Modi’s sojourns tied to strategy
There have been mixed reactions to PM Narendra Modi’s extensive trips abroad—one group claims domestic neglect and the other claims he is enhancing the nation’s image at the trans-national level. The PM has much to thank the UPA for; it was the UPA that had the policy framework laid out for him, as he had to change very little of it. Modi is a pragmatist to the core. Realising that our economy is largely predicated on global recovery, he left the domestic chores to his ministers and is using the freedom and time thereof to mould and fine-tune our external relations. These would prove handy when the economy recovers and all it would require is the tying up of loose ends, here and there, to boost trade and our own exports. Modi must now find a way to anoint a strong deputy in the Cabinet to take care of needless ideological diversions from the parivar and monitor progress of reforms. For that, he has to learn the great value that trust can bring in.
Legalise active euthanasia
The agonising trauma undergone by Aruna Shanbaug, comatose for 42 long years, for no fault of hers has taught us very important lessons. If only one can anticipate such a situation befalling her, putting her at the mercy of others thereafter until she lives, one would never opt for such a lifetime of torture but only long for an early dignified death with the administration of passive or even active euthanasia. Moreover, isn’t it better for the person to decide whether she/he should be put to rest by euthanasia in such a circumstance than leaving it to the decision of his kith and kin? Even if the relatives finally decide to go in for euthanasia to give eternal rest to the afflicted, would they not be forced to carry a kind of guilt haunting them throughout their life? I am sure if only Shanbaug was in a position to voice aloud her intent, she would have definitely sought a peaceful death through active euthanasia much much earlier. The best solution to this problem could be found only when the government comes forward to understand the predicament of both the one in coma and those who have to take care of the patient and legalise consent in advance in the interest of both.
Tharcius Fernando , Chennai
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