---- Editorial ----
Mushrooming of private university is a threat
The mushrooming of private universities in the state has worried everyone. At present
there are 8 private universities in Arunachal. As per the govt. data during the previous
academic session, 1292 tribal students passed out from these universities. Increasingly
these private universities are becoming degree churning machines. Though every year
thousands of students pass out but there is huge question mark over quality.
Most of the private universities operating in the state do not have proper infrastructure
of their own and are operating from the rented accommodations. They are operating
in complete violation of the UG guidelines. Unfortunately state government in particularly
education department has failed to curb their illegal activities. Politicians in
lure of some short term benefit ensure the passing of private university bills in
the floor of assembly. Therefore it came as big surprise when Kameng Professional
and Technical University Bill moved by the Education Minister could not be passed
in assembly on Thursday. Several members of the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly
raised questions and expressed concern over credential of the private organization
sponsoring the university. Hope politicians will take more such action to save Arunachal
from potential disaster. The opening of so many private universities without following
proper guidelines poses serious threat to the future of state.
---- Readers Forum ----
Distance between kabristan and smashan
Uttar Pradesh elections have been a do or die exercise for the ruling parties at
the state and centre. Both have unleashed their ghosts from the hell for hitting
each other. The country witnessed a new alliance coming into existence which nobody
thought would ever be possible. The alliance of two vibrant young men from U.P. made
the political pundits dig deeper into their horoscopes for the miracles that might
happen their way. But nothing could be predicted about the Prime Minister. He knows
where to hit and how. Whatever, the elections in Uttar Pradesh would walk down to
the pages of the history for the way how the leaders made a big fool of the electorate.
Never have we had such rhetoric coming from the elected representatives of the country.
Everybody on the fray played their role well, the role to befool the people. Leaders
sky dropped from the helicopters could see only kabristan (graveyard) and smashan
(cremation ground) on the ground. For them the difficult task was to cover the distance
between a graveyard and a cremation ground. The places where the dead are disposed
were more important than the problems of the living. Interestingly, development and
the issues concerning to it were either deliberately buried or cremated and everybody
felt comfortable to count the distance between the graveyards and cremation grounds.
Supreme Court, in its observation made it clear to all the parties that religion,
caste and such polarizing topics be set aside during the campaign.
While Narendra Modi, the politician known for his oratorical skills broke open the
graveyards, Akhilesh to counter his kabristan ride brought donkeys from Gujarat and
comfortably had them walked on the streets of Uttar Pradesh. It seemed the prime
minister deliberately wanted his “kabristan” jibe go deeper into the sentiments of
some sections of the society and make a larger divide between the prominent religions
in the state, a deliberate polarization through his magic of words couched as an
appeal against discrimination, probably walking in line with the hardliners at the
bottom. The country heard and witnessed the prime minister making the analogy with
an unscrupulous sarcasm. What seems to be the reality emerging behind this rhetoric
is the BJP’s realization of consolidating the support of the majority in the state
could only be the way through which they could win the much complicated minds of
a huge electorate. The state which is already divided in the name of castes seemed
to have gone for a more convenient option by dividing it in the name of religion.
We can forget Ram and Ayodhya, the political elite know for sure that Ram is not
interested in politics and forgotten for ever but the mandir still makes a grin in
their manifesto. Power to politicize everything and politicize power could be the
right definition of democracy. A call to incite the ignorant mass to mob around
and slit the throat of their neighbors in the name of religion could be the most
convenient tactics to grab votes. Let the walls of the graveyards break open and
new headless ghosts of ideas come out with plans to connect kabristan and smashan
, they will only decide the winner of this ‘Demo-crazy’ Let us once again forgive
them because we don’t want to slice this country again.
Through the column of your esteem daily, I would like to urge Directorate of Elementary
Education to display the OMR sheet and the Answer Key of recently held APTET Exam
2016 on APTET official website as practiced by the CTET.
May Holi inspire us all
Holi, the festival of eternal colours represents the victory of moral rights and
virtue over evil deeds and spirits, negativities and our evil thoughts. Socio-culturally
as well as morally, it is binding spirit of our life to move beyond obstacles and
pain to realize the true joys of our life that we often forget to identify and celebrate.
Holi is an inspiration for me to rise above my limitations and find my inner connection
to the universe. It inspires me to leave behind the negativities in life and win
over obstacles in life. This Holi, I have resolved to push myself behind my limits
to defeat any procrastination and march forward no matter what comes in life good
or bad. May Holi inspire all of us to celebrate the hidden wisdom, wide spectrum
of the colors of true life to guide us to the path of peace, prosperity and stability.
Saikat Kumar Basu,
Let wisdom prevail
When any Indian politician talks about bringing substantial and inclusive progress
of the people and country, don't get swayed because, the superficial talks and activities
have been going on for the last 69 years since getting independence but, it continues
to be in state of huge confusion and simmering turmoil.
Bringing inclusive and meritorious progress of the country needs nothing less than
framing and enforcement of a new Constitution altogether, and we are yet to hear
that from any political party or leader till date.
Hope deep and truthful wisdom shall prevail in the long run for realistic and holistic
progress of India.
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