---- Editorial ----
India ought to be cautious
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi is embarking on a historic visit to Israel. He was
given rousing welcome on his arrival at Tel Aviv. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu himself
came to the airport to receive Mr Modi. This is the first-ever visit to Israel by
an Indian Prime Minister. The event is historic considering the fact that PM will
not visit Palestine during the visit. Modi will not travel to Ramallah, the seat
of the Palestinian Authority and a customary stop for visiting leaders trying to
maintain a balance in political ties.
India has traditionally been cautious in its dealing with Israel, partly because
of an alleged wariness of upsetting Arab states and Iran, upon whom it relies for
its vast imports of oil, as also its own large Muslim population. The visit to Israel,
already, India's top arms supplier, is being seen as significant not just for the
pacts that will be signed but because this is the first time that New Delhi has come
out of the closet and openly embraced Israel as partner. Ever since BJP govt came
to power it has given more priority to improving relation with Israel. It is a good
move but it should not come at the cost of giving up Palestine cause. For years India
has supported Palestine's statehood dream. India earned the goodwill of international
community by being one of the first countries to recognize Palestine statehood. One
of the main reasons for conflict between Muslim world and west is continues occupation
of Palestine territories by Israel. Therefore India ought to be cautious.
---- Readers Forum ----
An open letter to Chief Minister
Through the columns of the Readers Forum of your esteemed daily, I am writing this
open letter to the Chief Minister requesting the state government to bring drastic
changes in education department for quality education in Govt schools, particularly
for good performance of students in Class-X and XII examinations.
State education scenario is degrading day by day even after fund in crores is being
released by the Central government against many projects like Sarva Shiksa Abhiyan
(SSA), Rashtriya Madhyamik Vidyalaya (RAMSA) etc.
It is observed that opening of countless schools in state without maintaining the
teacher-student ratio is the one of the prime reasons for the humiliating education
scenario in the state. The Sarva Shiksa Abhiyan (SSA) scheme was launched with an
aim of achieving the objective of universal primary education and to bridge social,
regional and gender gaps with the active participation of community in the management
of schools. But in our state, the motto of opening school was not to give education
to poor children under SSA. It was only to get supply and construction works against
those schools. Today it is seen that schools were established in almost every village
with students of that particular village only. As a result, in some schools, numbers
of teachers are more than the students without quality teaching.
Inauguration of upgraded secondary and higher secondary schools without giving second
thought is another reason behind deteriorating education scenario of the state. The
so-called elected leaders and officers of education department should have comprehensive
study on the number of students likely to be accommodated by that particular school
before paying heed to the public demand for upgraded schools, but it never happens
in our state.
The Govt should thoroughly scrutinize the teacher-student ratio. If necessary, government
should close schools with less students and arrange for admission of those students
in another schools which fall in the middle point of concerned Panchayat segment.
Even in the capital complex also, some schools are without required/sufficient number
Moreover, nowadays, we find worst infrastructure in Govt run schools resulting in
poor performance of students due to some lacunae in the system of education departments.
Today SSA, RAMSA teachers were crying for their hard-earned monthly fixed wages while
the officers who are working under SSA are enjoying luxurious life. It is also observed
that when the most of the government schools are run by SSA and RAMSA teachers
in interiors areas, some of the regular teachers are availing leave and few of
them are busy in doing contract works in state departments.
Nabam Akin Hina
Education and Cultural Development Society,
Reign of terror
This refers to your editorial “Stop Violence in name of Cow Protection” AF- June
30). Our PM has rightly said that “Nobody has the right and no one can be allowed
to kill people in the name of cow protection. There is no place for violence in society.
It is unacceptable. This is not something with which Gandhiji would have agreed.”
Simple warning by PM is not enough, strictest possible action is required to be taken
against such goons.PM Modi has spoken wisely and reassuringly and it is time for
mobs, vigilantes, moral police, street fighters, etc. to quit now. Breaking his silence
on cow vigilantes in the country, PM Modi has also condemned their actions, saying
most of them were anti-social elements masquerading as gau rakshaks (cow protectors).
The self-appointed gau-rakshaks have created a reign of terror in the country. Attacks
on Dalits and Muslims in the name of protecting the “holy” cow is totally aunjustifiable.
Mahatma Gandhi had never approved violence in the name of cow protection and sharply
differed with the Hindu communalists. Unlike them, Gandhi preferred “persuasion”
and other non-violent (ahimsa) ways to achieve gau-raksha (cow protection). Gandhi
is invoked frequently in the course of the debate but his musings on cows and cow
slaughter were nuanced and evolved over time. He asked people to focus on gau ‘seva’
or serving cows and not on protection or gau ‘raksha’.
In 1921, he reflected: “I would not kill a human being for protecting a cow, as I
will not kill a cow for saving a human life, be it ever so precious.”
By 1946, Gandhi was clear that, “Cow slaughter can never be stopped by law. Knowledge,
education, and the spirit of kindliness towards her alone can put an end to it.”
PM Modi should ensure that the cowards doing such type of bloodiness activities
should be strictly punished under the Law in a fast track Mode so that other schizophrenic
may get lesson and we can save the life of innocent people.
Vinod C. Dixit
Scholarship for students
In response to the news article on dated 30th June 2017 "Govt releases fund for pre
& post matric scholarship" in your daily, I on behalf of the student communities
would like to express my heartiest thanks and really appreciate the effort of our
State Government for taking up such an initiative.
With this move, the student communities studying within and outside the state will
benefit from the pre & post matric scholarship.
I would like to extend my heartiest thanks to the apex students’ union body of our
state, All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) for taking up the issue rigorously
with the state government.
Arunachal’s own GST
Ungrudgingly the Arunachal has also took a flight for the GST (Goods & Services Tax)
in the national platform since 1st July 2017.
However the rate's of selling of goods and it’s services in the state are totally
contrastive ever since. The rate’s of selling of the goods and it’s services are
not under the laws or the rules that has been enacted by the administrators of the
People of Arunachal need to revamp their living style. When the people of our state
travel outside the state it seems like we have been caught in a trap or enter into
the idiosyncratic world. It’s has been observed, even in a short distances the fare
of Tempo's or Tracker's in the Twin Capital Complex, it took the multiple of Rs.10,
where as in other states they took according to the distances and it’s rates that
has been enacted by the administrators of the respective areas. If we made the recharge
of Rs. 50, Rs. 100, Rs. 120 etc. then the shopkeeper would take extra Rs. 10 for
the same as a charge. This kind of practices won’t let the GST to imply in the people
of the state because the local GST has been already launched in the state.
As per the rates implemented in GST, it’s good that the basic need of the poor and
middle class people of the state and nation as well are under 0% tax namely unpacked
food-grains, salt, milk, eggs, education Services etc.
For the packed items it somewhat started with the taxes. In short GST is really a
good implementation for the well being of the people. The point is that even the
GST implies in the state, it would be running under their own local rules. Somewhat
it seems to be very funny but it is true.
People still startle on GST as what it actually means? Whereas the rest of the nation
feel merriment and giggle on it. Because they know what it really means. Even ramble
in the state became a serious problem due to the over and extra rates of the goods.
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