MyVoice: Views of our readers 19th January 2022
Punjab’s 2022 election is witnessing a spate of political marriages of convenience
Is Punjab's political future hazy?
Punjab's 2022 election is witnessing a spate of political marriages of convenience. Some political turncoats have changed multiple parties in less than 2-3 days even. This shameless stance of the politicians as well as the political parties is only presenting the picture of Punjab's irresponsible politics to the world at large. Election Commission must also look into such unhealthy drama going in the state to nail this spurt in this political business to rule out use of money power if any. Unfortunately, the politicians are letting down Punjab's people by pushing the state to political uncertainty rather than resurrecting into a robust model of stable democracy for its prosperity.
Brij B Goyal, Ludhiana
Djokovic has been done in
Almost three years down the line since the pandemic began, it has been observed globally that the available Covid vaccines do not protect people from the infection. Neither does it prevent transmission of the same. However, vaccines have definitely shown to decrease mortality and severity of the infection in the vaccinated. Based on this, the Australian Government's decision to deport Novak Djokovic is over done. His decision not to vaccinate only poses threat to his own life, and of none in the society, as per the experience with the vaccines till date.
Dr George Jacob, Kochi
Introduce AI in legal system
There is no doubt that out legal language is quite out of date and needs to be updated. Brevity is not encouraged and long drawn arguments repetitive in nature are usual in our courts. While a certain amount of legalese would be inevitable because of the technicalities, the entire justice delivery system would benefit if a common citizen would understand the grammar and vocabulary of law. Arguments running into hundreds of pages make no sense to anybody are being presented in the Courts on a daily basis. Judges may note the salient points after a brief perusal but a litigant or respondent will have to depend on the lawyers for clarification. There have been cases where truckloads of documents and affidavits have been presented. Also this procedure of having to present triplicates needs to be trimmed. All this is a waste of time and paper and efforts. It would be a good idea to introduce Artificial Intelligence in the court briefs so that the salient points could be underlined.
Anthony Henriques, Mumbai
Will GoI tweak its rules?
Dr Dhaniram Baruah of Assam transplanted a pig's heart to an end-stage organ failure patient in 1997. Since that patient died a week later, Dr. Baruah was imprisoned and his xenotransplantation was considered unethical and unlawful. However, on January 07, 2022, University of Maryland Medical School doctors in the U.S. successfully transplanted a genetically modified pig heart into a 57-year-old David Bennett Sr. to save him from his heart disease, and he is breathing on his own without a ventilator. Now, will the Government of India allow such transplantation as ethical and lawful to save organ failure patients?
Prasanna P, Tiruchirappalli
Will middle class see better days?
If at all there is any deserving appreciation for the Congress party nowadays, it is certainly now as the Indian national party has rightly commented that the lower and the middle class are suffering a lot under the present economic conditions in the country especially during the post Covid phase. Rising petrol prices, rising essential commodity prices, rising costs of survival etc have all contributed to suppress the middle class with absolutely no hopes of financial support either from the center or from the states. While on one side freebies of the state governments rule the living patterns of the eligible society and on the other side the middle class pays from its corners to see life. Tax continues to be paid with absolutely no relief in direct taxes for the honest taxpayers by removing all the exemptions once for all given earlier under a new concept of ' rationalization of tax structures '. How long do the governments penalize the middle class should only have a ' political solution '?
Katuru Durga Prasad Rao, Hyderabad
Will the young politicos succeed in UP?
It was interesting to read the write up 'With many political stalwarts gone…. UP keen to see how their wards fare at the hustings. January 18, 2022' the second generation of politicians who will be contesting the upcoming elections in the Uttar Pradesh, after the demise of political stalwarts like former chief minister Kalyan Singh, Rashtriya Lok Dal's Ajit Singh, BJP leader Lalji Tandon or Samajwadi party leaders Amar Singh and Beni Prasad Varma, all of them have commanded the state's politics for several decades and will be missed, and outcome interesting to watch, in the high-stakes assembly polls to be held between February and March this year. All of them died in the last two years. Samajwadi patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav too has stayed away from hurly-burly of electoral politics due to ill health and is rarely seen in public. Now it will be for the generation next to prove themselves, in their absence.
K R Parvathy, Mysuru