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Focus on long term solution
Days after eight farmers was killed in a violent protest in Madhya Pradesh, the Maharashtra
government today announced loan waiver for farmers after eleven days of protests
in the state. The angry farmers had dumped excess dairy and vegetables on the roads
to register their protest against a lack of fair price for their produce. Fearing
Madhya Pradesh like situation, government buckled under pressure and agreed to the
demands of farmers. This move by Maharasthra government might open up door for other
farmers to seek similar concession from their respective governments. At present
several parts of India are in the grip of an agrarian crisis.
One of the main reasons for it is cumulative effect of bad monsoons. Farmers in many
parts of India are still dependent on the annual rains which were deficient (by double
digit rates) in both 2014 and 2015; 2016 was a good year, though. In India, agriculture
remains highly regulated, with inadequate linkages to markets, and opaque and unscientific
pricing. And farmers lack access to and expertise in risk management tools and modern
techniques. Many of them are using age old farming technique which is no longer productive.
There is growing chorus for waiver of agricultural loans. Apart from being an effective
political weapon, waivers promise instant relief to farmers. But loan waiver is believed
to be bad idea as it punish farmers who have been diligent with repayments and encourage
all sorts of wrong behaviour-lax credit discipline and the use of borrowed funds
for non-agricultural purposes. Instead money waived could be invested for creating
infrastructure that makes farmers independent of cartel of traders and help them
to reap maximum economic benefit of their produce. Government should focus on long
term plan to help farmers. Short term solution like loan waiver will not help their
cause in the long run.
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Spare IG Park
This letter is to draw the attention of concerned authorities towards ill effects
of installing melas and other commercial events at IG park.
Indira Gandhi Park is only place in Itanagar which gives us a breathing space. People
come here to do regular exercise. In fact, IG PARK is doctor for many. Many diseases
are prevented because of activities we do in IG Park. Why the concerned authority
is intentionally making us sick for the sake of some penny! The vehicles that ply
in IG Park is releasing smoke in a large amount which is very bad for our health.
I request the concerned authorities to refrain from allowing any such commercial
events at IG Park. Only selected state and national festival should be allowed. Provide
other space for commercial events. Even if commercial events are held, do not allow
vehicles to ply inside IG park. There are enough parking spaces outside IG Park.
Although commercial event fetches revenue for the state but it comes at the cost
of our health. How come money is above one's health?
Where the mind is without fear
This is in response to your editorial, "Media under attack" (June 6). Tagore had
aptly given words to people's aspiration to live in a country ~ "Where the mind is
without fear and the head is held high.
It is because of this very aspiration no dictatorship, even the dictatorship of
the proletariat, could survive. Now, people all over the world want to have democracy
as the lifeblood of their nation. And this life blood needs for its survival, constant
supply of free and fresh air in an environment, where knowledge is free.
CBI raids on NDTV
In the democracy, everyone is answerable to the Government. For any perceived misdeeds
or infringement of laws by any persons or business houses, the Government usually
deploys its competent agencies for the right investigation. It comes under the fundamental
norms of the constitution that one is not above the laws. So constitutionally laid
down rules and regulations are equal for all.
But one is quite surprised why a certain media groups and journalists are going all
out to lambast the government when the CBI recently raided the house of the executive
co-chairperson of NDTV Prannoy Roy. Please note, every day a number of such raids
are carried out across the country but why are uproars only when it is against a
certain media? How could we guarantee that the media in question is a holy cow?
Yes, this current crackdown against NDTV is pertaining to Rs 48 crore clear default
on a loan provided by ICICI bank against which CBI has filed the FIR on the basis
of the relentless complaint by Sanjay Dutta who himself was one of the shareholders
of this media company. Mr. Dutta alleged that NDTV and its promoters have violated
a number of laws. A renowned journalist and former Editor of ‘The Hindu’ Ms. Malini
Parthasarathy aptly quipped ‘NDTV should allow a probe & not retreat behind the shield
of press freedom which is too weighty a concept to be invoked for personal issues.’
The erstwhile vibrant media that never loses its steam to dress down the Government
and political leaders for any irregularities and that claims that all political leaders
must be subject to a close scrutiny of the media, the fourth pillar of the democracy,
should now fully cooperate the investigating agencies. They should not play the
victim card and blame the government. Or else, this will only set a wrong precedent
that might result in the weakening the governance body by subsequently increasing
the monopoly power of a few corporate giants and the elite groups who well know how
to score their self-centered goals and agendas.
Particularly, in view of the open glorification and warm embraces extended to some
“azadi factions” by NDTV and the like it is too essential that the government should
be extra careful so that the integrity and sovereignty of the country is not disturbed.
Very frankly speaking, is it not pretty hard to trust NDTV which with impunity aided
and abetted a quirky and anarchist - Kanhaiya Kumar and such others … of JNU while
downplaying hardships and sacrifices of the army jawans? How could the subversive
elements be praised as “heroes” of the country, some stone-pelters as lovable “misled
youths”, while ones who guard the country along the hostile and icy POK borders as
double zeros? It is very important now that the government must sit up and watch
the postures and bearing of a certain media before the security system, mutual co-existences
among diverse communities, and the administrative setups of the nation get destabilized.
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