The Telegraph
Wednesday , September 5 , 2012
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Shining Saina

The news item “Lucky Nehwal nets a bronze”, published on August 5, will probably hurt many in our country because of the “lucky” tag attached to her win in the third place play-off match in badminton (women’s singles) at the London Olympic games, 2012. Does it not project her feat in a less bright shade? That Saina Nehwal won the bronze because her opponent XinWang of China, the world number 2, got injured and conceded the match, can in no way take way take away Saina’s credit. Injuries often happen in the field of sports. Moreover, who knows? Saina could have fought back and succeeded in taking the next game to level the match one all and extend it to the third game for the decider to clinch a bronze.

The match was poised at (0-1) in the second game in favour of Wang when she retired hurt. True, the ace Indian shuttler lost the first game, but that was only by a slender margin of points. The records also say that Saina had beaten Wang twice in the past. A repeat of one more such performance couldn’t be ruled out. By her calibre, class and gritty performance she has earned us a bronze — the only Olympic medal in our kitty in badminton so far. Kudos to Saina Nehwal. You have made us proud.

Ashok Datta ,Tezpur


Thank you, teachers

l On Teachers Day, I would like to thank all teachers because of whose support and dedication we have such great educational institutions. Parents can send their children to these schools without worrying about their safety or future. I would also like to thank my school, Delhi Public School, Numaligarh, and the teachers there who have shaped and moulded me to become an independent woman. There are many great personalities who have their teachers to thank for their success. I truly believe in the saying by Dan Rather, “The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth”. Thank you teachers,.

Pallavi Das, Mallika Das,Tezpur


NEPA training

The North Eastern Police Academy, at Umsaw, is 25km from Shillong, imparts training to young police officers of the Northeast.

I passed out from this institute recently, completing a year of basic training. I would like to draw the attention of higher authorities about my bitter experience during the outdoor training at NEPA.

During our training, a drill inspector from the north used to pass offensive comments regarding the northeastern people. Once the trainees protested the authorities dropped him from his post.

Unfortunately, we have learnt that he is back at the institute as drill inspector. He had no regard for the feelings and sentiments of the northeastern people. I would like to request the higher authorities to look into the matter.

C.S. Lotha,Nongthymmai, Shillong

Time to heal a state ravaged by violence and fear psychosis

Everyone is aware of the pitiable situation in Assam brought about by the recent clashes in the BTAD.

The entire country, affected by the violence, is waiting for the situation to normalise and the madness to end.

Northeastern students from Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Pune had to return home, scared for their safety.

People from neighbouring countries have taken advantage of the situation and circulated false messages.

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) blames illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, backed by external forces, for the violence in the BTAD.

RSS joint general secretary Dattatry Hojbala said the BTAD violence was
pre-planned and external forces were involved.

At a time when our entire focus should be on development activities, we are busy sorting the ruins of a ravaging violence.

The question I intend to raise is not who is to blame for this situation but how do we bring back peace and that, too, immediately.

I am sure the government of Assam is doing its bit.

But it is also the government’s duty to protect its borders and not let the infiltrators create havoc.

We should all abide by what the great Dalai Lama once said, “All major religious traditions carry basically same message —love, compassion and forgiveness. The important thing is that it should be part of our daily lives.”

Moitrayee Das, Tezpur


A nightmare for Assam

As we all know, Assam is in a very bad shape right now.

The last few months have been like a nightmare for the people — beginning with the molestation case in Guwahati, the duo from Assam being pushed from a train and the never-ending BTAD crisis that has affected countless and caught the attention of the national media.

The two-day Assam bandh, followed by the curfew in Tezpur and a few other places, have also affected people in a major way, especially daily wager earners like vegetable sellers, auto-rickshaw drivers and people from other professions.Things just seem to be getting worse.

The text message issue, which caught the attention of the entire country, was sensibly handled by the government by limiting the number of block messages to five per day and eventually 20.

It is time for us to wake up and realise that we are all part of the same world and killing
one another is not going to solve anybody’s problem.So let us make a promise to live harmoniously like humans not only in our country but also in this world.

Mallika Das, Tezpur