Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Jan 2019 09:46:42




IT WAS a very apt occasion for Prime Minister Mr. Narendra to announce three islands in the Andman archipelago  to be named after great freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on Sunday. It was on that day 75 years ago, in 1943, that Netaji had hoisted the Tricolour at Port Blair. The Prime Minister has significantly named the three islands as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Dweep (Ross Island), Shaheed Dweep (Neil Island) and Swaraj Dweep (Havelock Island).

All these names signify the great sacrifices that the martyrs in the freedom struggle had made to free the country from the British imperial rule. No Government in the past had given a thought to commemorate the sacrifices made by the freedom fighters.

Renaming in this case will certainly enliven the memories of those who had selflessly fought against the draconian British Raj. The Prime Minister has envisaged various much needed development plans for the strategically important Andman and Nicobar islands so that they will be well connected with the mainland and facilitate easy access to them. 



CIVIL Aviation Minister Mr. Suresh Prabhu has indicated that the Government has drawn plans to invite professionals, not only from India but also from abroad to give a professional touch to the ailing Air India (AI). That is indeed a welcome thinking as the Government airliner is in desperate need of thorough overhaul, including the manner in which it is managed. That the Government is thinking of imparting professional touch to AI’s management is a sure indication of what has gone wrong with the national carrier. Bureaucratic and political meddling in its functioning has certainly done much damage to it over the years.

The AI is buckling under the weight of huge debt burden and is surviving on the largesse that the Government has been infusing every year through budgetary provisions to keep it afloat. It was because of this precarious financial condition of Air India that no buyer had come forward to buy it. Now the Government is left with no choice but to run it and revamp it to make viable and bring it out of the red.