I strongly protest the assault on our beloved Dr. Babu Redkar. The doyen of family physicians, he is good- mannered, of humble mien, soft-spoken and accessible to all. He is also a great diagnostician and always up-to- date with recent advances in medical knowledge. He is admired by his colleagues and adored by his patients. The unwarranted assault on him deserves strong condemnation and the culprits must be brought to book. Dr. Salkar has rightly expressed the anguish of the entire medical community and the decision to have a hartal if the perpetrator of this non-bailable crime is not arrested is laudable.
Dr. Francisco Colaco, Margao
It is absolutely right that the SSCE Board decides to give 3 condonation marks for students who have attempted to answer the difficult and tricky question in Maths paper and did not succeed.
However, I want to place before you the problem of some students I have met, who after struggling and taking a lot of time to answer the said question have succeeded in getting the correct answer but because of time they have taken on this one tricky question, they did not get time to complete the question paper inspite of knowing how to solve the other questions.
Is it not right and fair to give another extra 3 marks besides regular marks to such students who have succeeded in answering the tricky question?
Milagrina Fernandes , Assolna
better than cure
By now, it is a known fact that Bharatiya Janata Party has mastered the art of carrying their communal agenda forward in this country in the name of development. After the massive mandate in 2014 to run the country given on their assurance of ‘sabka sath sabka vikas’ , it didn’t take long to pursue their communal agenda throughout the nation. If attacks on churches were not enough, a total ban on beef throughout the country was planned. Some from the minority community were even lynched to death on mere suspicion of possessing the meat. If that was not enough, a total change in school textbooks from facts to fiction based on mythology was in store. Add to that the growing intolerances in the country and the curbs on freedom of speeches.
It was only because of our intellectuals and writers, who massed protested by returning their awards; thereby gaining the attention of the world to these strange happenings in our country put some temporary halt in their plan.
Now with a huge victory in one of our largest state to the party, the same forces are back to work to carry on where they had stopped. If before it was love jihad, now they have invented a new weapon in the form of anti- Romeo to harass people and enforce their sick ideologies on the nation.
Prevention is always better than cure and it better to prevent such forces from carrying their communal agenda any forward now, before it is too late. Let’s hope better sense prevails on peace loving people of this country.
Valent Mascarenhas, Calangute
Are our EVMs
This is a question that’s been going around a lot these days. The many videos on the net showing how EVMs can be tampered with, have set many minds wondering whether our elections can be rigged.
In 2014, during a mock poll in Assam, a mandatory mock poll showed votes going only in favour of one political party regardless of which button was pressed. Recently, this has occurred again in Bhind, MP, during a demonstration of the EVMs ahead of the Assembly polls. A lot of us are not technical people, yet these troubling thoughts do persist in our minds. Though the Election Commission insists that the EVMs are tamperproof, such incidents do cause us to doubt the infallibility of our EVM machines.
Also since elections are a very serious business as they determine who will rule our state or country, the mandate of the voter must be respected and protected. Elections results must therefore be fair.
It is pertinent to note that countries like Netherlands, Ireland, Germany, Italy have banned the use of EVMs as they believe they lack transparency and can be hacked. England and France have never used EVMs. Perhaps it is time for India to go back to the ballot system of voting, which is the most trusted and reliable system in the world today. Though tedious, we can be assured the results are accurate. This is absolutely necessary in a democracy.
It is understood that in a major crackdown on matka gambling activities, the Goa Police has reportedly conducted several raids and arrested around 100 persons in the state. This matka gambling could be just the tip of the iceberg. This police action appears to have come a bit too late. Due to inaction of the police over the years, the menace of matka gambling has spread all over the state.
Many people belonging to the poor section of the society have been caught in the matka dragnet. Matka gambling is like a poor man’s “On-Shore Casino”. Families have had to suffer as the head of the family could be spending a major part of the earnings in matka gambling with the hope of making a fast buck. Many a times the little money that is won through this gambling activity is spent on alcohol. Hence matka gambling and cases of alcoholism appears to be co-related.
Even school children could be laying matka bets with the bookies. The raids on matka dens need to be a continuous process. A one-off raid will only give rise to more matka bookies operating from secluded spots. It is also pertinent to note that several card-gambling clubs have mushroomed in the state. This card-gambling activity could be going on throughout the night. Several youth could be caught in the vice of card-gambling.
The crackdown on matka gambling needs to be coupled with raids on card-gambling clubs so that society is set free from the menace of gambling which has ruined many a families. It must be said that those who visit the off- shore casinos are the rich people who seem to have a lot of money to spurge unlike those who indulge in matka and card gambling.