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Violence has no place in a democracy

Indiscipline and violence have no place in a democratic society. Our country is the birthplace of a 5000-year-old civilisation. It is the home of scientists, writers and intellectuals. Street violence, traffic disruption and burning of effigies not only hamper development but also lead to social unrest.

Burning and destruction of buses and railways in Bihar to protest against the illegal and narrow chauvinistic politics of the neo-conservative Thackerays cannot and must not be excused on any ground. It would have been much more effective if students and Bollywood stars, intellectuals and concerned citizens led by Amitabh Bachchan and Javed Akhatar marched in Mumbai’s streets in a Gandhian way and demonstrated against the Thackerays and the Maharashtra Navnirman Samiti goons.

Mumbai’s Thackerays and Bihar’s student leaders should publicly seek forgiveness from the Indian citizens at large. This way Gandhi’s land can show the way to other countries that are also under siege.

Dr DHIRENDRA SHARMA, Director, Centre for Science Policy, Dehradun

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It is shocking to know that even those leaders like MNS chief Raj Thackeray having the official security cover have no qualms in mocking and taking the law into their own hands. Why have they been provided security and how are they different from the ordinary lawbreakers?

But for political expediency and other extraneous reasons, most of our leaders having security from the Centre or the state should have been behind bars. Instead of being grateful to society for having this privilege at state expense, they divide it through their chauvinistic, communal and parochial approach.

Such errant and anti-social leaders should be booked in accordance with the law. Their security cover should also be withdrawn and they must be asked to defray the public money spent on their protection. This will prevent rabble-rousers like Raj Thackeray from having the cake and eat it too.



What Raj Thackery is doing today in Maharashtra is just a continuation of what his uncle Bal Thackery had done before. After all the former is the latter’s creation.

In a recent press conference, Raj said, on the one hand, he wants peace in this country and, on the other, he justified his speeches and his party’s actions. These two contrasting views show that he is not the man to be trusted because if North Indians are been thrown out of Mumbai, peace would be just a pipe dream. If he really wanted peace, he could have chosen the democratic path best represented by most Mumbaikars.

Mumbai is not about yours or mine rather every state in India should be ‘ours’ but wisdomless Raj Thackery seems to demonstrate his uncle’s policy that the personal is political and vis a vis. Mumbai is said to be economic capital of India,if the government would not take any stringent action and if these days continue ahead, the regionalism will put speedbreakers onto the path of Indian development. These extremists should kept into their accounts that Nationalism is far more superior than Regionalism.



What is happening in Maharahastra is very sad and this will divide our country. Every Indian is free to live in any part of the country. Sadly, politicians like Raj Thackeray are trying to create rift between the people of Maharashtra and North Indian just to gain publicity and political benefit.

India has been a land of great leaders and martyrs! We should all unite and fight communal forces and teach a lesson to people like Raj Thackeray by ignoring them and rejecting them in the elections.



Sustaining food security

Food scares relating to pollution hazards of synthetic agro-chemicals have resulted in increased emphasis on pure organic production of foods. Innovative farmers should take economic advantage of rapidly growing market of these products.

Yet, we should not ignore the facts about their lower productivity and the necessity of obtaining high farm productivity for sustaining our country’s food security.

A holistic approach needs to be followed whereby we sustain high farm productivity of safe foods. To achieve this, instead of pure organic farming, a better option is to adopt farming systems that ensure integrated use of organics (manures, crop residues, bio-pesticides, bio-preservatives et al) along with need-based synthetic chemical fertilisers, pesticides, preservatives, etc. Using these chemical inputs judiciously will control their excessive accumulation in soil and plants and consequent pollution hazards.

Dr M. S. BAJWA, Mohali



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