AS YOU SAY
IS RESERVATION A MEANS FOR PATRIOTISM?
This refers to the inspiring article, Meaning Of Patriotism For You? ( WE August I, 2018). In this article the writer is strictly against the provision of 'Reservation' provided to the SC/ST candidates and has cited the example of the USA/ UK where no reservation is provided. Personally I am also against ' it' but I must mention here that the provision of 'reservation' is directly related to the malpractice of ' untouchability' and no such malpractice is in existence in the USA/UK!
Reservation should be provided to just one generation of the reserved categories and not to all the future generations so that at least ' one generation' of all the families under the ' reserved' categories should ' avail' the benefit at least ' once'. What we should keep in mind is that ' reservation' is being provided to counter the malpractice of ' untouchability' prevalent in the upper caste (Brahmin, Kshatriya and Vaishya) of the Indian society and Dr Ambedkar presumed that after about 10 years of its implementation, this malpractice ( untouchability) would be abolished but the 'political system' of this country is so 'corrupt' that all the political parties made a ' tool' of it ( reservation) to garner votes!
Referring to this article and coinciding it with the 71st anniversary of the Indian Indepndence on the 15th August, 2018; I have one question: Every year we have thousands of new IAS/ IPS/ IIT/ MBA/ MBBS, etc. Even 1 per cent of them don't declare that they will not take any 'bribe' and/or will not 'harass' the public and that they will live on their 'salaries' only. Then, what is the need of following any 'so called' religion if they are not honest in their respective professions? Is it patriotism?
– Suresh Prasad, Darjeeling.
LIES OF SOCIAL PRESTIGE
The article False Social Prestige July II issue clearly explains the gradual deterior - ation in humanity, among our society. Telling lies to earn social prestige and maintaining it by continuing a bad habit, will one day make him reveal his true self. ' Memory' is something very important for a liar, and he is sure to get caught red-handed, if he forgets the lie he had told previously, as truth can be visualised even after several years, while false informations are imaginative and fades with time. Most of the politicians of today are well known liars, gaining name
RAHUL GANDHI INABLE TO TAKE LEAD?
Appropos the editorial The Hug, The Wink And The Miss..." in WE-- August I. The timing chosen by TDP supported by opposition to move a no-confidence motion in order to corner the government issues backfiring has put the opposition in embarrassment. In short, when the poll in three states are due at the end of the year and the lok sabha polls early next year, the trust motion at this juncture when there were no numbers was not only hasty but insignificant. In fact, the manner the debate went on for eleven hours in the house with Rahul Gandhi once again frittered away a golden opportunity to counter Modi effectively. In fact, Rahul still not acquired the bite to and fame by dishonest means and trying to preserve them, go to any extent. Though media telecasts these speeches and its published in Newspapers, given in writing , our politicians hardly bother to fulfill their words or serve their Constituency. They take the public for granted and are in for a ride.
Citizens with knowledge and Intelligence selected as Politicians to rule our country should be based on merit and service done by them to the society, with honesty without and discrimination in Religion is the 'only way' false prestige of humans, can come to an end.
– Preetha Rengaswamy, Chennai.
SHOULD ADULTERY BE DECRIMINALISED?
While making a submission in the case filed by a petitioner for decriminalising gay sex by amending Article 377, the Indian government observed that they are inclined to leave the matter to the wisdom of the Supreme Court and that the court could take an appropriate
articulate his views properly and added to this, his casual approach during the ex- tempore speech without facts and figures underlines the fact that it will be difficult for the party to regain the space. This apart, Rahul's unexpected and disarming hug of Modi in the house not only took everyone by surprise but clearly revealed his inability to take the lead in an all important and serious debate. All in all, looking at the disappointing performance of Rahul in the house, it is clear that congress under Rahul Gandhi may not be able to keep all the parties together and in good humour.
In the end, BJP got a shot in the arm for putting across its achievements and views clearly which got more than expected support of 325 members against 126 received by the opposition.
– R. Srinivasan, Secunderabad.
decision. ( Love Outside Marriage – WE – July II). In the same breath however the government appealed to the apex court not to decriminalise adultery as that would seriously impact the concept of marriage and the sanctity associated with it. There has always been a feeling that the law governing adultery in its present form is heavily loaded in favour of the fair sex as in any adulterous relationship it is only the male who has to face the rap and who can be tried in court and sentenced to a jail term. The women who could be a willing partner in the relationship thus making it consensual can get away scotfree. With regard to the government’s argument it is crystal clear that when a man or a woman in a marriage strays and fosters another relationship the trust between the couple, often referred to as marital vows stands breached as a third party has entered the picture. It is also pertinent to observe that adultery generally takes place when marital relations have reached a rough patch and marital satisfaction has gone for a toss. That is the point when the marriage is at its weakest and when an opportunity presents itself either the man or the woman voluntarily enters into a new relationship forging a new bond without severing the earlier one. Adultery hurts all the more where a straying couple has children because there could be frequent quarrels that could have an adverse impact on young and growing children who might even end up developing a warped notion about marriage itself. So decriminalising adultery which would make all such relationships outside marriage perfectly legal can have a destabilising effect on marriages and in many cases a split could well become inevitable. The govern ment’s stand on the issue therefore is welcome but the law should certainly be tweaked to make it gender neutral as presently it is biased in favour of women.
– Vijayalakshmi A., Bengaluru.
ANXIETY IN THE MODERN ERA
The cases of social anxiety today have snowballed since the past few years. Though it could have causes like chemical problems, social anxiety is traced to stream from various life experiences such as childhood bullying, extreme stress of performance, bad social experiences, and non-inclusion by groups but the big reason in the modern world is very much associated with the rise of electronic social media. Today more and more people seem to be inclined towards portraying themselves as the ‘ideal’ prototype of their age and gender. Such portrayal can lessen their confidence to face the real situations with a real them. Also, due to extreme externalisation and materialisation there is hardly any attention is given to the self-esteem of any individual. As the child grows up, he sees himself always on a competitive chart with someone on some parameter or the other.
The competition has made youngsters cruel and non- inclusive and groups often ‘ accept’ those who would follow the leader. This dents the self-esteem of those who neither follow, nor command, neither stand out nor blend. And they are further forced towards proving themselves on some competition or other. Such factors often develop social anxiety coming from a fear of rejection and ridicule. These conditions can be fixed provided the modern day generation finds out a good alternative to social media. This is just the tip of the iceberg as the problem is likely to aggravate till it becomes a menace tough to handle. Its high time, we act and build a dam against the strong waves and tide of social media which is pushing our coming generation towards social anxiety.
– Mohd Zeyaullah Khan, Nagpur.
The prize is awarded to: R. Srinivasan, Secunderabad.