Time to introspect
Once considered the most peaceful state these days Arunachal is in news for all the
wrong reasons. Incidents of crime especially related to children are growing which
is matter of deep concern. School and home, which are believed to be the safest places
for children, are becoming unsafe. Many incidents of crime against children are being
reported from various schools of Arunachal. In the latest incident, the principal-cum-owner
of a private school in Sika Bamin in East Siang district has been accused of forcing
young students of his school to watch porn videos and indulge in objectionable physical
The parents came to know about incident on January 9th and immediately filed an FIR
against alleged accused. In another incident recently a small girl, working as maid
was rescued with lot of wound and bruises. She was tortured and forced into child
labour with a family in Pasighat. Both the incident painfully reminds us how Arunachal
has changed for bad in the last few years. People of state were once known for loving
their servants and house maids. Infact many people from neighbouring Assam preferred
to work in Arunachal for these very reasons. It is heartening to know that Arunachal
Pradesh State Commission for Women is fighting to seek justice for the young victim.
Commission has requested the concerned authority not to grant bail to the culprits
involved in torture of girl. This step by women commission is really laudable. While
law will take its own course of action in both the cases but people of Arunachal
also need to introspect. We should not support those persons who indulge in criminal
activities. It's time to go beyond clan and tribe.
Provide a calendar to APPSC
It seems that the APPSC’s calendar is late by one month or more. Seriously, the Govt
Of A.P should provide them one. First week of December has gone past and that of
February is approaching but mains result is nowhere.
Much water has flown and our very own APPSC is still dilly-dallying the recruitment
process of 2013. And allegations ranging from rejection of a large number of applications
to the paper leaking fiasco to delaying the results is still looming. Indeed it’s
a trendsetting one breaking every single record so far.
Many forms of democratic weapons were used but to no use of those armours. Rally
after rally took out. And even for the very first time, hunger strike was staged
which extended up till fast unto death by the aspirants and civil society drawing
the attention and support of every citizen, which on the other day used to be cursed
by the general public for calling 100’s of unnecessary bandh call and protests by
the so called self-styled organisation/associations.
Having said this, few question arises:
1. What is the status and the report of a fact finding committee which was formed
in the aftermath of hunger strike?
2. Since this recruitment is on its process for the third year, were any of the members
waiting for their wards to be graduated so that they could be appointed thereon?
3. And by now having your son/daughters graduating this year, Can we expect the complete
recruitment by August this year as it is the peak time when university results are
4. What took the highest recruiting body to complete the recruitment this long?
5. Is this dilly-dallying tactics an excuse for no new vacancies arising? I don’t
Having put it out all, though I’m not a candidate of it, I expect that alike the
earlier days of practicing and making us believe that “merit is to Civil Services”,
would be upheld from now on while recruiting.
Organic farming has been catching interest across the globe and thus can be looked
upon as a great economic benefit particularly for the low input agriculture system
of developing and under developed nations. The economic opportunity associated with
organic farming is due to the fact that it fetches higher prices in both national
and international markets due to the natural growth process and system under which
a crop is cultivated.
Complete removal of synthetic chemical fertilizers; as well applications of common
agro-chemicals such as pesticides, insecticides, fungicide; synthetic hormones in
the production/farming system is the major popular factor beyond the high demand
for organic products across the globe. It has been found to be environmentally and
ecologically less invasive and destructive compared to conventional agricultural
practices and being completely free of synthetic chemicals good for consumption by
animals and humans. Similarly, animals raised on organic farming system or organic
products exclusively are also considered to be organic in nature and has been the
basic idea behind the product claims such as organic beef, organic chicken, organic
mutton , organic eggs, organic milk, organic fish and similar other products that
are heavily sought after in international markets and return higher economic returns
for the farmers and producers. However, it is not quite easy in the beginning to
establish certified organic farming and organic products and have been found to be
However, once fully established and running, it is considered to have higher economic
returns than conventional agricultural practices.
India being a predominantly agronomic nation has been slowly venturing into the
international organic market. Some major states have also invested heavily in developing
and promoting organic agriculture including the North East. Sikkim has been the most
successful state in terms of developing organic farming and organic agriculture in
spite of some moderate challenges and should work as an important model for other
smaller North Eastern states. Adjoining India, Nepal, Bhutan ad Myanmar have also
started organic farming initiative with Bhutan being most successful in establishing
organic farming practices within her boundaries.
Saikat Kumar Basu
Lethbridge AB Canada
Thank you for the support
Through your esteem daily, I want to thank all the contributors, donors and supporters
of the 2nd Swarvajanik Siang Aarti Mahotsava who have whole heartedly extended their
Despite no funding and support from the officials and the state govt. we have made
it to this extent. The two days program has been a grand success wherein around
one lakh twenty thousand visitors have arrived to witness the event. The khichdi,
Prasad (ritualistic grants) has been the most astonishing cuisine of the event.
We faced numerous problems and confro-ntations while organizing such events, but
against all odds we stood firm because the main cause of the programme was for the
people and the prosperity of the public, so that peace and communal harmony can blossom
in the heart of this township and within everyone.
Therefore, the committee and the members of Swarvajanik Siang Aarti Mahotsava wholeheartedly
thank all who gave their full cooperation to make the event a grand success.