EDITORIAL

The corrupt can’t enjoy their loot

The story ‘How much land does a man need’ depicts the end result of too much greed. Pahom, the protagonist in the story meets a tragic end due to his excessive greed. It is said that greed knows no limit. To be precise, greed and corruption are two sides of the same coin. Utter greed compels one to indulge in limitless acts of corruption. The corrupts of all hues amass huge wealth in terms of gold, land, buildings and cash, taking recourse to various illegal means and without knowing how much wealth they actually need for sustence.  When they become old and frail, they start losing interest in their ill-gotten wealth. When body and mind are getting tormented, one loses all craze for physical and mental enjoyment. At the end of the day, they have to leave their huge wealth in the hands of some unknown people.  Even they are not sure that their progeny can enjoy their ill- gotten wealth. The tragedy for such corrupt people is that they can’t embrace a peaceful death!

In the story it is said that one needs only six feet land after his/her soul leaves for heavenly abode. In present day, for many even six feet land is not allotted after death. All get converted to ash! Now, the point is, how many have learnt lessons from such moral stories? Filly, if one can’t carry the baggage of wealth, then why is there so much fuss about amassing unlimited power and wealth during one’s lifetime at the cost of peace and serenity! The truth is that the corrupt can’t enjoy their loot.

Deepak Mazumder,
Guwahati-22.

Errant lawmakers

One of the dirtiest aspects of Indian democracy is the stalling of proceedings in Parliament. It goes without saying that when proceedings in both the Houses of Parliament or that of an assembly session is on, it counts very much in terms of money as the monthly dues of MPs and MLAs are paid by the tax-payers’ hard-earned money. We cannot blame a single party for this sorry state of affairs. We can at best suggest the law-makers consisting of members of both treasury bench and opposition to ect strict legislation to chastise those members who are active in stalling the proceedings. It presents an ugly picture of India at the intertiol level. We observe that some members create pandemonium in the House, breaking certain parapherlia, some even engaging in fisticuffs. All such members should be meted out exemplary punishment, debarring them to attend the session for the rest of the term. If we remember right, at one point of time, two MPs had sprinkled pepper in the House to register their protests against tabling of the Telenga Bill. In Assam too, we have noticed stalling of assembly proceedings at the whims of some members, as well as lawlessness, which is shameful.

Ashok Bordoloi,       
Dibrugarh.