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Letters to the Editor: January 22, 2019

SC must extend 2-child norm policy to contest any elections

A three-member bench of Supreme Court on October 24, 2018, ruled that giving away a child as adopted one after the birth of the third child could not allow a person under two-child norm either to contest rural elections or continue holding a post. But much will be improved if two-child norm to contest any election including for Parliament, state-legislatures, civic-bodies, President and Vice President too. Such a system will tend to impose a check on corrupt practices in the legislature because of fewer needs for small families.

Time has come that two-child norm may also be there for government jobs and availing government facilities like benefits of reservation and subsidies. Such steps will check the population explosion and the government spent on subsidies for people with large families.

Madhu Agrawal

 

Why not replace political rallies with live TV debates!

It is indeed regretting that even Prime Minister and state Chief Ministers apart from ministers getting salaries through public exchequers have to waste their precious time in election rallies because of an unholy political culture of mega-budgeted and unproductive political rallies. India should adopt a healthy democratic culture of USA where live TV debates between prominent leaders and Prime Ministerial or Chief Ministerial candidates are usually featured. There are candidates who contest elections only for exhibiting their richness through competitive most expensive election rallies even though very well knowing that they are going to lose even security deposits. There is unnecessary diversification of public resources in security required for political rallies. There is burnt of precocious fuel coupled with usual allegations of collecting crowd misusing government resources by political rulers to exhibit successful rallies. There should be a complete ban on election rallies.

However, private TV channels and radio network apart from national electronic media can be directed to accept advertisements from recognised political parties at subsidised rates abolishing free radio and TV timings at Akashwani and Doordarshan to the recognised political parties.

Subhash Chandra Agrawal

 

Why PM Modi not arrested for 2002 riots?

I wonder why India’s Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi was not arrested when he killed thousands of Christians and Muslims during the Gujarat riots in the year 2002? Was it because of his political background? Or did he bribe the police, the Home Minister and the judge of the High Court? Only the police and the court will have an answer to this?

Nowadays money plays an important role in letting you go scot-free even if you’ve committed a thousand murders or have raped a hundred women.

Jubel D’Cruz

 

Prevention is better than cure in leprosy cases

Maharashtra state is facing a high risk of leprosy cases as over 5000 cases were detected in recent times. It shows 11 per cent increase as per the survey and the more chances of people getting the contagious disease. It is an alarming proportion considering the best medical treatment available in the city and suburbs. The greatest risk factor for developing leprosy in contact with another case of leprosy. Contacts of people with leprosy are five to eight times more likely to develop leprosy than members of the general population. Leprosy also occurs more commonly among those living in poverty. Other risk factors are poorly understood. However, conditions that reduce immune function, such as malnutrition, other illnesses, or host genetic differences, may increase the risk of developing leprosy. Hence, prevention is better than cure.

Ramaswamy Jayanthy

 


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