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Ban Umbrella Use While Riding

THE traffic cops are very strict in implementing the traffic rule which does not allow the use of mobiles while driving a four-wheeler or riding a two-wheeler. But another aspect that could be as dangerous, if not more, than using the mobile while riding a two-wheeler, is carrying an open umbrella to protect one from the rains. It is observed that many a times the pillion rider is seen carrying an open umbrella. This is being done to prevent self and even the rider in front from getting wet in the rain. This can prove very dangerous for the riders, other road users and pedestrians crossing the road. The open umbrella can block the sight of the rider temporarily which can lead to an accident. The heavy rains accompanied by strong winds as well as the movement of the two-wheeler can lead to the rider losing balance because of the open umbrella being held by the pillion rider. This too can lead to accidents. Use of umbrella by pillion riders on two-wheelers needs to be totally banned. The rider as well as the pillion rider should use rainwear like raincoats and jackets to protect themselves from the rain.

ADELMO FERNANDES, VASCO

Shikhar A Sight To Behold

Shikhar Dhawan has again proved his utility value for India.  The man’s prowess with the white ball cannot be questioned though there are some doubts over his temperament and skills with the red ball.   But the injury to his thumb has raised concerns. He has been ruled out from playing for at least three weeks.  It is not sure whether he will be able to play in the knockouts if India makes it to the last four.  Some reports say Rishabh Pant would fly to England. In that case, whether he will be drafted into the playing eleven straightaway, or after a couple of matches, is not clear.  It s also possible that K L Rahul, who appeared in fine nick in the Australia match, could partner Rohit Sharma, and Pant may come at number four.  But India will miss Shikhar. Ever since he debuted for India, in the One Day internationals against the Kangaroos at Visakhapatnam in 2010, he was seen as a blockbuster opener suited for all formats of the game.  However, he has excelled in the shorter formats of the game with elan.  The Delhi stylist has loads of confidence and courage–his top attributes. Both pacers and spinners are easy meat for him.  In top notch form, Shikhar is a sight to behold.  

GANAPATHI BHAT, AKOLA

He Will Not Be Forgotten

PASSING away of a secular humanitarian, always protesting against barbarism, bigotry, communalism, murder of democratic right of free speech and assault on independence of what one would eat or whom he or she will marry, through his work, is a great loss in today’s times. The tall uncompromising presence of Girish Karnad was very much needed in this extremely vitiated environment where it has emerged as a “great sin” to question the “mainstream” or swim the opposite way. Along with “anti-national”, “urban naxal” is also a favourite term of the vested interests through which people are regularly character assassinated and belittled. But instead of being fearful to the epithet, the courageous Karnad had accepted the term as a badge of honour! Sporting a placard announcing “urban naxal” around his neck, the severely ailing Karnad came out in protest just 8 months ago also marking the death anniversary of Gouri Lankesh — wearing a tube in his nose! What a brave heart of principles, values and accountability towards the society! May his undying spirit award inspiration to the sane secular section of this society to march on relentlessly through the right path and protest against the evils by ignoring their threats and obstacles.  True Indians would definitely not forget the stalwart Girish Karnad in a hurry.

KAJAL CHATTERJEE, KOLKATA

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