Since the onset of summer season, the State government has come out with a lot of information about its preparedness to deal with water scarcity. It says thousands of tubewells have been dug in water scarce regions and mobile vans are being regularly sent to repair defunct tubewells.
However, when one visits some of the western districts of the State, he or she finds that it is only the government’s propaganda and there is no improvement. It is a common scene that women stand in long queues before operational tubewells to draw much-needed water.
In hilly areas, people trek several km distance to collect drinking water. In a welfare State like India, successive governments have failed to discharge their duty. Under these circumstances, villagers have the right to be rebellion. Villagers can at least expect drinking water from the State government.
Is it a fit case
For the past few days, the demand for pardoning actor Sanjay Dutt has been mounting. The film fraternity, politicians, social activists, and some voices from the streets are of the view that Sanjay Dutt is a fit case for getting clemency.
But I just want to ask the politicians, activists, and film personality that why do they break silence only when somebody dearer to them gets entangled in the law. In several States like Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh, and Bihar, thousands of tribal people are languishing in jails for no fault of theirs.
Giving clemency to Sajay Dutt would have a big impact on country’s polity which has so far been impartial. If clemency is granted to the Bollywood actor, similar demands would emanate from many States. Such demands from Jammu and Kashmir could not be met.
On verge of retirement
Sachin Tendulkar is inching closer towards his retirement. The announcement regarding retirement could come at anytime from now. Although the master batsman has been trying to pose aggressive posture to come over his poor show, his attempts have failed to yield any result.
Holder of several records, he is clearly struggling to face the Australian attack, which is one of the weakest in the decade. Tendulkar needs to re-invent himself as soon as possible, otherwise cricket administrator in the country could force him to say goodbye to the cricket he loves so much.
Sachin Tendulkar as a cricketer would always be remembered for his humility. He ruled the game for two decades, yet he has never courted any controversy.