Pakistan caught in its own cobweb

By Pradeep Kumar Beyond the Horizon Pakistan, the hub of terrorism in South East Asia, despite humiliating defeat after unprovoked attacks on India in Bangladesh War (1971) and Kargil War (1999), learnt the hardest lesson, thanks to the tactic but bold move of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Salute to the defence forces as we the Indians have been leading peaceful life since 1947.  The Army personnel by dedicating their lives to the nation have been guarding the border from all external threat. Anyone who has visited Bumla Pass, located at…

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Are money & muscle power maiming democracy?

Beyond the Horizon By Pradep Kumar Democracy is a ‘mathematical game’ in which ‘might’ (numbers) has always been proved right. But Arunachal Pradesh, which graduated to parliamentary democracy on 15.08.1975 with conversion of Pradesh Council into Provincial Legislative Assembly, is unique in political map of India. First general election to 30-member assembly (2 reserved for ST) of union territory was conducted on 25.02.78. There were total 86 candidates. [29 Janta Party (JP), 21 People’s Party of Arunachal, 1 INC (Tasso Grayu) and 35 independents] – maximum six from Ziro while one each from Dirang-Kalaktang…

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Money culture against Arunachal building: Leaders

Beyond the Horizon By Pradeep Kumar Ancient Greece had implemented earliest form of democracy since 508 BC approximately. Greeks had a “negative” election, i.e., each year voters, who were the male land owners, were asked to vote for the political leader or “candidates” they mostly wanted to be exiled for the next 10 years. The early ballot system was voters wrote their choice on broken pieces of pots (ostraka in Greek) and ostracize was deprived from this word. If any “candidate” received more than 6,000 votes than the one with the largest…

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Conard Sangma – A politician with a magic wand!

Beyond the Horizon By Pradeep Kumar All ‘P’ groups are born to serve since the evolution of civilization. Whether they are plaughers (famers) or plumbers or pujaks or pilots (politicians) or prostitutes or preraks make no difference as mythological and historical records give vivid picture of their services to the society. And present day social stratum is no exception to my conviction. Recent meeting with National People’s Party (NPP) national president & Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma left many questions unanswered in mind. Little efforts brought many aspects of…

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Huge Arunachal potentials yet not taped!

Attractive handicraft items with high commercial value Beyond the Horizon By Pradeep Kumar Justifying the adage “where there’s a will, there’s a way” – craftsman and artisans have carved unique but very eye catching decorative pieces from bamboo, straw and timbers which were showcased during Republic Day celebration across the country on Saturday. These pieces are not attractive but command high commercial value as these craftsmen using their intelligence quotient have converted their skill to commercial value to benefit them. The craftsmanship of indigenous Arunachalees is well-know but their skills are yet to be…

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Time for ‘Battle of ballots’: Are Arunachalee voters ready? 

(The rulers in India still are masters and ruled are subjects, where as in a sovereign democratic republic, the people are real masters- Dr Kashyap) Adult Franchise The concept of Adult Franchise or Universal suffrage came into existence through the French First Republic, though limited in its nature; right to vote was extended to male members. Ergo, with the passage of time and establishment of modern states on the principle of Democracy consolidate the existence of Adult Franchise. In India, the concept is enshrined in Article 326 in Constitution of India 1949….

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Dance of Democracy! | Leaders’ priority — nation building or statue building? – II

*Statue is a total nonsense: British MP Beyond the Horizon By Pradeep Kumar Criticising India’s 182-metre Statue of Unity of Sardar Ballalvbhai Patel as “total nonsense”, Conservative Party MP Peter Bone has said, “To take 1.1 billion pounds in aid from us and then at the same time spend 330 million pounds on a statue is a total nonsense and it is the sort of thing that drives people mad.” Bone was referring to Britain’s donation of over 1.17 billion pounds (over Rs 9,492 crore) to India as foreign aid in the…

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Dance of Democracy! | Leaders’ priority – nation building or statue building? – I

Beyond the Horizon By Pradeep Kumar Democracy, defined by Abraham Lincoln, as “….that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth”, seemingly has been changed to “off the people, buy the people, far the people”, by the power-hungry politicians to suit their vested interests. Or else when 40% of India’s 133.92 crore population (2017) was poor as per Down to Earth report while UNDP pegs it at 41%, the present elected leaders should make all out efforts to eradicate poverty and bring…

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Indian tradition makes wife not wife-in-law but ‘the law’!

By Pradeep Kumar Indian society is guided by age-old system which defines relations. A child after birth grows up and learns mother tongue with ma…ma… pa … pa… utterances, irrespective of his/her language. Like the first utterances, happiness and sorrows have no language as clearly understood by expressions, say smiling and laughing. The child very soon learns about mother, father, brother and sister. The child after attaining adulthood understands the relations more and difference of sex.  Many after attaining puberty fall in love and go wayward for not being nurtured…

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Has India built airports along Indo-China border?-II

  By Pradeep Kumar Beyond the Horizon With terrain restriction for expansion of existing Tawang helipad under Army control, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) had conducted a pre-feasibility study for Tawang and Lumla Greenfield airport. The Lumla site was found more suitable for operating fixed wing aircrafts for defence and civilian purposes as there is no sufficient land at Tawang for expansion. The report was submitted to Planning Commission through the NEC/DoNER for approving the project. It however required the MoD’s clearance. According to site selection report, a high…

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