The ugly truth about Partition
THIS refers to the letters published on April 7 in response to my article "The ugly truth about Partition," carried in your paper (March 24).
Gurmeet Singh contends that while discussing the Lahore Resolution (the Pakistan Resolution), I ought to have mentioned Jinnah’s article on the resolution published later in Modern Review in which Jinnah tried to pacify the Sikhs in order to enlist their support for his scheme of partitioning the country. The scope of my article was entirely different. It was intended to analyse the circumstances and the factors that had led to the passing of the Lahore resolution. The Sikhs did not figure in Jinnah’s calculations at this stage.
Jinnah continued to assure the Sikhs after they raised their voice against the Lahore Resolution. In this connection he met even the Maharaja of Patiala and Giani Kartar Singh. Penderel Moon and Major Short also mediated to reconcile the Sikhs to Jinnah’s plan but wisely they did not allow themselves to be trapped by Jinnah’s sinister designs. Otherwise Jinnah would have swallowed the whole Punjab.
I am glad that K.J.S.
Ahluwalia has pointed out the error I had committed in giving March 24,
1940 as the date when the Pakistan Resolution was passed. According to
him the actual date of the Lahore Resolution is March 23 which is
celebrated as Pakistan Day.
Ways to combat plague
Apropos of the article "Ways to combat plague" (March 24) by B.K. Sharma, I have the following comments to make.
The actual diagnosis, of the outbreak of plague in Himachal was made by doctors of the Department of Medicine, IGMC, Shimla, and not by the PGI as has been reported, in the Press. Doctors at the PGI could have saved more patients had they suspected the diseases in the beginning.
L.S. PAL, Prof &
Head, Deptt of Medicine,
Bosses in meetings
I read "The reasons why the boss is always in a meeting" by Mohinder Singh (March 17) with interest. It is an admitted fact that behind every efficient execuitve, there is an efficient personal staff. One excuse which is commonly conveyed to a caller on phone is that the boss has gone to attend a court case. It all depends on the efficient personal staff for making the best excuse.
HARISH K. MONGA,
This feature was
published on April 21, 2002