There has been continuous rise in fuel prices over last one month and over the last five years, the price of fuel has doubled. Despite fuel having direct relation all the prices, why are people of the country not reacting? Have people lost their sense of belonging to the society? Or are people not feeling the pinch of price rise? Are people become insensitive to all the happenings around them? Are they people earning so much that these trivial matters do not bother them much?
Gone are those days when even for slightest price change in fuel, the general public, the opposition parties and social activists come out on to the roads and conduct protests; sit-in protests, road blocks and Bharat Bandhs. But over the last few years, there seems to be no reaction from the public regarding fuel price hikes. In fact, there seems to be sense of denial to the fact that fuel prices are going up by the day.
Fuel price is directly affecting country inflation and has been the reason for price increase of all the goods from edible oil to electronic goods; the prices have skyrocketed since last three years. Despite all these, the people are accepting it as a way of life and living with the increased price.
“One main thing since last five years is the advent of mobile internet which has made people become indifferent to anything that is happening around them. People are not reacting to real life happenings, they are busy with mobiles, WhatsApp, Facebook, Insta, etc. They believe things are posted on these social media platforms only,” says Dr Anuradha Gupta, clinical psychologist in Secunderabad.
Added to this mobile invasion is the pandemic which has changed the way people live and make living. The idea of work from home concept itself has changed the way people are reacting to things. “With work from home concept, the employees, who are the general public, are busy at home for almost 12-14 hours in a day, they have no time for anything other than their laptops. It would be too much to expect them react to fuel prices. Moreover, these people are not going out and spending money on fuel, so where is the chance for any kind of retreat from public,” mentioned Sai Charan, software employee in Hyderabad.
With no need to spend huge amounts for traveling to office and back home, the work from home culture has made people sit at home; moreover with pandemic people are not traveling even for entertainment and eating out. So where is the reason to get worried about the fuel price hike! On the other hand, even schools are not functioning which has again stopped the reason for people to worry about fuel price hike!
Above all is the sense of fear when the voice of dissent or voice of criticism or even the voice of questioning is heard, the government is not taking criticism easily, instead of the correcting themselves they are attacking whoever raises voice against the government.
Interesting the government has come up a new theory that the tax collected from fuel is used to purchase Covid vaccines… all the vaccine producing companies have tie-up with the Union government and are supply much below the market rate, so this explanation holds goo to very little extent. All said and done, there seems no respite from the continuous fuel price hike!
Nagaland Ambush: Amit Shah calls it mistaken identity
Nagaland Ambush: The Nagaland ambush by Army personnel killing 14 civilians has already created enough ruckuses in the country so much that both the houses in the Parliament echoed this incident. The opposition targeted the Union government and its ways. Calling it a blatant failure of intelligence, the opposition parties demanded explanation from Union home and defence ministers.
Union home minister Amit Shah today told Parliament the Union government regretted the deaths of 14 civilians in Nagaland after a botched Army operation. Amit Shah read out statements in both Houses as opposition MPs shouted objections and demanded repeal of AFSPA. “Government of India expresses regrets over the incident and condolences to those killed… a SIT has been formed and has been directed to complete investigation in a month. Situation is tense but under control. All agencies have to ensure such incidents do not happen in future,” Amit Shah told.
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In the Lok Sabha, after Amit Shah made his statement, furious opposition MPs protested the perfunctory nature of the home minister’s speech and reiterated demands for a discussion on the Nagaland violence, as well as repeal of the contentious AFSPA. Several Opposition parties including Congress, DMK, SP, BSP, NCP walked out after Home Minister Amit Shah delivered a statement on the Nagaland incident in Lok Sabha on Monday.
“Army had received info on the movement of extremists in Oting, Mon. On that basis, 21 commandos laid an ambush in suspected area. A vehicle reached there, it was signalled to stop but it tried to flee. On suspicion of the vehicle carrying extremists, it was fired upon,” Shah said. Underlining that it was a case of mistaken identity, Amit Shah said that the Army has taken up an investigation into the reasons behind the incident at the highest level.
