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Expectation from new president
As President Pranab Mukherjee completes his tenure, the whole nation will be hoping
that newly elected president Ram Nath Kovind will continue the legacy of keeping
president's office neutral and beyond politics. Former Bihar governor and one of
the prominent leaders of greater Sangh Parivar, Ram Nath Kovind was recently elected
as the new president of India. Even though he has an RSS-BJP background, Kovind will
be expected to perform his duty as per Indian constitution. When Pranab Mukherjee
was declared presidential candidate of UPA it took everyone by surprise. He was an
influential member of Congress party and was expected to play critical role for party
in the 2014 general election. During his tenure Mukherjee has done commendable job
and always took decision within the boundary of constitution.
Even during political crisis which engulfed Arunachal Pradesh, many thought Mukherjee
because of his long association with Congress will be sympathetic to the grand old
party. But he acted as per the laid down norms and signed the order of imposing president
rule in the state based on the recommendation of the govt of India. Keeping decades-long
party affiliations aside, Pranab Mukherjee also came down hard on the Opposition
over the continued logjam during the 2016 Winter Session of Parliament. The Congress,
Trinamool Congress (TMC), Samajwadi Party, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the
Left parties had come together to demand a debate on demonetisation under a rule
that entailed voting. The government agreed to a debate, but was unwilling to vote
on it. More recently, President Pranab Mukherjee spoke unequivocally against the
mob violence. Hopefully president elect Ram Nath Kovind will follow the same path
and be true president of every Indian.
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Myanmar: India’s gateway to the East
When Indian and Chinese troops are continued stand-off near Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction,
India rolled out the red carpet for Myanmar military chief Senior-General Min Aung
Hlaing, who was recently visiting India. India has been concerned for long from the
cross border activities of North-East insurgent groups that taking shelter in Myanmar.
India also worried about China’s aggressive sway over Myanmar’s peace process. On
the other hand they kept providing shelter, aid and weapons to NSCN-K, who is fighting
for independence of Nagaland for decades from Sagaing region of North West Myanmar.
The recent attack on pilgrimage of Amarnath yatra at Anantnag is a cowardly act supported
by another unfriendly neighbour. Whirlpool violence in unrest Kashmir is caused by
propaganda, falsification of non state terror. The increased incidence of drug abuse
and unemployment in the valley are committed by radical Islamic terrorist. Despite
all a closer relationship between Burma and India is not in China’s interest.
Myanmar is India’s strategic neighbours that share a 1,640-km-long border of India’s
north eastern states. It has significance from various angles as the only member
states of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) with which have a common
border. New Delhi's backing the military junta clouded the relation between the two
neighbours. Now Myanmar looks to India for bilateral defence and security cooperation.
They now review check in balance on strategic dependence only on China. New Delhi
is closely watching this opportunity which was dominated by China and Pakistan. PM
Modi took up India's foreign policy on Myanmar from where his predecessor Manmohan
Singh had left. Myanmar is rich in energy and natural resources. India is yet to
exploit its geographical proximity with Myanmar to the fullest. The annual trade
between the two countries is minimal. And Russia provides training to Myanmar Army
Officers. In June 2015, Indian army carried out operation near Indo-Myanmar border
against NSCN (K). Is ULFA (I) in real trouble after NIA charge sheeted them recently?
India is eyeing against counter insurgency operation and sharing intelligence on
Islamic insurgents in Bangladesh- Myanmar border.
Myanmar is a key pillar of India’s Act east policy. Both the countries have shared
history of colonisation by the British. Ahom are the descendants of the ethnic Tai
people of Burma that ruled for six centuries. Myanmar also attached from the time
of Buddha. It was said that the Chinese were exploiting Myanmar's own resources.
Myanmar has finally realised after New Delhi kept distance from China’s One Belt
One Road (OBOR) Initiative, which hampered India’s sovereignty from the China-Pakistan
Economic Corridor. OBOR is now renamed as ‘Belt and Road Initiative' (BRI). India
just cannot accept that ignores its core concerns on sovereignty and territorial
integrity. Asia's third largest economy India has one of the world's busiest shipping
lanes in the Indian Ocean.
