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Letters to the Editor: Aug 01, 2018

1) Gifts from non-relations be banned

It refers to the noble example set by the then Revenue Secretary (now Union Finance Secretary) who on November 8, 2016, deposited all Diwali gifts received in his absence at office or residence with government-Toshakhana handled by the Union Ministry of External Affairs, straight away refusing to accept when he was personally present at his office or residence. Hasmukh Adhia should name who offered these gifts so that such people may be booked under the recently legislated Anti-corruption Bill which provides for action against bribe-givers also. Gifts need to be categorised as bribes.

The central and state governments should remind all concerned ones including Parliamentarians not to accept gifts by non-relations. Gifts received in absence should be deposited in Toshakhana. All those getting salaries from public-exchequers should file an annual statement of gifts received with their respective authorities naming also who made the gifts. Such details should be put on respective websites of public authorities. Even there have been cases of judges in higher courts who oblige by receiving Diwali gifts and at their family functions sometimes through their relations.

Since society does not reform itself, the central government should impose a total ban on gifts, cash-envelopes, costly platters by non-relations at family functions and festivals. In the earlier time, the system was devised for a noble cause of assisting non-affording ones to perform marriages of daughters. But with changing time, cash-envelopes and costly gifts have become a show of unholy status which in fact is a forced and compulsory burden especially for middle-income in a status-conscious society. Parents of brides are forced to present cash-envelopes, costly gifts and fancy platters of sweets and fruits to relations and friends of grooms. All this is responsible for taking birth of girl child in a family as a bane rather than a boon. Banning gifts will make people enjoy such functions with a happy mindset without realising it as a burden to attend such functions, apart from checking extra-ordinary traffic for distributing Diwali gifts.

– Madhu Agrawal

 

2) Congress hits a self-goal

It is indeed funny that Congress hit a self-goal while attacking BJP for alleged scandalous Rafale-deal, by confessing infamous Bofors deal to be a scandalous one when its mouthpiece National Herald published headline-story with heading “Rafale-Modi’s Bofors”. It is clear that by placing Rafale-deal with Bofors-deal at par, Congress has made a confession that Bofors-deal was a big scam in case the party considers so about Rafale-deal.

It is better if owners of the political industry of Congress close down its fast-diminishing political industry under present party-leadership, to save their hard-earned money through ruling the country for last seven decades except for some years ruled by other political parties or alliances. Party-owners are said to have an enormous amount of money from which they can buy complete political parties to purchase support for its dynastic undeserving President as next Prime Minister of India. Congress is also on the back foot by unnecessarily opposing National Register of Citizens when it was the creation of Assam accord signed by its own Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, with video-clippings of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi available openly talking about the necessity of sending back Bangladesh refugees after 1971-war.

– Subhash Chandra Agrawal

 

3) No mercy for those who created mob lynching

No doubt, cows are holy and domestic animals, which provides us milk and is believed as Mother God according to Hindu ancient scripture. But lynching or mob lynching on the innocent and helpless people who are escorting these cow from one place to another place thus getting lot of injuries and even deaths, which is not only against inhumanity and law, but also preventing the people to get milk and other milk products like ghee, curd, butter and buttermilk and even cow urine is for treating various kinds of diseases, besides encouraging to decline the costs of cattle.

Therefore, the government should take suitable action against perpetrators by legislating by way of suitable amendment in the Indian Penal Code and Criminal Procedure Code. Further, to devise a mechanism to issue the Authorisation Certificate to the people who are escorting the cattle from one city to another city by Government Body to avoid such types of inappropriate and unlawful incidents. It should not have happened and now it is time to take precautionary measures and in the name of cow rakshak lynching takes place unabated.

I really failed to understand how someone can dictate what others should do or not for a living. Such incidents will create a huge divide in the society and I am sure those who are trying to incite such violence not bothered about the social impact in the society. That is why they are called religious fanatics who always want to keep the area tensed for their vested interests.

The condition is very pathetic. The higher authority is encouraging such mob activities. The administration is making those cases in such a way so that culprits can be saved from the law without punishment. By killing innocent people what will they gain! This is very unfortunate in Secular Country like India. Some right wings are operating in a way of self-proclaimed lawmakers. This needs to be stopped once for all. Modi should speak and act for such a horrendous crime taking place and this will spoil the image and reputation of NDA government in general and the country in particular.

This is horrendous. The state govt. should act and ensure that such incidents should not get repeated. Since such vigilantism does have a political motivation, the central government agencies need to come out with the strict policies to address such law and order situations which have seen a mercurial rise in the present government. There should be no mercy for those who created mob lynching.

– C.K. Subramaniam

 

(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)

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