The Tribune - Spectrum

Sunday, March 19, 2000

Sachin had his reasons

THIS refers to the article "Why Sachin quit" (March 5) by Abhijit Chatterjee. There are many reasons behind Sachin’s resignation. When Azharuddin’s was selected for the team after a gap of eight months, Sachin Tendulkar quit as captain. Earlier Azharuddin’s selection for the one day tri-series in Australia was reportedly opposed by Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev. It shows that there was some friction between the two.

However Azahr’s selection alone is not the reason for his resignation. The burden of captaincy was affecting Sachin’s career. Captaincy is both glamorous as well burdensome. Whenever Sachin leads the team, his performance declines. Therefore it would be better for Indian cricket, if Sachin Tendulkar is free to concentrate on his batting. Today the Indian team has shwon Sachin’s batting more than his captaincy.

The selectors had no other alternative but to select Saurav Ganguly after Sachin’s resigned from captaincy. For Saurav Ganguly it is a challenging job has shown. He is a talented player and needs leadership qualities in the series against the West Indies at Toronto last year. One hope that the Indian team will perform well under the captaincy of Saurav Ganguly.



Seek contentment

This refers to Taru Bahl’s didactic write-up "Seeking contentment" (February 20).

Contentment is the state or feeling of being contented with one’s lot. Blessed are those, who do not crave for something that they do not need.

Many decades ago, I saw a contented friar, who begged only one chavanni, considering it sufficient to get simple fare for the day. If anybody gave him an athanni, either he refused to accept the same or gave the additional amount to some needy person.

Those, who are contented with their lot, enjoy freedom from tension caused by fretting and craving, jealousy and greed. They have no selfish desire. Yet they are hard workers and enterprising.


Be patient

This refers to Taru Bahl’s article "Power of Patience" (March 5). A patient person is loved by the society. It is really true that we can overcome troubles with patience. With patience, we can achieve our goals and can get brilliant success in life. Patience makes us hardworking and tolerant. It teach us not to lose control in critical situations. We should face difficulties with equanimity. With patience, even enemies can become friends. It also helps in eliminating small irritants.



Lack of patience is one of the major causes of failure. Experience has proved that lack of patience is a weakness common to a majority of people. It is a weakness which may be overcome by a little effort. With patience, we will be defeated even before we start with patience and perseverence we will win.


Printer’s devil

In our column ‘Great Minds’ Indira Gandhi’s date of birth should have been November 19, 1917 not November 19, 1921. — EditorTop


Bhagat Singh

THERE was an article by Kuldip Dhiman (January 23) titled ‘Bhagat Singh’. There are a few factual errors e.g. 1) Saunders came out of District Courts and not Secretariat. 2) Saunders was a sergeant equivalent to Sub Inspector and not DSP. 3)Bhagat Singh was only six years with his father in Chak No. 105 (now in Pakistan) and 4) did not meet Rash Behari Bose when he threw a bomb towards Lord Harding in 1913.

My information is based on my being present in the procession headed by L. Lajpat Rai on December 17, 1928 and mourning procession of March 24, 1931, as I was in Lahore from April, 1928 onwards.


Kuldip Dhiman replies:

Bhagat Singh's stay with his father was never mentioned in my write-up, hence, the number of years he lived with his father is irrelevant to the present context.

Regarding J. P. Saunders’ rank, some books say he was Assistant Superintendent (The Trial of Bhagat Singh - Politics of Justice by S. G. Noorani), while others say he was Deputy Superintendent (Shaheed Bhagat Singh by K. K. Khullar), and some designate him Head Constable.

Regarding the location of the shooting, Khullar also agrees that Saunders came out of the Secretariat and not from the High Court: "For one week Scott's movements were watched in and around his office situated in the Punjab Civil Secretariat. On the appointed day, they all went there and perched themselves outside the Secretariat. An Englishman came out, Jai Gopal mistook him as Scott and gave the signal" (Page 41)

Nowhere have I mentioned that Bhagat Singh met "Rash Behari Bose when he threw a bomb towards Lord Harding (sic) in 1913'. In fact the incident involving Rash Behari Bose and Lord Hardinge is not even mentioned once in the piece in question.

While every care is being taken to give the readers an accurate picture of the lives of these great men and women, the readers must understand that books often vary, even with regard to dates of birth and death, and about the time and place of major events, thus leading to controversies. In a small write-up like this, it is not possible to discuss every point of view in detail.