---- Editorial ----
The immediate arrest of four people involved in the assault and robbery case of Arunachal
Times Associate Editor Ranjit Sinha is commendable. The capital police has done very
good job of arresting accused within short period. This shows that if given free
hand police can crack the most difficult case. In this particular incident the attackers
were unknown to the victim and incident took place after midnight. Police had no
clue but still they solved the case. This kind of prompt action will restore the
faith of citizens on police force.
The relation between Arunachal Pradesh Police and citizen has deteriorated over the
year. State police have somehow lost the trust of the citizens. In the past many
criminals have easily walked out of jail after committing the most heinous crime.
Citizens feel that due to weakness of police the criminals are having free run. Also
several criminal cases have not been solved by the police. All these have led to
gradual development of mistrust between police and citizen. But on several occasion
police has done commendable job of cracking high profile criminal cases. The police
need support of citizen and government. They need to be equipped with the best available
modern technologies. Police also should try to improve relation with the citizens
and make sincere effort in this regard.
---- Readers Forum ----
Just give it a thought
Do you remember the scene from the Hindi Movie “Paa” where the young politician Amol
Arte (Abhishek Bachchan) comes to Auro’s (Amitabh Bachchan) school as a Chief Guest?
He comes on the occasion of a competition on the “visionary of India”. Amol declares
Auro as the winner, impressed by the white globe he made and it was his (Amol’s)
perception. Forget about the world because that would be beyond reach; just imagine
if this vision is ever possible for India alone? What stops us from achieving this
dream? Let’s have a look at the few probable reasons:
As a multi-cultural, largest democracy of the world and a population of 1.2 billion,
we still lack basic sense of law and order and this goes both ways. We as the people
of India on a daily average basis break the law (read traffic rules, bribes, corruption)
and in return we receive the same from the elected rulers (no freedom of expression,
no timely judgment, religious biases etc). A perfect give and take situation! The
attacks, the rapes, the bans are all discussed on social networking sites and media.
Few opinions thrown here and there, few candle marches and dharnas, few of us get
the wanted/unwanted attention too. But the end result is simply “Nothing”. What and
where do we lack? Just give it a thought.
With the technological advancement only in terms of number of mobiles we as Indians
own (10 million users as of now) and the 28% of our population in the age group of
10-24 years, are we preparing ourselves enough to celebrate the potential of our
being? Lack of colleges and higher education facilities, superfluous production of
engineers with no employability skills, indifference towards the vocational education,
so on and so forth.
On the top of all this, the cultural panorama of our society is so conflicting that
the adolescents of today are in complete dilemma. While they know how to express
their opinions and ask for their rights from parents, the basics of emotional quotient
are missing due to non-supporting environment at home. Aping the West is easy but
do we follow all the good things or are we selective to what suits us the best? Just
give it a thought.
Ills of depression
There exists a school of thought which does not view depression in a serious light.
It seems that they are of the opinion that depression is nothing but a “luxury” for
the affected individuals, as if they “enjoy” on remaining depressed! Actually this
“positive” and “optimist” brigade pathetically lack any antidote of depression. So
they try to pooh-pooh the severity of such serious mental setback and make light
of the problem by suggesting that that sighting of natural forces like floating of
clouds or flowing of streams will eradicate the disease named depression!
But this fact is furthest from hard reality. No sane person desires to get or remain
depressed. There exist innumerable causes of depression. He might be affected by
an incurable disease. He might be failing to afford educational and medical needs
of children. She might not be getting adequate moral support, love and compassion
from her husband, children and near and dear ones. The different units of society
like office management, colleagues or neighbours might be torturing him/her and he/she
is not receiving justice from any quarter. In such an eventuality, the sufferer is
bound to get depressed. Just as blood oozes out from body if the concerned part gets
hurt or assaulted, similarly invisible rivers of blood gets licked from heart and
mind if he/she gets insulted, deprived or not rendered justice. In such a hopeless
perspective, neither beams of natural light nor fragrance of flowers will come in
aid of him/her, solve the problems and heal the injuries! Yes, practical reality
and life are infinite times harder and harsher than mere poetry, spirituality or
philosophy of sky, moon and stars. Had natural forces indeed possessed such magical
healing power, then innumerable people across the globe would not have to terminate
their dear lives prematurely burdened with such grief in the hearts. A casual glance
at the horizon or space would have done the trick and all problems and tortures would
have got consigned to oblivion!
The ills of depression can get wiped out from the society only when people would
behave compassionately with each other, society would turn egalitarian one where
there would be no norm of inequality and strict rule of law gets implemented so as
to prevent innocents and vulnerable from getting tortured by the vested interests.
In the immortal novel of Fyodar Dostoyevsky titled ‘Idiot’, the superintendent of
the Swiss clinic tells the protagonist Prince Lev Nikolayevich Myshkin that almost
all problems would get vanished from the face of the society and earth if all people
act a bit sympathetically with each other. Yes, compassionate behavior and act of
treating all in equal terms are very easy to perform, but we desist from doing it
just to meet our selfish desires and pampering our philistine mindset of dominating
Until human beings turn truly civilized in moral terms, inequality and injustice
would continue to haunt the earth leading to the dreadful disease named depression.
Why don’t we try to humanize ourselves for the sake of our own benefit?
Road etiquette can reduce traffic chaos
This refers to your thought-provoking editorial “Rising case of Road rage” (AF- July
6). Road safety is a concern for all irrespective of gender. It is a matter of fact
that lack of etiquettes on the road is seen is going to be much dangerous for the
lives of citizens. It seems as if no one is interested in striking at the root of
the traffic problems: poor driver education. The road users should avoid driving
recklessly. If the authorities are interested in proper traffic management, the RTOs
need to be modernized and upgraded.
It is a matter of fact that lack of etiquettes on the road is seen is going to be
much dangerous for the lives of citizens. No one follows the traffic rules and even
not the traffic police can handle. Bikers are often a headache and we need to focus
more on such offenders The other example of neglecting while driving or riding are
using hand phone while driving, driving when you are sleepy, driving under the influence
of drugs or alcohol and playing loud music while driving. Roads are a mess today
not because of the bad quality of work, but bad planning. Lane sizes, pedestrian
crossings, traffic signals or left-turns are poorly designed. All of this reckless
act can be overcome by taking some steps such as use Bluetooth phone devices when
receiving or making a call while driving. If the authorities are interested in proper
traffic management, the RTOs need to be modernized and upgraded. Duty timings of
traffic cops should also be extended to man this busy junction to check erring motorists.
Many people drive at 6-7 in the evening with their high-beams on, which can blind
the driver on the opposite side.
Lack of knowledge about correct use of high-beam headlamps creates problem at night.
People just get a license with little knowledge about honking and lighting norms.
There's no concept of lane-driving. All they understand is that the road is their
race track and they need to be the first one even if that means overtaking a guy
who just gave the indicator to take a turn. At traffic signals, people taking a right-turn
tend to stop in the middle of the lane, thus blocking the traffic.
Stringent laws against drunk and rash driving, proper and effective enforcement of
the laws and the tough and sincere judiciary in dealing with the accidents alone
could ultimately have a positive effect in dealing with the ever growing accidents.
If people drive more sensibly, ours roads will be safer for all. Let's stop giving
excuses, instead look for solutions on the basis of suggestions received from experts
and concerned citizens. People must be taught road etiquette, which could reduce
50% of disarray on streets.
Vinod C. Dixit
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