Ever since winter has set in capital complex has turned into ‘dusty city.’ It is
becoming next to impossible for vehicle users especially bikers to ride along the
national highway. The ongoing repairing cum re-carpeting of various stretches of
Itanagar-Banderdewa road is causing more pollution. The construction material left
unattended on the road is the main source of pollution.
PWD (Highway) and construction agencies engaged by them are showing utter lack of
professionalism. There are laid down norms for construction of highways. Unfortunately
they have turned blind eye to it. High level of pollution is posing serious health
hazard to the dwellers of capital complex. Situation is so worse that Arunachal Pradesh
State Pollution Control Board finally had to intervene. Pollution Control Board
has slammed PWD (highway) and various construction agencies for failing to abide
by the pollution Act and Rules. They have urged road construction agencies to obtain
requisite clearances from the Board while constructing highway/trans-Arunachal highway
in the state. Further Board has warned of strong action against those who violate
their order. This action by Arunachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board is really
appreciable. But still capital dwellers are worried about effectiveness of the direction
issued by Pollution Control Board. Therefore it is important to carry out regular
checking along national highway, so as to ensure that construction agencies are following
the directives issued by the Board.
Why this prejudice?
Through the column of year esteemed daily, I would like to express our frustration
regarding the prejudice by the Directorate of Elementary Education upon all the wait
listed candidates for the post of TGT (Sc. & SST) and PrT of 2014-15.
Being wait listed candidates, we found out from RTI source furnished by Jt. DEE
(Cum PIO) in reply to application SL.NO 579 dated 28.11.2014 that 22 TGT (Sc.)
and 23 TGT (SST) and some PrT post were lying vacant in the Department.
So we proposed the department for appointment to fill-up the vacancies but the department
denied by stating that there is a restriction as per Supreme Court order that the
filling up of the vacancies over and above the no. of vacancies advertised is violation
of article no 14 and 16 of the constitution and state can’t appoint more than the
no. of advertised post and if any additional / future vacancies are required to be
filled up the respondent would initiate a fresh recruitment in accordance with the
Rules in force.
So, a fresh advertisement was advertised on 9th Oct’ 2015 and interview conducted
and result came out on 23th Dec’ 2015 along with a wait listed candidates, longer
than penultimate result. And thus all selected candidate along with 48 wait listed
has been appointed in rapid round manner. How did the Director persuade Supreme Court
this time? Is it the money factor? Is it political factor? Or the rule has changed
abruptly? If the rule has change then it is good and if not then the system is looting
the zeal or enthusiasm of teacher aspirants because already looted teacher can’t
bestow its perspiration with true love towards educational development which will
inflict the future generation enormously.
So today we want to know from Director Elementary Education that the copy of PIL
or Writ Petition you have shown to nullify our wait list candidacy is valid today
If it is invalid then its good on your side but if its valid till today then why
you are breaking your own commitment to abide strictly by law?
Why this prejudice? At last, I want to appeal to Directorate to conduct a written
test among the APTET Passed Candidate for the post of TGT and PrT for Elementary
level also in future.
Menstruating age and Sabarimala
Apropos of Ms Priyanka Chakrabarty’s letter on the topic “Women of menstruating age
has human right to enter Temples” (Jan. 20), I would like to share few facts on the
The centuries old customs prevailing in Sabarimala can’t be changed in an overnight
with the support of a Court order until and unless the devotees whole heartedly accept
it. The women entry of Sabarima is restricted only to a certain age group (10 – 50)
because of the particularity of the deity worshiped there (i.e. Lord Ayyappa’s celibate
status), and there is no restriction for women of menstruating age in all other hundreds
of Lord Ayyappa temples. Moreover, Sabarimala is situated in a hill top and miles
to walk by foot through the dense forest to reach the shrine, where crores of devotees
throng during the pilgrimage season (i.e. Nov. to Jan. estimated 4 to 5 crore every
season). During the season, the devotees queues sometimes last for more than ten
hours to get a Darshan, due to heavy rush. And one can imagine the picture if women
are allowed for offering worship at the hill shrine in such a situation.
So, the question of gender discrimination or human right has no relevance, and such
type of observation on age old customs and beliefs of a community, even if it is
by the judiciary, is not at all desirable for a pluralistic society like ours. If
the Court really wants to uphold the constitutional rights in places of worship,
it should pass necessary orders to open all such religious places including other
religions’, for all category of people.
Do away with the walls of divisions
Kudos to Mr. Tagam Mibang for his pointing out that ‘people and humanity deserves
a glorious harmonious existence in the nations and in this greater world the kingdom
of God’ in his letter, ‘Moral duty to stop endless human sufferings’ ( January 11).
To achieve the glorious harmonious existence, we need to do away with the walls of
divisions among us with the help of the teachings of the great souls.
Now, let us recall the incident when Swami Vivekananda was in Kashmir in autumn of
1898. He prayed a poor Muslim boatman for allowing his four year old daughter to
be worshipped by Swamiji himself. The boatman was overwhelmed. He thought as if the
God was asking him through Swamiji and he readily agreed.
Swami Vivekananda worshipped the girl as Goddess Uma ( Durga) on Mahasaptami day
during Durga puja.
Then he knelt down to touch the feet of a poor Kashmiri Muslim girl. With this singular
act he defied divisions of religion, race, caste, creed, occupation, gender, generation
and money to hoist the flag of universal humanhood. Actually, Swami Vivekananda did
a Sri Ramkrishna who himself practiced Islam, Christianity and other religions to
live his words- ‘many opinions, many paths’.
They hammered hard at the wall of religion because they wanted to make us realise
the problem of religion. All religions carry with them inherent problems of confining
themselves to mechanical rituals and thus obstructing the spiritual path of realising
Moreover, it creates divisions and hatred among us. Sri Aurobindo in ‘Letters on
Yoga’ said, “The religious life may be the first approach to the spiritual, but very
often it is only a turning about in a round of rites, ceremonies and practices or
set ideas and forms without any issue”. The Mother said, “God gives Himself to His
whole creation; no one religion holds the monopoly of His Grace”.
Oceans of human blood could have been saved had we realised the limitation of religions.
It is a pity that the juggernaut of religious prejudices is still marching forward
in this twenty first century. Thus, we need more and more discourses on the teachings
of those great souls for taking us, in the words of Tagore, to ‘Where the clear stream
of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit’.