---- Editorial ----
The opposition parties led by Congress today nominated former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira
Kumar as its candidate for President against the BJP's nominee, Ram Nath Kovind.
As expected, the opposition has turned the presidential election into a Dalit vs
Dalit contest. Meira Kumar is dalit from Bihar and is daughter of freedom fight Jagjivan
Ram. Immediately after declaration of candidate RJD leader Lalu Yadav appealed to
his partner and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to change his mind on supporting
the BJP's nominee. Nitish has earlier decided to extend support to BJP nominee Ram
The BJP and allies have well over 60 per cent of the vote with the support of several
regional parties including both factions of the AIADMK, but the opposition parties
say a contest will symbolize "a battle of ideologies". There is nothing wrong in
opposition move to put up a fight but trying to make it dalit vs dalit battle is
kind of ugly and do not augur well for the nation. The presidential candidates should
be selected based on potential and not on caste or religious basis. As the world
is marching ahead India still seems to be caught in caste and religious politics.
It is unfortunate that election to the prestigious post of the president of India
has been limited to a caste battle. Both ruling as well as opposition parties are
to be blamed for it.
---- Readers Forum ----
Written Examination of Fishery Officer/Extension Officer scheduled on 22nd and 23rd
July 2017 is colliding with UPSC Assistant Commandant Exam 2017 (Group A) which is
being held on 23rd July 2017.
I would like to mention that maximum age limit for Assistant Commandant is 25 years
which means that there is limited chance. Please don’t take away such chance. Before
advertising any written Exam date, please cross-check if exam is colliding with UPSC
Therefore, I would like to ask APPSC to change the Fishery Officer/Extension Officer
We have been brainwashed for centuries into believing that Dalits are less eligible
than others when it comes to non-menial jobs. This has created a Dalit stereotype
in our mindset. Such prejudices make us raise doubts about the eligibility of a person
for a high post when she/ he happen to be a Dalit. To break free from such myths
and prejudices, we need more and more Dalits at the top of our administration.
Arunachal Pradesh is popularly known as land of rising Sun; however, very few travellers
have ventured in this mystic place to explore its un-paralleled bio-diversity. Arunachal
Pradesh lies in the extreme of India and is characterised with undulating mountains
with the mighty Brahmaputra cutting across and giving birth to such pristine bio-diversity
that it is considered as the 3rd most bio-diverse regions in the world.
Dibang Valley is second largest bio-diverse in India. Much of the Mishimi Hills falls
under the Dibang Valley district of Arunachal Pradesh. The Dibang valley district
is named after the Dibang River- one of the key tributaries of the Brahmaputra River.
The Dibang originates in Tibet (China) and flows through the length of valley in
a north-south direction.
There is a plenty of tourism potential in Dibang Valley in terms of incredible natural
beauty of picturesque hills, uncounted waterfalls, numerous natural lakes, snow-clad
mountain as well as huge numbers of flora and fauna. Besides, it has unique culture
and tradition of inhabitant Mishimi (Idu) tribe.
Significantly, Mishmi hills is known for trekking, river rafting, hiking, mountain
biking, cycling, rappelling, quad biking, paragliding, river crossing, mountaineering.
Additionally, there are about 6000 plants species, more than 100 mammal species and
about 700 birds’ species including the endangered Red Panda, Royal Bengal Tiger,
Paris polyphella and Gibbon.
There are also a large number of butterflies and other insects. Temperate conifers,
sub-alpine woody shrub, alpine meadows, bamboos and grassland are found in this region.
There is scope for cultural tourism and promotion of rich handloom and handicraft
with colourful festivals and dances during the Reh and Keh-Meh-Ha.
The main focus should be to strengthen the infrastructure like road communication
and transportation which is one of the impediments of growth of tourism in the state
as well as district.
It is high time for govt not to focus on some particular areas. Instead govt should
think beyond selected places as whole Arunachal has a huge tourism potential.
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