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Sunday, October 14, 2001
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Patelís legacy

APROPOS of V.N. Dattaís "Patelís Legacy" (September 30), I would like to remark that no one in modern India has achieved so much is such a short time as Sardar Patel.

Sardar Vallabhbhai PatelOur country has no dearth of theorists. But it is woefully deficient in the art of execution. It does not understand that the great questions of the day are settled not by speeches and resolutions but by determined and diligent action. Ideas are important. But it is constructive work alone that can "inject meaning into the veins of history and civilisation." Sardar Patel was certainly one of the greatest constructive geniuses the country has produced.

Unlike Gandhi and Nehru, Patel was a born kisan. He possessed a peasantís stern character and sturdy common sense; and he was a down-to-earth realist. Such realism was seen not only in his handling of complex state affairs, but also in his simple-hearted humour. If Gandhi inspired the masses as an oracle, it was Patel who organised them into a fighting force. Gandhi admitted that Patel felt the pulse of the peasants better than he did.

K.M. VASHISHT, Mansa

 


Monsoon Wedding

This refers to Kshama Raoís article: "Giving a feel of the India she knows" (September 30). Mira Nair has really done India proud. Monsoon Wedding holds particular interest for Punjabis as it depicts a wedding in a Punjabi household. The picture has got a modern theme as has been highlighted in the article. The Golden Lion is Mira Nairís personal triumph and a tribute to her creativity and professionalism.

ONKAR CHOPRA, Ludhiana

Money and happiness

Apropos of "Money makes happiness grow," by Prerana Trehan (September 23). It goes without saying that money is the most important ingredient of the requirements of life. It gets bread, clothing and housing, the three basic necessities of man. Almost every kind of comfort can be bought with money.

But the fact is that happiness is a state of mind rather than that of body. Five ills that plague mankind are lust, attachment, greed, anger and egoism. Money more often than not reinforces these enemies of man. No wonder it is the rich rather than the poor whose cabinets are full of tranquilisers and other anti-hypertension drugs.

It is again reiterated that money is very important. It can obviate the travails of hunger, sickness and many other seeds of distress. But it cannot buy friendship, love and loyalty, which are so vital for a happy life.

Money can hire servants but cannot beget sincere friends. A rich man can buy the works of art but cannot purchase the sensibility to appreciate their beauty.

Money is a good servant but a bad master. Happiness consists in the harmonious well-being of body, heart, mind and soul. Money can attend to the needs of only the body.

CHAMAN LAL KORPAL, Amritsar

II

Money makes the mare go, says a quote. However, very few people become rich by earning money by the sweat of their brow. Opportunistic and self-seeking politicians, their kith and kin and other people wallow in wealth obtained by dishonest means. Scrupulous people cannot prevent privation, despite hard labour. Sometimes, some parents, living in penury, kill their children and commit suicide. Alas! Jab tak insaan ki jeb khaali hai/Zindagi ik ghaleez galli hai.

The rich may pamper themselves with costly pleasures, comforts and delicacies. But that does not mean that they are actually happy. Many of them suffer from one trouble or the other.

BHAGWAN SINGH, Qadian

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