Penchant for vandalism
In the bathroom of Christ Church School, a reputed missionary school, in Dumdum in north suburban Kolkata, a student was found dead in the bathroom with the door bolted from outside. Subsequent investigation revealed that the student was constantly ragged and tormented by two senior students of the same school.
The information was explosive enough and as is the present culture of West Bengal, the guardians started indulging in vandalism and insisted on the arrest of the principal. Be that as it may, a butcher, not connected with the school in any way, started vandalising the school property in full fury.
On January 18, the relatives of an indoor patient in Chittaranjan National Medical College & Hospitals in Beniapukur area attacked the police post when they were denied entry after the stipulated visiting hours. But these are not stray incidents.
In our Kolkata, whenever an accident occurs in Ekbalpore, Rajabaza, Beniapukur or in like areas, young boys come out like locusts from lanes and by lanes and start vandalising the passing vehicles with a show of vengeance. They are everso well-equipped, with iron rods, daggers and other objects. Why do they relish destroying private and public property so much?
N K Das Gupta

BJP’s shifting stance on Art 370
It’s just like in Bengali, ‘Jale bhase shila’ (Stone floating in the water) to me when I read that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Rajnath Singh has no objection to Article 370, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir, if it helps the border state in carrying on with the development. Why this sudden change of heart?
Until now the BJP has consistently opposed Article 370 without reason. And was it not the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, who stated at a rally in Jammu that there should be a debate on whether or not Article 370 has benefited the state, to amend his opinion, leading to a war of words? And didn’t it immediately clarify that Modi had not softened the party’s stand on Jammu and Kashmir, since it has been demanding repeal of the Article 370? Is it not minority appeasement by the party?
Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee

Dragging down the discourse
It is quite surprising and heartening to note that, more often than not, most of the electronic media are anti-establishment, unbiased and not clouded by irrationalism, and have departed from their usual sycophantic norm towards those in power and have called a spade a spade. This is a refreshing change.
As far as election speeches are concerned, there should also be no room for slander, diatribe and mudslinging. Getting at each other’s throats and cornering each other should be avoided.
The latest accusation at Narendra Modi was made by the ;venerable’ Mani Shankar Aiyar, when he referred to Modi as a ‘chaiwaala.’ Venkaiah Naidu came back with “Hum ne to sirf chai bechi hai, lekin tumne to saare deshko bech dala !!!!’
Speeches should be more conciliatory in approach and less personal and vindictive. Moreover, there should be a healthy and thoughtprovoking debate. As far as Rahul Gandhi is concerned, he has said that his main aim would be to decimate corruption. If that is the case, then he should, with alacrity, begin at home.
Hemant Hemmady

Goa’s lawmakers run amok
Two of Goa’s ruling party MLAs, over the weekend, got into a drunken late midnight brawl at Goa Niwas in Delhi, with one of them ending up with six stitches on his scalp to seal a cut caused by a glass flung at his head by his fellow MLA. So now, there must be a ban on these BJP MLAs consuming liquor, unless it is in plastic or paper cups and CCTV- monitored.
Have we reached a stage where our elected MLAs will have to be monitored with breathalysers and head gear to protect their scalps? With the growing restlessness and high levels of intolerance being demonstrated by some ruling party MLAs and ministers, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, for the rest of his tenure, is going to be pre-occupied managing his lawless and disorderly legislators.
Aires Rodrigues

Governance or drama on the streets?
The AAP ministers appear to relish being a law unto themselves. They are carrying their image of being ‘simplistic’ and ‘down-to-earth’ too far.
Our elected representatives should not act as moral policemen. In a democracy, everybody is assigned a role to play. If one constituent of our system is deficient, the other should try to rectify the gap in a dignified way, and according to law.
All wings of constitution should co-operate with one another for the smooth functioning of a government. Somnath Bharti’s carrying hordes of television cameras with him to ‘raid’ places might have created a sensation, but the act will boomerang on the government in the long run. Will Bharti and Rakhi Birla address each and every crime in their respective constituencies with a similar modus operandi will be the natural question on people’s lips.
By quarrelling with the policemen, the ministers have lowered the image of the posts they hold. The decision of the home ministry to desist from suspending the SHO and the ACP is perfectly justified and it should not succumb to any pressure exerted through agitation or fasting.
Ganapathi Bhat

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