Nasal Vaccine For Children
ACCORDING to All India Institute of Medical Sciences director Randeep Guleria, nasal COVID-19 vaccine will be easy to give to schoolchildren who bear a very mild load of the disease but could be virus carriers. If children start going to school regularly and if they contract the coronavirus infection then they will not have much problem. However, if they get it to their homes infecting their parents, grandparents and the elderly people then that would be a matter of concern. Hence it becomes absolutely necessary to vaccinate schoolchildren. The AIIMS director says that Bharat Biotech is trying to get approval for its nasal vaccine. Such a vaccine will be easy to administer as it is sprayed and not jabbed. An entire class of schoolchildren can be vaccinated in half an hour with the nasal vaccine. In view of this, it would be advisable to wait till the nasal vaccine is available before schoolchildren are vaccinated. A nasal vaccine for children is advantageous in many ways. Besides the ease of administering the vaccine, it will not be painful like a jab. Children will be more adverse and will resist taking an injection as compared to a nasal spray. A nasal spray of the vaccine will probably not have side effects like localised pain, swelling, and even mild fever.
ADELMO FERNANDES, VASCO
Electricity Poles Pose Danger
STREETLIGHT poles, which are too close to and edged with the road at Shree Ghodkeshwar Ghumti at Gholiwada-Talaulim in Ponda taluka, are posing danger to travellers. There is every possibility of motorists ramming into the electricity poles. Over the years neither the electricity department nor the local village panchayat has taken a serious note of the wrong location of these poles. It is high time that the electricity department took immediate steps in shifting these dangerous poles, which are a danger to travellers.
PRAVIN U SARDESSAI, ADPAI
BJP’s Tandav In West Bengal
THE BJP is trying to destabilise the democratically-elected government in West Bengal by bribing politicians and voters. The people of West Bengal should not fall prey to inducements of the BJP, but should maintain their unique identity. They have been against some of the draconian measures, including the domenetisation of banknotes, the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, the national register of citizens and the national population register, taken by the Modi government. The three farm laws are also not acceptable to the farmers of West Bengal. Bengalalis should not give the BJP a foothold in their state.
ELVIDIO MIRANDA, PANAJI
A Case Against Dynastic Politics
A nation’s youth are the trustees of its posterity. Mere presence of young minds means little; their active contribution to society is the need of the hour. Upon the youth rests the hopes and aspirations of the country because a nation-building exercise is not an easy call. While engagement of young men and women in social, political and economic discourse of a nation has to happen more, it has to happen with care and caution. It has to happen with responsibility. It is incumbent upon the youth to decipher what, and what not, constitute “good politics”. One cannot straightaway presume youth participation is all about doing things in a jiffy. As Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said dynastic politics should be a big ‘no’ for the youth. This particular ‘brand’ of politics is more likely to give rise to dictatorship and incompetency. He went as far as to say that dynastic politics was the biggest enemy of democracy. Modi is right: youth commitment has to commence from the local level and then percolate higher. Political greatness can neither be assumed nor can it be thrust upon an individual. All leaders who rose to heights of political glory reached there on their own, by dint of sheer hard work. And they stayed at the top, more than anything else, by working for the people. Political longevity is determined by politicians’ sincerity and commitment. There are leaders who have nicely admixed dynastic names with their ability, sadly there are not many. When politics was a pastime, it did not denigrate into politicians’ fiefdoms. Over a period of time, as politics grew into a full-fledged profession, everything went from bad to worse. One cannot deny that every occupation is a means to make ends meet. The wellbeing of self and dependants is uppermost for a person. That is it, nothing more, nothing less. But ‘wellbeing’ has dangerous connotations in today’s “political profession”.
According to Modi, the danger of dynastic politics is its giving way to “me and my family first” instead of “nation first”, and one cannot dispute the Prime Minister. Every youngster should be able to provide a fresh definition to contemporary politics. Self-aggrandizement can only please the benefactor, but electoral politics will ensure that the person remains irrelevant, and when pages of political history are surfed, the ignoble will only find a cursory mention as compared to the worthy.
GANAPATHI BHAT, AKOLA