Why special status for Andhra?
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in his Independence Day speech on August 15, 2018 said that the aim of his government is to make the state one of the top three states in the country by the year 2022 in terms of overall development and number one by the year 2029, further pledging vision-2050 for making the state emerge as the top destination of the world.
Such a careful analysis makes it clear that it was simply a political blackmail while Telugu Desam Party withdrawing support from the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre. The Independence Day speech of N Chandrababu Naidu makes it clear that Andhra Pradesh is much ahead of many other Indian states which in fact practically need special status much more than Andhra Pradesh. Every state has its own peculiar problem and such phenomenon of providing special status to any of the states should not be there at all which in the present era of alliance-politics that has become a tool of political blackmail by the regional political parties.
Subhash Chandra Agrawal
The National Anti-Profiteering Committee under the Department of Revenue and Department of Consumer Affairs should look into the unfair tactics of manufacturers whereby they pack commodities in gimmick irrational packaging-units. Commodities should be compulsorily packed in true metric-spirit of packs of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 gms-mltrs-kgs-ltrs to befool consumers by manufacturers. Goods packed by numbers should be only in packs of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 and similar multiples of 1000 abolishing packing by dozens etc. Promotional added quantities publicised free with original pack should be within the main pack only to avoid shopkeepers keeping free packs themselves without benefitting the customer.
Presently, the soap-manufacturers pack 75 gms soap-cakes to look alike 100 gms packs, syrups are packed in 750 mltrs to look alike 1 ltr pack. It is significant that now the system has been corrected even in respect of currency by adding missing denomination of Rs 200 notes.
Even medicines should be packed in a similar system unless the exemption is sought for units other than specified ones for dose-wise administration. It is ridiculous that even commonly advertised medicines like cough-lozenges are packed in strips of eight rather than normally 10 because consumers judge price per strip rather than lozenges.
Need strict Flag code of India
It is the duty of every citizen of India to show respect to the Indian Flag. Streamers made out of small national flags are often used for decorative purposes on Independence Day and Republic Day. Once the celebrations are over, one finds these flags being trampled upon on the streets or thrown into dustbins. Often, these flags are also burnt along with the garbage. This is an insult to the National Flag. The practice must be stopped at once. Any display of the National Flag must be in strict adherence to the Flag code of India. The Centre and the state administrations should ensure this.
Bapu in wall and heart
Bapu spirit has entered the college campus and the feeling created by the Independence movements has come into the blood of students as well. Whatever said and done by Gandhiji really helped India to attain Independence from the British rule. From the Dandi March (1930) to the Quit India Movement (1942), Gandhiji was all the way dictating terms to the English. 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2 this year will be a befitting one as both the States and the Central government have taken up the lead in this direction. The college students are the future of this country and they should take up the lead to make the dreams of Mahatma come true in the years to come.
August 15 gives message of love
Today, I am very painful to see our beautiful country suffering from extremism and communal violence. Independence Day has much significance in every Indian’s life and it is the same day when our country got freedom from the British rule after a lot of struggle done by our forefathers irrespective of caste, creed, or religion. It brings for us every year a lot of happiness to feel independent in our country. It also makes us feel proud of our country and conveys a message of love and brotherhood to the entire country. So, we must live together helping each other and cooperating with each other without any discrimination and separation.
I love India. I am proud of India. Jay Hind!
An unimaginable incident in Delhi
Our country India became independent on August 15 in 1947 from the British rule, but some people want to make India free from people.
An unidentified man, wielding a gun, attacked JNU student Umar Khalid just two days before the celebrations of Independence Day outside the Constitution Club of India in Delhi, in spite of that place being secured by the armed police. It is very regretful for a Democratic country.
I hope that the police will arrest the criminal as soon as possible and deal him with a heavy hand.
Aamir Siwan As
A day of pride and glory
Independence Day is both an occasion to celebrate and to remember the struggles of those who fought to give us this gift.
The Independence Day of any country serves as the day of pride and glory. On this special occasion, we should remember and make much of the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the country. It is also the time to wish each other on the fortune of having gained freedom as well as progressing ahead, since that time.
We lost a legend
Somnath Chatterjee is no more. He was the member of CPI(M) for 40 years. He represented party 10 times in the Parliament and he lost only one election in his lifetime. He was the Lok Sabha Speaker from 2004 to 2009 and was acknowledged as one of party’s most brilliants ever who is known by his honesty. In 2008, when CPI(M) withdrew support to the UPA-1 government, the party ordered him to step down from the post of Lok Sabha Speaker so he could vote against the government. But he denied. He contended that as the Speaker, “he was above party politics”; if he does so, the integrity of the Speaker’s independent stature would be compromised. This made him a legend and he was expelled by the CPI(M). His legacy is the independence of Lok Sabha Speaker’s Chair and we salute his private adherence to the principles that he espoused in public life. He is a comrade to the end, if not in name, certainly in spirit.
Losing margin at Lords a matter of grave concern for Team India!
Winning and losing is a part of any sport but India’s debacle at Lord’s without a fight by an innings and 159 runs is a matter of grave concern. Kohli and his boys were all at sea and clueless to seaming conditions on English wicket under cloudy skies that proved our downfall. Most batsmen are out of form and even the in-form Kohli crumbled under pressure to give England a 2-0 lead in a 5 match series. England bowlers exploited conditions to perfection which led to our tame surrender which surprised the Cricket lovers in India.
Our team was overconfident and the big loss should open the eyes of our boys. Drastic changes should be made for the third Test and we need to change the openers who have failed badly in both games played so far. India is one of the best Test playing nations in the world and our boys should concentrate on building an innings by forgetting the losses to give a spirited fight in the rest of the series which could still be won 3-2 if we play to our potential!
(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)