Fire incidents on rise
Every year, during winter season Arunachal witnesses multiple number of fire accidents.
Massive properties worth crores of rupees get lost and many people are rendered homeless.
Fire incidents has been repeatedly occurring across the state for the last many years
but still we have not been able to find a lasting solution. Especially places like
Daporijo, Ziro valley, parts of West Siang district and few districts of eastern
Arunachal are vulnerable to fire accidents.
In the last two months only, four major fire accidents have occurred within the Daporijo
Township. The latest being on 11th January when a fire broke out in Rijo Middle School
creating panic among the students who were attending classes. The school suffered
major loss as six class rooms were completely destroyed and two partially damaged.
In another incident, a massive fire which engulfed Lazu village on December 31st
created havoc. Altogether 38 houses were totally gutted into ashes and 23 were partially
damaged. People of Lazu village are still struggling to survive and desperately need
help of the state government. These are just few examples of how fire accidents are
taking place across the state. The authority concerns should try to find out lasting
solution. A proper study should be done to find out cause of the fire accidents.
Also more funds should be made available to fire service department of APP. This
will help them to buy latest equipment and also to hire the required manpower. Lack
of education about fire safety is also a major cause for concern. State government
should carry out massive awareness campaign in both urban as well as rural areas.
Reminiscing judicial glory of the past
The statue of lady of justice standing beautifully in a flowing robe with uneven
weighing scales on her right hand, swords on the left and her eyes blindfolded. She
adorns every court as the main attraction of the seat of justice. All the three elements
symbolically represent the core essence required for delivering justice. The weighing
scales are symbolic of various material evidences and facts as alleged, weight and
correctness of which to be determined by the wisdom and justness of the court. The
sword is said to depict the power and authority to render punishment. The blindfold
of the lady of justice denote impartiality, honesty, fearlessness, equality, enforcing
rule of law and it does not mean justice is blind or there is no justice as commonly
construed by the masses which has become the perception today. Blindfold represents
the fact that the justice does not discriminate between the powerful and the poor,
mighty and the weak, and would be blind to all such discriminatory factors and she
can see with her inner sense of just and fairness based on what is contained in the
weighing scales. The judiciary symbolized by Lady of justice is faced with tremendous
task in a grave constitutional crises being faced in the “the land of the rising
sun” which is undergoing an unprecedented political crises involving important questions
of Constitution law. The entire people of the State and the country is eagerly awaiting
the final verdict of the court hoping that the true principle and edifice of constitutional
norms and propriety will be declared in a certain way and clear the air of uncertainty
once and for all. All the affected parties have already presented their respective
legal stands and arguments before the honorable High Court. The matter is being keenly
followed by all the concerned segments and I have no qualms in stating that whatever
the judgment will be it is going to set the precedent on a vital constitutional question
concerning the constitutional power and function of an important constitutional functionary
known as the Governor. Not that we have no prior related case on the matter but the
current case concerning State of Arunachal Pradesh before the honorable High Court
of Guwahati is unique and has no precedent clearly applicable on it. That is why
the judgment will be a precedent for the future whether for good or bad which only
time can tell.
In the past India’s judiciary has always upheld the supremacy of constitution in
the face of apparent conflicts between the executive, legislature and governor’s
office leading to constitutional crises by exercising judicial review power barring
a few aberrations. The judgments like Kesavananda Bharti case wherein the Supreme
Court propounded the doctrine of basic structure till today acts as the effective
check on the arbitrary acts of the organs of the State. Late justice Hans Raj Khanna
who scripted this doctrine in interpreting the parliament’s power to amend the constitution
has done a yeoman’s service to the constitution of India. By far the most landmark
case in the history of Indian Constitutional law. The case that is said to have saved
India’s democracy! Eminent lawyer Nani Palkhivala remarked, “If I could go back in
time and witness an event, I would choose to witness the arguments that took place
in the Supreme Court in this case! It was a sheer divinity.” In another landmark
case on Article 356, S.R. Bommai case the Supreme Court ruled that the test of confidence
in the ministry should normally be left to a vote in the Assembly. The verdict as
to majority support claimed by a Chief Minister and his Council of Ministers should
be left to the legislature. This case made the floor test to show majority mandatory
in case of lack of majority and held governor to explore all possibilities to form
a stable government before recommending for imposition of Article 356.
