LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Pursuit Of Truth

RAISING voice against illegalities of successive governments in the last over 40 years has not been an easy task. Truth hurts, but it is only truth that always ultimately prevails. We should never compromise or surrender our fundamental right to speak out against anything that is wrong.  Let us never hesitate in taking the bull by the horn. Politicians and people in authority by virtue of their positions should to be ready for both bouquets and brickbats. They should know that their lives, deeds and misdeeds as well are under the public scanner and are more than likely to be exposed at some stage. Freedom to fearlessly fight against social ills is the very hallmark of a true democracy, but unfortunately some of those who ride to power on a contrived mandate are unable to withstand such a scrutiny. We are sadly witnessing tolerance towards the power of Opposition declining throughout the country, which is a very disturbing trend for the world’s largest democracy. In a democracy, the wellbeing of our people and the country must always be paramount. We need to be committed to resist any undue harassment by the government of the day. The well-respected Martin Luther King had said: “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because the conscience tells him it is right. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter. To ignore evil is to become accomplice to it. In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

AIRES RODRIGUES, RIBANDAR

PIOs Rule The World  

IT has been reported that more than 200 Indian-origin people occupy leadership positions in as many as 15 countries including the United States and United Kingdom. According to the ‘2021 Indiaspora government leaders list’ released on Monday, 200 leaders of Indian origin have ascended to the highest echelons of public service in 15 countries across the globe, with more than 60 of these leaders holding cabinet positions. These government leaders of Indian descent have made an immense contribution towards the country they now represent. It only goes to prove that Indians are among the best in the world when it comes to possessing leadership qualities. The icing on the cake is of course Kamala Harris being appointed as the first woman Vice President of the most powerful country in the world.

ADELMO FERNANDES, VASCO

Unfairness In Civic Body Polls

IF the stand taken by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant that the upcoming municipal elections would not be held on party lines has not already raised enough eyebrows, his contention that the BJP-backed panels/candidates will win the polls convincingly clears away the cobwebs of uncertainty that hangs around it. The reservation and delimitation of wards of 11 municipal councils, which will go for polls by the end of the next month according to a notification order issued earlier, should hence be seen as ‘partisan’ exercises conducted by the ruling dispensation to ensure a cakewalk for candidates supported by the saffron party. Elections are the best way to gauge the mood of the public vis-à-vis the popularity of a government but when allowed to be conducted in a free and fair manner! Nonetheless, it is always the ruling faction which holds the upper hand and in order to extend its dominance, attempts are made to remain in a ‘safe mode’ always. The political machinations essayed to place its candidates in a winning situation is thus a natural fallout of these election-time shenanigans. In this respect, the BJP has definitely given a distinct advantage to candidates it intends backing by selective delimitation and reservation of wards for women, SCs, STs and OBCs. Even as the Bombay High Court at Goa issued notices to the state government in a bunch of petitions challenging ward reservation and delimitation, including one by the Congress and the Goa Forward Party; for once there appears to be sharp differences over the matter within the ruling BJP as well, as was evident from the ‘fracas’ between some legislators over this issue. But rather than treat these matters as a source of amusement, it is however the delays in holding the municipal elections that should be more worrying. That the intervention of the High Court sought by petitioners in the matter of reservation and delimitation of wards could entail another postponement cannot be discounted either! It is time the government stopped playing politics over the elections.

PACHU MENON, MARGAO