Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
comprising activists of BJP, VHP, Bajrang Dal and RSS have killed several
people and attacked scores of churches across the state since
was in the restroom in Kandhamal district. The Swami was the face of the
Sangh Parivar's tribal conversion program. The Maoists have claimed
responsibility for the killings of the Swami and his four disciples. The
Sangh Parivar alleges that Christian groups are behind the killings.
Graham Staines and his two sons as they slept. Since then the Christians in
the state of Orissa have been under attack. The Hindu groups have been disturbed by the progress of the Christian church and have resorted to violent methods to curb this 'conversion' wave. The state saw large scale violence during the last Christmas season of 2007. Hindutva and Christian
groups were at each other's throats. On the night of
about three hundred people were killed and injured while they were
participating in a Christmas celebration in Phulbani district.
in the month of November 2007. The VHP mob followed them and asked
one of the old ladies as to why she was a Christian, what the Christians
were doing for her. She was asked to join the Hindu faith. The mob assured her they would do many things for her. She said, "I am a Christian, I love my Jesus Christ, He is the living God and a Savior of the world." The frenzied mob chopped her head off. In the same place three other men were killed.
old girl who was an assistant in the orphanage, were burnt to death. The
others died of asphyxia when their village huts were torched and destroyed.
Churches were set on fire. As saffron activists sought to impose their state-wide shut down, thousands of vehicles were damaged and hundreds set ablaze. The life in the following districts-Phulbani, Malkangiri, Koraput, Kandhamal, Dhenkanal, Rayagada, Nuaparha and Mayurbhanj were brought to a standstill and the state virtually brought to its knees. It appeared that the Hindutva fanatics-BJP, VHP, RSS and Bajrang Dal had obtained the license to create mayhem.
the third floor of a rented house. A group of young people of Bajrang Dal
entered his house at . The group caught hold of him and threw him
into the fire. Somehow he slipped off their hands and ran into the nearby
houses and then into the forest. By then the police came and rescued him. The mob in their fit of anger that they were unable to kill Divijan came out
and burnt the motorcycle and threw all his belongings out. Divijan returned to his house after two days. The police has advised him to leave the place along with his family.
Reports of burning of churches and prayer halls and heavy losses of
humanity occurred at Nuagaon, Barkhama, Udayagiri, Phiringla, Baliguda,
Tikabali, and Raikia poured in and hundreds of houses were burnt.
Monday, September 22, 2008
2004 - 3
2005 - 4
2006 – 5
2007 – 5
With a point score of 4.78 – if both big and small states were to be listed – Mizoram would rank 1st among the 30 states of
Mizoram has Increased it’s ranking in Investment Environment, Macro-Economy & Law and Order, it’s ranking has gone down only in Primary Education. Below are some of the parameters of the Ranking.
MIZORAM AGRICULTURE – 7TH
The Ranking for Agriculture was 6th in 2004,8th in 2005, 6th in 2006 and 8th in 2007 and 7th this year.
Having had a chance to Visit Mizoram recently, what really puzzles me is that Mizoram despite the Mautam Famine and damage of Crops by Rodents in the Southern and Western part of Mizoram has actually increased in it’s ranking. There was hardly any cash crops and most of the people were barely surviving on a meal a day.
MIZORAM PRIMARY HEALTH - 5TH
The Ranking for Health in Mizoram for 2004 and 2005 was 1st but 6th in 2006 and 5th in 2007 & 2008
Mizoram’s Health Department is reputed to be one of the most corrupt department in the state with a Controversial Minister heading it. The State Referral Hospital which was supposed to be a 500 bedded Hospital has been reduced to a clinic with an infrastructure worth crores not in use, one of the Building for Civil Hospital in Aizawl had a whole floor missing besides many Medical equipments are missing.
On the other hand, the state Government has also initiated Medical Insurance upto Rupees one lac for all citizens living within the state, other indicators of Primary health like Sex Ratio is good, infant mortality is low and assisted birth’s are higher than other parts of the country but Mizoram as a state still does not have it’s own Medical College.
MIZORAM INVESTMENT ENVIRONMENT – 1st
The ranking for Investmentin 2004 was 1st, 3rd in 2005, 7th in 2006 and 6th in 2007, and 1st in 2008.
It’s hard to understand what Investment Mizoram has had recently other than Government investment but certain Oil companies have come for exploration but no big find has yet been reported. Even for any industry to come up, the Power & Electricity Scenario is very bad despite the state having a lot of scope for Hydel Projects. Many Hydel Projects including Tuirial and Bairabi are still pending for completion because of land acquisition and other problems.
Some of the other areas where Mizoram could have scored on this parameters would be state share of GDP spent on Administration which is still very high but could be lower since govt vehicles were privatized, again no definite figures, Bank Credit and Capital formation could be other indicators where the state has done well.
MIZORAM PRIMARY EDUCATION – 2nd
From 2004 -2006 Mizoram has consistently ranked 2nd but in 2007 it has ranked first, but has gone down to 2nd in 2008. Mizoram now tops Literacy level in the whole country with 89%, 83 per cent of children over 10 years of age have completed their education. But sadly enough there’s very bad scope for good quality education in Mizoram at higher level's as it does not even have a single Engineering, Dental or
MIZORAM INFRASTRUCTURE - 4TH
In terms of Infrastructure, Mizoram has consistently ranked 4th from 2004 till 2008, with more construction of Roads, will the ranking improve. Even though the ranking has not changed, the number of household with electricity is quite high, and under the NREGS scheme, roads are being built and actually constructed which is better than other states in India where it's only build on paper, but tele connectivity is bad, Internet connection in most part of the states is still on dial up and Internet and Telephone connectivity is very bad, most of the roads are also in very bad shape specially in cases where contracts have been given to party faithful, as they cover only the road top with tar and it gets spoiled in the coming Monsoon, needing repairs again, which is a virtual cycle all year round with understanding of corrupt officials concerned.
MIZORAM CONSUMER MARKET - 5TH
Again a consistent 5th from 2004 till 2008 – basically a parameter for measuring Per capita ownership of TV, 2 wheeler. No changes in ranking but it’s well known that even BPL families in Mizoram have TV and 2 Wheelers which could mean two things – the poor in Mizoram are not that poor or else we have a high level of corruption.
Percentage of people who own:
4 wheeler: 3%
2 wheeler: 6%
MIZORAM LAW AND ORDER – 1st
2nd Consistently from 2004 to 2006 but has fallen to 4th but has gone up to 1st in 2008, which could be because of the Prohibition of Alcohol has been brought under control in Mizoram, also decreased crime because of prohibition. Also Mizoram has the highest strength of policement per lakh/ population in
MACRO ECONOMY - 4TH
A very consistent ranking of 5th from 2004 till 2007 but has gone up to 4th this year.– basically measuring urbanization and GDP of state. The increase in ranking could be attributed to increase in Urbanization which stands at 51%, 4th in
Mizoram Per Capita Income – Rs 27,733 - Highest in
Mizoram Sex Ratio -892 ( 935 in 2001 as in Census India)
Mizoram Human Development Index - 0.548, 7th in
Mizoram Poverty ratio - 9.5% (Most of the northeastern states have ratio of 20% and higher) Poverty ratio of
Friday, September 19, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
The Matrimandir (Sanskrit for Temple of The Mother) is an edifice of spiritual significance for practitioners of Integral yoga, situated at the center of Auroville initiated by The Mother of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. It is called soul of the city and is situated in a large open space called Peace. Matrimandir, does not belong to any particular religion or sect.