However, there are some important lessons to be learnt from every crisis. It is believed
much of the legal and constitutional crises could have been averted or diffused with
proper understanding of the legal and constitutional implications of the alleged
acts. As every political crisis will ultimately become a legal and constitutional
one. Politics and law are the life line of political class impacting overall governance.
Sound legal and constitutional comprehension based on timely and well advised actions
is what strengthens the machinery of governance. In the face of the present crisis,
we are reminded of the fact that very essence of power of judicial review is not
only to expound and interpret the law but to help in resolving the deadlock and paving
way for the best viable solution permissible within the Constitution. Yet another
moment of acid test for the judiciary!
Dr Topi Basar,
National Law University,
Over indulgence of any Governor in the affair of governance will have a long term
bearing on any Government in state. Today the Congress is running the Government
with peoples mandate, this has to be respected. Tomorrow the BJP may come to power
and then you will feel the pinch when this same Governor writes to Directors/Secretaries/Commissioners/CS/Ministers
even to Central Government about affairs of day to day management of the Government;
as no Government can make roads, drains overnight. Arunachal Pradesh is a full-fledged
state and the federal structure of the Indian Democracy should be respected and upheld.
We are not following Presidential form of democracy like America where President
of USA and Governors of state are directly elected by the people. In India, Governors
and President is in spirit and practice a ceremonial Post. Rajbhawan should not be
unnecessarily made a political centre, the neutrality, integrity, status and sanctity
of Rajbhawan should be maintained as we saw in the past more than two decades.
BJP Leaders are asking for invoking Article 371 H. This will be the blunder respected
leaders are committing. This is a volcano sleeping below us. This Article 371 H has
to be repealed and BJP is saying to use this Atom Bomb on us? The generation will
never forgive you all. Please deeply study the consequence of such an Article (371
H) in a democratic country like India. BJP is saying One Nation One Religion why
Not One nation equal treatment to us? Why not article 371 H in all states of India?
Why only Arunachal? The BJP leaders have a chance to win the hearts of people by
repealing this act in the Lok sabha and also by amending any clause of the statehood
Act 1987 which is not in our interest. Irrespective of party affiliation Kiren Rijuju
was elected an MP (more on personality). Now it is Kiren‘s turn to do something tangible
in the Parliament not just sweet talk! He is most powerful MoS. People have a high
hope on Kiren. Now BJP has absolute majority in Lok Sabha, please repeal Article
371 H and also amend other Articles in the AP Statehood Act 1987 for the welfare
of people of Arunachal.
I request MoS Home to advice the state BJP MLAs and Office bearers not to go to Rajbhawan
just like going to Akasdeep market and complain your petty problems, instead they
can go the Ghar- Ghar and tell people against the Congress party and Government,
if any. This may bear fruit in 2019 but Rajbhawan has limitations. We are living
in 21st century and India is the largest democracy in the world, where a Chaiwala
becomes Prime Minister! This is the beauty of Indian Democracy. Please wait till
2019, let us go back to people and get peoples mandate, people will not accept any
government by back door policy. If the dissidence is congress internal problem than
why BJP MLAs are openly hobnobbing with them? Let our Congress MLAs stay in Delhi
or any part of India for as much as long they want ,Congress party is competent to
solve the problem. why BJP is worried and creating complications? The Political,
Constitutional and Law and order problem in the state is by product of BJPs definition
of constitution. Let us all respect the multiparty democracy system in the country.
The INC has 47 MLAs, BJP only 11 and 2 Independent. So INC has the mandate with absolute
and thumping majority to govern the state for the next five years.