Providing job is not ultimate solution
In a fresh bid to woo the youths of naxal and insurgency affected region, today union
government approved a proposal for raising 17 Indian Reserve Battalions by Jammu
and Kashmir and Left-Wing Extremism (LWE) affected states. A decision to this effect
was taken during Cabinet meeting in New Delhi. This is not for the first time government
has mooted such idea. In Arunachal too special recruitment drive has been conducted
under state police for the people of Tirap, Changlang and Longding. However the question
is whether such recruitment really improves the situation at ground level?
There is no denying that lure of government job takes the youth away from wrong path.
However, some people term such move as indirect way of putting local people against
each other and in such situation it is local citizen who always get victimized. The
Government of India started introducing scheme of Indian Reserve Battalions in 1971
and so far, 153 battalions have been sanctioned to various states. Of them, 144 have
been raised and one battalion in Jharkhand has been converted into Specialized Indian
Reserve Battalion. Most of these IRBns has been raised from insurgency affected North
Eastern states, J & K and naxal hit areas. But till now situation has not shown any
concrete improvement. Apart from providing job, government of India should continue
the dialogue process with armed group to find a lasting solution to various issues.
Only way to resolve insurgency and naxal problem is by finding long term political
Money minting educational institutions
The alleged suicide by three girl students in Chennai zeroes it on how leeches are
sucking the blood of our future generation in the jungle of private educational raj
which is mushrooming without meaningful government control. In their suicide note,
they stated that they were being harassed, around three lakh had been extorted from
them and more money demanded as special fees by their educational institution despite
abysmal facilities. Thanks to lack of government participation, involvement and control,
higher education has, practically, been hijacked from the domain of lower and lower
middle class by the greedy private players. Sky rocketing tuition fees puts archaic
educational infrastructural facilities to shame in the free for all loot. Now, parents
are to cough up a new form dowry if they want to settle their wards in jobs that
can do justice to mark sheets and aspirations of their children.
This new version of educational dowry has gone up to such a level that only those
who belong to creamy layer of the society can afford to pay. Thus, the capacities
of parents’ credit cards have become more important factor in our higher education
system than a student’s marks in his or her merit cards.
Education sector like health sector is gradually being exported to private money-grubbers
without meaningful control and without attachment of necessary strings.
As a result, majority of our population are sidelined to the role of mere helpless
spectators when it comes to educating their children. These money making educational
grinders destroy the lives of many Monishas, Saranyas and Priyankas as well as their
Article 38 of the Indian constitution directs the State to secure a social order
for the promotion of welfare of the people.
So, it would be a constitutional dereliction if our government has a half-hearted
approach towards providing education to the aspirants. There should be enough government
schools and colleges to give private educational institutions a run for their money.
In addition, a 24x7 surveillance to arrest the practice of fleecing educational dowry
from the parents of future India is a crying need. Moreover, India badly needs sufficient
scholarships and enough interest-free loans for the needy to honour the pledges of
Animals and religion
Apropos to the letter, Animal rights and the hypocrites (AT, Jan 23) by Mr. Lalu
in response to my earlier letter relating to animal abuse published in AT (Jan 19);
my sincere thanks to the author for raising the issue on the discussion platform.
I appreciate the concerns and the religious sentiments kindly shared by the author;
however does not accept his rationalisation that no animal abuse is involved in the
so called religious practices and in the temples rearing animals. This is also not
a North Indian Vs South Indian cultural clash. India is one of the largest, most
complex, heterogeneous, extremely ethnically diverse nations and the largest democracy
of the world. The beauty of the nation is its great unity in diversity; where people
representing various ethnicities share diverse religious practices, customs, creeds,
cultures and are allowed to participate in different socio-religious and socio-economic
practices as part of their constitutional rights. All such practices are appreciated
and respected and no one is stepping forward to curb these and restrict someone’s
democratic rights and privileges.
However, just like the sports of bull fighting in Spain and Mexico that is extremely
socio-culturally popular in these countries; and are certainly an iconic cultural
identifier for these countries; or the several centuries old custom of whale meat
consumption practices of Japan, Iceland, Norway, Greenland; or the indiscriminate
shooting of endangered Houbara bustard birds by rich Gulf country, hunting parties
in Baluchistan province of Pakistan in exchange for petro dollars are highly condemned
across the globe; so is outright animal abuses in India irrespective of caste, creed,
culture, religion or geographical locations. Bull fights and bull racing are as highly
condemnable as is the practise of raising endangered wildlife species in temple complexes
of India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand and the Indo-China.
