Thursday, October 18, 2001, Chandigarh, India



Punjab: donít play with peopleís sentiments

Apropos of Mr Hari Jaisingh's page 1 editorial "Punjab: don't play with people's sentiments" (Oct 10), unscrupulous persons who on their own or at the behest of vested political leaders indulge in anti-social activities to pollute the peaceful atmosphere for gaining their masters political mileage.

The recent incidents of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib were the handiwork of vested interests and must be condemned in the strongest words by one and all.

D. P. JINDAL, Mandi Gobindgarh

Religion as a tool: The editorial is an eye-opener for unscrupulous elements whose myopic vision never goes beyond their ulterior motives. It is indeed a matter of grave concern that religion is being employed as a tool by the contemporary political class for its vested interests. The casualty, in the process, is peace and communal harmony.


Police inaction: Why could the police not act firmly instead of allowing things to drift? The sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib reflects sinister overtones which, as rightly held by Mr Hari Jaisingh, "must not be lost sight of by Punjab's religious and political leaders." People would like to know what the SAD-BJP government as also the Congress have been doing all these days.



Painful: The sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib is, of course, most painful. But if we get hysterical over the matter, we will be playing into the hands of the miscreants who will perceive our anger in terms of their success. Instead, we should try to identify the culprits and pounce upon them, quietly but surely.


A faux pas

Apropos of the sacrilege of some "birs" of Sri Guru Granth Sahib recently committed by some unscrupulous persons at different places, the October 7 edition of The Tribune carried Mr Parkash Singh Badal's "Appeal", saying inter alia, that nobody would be allowed to disturb the peace and communal harmony in the state and requesting all the Punjabis to avoid the people who tried to get political mileage from the unfortunate incidents.

However, his photograph published with this "appeal" showed him smiling as if he was giving a very happy news. It looked ludicrously odd in view of the sacrilege of the holy book. If at all Mr Badal's photograph was to be displayed, it should have shown him in an attitude of supplication and reflected his sad mood.



Thanks to Rajivlochan for taking me down the memory lane (Oct. 13). As a child growing up in Ferozepur right after partition, I too carry memories of men from Kabul who would bring dry fruits, speak enchanting Pushto, dress up in colourful salwar kameez and impressive "kulla pagri". Balraj Sahni portrayed one of the most memorable roles of these men in the movie "Kabuliwala".,

Whether we had money or not, being children, we would often get those tasty nuts free.

And who can forget those red juicy Kandhari Anaars (pomegranates) ó best in the world. Maybe now killer grenades grow instead of pomegranate fruits under Taliban rule. May Allah bless Afghanistan with old glory.

ASHOK MALIK, California


War impact

The editorial "War impact on economy" (Oct. 11) was timely. Finance Minister Sinha's raw suggestion that the war in Afghanistan may not have much impact on the economic health of the country and that it can sustain pressures and pulls of the foreign exigencies is not tenable in view of the fact that during the Gulf War in 1991 India had to undertake civilian operations costing crores of rupees without any appreciation either from the U.S.A. and its allies or the U.N.

Ignoring the strategic studies in economics, Mr Sinha seems to be whistling in the dark without plugging the holes which siphoned out money from the country without much knowledge to his ministry.


Students overcharged

The management of Swami Devi Dyal Institute of Engineering & Technology, Barwala, has charged Rs 1,100 from each student over and above the prescribed fees and annual charges in the name of generator fee. No receipt has been issued..

Moreover, the bus fee charged from Chandigarh to the college and back is Rs 14,000 a year, which is very high. In the adjoining colleges in Punjab, where the distance from Chandigarh is around 50 km (for Baddal and Riyat), the bus charges are only Rs 8,500 a year and the service is much better.

As such the bus fare for Barwala, 40 km from Chandigarh, should not be more than Rs 9,000 a year.

Students of B.E., 1st year

Army houses

There is an acute shortage of accommodation for married JCOs. Subversion of rules, misuse of authority, arbitrary decisions, favouritism and manipulation of houses are commonly resorted to in allotting accommodation to married officers.



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