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Resolve Seafarers’ Concerns

GOAN seafarers have welcomed the proposal put forth by South Goa MP Narendra Sawaikar before Union Minister for Shipping Nitin Gadkari for  allowing  the Vasco-based  mercantile marine department to hold ministry of shipping certificate of competency exam and all certification of safety courses. The central minister has also been urged to resolve  the issue of continuous discharge certificate. The CDC is a seafarer’s identity document issued in India. This document certifies that the person holding the CDC is a seaman as per the International Convention on Standards of Training. A full-fledged examination centre in the state will do a great service to Goan seafarers. They will benefit a lot as they incur heavy expenses  to travel  and  stay in Mumbai,  where the Goan seafarers answer their written and oral examinations for various ranks. They have to get their new CDC ready there in the absence of a full-fledged examination centre in Goa. In many major cities like Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai the MMD has  facilities to hold and conduct these examinations. The MMD centres in these cities are allowed to issue the CDC for Indian seafarers. The Goan seafarers have hoped that Gadkari will prioritise  on coming out with  a solution to the CDC issue, which has  been dogging them  for a long time now.



Pakistan Pushed To The Wall

IT has been drummed into our mind  that  nobody  gains through a war but only loses. if we reflect upon the havoc caused by different wars that raged after the two world wars then we realise that a war has been the greatest destroyer. After the dastardly Pulwama attack by a suicide  bomber of the terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed  that killed 40 CRPF jawans, India had been left with no option but  to launch an air strike across the line of control. However, this offensive was carefully planned to target only the terror camp. This has been the first major air strike targeting mainland Pakistan after the Indo-Pak war of 1971, which was declared by the then military dictator of Pakistan Yahya Khan. But has it taught Pakistan any lesson? Not just India but the whole world has been imploring upon Pakistan to smoke out the terrorists, but to no avail. India has been pleading with Pakistan to rein in the militant organisations functioning from its soil and indoctrinating the Kashmiri youth. But Pakistan denies its complicity and seeks proof. The atmosphere in the Indo-Pak border is laden with fear and anxiety.



There Is Milk For Gods But Not For Our Children

MILLIONS of litres of milk was poured over Shiva Lingas on Maha Shivaratri, and the milk as usual went down the drain. It is a shame that we fail 48.2 million hungry children of our country. According to the 2018 Global Hunger report, India, Djibouti and South Sudan are the countries where child wasting are most prevalent. Children under the age of five who become victims of acute malnourishment with low weight for their height, are tagged in the group of child wasting. This happens because of poverty that creates a wall between hungry children and nutritious food. Now, where is the concept of ‘Daridra-narayana’, God in the form of the poor? Where is the milk of human kindness? Milk of human kindness means compassion and sympathy. This phrase has its origin in Shakespeare’s play ‘Macbeth’ where Lady Macbeth complains that her husband is too full of “the milk of human kindness” to kill his rivals. Could Lady Macbeth complain about us if she happened to see such wastage of milk in front of hungry, malnourished children? Nobel laureate Amartya Sen rightly said, “Hunger is quiet violence.” And such wastage amidst malnutrition among children is nothing short of violence. The milk could have brought smile in the face of malnourished children and their mothers. We have created God in our own shadows as though Lord Shiva wants to drink milk depriving his children. However, when we look at the sky we feel that the whole universe must be Infinite and therefore it is the One. So, if the Divine is to exist then that must be in the form of what Chhandogya Upanishad said:  “One indivisible that is pure existence.”  We see that our world itself creates dark nights by obstructing the Sun. Similarly, the ego creates falsehood by obstructing the Infinite. Indeed, the ego obstructs the light by building walls of inhuman rituals, myths, superstitions, prejudices thus creating shadows of falsehood that takes us far from Chhandogya Upanishad.


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