Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Sep 2017 12:15:43

NATIONAL outrage over the murder of senior journalist Ms. Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru is justified. The murder of the highly respected journalist in cold blood, as she was about to enter her house, is highly condemnable. However, Karnataka Chief Minister Mr. Siddaramaiah deserves a pat on his back for swiftly announcing probe by the Special Investigation Team into the murder. Now, the probe team should spare no efforts in zeroing down on the perpetrators of the heinous crime. Killing of a person belonging to different ideologies is not acceptable and hence the perpetrators of the crime must be brought to book as early as possible. However, it is unfortunate that attempts are being made by some people to link murder of Ms. Gauri with that of Pansare, Kalburgi and Dabholkar. An attempt is also being made to give a political colour to the unfortunate incident with an eye on Karnataka polls next year. Let the investigation into the murder of Ms. Gauri reach a logical conclusion. Whoever has committed the crime must be punished without showing any favour.


THAT as many as 17 persons get killed in road accidents in India every hour, is a shocking revelation. That means India loses more than 400 persons every day in road accidents. These figures and mind-numbing, to say the least. Official studies have shown that driver’s fault in the single biggest factor of most accidents on roads that may be fatal or many not result into fatalities. There are others factors as well, which official studies have listed. Even as he released the Accidents India 2017 Report, union Transport minister Mr. Nitin Gadkari must have felt a stab of pain in his chest as reeled out the details. With his kind of sensitivity, it can be surmised that Mr. Gadkari would soon come out with a master-plan to reduce the number of road accidents. The science of road designing and making has made rapid advances in the past some time. Mr. Gadkari will certainly make the best use of the technological advance. Yet, the challenge that would remain to be tackled is the mindset of road-users. Mr. Gadkari must use his innovative mind to meet this challenge.