Curbing Population Explosion: Welcome Initiative
It refers to media-reports about 125 Parliamentarians of different political parties like BJP, TDP and shiv Sena led by BJP MP Uday Pratap Singh from Hoshangabad having submitted a memorandum to President of India urging a total ban on government-facilities to families including government-service on birth of a third child. They have even demanded, though not practical enough, of 10-years imprisonment on birth of a fourth child. All government-facilities including all types of subsidies like on LPG and ration, reservation-benefits, promotion and appointment in government-service, right to contest elections etc should be abolished on having a third child in the family. Rather than 10-years imprisonment on birth of fourth child as suggested by MPs, it should be mandatory for every hospital, private or government, to compulsorily sterilize the woman where husband or wife have more than three children. It is also time to follow other Islamic countries where only one wife may be permissible for a man.
MADHU AGRAWAL, NEW DELHI
Taller Than Tall Promises
It has been lately observed that politician turned ministers for the first time in their excitement go on giving tall promises mainly with intension to satisfy particular community, class, area. A minister from a party made a loud promise of erecting statue in Assembly Complex, of the then opposition leader involved in Opinion Poll movement. He even went to the extent of sacrificing his ministry to achieve the goal. It is very well known what happened next and the issue has become dead now but may crop before elections. The fate of Opinion Poll Square, erected by spending lakhs of public fund, is before us to see. The other day as per press reports another big promise is made for conferring Padma Vibhushan to Goa’s nightingale Lorna, even by bending or modifying rules if so required. It is undoubtedly certain Lorna does not need such additional awards or certificates for academic purpose. She has captured and reining the hearts of Goans and others immaterial of caste, creed or religion. It is God’s gift to her which is far more than anything else. It is felt that the concerned minister who all along is known for bending rules regulations of TCP, PDA, and RP need not bother to take up this exercise in futility. It is also hoped that such tall promises are not made in future to please and get applauses from audiences.
B V S PRIOLKAR, MARGAO