Voter On The Horn Of A Dilemma
I can’t recall when I last voted, without reservations, if I ever did, for a truly deserving candidate. Every time there seems to be a reason why I need to vote against my conscience, for an unworthy individual, solely to keep the worst out. In this exercise, a good candidate, or perhaps the best among the lot, does not get voted and feels discouraged to try again. And this is the main reason why good people do not venture into politics and so it will continue to be the profession of a scoundrel. It is not that every individual who contests is corrupt. It is the voter who corrupts him/her with unreasonable demands. But again, politicians in general, have got used to yielding to illegal demands, often at a price or to appease the vote bank. In the corrupt system we live, NOTA would have been a good option to let the candidates know how unwanted they are. But being ineffective, one would rather sleep at home than vote NOTA. Presently, it is like giving a chocolate in a child’s hand with instructions not to eat it. And I wonder why it was at all introduced. We will be voting shortly and perhaps we have already decided who needs to be out, but not yet who would be our choice. Where traitors are involved, we might have ruled them out, lest they try it again and force you prematurely to the polling booth. But in other elections, we may still have to opt for an unworthy candidate because the wave is in his favour. It is imperative that we do so, to keep the most dangerous out. It will undoubtedly prick our conscience but we have no other choice, if we do not wish to crown the worst of the lot, through split of votes.
JOSE MARIA MIRANDA, MARGAO
When Selfies Violate Privacy
TAKING a selfie at a wedding or at private party may seem like a harmless act. But in the United Arab Emirates it can land one in deep trouble with violators having to face a hefty fine and even having to serve a jail term. It is argued that taking one’s selfie with people unintentionally appearing in the background does not protect one from the violation of privacy charge and that taking a selfie without people’s consent falls under the cyber crime law. What one won’t account for is the stranger who is part of the selfie. These images when they end up on social media can be considered a violation of privacy. Such a law needs to be enacted in India too. In India there are laws which ban selfies being from dangerous places which can prove risky for the person concerned. Taking selfies outside vital defence installation also need to be totally banned as there could be a sinister design to take photographs of the installation, a step which can be considered as a threat to national security.
ADELMO FERNANDES, VASCO
Team India’s Mission World Cup
THE much-awaited selection process of the Indian cricket squad for the ICC World Cup in England from May has finally materialised. The ‘ifs and buts’ have been laid to rest, and the selectors seem to have struck a right combination. The selectors have factored in the experience and the present form while picking the 15-member team. Players like Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal were certainties. Chahal and Yadav can bamboozle the batsmen with their unique style of bowling. Batting all-rounder Kedar Jadhav has sealed his place due to his ability to contribute both with the bat and the ball not to mention of his agility on the field. Not plumping for a fourth pace bowler means Hardik Pandya and Vijay Shankar may have to do their bit when occasion demands. Shankar has pipped the inconsistent Ambati Rayudu due to his hard work, consistency and commitment. A brilliant all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja can save precious runs in crunch situations as a fielder and blast the bowlers as is his wont – an asset for a team in limited overs games. However, the main interest of the cricket crazy country surrounded around the second wicket-keeper’s slot. Dinesh Karthik or Rishabh Pant was the million-dollar question. Young Pant has missed the bus; but his time will come. His work with the gloves was hardly inspiring and his batting, too, took a beating in recent times. He appears to be a man in a great hurry; but the future star will have to wait. Karthik, on the other hand, has proved to be an astute wicketkeeper and a batsman who can build his innings and accelerate at the end. Karthik will play only if Dhoni is out due to injury; therefore his playing in the team purely as a batsman does not arise. Then there is KL Rahul – a player who has not done enough justice to his enormous talent. This Indian team has the talent to go all the way. How quickly will the players adapt to the conditions and how well will they play on a given day should decide their fate.
GANAPATHI BHAT, AKOLA