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Engage all the rebel groups
Ever since the government of India entered into framework agreement with Naga rebel
group NSCN (IM), there has been surge in insurgency activities in North East region.
Underground groups like NSCN (K), ULFA (I) and others are conducting coordinated
attacks especially targeting the Indian army. In the latest such incident on Sunday,
two soldiers of Assam Rifles were killed along the Assam-Arunachal boundary near
Changlang district. The attack was reportedly carried out by ULFA (I) and NSCN (K).
These kinds of incidents raise concern over safety and security of the citizen. It
also portrays North East region in poor light.
Strangely the latest attack took place at the time of Pangsau Pass winter festival.
Large numbers of tourists were stranded for hours due to the incident. Government
of India needs to wake up from their deep slumber and take note of the sudden rise
in insurgency activities in the region. They should understand that military solution
is not feasible in the long run. Government will have to initiate dialogue process
with other rebel groups. Rebel organisation like NSCN (K) and ULFA (I) still has
considerable presence in states like Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland and Manipur.
Peace process will not be completed without involving them and other UG groups. The
government of India often talks about Look East Policy but it will not be successful
unless peace prevails in North East region.
---- Readers Forum ----
Corruption and road safety
It is horrifying that the number of road accidents has astronomically been increasing
in India since 2001 ~ from 80,900 in 2001 to as many as 1,41,526 in 2014 ~ a 75 per
cent jump! Interestingly enough, a recent study indicates that a country’s corruption
level determines the number of its road accidents.
India’s poor standing in Corruption Perceptions Index (76th) is therefore manifesting
in the number of our road tragedies. Another research paper titled, ‘Automobile Manu-facturers,
Advertising and Traffic Safety in India’ by Prof. Dinesh Mohan and Abhaya Jha has
stated that very unsafe cars are being openly marketed in India. Indeed, their research
work confirms the former one. Corruption can make us cannibals!
Sujit De, Kolkata
Improve exam system
I seek to express my views on the use of unfair means by students and teachers of
private schools during examination. The use of unfair means by student and teacher
has become very common but menace has become very dangerous now. Copying in examination
goes on unchecked mostly in private institution. No wonder some invigilators are
found helping the examinees in unfair means. The evil has become deep rooted.
In fact the examination has become a farce. They have lost their meaning. The purpose
of holding exam is to test student’s ability. Any system of examination that doesn’t
serve this end has no purpose. The sooner it is abolished the better it will be.
During upcoming CBSE exams, centres should be in government schools. No single private
schools should be allowed to conduct exams in their schools.
If 10th or 12th standard students of private school can’t answer the formula of water,
what is use of wasting thousands of hard work earned money in these institutions?
Suraj Techi Tara
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