1) Vice-President of India’s inspiring speech
Really Vice-President of India Venkaiah Naidu delivered an inspiring speech on the occasion of the inauguration of the world’s largest dome at the Maharashtra Institute of Technology. His words “Terrorism, violence, discrimination, and poverty are among the most daunting challenges facing us today, no religion in the world advocates terrorism, all nations across the globe must unite to combat the scourge of terrorism”, show his strong belief and sincerity towards religions. It is a strong massage of the Vice-President to all the people who spreading misconceptions about the religions. It is a desperate need of time to remove the misconceptions about the religions.
2) UP police’s arrogant attitude
It is the matter of immense disgrace that a sales employee of multinational technology company Apple was last week shot dead in Lucknow by a constable of the Uttar Pradesh police, allegedly after he refused to stop his SUV car for checking at the call of the policemen who were on patrol duty on a motorcycle. Though he was wrong not to cooperate with police, police constable has no right to put someone to death in such cases. It shows UP police’s arrogant attitude which is totally condemnable for being a public servant. The Police force means to enforce the law, to protect people and property, and to prevent crime and civil disorder, not to be a criminal. Now the UP government must take stick steps against this criminal policeman for a lesson.
– Mohd Rahmani
3) LS Speaker speaks Reservation policy reality
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan deserves all compliments for her bold comments against the indefinite continuance of the policy of Reservation which in fact is also against the basic principle of none other than renowned Constitution-maker Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar. The policy of Reservation was incorporated in the Constitution for a limited period of just 10 years to create a homogeneous castles society. But, unfortunately, vote-bank politics has made politicians cutting across party-lines racing in advocacy for continuing Reservation for an indefinite period. Practically policy of Reservation is responsible for making people of reserved categories separated from those of general unreserved category. A policy, which could not fulfill its basic purpose in stipulated 10-years period, is in itself an established failed policy. Otherwise, main beneficiaries of the policy are ultra-rich politicians who are not excluded as a creamy layer of the reserved categories.
The Brahmin-priests in temples are in fact needier for Reservation when people in small temples search for coins of the smallest denomination to offer to the deities in temples, making priests leading a life Below-Poverty-Line. Cast-based reservation can be gradually abolished by not allowing benefits of Reservation to persons and families above some limit and having more than two children in the family.
– Subhash Chandra Agrawal
4) What about ‘Consumer Protection Bill 2017’
The Union Cabinet had given nod to new ‘Consumer Protection Bill 2017’ with stringent punishment and fines for misleading advertisements holding also celebrities promoting commodities accountable. But with a term of the Lok Sabha is going to end in the coming months, the central government should take immediate necessary action to get the bill passed by the two Houses of Parliament.
However, some more features can and should be added in the Bill to safeguard interests of consumers. The Bill should include a ban on levying service-charge in bills by hotels and restaurants. 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.
The Bill should have provision to make it compulsory to pack all packaged commodities only in packs of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 gms-mltrs-kgs-ltrs only, to avoid gimmick packaging 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. Presently soap-manufacturers pack 75 gms soap-cakes to look alike 100 gms packs and syrups in 750 mltrs packs to look alike 1 ltr pack. Even medicines should be packed in the similar system unless an 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 consumer judges price per strip rather than lozenges.
– Madhu Agrawal
5) Disappointed with SC’s verdict
I am disappointed with SC’s majority verdict of continuing house arrest of the activists; rather I will go with Chandrachud’s lone dissent. I see the arrest of five activists as a soulful requiem to liberty, this is merely a political game because there were not enough evidence for their detention, suppose, if there were, Pune police’s disconcerting attitude in besmirching and maligning the arrested right activists through deliberate media leaks was an irresponsible and condemnable act. This is a violation of the guarantee against arbitrariness under Article 14 and of the right to life and personal liberty under Article 21. The Pune police must answer the blunder they have committed.
– Q Qasmi
6) Where there is Ram, there should be Rahim too
If India is really secular and if the Constitution really guaranteed equal rights to all religions and faith, then both mosque and temple should be constructed side by side with high walls in between the two and the two communities should not create an atmosphere of disturbance while the other is praying.
Let’s not give chances to those who are waiting eagerly to create animosity and turmoil in our country. We can’t afford that. Where there is Ram, there should be Rahim too.
– Jubel D’Cruz
7) The legal system needs a revamp
The Quit India Movement by fraudsters is at its peak as another industrialist defaulting over Rs 5,000 crores bank money has fled the country to take shelter in Nigeria which is a heaven for financial criminals. Sandesaras brothers of the defunct Sterling Biotech group couldn’t have fled the country without the blessings of the powerful and this shocking trend of fraudsters easily fleeing the country to safe heavens is a matter of grave concern. Are strict banking laws in our country only for the poor? A poor bank customer is heavily penalized if his bank balance falls below the prescribed minimum balance and this money is then funded by these institutions to fraudsters who live in elite comfort with poor people’s hard earned money.
Our legal system needs a revamp. The bureaucrats and top employees who have a hand in financial scams should be made accountable for their actions. It is a pity that is prisons are filled with petty criminals who are put behind bars as they cannot hire lawyers but the real fraudsters are enjoying freedom because they bribe the system with the help of corrupt moves and hiring top legal brains as they can afford their services.
(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)