When Pot Calls Kettle Black
RECENTLY two Union cabinet ministers belonging to the BJP called the Congress communal. This is clearly a case of the pot calling the kettle black. One of the ministers went to the extent of saying that the Congress will start playing communal card in the run-up to the Lok Sabha to be held in 2019. The BJP is now taking bellicose position, and is calling others what it actually stands for. If we revisit the riots and communal violence that have taken place in the last 40 years then we will have to make mentions of the anti-Sikh riots of 1984 and the 2002 pogrom against Muslims in Gujarat. The country may witness another conflagration on the basis of religion, which could be fomented by political parties to polarise the populace and make gains from that polarisation and violence.
S KAMAT, ALTO ST CRUZ
Hate Dealers Of Rajasthan
THIS is with reference to the editorial ‘Checking the social epidemic of hate’ (NT, July 25, 2018). In spite of the Supreme Court’s cracking the whip on mob violence, again a man was lynched in Rajasthan’s Alwar district. In his dying declaration, Rakbar Khan reportedly told the police that he and his friend Aslam were returning home after purchasing two cows when a mob of five men accused them of smuggling cows and started lynching. In a similar incident, a dairy farmer Pehlu Khan was lynched also in Alwar in April last year when he was on his way to his home after purchasing two cows from a fair. It is yet to be ascertained whether Rakbar was smuggling cows or not. But can we justify the action of the murderers even if the victim was indeed a cow smuggler? Can the people be allowed to take the law in their own hands and run a parallel government? Street justice shows no regard to the rule of law. Fringe elements have become so emboldened that they dare throw down the gauntlet to the law of the land. There seems to be an unholy nexus between street kangaroos and a section of social media functioning like digital khap panchayats. This needs to be dealt with iron fist. We cannot let the mob run a parallel government.
SUJIT DE, KOLKATA
The Hazards Of Mobile Towers
MOBILE technology is a boon to the whole world. But how many of us know that mobile towers have been a health hazard to many? One classic example is from Jaipur where members of a family have been diagnosed with cancer after they were exposed to radio frequency radiations. Several residents of Kasliwal in Jaipur have been complaining of low immunity, headaches, sleep disorders etc. It is pertinent to note here that a few years ago the World Health Organisation said the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified radio frequency electromagnetic radiations as possible carcinogenic to humans. People don’t agree on the direct impact of mobile towers on human health, may be due to the pressure of multinational companies. But the apprehensions call for the shifting of the mobile towers standing in human settlements to the areas where human beings do not live.
DIOMEDES PEREIRA, CORLIM