Afternoon Voice

Letters to the Editor: Sept 07, 2018

1) Need same principle for other issues

A five-member bench of the Supreme Court on September 7, 2018, through a unanimous verdict, striking down earlier verdict by the Division Bench of the Apex Court, now giving the right to equality for minority gay-section in society should be applicable on other aspects too. Caste-reservation is one such major issue which gives extra rights to those under reserved categories over those in general category is thus anti-constitutional. The Supreme Court should suo-motu take up the SC-ST Act passed unanimously by all political parties for vote-bank politics for negating the Apex Court verdict, likewise, only Uniform Civil Code can provide equal rights and duties to all the citizens in India where only Muslims are allowed for bigamy.

However, best practical comments on the Supreme Court verdict on Article 377 of the Constitution have come from RSS which has described gay-sex is neither a crime nor normal. The central government sensing the sensitiveness of the issue rightly chose not to participate in hearings at the Apex Court with ruling BJP being the only party avoiding comments on the verdict.

A larger bench of the Apex Court should be formed as suggested by Parliamentarian Dr. Subramanium Swamy to further elaborate the issue in a practical manner to prevent big damage likely to be caused to society in general where ancient Indian traditions are likely to be destructed because of youngsters adopting gay-sex as a fashion-status in the society. Any court-verdict should also be based on requirements of Indian society rather than focussing only rights of a particular section of society.

– Subhash Chandra Agrawal

 

2) Farmer’s contribution is beyond imaginations

Farmers are considered as the backbone of the Indian nation and they play a very crucial role in the Indian economy. The government must remember this quotation — “Prosperous farmers mean more employment, more prosperity for the workers and the businessmen of every industrial area in the whole country”. But it is a big tragedy of our country that the farmers give up their precious lives in order to the tribulations and hardships are created by the corrupted system. The government should not ignore the farmer’s needs and demands, because their contribution to the development of the country and its progression, is over beyond of imaginations.

– M.F.U.Tandvi

 

3) Remove corruption

The current government is calling on various issues related to the Muslims. Due to which our difference is increasing. While the Brotherhood is the principal of this country, but nowadays, the issue of Aligarh Muslim University is running.

The government wants to drop the word ‘Muslim’ from its name, but if the government does so, the country’s environment will worsen. I strongly demand that the government must leave this issue, so that our brotherhood lasts long, because brotherhood is the principle of this country, and this is its beauty.

– Md Irfan

 

4) Develop outgoing attitude, popularise waterborne activities

Our country has 7,500 km of coastline and an average age of populace is 37 years; therefore, it is essential that people must go on a cruise and enjoy different facilities provided on board and taste different kinds of food.

North America and the Caribbean enjoy 53 per cent of world cruise shipping. China is far ahead of us. We must develop an outgoing attitude and popularise swimming and waterborne activities. Our government is trying to carry out dredging in the Yamuna to make Taj Mahal accessible by waterways. The foreign and domestic cruise industry must grow and must be patronised for employment generation.

In Mumbai harbour, we are soon going to have two floating hotels and one good passenger ferry service is starting from October between Mumbai and Goa.

– Mahendra Singh

 

5) Mother Teresa — An epitome of gratuitous mercy

Mother Teresa has made India proud by showing and proving to the world what one person’s mission can achieve. She was born in 1910 and she landed in India in 1929. She founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950, which is still active even after her death in over 133 countries. The members of her congregation run homes for people, irrespective of caste, creed, colour or religion, dying of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and leprosy. India has honoured this messenger of Christ with the highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna in 1980, besides other awards prior to that. One year before her death, the world honoured her with the Nobel Peace Prize.

In 1948, Mother Teresa became an Indian citizen. She got her training as a nurse in Patna. She opened a school in a slum in Calcutta (now Kolkata). It was run with the help of donations. Many of Mother Teresa’s former students also became nuns and came to help her with her social work.

Of course, Mother Teresa had critics even within the Catholic Church and within her congregation too but how she responded to such venomous criticism is very simple. There was no convincing response other than her simple and profound life lived out for the poor and the dying. Her life which is an epitome of gratuitous mercy is the only convincing response to all criticism aimed at her.

– Jubel D’Cruz

 

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