Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Sep 2018 14:07:59









QUITE rightly, as the presiding officer of the Rajya Sabha, Vice-President Mr. Venkaiah Naidu has set for himself the task of restoring prestige of the Upper House. And for that his first priority is taking care of “erring members.” Quite justifiably so, when as the Presiding officer of Rajya Sabha if the Chairman is required to be strict with members, his indignation over members’ behaviour during the sittings of the House can be understandable. Over the last few years the situation has particularly deteriorated, requiring the presiding officer to reprimand the erring members for their unruly behaviour, bordering on indecency and even cantankerousness. It is this situation that pricks the Vice-President as the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha. Any presiding officer would be at his wit’s end if there is disorderliness on a perpetual basis with no business worth the name being transacted. With members using their lung power to the fullest and no section of the House willing to listen to other view point, the only choice for the chairman is to take recourse to frequent adjournments.


THE world community is aghast at the happenings in Myanmar, where the military is accused of slaughtering thousands of Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine State. Despite being chastised by the United Nations and evidence of the Army’s violent excesses on the Rohingyas, the country’s leader, Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has maintained a stony silence. Instead of helping the freedom of press, which she relied on during her 15-year house arrest, Suu Kyi is now reticent on the seven-year jail sentence to two Reuters journalists for reporting on the genocide. It raises a question mark on the moral as well as civilian leadership of Suu Kyi. The suspicion of the military using her as a human shield hold ground here and Suu Kyi seems in collusion with the army commanders’ murderous attacks on the minority. The Nobel peace prize winner must come out of her cocoon and speak for a free press and rule of law. Her silence can bring a big harm to Myanmar as can be gauged from the outrage from the UN, European Union and the United States.