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Honour The Deserving Person In His Life Time

No one disagree with the country’s highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna bestowed upon to the former president Pranab Mukherjee, late Assamese singer Bhupen Hazarika and late social activist and RSS veteran Nanaji Deshmukh. They truly deserve it as country’s role model and my respect to them. But, there are long lists of the non receivers in ‘Bharat Ratna’ (and ‘Padma’) list, one reason to other.  Hence, we must think over that why we are unable to honour the deserving person in his life time then posthumous? May be political hurdle one of the reasons.  Hence, this being an election year, naturally healing the pain of a slap recently gets in the three states Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, Modi government after a gap of three years, the nation’s highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna is being conferred to those three, to fill the gap of loss of three Hindi heartlands .  If the selection of the top most civilian recognition for the veteran politician like a Congress veteran Mukherjee within eighteen months after his retirement interpreted as an attempt to court the Bengal electorate. Hazarika’s anointment is being seen as an effort to cool tempers in Assam where, as in many other parts of the Northeast, amid simmering public sentiment against the central government’s citizenship bill. Whereas the recognition for Nanaji Deshmukh, a reverential figure for legions of RSS workers and sympathisers, is sure to go down well among the saffron fraternity.  Whatsoever, all the three Bharat Ratna winners are one reason to other attach with the PM Narendra Modi’s RSS.

Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee, Faridabad

 

No Superstars In Kohli’s Team

Indian cricket team defied all odds to lift both the test series and the ODIs n Australia. The T20 series, too, would have been the Kohli’s boys’ but for the rains. The difference between this team and the teams of the past is the spirit of unity in the team. Barring a couple, there are no real superstars in the team which captain Kohli has to contend with.  Many are young legs who are ready to be disciplined and advised without nursing any bruised ego. Indian fielding has come  a long way and the present bunch of youngsters are no bunnies.  In fact, this team ranks among the best in the world in terms of fielding and catching.  That can make  a huge difference in a close finish. Indian cricket team  has traditionally been known for its batting and spinning prowess. But its the pace bowlers who have surprised in the last couple of years.

Ganapathi Bhat, Akola

 

People Must Respect The Laws Of The Land

The increasing cases of attacks on Traffic-sentinels make it more than evident that the state police force is not geared to provide the sort of protection that needs to be extended to whistleblowers who risk their lives to assist the police in their works. While the police should have been allaying fears over threats to the physical wellbeing of their ‘informers’, we have the top-brass from the force very staunchly justifying the merits of the scheme to the press and media. With the ferocity of the attacks increasing with every confrontation reported, the manner in which the police has responded to the incidents can only increase the apprehensiveness in the minds of the people with regard to the Traffic-sentinel scheme. Rather than condemning the attackers and warning them of stern action for their cowardly acts, the police should have been setting an example by their swift actions which would deter repeats of such occurrences in future. It is indeed unfortunate that while the scheme has proved to be a boon for the police in enforcing discipline on the roads, the ‘assistors’ who have brought about such a situation are left to fend for themselves on the face of such dastardly attacks. When their ‘corroborators’ are in the line of fire, how inspiring is it to have the police standing as mute spectators to the whole show! But having said that, a sense of foreboding does assail one when thoughts of public response to maintenance of law and order brings forth vivid images of violence. Apparently people are not going to take lightly to any proposal where members of the public are ‘enticed’ to join hands with the police in implementing plans that betters the existing scenario vis-à-vis law and order in the state. At least that is what these episodes of hostilities against the traffic-sentinels seemingly signify! However, for the sustenance of a civilized and orderly society, it is essential that people respect the laws of the land. In present times, cooperation, and not resistance, is the mantra to an orderly life! Otherwise we will soon be having a corps of hotheads who will make a nuisance.

PACHU MENON, MARGAO

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