LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Church’s Election Advisory

It is customary for the Church in India to issue guidelines/advisories to the faithful at the time of state and general elections, cautioning them to vote judiciously and to select candidates, who are clean and promise to provide a secular and corruption-free government, if elected to power. The two-page advisory of the Church in Goa is no different, except for the fact that it has gone a step further by rightfully stating that claims for a clean and corruption-free government “become hollow” when “intolerance, oppression, injustice, extremism,  terror,  pseudo-nationalism, etc become visible.” We are, therefore, called to be wary of such situations and incidents, which are found to be on the rise in recent years. Secondly, in view of the spate of defections by elected members from one party to another, betrayals and backstabbing by switching loyalties to form disparate coalitions, people have lost faith in elections and in choosing the right candidate because it is often the unsuspecting candidate, who proves to be a Judas. And when power corrupts after holding positions of power, what say has the poor voter in this filthy game of politics?

A F NAZARETH, Alto Porvorim

Curb Misleading Advertisements On Internet

Today’s era belongs to social media and it takes only a few minutes for one to spread matter all over the world through the social media sites or apps, be it news, videos or photos. Its adverse effect is that even posts, which are wrong or false or rumours that can disturb social harmony are spread like wildfire. Therefore, mobile apps like WhatsApp, Twitter etc have tried to bring about improvement in their apps to curb the same to some extent. However, it has been observed that there is no control over misleading advertisements displayed on websites. Many misleading advertisements displayed on various websites claim to reduce weight in ten days or grow hair on bald heads, assure to cure incurable diseases, claim to solve domestic problems or earn money by playing games online etc. Such advertisements are also noticed in a few newspapers. Many people fall prey to such misleading advertisements and are conned thus losing thousands of rupees. Efforts should, therefore, be made to stop such misleading advertisements just as measures have been taken for keeping a watch on fake posts that spread rumours through social media websites.

JAGAN GHANEKAR, Mumbai