Yesterday, Amar Ujala published a very graphic image of a woman surviving a Guldar attack (similar to a leopard). The image with open wounds was part of a front page report. The incident took place in Barkot/Naugaon, Uttarkashi. The woman was attacked when she ventured into forest to collect fodder for cattle.
The picture was inappropriate for two reasons. One, obviously is the graphic and gory nature; other, relates to the perception.
The image strengthens a particular perception, which sees animal as the villain in the man-animal conflict.
A perception which surely is not correct. Actually it's the humans who are entering the already shrinking wild habitats. The Newspaper could easily have avoided it.
Farmers out there will feel particularly happy by looking at this clip of a 572 kilograms pumpkin. Uttarakhandites whose forefathers were farmers will surely feel some connect. I've seen many farmers from Uttarakhand displaying their priced harvest in Trade shows. Note that they have placed the growing pumpkin on a bed of sand and the entire vine along with the fruit inside an enclosure:
The idea of celebrating Dusshera near Kedarnath shrine in Uttarakhand and paying singer Kailash Kher Rs. 3 crores for the event was certainly a bad idea.
Not from the "event perspective", as crores of Rupees are being spent everyday by political parties on such marketing events. With each passing day, the spends are becoming more lavish and grand. Not to mention, the political parties in power and in favor have deeper pockets as well.
The idea was bad, because such events even on the name of tourism are untenable.
Untenable because they are taking place in Eco-sensitive Zones.
As per the latest news, the Government is allowing minimal mining licenses in eco-sensitive zones as well.
I think everyone has forgot sustained development. Uttarakhand is an eco-sensitive state. One cannot be that callous about fragile ecosystem here.
Going through the reportage of the Civil Clerk of Garhwal Rifles caught red-handed taking bribe, yesterday and today, raises one basic response.
The reportage must go beyond "Civil Clerk" of Garhwal Rifles caught red-handed taking Bribe.
A major daily of the State with top readership, is presenting a picture as if the person, the "Civil Clerk" is the only one who may be benefiting, if he is benefiting, from the act of taking bribe. The Newspaper is telling the readers everything right from the amount of bribe taken, number of residences the man owns, the Fixed deposits the man has, the money deposited under Monthly Income Scheme, the cash recovered by the CBI team from his residence in Lancedown, his other residences in Dehradun and elsewhere and blah-blah blah... Except for one thing. Who else may have links in this scandal.
The newspaper seems to have more intent to emphasize on the word "Civil".
This can be understood. Particularly during these days of patriotism and Olive shades. But one question which every reader must ask to self is: If the Bribery allegations are true, then can this person be the one single point of bribe entry? Can he be the single beneficiary?
The question is important, as a clerk in employment with Army, reported being caught red-handed taking a bribe of Rs. 4 Lakhs is not a small thing. The term 'Civil' or 'Army' is not the question here. The question here is: If the allegations are true, then doesn't it mean some eligible and hard working poor young man deprived of his right?
Irrespective of how great the achievement be, the duty of police is Policing (maintaining law and order in or at an area or event, enforce regulations or an agreement in particular area, enforce the provisions of Law etc.).
It's not running marathons or play any sport at competitive level.
If a policeman plays a sport at a competitive level and brings in honors. Then it's for its force. Not for the society.
Today, Uttarakhand Government will promote Olympian Manish Rawat to the post of Police Inspector. Mr. Rawat came 13th in Men's 20 KM Walk in Rio Olympics 2016.
To an extent, it seems somewhat understandable, if an Olympic medalist is given a medal. As the feat brings medal for the Nation. Although, the question of duty also comes there.
But promoting a non-medalist in his/her professional ranks, does discourage those Police men who are devoting 100 percent of their time to Policing.
To conclude, promotions in one's profession, must strictly be based on one's service record.
Ideally, if a person takes sports to bring laurels to his/her state or Nation, then Forces (Police, Army), Companies (such as railways) and any other institution which recruit people on sports quota, must stop giving promotions based on that sports criterion (the Governments must do so). And instead give better facilities and sports allowances to those who play sports while in service. If it's not able to provide world class sporting infrastructure, then instead of giving rank promotion, it should give him/her monetary incentive to make up for lack of adequate sports facilities.
Promotions in one's profession, must strictly be based on one's service record.
[PS: Today, it's Uttarakhand Government's administrative decision. And Mr. Rawat should be promoted to Inspector post. But things can be changed for future.]