AS YOU SAY
AN ACID TEST FOR BJP
Apropos the editorial Karnataka Elections: An Acid Test for BJP? ( WE: May II). It is an undeniable fact that mostly it is the Modi factor which worked wonders in the Karnataka elections. The BJP which has won the clear mandate of the voters and emerged as the single largest party in the State with 104 seats in its kitty has added yet another feather in its crown. The unilateral decision of the Governor, Vajubhai Vala in inviting the leader of the single largest party, Yedurappa to form the next government in Karnataka cannot be considered unconstitutional as falsely alleged by the beleaguered Congress and Janata Dal-secular (JD-S) who went even to the extent of devising their own plans suo- moto over the formation of next government even before representation was made to the Governor for the latter to examine the feasibility on constitutional lines.
The BJP, which has come to power in Karnataka despite being short of required magic figure of 113 necessary form the government, it is left with the only option of adopting unfair practice of horse- trading to prove its majority on the floor of the assembly within 15 days of coming to power. In the present piquant situation, this kind of practice which is not uncommon in the history of Indian politics appears inevitable and justifiable to overcome / resolve the prevailing political ambiguity that needs a remedy or a lasting solution in order to avoid a further political crisis.
It is to be mentioned in regard to BJP'S victory that the appeals made by the Andhra and Telangana Chief Ministers to the Telugu voters of Karnataka prior to the polls, went in vain, as the voters contrary to such appeals have preferred BJP against the wishes of these leaders who aimed at letting down the BJP. Also, the election battle was basically fought between Prime Minister, Modi and the former Congress Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah and not in between Modi and Rahul and hence there has been a virtual split of votebank based on the State develop - ment and against the wrong policies put forth by the Congress during campaigning. All in all, the voters were largely appeased by the election speeches conducted by the ModiShah duo in pre-poll campaigning.
Now, since the clouds have been cleared with the intervention of the constitutional experts on whose advice the Governor had given a clarity on this ambiguous impasse, the BJP'S vistas of power have also been set to spread to the south of Vindhyas thereby giving a quiet burial to the hitherto existing notion that BJP'S power was only limited to the Hindi speaking Northern belt. Now,
EDUCATE THE GIRL CHILD
This bears reference to the article Succour For Minor Wives ( WEMay I, 2018) on the pitiable condition of the child/minor brides in India. Sadly, bridging India's gender divide still remains a distant dream. Apart from the underage marital rape, the persistence of patriarchal attitudes that accords the value of girl child lower as compared to boys results in forced abortions and infanticide, under- nutrition, delayed access to health care and so on.'
In our Indian society a girl child is an unwanted person. But the parents should know that she should be as welcome as a boy child because in the eyes of the Nature and Law too both are equal with equal talents since BJP'S victory in the largest State of Karnataka in the south has set to open a new record / account, there are hopes to assume that the BJP which has consolidated its power in 22 out of 29 states so far is bestowed with a likely possibility of spreading its power too, in the South during the coming elections of 2019.
Hence, the elections held in Karnataka is no doubt an acid test for the BJP as it is a gateway for the latter to emerge into the Southern part of India wherein its power has not so far been remarkable.
– Bh. Indu Sekhar, Hyderabad.
LEAVING PARENTS FOR A NEW LIFE
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hidden in them. Hence a girl child should get proper education on par with a boy child in a family.
If given an opportunity, a girl child can overtake a boy child because she studies in school but also works at home whereas a boy child only studies in school but does not work at home and hence he only learns bookish knowledge but no household works. That is why, a boy child when grows up becomes a handicap and needs a woman for household works whereas a woman doesn't require a man for the same. Educate the girl child and she will be a super woman whereas a boy child will only be a man. Therefore, it is necessary that both should learn cooking and housekeeping as well as make their careers. The girls should not end their lives just being cooks and house-priests.
– Suresh Prasad, Darjeeling.
likes and desires, when their only daughter would visit her household, after entering into marital life, emphasized upon the purity of thoughts of a loving mother. Her thoughts which pondered upon the act of punishing the child for wrong doings and pampering her after that clearly depict the love of an Indian mother. Similarly, the act of the father, who even in the midst of his official commitments, attends the phone calls and jots down the necessities, highlight a scenario of an over- protective parent, who would like to turn every dream into reality for his adhorable darling. The climax too is enduring, as much as it portrays the martial responsibities and convenience of the other partner, which needs to be set on top priority in everyone’s life, which in toto, at times, leave the other side (parents) in despair.
– Priya Rajeev, Mumbai.
WHEN WILL THINGS CHANGE?
Apropos to the editorial Is Nation Building a Cakewalk? in WE- May I. The horrific gang- rape and murder of a 8-year old Asifa in J&K and Unnao rape shook the conscience of the nation. What was disappointing was the role of police and support extended to the rapists by the lawmakers. Even President Ramnath Kovind in his convocation address of shri Mata Vaishno Devi University in Katra in J& K conde - mned the incident has rightly pointed out the way the society is degenerating where it is becoming increasingly difficult for women to not only to move outside but also to live within the four walls of her house. As the brutality involved in all the rape and murder cases shows the depth of depravity that we have sunk into, the shocking feature was that in most cases elected representatives have been found directly supporting the accused. The fact that sexual offences have risen expotentially as exemplified by the latest data from National Crime Research Bureau, the society cannot be a mute spectator anymore. It must daringly act without prejudice because it is the moral responsibility of each and everyone to come together to stop this peril.
Sadly, the men accused of sexual assaults on women are able to become lawmakers only emboldened others including juvenile to commit such crimes. This has shamed the nation to an extent that UN intervened and asked the government to put an end to this menace. On the other end, the common man is ashamed that our politics has stooped to such a new low where congress is bent upon moving the apex court even after the chairman of the Rajya Sabha has rejected the notice to impeach Chief Justice of India on the ground it lacked credibility in the first place. Knowing the move will be setting a dangerous precedent from an institutional perspective, the actions of congress would not only amount to mockery of the constitution but also threaten the integrity of an independent institution.
In the final analysis, as all political parties attach more importance in scoring brownie points than concentrating to give good governance, time has come for all political parties to work together to build in a manner an egalitarian society where every individual irrespective of gender and age can move freely with a smile to uphold the Indian ethos and culture aloft so that the world respects us. All in all, it is also imperative that centre sets up more special courts across the country without delay to try rape cases so that not only speedy justice to the victims of rape cases is delivered within a time-frame but also acts as a deterrent.
– R. Srinivasan, Secunderabad.
The prize is awarded to: Suresh Prasad, Darjeeling.