Letters to the Editor (05 Sep 2022)

Sep 05, 2022 | 06:23 IST

Letters to the Editor (05 Sep 2022)

Saluting our

dear teachers

It is not just Teachers Day, but always that we must remember our dear teachers for the role they play in shaping our future. Throughout my studies and until the end of my law studies, I was extremely blessed by caring and loving teachers who taught with a dedicated sense of hope, passion, motivation and from a targeted direction. Throughout the student days, they always encouraged me in extracurricular activities, paving the way for my participation in speech, debate and essay contests.

Great teachers can make a big difference in our lives because in addition to making a lasting impression in the classroom, they can be a very positive influence in our lives. Our teachers are more than just educators. They also play this vital role as dear friends, advisers and mentors.

A regular teacher may just direct us on the right path, but great teachers inspire and challenge us to chart our right path in life.

We must always remain highly indebted to all our dear teachers who imparted to us all their invaluable knowledge and advice which helped us immensely in life. Thank you, teachers, for devoting your time and effort to your noble profession to bring out the best in each of us. No words are enough to express our gratitude to you.

As historian and politician Henry Brooks Adams once observed, “Teachers affect eternity. No one can say where their influence stops”. Bill Gates aptly said, “Technology is just one tool to get kids working together and motivating them, but the teacher is the most important.”

Aires Rodrigues, Ribandar

Once again a politician at the helm of the AIFF

Once again, this showed that politicians dominate in virtually all areas, including leadership positions in sports associations.

Bhaichung Bhutia, a well-known and widely respected personality in the world of football in India and abroad and the second most capped Indian footballer, was routed during the proclamation of the results for the post of AIFF President by his rival candidate Kalyan Chaubey, a former goalkeeper. who played for top Indian clubs Mohun Bagan and East Bengal.

Chaubey, a BJP-backed politician from West Bengal, won convincingly by a 33-1 margin.

Chaubey’s victory was never in doubt. However, Bhutia’s presence in the scrum had added more light and color to the contest, although for obvious reasons his chances of winning were very slim, despite his popularity as a top footballer.

It’s to be seen now, how Chaubey will successfully navigate the tough job he has in his hands. AIFF which until recently was banned by FIFA for several administrative misconduct and violations, must be put on the right track to avoid any further issues with FIFA, by observing rules and regulations and restoring administrative normalcy as well as preparing to host the U-17 Women’s World Cup from October.

Best wishes to the new AIFF President, may Indian football flourish and reach new heights under his leadership, without letting any politics interfere with its normal functioning.

Antonio DinizFatorda

Cyber ​​crimes

against children

The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has released a disturbing report: Cybercrimes against children are on the rise. The protracted Covid-19 pandemic has forced young people to calm down at home hoping against hope that attending physical classes, endless and monotonous virtual lessons, will become a reality sooner rather than later. Studying from home via online courses also meant unbridled and unrestricted accessibility to smartphones.

Many parents were and still are unable to understand the complexity of these sophisticated gadgets. As a result, parental guidance to children was either unavailable or scarce. This, by all means, has emboldened the cyber crooks. The NCRB report states that in 2021, 1,081 cybercrimes against children were reported. Unreported incidences can be many more. Karnataka, Delhi, Kerala are leading cyber crimes against children. According to the bureau, phishing and sexual harassment were the most common cybercrimes committed against unsuspecting children.

Generally speaking, pornography, cyber bullying, cyber bullying, defamation and identity theft are regularly used in cyber frauds. The cyber gang liberally uses emails and text messages to trick children into revealing their secrets. When trapped, children do themselves a great disservice by not telling their parents about their predicament. Parents should closely monitor the behavior of their children.

Children themselves need to know the latest cybersecurity modalities. Today’s kids are smart enough to quickly spot grammatical errors, misspelled words, unusual content and urgency in messages, common mistakes made by cybercriminals. Children should wear their thinking caps in addition to being vigilant to ward off fraudsters. The government, for its part, should strengthen the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act (POCSO) to crack down on criminals.

Ganapathi Bhat, Akola

Watch the pigsties

It is learned that a virus infection has caused the death of pigs in the Modsai region of Fatorda in recent days. Officials from the Sonsoddo Livestock and Veterinary Hospital reportedly said preliminary investigation revealed the pigs had died of a viral infection. However, the owner should have the pigs undergo a post-mortem examination if poisoning is suspected.

It is understood pig deaths were reported in Maina-Curtorim last month and the cause of death according to a veterinarian was a viral infection. Pork is a delicacy within the Catholic community in the state and is eaten regularly, as well as at parties and other occasions. It therefore seems absolutely necessary for the authorities to carry out random checks on pigs in different piggeries.

It is understood that with antibiotic therapy, secondary infection in pigs can be prevented. It is also necessary to check whether viral infection in pigs can be transmitted to humans. If there have been cases of pig deaths due to a virus, it would be prudent to stop piggery activities in the locality until the animal husbandry and veterinary hospital officials clarify that the virus no longer active among the pigs there.

Adelmo Fernandes, Vasco

Sati in the history books

On September 4, 1987, 18-year-old Roop Kanwar had to jump into her husband’s funeral pyre in the state of Rajasthan. She had been married for only eight months with Maal Singh (24). They had no children.

The practice of Sati was first banned in Portuguese Goa (on the Indian subcontinent) in 1515 by Portuguese Governor Albuquerque who came to Goa at the invitation of locals Timoja Naik and Mhalu Pai Vernekar.

Three centuries later, Lord William Bentinck banned Sati in all jurisdictions of British India on December 4, 1829

While the statue of Afonso de Albuquerque has been removed from the circle of Miramar, the statue of Lord Bentinck still stands in Kolkata.

History textbooks across the country do not acknowledge Afonso de Albuquerque for abolishing Sati. Could this be due to a few Supreme Court rulings that Goa is territory acquired by military conquest only in 1961?

Antonio Alvares, by email

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