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Free Temples From Govt Control

Recently I came across a news article regarding a webinar organised by Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) on the topic ‘Why is secular government controlling Hindu temples?’ The webinar was attended by prominent speakers from across the nation. According to the verdict of the Supreme Court on the petition filed by Dr Subramanian Swamy, if mismanagement is observed in the management of a temple, the government cannot take over and administer the temple but it can do so only till the problems are resolved. I believe that there are people in the government who are of selfish nature. These people eye the temple land and the money coming into the temple treasury. To run a temple, a person should have faith in God. In fact, it must be the first requirement to run a temple. The basic objective of the temples is to propagate ‘dharma’. President of Temple Worshippers Society, Tamil Nadu, T R Ramesh said during the webinar that takeover of temples by a secular government is like handing over the management of the temples to atheists. I too feel the same. I also feel that Shrimad Bhagawadgeeta should be taught in the temples just as Bible is taught in the churches and Quran in the mosques.

SHILPA NADKARNI, PONDA

Appreciating Doctors’ Service To Mankind

The National Doctors’ Day is celebrated on July 1 in India, every year. This day honours doctors across the country for their relentless service to mankind. Doctors’ Day is celebrated to honour the legendary Dr B C Roy. The celebration of the Doctors’ Day is an attempt to emphasise the value of doctors in our lives and offer them our respects. With the number of people infected by coronavirus on the rise and hospitals teeming with hundreds of people, it has never been more important to appreciate the efforts of doctors. They are the frontline warriors in the fight against the pandemic even at the risk of catching the infection. We should also remember the doctors, who have fallen victim to the deadly virus in different states. They are real-life heroes. Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Goa and with restrictions in place, there may not be elaborate programmes to celebrate this year’s Doctors’ Day. It is left to each Goan to appreciate the efforts put in by the doctors to battle the pandemic by sending them good wishes through social media like Facebook, WhatsApp etc. Those who have personal contact with the doctors could say a word of appreciation by making a phone call.

ADELMO FERNANDES, VASCO                     

Countering China Threat Unitedly

Amid the continuing stalemate between India and China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the sparring between the Congress and the BJP does not seem to be ending. The tongue-lashing show goes on oblivious to the priority of how to deal jointly with the arrogant belligerence of China. Both the principal political parties in the country are accusing the other of being in league with the Chinese. It is ironic that in the face of a serious external threat, the leaders of these two political parties are stooping to this ridiculous level and becoming a laughing stock of the world. As a matter of fact, both, the UPA government and the present BJP-led government are guilty of underestimating the threat posed by China. Instead of lampooning each other, the political leaders must wake up to the gravity of the situation and act as responsible men. The time has come for us to collectively introspect and take stock and build a national security strategy to counter the Chinese threat. Political leaders must learn how to deal with democratic differences with dignity. The civilised discourse that we have lost must be restored.

VENU G S, KOLLAM

Ensure Justice To Tuticorin Victims

Recently, through news channels and press, we learnt about the brutal death of a father and son in police custody. The incident occurred in Tuticorin district of Tamil Nadu where the two were allegedly beaten up for violating the time restriction during the lockdown imposed in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. The father and son were taken by the cops to a police station for keeping their shop open beyond the stipulated time during the lockdown period. Both, father and son, namely Jeyaraj and Benix, were allegedly brutally beaten to death in police custody. The policemen, who are supposed to protect the people and maintain law and order, took law in their hands by allegedly brutally beating the two till they succumbed to the injuries sustained. A shop owners’ association has now demanded justice for the father-son duo through a proper investigation into the case. The association has demanded that the guilty should not be spared. The family members of the victims have also demanded justice. Normally, in such cases, when one violates the law during lockdown, he is punished by asking to pay a fine or is given a warning so as to prevent such an act in future. However, in this case, the policemen, without giving any thought to consequences of their action, allegedly took law in their hands. There have been many cases wherein the lawmakers and the law protectors have themselves betrayed the law. It is learnt that the magistrate will visit the house of the victims to record the statements of the family members so as to understand the case properly. Though three policemen related to the case have been suspended and one transferred, the locals are not satisfied and demand severe action against the cops. A probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation has also been demanded by the victims’ family. Hope justice prevails.

RAJU RAMAMURTHY, VASCO

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