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Letters to the Editor: December 26, 2018

Appreciable step of Noida authorities for not allowing Namaz in public park

Noida administration and the police in UP deserve compliments for not allowing Namaz in public park of sector 58 of Noida (UP). Many Muslim scholars have opined against holding Namaz in public places, roads and other places where objections are against Namaz in public places. These scholars suggest that Namaz may be offered in homes or inside the working complex if sufficient space is not available in mosques.

It may be mentioned that many countries including like France and China have already imposed such a ban. Not only this, even Muslim countries have imposed such a ban when heavy fine of AED1000 is imposed if someone is seen offering Namaz at roadside in Dubai.

India is a country where strong pseudo-secular forces restrict corrective measures if taken in larger public interest, just for vote bank politics. Religious freedom in India is evident from the fact that rate population growth of Muslims is highest after independence while minority Hindus in Pakistan in this period has drastically shrunk from 15 per cent to just 1.5 per cent.

Rather than state governments taking such steps for particular states only, the Central government should approach the Supreme Court to seek such an order which may be applicable throughout the country for strictly enforcing the system to check religious gathering in public places or roadsides. Such a rule must be applicable to all religions. Even the police may not be allowed to permit such religious gatherings on regular basis like daily or weekly.

Subhash Chandra Agrawal

 

New Rs 20 notes now issued

Reserve Bank of India has announced the issuing of new-designed Rs 20 currency notes, last under new series of smaller-sized currency-notes in different denominations issued in phases but completed in more than two years when first notes in denominations of Rs 2000 and Rs 500 were issued soon after demonetisation on November 8, 2016.

It is true that notes in denominations of Rs 2000 and Rs 500 were issued in emergency conditions to meet the big challenge of demonetisation, but the issue of notes in rest other denominations of Rs 10, Rs 20, Rs  50, Rs 100 and Rs 200 must have been simultaneous to avoid repeated changes in ATMs costing heavily to banks. Otherwise also, new series of coins or currency must be issued simultaneously in all denominations rather than in phases.

Since currency notes in denominations of Rs 500, Rs 200, Rs 100, Rs 50, Rs 20 and Rs 10 are now plenty in circulation, RBI should stop printing currency notes in Rs  2000 denominations which were issued as interim emergency situation following demonetisation of the earlier currency-notes in denominations of Rs 1000 and Rs 500. It is a known fact that, with the currency circulation now much higher than before demonetisation on November 8, 2016, currency notes of Rs 2000 are mainly misused for unaccounted transactions and not usually seen in normal circulation.

Huge wastage of funds on printing Re 1 notes suddenly re-issued after a gap of two decades, just for the bureaucratic craze of getting their signatures on notes should be avoided by immediately stopping their further printing. Existing stock of Re 1 notes should be sold by RBI as premium collector-item in attractive plastic-packing like commemorative coin-sets. Enquiry should be made and guilty ones punished for wrong decision to re-issue of one-rupee notes.

Madhu Agrawal

 

Every citizen has the right to freedom of expression

It seems that the freedom of expression is being totally destroyed in our country. If a citizen expresses his concern towards the sensitive matters of the country, he falls in the whirlpool of critics from so-called country’s patriots. As the same case occurred with bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah over his remarks on the Bulandshahr violence. The actor found himself at the centre of a major controversy over his remarks in reference to the killing of a policeman in Bulandshahr earlier this month, in which he stated that the death of a cow was given more importance than the death of a policeman. Now, it is government’s responsibility to satisfy him by ensuring the strength of law and order, but on the contrary to it the actor is being trailed by the government.

Mohd Usmani

 

BJP bowed down to Nitish Kumar

Finally, after several rounds of closed door meetings with allies over seat-sharing arrangements in Bihar for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, BJP President Amit Shah on Sunday announced that his party and Nitish Kumar’s Janta Dal( United) will contest from 17 seats each, while the Ram Vilas Paswan-led Lok Janshakti Party will fight from the remaining 6 seats. What is the most surprising in this bargaining is that the JDU, which has only two MPs, will contest from 17 seats while the BJP, in spite of having 17 MPs, will also contest from 17 seats. It clearly shows that BJP is losing its reputation and power everywhere. What else can be the compulsion that the BJP has now bowed down to JDU by agreeing to contest an equal number of seats in Bihar?

MFU Tandvi

 

When tall promises fall flat! 

Leaders make tall promises during elections, hoping that they can get away with some excuse or the other after they have got elected or the matter would end there if they lose.  It was precisely such promises that have landed the BJP in trouble at the Centre. After just a few months, the  upcoming election is about to be held, and the BJP has again started to make tall promises  in different ways to the people  and make pretence to get votes from the public just like the last election. The people, however, have become fully aware of its false promises and deceivableness. As citizens of India, we all are also responsible now that the ball in our court and everything is in our hands. So, we should think about this matter accordingly and select our leaders who will be perfect to provide leadership and governance.

Finally, it is my hearty request to the people that they never waste their valuable votes by  voting the  wrong party, and avoid selecting the deceiving leaders who just make tall promises and don’t fulfill it, and doesn’t care  about the new generation and their education and then only will our society be at peace. Otherwise, we will lose everything in our short lives.

MD  Sayeed  Nadwi  F  Y

 


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