Delhi is already upset over China's refusal to allow it entry into the Nuclear Suppliers
Group (NSG) and refusing to block UN sanction on Masood Azhar, the Pakistan-based
head of terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed. India is ready for intervening Chinese strategic
inroads by expanding defence cooperation with ASEAN countries. India has already
started dealing of military arms and equipments to Myanmar. Indian army speeds up
cooperation with Myanmar Army for patrolling of porous long border. Also Indian Navy
warships undertake bilateral maritime boundary.
OBOR initiative is expected to cement China's dominance over Asia in coming decades.
To counteract, India is trying to develop railway connectivity with Bangladesh, Bhutan,
Myanmar and Nepal. BCIM (Bangladesh, China, India, Myanmar) Economic Corridor has
just revived for consultation and academics. Beyond commanders meet and diplomatic
talks, the General took time to visit the centre of Buddhist world Bodhgaya and placed
keen interest on successful co-operative movement of Amul Dairy and Tata’s world
cheapest car project Nano. It is high time that the two countries shed their past
in a fresh ambience and strive for a better future. New Delhi needs to get closer
to Nay Pi Taw to plug the loopholes as it has done successfully with Bhutan and Bangladesh.
Myanmar is not just a little corridor for trade but a gateway to the South East Asian
countries in the future. Is that India’s answer to China’s OBOR?
A letter to the Chief Minister
Recently I read regarding our Civil Secretariat to be fully Wi-Fied, first of its
kind in the whole nation and your live-stream declaration of bringing Itanagar under
top 50 cleanest city of India from bottom. Daily you launch some new scheme and talk
lot about technology to tackle the development of the state. You clearly speak against
the corruption and ill practices in the state and that’s highly appeasing. The respect
and support for your govt. is sky touching while reading your acclamation or declaration
on papers daily.
The clandestine admiration turns into dissatisfaction and sorrow as soon as one happens
to walk, drive or travel trough the capital city and other parts of the state. The
condition of the state capital proves all your achievements wrong and subtle.
We have only one highway connecting the twin cities. Here, a visitor faces crescendo,
dwindling structures, pot-holes, layers of stinking garbage, unorganized buildings
and ruptured roads all around. Problems of electricity water are prevalent in almost
every colonies of the city. The condition of remote areas can be easily gauged by
the condition of capital itself by any visitor.
As a concerned citizen, I wonder what your ministers are doing regarding all these
basic issues. Don’t the ministers feel the way we feel? Every day 99% of your ministers
and leaders drive in and out of this lone highway. The road side dumped garbage has
become the centre of attraction for all.
I wonder whether the authority realizes the sudden upsurge in crime and social imbalances.
I wonder whether they debate on our state’s poor literacy rate, poor medical facility
and quality of life.
To be frank and to be true, most of the properties of the city belong to political
leaders and bureaucrats. Most of the lavish vehicles honking for way even on the
congested road belong to them.
All of us have travelled between Itanagar and Naharlagun at night. Wonder what will
happen if your car stops midway between the twin cities during a dark cloudy night.
You will see no sight of light out there. The whole road lurks in darkness as soon
as the sun sets. Not even a single electric pole has electricity connection in it.
It’s so risky to travel at night. That part of road needs modification, rectification
and electrification. It’s so shameful that we are unable to maintain the only highway
of the state.
Technological fitness is necessary but structural and administrative fitness is much
more vital for a remote state like ours.
A concerned citizen
Nursing students in Karnataka
It was highlighted in the media that nursing students pursuing their courses in and
around Karnataka state couldn’t be employed outside the state of Karnataka.
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to highlight the agony of nursing students
pursuing various courses in Karnataka and at the same time appeal honourable CM and
the state govt to kindly look into the matter and help the suffering students.
So it’s my earnest appeal to our state and the centre to initiate necessary course
of action in favour of suffering Students as their careers are at stake.
Rinchin P Dingla,
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