Thursday, March 23, 2017

letters to the editor

15 Oct, 2016, 07:16AM IST

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Security providers
The recent murder once again brings out the fact that security providers are not in control of their services and are compromising the safety of the public.
The word security brings a false sense of security to the most vulnerable: children, elderly, single family women. Adding the word guard to this further heightens the same. Give them a uniform like a police and peoples own natural guard drops. 
These people do not provide the security associated with a uniformed person called a security guard. They have to be called gate keepers - as that is the only function they do. Security guards, especially at Housing Complexes, are the people who are known to all the inhabitants who perforce have to speak to them. 
Children-right from tiny tots to college going, meet them first – while going to their classes or returning from them. They become trusted over a short time. Security guard providers have already acknowledged that all their guards cannot be verified. This cannot be excused anymore and has to be made mandatory. They should now become pro-active and not provide such guards to Housing Projects. Young guards should not be posted in such places. 
Such Guards have been seen to provide the movements and other information of the residents leading to robberies etc.  Such type of postings must be given to people with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in similar colonies with absolutely no complaints. When a guard resigns/leaves the premises on his own it must be made incumbent on the security provider to see that there is extra lookouts posted. 
In a teeming country like India, getting people to do such a job as gatekeeper is very easy and a good source of easy income to the provider. Responsibility of their actions must lie with the provider. There must be a mechanism to penalize such providers.
R Fernandes, Margao

Peaceful stay
I would like to raise an issue around watersports on Candolim Beach and those infernal jet ski's that are simply a noise nuisance and destroyer of sea wild life. We did at one time have visitations from dolphins which were a treat to watch. Now, due to the noise levels and the rapid use of these infernal machines, dolphins no longer appear.
 Can the beach authorities not place a ban on these machines and locate them elsewhere, preferably another planet. I would love to see the beach of Candolim return to some form of peacefulness and pleasure that will hopefully entice the return of sea wildlife and encourage tourists to enjoy a peaceful stay.
Pete Blackburn, UK

Is our wildlife
worth nothing?
Why is our Forest Minister Arlekar and our Agriculture Minister Tawadkar so keen on finishing off our wildlife? For some time now both these ministers have been desperately trying to get the Great Indian Bison (ironically, also the symbol for FC Goa), the Peacock, the Wild Boar and the Monkey in the State declared as vermin – a sort of licence to shoot them down indiscriminately!
 In the latest move the Goa State Wildlife Board headed by the Forest Minister has resolved to recommend to the Centre to declare wild boar as Vermin. Interestingly, the claim for crop damage by wild animals in the year 2014-15 is a miniscule 4.6 lacs. This is a dismal negligible figure even when compared with the waste of public money due to street lights burning during daylight – not to mention the crores of money siphoned out by our elected worthies from the Public Treasury. 
Is our wildlife worth nothing? Monkeys for instance are so much like humans in so many ways… Does Tawadkar realise the possible consequences of declaring monkeys are Vermin?
Jesuin George Fernandes, Cansaulim

Unlawful act
of violence
Terrorism is the unlawful act of violence which is used by terrorists to instill fear in people. It has become a national and international problem all over the world. 
Opposing terrorism has been tried by many countries, but terrorists are still getting support. In order to stop all these terrorist activities, we must live in harmony and be friendly with our neighbouring countries. Terrorism is nothing but a fight for something in a cruel way.
Jubel D’Cruz, Mumbai

FC Goa 
debacle
Although the loyal FC Goa fans were disappointed by the events that took place after the last ISL finals, we did not expect the team to fare so badly in the third edition under the new management. We lost some good players due to the ban but some silly mistakes by Kattimani and sloppy defending has resulted in conceding six goals against one goal scored in three matches. 
 There is still time to regroup under the able guidance of coach Zico to strengthen the defence and sharpen the attack and we hope that we will not have to face the humiliation of ending at the bottom of the group.
Matias Lobo, Oman




Look after the 
needs of the police
While Goa is all set for the BRICS summit, spare a thought for the police personnel who are performing their duties under trying circumstances. A drive along the road through which the VVIP will be moving in the motorcade shows several police men standing in the hot sun while they keep a watchful eye on any suspicious movement. They have been doing it for the past four days. 
One wonders if they will have adequate protection if it starts to rain.  It is understood that Goa Police on BRICS duty are being made to work 12 hours a day without food and even water besides other basic facilities. It is pertinent to note that there are also several women constables on duty for whom a changing room in close vicinity is a must. It is understood that a police constable too suffered a heart attack while on BRICS duty. A lady police personnel too reportedly collapsed while performing duty.  
 In all the excitement of hosting the BRICS summit, the Goa government should not forget to provide the basic necessities to the police personnel on BRICS duty. They should be provided with adequate food, water and other basic amenities even on the days of the summit. 
The Goa Chief Minister who is also the Home Minister, despite his heavy schedule during the summit, should spare time to look into the difficulties faced by the police force. There should not be any more incidents of police personnel collapsing while on duty and there should also not be any complaints of lack of food and water for these brave police who are carrying an important task of providing security.
Adelmo Fernandes, Vasco


Fate or free – Will?
Joseph Lewis D'Silva's article, "Destiny and fate, linked with events" (Herald, October 14) has brought back my memories of the crisis that I had faced during my school and college days. I used to say, "Is everything predestined? If so, then where is the joy of living such a puppet's life? Why must I study if I cannot change my marksheets?"  These were the questions that used to disturb me. I got different answers from books and from people but not a single one could satisfy me. 
Then I got a beautiful explanation in the words of the Mother (Mirra Alfassa) of Pondicherry,  "Everything is absolutely determined, for everything is from all eternity, and yet the path traversed has a freedom and unpredictability which is also absolute". But if something is determined, how can it be changed? The Mother said, "I shall give you a simple example -  but it may occur in any state of consciousness.
A stone falls. If it fulfils its destiny, it will fall to the ground, won't it? But you are there and you have a vital or a mental will - one or the other - and you catch the stone in your hand. You have changed the destiny of the stone. A leaf falls - onto the ground if it follows its normal destiny. You have a vital will, you take the leaf in your hand. You have changed the destiny of the leaf. This happens millions of times in the universe and nobody notices it because it is so common". 
Sri Aurobindo said, "What is destiny? Evidently, it can't be the will of the individual. Then you have to accept that it is the working out of a Cosmic will. Then the question is whether the Cosmic Will is free or is bound? If it is free it is no longer a blind determinism; and even when you find there is no 'progress' , yet that Will is working itself out in evolution". It is really a delight to think about this on going evolution from matters to plants to animals to human beings to ........?  Finally, we can conclude with what Sri Aurobindo said in Savitri, "Fate is a balance drawn in Destiny's book./ Man can accept his fate, he can refuse".
Sujit De, Kolkata