• Judges reluctance to make their assets public has subjected them to unwarranted and totally avoidable controversy,For the judges sakes. Of all the constitutional institutions the judiciary has the highest respect and credibility among people and therefore needs to be far more transparent than the others. All public servants must disclose their assets.
• What happened at a pub in Mangalore is cultural vandalism. These violent acts,perpetrated by activists of fringe Hindu outfits are in fact attempts to defend and deify their own prejudices,which they perceive endangered.
The cry of Islam in danger instigated so many youths to resort to jihad. The same is happening with Hinduism in India. The self-styled Hindutva elements believe that its incumbent upon them to defend their culture and religion by taking recourse to hooliganism.
Sumit S. Paul
• Culture is a set of internalised values that cannot be imposed. The feudal and barbaric mindset of subjecting women to patriarchal diktats needs to be eradicated in its entirety. The state has remained ineffective in its duty to protect individual liberty.
In such a vacuum in authority,Taliban-styled outfits like the Sri Rama Sene take full advantage of the indifference of the community at large and end up maligning the very culture they claim to protect. Neither can they be called cultured nor their modus operandi justified.
• Any act of terrorism should be condemned and should be subject to severe punishment by the law of the land. Terrorism has no religion and thus the term Hindu terrorism needs reconsideration. Similarly,the term Islamic terrorism is unfair to Muslims. It is just an Indian Mujahideen or an Al Qaeda or an LeT that are responsible.
Adherents of any religion would be shocked when the name of their faith is deliberately attached to the act of terrorism for political mileage. This is not only provocative but also detrimental to social harmony.
Saumya Brata Panda
• Privatisation resulting in job losses is shocking news,especially since some us were harnessed on a staple diet of loathing povertys under communist regimes. The obvious question that comes to mind is: Where is the difference,where does the common man stand? Ones life seems to be equally expendable in either system.
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