THIS ABOVE ALL
I applaud action
has hogged front-page news in all our papers as well as top
headlines of our TV channels, is a man of very modest learning.
He was also a man of limited means till he moved from Haryana to
Hardwar. Within a few years, he became a crorepati and a
political leader. Since nationwide corruption was uppermost in
the minds of Indians, he chose to spearhead the movement to
him, the BJP leadership, which has run out of new ideas, decided
to exploit his popularity and backed him. His following was
entirely Hindu. No Muslim, Christian or Sikh bothered to join
him. He was planning to make a grand opening move at Ramlila
Grounds. People joined him in thousands. The government sensed
that if it allowed him to get his way, it could cause a serious
law and order problem. So the Delhi Police made a pre-emptive
strike by picking him up, flying him back and dumping him in
Hardwar. I applaud the action taken against him. BJP leader L.K.
Advaniís plan to utilise him to his partyís benefit
misfired. His comparing the midnight hijacking of this
"mischief-maker" to the tragedy of Jallianwala Bagh
shows how little he knows about history.
The BJPís plan to utilise the rising popularity of Baba Ramdev to the partyís benefit misfired
Bagh, General Dyer had his platoon of Gurkhas open fire on the
assemblage in which more than 300 people lost their lives. Even
the enquiry commission set up by the British Government censured
Dyer. He died a very guilt-ridden man.
In the operation
carried out by the Delhi Police, there was not a single
casualty. It only concludes that Advani made his irresponsible
statement out of a sense of deep frustration.
Sense out of
I had conflicting
reaction to the census and thought it was wise to remain silent
till after others had their way. The rising rate of literacy was
heart-warming and reassuring that by the next census we will
achieve 100 per cent literacy. But the increase in our
population was a dampener.
No matter how many
green revolutions we have, if we continue to breed at this rate,
we will not be able to provide two square meals a day to the
poor. You cannot put the blame on the government for not doing
enough because in a democracy, a government has to win the
support of other parties to be able to pass coercive legislation
to enforce birth control.
What is more
depressing is that not one of our political parties has given
the importance due to it in their manifestoes, because they
believe they will lose peoplesí support. I have earlier
suggested a way out by disfranchising couples who have a third
child and banning them from holding any elective post, be it in
panchayats, municipalities, zila parishads, legislative
assemblies or the two Houses of Parliament. I have not the
slightest doubt that such a measure will have an impact and will
bring down the birth rate.
Another measure I
have in mind is to legally enforce couples to undergo
sterilisation after the birth of their second child. China does
it by force because it is a dictatorship; we can do it by
consent because we are a democracy.
During the annual
grand carnival Mardi Gras, in Rio De Janeiro, renowned for
sensational performance by wholesome and buxom Samba dancers on
decorated floats, there was a traffic jam at the main
intersection. This was caused by a young couple in a car, who
utilised the opportune moment to kiss when the traffic stopped
at red light. In spite of constant honking by other drivers and
intervention of the police, the youngsters did not disengage
from their amorous activity.
traffic started moving, but not before a dentist was called, who
separated the two by disengaging both their dental braces, which
had got locked.
(Contributed by Trilok