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24 Extra Hours: Enough for……..?

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Wanshan.B.Khardewsa
A grand, blessed, prosperous and many more wishes come with every New Year. Unsatisfied and almost devastated with every passing year, ennui in the tedium, however we all still happily and gracefully accept every coming year with all these high expectations in the air. A very interesting addition however come with this 2012, just like it used to be every four years around. 2012 is a leap year, bringing an extra 24 hours to all of us with it, but how many of us
Actually realize the importance and significance that these 24 hours can be, be it to our lives or more so the society, and the state as a whole!
Kaleidoscope 2011 is enough for all of us to imagine of what 2012 will bring about. Events and happenings during the last year speaks a lot of our inability and vulnerability. Revolts and Revolutions round the globe, movements and expressions around the country, they all speaks of the powers of our judiciary, vigilant of our media, the vocals of our intelligentsia and the strength of our governments and institutions. Sad but true, we in the state simply observes and stare silently and unwittingly at all these events, unready or unwilling to participate, contribute or be touched by all these events around.
Compared to many other countries or states in India, we definitely have to work hard to make our democracy a way of life for every citizen, high or low, urban or rural, educated or uneducated, where every citizen will feel that he or she is getting justice and also in time. We hope and pray that 2013 will bring an emancipator to us. There is still lack of accountability in our system, which saw the increasing dominant and influence of muscle and monetary power, marginalizing the depleting population of honest few and un-wealthier lot.

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Avoiding Arguments

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Rajiv Doulagupu
Whether arguments are healthy or unhealthy, it is better to leave it to an individual to decide. However, according to the general experiences, arguments have seldom reached a conforming situation and at the end of the day what is left are two sides with heavy hearts, feeling of anguish and a thought of isolation of not being understood. How would it be if an individual held their nerves a bit and tried to calmly understand what the other person was speaking? May be, instead of doing that he/she yelled back and tried to justify their situation, tried to make their points clear by showing and stating how difficult it is to make the person across understand. When arguments arise one almost always wish the other person to change. Don’t they? And it is always easier to do so.
Listening could help, however it can only help if one intends to listen in order to understand the words exchanged and not with the intend to reply. Most of the times when we speak, we speak because we have to. Because we have a view on the topic even if it lacks any deep understanding, we speak because we might have formed an opinion which might be right or wrong. ‘Seeking first to understand then to be understood’ principle can go a long way in improving the outlook and communication of individuals. Applying this rule when is about to exchange harsh words with someone will help to be more thoughtful and shall to understand one’s perspective irrespective of the fact whether the individual themselves agree or not.

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Being the Change

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Rajiv Doulagupu
Every New Year, we expect this world to change for good, we expect people to be more kind, we expect societies to act more sensibly, and we demand government to act more thoughtfully. The days which are passing by are tough; it’s not easy to take a stand because there are so many forces acting around.
You might be nervous for the upcoming interview at your campus. You might be hovering over the fact that you still have to clear those back papers. You might be upset with your family because you think they don’t understand you, you might be angry at your friends because you think they have betrayed you, you also might be sad by the behavior of the society because you might think what they think is not right. You might be affected by the economic situation of the country and also of the world.
Somewhere at the back of your head, you might also have the theory of the world coming to an end this year. Well some of the situation is quite right to think while some are just making you worried for nothing, if the world is to end tomorrow and if it is inevitable what could you and I for that matter possibly do? There are many things in life that we are just worried about, however, we can’t do much about it. We don’t have the power to influence on the outcome of some events in life yet we worry about them every moment of our life, they have more or less become the centre of our life.
Moreover, we dedicate most of our times thinking about the problems rather than striving for the solutions.

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People of Arunachal should not suffer due to anti-Dam Campaign

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Nava Thakuria
The common people of Arunachal Pradesh should not suffer due to the ongoing anti-big dam campaign in Assam. Hence the movement against the big dams in Arunachal Pradesh should not include any step that affect the supply of essential commodities to the neighboring State.
Friends of  Arunachal Pradesh, a platform comprising environment activists, civil society leaders and journalists, argue that the controversy related to the big-dams planned in Arunachal Pradesh for generating thousands Megawatt electricity should be resolved amicably.
While morally supporting the anti-big dam movement and criticizing the attitude of the Union government, NHPC and both the State governments of Assam & Arunachal Pradesh for preaching big-dam lobbies, the forum also apprehends that the ongoing crisis would only benefit the Chinese Soumyadeep Datta, an active environment activist has emphasized that the people of Arunachal Pradesh should be taken into confidence, rather ignoring them, in the process of anti-big dam movement campaign.

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