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Railway security, matter of concern
Yet another major train accident on Sunday morning killed 39 people and seriously
injured many. Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express train derailed near Kuneru
station in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh. In the last one year several
major train accidents has occurred posing serious question mark over the safety of
Indian railways. In some instances investigation has led to possible sabotage theory
being executed by ISI. According to the reports in National Media which was widely
published few months ago, the suspect of the Kanpur train tragedy allegedly confessed
during grilling that ISI hand was behind the November 20, 2016 train accident that
killed over 140 passengers.
These are worrying report and should be properly investigated. ISI which is reported
to have vast network of people working on its payroll intends to bleed India. They
have been sponsoring and supporting many anti-Indian terrorist organizations. Their
possible role in train accidents is major revelation and should deeply worry the
security agencies. The Indian Railways also need to improve the security apparatus.
Modern technologies should be used to improve security of tracks and also that of
railway stations. At present the security system in most of the major train stations
are weak and need urgent upgradation. The BJP government before coming to power had
promised to improve the standard of Indian Railway, however, the situation has not
improved much. There are lots of areas which need immediate attention of railway
authorities. Government should look into it and address the concern on need based.
---- Readers Forum ----
The traffic wardens
It has been two weeks since the traffic wardens of Itanagar have been on strike with
no response from the govt.
Through this column, I would like to appeal the government to look into the demands
of the traffic wardens. Their demand for hike in their salary and for leave seems
more or less genuine as we all know that the cost of living index is very much high
in the capital and the service that they are providing is no less than that being
provided by the top most bureaucratic in the state. Standing whole day or even for
a few hours despite different weather conditions trying to make traffic easier for
us is commendable. Each one of us wants a decent living for ourselves and our family
but the meagre salary doesn't allow them that. Of course we understand that they
did agree to this salary and other conditions when they were enrolled but like any
other job they too have equal rights for hike in their salaries along with other
facilities from time to time.
However, I would also like to appeal the ITWA not to pressurise the govt for mass
regularisation as it would be very difficult for the govt to do that in one go.
Lastly, I write this as a concerned citizen in good spirit and appeal our govt to
take up the matter with a more humanitarian approach as it needs the support of everyone
of its citizens to make Arunachal a better and greater place to live in and I believe
our CM shall live up to our expectations.
Welcoming the winter visitor
Black-necked crane (Grus nigricollis) is a medium-sized high altitude living crane
in Asia that breeds on the Tibetan Plateau, Bhutan and some remote parts of India.
In winter, from month of November-January, few of them also migrate to the Sangti
valley of West Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh in search of food due to extreme cold in
higher altitude regions.
The bird is said to be sacred to the indigenous people of the West Kameng thus there
is no threat to the bird from the local people. However, recently there has been
report of death of two birds out of five that visited due to the electrical wiring
in the open field of Sangti valley, which is a serious concern for the local people
and migratory bird lovers of Arunachal Pradesh as well as India. If this issue is
not taken seriously by Eco-tourism and Electrical and Power department of Bomdila,
West Kameng, the bird species may refrain from coming to these places in near future
as they are one of the great migratory and vulnerable bird species in the world.
The visit of the birds can also be very useful in attracting tourists from around
the world if they are treated well and welcomed. It is also said that this same bird
species once used to visit the Apatani Valley, Lower Subansiri, but they stopped
doing it since 1975-one of the main reasons may be hunting.
Therefore, let us not repeat the same mistake this time and give nature a second
chance to bless our land and people by welcoming the great winter migratory Black-necked
PhD Scholar, RGU
It is high time it needs to be asked whether there have indeed been any serious
attempt to unearth the mystery of Netaji's disappearance. Just because the mystery
of Netaji’s disappearance has still remained unresolved, a school of thought is of
the belief that we forsake the search! The vested interests indeed heave sigh of
relief on hearing it!
It is very easy to declare that nothing has come out of the investigations, but
the bigger question which needs to be asked is whether there have indeed been any
serious attempt to unearth the mystery. If the concerned authorities had been so
“sincere”, then why was the Justice Manoj Kumar Mukherjee commission not allowed
free access to Netaji-related files which are kept within the safe custody at Red
Fort? Some files concerning Netaji had been released with much fanfare a year ago.
But the information released through such files is hardly relevant as far as Netaji’s
disappearance saga is concerned. Now has the Centre declared that each and every
file concerning Netaji been released?
If the answer is ‘No’, then we should ask ‘Why? When?’ Yes, there lies every reason
to believe that Netaji’s disappearance and conspiracy are synonymous terms. Some
“nationalists” also come up with the theory of “international relation” to be “harmed”
if all Netaji files get disclosed! This hush-hush matter directly proves that indeed
there lies something fishy related to Netaji’s disappearance. Now which is the bigger
issue --- “international relationship” or the fate of that epitome of patriotism
named Netaji who had sacrificed his career and devoted his entire life for the sake
of independence of the motherland from imperialist force? If the answer is “international
relationship”, the sincerity of the solving the mystery stands blatantly exposed!
And if at all we should abandon the search by declaring “best therefore to leave
it alone”, then this callous nation should do at least one favour in honour of Netaji.
It should at least desist from declaring the date of that Taiwan air crash (which
actually never happened) as Netaji’s date of death. Yes, in many books and websites,
it is being increasingly witnessed that 18th August, 1945 is being published or declared
as the date of death of Netaji which needs to be seriously condemned.
This zealous eagerness to relate that fictitious air crash as Netaji’s date of death
directly proves the involvement of vested interests who want the truth to get buried
and they are indeed relishing at the suggestion of abandoning the process of solving
Jallikattu and blind tradition
It is a pity that we unite when our macho pride gets hurt but we do not care when
inhumanity causes a real blow to our pride. We cannot stop rape, ragging, teasing,
lynching and bullying so long as violence is allowed to be enjoyed in the name of
tradition, culture or necessity for becoming fit enough to survive. However, in the
journey of evolution after minerals, plants and animals; human beings happened. And
human beings are slowly realizing that they are to do better than the animals ~ not
by fighting like them or with them but by throwing the very 'survival of the fittest
theory' to a jungle. Compassion and cooperation can only take humanity forward. This
is the reason why many countries have graduated themselves from police states to
welfare states. This is the reason why Helen Keller and Stephen Hawking are shining
bright in our Who's Who. If we support Jallikattu for the sake of tradition and culture,
then how can we support Malala? Unfortunately, our stand in favour of Jallikattu
on the ground of blind tradition will dump us on Talibans who regard culture as a
Sujit De, Kolkata
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