AT a time when the youth of the nation, especially the students, have taken to the streets to express their displeasure over the amended Citizenship Act and have ensured that their agitation against the new law has indeed found resonance across the country; a rowdy mob of youngsters in Goa were creating headlines by ‘taking on’ the police for censuring them for drinking in public. While the former is an instance of the student community coming to the fore to challenge the establishment for what is presumed to be its anti-people agenda, the latter cannot but be seen as a crass example of wanton behavior by the unruly youth. Questioning and revolting against authority has been a favourite pastime with the modern youth and the aggressiveness has been all the more evident when they are in an inebriated state. The incidence at Cuncolim where a group of youth allegedly consuming alcohol along the road late Monday night inflicted injuries on four policemen who accosted them just cannot be condoned as frivolous acts of late-night revelers and needs to be dealt with appropriately. Despite drinking alcohol being socially acceptable in Goa, consuming liquor in public places is against established social norms and hence there cannot be any reasons for endorsing such practices. Besides continuing to make a nuisance of themselves, the ‘merrymakers’ stand accused of being quite oblivious to the public discomfiture caused. As peace-keepers and law enforcers the police personnel are perfectly justified in questioning the ‘highway boozing bouts’ and warn the miscreants against staging similar ‘sessions’ in future. Taking umbrage against these warnings, it is reported that the youngsters in turn attacked the cops and damaged a few police vehicles. So far it was only the boisterous crowds of tourists visiting Goa that the police have had to content with vis-à-vis their bingeing on alcohol along the beaches. Now with the local youth too resorting to such ungainly ways, the police definitely have their hands full. Is it the ‘outside’ influence which has corrupted our youngsters to such an extent that in aping them blindly, the Goan lads have forgotten their own customs and traditions! Or on second thoughts, are the mischief-mongers involved in the fracas local residents at all! In any case, it was a very unfortunate incident!
PACHU MENON, MARGAO
Favouring Opponents Of CAA
I have been a regular reader of your newspaper and found your editorial (CAA and Ethnic Cultures, January 14, 2019) taking a one-sided approach and favouring the opponents of CAA. Does it mean that elected majority is a joke in Indian democracy? Should parliamentarians have consulted the people on the street? The agitation against CAA is pre-planned by the leftist and other opposition parties. Institutions like Jamia Millia, JNU and AMU are nothing but a waste of public money. The students in these universities are not engaged in studies but anti-social and anti-national activities. It is the same students raising slogans like Bharat tere tukde tukde honge. Freedom of speech does not mean that you can speak any nonsense. The CAA is aimed at giving citizenship and not taking anyone’s citizenship.
GAJANAN POROB, ALDONA
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR