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Posted at: Mar 19, 2017, 12:02 AM; last updated: Mar 19, 2017, 12:02 AM (IST)

Message from Sartaj

Watching a person choosing death over surrender may be a common scene on TV or a movie. No one can perhaps visualise if in reality that person happens to be one’s own (Kaffeeklatsch: ‘Importance of being Mohammed Sartaj’). But Sartaj, the father of the alleged terrorist, has shown what fortitude is: he refused to accept the body of his ‘traitor’ son. For some politicians, it has become a norm to see some IS module under every stone, even before any investigation begins. Sartaj’s bold behaviour may disappoint many Muslim bashers who rush to make an automatic link between that community and terrorists. 

LJ Singh, Amritsar


The article effectively underlined the tragic aspect of India’s political scene which is replete with instances of manipulation of prejudices. The problem gets compounded when media unwittingly follows the line the politicians take to view persons, issues and incidents. 

Jagvinder Singh Brar, Patiala


I salute Mohammed Sartaj for not accepting the body of his son Saiffulah who was killed in an encounter. Persons like Sartaj are rarely found. Sartaj has brought honour to the entire Muslim community. The government must honour him as a national hero. 

RK Kapoor, Chandigarh

Curative coffee

I was amused to find the offer of curative coffee for the losers of Punjab polls in Kaffeeklatsch. I have an interesting tale to tell. Some years back I joined my husband for a voyage on board a ship he was serving. When our ship docked at a port in the west coast of the US, a woman inspector came to my husband’s office citing violation of air pollution regulation, as a generator smoke was visibly coming out from our ship’s stack. Before offering any explanation, my husband invited her to a cup of tea with our family. The young woman mellowed a bit and joined us. She accepted my husband's version of some fault in the ship’s generator. 

SK Panesar, via email


The coffee invitation is a welcome gesture to the poll losers. However, it could be better idea if the government considered some training for the first-time MLAs. If training is considered essential for highly educated IAS/IPS or other directly recruited officers, then, why not for this lot of elected representatives most of whom may not be having higher qualifications/political experience?

Gurmit Singh Saini, Mohali

Tributes to Tiwari

I was deeply touched by EIC’s tributes to Santosh Tiwari, the Editor of Dainik Tribune. It is a fact that when a journalist is alive, many people hover around him/her. After a journalist’s death, no one really remembers his/her work. I was happy to note that the EIC shared coffee with Tiwari every day in The Tribune office in the morning. I appreciate graceful compliment to Tiwari by his senior colleague.

Raj Bahadur Yadav, Fatehabad

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