Acting Tough on Liquor Outlets Over Signboards Is Uncalled For
The decision of the district road safety council directing the excise department not to renew the licences of bars, restaurants and liquor shops if they fail to put up the ‘Don’t drink and drive’ signboard in their premises from April 1, is both harsh and uncalled for. Why punish the liquor outlets when we already have laws to punish those driving under the influence of alcohol? The Goa traffic police, in this respect, are doing an excellent job cracking down on drunk driving, and have reportedly cancelled a record number of driving licences of drunk drivers, along with fines and imprisonment in a few cases. This has brought down the number of road accidents considerably in the past few months. Secondly, putting up signboards in liquor outlets will neither discourage nor reduce drunk driving. We have similar warnings of ‘Smoking is injurious to health’ on every cigarette packet. But has it reduced the number of cigarette smokers? It is time to be more practical in whatever we do.
A F NAZARETH, Alto Porvorim
Declare Feb 14 As ‘Matru-Pitru Pujan Day’
Easy access to internet has brought the world close and consequently, wrong practices followed in other parts of the world are also being adopted in India. Gay relationship, live-in relationship, electronic dance music festival are some of the fruits of the same. Various ‘Days’ celebrated in the name of Valentine’s Day are celebrated not just in cities but they are also celebrated in schools and colleges in rural areas. It is a known fact that these ‘Days’ have been created by companies manufacturing gift items for increasing their sales and profits. Indian youth drowned in stupor of love, however, feel proud to empty their pockets on buying gifts. Many countries have imposed a ban on celebration of Valentine’s Day, as it has been realised that such celebration is encouraging materialism and perversions. However, its celebration in our country is increasing day by day. Citizens, who are staunch supporters of the Indian culture, have started demanding that February 14 should be celebrated as ‘Matru-Pitru Pujan Din,’ but the government does not seem to give any positive response to them. Family system like the one we have in India does not exist anywhere in the world. Mother and father keep families bonded together. It is impossible to repay their debt; by paying obeisance to them at least on one day, it is possible to pay gratitude to them.
JAGAN GHANEKAR, Mumbai