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Nihoshe responds to NSF demand
Published on 3 Jul. 2009 12:58 AM IST
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Drawing attention to various reports over the NPSC answer script scam in the media and in particular, the demand for his removal from the office, state parliamentary secretary for industries and commerce Dr. KC Nihoshe Thursday stated that though he initially was not inclined to start a “paper war”, yet he was compelled to respond to set the record straight. Dr Nihoshe admitted that the concern of the NSF too especially with regard to conduct of examinations and selection of candidates for NCS and allied services, was “rightly and deservedly placed, for the student community is directly effected by any acts of omission or commission in matters of public employment.” He said that it has been his observation as well as the perception of public at large, that the NSF as a student body was not aligned with any individual, party, group or community but a body committed to the well being of the Nagas as a whole. Dr Nihoshe said not surprisingly, the NSF had refrained from making personal attacks against any individual, party, group or community which he felt was a “prudent and well thought practice of dealing with the issues and ignoring other collateral factors” befitting the very foundation of any organization which strives to work for common public good. Lamenting that recent “imbroglio” in the examination conducted by NPSC Dr Nihoshe said allegations against his sons and others saddened him but the matter was sub judice as the allegation would be determined during the course of the trial. “ My sons are mature adults having their own independent sources of livelihood. All I know is that they appeared for the NCS and allied services examination,” he maintained. Dr. Nihoshe further asked whether parents should be blamed for a student caught cheating in the examination hall or if parents be blamed for the heinous crime committed by a man. “For that matter, can anyone be presumed guilty of the commission of an offence by family relationship or association simplicitor?” he asked and added that there was no such thing as collective responsibility in issues relating to family, friendship etc. “Collective responsibility is the domain of governance and none other,” DR. Nihoshe asserted. He said parents may have their failings but they cannot be blamed just because their offspring were allegedly involved in crimes,. “For me, there is another disturbing point of concern, I am not the only father in public office against whose children the allegations have been made. This being so, I am at loss to understand the hostility directed against me,” he said. He said “guilt by family relationship or association simplicitor is a dangerous concept,” as each person was responsible for his or her actions. Dr Nihoshe further asked those who commented on this issue, to bear in mind, that Nagas in general have this “insidious habit” of generalizing and accusing each other en block for acts of individuals. “Such practices can only bring us harm,” he said. Further, he pointed out that “we do not live in a police state” but in a democracy governed by the rule of law and underscored that allegations which are sub judice must proceed to their logical conclusion in accordance with the rule of law. “Unfortunate as the situation is, it must not be turned into a circus, motivated by considerations other then justice for all parties including those against whom the allegations have been made. I hope that the sentiments expressed in this article will be appreciated in their proper perspective,” he said.

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