The visit of French President Francois Hollande to India comes at a crucial juncture.
In recent month both France and India has been victim of gruesome terror attacks.
In November last year around 130 people died in a horrific terror attack in Paris
city. The attack was carried out members of Islamic State group. On the other hand
Pakistan based militant group continues to carry out attacks inside India. Just recently
Pathankot witnessed bloody encounter between armed forces and members of Pak based
Jais-E-Mohammad terrorist organization. Also both India and France is home to large
Therefore in this context both the countries can help each other. Dealing with growing
Islamic terrorism has become matter of concern across the world. Countries like India
and France will have to play an important role in this regard. Sharing of intelligence
and ideas on how to deal with terrorism will benefit both the nation. The visit of
President Hollande is also expected to further speed up the Rafale deal. India wants
to buy 36 Rafale fighter jet in fly away condition. The negotiation is going on for
the last one year. India desperately needs these fighter jets as Indian Airforce
is running out of the required number of fleet. Considering the fact that country
is surrounded by hostile neighbours like China and Pakistan, there is urgency on
the part of Indian government to seal the acquisition fact at the earliest. Besides
PM Modi is hoping that visit of President Hollande will bring in more investment
into the country. Modi desperately needs foreign investment to boost country’s economy.
Banish all the castles of caste prejudices
Kudos to Kajal Chatterjee for calling a spade a spade in unequivocal words, ‘With
the deluge of casteism, communalism and regionalism plaguing throughout the length
and breadth of this “modern” country; Indians undoubtedly nurture one of the largest
racist societies in the world’ ( “Deluge of casteism” , Readers Forum, January 23).
In fact, the racist blot of prejudice and hatred looms large in various survey reports
on twenty first century India. According to UNICEF report the dropout rate in dalit
children is generally high in our country. It is as much as 44.27 per cent in primary
school ( study conducted in 2006 ). The IDSN and Navsarjan briefing note of 2010
reveals that although the general dropout rate has decreased, ( please note! ) the
difference in dropout rates between dalit youth and all Indian youth has actually
grown in 2008. A survey by Navsarjan Trust, India brings out the bitter fact that
teachers, local governments and community members routinely subject the children
of manual scavengers to discrimination and forced labour as part of their daily experience
of attending school and living in their community. Pratichi Trust Report brings to
light that some primary teachers are resorting to touch their Dalit students with
sticks to avoid physical contact. Unfortunately, inter-caste and interreligious marriages
which are undoubtedly the best means to remove the barrier of casteism are still
being prevented in Indian society. India Human Development Survey (IHDS) figures
that while 26.9 per cent of marriages are among inter economic group, only 6.1 per
cent intercaste and 2.7 per cent interreligious marriages have taken place in our
country in 2001-2005. Even this microscopic figure of Intercaste and interreligious
marriages invite honour (!) killing. According to statistics from the United Nations,
one in five cases of honour killing internationally every year comes from India.
Thus, these forces of prejudice and hatred are actually killing honour of Republic
Now, it is time to banish all the castles of caste prejudices like kangaroo courts,
caste signboard surnames and caste stinking comments, advertisements or acts with
the help of legislation as well as education and surveillance.
Sujit De, Kolkata
Bridge that never was built
In this satellite age when world’s countries are advancing to set milestones by reaching
the planets which according to them are development and here is a region in Siang
basin called Nugong which is given step motherly treatment. The eight major villages
Riew, Beging, Rasing, Komsing, Karo, Jorsing, Pangi & Sissen not linked to the rest
of the world whereas its rights are made propaganda in every election and votes are
The Nugong bridge was a vision to connect the eight villages which is lying abandoned
mocking at Nugong people, the province has been deprived of their legitimate right
and crores of rupees has been misused in their name for personal motive and selfish
gain, causing huge loss to the state exchequer. Khandu Government was hectic signing
MoU/MoA for big hydro projects and Tuki Government is hyperactive in strikes and
uproarious in pronouncing illusory funds wherever he stopover.
The said project was for the construction of suspension Bridge over Siang River funded
under NLCPR and Sanction amounting Rs 1650.97/- (Rupees Sixteen Crore Fifty Lakh
and Ninety Seven Thousand) only by the Ministry of the DoNER, Govt. of India. Also
an additional amount of Rs 652.04/- (Rupees Six Crore Fifty Two Lakh Forty Thousand)
only was accorded during 2012, but said project is abandoned.
