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UTTARAKHAND is already under the grip of the terror of noctural animals like tigers and leopards and incidents of these predators killing children, women and the villagers are on the rise with the forest department of the himalayan state doing very little or negligible to safeguard the lives of the citizens. Recently few days before a tiger entered a house in a densely populated state capital Dehradun who later on betrayed the forest officials who reached the terror stricken locality and house after four hours devoid of the tranquiliser gun, posing further danger to the populace where the horrible cat must have eloped.

Similarly, these days the inhabitants of the Uttarkashi district of the Himalayan state Garhwal, Uttarakhand are in the horrifying grip of Himalayan wild bear terror where from October 2016 to December 2017 about more than fifteen incidents of wild bear attacks have taken place rendering the local inhabitants and women working in the agricultural fields badly exposed to high risks due to incessant wild bear attacks.

Just two days ago two women who had gone in the jungle of GAJOLI VILLAGE under Usi Ganga Valley for cutting grass for the cows and buffaloes were brutally attacked by the wild bear and had to be addmitted in the district hospital of Uttar Kashi with several grievous wounds.

These two women of Gajoli village situated about 18 kilometre away from the district head quarter in Uttarakashi namely Mashanti and Surja Devi had gone to the jungle that is two kilometre away to cut the grass for pet animals during the noon. The wild bear pounced on them while they were cutting grass and injured them grievously.

On desperately retaliating and making tremendouse noice, the bear went inside the bushes and the injured profusely bleeding women came back running. They were later on ferried to the district hospital by the forest officials on 108 ambulance. During the cool winters when the high peaks of the mountains are covered by snow these wild bears don’t get green vegetation to fulfil their hunger and are therefore constrained to come in the down stream areas near the human hamlets for food.

And in order to protect themselves they get provoked and attack the human beings. In Uttarakhand majority of the children, old aged and women are their victims. Sounds shocking that tiger and wild bear sighting’s have become common in Uttarakhand’s villages and even towns and cities posing grave danger to human lives, these days.

Till now just in a year’s time there have been 15 incidents of attacks in Garhwal, Uttarakhand, majority of them in the villages under the jurisdiction of Bhatwari Block followed by Naugaon and Badkot blocks of Uttarkashi districts in Garhwal Himalayas.

SUNIL NEGI, President, Uttarakhand Journalists Forum


The dates of polling in Gujarat are nearing.The elections here are scheduled for 9th and 15th December, respectively. During the last five days the prime minister Narendra Modi as well as his bete noire Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi are to address several rallies not to miss any chance of enticing voters towards them at the last moment. Gujarat has been the traditional stronghold, bastion or hub of Bhartiya Janata Party and home turf of prime minister Modi where Modi ruled as its chief minister for more than a decade and the party is ruling for the last 22 protracted long years.

This election however is more a prestige issue for BJP and prime minister Narendra Modi than Congress which has nothing to lose much, already being in the opposition in the state as well as the centre. If the BJP wins as being predicted in majority of the opinion polls, the decisive win will boost the conviction that Modi is still the strongest and undisputable leader of the party who is bound to win the 2019 national elections as well but one thing also looks clear that even if the Congress gets defeated its tally in seats and enhancement in vote share is very much likely and is bound to enhance the prestige and position of Gandhi family scion Rahul Gandhi who is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the BJP loses in the state. But despite the poll predictions favoring BJP on factors such as Modi pride and polarisation of Hindutva vote all is not well for the BJP on issues such as demonetisation, GST and physically thrashing of the leaders and volunteers of the patidar community and not fufilling the demands of dalits and OBCs despite coming to power on the majority support of these communities since last two decades.

The Patels and the business community of Gujarat involved in the diamond, textile and the powerloom trade including the small and medium traders had been the worst sufferers on account of demonetisation and GST with thousands of powerlooms being closed and about more than 40 thousand workers losing their jobs. The state of Gujarat has witnessed the hugest ever rally of traders against GST castigating BJP government at the centre and state for wrongly implementing them and emphatically demanding its reversal.

