DECCAN HERALD Saturday, December 16, 2000

When does it end?

When a gruesome railway accident took place recently in Punjab, the Railway Minister was camping in her home State. Queried, she is reported to have retorted that she was after all responsible for the overall administration of the Railways and not the nuts and bolts issue of the day-to-day running of trains. True, but then, surely, it cannot be an excuse for her to stay away from her headquarters practically all the time, politicking in West Bengal.

It is now the turn of another cabinet minister to play truant, politicking in his home state of Bihar and not anticipating the postal strike involving lakhs of employees and affecting the lives of millions of common people all over the country. The strike could have been easily averted had the minister spent more time in Delhi attending to his duties which include timely redressal of the grievances of people in his charge.

We can certainly agree that politicians have to spend considerable time in their own constituencies canvassing votes etc. at the time of general elections but once the elections are over and they start holding offices the public have a right to expect them to devote all their time doing justice to the portfolios entrusted to them. Continuing indulgence in politicking at the expense of sound administration by people holding high offices is the bane of India`s political scenario.
Kangayam R Rangaswamy
(By e-mail)

Holidays for homage?

Once again everyone is discussing the holidays declared to pay homage to departed leaders. We respect our leaders for their contribution to nation- building. Isn`t there any other way other than declaring holidays that we can pay our homage to the departed soul? The rhythm of the country is already affected by the postal strike, the electricity strike and forced bandhs.

The education department and financial institutions under the Negotiable Instruments Act are always the first to declare holidays. Let people give some ideas as to how we can pay homage in a respectful way without declaring holidays.

Sushil Mehra
(By e-mail)

Need to rise above history, religion

All religions have got some thing to teach, a way of life to attain purity and peace. All religions have got a definite meaning and purpose to achieve spiritualism. Spiritualism is a state of mind where the selflessness starts, where there is no question of my God and your God, but there is only one answer ie., one Go , and oneself is part of God. The main purpose of religion is to achieve spiritualism. Spiritualism begins where religion ends. That means a person grows beyond religion and looks for the betterment of entire mankind and develops tolerance for all religions.

Unfortunately some people, for their political benefit, politicise religion at lower level itself and create confusion and allowing people to reach spiritualism. All godmen in different religions are messengers and convey a message to the people depending on the need of the times and the situation. The the message is important but not the men.

In India, Hinduism is very ancient and broadly defined, and it gave birth to many religions. In fact the term Hinduism is never used either in Ramayan or in Mahabharat. It was said to be a sanathana dharma, with a set of principles for a way of practical life. If one can open the eyes and see, all religions will enjoy honour and respect in Hinduism, and vice varsa.

The need of the hour is for all religions to come forward to educate the people how to achieve spiritualism, so that they don`t fight for petty and meaningless sentiments.

The issue of temple/masjid at Ayodhya is one of religion and history, which we should outgrow. It is high time for India to solve the real day-to-day problems of the people and compete with other countries, rather than get bogged down in historical and sentimental problems. At the Ayodhya dispute site a School of Excellence for Spiritualism and Philosophical Studies may be built, and scholars may be entrusted the responsibility to impart and promote the need to rise to the heights of spiritualism.

Religion should be strictly separated from politics constitutionally. No party should claim the support of the public on the basis of religion. India is already known in the world as the largest democracy. Let us not make it a laughing stock as a country where people fight for politically defined religions.

L S Murthy
(By e-mail)

Abide by law

The Central Government had constituted by a notification of the Government of India, Ministry of Irrigation and Power, No. S.O.4054 dated the October 6, 1969, issued under Section 4 of the Inter-State Water Disputes Act, 1956 (33 of 1956), the Narmada Water Disputes Tribunal, to adjudicate upon the water dispute regarding the inter-State river Narmada and the river valley. The tribunal comprising of three judges after deliberations with the concerned States of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan for nearly a decade, forwarded its final report to the Central government on December 7 1979.

All aspects of submergence, land acquisition and rehabilitation of displaced persons had been adequately taken care of by the tribunal and clear directions given in Clause XI of the report.

If at all environmental activists, like Medha Patkar and Baba Amte, who call themselves principled activists in the Narmada valley, want to really help the displaced and affected persons, they should abide by the law of the land, file individual petitions before the concerned courts for redressal of the grievances of these affected persons, instead of taking recourse to agitations which in principle are are harmful to national progress.


Promote other sustems of medicine

This refers to the highly informative and well-written article on homeopathy ('Promoting first-line therapy`, (DH, Nov 24), which I read by chance passing through this lovely city. As an old patient of the redoubtable late Dr H S N Roye, I was very pleased to read the article and note that the valuable contributions of old Bangaloreans are still remembered and honoured.

I can vouch for the efficacy of the homeopathy line of treatment. I suffered a life-long problem of scaly, itchy skin of lower limbs which could not be solved despite steroid ointments and other drugs. I became free of this problem within three months of Dr Roye`s medical intervention. I continue to support and advocate this system of medicine in California and wherever else I travel.

Many simple ailments of children and infants such as coughs, colds, teething problems and diarrhea are wonderfully managed by homeopathy. There is no need to subject such patients to treatment by high-dose antibiotics and medicines of today. The alternative gentle approach is gaining ground in the West among discerning medical practitioners. They seem weary of the side-effects and often debilitating effects associated with today`s quick therapy.

The Indian government, which spends millions of rupees in promoting health and welfare of children, should consider the judicious use of homeopathy as a first-line therapy in minor ailements of children. Physicians should take up this matter with the authorities. Simultaneously they should opt for homeopathy in their practice as the first-line therapy, and minimise the child`s exposure to the harmful effects of strong medicines. After all they have a role to play in developing health systems and to nurture and protect humanity`s future.

Samuel Wesley
Camp Bangalore

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