A big gamble
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a surprise move yesterday declared union minister
Sarbananda Sonowal as chief ministerial candidate for the assembly poll in Assam
to be held in April this year. The decision to project Sonowal was surprising and
caught many off guard. The announcement was made at New Delhi in the presence of
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah. Considering the
fact that decision to back Sonowal came from top brass of BJP shows seriousness of
BJP is desperate to win Assam election after badly losing in Delhi and Bihar, which
has dented image of Amit Shah and PM Modi. They are betting big in Assam and have
pinned down on Sonowal to lead the charge. However move might create division among
ranks of party. Especially stalwart Himanta Biswa Sarma who recently switched side
from Congress will feel neglected. Sarma left Congress after rebelling for almost
3 years against Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. He joined BJP hoping to establish himself
as leader of the party. The decision to project Sonowal as CM candidate will not
go down well with supporters of Sarma. Also the Sonowal's strong anti-migrant image
which he acquired during his AASU days might play a part in deciding fate of BJP.
Assam has massive migrant population who forms big chunk of vote bank. The saffron
party has taken big risk by deciding to declare Sonowal as CM candidate. Come April
and election result will let us know whether BJP did right or wrong in picking him
to led party in the state.
AAPSU should take up relevant issue
AAPSU President, Mr. Kamta Lapung has said that President’s rule in AP is arbitrary
and stated that there was no law and order problem in the state. Since, I am a student
of AP, I am of the view that Kamta Lapung representing all the students of AP should
not make such foolish and blunt statements. It only projects a very negative image
of the students of AP. I want to convey that we do not agree with Mr. Kamta Lapung
views and they are not our views. He does not represent our view.
Was Papu Nallah bridge blockage not the breakdown of law and order? In every office
all the clerks openly ask for bride. Is this not the breakdown of law and order?
Most of the recruitments are made through back door. Jobs are not advertised. Recruitment
processes are delayed. Even APPSCE has not yet declared the result after 3 years
of starting the exam.
Why can’t Mr. Kamta Lapung take up and address such issues which are very very relevant
for the students of AP? Since, the political problem of AP is being taken care by
Governor of AP, Central Government, Guwahati High Court, Supreme Court and the President,
the president of APPSU should not under estimate others and pass such foolish and
blunt comments, so as to completely misrepresent the views of the students of Arunachal.
Kamta Lapung may pass any blunt comments on the issue on a personal basis, but not
as president of APPSU.
I request the readers not to think that such blunts comments are the views of students
of AP. Student community is being misused by so called student leaders and political
leaders. But, today we the students and youths of Arunachal want development, jobs,
peace and a corruption free society.
This is in response to Mr.Saikat Kumar Basu’s letter titled “They must look into
their own house”(January 13).
Mr.Basu has lambasted the intellectuals, politicians and human rights activists of
North America and Europe for their “sin” of pointing out violent incidents and abuse
of human rights in India!
Firstly, what others say about us hardly matters. The thing which matters most is
our conscience and so we should introspect a bit and question ourselves whether we
are indeed traversing in right path. The headlines of Indian newspapers every morning
itself bear testimony to the sorry state of affairs of present day India. Murder
of an innocent for his alleged “sin” of consuming beef or suicide of a student following
series of humiliation for being born a Dalit indeed do not reflect India in a glorifying
Secondly, just because someone has committed any wrong, we can never accuse him/her
till eternity even if he/she reforms himself/herself and emerge as an ideal human
being. Yes, human right abuses and killing of innocents plague the history of erstwhile
colonial powers and Whites. But those very countries have not only reformed itself,
but also stand as a beacon of liberalness and broad-mindedness in this violent world.
Just because two terrorists had killed Indira Gandhi or certain rowdies burnt a passenger-filled
coach in Godhra; what happened to thousands of absolutely innocent Sikhs and Muslims
as repercussion in New Delhi and Gujarat respectively are very well known by us.
In contrast when an Islamic fanatic laid siege at a Sydney cafe and killed two innocent
Australian citizens, White people of that country consciously saw to it that not
a single Muslim citizen get assaulted or a mosque gets attacked. Canada displayed
the same rational attitude when another lone wolf attacked the Parliament House couple
of years ago and killed one innocent in the name of Islam. When the twin towers of
New York got demolished, the USA authorities went all-out to protect its Muslim citizens.
