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Letters to the Editor: December 28, 2018

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Welcome politics of cordiality

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It refers to the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on December 28, 2018, whole-heartedly appreciating the supportive attitude of Union Minister for Highways and Water Resources, Nitin Gadkari, in a meeting called for cleaning the river Yamuna in Delhi. Only such a cordial relationship between Central and Delhi governments can make Delhi as one of the best country capitals in the world, with citizens of Delhi having a more comfortable life. The desired step is to make Nitin Gadkari as central minister to look into affairs relating to Delhi.

There was an era when Parliamentarians like Piloo Mody used to sprinkle the much needed humour to cool down the bitterness created between rival political parties in Parliament. The then Prime Minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri sent a set of dhoti-kurta to veteran Parliamentarian Prakashvir Shastri as a symbolic advice for sticking to the national attire while on his foreign trip abroad. Atal Bihari Vajpayee whole-heartedly complimented the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for leading the nation to the great victory in 1971 Indo-Pak war.

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Once, Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the opposition leader challenged the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for an open public-debate at Ramlila Ground in New Delhi making Indira Gandhi to comment that the hindi of Vajpayee was very beautiful. But in turn, Atal Bihari Vajpayee broke the complete House in laughter by counter-commenting that Indira Gandhi herself was beautiful.

Madhu Agrawal

 

Unfair politics on an ultra-reformative step

Central government deserves compliments for getting the reformative bill on Triple Talaq passed by Lok Sabha on December 27, 2018, with practical amendments ruling out all possibilities of interference of non-family-members of the victim-wife when only the victim or her blood-relation could file a police-complaint. Other amendments include dropping the case in case the couple compromise and the magistrate granting bail only after hearing the victim-wife were enough to get the bill passed unanimously. It is evident that the opposition did not support a reformative move in the interest of Muslim women, that too at a time when even several Muslim countries have put a ban on Triple Talaq. If it was an interference in religious matters, then the opposition should have cried for abolition of the Dowry Act also.

Union government should now move further by banning multi-marriage by a Muslim man as a further step in welfare of Muslim women. It is noteworthy that even most Islamic countries do not allow multi-marriages by men. At least, it may be legislated that any non-Muslim adopting Islam may not be allowed to have more than one wife, because it is quite often that many non-Muslims including famous celebrities symbolically adopt Islam just for a day to have a second wife, which is a torture on his first wife.

Ideal thing to do is to implement the Uniform Civil Code. Erstwhile Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee once in Lok Sabha clarified that a Uniform Civil Code does not mean law of the majority community for all. Rather, he emphasised that good aspects from all religions like compulsory consent of girl for marriage as per Islamic Law would be considered for an ideal Uniform Civil Code.

Subhash Chandra Agrawal

 

Nobody would have played ‘Balasaheb’ better

Nobody expected a Muslim to play the role of Balasaheb Thackeray in a film based on his life and it truly is a shift in ideology of a party once believed to favour a particular community. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is an excellent actor and nobody could have played Balasaheb better than him. Art and cinema are mediums of entertainment as well as reviving personalities and the film ‘Thackeray’ based on the persona of one of the greatest politician our country has ever witnessed should be super hit crossing all box office records.

The film one hears is under the Censor Board scanner and hope it is passed without any cuts. The whole life of Balasaheb Thackeray was an open chapter and the film only would show everything about the personality which we all are already aware of.

SN Kabra

Sena sulking under pressure

The long binding relationship between Sena and the BJP is touching a stage of optimum use during the 2019 election.  Both the parties depend on each other and there is no such difference between the two parties in principles.  They attack each other for others to feel the difference. At this juncture, Sena eyes a hard bargain as the talk about sharing of seats between two parties is on. Sena is sulking under pressure as they cannot overcome the challenge of BJP in the state.  Moreover, CM Fadnavis has a cordial relationship with Sena leaders and there is no breakdown as such.  Under these circumstances, the relationship will go smoothly despite few hiccups in the beginning. After all, the alliance is going to continue and that is good for the state of Maharashtra with a stable government.

Saishree Subramaniam

 

Country scared of ‘Vardiwala Goondas’

The police in India are the most corrupt people, where they beat you up and arrest you under false charges. Some corrupt cops say that they are paid less so they have to accept bribes. Who is forcing these rascals to join the police force? Why can’t they work in offices where they can get a decent salary to support their families?  We normal citizens of the country are scared of these ‘vardi wala goondas’ because they behave like thugs and even rape women inside police stations. The sad thing is that they are not arrested after committing these crimes.

Jubel D’Cruz

 

Melbourne musings

Melbourne test is being an intriguing one for both the Australian and Indian side. India fielded a new opener Mayank Agarwal. His punishing innings gave the side a headway start. Chateshwar Pujara played a perfect matching role after early loss of a wicket.  The chips were down when Pujara came like a colossal figure for the dying spirits of Indian team on the opening day with an elegant stand of 83 for the second wicket settling the scores and gave Virat Kohli time to plan things batting first. Mayank was in his elements and Pujara was confidence personified and stood like an oasis on the desert and made his bat do the talking.  His county experience came handy to build a moderate score for India after winning the toss and electing to bat first. Indian batting was in a revival mood after Adelaide abjectly surrendered thanks to Chateshwar Pujara’s key role in building up stands on the first day.

Chitra Akhilesh

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