India will have to maintain balance
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will pay two day official visit to Palestine
and Israel from 17th of this month. The two countries is very important partner of
India. India and Israel share close relation in the fields of agriculture, science
and technology and education. The visit will augment India’s bilateral relations
with Israel and further strengthen the linkages between the two sides. In recent
year Israel has emerged as major exporter of defence equipment to India. They even
managed to outpace countries like Russia and US. Large chunk of India’s military
need is imported from Israel. The growing closeness in defence field has massively
improved the relation between India and Israel. During the visit, Ms Swaraj will
hold discussions with the Israeli leadership and review entire gamut of bilateral
relations. Ms. Swaraj will also interact with the Indian community in Israel.
However the ever improving Indo-Israel friendship is having its effect on India’s
relationship with Palestine. In recent year the relation between two traditional
friends has somewhat frozen. India has always supported Palestine’s cause at various
international forums. But due to changed dynamics of international politics, India
has chosen not to ignore the importance of Israel. The visit of Sushma Swaraj
will definitely help to bridge whatever little gap has developed between India and
Palestine. The visit will reaffirm India’s continued political, diplomatic and developmental
support to Palestine. Traditionally India has always maintained close relations
with Palestine and hopefully visit of Ms Swaraj will further cement the age old friendship.
At least let the recruitment process of teachers be clean & fair
Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to express my views regarding
recruitment of T.G.T.s & P.G.T.s in our state. Recently, the recruitment exam for
T.G.T. & P.R.T. was conducted by the Directorate of Higher Education, Itanagar. There
was no written examination but only viva voice. The minimum qualification was APTET/CTET
certificate. So, the APTET/CTET can be considered as the written portion of the recruitment
process but again the marks of APTET/CTET were not taken into consideration as it
is just of qualifying nature with certain pass mark to get the certificate of APTET/CTET.
So, in such case it is very easy to manipulate the marks of viva as there are no
written marks. Recently, due to so many cases of corruption in viva process, Honourable
P.M. Modi has decided to remove the viva portion from recruitment of group C & D
posts. The recent exam of T.G.T & P.R.T. conducted by the directorate of higher education
Itanagar was very unsatisfactory as said by most of the candidates. So, I would like
to request the APPSC to conduct the upcoming T.G.T.s & especially P.G.T.s (as it
is a high level post) by issuing fresh advertisement, for the satisfaction of all
the aspiring candidates. At least let the recruitment process of teachers be clean
& fair, as the teachers are the nation/future builders. Also I request various teachers
& students associations/organisations to look into the matter. Lastly I pray to every
concerned persons/authorities/departments of our great “corruption-free” State of
Arunachal Pradesh to let the deserving candidates get the jobs no matter what post
it may be for the betterment of all or else the very future of our children will
A Concerned Arunachal citizen
They must look into their own house
Several intellectuals, politicians and human right activists in North America and
Europe have been extremely critical of the status of democracy in India and about
sporadic incidents of violence and human rights abuses in the country. They always
fail to see how much a multi-ethnic and multi-religious nation like India has done
in establishing democracy in a nation challenged by various fundamentalists and how
the ordinary people have suffered and sacrificed in achieving the secular democracy.
No changes can be expected overnight; particularly those related to socio-economic
and socio-political changes.
India has survived the loots and plunders conducted by British colonizers and suffered
the wrath of ethnic conflicts for several decades. Both the US and Canada share a
bloody history of ruthless exploitation, plunders, rapes and mass murders of helpless
and defenseless aboriginal inhabitants of the land (Native Indians/ First Nations/
Canadian Indians/American Indians/Tribals) by the European settlers and early migrants
glorified in history as Pioneers and/or Settlers. Similar tales of heinous right
abuses by European colonizers is evident around the globe. Will the Canadian and
American governments work the glorious paths of democracy to return the huge tracts
of lands that their forefathers have stolen from the simple minded native inhabitants
through cruel persecution, treachery and injustice portrayed to the rest of the world
in the form of Peace Treaties? If yes, then I have no problem in accepting their
criticisms for India .
However, if their answer is no, then I would humbly suggest the citizens in North
America and Europe, to refrain from making loose suggestions to self respecting and
sovereign citizens of other countries.
They must look into their own house before advising others. I guess there are
a saying people leaving in glass houses should not throw stone at others. People
from developed nations are judgmental and often prejudiced in their opinion and analysis
of situations in other countries specifically from the developing world; that has
been kept under developed due to the huge plunders made by the colonial masters to
strengthen their economy. Western democracies do not need to advice India about democracy
and human rights when they have so much blood in their own hands.
Saikat Kumar Basu
New Year Bonanza
This is regarding creation of 825 posts under health department on Dec 31. It was
a very hopeful and heartwarming message and truly completed the meaning “with new
year, comes new hopes”.
But at the same time it was shocking to see that not even a single word or post was
mentioned for the dental fraternity. Even though dental heath comes under allopathic
system, we have always been ignored by the health department and state. No post has
been created till date but our counterparts from other states enjoy the benefits
of properly channelized health system.
Therefore, on behalf of all unemployed dental doctors, I would like to appeal to
the Health commissioner, Director health, Deputy Director (Dental), Health Minister
and finally the Chief minister to look into the matter and to create Specialist post
(dental) as well as medical officer post (dental) so that we can impart our knowledge
for the betterment of society and for the people of Arunachal as a whole.
Secondly, I would like to emphasis on proper recruitment rules and conduct of exam
in a fair manner by APPSC. Let’s keep alive the proverb “hard work is always rewarded”.
Hoping for a better tomorrow.
Dr. Kabi Mara
BDS, MDS, Itanagar