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Posted at: Feb 18, 2018, 12:58 AM; last updated: Feb 18, 2018, 12:58 AM (IST)


THE writer has forgotten that Dr Murli Manohar Joshi is one of the accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case while praising him as an ideal ideologue who laid down rules of governance (Kafeeklatsch: ‘Ancient wisdom for modern rulers…’). His silence over the Gujarat riots was no less culpable. His advice now sounds hollow. His book: ‘Rajdharma, how rulers must conduct: Lessons from ancient India’ is doublespeak at its best and hypocrisy at its worst. 

Prof Kulwant Singh, Mohali


With the socio-political atmosphere in the nation in a flux, some of the tenets could serve as cardinal principles for the political dispensation. Perhaps, the most relevant postulate would be of dharma. The ruler must be conscientious enough not to consider dharma being opposed to any faith and become secular in outlook and conduct. 

Rohit S Bedi, Ludhiana


It’s irony that the modern system has everything, but dharma. The present administration and political system is opposite to what is stated in our scriptures. These scriptures underline discipline and rule of law, not law of rulers. It is true that dharma is not a religion, but forms the subject matter of every religion. 

Gurnam Singh Seetal, Khanna

An inspiration

Remembering MS Randhawa on his 110th birthday shows people’s gratitude towards him (Kaffeeklatsch). He has relevance for the contemporary Punjab where people are facing many hardships. His grasp on the situation, commitment to the cause, administrative ability and versatility can inspire many public servants. 

Jagvinder Singh Brar, Patiala

Degree not vital

Doubting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s educational qualifications is not fair (Kaffeeklatsch). Academic degrees alone can’t make you prudent and practical. Bill Gates, Meryl Streep and many others have no academic degrees, but they are recognised globally for their social work. The wisdom of sages did not emerge from college degrees.

Anshula Rao, Chandigarh

Preventing cyber crime

The rise in cyber crime is disturbing (‘Startling revelations, the quiet war’). The police need to form a special wing, especially in border areas, equipped with modern technology to monitor unethical cyber activities. Public should be made aware of cyber threats so as to reduce risks of data theft and financial frauds.

Subhash Vaid, New Delhi

Good beginning

The Punjab government’s decision to ban some pesticides for 60 days is a good beginning, but inadequate (‘Punjab ban on some pesticides leaves dealers in a fix’). The use of shallow groundwater which is expected to be affected by heavy metals need to be banned too. The government should collect harmful pesticides from the dealers and dispose these of in a scientific manner. Human life is more important than the financial concerns of the manufacturers and dealers.

Gurdev Singh, Mohali

Decide wisely

It is true that some e-tailers are fleecing customers through fake discounts (‘Trapped in opaque pricing’). But the customer has a right to reject. Many e-commerce players offer the facility of returning the product and claiming the refund. Disclosure rules and feedback channels will help shoppers make better decisions.

PN Gupta, Sangrur

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