Similarly, hundreds of patidars and its leaders were badly thrashed and their dignity hurt when the government registered false and dreaded cases of “Desh droh” etc against them and put them behind bars. The patidars, OBCs and the dalits are also badly disenchanted with the state’ s ruling establishment and their leaders like Hardik, Alpesh and Jignesh has now openly sided with the Congress and its leader Rahul Gandhi to teachBJP a strong lesson.

The increasing tirade of Congress president Rahul Gandhi against Narendra Modi and the state government on various issues like expensive Rafale purchase, increasing unemployment, Amit Shah son’s bank account issue, aftermath ill effects of demonetisation and GST and his largely attended meetings has undoubtedly created ripples in Modi camp and today more than fifty ministers of central and state governments are busy campaigning with the entire state machinery entangled in the anti Rahul Gandhi tirade .

This definitely speaks of the fact that Rahul Gandhi and the leaders of patidar, dalit and OBC communities viz Hardik, Alpesh and Jignesh Bhawani have collectively disturbed and shaken the confidence of the prime minister Modi as well as the national BJP chief Amit Shah who despite opinion poll predictions are taking no risk to leave Gujarat unattended even for a second.

Such fear of the anti BJP parties sends one message loud and clear that even if BJP wins (but) the percentage of votes and seats in the state assembly are bound to decrease and therefore, the party high command is not taking any chances, come what may. However, after the resounding victory of the saffron party in the recently held Uttar Pradesh elections have definitely upped the chances of BJP in Gujarat as every victory do gives a moral booster to the party’s chances in other states.

If we go by the previous record of a year or two, it’s BJP everywhere right from assembly elections of Assam to the municipal elections of UP where it also won the legislative elections resoundingly 8 months ago. Today it’s ruling in 18 states of the country having compelled the Congress go towards political extinction for the time being.


The capital of India Delhi is in the grip of cases of snatchings and the robbers and chain snatchers are having their fullest say with the law enforcing agencies though trying their best but not able to do much to bring these criminals in the legal net.

The newspapers these days are full of news pertaining to cases of chain snatchings and robberies and subsequent injuries to those who resist them. Delhi has been in the grip of such scores of unresolved cases as the majority of the victims particularly the women and their families desist from lodging the complaints about (for) the fear of either reprisal or revenge by these criminals or noncompliance by the police considering such complaints of no relevance.  

Just yesterday on 29th August a woman from Haridwar, Uttarakhand who had come to Noida to pick up her ailing daughter while going towards Railway station behind Red Fort along with her daughter who worked as a medical transcriptor in a Noida hospital was not only  grievously attacked but was made to fall down from the auto seriously injuring her head and coming back to senses the next day in a hospital and her purse with important pan and ATM cards, documents, several thousand rupees etc was snatched by these criminals who followed their auto on bike on the way. Such obnoxious and dreaded incidents of chain and purse snatchings in almost all the districts of Delhi has become too common and the women are not safe at all as those who retaliate or confront them bravely are either stabbed or grievously injured or avenged later on. The cases of such nature are on the shocking increase in Delhi and the concerned law enforcing agencies, though claim of doing their best are finding themselves as failures to catch hold of these criminals, who are multiplying in abundance in the capital city of India like parasites on our system.  

It may be recalled that the Delhi police are already short of staff and police personals and as compared to the staff strength in other states and countries of the world they have comparatively quite less number of police personals. Moreover, the majority of them are involved in the VIP and VVIP securities having little space to deal with the cases pertaining to dreaded crime and women assaults. Delhi has been witnessing the shameful cases of rapes, women assaults, robberies and chain snatchings including gangsterisms and murders for long and it is not that the police is not doing anything. But the shortage of staff, lack of adequate training to resolve cases via proper and intelligent investigation and involvement of the majority of the police force in VIP security is one of the prime reasons’ for the increase and subsequent less resolution record of Delhi Police.

Moreover police being in the control of the central government makes the state government helpless in dealing with them directly. The crux of the matter is the law enforcing agencies should tighten their belts and make sure that cases of the chain, mobile, purse snatchings and subsequent physical attack on Delhites, particularly the vulnerable women should be dealt with severely and criminals brought to justice at the earliest.