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Assam violence: Struggle for survival

The governments of India and Bangladesh are squarely responsible for the ongoing ethnic violence that has taken a communal dimension in the western districts of Assam.  The Indian government has kept the north-eastern borders of India with Bangladesh and other countries porous allowing drones of illegal immigrants to come and settle down in Assam and other states. 

Bangladesh government’s lack of concern has driven its poor and hungry people to migrate to India in search of livelihood.  Bangladesh is a backward country and India, though a more developed country, has its own share of problems like population, poverty and unemployment. The influx and settlement of Bangladeshi migrants in the backward areas of Assam has put enormous pressure on the limited local resources.  The ensuing violence is actually a struggle for survival amongst the deprived and poverty stricken groups. 

It is unfortunate that the problem was never addressed to by the state government. The situation has been allowed to deteriorate to such an extent that the struggling groups of people instead of facing the challenges of life together are baying for each other’s blood and paying with their life and limb.  Restoring peace should be the first priority of the government, then it could systematically address all dimensions of the problem and bring development in conjunction with the state government.

The Opposition parties should not try to fish in the troubled waters.  They are expected to join hands with the government to put an immediate end to the hostilities.  Any further mishandling of the situation and escalation would lead to more deaths and destruction. 

Such discontent, violence and unrest will prove to be a breeding ground for separatist and Jihadi outfits. It is time to act collectively and quickly.


No dialogue

Any other country in our situation would have taught a lesson to the sponsors of terrorism across the border long ago by striking at the sheltering and training centres. Inspite of the list of Pakistan-based terrorists involved in the Mumbai attacks being handed over to Pakistan, the Pakistan establishment has not recognised the proofs sent by India, forget about arresting the named terrorist handlers. Our politicians give a shameless smile whenever any dialogue is held with Pakistan leaders.

The result of such talks has always been deceptive and destructive. Pakistan is determined not to take any action against those who handled such terrorists attacks from Pakistan. In such a situation, India should not agree to a dialogue with Pakistan unless some concrete step is taken on their part to stop terror activities from their soil. Prime Ministers of this great country address the nation from a bullet proof box. But never think who would save the lives of the innocent men, women and children listening to their speeches.


Aamir’s TV foray

The questions and issues that Aamir Khan has raised in his TV programme ‘Satyamav Jayate’ which has stirred a kind of a social awakening should have actually been raised by social activists and NGOs. Anyhow, the best we can do now is to turn his 13 episodes into a book to be published in every language of India. This book should be published in two editions, library and paperback. Paper back edition should be sold at a subsidised rate and should be printed for mass circulation. The Sociology Department of universities can consider adding this book to regular courses.


Being human

The huge rush of patients is the basic cause of inadequate attention or neglect of patients, irrespective of high-level expert medical care available at PGI. Deaths and treatment of grievous injuries and diseases are a routine affair at the PGI. It is but natural for doctors to become insensitive to these incidents. But a stage has come when many of the resident doctors (not the senior faculty) consider themselves as demi Gods.

The strength of doctors should be increased at PGI and another big referral hospital should be set up nearby. The PGI can temporarily tie up with some private hospitals in the region where patients shirk going because of crass commercialisation over there. Till that time, there is an urgent need of attitudinal change on the part of doctors to empathise with and regularly consult and advice patients and their attendants about the level of treatment vis-a-vis their health condition. Possibly some counselling centres can also be set up to guide the patients and listen to their pleadings. The tragic death of a teenager who lost her life because of the apathy of the doctors brings to fore the inhuman attitude of the doctors at the PGI.

Tejinder Singh Kalra, Mohali

No holiday party!

The entry of Nasima Mirza, mother of tennis player Sania Mirza, who was first designated as coach of the team and then made the manager at the last minute fails to convince us why a professional manager was not arranged. After all, the London visit is not akin to a holiday party.

It was very shocking to read in the editorial “London Olympics” (July 13) that 166 Indian politicians, bureaucrats and sports officials visited Beijing Olympics last time. The total cost incurred was Rs 2 crore and yet it failed to serve any useful purpose. Thank God, the list was pruned down from 166 to 10 this time around.




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