---- Editorial ----
Hoping for positive impact
The much talked about rational transfer and posting of government school teacher
has been finally effected by the education department. As per report in local media,
department has ordered mass transfer of 268 Primary and Trained Graduate Teachers
within Capital Complex while 563 teachers have been transferred in West Siang, East
Siang and Lower Subansiri. The move is expected to immensely help those districts
which face acute shortage of teachers. At present most of the teachers are either
posted in capital complex or in district headquarters. This has led to unequal distribution
of teachers and has severely affected the functioning of many govt. run schools.
The decision to rationalize transfer and posting of teacher is praiseworthy but it
should be done in proper manner without any political prejudice. Often it is seen
that politicians uses transfer and posting as a tool to harass the political opponents.
This should not be allowed to happen. Government need to take everyone including
civil society into confidence. Also the people should extend support to the initiative
of the education department. Especially politicians who yield lot of power should
not interfere in the process. Over the year government schools have been performing
poorly in the CBSE exams in compare to private schools. One of the main reasons
cited for it is the absence of subject teachers. Hopefully the effort of education
department to rationalize transfer and posting of teachers will change the fortune
of government schools in years to come.
---- Readers Forum ----
Find solution to Gorkha demands
Gorkhas have been living in different parts of the India and mainly northeast India
since time immemorial. They have fought and died for the country - be it World wars,
the 1962 Sino-Indian war or the 1971 war with Pakistan.
Gorkhas are peaceful, friendly and co-operative and always stay in harmony. But the
recent uprising can solely be attributed to the step-motherly treatment of Bengal
Government towards the Gorkhas of Darjeeling which has given rise to the demand of
The language imposition by the Bengal Government (Bengali language was made mandatory
in schools across Bengal) on hill people has not gone well and has ignited the fire
once again. Now, it has become a people's movement and their aspiration .The hills
are deprived of basic growth, people have to go elsewhere for jobs, the 2T's (Tea
and Tourism) are in a shambles.
GTA is non-functional and there has been no infrastructural development so far in
the hills post Independence.
The agitation is escalating, lives have been lost and affected badly, and people
of the hills now need an answer to their 110 years old demand of a separate state.
Its high time now, the centre should intervene and come up with concrete solution
to the long standing demand of the Gorkhas.
Racism and India
Series of barbaric atrocities on innocent Black African students in "modern" Bangalore
to the humiliation and expulsion of a Khasi lady from a Golf Club in "progressive"
New Delhi -- the series of physical and psychological assaults upon the "aliens"
serve as direct proof how this "elite" nation , of attaining Mars orbit, is actually
supreme racist, imperialist, intolerant and class-conscious to the core.
By which moral, democratic or Constitutional right can the concerned authority discriminate
against a person on the ground of his/her ethnic attire? Also by ridiculing her as
"mere maid", the club and its non-protesting members(couple of them also taunting
the family and the maid) have also displayed the feudal mindset of the general or
majority of the Indians who accord treatment to another based on his/her so-called
While Tailin Lyngdoh has faced discrimination and humiliation based on her race,
ethnic dress(jainsem) and profession right in the capital city of her own country;
she has been allowed unrestricted access in public sphere right from the "regressive"
Gulf to "capitalist" European countries! What a tight slap on the face of India which
is always zealously beating it's own trumpet of "liberalism", "humanity" and "values"!
And what better can be expected from a city, the administration of which even went
to the extent of issuing a circular few years ago which directly infringed upon the
attire and food habits of the North-eastern students living in the national capital!
Though the right of the North-Easterners over New Delhi is not a bit lesser than
the Punjabi and Hindi-brigade, still the administration tried to put a bar on the
culture of Nagas, Manipuris and the others. If the administration itself refuses
to acknowledge the rights of the North-Easterners in their very own country, what
can be expected from the commoners? Even the "bright futures of our nation", who
are pursuing higher education in reputed Universities and engineering colleges, engage
themselves in making fun of the language and physical features of the North-Easterners
and racially abuse them by calling all kinds of names. Yet this very parochial country
accuses Australia or USA of being "racist"! At least the Australian and American
authorities immediately nab and punish the culprits who heckle the Indians living
there. But how many North or South Indian brutes have been sentenced or at least
booked by the administration for raping the vulnerable girls and killing the students
hailing from North-east?
Thanks to the crude and filthy mindset of "Hindi is India", "Bollywood is Indian
culture" and constant focus on the "glamour" of New Delhi-Mumbai-Narendra Modi-Rahul
and all things associated with the North, South and West India; a dangerous mindset
of ignoring, hating and mocking all things East and North-East have got firmly established
among a large section of "nationalist" Indians. But North-East indeed becomes an
"integral" part of India overnight only when any terrorist outfit of the region wages
war against the State! That means there should be absolutely no compromise regarding
the geographical entity of India , but common North-Eastern citizens and their culture
would not be accorded its due respect and entitled place under the Indian "mainstream"
"Nationalism" is good, but it cannot be accorded higher seat than humanity. Thus
India's geographical entity should certainly be protected, but at the very same time
our North-eastern brothers and sisters should be practically placed on an equal pedestal
as the Punjabis, Gujaratis, Tamils and Uttar Pradesis. They should be awarded their
rightful place in the political history and culture of multi-lingual democratic India,
so that no "mainstream" individual can dare to humiliate them based on their ethnicity
or attire. And strictest of punishment should necessarily be awarded to the club
authorities, goons and brutes so that they think twice before again insulting, ill-treating,
mocking, racially abusing or killing our North-Eastern brothers and sisters.
Lastly, I offer my heartiest thanks to Nivedita Barthakur, entrepreneur and honorary
adviser to Assam Health Department, for her uncompromising fight to ensure justice
for the humiliated lady Tailin Lyngdoh and punishment for the racist brigade in the
"elite" Delhi Golf Club. However Barthakur's generous humanitarian act hardly evokes
a surprise; after all how many members of the "upper class" care to treat a "mere"
governess as a family member and take her to club for lunch! The "elite" should learn
from Barthakur how to respect all types of labour and accord due honour and dignity
to the members of the non-privileged class without whose honest service, toil and
sacrifice; their "elitism" would not survive even a day!
Kudos to the CM
Our young and dynamic Chief Minister Pema Khandu deserves a big round of applause
for reining in the RWD and cancelling the scheduled J.E exam at the last moment.
This is a big blow to the concerned authorities of RWD who were making a desperate
bid of conducting the exam defying the cabinet decision with ill-intentioned motives.
Our CM has upheld the mantra of Narendra Modi govt at centre-'Naa khaonga, Naa khanne
dunga' with this bold move and has sent a stern message to all the departments trying
to indulge in corrupt practices.
Now the APPSC will do the recruitment which it will be a great relief for talented
and hardworking candidates who have been at the receiving end so far due to lack
of political back up and malpractices in departmentally conducted JE exams.
Once again kudos to our CM!
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