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Hooliganism in the name of moral policing

The assault on girls in a pub in Mangalore was a shameful act. Even after six decades of Independence, we do not have tough laws to safeguard the interests of citizens, more so women. How can we allow an outfit like the Sri Ram Sena, whose members decided to take the law into their hands to function in such an unlawful manner?

Men like Pramod Muthalik, the founder of the Sena should be taken to task and his organisation must be banned. What we require are stringent laws and strict action against lawbreakers. Moral policing cannot become an excuse for hooliganism. Each one of us should be respectful towards women.



The abominable act of Sri Ram Sena activists cannot be condoned. The assault on women is one of the worst things that can happen to the fair sex. The sena of Lord Rama had fought a war to save a woman. But in the 21st century, it is extremely shameful that some rowdy persons are behaving obnoxiously against women in the name of Lord Rama. Even more shameful is the stance of the Karnataka government. Since July 2008, several similar incidents have taken place in Karnataka under the garb of protecting Indian culture.

Such bigoted men have to be punished severely. Otherwise, they will become the Indian Taliban, curbing the rights and freedom of others. If they really think that such activities are against Indian culture and ethos, they should adopt peaceful and democratic means to promote their viewpoint.


Boost tourism in Himachal

Himachal Pradesh has tremendous tourist potential and the state government is making serious efforts to promote this industry. Yet not enough is being done. The pine and deodar-scented and flower-bedecked HP is rich with picturesque hill resorts and tourist places.

There are many national parks and sanctuaries in HP. One of these is the Pong dam sanctuary. During winter, thousands of migratory birds like coots, herons, bar-headed geese and the rare rednecked grebe add beauty to the hinterland area of this dam. Fauna and flora abound here.

However, there is hardly any good hotel, restaurant or cafeteria where tourists, coming from distant places, can have a decent meal or spend a night comfortably. Nagrota-Surian is a solitary township near this vast body of water that can be developed as a tourist place. It is on the railway track and is surrounded by the verdant vales and the rippling waves of the dam. The state government should take up the matter in the interest of the public.


Palbhu (Hamirpur)


Reassuring Obama

The US President, Mr Barack Obama has made a good beginning vis -a- vis India. His inaugural message was carefully worded and reassuring.

His move of cutting aid to Pakistan is in sync with his utterances on terrorism. His stern warning to Pakistan to tackle terrorists on its soil lends hope that the US has realised that various power centres in Pakistan are not cooperating in the war on terror. It is clear that there has been no let-up in the Pakistan Army and the ISI’s collaboration and relations with the terrorist groups.

Let us hope that in the days to come, the Pakistan army, the ISI and other collaborators of terrorism get the message that the cost of fuelling terrorism is going to be very prohibitive.


Marriage laws

Indeed, it is the right time to think deeply over uniform marriage laws, as analysed by Sudhanshu Ranjan in the article “Uniform marriage laws required” (Jan 17). According to the Hindu Marriage Act, it is a crime to marry when already married. The practice of a second marriage by conversion to Islam needs to be curbed by changing the present marriage laws.

The Hindu Marriage Act has been amended many times. Still, no steps have so far been taken to change  the law to suit the changing  circumstances.



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