Too complex for young minds

Interestingly, Supreme Court Justice A R Dave had said that “Had I been the dictator of India, I would have introduced Gita and Mahabharata in class one.” Immediately after, a ‘Mahabharat’ has started between Justice A R Dave and former SC judge Markandey Katju.

 It seems that Justice Dave might have forgotten that as SC judge, he is bound by the oath of the Constitution to uphold the rule of law. Moreover, does not the learned judge know how overburdened these kids are already?

And would they even understand these books at such an early age?

 The Gita is so complex that even youth cannot comprehend it unless they have attained some level of emotional maturity.

Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee

English holds us together

If the UPSC agitation for Hindi is encouraged against English, it can lead to demands from other southern states and create chaos and disunity within our country! English is the only uniting factor between the northern and southern states and has kept the country united for the last 67 years and must be continued. A public service officer can be posted from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, hence Hindi will lead to restrictions in postings and slowly but surely, the vertical divide will start. Hindi will never be accepted in the southern states and vice versa. Therefore, no further appeasement policy must be followed to replace English with Hindi, as it will have anti-national consequences.

K V Satyamurty

Revisiting that friendship treaty

PM Narendra Modi’s Nepal visit portends well for both countries. In his short visit, he was able to create a wave of goodwill among the Nepalese. By invoking the Himalayas and the Ganga, he evoked our historic ties. His giving equal importance to politicians cutting across party lines earned accolades from even the opposition leader Prachanda. The huge aid for the infrastructure of Nepal apart from tourism and health is bound to go down well with the Nepalese. Now, the PM should ensure that the goodwill created is not easily squandered. The common perception in Nepal on Indian leaders’ penchant to promise much and deliver little should be a thing of the past.  The friendship treaty requires a steady and hassle-free revisit. If Modi ensures that political and bureaucratic roadblocks do not impede the treaty, he would have followed-up on his Nepal visit with aplomb.

Ganapathi Bhat

Rane ran out of options

Poor Narayan Rane, after discovering that he was not found acceptable by the two major non-Congress parties in the state, has decided to play safe for the time being. Another reason for his staying put seems to be due to some sort of chastisement he might have received from his party bosses in New Delhi. So, for the time being, the Sindhudurg strongman will remain a “faithful” Congressman; depending of course, on the results of the assembly polls, which are a couple of months away from now.

Vineet Phadtare

Who needs a gossipy sequel?

Honestly, I haven’t read Natwar Singh’s book, ‘One Life Is Not Enough’ as yet. But going by the innumerable reviews in the print media and talk shows on various channels with reference to the book, it seems a common refrain, with the exception being Mani Shankar Aiyer, that for the author, but for himself the rest were all mediocre and irresponsible fellows, whether in the Indira cabinet or Rajiv cabinet. And now he wants to write a sequel. What for? Is it to further misinform the world and make the confusion more confounded? If only he had bared the truth with respect to his son’s import business from Iraq and his own role that cost him his chair, which has remained inconclusive and wrapped in secrecy till date, that would have been a great feat on his part to come clean at this late hour. The rest is sheer gossip, coming as it is through the original book or through its sequel.

R N Shanbhag

SEBI right to give no quarter

This refers to the report, ‘SEBI raps Indiabulls for holding 6 AGMs with 15-minute gap’ (August 6).  To protect shareholders, stock exchanges should have a monitoring framework to keep a check on the annual general meetings of public limited companies.  An AGM of a company ends in 15 minutes – shareholders are helpless.  A new Companies Act had come into effect a few months ago.  And AGMs concluding within 15 minutes are a new challenge, and the Act needs to be suitably amended. How can shareholders have a meaningful discussion on different matters transacted at an AGM of a company if there are more than one lakh shareholders?  Such a small duration meeting affects their rights and is prejudicial to their interests.  Companies are dutybound to facilitate effective shareholder participation and see to it that the principles of corporate governance do not suffer. The SEBI has rightly frowned upon this practice of 15-minute AGMs.

Deendayal M Lulla

Better ways to spend ‘din’

This is with reference to the news report ‘Secular’ din over PM temple prayer’ (August 6). The secular Constitution of India does not prohibit a citizen from worshipping his religious Gods, nor does it require him, even if he is the prime minister, to visit holy places of other religions or follow their rituals. It does prohibit him from intruding into others’ religious practices or imposing his own religion on others. Our prime minister’s visit to Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu, but not hosting an iftaar party was within his Constitutional rights. The lives of the minorities in UP and Bihar ruled by iftaar party-throwing leaders is no better. And the Trinamool party leader, Sudip Bandopadhyay should ask himself why the much hated BJP is emerging as a powerful opponent in his state, instead of raising a ruckus in the Parliament.

Y G Chouksey

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