are
reported to be dead but the exact numbers of intruders are not known as yet.
On Saturday, the day terrorists stormed the base; it was believed that all the terrorists
were dead and area contained but on Sunday, firing started again. The terrorists
obviously managed to stay inside the air base without being detected.
On early Friday, a vehicle belonging to an SP was hijacked by the same militants
that stormed the Air Force base soon after. Security should have been tightened following
the incident but there seems to be many loose ends.
A clearer picture will emerge soon but nonetheless, many questions remain unanswered.
Many vital defence establishments were put on high alert following intelligence report
of possible attacks around New Year in the Country.
The big question is how did the terrorists gained access to the vital defence station
even though the Intelligence Inputs had clearly pointed out to the danger of a terrorist
attack. What led to abysmal failure in intelligence sharing and follow up action
by the central as well as state agencies?
Blame game among the central agencies, centre and the Punjab state govt will soon
start but this particular incident should be a wakeup call for all concerned. There
need to be coordinated efforts to ensure that such attacks do not happen again.
That can only happen when information is shared and acted upon by all agencies.
JE exam should be conducted by APPSC
The atmosphere of the recently conducted JE EXAM departmentally by PWD and RWD was
very unhealthy. In fact the exam was not fair. The use of mobile phone and other
unfair means was still prevailing.
The department conducting the exam should adopt zero tolerance policy towards the
use of mobile phone and other unfair means. But what could be the worst case scenario
when the invigilators themselves are being threatened by the candidates. In such
case, the exam should be handed over to APPSC. Commission being the state’s highest
recruiting body will be more competent in conducting the exam and in dealing with
such uncivilized act of the candidates. All the vacant JE post of various departments
should be conducted in one go by APPSC and based on the order of merit of a candidate,
he/she should be allowed to choose department of choice. Several aspirants have already
appealed to the concerned authority in the past to look into the matter but no response
has been shown so far. The concern authority should look into the matter at the earliest,
the sooner the better in the greater interest of the aspirants.
A thought for the New Year
A new year brings with it many hopes and aspirations. As people of Arunachal anxiously
awaits for January 4, 2016 to know the political fate of the state there is uneasiness
amongst the political divides in the state. Come January 4th, 2016 the wisdom of
the Guwahati High Court will prevail over all interests.
Away in the hill top of Itanagar, the first citizen of Arunachal Pradesh will be
easily the most nervous entity involved in the entire episode. His Excellency the
Governor will be dubbed either as hero or a villain come January 4th, 2015 for he
knows that the doings thus far has been the result of his over activism and alleged
partisan approach. His Excellency should come out of the cocoon that he lives in
since every sane person, not necessarily educated, knows the reason and the compulsion
for his acts, as widely believed.
A political matter, especially an inter-party matter, shouldn’t have started the
reaction button of the Raj Bhawan.
As for the BJP led government at the center, it has a lot of explanations to do for
appointing a person from a neighboring state of Assam especially when there are unsettled
boundary disputes between Assam and Arunachal. Sometimes it’s not just the personality
and mettle of the incumbent of an office that matters but the circumstances too.
Despite the healthy and historical relationship that the people of these two states
share and enjoy, disturbances have been witnessed in the Assam-Arunachal boundary
areas owing to alleged encroachments, mischief, etc. Even an unintended comment,
acts and omissions by the Governor who hails from Assam will flare up tensions amongst
the people of Arunachal and Assam. Name callings have been witnessed in the wake
of the recent political turmoil. Sarbananda Sonowal is alleged to have commented
that acts of protests by some unions/associations from Arunachal are against Governor
Rajkhowais are insults to the Assamese people. These kinds of irresponsible comments
couldn’t have been made had the Governor not been from Assam.
After the dust settles down, people of Arunachal hope that, sense prevails and the
center appoints a new Governor who would not be susceptible to localism and parochialism
so as to ensure that the age old relationship between Assam and Arunachal are maintained
and the constitutional sanctity of constitutional head in Arunachal is reinstalled.
Engaging with historically non-trustworthy neighbour
New international economic corridors are always great news (China reconnects with
India at Stilwel Road; AT, Dec 30) with significant economic opportunity not just
for India or China; but the entire subcontinent as well as the entire SE Asia. The
rapid engagement of the SAARC platform under Indian leadership acting as a pivotal
link for connecting SE Asia through ASEAN on the eastern front and with Iran-Afghanistan-Central
Asia on the western front are potential future socio-economic opportunities for both
India and China. Both giant economies could potentially benefit a lot from this.
However, one has to be extra cautious when the participating nations are China or
Pakistan as they always have sinister plans beneath the surface of their superficial
friendship and cooperation. The new economic engagement of China with India instead
of repeated encroachments in Ladakh or Arunachal Pradesh has another story hidden
behind it. It is quite interesting to note that China suddenly turning friendly to
India on diplomatic grounds and looking for socio-economic engagements instead of
repeated confrontations and skirmishes along the border areas. The actual factor
promoting China to suddenly take such a friendly approach is the huge military pressure
it is facing in the South and East China Sea due to the challenges extended by US
and other NATO allies. The entire SE Asia and Far East have strongly started protesting
against Chinese hegemony. China is also alarmed by India’s growing influence in the
Asia-Pacific region and the strong military alliance developing between Japan, S.
Kora, India, US, Australia and ASEAN members the lead being taken by the Philippines.
China being suddenly faced with so many challenges does not wish to develop an antagonistic
relationship with India at the same time and hence the sudden nice gestures which
to my assessment is only temporary. India has to weigh every option diplomatically
and from the standpoint of national economic as well as long term security interests.
The imperialistic attitude of China has been a huge concern for the entire Asian
continent; and India should look into every opportunity extended by China with a
pinch of salt as it has been a historically non-trustworthy neighbour.
Saikat Kumar Basu
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to know the reason behind unusual delay
in conducting the examination for the post of JIC /JAC by RCS office, Naharlagun.
Why the concern department is taking such a long time, as it was advertised in 2014?
Department’s sluggish attitude will only increase the growth of unemployment in our
It is also learnt from the sources that the department is faced with serious agitation
from some non-regular staffs for their regularization in the above said post. Furthermore,
the previous registrar was also transferred for the same reason.
So it is our sincere appeal or request to the incumbent registrar to kindly let us
know whether we should wait for the examination to be conducted or forget it like
one cherished dream.