|Protesters burn an effigy of Assam power minister Pradyut Bordoloi in protest against the power crisis in the state. Picture by Eastern Projections
Power cuts spoil IPL fun for fans
Through these columns I would like to highlight the plight of cricket lovers in Assam, if not in other places of the Northeast. Just when the IPL started, the Assam State Electricity Board (ASEB) launched prolonged power cuts, particularly in the evening.
It would seem preposterous to many to be thinking of something as trivial as cricket when the people are suffering from the oppressive heat, students are missing out on their evening study hours and patients are wilting in agony.
But being a die-hard cricket fan, it is almost unbearable for me to sit in the dark and fret and fume over the action that I am missing on TV. I am sure there are countless others like me who are equally angry over the ASEB playing the eternal spoilsport.
Not so long ago, our power minister Pradyut Bordoloi painted such a rosy future for the state’s power scenario that we were almost fooled into believing that the so-called reforms in the power sector would bring an end to the darkness. But nothing has come of those reforms, which, incidentally, included a hefty hike in the power tariff.
If only politicians stopped talking and started working, we would not have had to face such a situation.
|Security personnel set out for polling stations. File picture
Credit to Assam cops
Full credit goes to the security forces in Assam for ensuring a safe and incident-free Lok Sabha election which ended only a few days back. It was probably one of the most peaceful elections Assam has witnessed in several decades, particularly after serious insurgency problems in the early eighties, when elections meant blasts and attacks by militants. People used to be afraid to cast votes.
But the scenario was completely different this time.I would like to praise Assam police for ensuring a peaceful election in the state. We should also learn to praise the good work done by the police force, which is often at the receiving end.
It is really sad to see the ongoing violence in the Bodo belt. One does not know what those perpetrating violence hope to achieve. It is giving a bad name not only to the community but also to the region and has hindered development of the area.
However, what is surprising is that this has come about despite one of the groups, comprising former BLT members, involving itself in politics while another, the NDFB, is in a ceasefire. What is the administration doing? Is it drawing some kind of vicarious pleasure out of the killings? Will there be an end to this madness?
The time has come for all right-thinking Bodos and citizens of the state to raise their voices against this madness. We need another agitation to see us through these long and uncertain nights. As long as the Bodos remain indifferent, such incidents will continue to happen because we don’t have the political clout. One Lok Sabha seat and 11 MLAs don’t make either Delhi or Dispur sit up and take notice.