Goa Should Take Lessons From Kerala Floods
Many districts in Kerala are grappling with severe flood situation with many places inundated with water. Torrential rains, overflowing rivers and a series landslides has reportedly taken the death toll to 97 with several others reported missing. It is understood that fresh spell of rain lashed several parts of Kerala in the past couple of days as the state continues to reel under the impact of unprecedented floods considered the worst in this century. ‘Red Alert’ has been declared across the state as two more days of heavy rains and gusty winds have been predicted. It is understood that the heavy rains and severe floods leading to landslides are a result of the deforestation, hill cutting and construction activities undertaken in that state. Of late, Goa too has witnessed a lot of construction activities, tree-cutting for widening of roads, hill-cutting for housing projects and deforestation. Goa needs to learn a lesson from the devastation caused by rains in Kerala. The state has already witnessed some major landslides this year. God forbid, Goa could also face the same fate as Kerala in the not-so-distant future if we do not take necessary steps to conserve our environment.
ADELMO FERNANDES, VASCO
Wadekar Was One Of The Best Indian Test Captains
Ajit Laxman Wadekar’s (April 1, 1941 – August 15, 2018) demise is a great loss for India particularly Indian cricket. He passed away at 93 of his age, we lost one of the best Indian Test Captain ever seen in Indian cricket history. Wadekar became the first Indian captain to achieve overseas wins while touring the West Indies and England in 1971. He was one of the few Indians to represent the country as Test player, captain, coach/manager and the chairman of selectors. Wadekar was honoured with the Arjuna Award, instituted by the Government of India to recognise sporting talents in 1972, he received the Padmashri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour. Other awards include CK Nayudu Lifetime achievement award, Sportsperson of the Year and Castrol Lifetime Achievement award. He always will remain alive in our good memories.
M F QASMI, MUMBAI
Dealing With Vagaries Of Nature
It is indeed a wonder that even after 71-years of Independence, the nation stands united against secessionist demands steadfast in its endeavors to uphold the unity in diversity that is unique to the nation. Punjab, Kashmir, Assam, and the unrest in parts of the Northeast; the slew of separatist movements threatened to tear the country asunder. The pro-Khalistan movement continues to have sympathizers across the globe in spite of sane voices from the community claiming that such a nefarious demand of secession from India was not in consonance with the tenets of Sikhism. Destabilizing India has been a single-point agenda of the mandarins at Islamabad and hence all the separatist movements that ravaged the country owe their genesis to the reprehensible machinations of the Pakistan regime. Yet, year after year, on every Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the country proudly announces from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort that the peaceful ambience of this great nation can never be shattered by the violent acts of the separatist forces. However, today the country battles problems far worse than insurgency and the aggressive postures of hostile neighbours. With various regions across the country experiencing the wrath of the natural elements in its full magnitude, the nation is now, very painfully, coming to terms with the havoc wreaked by the vagaries of nature. At a time when floods and other natural calamities have been taking their toll on the country, the entire attention of the nation is turned towards providing relief measures to those devastated by the adversity. The worst monsoon disaster since 1924, the flood fury in Kerala is an indication of the helplessness of mankind when confronted by climatic uncertainties bringing death and destruction in its wake. The unity in evidence during these turbulent times when people across the country, irrespective of their caste, creed or religion, come together to assist their brothers and sisters in distress speaks for that distinctive trait which distinguishes an Indian from others. It is this amity, the brotherhood in evidence, which will afford India the strength to withstand the debilitating repercussions of natural calamities and the evil designs of divisive forces intent on seeing the republic obliterated beyond recognition.
PACHU MENON, MARGAO