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Posted at: Oct 19, 2017, 12:45 AM; last updated: Oct 19, 2017, 12:45 AM (IST)

Taj no blot, but he is

BY calling the Taj Mahal a blot on Indian culture, UP MLA Sangeet Som has revealed himself as a blot on Indian politics. Historical monuments are not anyone’s patrimony and one who thinks of harming them in any manner, should face public ire. Politicians who make such statements invariably belong to the jumla constituency. They only wish to divert public concern away from burning issues. On the other hand, showing Hindu-Muslim solidarity, the head of the UP Shia Central Board has offered 10 silver arrows for the Shri Ram idol which is to be installed in the Ayodhya temple. 

Shadi Lal, by mail


British rule better?

Refer to the editorial ‘Mullah Sangeet Som Omar’ (October 18); it is unfortunate that such petty minds claim to be our leaders. He very convincingly said Indians (Hindus) were subject to Muslim atrocities, and so, their architecture should not be given any place in our country. And what about the British under whom Indians faced atrocities? A huge number of people died during British reign. We owe them our railways, education system, civil services, and a lot more. Why don’t we boycott all of that too and build our own system from scratch? Criticism as per convenience has to stop right away. Such people should be removed from the political system, so that such venom does not affect the progress of our nation.

Sukhmani Anand, Hoshiarpur


Who decides ‘blot’?

Apropos ‘Taj Mahal blot on Indian culture: Som’ (October 17), why is the BJP hell-bent on wasting precious time to divide the country on the basis of religion instead of making it one nation? An MLA, who himself is confused about history, cannot judge the ‘blots and honours’ of country. Politicians are no less than the Mughals, they are wolf in sheep’s clothing. The Taj Mahal is a beauty of our nation. Without considering who built it, respect the monument. Politicans should think before they speak; they have some responsibilities toward the people and the country. 

Varinder Kaur, by mail


BJP & the golden eggs 

Refer to ‘The Gurdaspur verdict’ (October 16); the campaign byword of ‘dynasty and corruption’ worked well  for the BJP  in 2014. The three years of its constant use and the ensuing ‘macho’ governance and a slew of slogans has perhaps hastened the gap between promises and performance. The recent byelection result is a sign of the BJP vainly persisting with a blunted tool. The party is once again heavily relying on it in Gujarat and elsewhere. There are no more golden eggs to be laid. DeMo and GST may not have fuelled the ongoing popular disenchantment with the party, as has its inability to see a holistic  national canvas. Rajiv Gandhi lost his way in a single term with 400 plus seats. The BJP ought to brush up on recent history than delve far into the Taj Mahal era.

R Narayanan, Ghaziabad


Racism rampant

Apropos the article ‘Racism in Britain’ by Hasan Suroor (October 18), it’s unfortunate to hear about racial discrimination. This phenomenon is not restricted to just Britain, but is prevalent in every country. So many studies and efforts will all be in vain if no concrete steps are taken toward peace and strategic alliances among all nations towards this cause. What upsets one is that most victims are innocent and trying to make an honest living in a foreign land. Australia, the US, the UK and for that matter even developming nations like India have immense growth opportunities. They should not be turned into grounds for racial attacks. Each one of us should take care of this, being a responsible citizen of our respective nations. There should be zero tolerance toward such incidents from the perspective of law. Cultural sensitisation needs to be taken up to deal with it.

Gunjit Trehan, by mail


Extend cracker ban

The Supreme Court of India deserves praise for taking a bold step to ban crackers in Delhi & the NCR. This is most desired, no doubt, but a delayed decision. The decision will not only save the environment, but also prevent incidences of fire, accidents, noise pollution, wastage of money and dent to the cleanliness drive. Hinduism is considered to be the most tolerant religion, therefore its followers should not miss a chance to take the lead in this regard. A superb beginning has already  been made, it now needs to be extended to more areas of the country, and also on other occasions.

PC Mittal, Barnala


Visit a martyr’s home

Diwali is a festival of lights and a sort of family reunion, since people at home yearn for their loved ones to be home together to celebrate it. But we forget those bravehearts who never returned home. The only way to show solidarity with their families is to visit them in our neighbourhood, street,  mohalla or city. This way our celebrations will also definitely multiply, otherwise they will be left with a sense of  darkness although there would be lights all around. Says a poet: Ik woh bhi Diwali thi/ik yeh bhi Diwali hai/ ujra hua gulshan hai/rota hua mali hai.

VIR PARTAP SINGH, HOSHIARPUR


Discarding Urdu

Indian politicians, with rare exception, only know which side of their bread is buttered. Their only interest lies in garnering votes for themselves to stay in power, and not in the electorate, not even in the country. By making Hindi the official language of India, and simultaneously discontinuing teaching Urdu, all Urdu-knowing people were rendered uneducated. Millions of people who migrated to India from Pakistan did not know Hindi. Both Hindi and Urdu could have existed and flourished. It was a blunder and an inconsiderate decision to disown Urdu and label it as the language of Muslims. It is never too late to restore and give Urdu the rightful place it richly deserves.

RK Chhibbar, Chandigarh


Arbitrary pardons

I would like to remind the CM of Punjab that it is his duty toward the people who voted him to power to bring to book politician-criminals who have done untold harm to the state. It is not his choice to look away and call it avoidance of ‘vendetta’. This reeks of some sort of ‘understanding’. He, as the CM, needs to uphold the law of the land; not grant arbitrary pardons. Maybe he has skeletons in his own cupboard. He should not betray his state and people who reposed their faith in him.

Ranjit Powar, Chandigarh


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