Dialogue is the only way forward

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The meeting between Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi is a good step as dialogue is the only way forward to defuse tension between the two nations. Both leaders expressed their commitment to counter terror. Modi has agreed to visit Pakistan for the SAARC summit next year. Both nations must communicate with each other at various levels. The plan for meetings between two national security advisers will be vital to resolve several issues. Even in our offices, we give a nod to the proposals put forward by juniors, who then feel that they are contributing to the desired outcome. Often land owner accepts the inputs offered by grassroots workers.

The government is setting up a urea plant at Turkmenistan. This is what I have been advocating. The government must establish factories in foreign countries so that local and Indian people can find employment. It has generally been observed that Indians work better overseas. ONGC Videsh Limited will open an office in Ashgabat and the government needs to remain vigilant. Only officers and workers selected on merit should go there, no corruption, no favoritism must be permitted. The act of employees deputed on overseas employment must be closely monitored by the government.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has appealed to the central government to confer Bharat Ratna to Mahatma Jyoti Phule and his wife Savitribai Phule. He has already forwarded a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard. In the letter, Fadnavis mentioned about the pioneering social reforms undertaken by the couple who belonged to the “mali” community in fighting against the evils of casteism which was deep rooted during the 19th century. He also added that Savitribai Phule was the first to start a girls school and advocate the widow remarriage. Fadnavis mentioned that they were social thinkers whose work is great inspiration for generations to come. Savitribai’s work in the field of education and her contribution to the Satya Shodhak Movement (a movement to bare the truth about religion) is well known.

We listen to all sorts of stories being reported in media pertaining to the Vyapam scam. Moral degradation has taken deep roots among the higher functionaries. The government must strengthen primary education by undertaking massive reforms. On the other hand, private schools have commercialized education. After Aam Aadmi Party’s Jitendra Tomar who was embroiled in a fake degree controversy Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde too is facing the heat for the same issue. Conferring Bharat Ratna to the departed souls is good (though they are above it) but to see that our ministers are genuinely educated is important today.