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Posted at: Apr 23, 2017, 12:31 AM; last updated: Apr 23, 2017, 1:49 AM (IST)

Sajjan a respected figure

The EIC’s support to Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh’s decision to not receive Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan isn’t justified (Kaffeeklatsch: ‘Khalistanis over there and over here’). How can one forget that Capt Amarinder Singh belongs to a party which was responsible for genocide of Sikhs in 1984. Sikhs like Sajjan are respected all over the world for their honesty and hard work. In India, Sikhs have shed more blood for the nation than others even when branded as Khalistanis.

Charanjiv Singh, Delhi


II

The Canadian Defence Minister has been known to be hobnobbing with Khalistanis. However, people with vested interests have volunteered to honour him. The Punjab government is justified in not receiving him. This should send an appropriate message to Canadian and other governments. 

SC Vaid, New Delhi


III

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decree of allowing women to ‘retain’ their maiden name in their passports seems more of a rhetoric when one takes into account that his wife is yet to get her due. We do not even know whether her maiden name is in her passport. In the West, politicians make it a point to project happy families by their side, unlike India, where most leaders keep their mothers and wives in the background.

SK Panesar, Amritsar


Plastic menace

The use of plastic on a large scale has adversely impacted the environment, forcing many governments to put a blanket ban on its use (Impressions: ‘A carpet of joy...’). NGOs, corporate and locals have earnestly come forward to fight the menace. Subodh Kerkar and his team's endeavour to convert the used plastic bottles into flower pots and carpets is commendable. 

Ravi Sharma, Jammu


Motivated to do better

It was heartening to read experiences of people from different disciplines (Beginners Rebooted). The compilation motivated many people like me to take appropriate decisions for better and happier life. 

Raj Kumar Kapoor, Roopnagar


Act in J&K

J&K is sliding down from bad to worse, and the Central Government is watching as a mute spectator (Script to unlearn Kashmir begins with sad lessons). The Centre must firmly act against separatists and stone throwers to control the situation. It must come up with a clear roadmap for J&K.

Col RD Singh (retd), Ambala Cantt


A good read

Last week’s ‘As I Please’ was a pleasurable read as it unfolded many unknown facets of Mahatma Gandhi’s life (Let’s recall Gandhiji’s way of protest...). A reference to a speech by Maulana Azad, describing himself a true Muslim, but more an Indian, is a lesson about nationalism. 

Devinder Garg, Chandigarh


II

K Natwar Singh has done a great service to the nation by recalling Mahatma Gandhi’s ways of protest during the British rule. Gandhiji’s statement in a trial court, which drew compliments from the empire, is a lesson in propriety for the leaders of today. 

S Kumar, Panchkula


III

BJP MP Tarun Vijay's racist swipe against South Indians reflects our obsession for a fair skin. Many celebrities are on the fair complexion bandwagon with their whitening cream ads on TV screens. Are they also not offending our dark-skinned brethren? We all need to speak against this racial mindset.

Prakash Kaur via email


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