Take care of National Highway
District Magistrate Capital Complex recently ordered residents of Capital Complex
to maintain all existing dilapidated fencing, OBT houses, OBT structures around 50
mtrs along both sides of National Highway from Hollongi to Banderdewa. For this residents
has been given time till 1st of the February. This order has been passed in view
of "Clean Arunachal Campaign" which will be observed in the period between1st to
13th February 2016. If properly followed by the residents, the order will greatly
help to beautify the capital region.
The step taken by DM is really appreciable. However cleanliness should be maintained
throughout the year and not for just few days. DM should especially ensure that people
living along national highway do not cause any damages to the road. It is being noticed
that due to reckless earth cutting along the Hollongi-Banderdewa stretch of national
highway, every year especially during monsoon season road gets damaged at multiple
places. Also in many stretches people are illegally encroaching into ROW. Capital
administration should take strong action against such persons. Due to the weakness
of administration people are getting encouraged and indulging in rampant encroachment.
Capital administration should involve Panchayat leaders and Itanagar Municipal Council
in this regard. National highway is the asset of nation. Therefore it is duty of
every capital dwellers to take care of Hollongi-Banderdewa stretch of national highway.
Women of menstruating age has human right to enter temples
It is really shocking to read various reports on ban on the entry of women of menstrual
age at Lord Ayappa Temple in Sabarimala. The authorities concerned (Travancore Devaswam
Board) claimed that this is as per custom. But are all these prohibitions are justified
in 21st century?
Women also need to bear various dos and don’ts during her menses/ periods every month.
A natural process is smeared with notions of purity and pollution. This is a biological
process and above anything else, it is good for her health. Yet, the biasness that
menstruation and menstruating women are associated with pollution has not gone. Rather
the restrictions and prohibitions are transcultural in nature.
In the West, the debates are on the medicalisation of menstruation and hyperconsumerism.
In India, the cultural practices have relegated it a taboo; a word of dirt and disgust,
shame and silence both is private and public sphere. It is generally promoted in
public sphere for commercial reasons and sometimes for welfare schemes like governmental
measures for low cost sanitary napkins.
Anthropological researches inform that menstrual taboos were present even during
primitive times. It may be present even in contemporary times in various countries.
“The Vedic text actually gives mythological explanations on women came to acquire
that position of being impure and thus, inferior”.
This inferiority recalls the stereotypes associated with women and her status. It
is however good to know that the Supreme Court has questioned the concerned authorities
regarding the prohibition. It is a person’s human right to pay obeisance to her/his
deity without any prohibition. It is expected that a decision is taken valuing the
constitutionally prescribed gender equality, and not challenging such equality in
the name of custom.
Clean up the souls and engage in introspection
No kudos is enough for Mr.Salil Gewali for his brilliant letter titled “A New Year
for soul-searching” (January 9).
Right from the moment of commencement of a New Year, deafening crackers reverberate
across the midnight sky rendering horror in the vulnerable hearts of infant, children,
senior citizens, sick and the animal world. The party continues on the streets, bars,
night clubs with utmost hooliganism. With the arrival of dawn, picnic parties start
their journey towards various destinations playing music in decibels much more than
A “majestic” start of the New Year indeed! However this frenzied activity neither
requires any concrete effort nor serves any real purpose. People with loads of money
and time to waste can easily do it. Moreover do the New Year revellers ever wonder
a bit about the feeling of the unfortunate souls who lose their near and dear ones
on that date or have to attend any critical relative in Hospitals? Less said about
the plight of the unprivileged hearts the better who have to deal with acute hunger
and injustice year after year. The arrival of a New Year does not put any balm on
their starved stomachs or uplift them from their utter helpless situation.
The revellers absolutely miss the actual relevance of a new calendar. This is the
right juncture to clean up their souls and engage themselves in a bit of introspection.
Barring few enlightened exceptional persons, lot of shortcomings and deficiencies
invade our characters. Moreover sky has no limit. So there lies lot of scope for
improvement to bring within our personalities. Instead of accusing others, why don’t
we stand in front of the mirror embedded in our conscience and make a comprehensive
list of our sins and wrong acts? We should make a resolution to lead our lives in
a healthy manner not only in terms of hygiene or official duties; but also in matters
concerning relations with family members, neighbours, colleagues and the society
as a whole? Is it too much a task? Yes, partying and shouting are no doubt easier,
but we can do it throughout the year! If we continue to engage ourselves in such
acts in New Year also, where will the special significance of the red-letter day
lie? A mere change of date and calendar only! And another pretext to party harder?
Unless we refresh our souls and take sincere vow to bring a real change in our personalities
and society, the New Year will never achieve its real significance.
Some soul searching
The death of citizens of Palestine at the hand of Israeli forces is highly condemnable
and should be criticized. However, is it also not the responsibility of Palestinian
authorities to sit down and try and settle matters over negotiation table in a peaceful
manner rather than opting paths of terrorism? For several decade Muslims in the subcontinent
nations have extended their unconditional support for their Arabian brothers and
what did they receive in return. Saudi Arabia, the icon of the Muslim world exported
radical Islamism to the whole world, currently promoting sectarian divisions among
Muslims and is also covertly joining Israel against Iran. Is this not ironical which
none wants to speak about? While subcontinent Muslims get emotional while talking
about their Arabian brothers, they are regarded less than human by their so called
Arabian brethren. We need serious soul searching before always providing unconditional
support to the Arabic world.
Saikat Kumar Basu