1) Protest must be out of place
It is regrettable that the protest against the verdict of Supreme Court upholding the permission of the entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple turned into violence. As many as 13 policemen and 200 protesters from Hindu fringe outfits were injured in the incidents. Many female devotees of Ayyappa Lord have been reported to be bothered and abused by the protesters. It is not understood what the protesters are trying to convey. If the tradition, faith and religious belief are the basis for retaining religious customs and practices, several obsolete and inhuman practices would still be prevalent. Till a review petition is filed and conducted, such protests would be out of place.
– Mohd Usmani
2) RSS and Nationalism
Forging a Hindu unity nationalism is a western concept. This is a myth. The concept is found in Vedic texts and the RSS was founded to express spiritual nationalism by forging a Hindu unity. The RSS saluting the Bhagwa flag, which is revered in India from the time immemorial as a spiritual symbol, is certainly not a “western nationalistic phenomenon”.
– Divyesh Chovatiya
3) Lawyers should unite against taking cases of accused
There are many cases of rich and influential where circumstantial evidence in themselves speak of reality about crimes done like the most recent one, involving the son of a former Parliamentarian waving a pistol at a five-starred hotel in New Delhi. If lawyers unite not to defend him, the court of law just for sake of many, it will set a precedent and will certainly effectively check crimes done by rich and influential. Lawyers should see the humanity aspect also rather than thinking of money only. Lawyers taking such cases already have lucrative practice and wealth, and can make a big sacrifice for not taking either directly or through proxy-junior such cases only for money in the larger welfare of society which will not be less than a charitable cause in the service of humanity.
– Madhu Agrawal
4) Time-bound hanging can control murders
It refers to a shocking incident of brutal stabbings by a dog-owner and his associates in South-West Delhi killing a youth and severely injuring the other when the victims refused to apologies the pet dog. Such incidents will not cease until a strong fear-psychology is developed for a time-bound final hanging crossing all hurdles of the courts at various stages is ensured.
Properties of absconding culprits in this case, should be immediately confiscated, in case they fail to surrender within 24 hours with fast track court trial should be initiated immediately completely in a time-bound manner. Appeals at the higher courts should also be likewise completed to ensure the final hanging of the culprits within maximum one year of committing the crime with no mercy shown by the President of India.
Only such supersonic hangings, especially of rich ones like in this case affording dogs, can drastically reduce cases of murders especially by rich persons affording an extraordinary delay in justice through costly lawyers. Lawyers should also be united for not taking cases of such murderers. It is also time that norms for pet dogs may be tightened to ensure hygiene like it is done in advanced countries with license made compulsory for pet dogs.
– Subhash Chandra Agrawal
(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)