Financial approval was issued and granted by the Central Government on 26/09/2007,
the estimated cost of the said project was Rs 1834.41/-(Rupees Eighteen Crore Thirty
Four lakh and forty one thousand) only and 2010 was targeted time frame for the completion
of the said project. In spite of the fact that an amount of Rs 2303.01/- (Rupees
Twenty Three Crore Three Lakh and one thousand) only has already been spent but even
the anchor block/plint area of the said bridge has not been completed and lying abandoned
for eight years. On the other hand, the department is constructing Road to No Man’s
Land from Yemsing to Tarak which will cause peril to endanger species.
In this regards, an FIR was lodged in SIC & SIT Itanagar on 20th January 2016 for
microscopic enquiry and thrash out the causes of the abandoned bridge against PWD
Boleng/Pangin, and Proprietor M/S KKK Enterprises, Siang District Pangin & Proprietor
M/S Purvanchal Suppliers and Contractors Siang District Pangin for Corruption, misappropriation/misuse
of Rs 2303.01/- (Rupees Twenty Three Crore Three Lakh and one Thousand) only against
the Motorable Suspension Bridge over Siang River between BRTF Road and Komsing village
(Span of 225 meter) at Sangam in Siang District.
Highly aggrieved by the negligence of the executing agencies, I preferred a P.I.L
before the Hon’ble Guahati High Court, Itanagar Bench which was registered as PIL
No.19(AP)2014).The respondent authority PWD department has assured before the Hon’ble
High Court has specifically stated to complete the project by March 2016. Whereas
the Hon’ble Guahati High Court, Itanagar Bench while passing the judgment of the
PIL Vide its order dated 25/02/2015 already had directed the respondent authority
to complete the project as expeditiously as possible, the funds have been already
released by the central government but there is no sign of progress at the work on
the project site till date. And I’m sure the executing agencies do not a magic wand
to complete Nugong Bridge overnight.
Civil Societies and uncivil activities
Just when other NGOs and Student Unions appreciably stopped to illegitimately train
gun at the Constitutional head of state and batter with undue criticisms, another
other has started it all over again.
It looks stark ugly and unhealthy for the people and the state and their image.
Governor’s actions vis-a-vis the current political turmoil judged as Constitutional
by the Hon’ble Gauhati High Court and the matter stands subjudiced at the Apex Court
NGOs are not mandated and authorised by law to judge the activities of the Governor
and indulge into rampant criticism of the Constitutional Office. They are bound by
the law to function lawfully and engage themselves only into social welfare activities.
Fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression is guaranteed but that right
is meant to be used lawfully and not unlawfully.
NGOs and Student Unions; the parents and elders who are the torch bearers of the
society, when repeatedly indulge into such unconstitutional and illegal activities
infuse indiscipline and lawlessness in the society and set harmful precedence for
the youths and upcoming generations.
The current political turmoil detrimentally besieging the people and state could
have been constructively solved by Institutions of government, the Governor and the
elected representatives themselves with time had there been no unwarranted and illegal
activism and participations by some Community Based NGOs and Student Unions in the
political affairs that rather lead to total social chaos.
Regard and spare the head of state of to discharge his constitutionally mandated
duties because he represents us, the people and the state.
NGOs, Civil Societies need to do more of talking by noble civil activities of serving
the needy sections of people through welfare activities, diffusion of useful knowledge,
etc and that being their only purported objectives. Arunachal Pradesh is a backward
state with huge section of population unemployed and needy. There is universe of
opportunities for Civil/ Elite Societies to work for these needy populace and earn
There is constitutional, moral and legal need in the state to put strong check on
those organisations indulging into rampant unconstitutional and illegitimate activities
that should include ban and prosecution.
When some entities in the society starts functioning like Extra-Constitutional Authorities
and if the trend is allowed to permeate unchecked, it seriously undermines rule of
law and infuse general lawlessness and social turmoil to the detriment of the people
Regard and due abidance by the Constitution, Authorities of institutions and the
law are indispensable for progressive excelling of the people and the state. The
intended objectives deserve to be compre-hensively achieved by self-disciplining
through moral principles as well as through due process of administration and law.
People need to discourage our Civil/ Elite Societies from indulging into uncivil
activities and urge them to take up civil and welfare pursuits for benefit of the