Saturday, January 31, 2009

Don’t force views on people

Don’t force views on people

We have a democracy in place and the chief minister has the right to express his views. But we live in a free society and people also have the right to decide whether to go or not to go to pubs. We cannot force people from going to pubs saying that it is against society. Going to pubs is also not against any public policy. So let there be a debate, instead of violence.
If somebody thinks that women should not go to work, he can think that way but cannot force his thoughts on others. Similarly, the CM cannot force his views on other people. If young people or middle-aged people want to go to pubs, that is okay. There should be no force from any corner to prevent people from going to pubs when they do so at their will. As long as they are not under age, it is fine.
This difference in views is a classic, inter-generational fight. It is for the political leadership to understand that India is a very young nation where 65 per cent of the population is below the age of 35. The views of the youngsters are very much different from those of the elders and hence, there will be a difference in attitude. So, I doubt whether the CM’s attitude will go down well with it.
The key points are that there should be no violence, no intimidation and no force over this issue.

Mohandas Pai, director- HR, education, research and administration, Infosys


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