---- Editorial ----
Better be prepared for monsoon
As the monsoon fury gets unleashed it is starting to create havoc in the state. One
school going student was killed in a landslide at Chimpu on Monday. Heavy landslide
also caused massive disruption of road communication in West Kameng district. Every
year during monsoon season landslide leads to large scale destruction. Road communication
are snapped, power and water supply gets destroyed. Capital complex has been facing
water crisis because of damages caused to water pipelines by heavy rainfall. Deaths
are also reported during this part of the year. But strangely government does not
seem to learn any lesson out of it.
Most of the disasters that strike state during monsoon are manmade. Landslides in
human inhabited areas usually take place due to erratic earth cutting done by the
people. In capital region rampant earth cutting along the highway and sector road
are the main cause of landslide. District administration miserably fails to take
any action against those individuals who cause destruction because of illegal earth
cutting. They issue notice after notice but hardly initiate any action against the
rule breakers. In order to minimize incidents during monsoon, the district administrations
will have to be on their toes. Before the onset of monsoon proper survey should be
carried out to identify the landslide and flood prone areas. Also wide publicity
should be done to educate public regarding safety measures that need to be adopted
---- Readers Forum ----
Yoga and healthy life
With the UN declaring 21st June as International Yoga Day, Yoga seems to have gone
beyond the newspaper headlines, penetrating into the lives of millions of people
across the globe despite their age, caste, creed and religion. The ancient wellness
science propagated by our country seems to have been gaining popularity everywhere
as the number of yoga practitioners swells in multitudes. A philosophy propounded
by MaharshiPatanjali in the days of yore has become a wellness mantra for young and
old alike. Nothing seems to have had gained as much popularity as that of yoga in
the whole world in these days. Survival of any philosophy depends on its applicability.
Though Yoga is sometimes identified as Asanas or mere physical exercises in our limited
understanding, a thorough study of the Yoga philosophy takes us to the realm of a
greater knowledge of social reformation through the disciplining of the self. Yoga,
which literally means to unite, categorically teaches us to bind or attach the individual
soul with the supreme universal soul. When a world which we perceive through our
five sense organs remains outside, there is a world which is inside and the one we
are unable to perceive by opening our sense organs. The yoga philosophy catches this
aspect of perceiving the internal and external worlds that affect our behavioral
tendencies all the way and also guides us to connect or unite the individual self
with the universal self.
Caught up in a sea of turbulence, people in all parts of the world seem to be looking
for a mechanism that can help them come out of the stressful situations of the day
to day life. The Indian Yogic tradition, as they see it, attributes perception to
the mind, conceptualization to the intellect and illumination to the self and the
body taking the role of a tool to materialize this body mind intellect alignment.
With human being as the basic component of the making of every society, the practice
of Yoga makes him realize his importance in the universal cosmic creation. MaharshiPatanjali
espouses the need of giving complete attention to the body, mind and the soul for
the realization of the supreme reality. As per the yoga tradition, when a person’s
mind, intellect and spirit is under control and free from restlessness he is in communion
with God. According to MaharshiPatanjali, one who follows the eight limbs of Yoga
or AshtangaYoga as it is popularly known will definitely be able to experience the
ultimate spiritual stage of supreme-consciousness. In other words, Yoga is the process
of training the mind from its unwanted wavering and focusing it towards one particular
aspect of experiencing the transcendental tranquility within. Eight limbs or steps
of Yoga open eight doors in front of us through which a sincere practitioner can
reach the goal of supreme realization. They consist of Yama- the universal moral
principles, Niyama-self purification by discipline, Asana-postures of the body, Pranayama-proper
breathing, Pratyahara- withdrawal of mind from the domination of sense organs, Dharana-
concentration, Dhyana- Meditation and Samadhi- the state of super-consciousness.
The whole theme could further be defined in a manner in which it actually acts. That
Yoga is the process of fulfilling the social responsibilities of a person by following
certain universal moral principles through self purification and discipline. In this
process his body acts as a tool to perform his actions and he keeps it healthy through
asanas or good physical postures and controls his mind by withdrawing his senses
from unwanted external activities and proper breathing techniques which lead him
to have tremendous concentration and the same leads him to supreme realization. Thus
proper practice of Yoga helps a practitioner to move beyond the petty concepts of
life and help understand it from a greater level of consciousness. Starting from
the womb, the life journey of a person is a journey back to his creator. The Yoga
philosophy describes it as a coordinated effort of the body, mind, intellect and
soul of a person, which enables the journey a comfortable one.
When the world advances with science and modern technology, man seems to be falling
back with his baggage of stress and distress and unable to cater his responsibilities
well enough to live a peaceful life. Since Yoga being an efficient system of controlling
the body and mind of a person, the practitioner himself is undergoing a self purifying
process through which he remains calm and composed and healthy throughout the day.
Though the yogic way of life has its origin in India, its existence seems to have
gone beyond the boundaries of all religious theories, making it more universal, a
principle and practice that everybody despite their religious affiliations can follow.
Thus Yoga brings us a new hope in a world tattered of troubles and terrible consternations.
Water scarcity in Itanagar
Via this reputed daily, We would like to draw the attention of the Public Health
Engineering Department (PHED) and Water Supply, Poma/Itanagar with regard to continues
failure to supply sufficient water to the public of Capital Complex.
It has been noticed since few weeks, the department concerned has failed even to
provide minimal water requirement to the public.
Itanagarhas always been facing scarcity of water whenever it rains. There is no solution
in the hands of engineers except blaming that the tank has been hit by water, landslide
took place etc. Blaming the season for the failure is not an engineering thing but
responding to the challenges is what engineering is about.
Blaming is a child’s play. Since the authority know the topography of sites and are
well acquainted with rainy season that comes every year and amounts of affect it
would result, did they erect a strong permanent structure and were the BBS, IS Code,
design criteria followed during construction taking into consideration the extreme
outcome of heavy rain? Or like always, did they rely on Masons for construction?
The public would like the department to seek solution at the earliest for the betterment
of public and for the reputation of your work.
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