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Stray dog menace


Stray dog menace

Sir, - It is a great policy to adopt `Ahimsa'. I propose the following steps to save common people from the threat of getting bitten by stray dogs leading to death from rabies.

Provide strictly closed, life-long shelters for dogs at district-level and maintain these shelters in a healthy manner by Animal rights Activists and the Government; let the local Government and the animal rights activists take full responsibility of any stray dog bite or rabies poisoning. The leaders of animal rights activists and the head of the local Government authority should be prosecuted for murder when any death happens as a result of stray dog bite.

Any dog happens seen in public place should be treated as a stray dog, except only when taken for treatment to a veterinary hospital or for a dog show. Dog owners should keep their animal well protected and give access only to their own house and land. Otherwise the owners of the dog should be punished legally.

The local Government should compensate any loss to the common man owing to stray dog menace.

P. Rajan

Kudappanakunnu

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A welcome directive

Sir, - Although the Kerala High Court's directive banning hartals and demonstrations on the MG Road in the capital has been widely welcomed by all sections of the people, our political parties, particularly the Left, deliberately refuse to appreciate the spirit of the directive. The court is more concerned about the fights and freedom of the people and is worried about the hardships and inconveniences caused to the people by hartals. Our politicians are playing the role of the Roman Emperor Nero on hartal days. Because most of the wise men and political thinkers of the State have rallied behind one political party or the other, they seem to have lost their freedom to express their views on such vital issues affecting the socio-economic activities of the State. The ultimate sufferers are the people, especially the poorest of the poor, whose cause the Left always champion. They are not going to reap any benefit even in the future on account of hartals. The statement of the Thiruvananthapuram District Committee of the Kerala Vyapari Vyavasayi Ekopana Samithi that, "The traders were closing down shops for fear of attack on shops and not in support of hartals" deserves serious debate at appropriate forum. Our politicians may better know that people see hartals, for any reason, as nightmares.

S. Paul Dhason

Muttada

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A boon to citizens

Sir, - The recent directive of the Kerala High Court to ensure normal life of the people during hartals and general strikes and also to ban demonstrations and marches between Palayam and Thampanur during working days on the MG Road, in the city is to be welcomed by all.

A day without a demonstration or a protest march is hardly there on the busy Mahatma Gandhi road and the worst sufferers are the common people, especially the city residents who use the public transport system. The floating population who come to the capital city for various purposes are were also subjected to untold miseries owing to the frequent disruption of traffic through the M G Road.

By disallowing the free movement of people and the flow of traffic, the demonstrators are obviously impinging on a major fundamental right, the `freedom of travel' of the common man, belonging to the unorganised majority. Whatever may be the reason of those who oppose the court directive, the `capture' of the MG Road, for narrow political ends is anti-democratic. It is an exploitation of a major constitutional right of the common citizen.

The High Court direction is a boon to the ordinary citizens. The Government should take immediate steps to ban unlawful processions, demonstrations, agitations and also other dramas like `Sayana pradakshinam' in front of the Secretariat. The people are not against the rights of the political parties or trade unions. But, it should not be at the cost of the large majority of the unorganised common people.

K. P. Ashok Kumar

Pattom

Kudappanakunnu

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