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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Democracy Cannot Survive In Dictatorship

Dictatorship does not always begin after a military coup d’etat or violent seizure of power by a group. It can also slowly grow within the courtyard of a democratic country. But a leader in a democracy cannot become a dictator so long as there exist democratic institutions. However, it happened many times in history that such leaders started undermining the institutions after coming to power in a democratic manner by the weight of their popularity. After that the constitution is moulded so that they can enjoy absolute power as long as they want to.   Democracy cannot survive if its institutions are undermined. Democracy is like trees. We will be able to get fragrance of beautiful flowers –  equality, liberty, fraternity, justice and welfare if we can take care of the trees. But for that we are to provide them with water in the form of debate and dialogue every day. Moreover, a democracy tree produces flowers only when all of its major branches ~ legislature, executive and judiciary and other branches ~ financial, banking, investigative, educational institutions get the air of transparency and unhindered sunlight of importance.  But the most essential of all is the constitution soil. If some toxic elements get mixed with the soil then the democracy tree will die a slow death. One day all of its leaves become dry. Then only the skeleton of the tree will remain. Soon the tree will turn into a dry naked question mark in front of our moist eyes.

Sujit De, Kolkata

Every Player Is Responsible For The Game

As we know very well that cricket is not a one-man game , It is an important part for every player to help in winning the game completely. According to me, only Virat Kohli is playing with that passion and grit that is required, while others are not doing well. The bowlers are giving their best too, but the batsmen are failing to build on the advantage that the bowlers are giving them. This is a team with an excellent captain and excellent bowlers failing to chase down an easy target. Virat Kohili is not enough for all players but other batsman are also equal responsible to make the people happy and to help in winning the match. When I say other players that they should think when and how we have to play, how can we chase the target, how can we defend the opposition team, how can we bear away the match and finally how can we make Indian people proud, at the same time I beg to say to skipper that he must recall any all-rounder so that he can face problems in difficult situations and hit runs in the favour of team.

A S Qasmi, Panaji

Traffic Snarls The Order Of  The Day

Goa of late is smitten by the fad shown by drivers for maintaining their vehicles on the right side of the road for the entire duration of their journey making overtaking from the left an absolute necessity for other motorists which clearly contradicting the driving fundas in India which suggest that drivers travelling at slower speeds should use the left lane. The empirical rule on Indian roads, ‘keep left unless overtaking’, is now only limited to road-etiquette classes in driving schools with the new corps of drivers hardly paying heed to the lessons so fervently taught by the instructors. It is as if all the training received at the institute was only to impress the motor vehicle inspector conducting the test for granting a driving license! Under these circumstances, the need to follow lane discipline and the awareness to educate citizens on the essentialities of lane driving becomes all the more important for the smooth flow of traffic. With traffic snarls having become the order of the day, it is becoming glaringly obvious that ignorance about the nuances of driving in designated lanes has the potential to throw the movement of vehicles topsy-turvy. Not that traffic in Goa is by any measure organized! Now that even autos and two-wheelers have brazenly caught on to the craze, driving on Goan roads has become a nightmare of sorts. With drivers impudently demonstrating their personal entitlement over the right side of the roads, it becomes increasingly difficult for those who want to take a right or U-turn at junctions governed by traffic signals as they find themselves blocked by these errant drivers. It is about time the law enforcers moved over from their vantage points from where they are seen issuing challans for comparatively minor traffic violations and concentrated on bigger blunders on highways that requires their urgent intervention to be set in order. However, with police vehicles too following the same pattern of movement on the roads without exception these days, it would appear that the confusing form of motoring has the endorsement of the authorities! Or else, the police too are in need of disciplining for turning a blind eye to such irregularities. It is nevertheless perplexing to note that the public continues to relish the stupidity in adopting a mode of driving that is insanely illogical.

PACHU MENON,  MARGAO

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