The use of endangered wildlife in the circus, the buying and selling of domesticated
elephants in the Sonepur animal fare in North India, wildlife trafficking along international
borders across the subcontinent have been already banned. People initially were against
such bans but they realized why this is important. Religious sacrifices of animals,
abuse of animals as beast of burdens, buying and selling of endangered wild meat
or consuming wild meat are equally condemnable. However, consumption of wild meat
has a different sad anthropogenic crisis behind it as is the case of perpetual poverty,
backwardness, lack of economic opportunities and social awareness, food shortages
and lack of availability of commercial animal husbandry and livestock management
practices. Several species of animals are exploited in the medical and pharmaceutical
industries, fur and leather industries and related anthropogenic needs and are being
highly debated across the globe and are being actively investigated and questioned.
Whether an individual should be a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian is also a question
of constitutional right and no one can interfere with that. As long as the meat,
milk, eggs consumed do not come from indigenous and endangered wildlife sources hampering
biodiversity and the ecosystems; or is endangering any species or pushing them towards
extinction, harvested following national/international protocols, one has the right
to consume animal products of his/her choice and protected under the constitution.
This cannot be equated to the practise of questionable animal abuses. The rights
of any religious practice for any communities are not restrained if the religious
sacrifices and indiscriminate abuse of defenseless animals are removed from them
by the highest court and the laws of the nation. The fight to death by gladiators
among themselves or against ferocious wild animals in ancient Rome was a popular
cultural sport of that time or the ancient Mayans of Mesoamerica sacrificed huge
number of animals and prisoners at their alters or the burning of the helpless Indian
women on the funeral pyres of their husbands in the subcontinent were all socio-religious
customs too with respect to that period, were these acceptable practices in the name
of society, culture, religion even in those periods? Should they have been allowed
to be practiced in the name of religion, culture and for entertainment as these were
century old customs and would hurt the sentiments of some section? Animal abuse is
a fact that we have to accept and it is time they are banned across the globe including
unacceptable religious practices of torturing and abusing animals suggesting them
as traditions or as age old religious practices or religious rights. The philosophy
to adhere is that your joys should not be the cause of pain for another living organism.
Saikat Kumar Basu
Lethbridge AB Canada
Dates changed without intimation
Trough your esteemed daily, we would like to draw the attention of common public
and other concerned towards the deeds of Department of Secondary Education.
The department advertised the post of PGT and TGT which was published on 19 the December
2015 so I went to collect application form on 21st Dec. But the department told me
that form will be issued from 23rd Dec as I had some work, I left for Guwhati and
when I went back to Directorate Office on 19 Jan 2016. I was told that last date
of submission of form was 18th Jan and I am already late but last date of submission
was 31st Jan 2016 as per advertisement.
Later, I learnt that the department did not give any official notice regarding the
change of submission date in any local newspaper.
I have also learnt that like me, there are many who are have not applied for the
post yet thinking that last date submission is 31st Jan 2016. Not only this, candidate
of out-posts and district have posted the application only on 13-14 Jan and it is
impossible to reach on 18th Jan.
I have also learnt that many candidates who have gone to collect application form
on 18th Jan, suddenly learnt that that day was last day of submission of application
form. somehow they managed treasury challan on the same day but forgot to attach
either mark sheet or certificate of B.Ed or B.A/B.Sc or M.A/M.Sc, many forgot to
write the name of post on the application form while applying for the post. All
these mistakes of candidates are because of concerned department who changed the
last date of submission of application without any notice.
Usually, Departments extend the date of submission of job application form on the
request of candidates but here it is just opposite, that too reason unknown to anyone.
And if any changes are made, these are notified in leading local newspaper.
Government job is yearly affair in our state; in this process many of the candidates
cross their upper age limit.
So I request to the concerned department to please kindly extend the last date of
submission of application form to original date i.e 31st Jan or else candidates are
preparing to go to court.