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We should consider all aspects of joint elections

We should consider all aspects of joint elections before we implement

Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi has proposed “One Nation, One Election”. It means to hold the elections for the Lok Sabha and state legislative assemblies at the same time. The Law Commission, Parliament Standing Committee and Niti Ayog have already recommended for joint elections.

Almost every year, elections are held in some states of the country. This brings a huge burden on the national economy. A large number of army men, police personnel and civilians are deployed in every election. The model code of conduct also hampers to implement government policies. Certainly, joint elections can be a good solution to these issues.

This is true that joint elections have been held for four consecutive terms after independence. But the circumstances were different at that time. Presently, we will have to dissolve the government of all the states to hold simultaneous polls. Certainly, this would be a herculean task as no state would like the dissolution of its government.

Moreover, joint elections have the capabilities to mix up central and state-level issues. National issues may dominate over the regional ones. So no doubt, the regional parties will be reluctant to go for simultaneous elections for the fear of electoral loss.

What if the central or any state government falls on account of lack of majority? We will have to either impose President’s rule for the remaining terms or hold a fresh election in the state. While the first option is not good for the representative democracy, the second option will again bring the country into frequent elections mode.

Frequent elections give the political parties an opportunity to evaluate themselves and remove their shortcomings. Separate elections provide feedback to the parties and an opportunity to improve their performance. This is good for a healthy democracy.  Certainly, these benefits are missing in joint elections

Conclusively, joint elections have their own pros and cons that we cannot ignore. So, there should be a healthy and nationwide discussion on the issue of simultaneous elections.

 

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Canines win heart by showing yoga moves

Canines win heart by showing yoga moves

5th International Yoga day was observed on  21st June 2019 across the world. In India, around 15 million people performed yoga in different postures. ‘Yoga for the heart’ was the theme of this year that India declared.

Grand Yoga events were organized at different places in the country. Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi led 40, 000 yoga enthusiasts at Prabhat Tara ground in Ranchi.

The Indian army performed yoga day at Siachen Glacier, the world’s highest battlefield. Border Security Forces took part in yoga on horseback in Gurugram, whereas NAVY personnel did yoga on INS Sindhudhwaj.

Besides these, ministers, CMs, celebrities, school children and lakhs of citizens participated in yoga practice in different parts of the country.

However, the most touching moment was when army dogs showed yoga moves. These dogs won the heart of millions who saw their pictures and videos. The pets innocently followed their master’s yoga asanas. Truly speaking, they vindicated the yoga theme for this year.

Yoga is a derivation of Sanskrit word ‘yuj’ which means “to unite”. Yoga is an ancient Indian tradition and a valuable gift to the world. It brings harmony to the mind and body. Yoga is helpful in the overall development of the body.  Yoga was listed by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage.

The United Nations Organisation declared 21 June as International Day of Yoga. The day was first proposed by the Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi at UNO. He suggested the day 21 June which is the longest day of the year.

 

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All animals are legal persons

All animals are legal persons: Court says

Animals are the companion of human beings. They are helpful in many ways. They provide us with food. We use many quadrupeds for transportation. Pets help us relieve from tension and anxiety.

Despite being the importance of animals, they have to face human cruelty. When these innocent beings suffer pain, they are unable to respond like us. But they have the same emotions as we have. So, who will speak on their behalf when they are victimized?

Certainly, we humans will have to stand by them! In this regard, Punjab and Haryana High Court has delivered an exceptional judgement for the welfare of animals.

The Court has observed that animals are not property. They have a legal right to live with dignity and honour. All citizens of the state are their “In Loco Parentis” (in place of parents).

The judgement says:

“The animals should be healthy, comfortable, well-nourished, safe, able to express innate behaviour without pain, fear and distress. They are entitled to justice. The animals cannot be treated as objects or property.”

 

 

It means we have the responsibility to ensure their welfare and protection. It will be our duty to see that these creatures live a healthy and comfortable life in a safe environment.

The Court issued several directions to the Haryana government so that there may be no harm to animals. Moreover, It banned the use of sticks to avoid causing bruises or swelling on them. The Court fixed the load to be carried by animals. Citizens should provide their animals with water every two hours and food every four hours.

However, the Court’s order does not imply that citizens should give up non-vegetarian food.

This is really a landmark judgement. This will incite the citizens of Haryana to safeguard the welfare of animals. We must welcome the decision of the Court.

It would be better if the Supreme Court of India passes such a decision. In this way, whole citizens of the country will be duty-bound to ensure the safety and dignity of animals.

 

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Telangana MP G Kishan Reddy

Telangana MP accepts books for the celebration of his electoral victory

India is changing.  Indian people are coming up with innovative ways to do something.  In this context, G Kishan Reddy, an MP from Telangana has set an example. 

Kishan Reddy has won the Lok Sabha election 2019 from Secunderabad constituency.  On his victory, he requested his supporters to congratulate him with books instead of garlands or sweets.

On his appeal, a large number of party workers and volunteers visited his office and donated notebooks and storybooks.  Very soon, his office turned into the storeroom with the bundle of books.  These books will be distributed among economically disadvantaged students.

 

 

Generally, party workers celebrate the victory of their leader with great pomp and show.  They offer garland, shawl, sweets and bouquets.  However, these gifts are of little use.  There is also the wastage of money.

So, Kishan’s initiative has a great message for the country.   With such plans, the celebration becomes useful and significant.  A good message goes to citizens and it cultivates high morale among countrymen.

Gifts like garlands and bouquets are in no way helpful for anyone, but rather they cause pollution.  So leaders of our country should refuse such gifts.  They, instead, should urge their supporters to bring gifts that may be utilized for needy persons.

 

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