Only a Sikh got killed by White goons when the latter assumed him to be a Muslim.
But the killer got promptly punished. But how many criminals have been sentenced
who had butchered innocent Sikhs in Delhi even after three decades of that bloody
mayhem? Yes, Indians still reside at the primitive age of ‘eye for an eye, tooth
for a tooth’ and cry for revenge against certain communities for the sin of a few
misguided fellow members. But the civilized countries of Europe, North America and
Down Under have become enlightened enough to distinguish between right and wrong
and refuse to paint all members of any particular community by the same brush. Moreover
the erstwhile colonial powers have transformed itself as epitome of discipline and
law and order. Can any citizen of those countries dare to disobey traffic regulation
or flout pollution-related laws as get regularly witnessed in India? When poll process
gets conducted in most civilized and smooth manner in those countries, election in
India is nothing but a ‘Third World War’. Mr.Basu should have a look at the Human
Development Index and compare India with the countries which he condemns so much,
yet lives in one such nation! When basic amenities like education and health have
got transformed into sheer ruthless business in India, most of the European and American
countries have ensured education and health service for all at free or nominal cost.
How many child labourers exist in those countries compared to India? And just because
Kailash Satyarthi’s yeoman’s service has exposed India’s stigma of child labour
blatantly in front of the international community, the Nobel Laureate does not get
his due recognition and honour in this “elite” nation of attainment of Mars orbit!
Do the countries of West Europe or North America imprison individuals who dare to
forward cartoons or crack a joke? Certainly not. In contrast, it has become the “in-thing”
to persecute or warn individuals who exercise their democratic right to protest,
call spade a spade and swim opposite the “mainstream”. While M.F.Hussain was forced
to leave Mumbai and Taslima Nasreen from Kolkata to pamper the fundamentalists, UK
instead spent Himalayan amount of money to protect Salman Rushdie facing death threat.
The whole world should learn from the erstwhile colonial powers what true democracy
and freedom of speech are all about. And last but not the least. When Indian citizens
get persecuted and taunted in various states of their own country for being “outsiders”;
UK, USA, Canada and Australia have not only adopted strong anti-racial laws, but
have offered a safe refuge to people from countries all over the world.
Instead of pointing out the past scandals and stigma of the Western powers, Indians
should stop acting “nationalist” and try to reform themselves to emerge as ideal
citizens by drawing inspiration from the present liberal credentials of erstwhile
Don’t torture common public
This letter is directed to whoever is running the show.
Please let not the security personnel torture us for no reason. It is good they are
doing the routine checking, but in doing so please give some senses to them to be
more considerate when dealing with people.
Where is the manner the security forces learn in their training? Is it only for their
When dealing with common public, why are they so arrogant and inhuman?
Lastly, in the name of President Rule, please don’t torture common public, like us.
Dr. Takam Sakter
Less scope for Arts graduate
This in response to advertisement for appointment of Legal Metrological Inspector
by APPSC that was published on Jan 8. I was surprised to read about the education
qualification for the post i.e civil/mechanical/electrical engineering graduate.
But so far I know legal metrological department is not a technical department rather
it is a semi-judicial department. So why Arts graduate and law graduate are not allowed
to apply for the post?
It seems those departments are trying to make every job a technical one and are trying
to recruit only technical person. For example, we have seen in the last advertisement
of Treasury Officer and Finance and Account officer by APPSC in Arts graduate were
not allowed to apply.
Arts graduate have govt. job opportunity only of Clerk and teacher.
If the government wants to recruit only the technical person, please shut down Humanity
stream in school and colleges in our state.
This is regarding Ram Janam Bhoomi-Babri Masjid Ayodhya Land Dispute.
One group says, there was Hindu temple so a Hindu temple should be built.
Another group says, there was a standing Masjid demolished so a Masjid should be
Though the case stands subjudiced at the Supreme Court, infallible and ultimate fact
of the matter is that before any Mandir or Masjid, there was a standing natural land
with natural ecosystem built by Mother Nature where all the living and non - living
things once existed in complete harmony in the past.
In every merit, the disputed land deserves to be awarded not to either of the disputing
groups but only to Mother Nature and a natural forest ecosystem re-established so
that benefits of a healthy ecosystem nurtures all the dangerously disputing groups
equally and enable to infuse tolerance and social harmony.