A healthy sign of our vibrant democracy

THIS refers to “Young faces, new agenda” by The Tribune team of Tripti Nath, Satyanarayan and Prashant Sood (Spectrum, May 30). The entry of many young persons in the Lok Sabha is a positive and healthy sign of our vibrant democracy.

We hope this young brigade who symbolise dynamism and a new vision, would transform the functioning of Parliament by maintaining decency and decorum.

Our country youth have been a neglected lot as they have never been on the agenda of any political party. Now these young legislators who are fully aware of the aspirations and needs of the Indian youth will be able to voice their problems effectively.

This way qualitative change in the lives of the people can be made possible.

K.L. BATRA, Yamunanagar



Plenty of punch

“Meaningless dialogue” (Saturday Extra, May 29) by Khushwant Singh made interesting reading. The writer was at his usual best commenting upon the eccentricities of women.

The observations about Jayalalithaa, who in a vibrant democracy like ours, is functioning like a dictator, throwing all norms to the wind, had plenty of punch in it.


Why should we allow ourselves to be cheated by NRIs?

APROPOS of “NRI bride mart,” (Spectrum, June 13), Aruti Nayar and Teena Singh have justifiably tried to project NRI husbands as the villains of all such stories.

A question, however, arises that if the NRIs are the suspect, then why do people continue to allow themselves to be deceived by them. The answer is simple: it is the lust of the parents and the family to make it to the land of their dreams that forces them to put their children (in most cases eldest daughter or son) on the crucible.

It will, however, be foolish to hope that Indians, especially Punjabis, will stop seeking foreign alliances for their wards as long as the family reunion clause exists in the immigration laws. Getting married to NRIs is, therefore, the easiest option left for the majority of them to leave their motherland.


Art of oration

Apropos of “Fear not the mike” by Barefoot Doctor (Saturday Extra, May 29), it’s a great irony that in this era which is marked by communication revolution, face-to-face communication is still difficult.

Good orators enthral the audience. The market is flooded with many books on public speaking. But this art can be acquired only through practical experience. An intellectual may not be a good speaker, but a good speaker is always considered an intellectual.


In defence of Dutt

This refers to V. Gangadhar’s article “Dauntless Dutt” (Saturday Extra, May 29). Sunil Dutt has worked selflessly for the welfare of the Congress.

There is a general impression that Sunil Dutt has never demanded anything from the party for which he has brought glory.

Although he is quite rich, he makes it a point to visit the slums to extend help. He has now been made a union minister but he deserved this honour much earlier.


Sentiment that unites

This refers to “Ode to the ghazal king” by M.L. Dhawan (Spectrum, May 9). Surprisingly, while famed English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley penned, “Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought”, Talat Mahmood expressed a similar sentiment in “Hai sab se madhur woh geet jinhe hum dard ki sur me gaate hain” in the film “Patita”. Although the two were separated by more than a century, yet strangely, similar chords struck in their hearts.

Their lyrics are superb in their beauty, grandeur and mastery of language, revealing a combination of belief in the power of love and reason.


Music geniuses

The book review “Rulers of the kingdom of music” by Aditya Rishi (Spectrum, May 30) is very well crafted and needs to be read between the lines.

Music, particularly the Hindustani system, which is prevalent in the north is practised by a number of gharanas (the style houses) viz Gwalior, Agra, Kirana, Patiala, Jaipur, Atrauli, Rampur, Delhi, etc who do not acknowledge supremacy of any other gharana and consider their own the best. The inter-gharana migration is looked down upon and considered desertion.

Any talk of Indian music is incomplete without the mention of past stalwarts.

The reviewer is right to surmise that there is no war between Hindustani and Carnatic music systems. But they do have their exclusively carved out domains with occasional interaction by way of jugalbandis (duets).

V.K. RANGRA, Delhi

Magnificent mantra

This refers to “The Potent Gayatri Mantra” by Khushwant Singh (Saturday Extra, April 10). The translation of the mantra given by Khawaja Dil Mohammad Dil is thought to be better than the ones given by Prof V.N. Dutta and Nafay Kumail Rudaulvi.

The mantra sings the praise of Almighty Om and the concluding lines are a humble petition to Him to bestow His blessings so that the devotee can follow the road to neki (righteousness).


Honour for Kiran

This refers to the column ‘Making waves’ featuring Kiran Bedi (Spectrum, June 13). Kiran Bedi deserves felicitations for receiving the UN Medal for her outstanding services as a police adviser in the United Nations.

Although Bedi has won laurels during her service career yet this award is a rare distinction. It is a matter of pride not only for her but also for India.

By dint of hard work, strict discipline, sincerity, commitment and strong determination, she has been able to establish herself as a world famous personality.

We are proud of her. Her success as a competent and efficient police officer at the international level will be a source of inspiration for the youth in general, and the girls, in particular. n


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