Dangers Of False Narratives
EVERY marginalised person in our country, like a safai karmachari (scavenger) who dies every third day in gutter on an average, is in danger. They do not belong to any particular religion. Indeed, the false narrative that Hindus are in danger is actually putting the law of the land in danger. And when the law of the land is in danger then we all are in danger. The Bulandshahr incident is another testimony to it. The SHO Subodh Kumar Singh who had been investigating the horrifying Akhlaq murder case has reportedly been hunted down and shot dead by cow vigilantes in Uttar Pradesh. The gang also burned police vehicles after the discovery of cow carcasses in Mahav village. This gory incident once again shows that the lynching monsters are trying to run a parallel government on the streets. In this hour of crisis, we need to listen to the words of Abhishek Singh, the son of Subodh Kumar Singh. In an interview with NDTV after the brutal murder of his father, he said, “Today my father has died. Tomorrow a mob could kill a top police officer. Then someday it will be a minister. Should mob-killing culture be allowed to go on like this? Absolutely not.” On cow slaughter, he said, “A human murder is more important than finding out who killed cows. If the special investigation team is filing its report, then it should be clarified where the carcasses came from, whether they were planted to create trouble.” On being asked what message he would like to convey on Hindu-Muslim politics, the teen said, “I would appeal to the entire country, please stop Hindu-Muslim violence. People get violent at the slightest provocation. People should understand and think that they are bound by the law.” About his father, he said, “My father always used to say whatever else you become, you need to be a good citizen first. This country is yours. You people are not comprehending, I request you to understand – this mob culture will give us nothing.” The words of Abhishek convey a hint of a better tomorrow. There is every reason to be optimistic.
SUJIT DE, KOLKATA
On CM’s Health
IN general, I fully agree to the fact that a person has right to privacy in terms of his health status, but surely it is really absurd for the state chief minister or the Goa government to claim this privilege considering that he is still in power. Also, do we pay high taxes to have a non functioning chief minister? We need to make sure we are getting returns for the taxes we pay and have the full right to know whether the chief minister is capable to govern or not! The chief minister should resign from the Goa assembly as it is clear that he is not able to govern, and if he does, then yes, in this case, his health status would be his own private matter!
ARWIN MESQUITA, COLVA
Goans Suffering Consequences Of Unplanned Growth
THE slew of infrastructural developments in progress in Goa has already taken its toll on the Goan public. Although the locals are yet to feel the pangs of anguish over other aspects of development that have thrown life helter-skelter, travelling on major stretches of the roads in the state has already become a strenuous exercise. The fact is Goa was never geared up for a scenario where the entire state is witnessing simultaneous development works of this magnitude. If the government is ill-equipped to coordinate and get over various hiccups arising out of the plethora of works in progress, the resulting confusion will necessitate unpopular actions to be taken which will further make life miserable for the public. Hence, the major traffic diversion planned between the commercial capital and the capital city of the state, which will only supplement the travelling woes of the commuting public, will have the unpopularity of the state government soaring greater heights. But development they say comes at a price and in this respect Goans are only suffering the consequences of an unorganised growth sanctioned by a government that has only shown haste in overlooking progressive measures in carrying forward its development agenda. The lack of coordination between the government agencies responsible for overseeing the works and the companies carrying them out is pathetic, to say the least. The scenes that have been characterising the traffic mess all along the ‘developing’ routes more than convinces one of the government’s apparent glee in making light of the public’s wretchedness vis-à-vis the ‘monumental’ projects it has undertaken for the betterment of the state. Therefore, if newspaper reports are to be believed, the 18-km traffic diversion planned for vehicles plying between Panaji and Margao via Cortalim merits the public indignation it has been greeted with. With the state in the grips of the development-fever, the lack of foresight in planning for such ‘eventualities’ gives credence to the belief that public welfare does not feature as a priority for the present government.
PACHU MENON, MARGAO