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

Pasighat Airport operational first Marking a historic moment and milestone for the frontier state of Arunachal Pradesh, Alliance Air ATR-42 aircraft had landed successfully at Pasighat Airport on 23.04.18 paving the way for operation of commercial flights. “It was lovely flight to Pasighat, we are really proud that we are making history, people of Arunachal are really going to enjoy Alllinace Air,” flight inspector captain NS Lohan had said and appreciated the runaway and infrastructures of terminal building and wished the best for future operations in opening upto the rest…

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Infrastructures to boost link to strategic Sino-Indian border-II

(Reuters representational image) By Pradeep Kumar Beyond the Horizon While the effort is on to connect remote mountainous areas by rail link, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways is also working towards the avowed goal of “seamless Northeast”. It has set a target of awarding projects worth Rs 1 lakh crore in the next five years in the region. The implementation of the road projects has been entrusted to various agencies, including the BRO under MoD, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd…

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Infrastructures to boost link to strategic Sino-Indian border-I

  By Pradeep Kumar Beyond the Horizon India is improving road and rail connectivity to strategically located China border to facilitate quick mobilisation of troops and better defence and 4.9-km road-cum-rail Bogibeel Bridge across mighty Brahmaputra in Assam, longest rail-cum-road bridge in India is ready for inauguration by Prime Minister on Dec 25 to fulfill the dream of former PM, later Atal Behari Vajpayee. PM Modi to fulfill Vajpayee’s dream  While this bridge would enable the army to take men and supplies from its Dibrugarh base in Assam to Sino-Indian…

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Parliament panel draft | BJP stalls negative report on Demonetization hiding truth

Beyong the Horizon By Pradeep Kumar The actions of the BJP members on the committee have saved the government the trouble of facing the report’s criticism of the demonetisation exercise. There will be no parliamentary critique of the shock decision to demonetise the old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes that was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 08.11.16. The Bharatiya Janata Party, using its majority in the parliamentary standing committee on finance, has derailed a discussion on or adoption of a report that criticised demonetisation as an “ill-conceived”…

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Nature as world’s best teacher forewarns, who bothers?

Beyond the Horizon By Pradeep Kumar Nature is a great but best teacher.  No wonder our ancestors used to look up to nature to understand about life itself. Our ancient scriptures are filled with hymns devoted to nature, as we treated nature as God in many instances. The sun, moon, trees, rivers, etc. were treated as divine creatures. Let us also see what we could learn from them: Sun: The giver of light, energy, seasons … the list is endless. But what we could learn most from it is how we…

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APWWWS proves ‘Seeing is believing’ adage right

By Pradeep Kumar Beyond the Horizon A woman plays multi-faceted role in the society as a daughter, sister wife and mother. But as mother, she has been entrusted with moral responsibility of future progenies for the humanity to sustain. However, when the mothers channalise their creative energies it makes a huge difference. Assam tea industry is the best example. Tea is considered as the most important crop in Assam. It has been producing some of the finest teas in the world. Assam produces about 51% of the tea produced in…

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