“Government is monitoring the incident minutely and necessary remedial measured are being taken to ensure peace in the area. In a bid to avert any more incidents in the affected area, additional forces have been deployed,” the Union Home Minister further said. “Further, it has been decided that all agencies should ensure that such unfortunate incidents do not take place again in the future while taking up such drives,” he added.
NV Ramana: CJI expresses concern over degrading Telugu films!
NV Ramana: Supreme Court of India Chief Justice NV Ramana, is not just a Telugu man but lover of Telugu language. He has always given time for the language and never minced words to talk about the greatness of the language and how people could benefit with the proper usage of the language. He has always got high regards for veteran Telugu poets and scholars and quotes them on several occasions. But for a change the CJI was pained by the way Telugu was being treated by film industry!
Ramana is said to be feeling sad over the thinning off the importance of his mother tongue Telugu. He also made some interesting pieces of advice to Telugu filmmakers, writers, actors and singers, and suggested them that they shouldn’t look down upon the local language. The CJI wants them to learn and speak it in an appropriate way and pass it on to the upcoming generations with proper pronunciation and diction through the movies, dialogues and songs.
Indeed something that is totally lacking on Telugu film industry. Unfortunately the industry is dependent on imports and these are just artists without lip. So it is difficult to expect actors to learn Telugu, but definitely the writers, filmmakers and lyricists should respect the language and deliver their work that would be looked upon by people.
He reportedly regrets that our filmmakers and actors are not giving importance to our language, tradition and culture these days despite it being their duty, being in such a powerful audio visual industry. Ramana adds that one should not forget their roots and quotes an example from veteran actors NTR and ANR that they too lacked lots of skills in their initial days, but overcame it by paying some special attention. Therefore the CJI suggests having some training sessions for the people who are bad at the language so that it can help and survive our culture.
“Our youngsters are in the negative view that learning a couple of International languages can get them bigger jobs and can make a great career, whereas it is not the case with the local language,” which CJI Ramana said “is an complete myth.”
Nagaland Ambush: Will a new rebellion start?
Nagaland Ambush: In what could be termed as a major failure on part of the armed jawans, the incident in Nagaland has left the entire nation in shock and is likely to have its repercussions in days to come. The uninitiated attack on civilians by an army patrol mistakenly opened fire on miners returning home after work, killing six. Seven more civilians and an Indian soldier died when angry locals confronted troops. Indian security forces have killed at least 13 civilians in a botched ambush near the Myanmar border, officials say.
The army has been battling separatist militants in the north-eastern state of Nagaland for years. But it is not the first time Indian security forces have been accused of wrongly targeting innocent locals in their operations. Officials in the security establishment said the incident was the result of an Army operation in which the victims may have been mistaken for insurgents from the Yung Aung faction of the banned National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang).
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Following intelligence inputs, the Army had planned an operation to ambush “certain elements” of the NSCN (K) faction who were travelling in a Bolero, sources said. The security personnel laid a cordon and spotted a similar vehicle on the route around 5.30 pm, they said.
It was dark when the vehicle was flagged down, and the driver sped away following which the forces opened fire, said sources. Apart from six killed in the vehicle, two more were injured and taken by security personnel for medical treatment, they said.
Sources indicated that as local villagers came to know about the incident, they surrounded the security personnel. Around 7.30 pm, they said, several villagers armed with machetes attacked the personnel, and managed to snatch some guns from them. The forces initially fired in the air in warning, which was followed by firing from both sides that resulted in the death of one soldier and eight more civilians, including one Sunday. At least three other soldiers were injured in the clashes, sources said.
Following the incident, on Sunday evening protesters threw stones at the Assam Rifles camp and tried to set fire to parts of it, local media reported. Nagaland’s chief minister called the killings “highly condemnable” and said they would be investigated.
With the anger and frustration among the local people and tribal communities still on rage, the state government is expecting a bigger retaliation from the people in coming days. According to a senior journalist from North East, this incident could be the triggering factor of the birth of a bigger rebellion in the region. It is time the Union government takes a proper call that doesn’t hurt the sentiments of public and come out with amicable solution.
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