Romeo as a Shakespearean character is an idealist lover who stands for chivalry. But the name—otherwise synonymous for a passionate male lover—has come to acquire a different connotation in the Indian context—a sexual predator on the prowl. The formation of anti-Romeo squads by the Yogi Adityanath government, in addition to the shutdown of abattoirs, has given us an inkling of the kind of governance Uttar Pradesh is set to get for the next five years. Of course, the state government’s priorities should be commensurate with the Sangh Parivar’s conception of morality! Reports have shown that the UP police were having a field day with their new assignment. Young men and women are now left to fear that they can be taken to task by the ant-Romeo squads and end up as the helpless victims of moral policing. Their foremost thought is how to escape the dragnet laid by the police. Couples are subjected to all sorts of probing questions and given lessons on ’moral behaviour’. The deployment of high-handed anti-Romeo squads in the streets of UP seems to be having the opposite effect. Youngsters are denied their space for togetherness. Socialising has come under surveillance like never before. For the police sans discernment it is always easier to target lovers and companions than eve-teasers, stalkers and molesters. The worst fear, not quite unfounded, is that the prejudiced cops can misuse the powers vested in them to act against Romeos and swoop down on Muslim youth in the name of preventing “love jihad”. The spirited anti-Romeo drive should not become a tool to prevent inter-religious and inter-caste marriages which go into the making of a more integrated and unified India.
G David Milton
Maruthancode, Tamil Nadu
Sadly, whatever Supreme Court decides if it is not in the political interest of the ruling government is superceded by an act of legislation. Aadhaar’s use, especially, on Income Tax Act-return filing is one such case. Linking of Aadhaar compulsorily with PAN on the plea of eradication of black money does not hold good in a wider sense. It is an absurd idea to force Aadhaar against Supreme Court’s decision. Passwords are enough safeguard for ensuring security. And, when the whole net-banking/financial transactions are based on password, then how I-T returns cannot be treated safe with passwords. The misuse of password, if any, is more dangerous for financial/net banking transactions than I-T returns filing. Personal finances of every citizen are at risk due to this decision. No doubt income tax department can vouch for financial transactions, Aadhaar in no case required necessarily for it.
Food wastage ki baat
Apropos PM Modi’s Mann Ki Baat, where he urged people not to waste food. It is said India is a rich country with poor people. Though we discuss technological advancement and identify with spirituality, yet it is difficult to digest that millions go hungry. Let us pledge that if we can’t feed hundred people, at least feed one.
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