---- Editorial ----
Intolerance on the rise
President Pranab Mukherjee has spoken out in right time by calling for free thinking
in university campuses and that universities must engage in reasoned discussion and
debate rather than propagating a culture of unrest. The president's call for right
to dissent comes at a time when there is heated debate going on over nationalism
issue. Students belonging to BJP-RSS backed ABVP and left backed AISA recently clashed
at Ramjas College over differences of ideology. The issue has not boiled down yet
and still both the parties are engaged in holding counter rallies in Delhi to present
their side of view.
Unfortunately daughter of Kargil martyr and a 20 year student of DU who took stand
against ABVP were issued death and rape threats. Ministers of ruling BJP and its
MP abused and trolled her in social networking site. She is reportedly being still
hounded and several fake videos and photos of her have surfaced in social media with
the motive of defaming her. Sangh Parivar and its associate members are targeting
her viciously and are trying to send a message that anyone who criticizes them will
face same consequence. This is deeply scary and is against the spirit of democracy.
One RSS leader event announced Rs 1 crore to those who behead Kerala Chief Minister
Pinarayi Vijayan. India has never seen such kind of intolerance in the past. The
present BJP regime is not willing to accept any kind of criticism. Anyone who opposes
them is declared as anti-national. This poses serious threat to the democratic values
that have guided this nation since independence. The rise in intolerance does not
augur well for the Indian democracy.
---- Readers Forum ----
Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics --- What a brilliant shield so as to sweep all the
ills of alarming poverty, hunger, malnutrition and illiteracy under the carpet of
jargon like “GDP growth"!
But this is the story of whose "growth"? That of the elite immersed in the luxury
of Bullet trains, Mars orbit, gigantic statues and Yoga on Rajpath or of the billions
of have-not leading a hell-like existence in this "ever-growing" county whose children
fell in the prey of traffickers or work as child labourer?
Why don't the "powerful hard workers" try to "prove" the "Harvards" "wrong" by eradicating
the social ills plaguing the hapless billions and improve India's dismal ranking
in all international social and human development indexes which really matter?
Disgraceful is that society where far drawing inspiration from the welfare economics
as professed by Amartya Sen; the noble humanitarian gets barbarically abused by the
Who's Who of the nation for his "sin" of speaking in favour of secularism and the
uplift of the downtrodden!
A clarification on Siang district headquarters
It is to inform you that the headquarter of newly created Siang district was notified
undemocratically vide government notification dated 24. 11. 2014 at the wills and
whims of the representative of 35 Pangin constituency without taking in to the consideration
of the general interest of the public of Siang district. Aggrieved by the notification,
the public of Siang district protested the government notification under the aegis
of Siang District Headquarter Demand Committee demanding the state government to
roll back its notification dated 24. 11. 2017 and to re - notify the headquarters
in the general interest of the public of Siang district.
Subsequently, a writ petition was filed being WP(C) 470 (AP) 2014 (Shri Tabiram Tatin
& Others Versus The State of A.P & Others).
While hearing the writ petition, the Hon'ble Gauhati High Court was pleased to dispose
off the case vide order dated 10. 3. 2016 with a direction to the state respondents
to dispose of the representation dated 30. 11. 2014 filed by the General Secretary,
Siang District Headquarter Demand Committee. Accordingly the Chief Secretary by its
speaking order dated 16. 12. 2016 disposed the representation dated 30.11. 2014 filed
by the General Secretary, Siang District Headquarter Demand Committee on following
1. Constitution of an Independent High Level Expert Committee to verify the claims
and counter claims of two sets of people from Pangin and Boleng area. The expert
committee shall undertake field visits, hold discussions with all stake holders.
2. Status quo to be maintained in regard to the notification dated 24.11. 2014 till
the submission of report by the expert committee.
3. Major decisions for district headquarter related infrastructure development at
both Pangin and Boleng area may be halted temporarily till a final decision is taken.
That adhering to the order dated 16. 12. 2016, the Siang District Headquarter Demand
Committee has suspended its movement and agitation till a final decision is taken
by the state government in the larger interest of the general public of Siang district.
But on the other hand it is found that, a committee under the name and style of Siang
District Headquarter Welfare Committee is resorting to bandh calls in anticipation
of government decision by breaching public peace and tranquility. The Siang District
Headquarter Welfare Committee vehemently condemn the statement of Spokesperson, Siang
District Headquarter Welfare Committee wherein he has stated that Pema Khandu, Hon'ble
C.M and Tamiyo Taga, Hon'ble Minister, Power, Industry, Handicraft, Textile and Handlooms
is trying to re - notify the earlier notification. Further he also went on to allege
that Pema Khandu and Tamiyo Taga are trying to divide the society by using divide
and rule policy.
The Siang District Headquarter Demand Committee in its highest form appreciate the
present government for constituting an Independent High Level Expert Committee to
verify a suitable and feasible location for establishment of permanent headquarter
of Siang district in the larger interest of the public of Siang district. As such
in present situation the allegation made by the Siang District Headquarter Development
Committee against Pema Khandu and Tamiyo Taga is totally baseless as the government
has nothing to do with the re - notification of the earlier notification. The Independent
High Level Expert Committee is the outcome of Hon'ble Gauhati High Court's orders
dated 10.03. 2016.
Further, it is to be brought to your knowledge that the bandh call was participated
and supported only by Rotgong Banggo of Siang district for the interest of a particular
area. There are total eight banggos in Siang District out of which seven did not
supported and participated in the bandh call. It is to be mentioned herein that Rotgong
Banggo comprises of only 8 to 10 percent (Approx) in population and area of whole
Siang district. Therefore in order to mislead and manipulate the government and public
as well, they have stated that their bandh call was supported by Siang District Students
Union, ABK Siting Unit and ABK Women Wing but the fact is otherwise, none of the
organization neither supported nor participated in their bandh call.
Siang District Headquarter Demand Committee strongly feels that, the general interest
of the public of Siang district should not be compromised with the interest of a
particular and specific area of the district. We firmly believe that the present
government under the dynamic leadership of Pema Khandu has the good wisdom to judge
and equate the ground reality and won't be misguided by act of some few sections
of Siang district for their personal interest. We also hope that the present government
shall be just enough to take genuine decision considering the majority demands of
the public of Siang district thereby adhering to the true principle of democracy.
Therefore, in view of the above, the Siang District Headquarter Demand Committee
fervently request a final decision as per the recommendation of the Independent High
Level Expert Committee in regards to the government notification dated 24.11. 2014
considering the general interest of the public of Siang district.
Siang District Headquarter Demand Committee
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