LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Shore Up Traffic Sentinel Scheme
THE Bureau of Police Research and Development, which comes under the Union ministry of home affairs, has been keen on replicating Goa’s controversial traffic sentinel scheme at the national level. It is pertinent to note here that the Delhi traffic police had in 2015 introduced a traffic sentinel scheme as an empowering tool for the common citizens to report Delhi traffic violations to the authorities. This app came as an additional feature in the already existing Delhi police’s mobile apps – ‘Delhi Police… One Touch Away’ and ‘Delhi Traffic Police’. The Delhi traffic police also rolled out a free SMS service to help people in planning their travel in the city. With this service, one can avail all the information about the city’s traffic situation like congestion points, rallies, political and religious processions and diversion updates on mobile phone. The Goa traffic police could take some vital clues from the schemes introduced by the Delhi police and reintroduce the traffic sentinel scheme in the state with some changes to make it people-friendly. The 30th national road safety week is being observed from February 4 to 10. The theme this year is ‘Sadak Suraksha-Jeevan Raksha’ (road safety Is life security). This is probably the most appropriate time to shore up the traffic sentinel scheme in the state.
ADELMO FERNANDES, VASCO
A Show Of Hatred
ON this year’s Mahatma Gandhi’s 71st death anniversary, some members of the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha recreated in Aligarh Mahatma Gandhiji’s assassination by shooting at the effigy of the Father of the Nation with a toy pistol. They garlanded the statue of his killer Nathuram Godse and distributed sweets and chanted “Gandhi murdabad, Godse zindabad” in front of a small audience. The entire saga was filmed by the participants, and the video has widely been circulated. It is true that India is a democratic country and every Indian has a right to freedom of speech. But this has a definite limit. One cannot incite crime and violence. However, what happened in Aligarh was more than just crossing the limit. The Gandhi assassination made us aware of the danger of rabid fanaticism masquerading as champions of one religion or the other. However, there are constant efforts by some groups to rationalise the brutal murder. The nurturing of the animosity among Indians was, as it were, put on public display in the mock murder. The British had fanned hatred among Indians to play the game of divide and rule to subjugate us. The game made us act like bulls in a bullfight. This is a well-known game of making two bulls agitated. Then egg them on to fight with each other in a stadium and earn money by selling tickets. The trick of this game is not allowing the bulls to know who their real enemy is. Gandhi, especially his endeavour for the unity and fraternity of all Indians, is definitely bad for such business.
SUJIT DE, KOLKATA
The Aligarh incident on the ‘shaheed divas’ is just another attempt to make us fight with each other so that a section can enjoy the game and reap the benefits in their favour. Will they be able to make us forget about the contributions of the Mahatma? Can they be able to make us fight among ourselves? Undoubtedly, we need to be on our guard.