Barkha: A woman of substance

This refers to “Dutt’s way to blaze the trail” by Nirupama Dutt (Spectrum, July 11). Barkha, a newswoman of substance, has earned name as a war reporter by covering the Kargil war. She has documented her experiences under the title “Confessions of a war reporter”.

I would suggest the students of journalism, aspiring to be war reporters, should read Barkha’s documented experiences. It will also help those reporters who are covering the Army’s operations against insurgency in the North-East and terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. The Army’s side of the story needs to be presented properly and reporting should be based on facts.

Reporters should keep in mind that the Army’s task in Jammu and Kashmir has assumed formidable proportions and the services of the security forces fighting against Pakistan-sponsored terrorism should be appreciated.

— Lt-Col ONKAR CHOPRA (retd), New Delhi



Adil Shah: A great singer and a benevolent ruler

THIS refers to B.N. Goswamy’s article "Assessing hidden treasures" (Spectrum, July 11).

Sultan Ibrahim Adil Shah was a contemporary of Jahangir, who described him as a great Dhrupad singer and a benevolent ruler. Like Akbar, he was broad-minded and devoted to the promotion of fine arts. But whereas Akbar was only a patron, Adil Shah was a practitioner of music as well. Besides singing, he played a stringed instrument named by him as Motikhan.

His contribution is significant in that he created a style of Hindustani music in the South where Carnatic music was prevalent. His book of compositions is called Kitab-e-Nauras, which he named after the traditional rasas referred to in the classical Sanskrit literature. Although the court language was Persian, he wrote his music compositions in the local Dakhani.

Adil Shah rewarded artists and artisans irrespective of their caste, creed and race. No wonder, his Hindu subjects in adoration and gratitude addressed him as ‘Jagadguru’.

— V.K. RANGRA, Delhi

The emptiness within

Apropos of Jyoti T. Sharma’s write-up “Price the bride pays for prejudice” (Spectrum, July 11), the writer has presented a picture of the real woman. Though there may have been a sea change in the opportunities available to women, yet all women face mental torture and double standards.

Parents provide their daughters good education to help them face the challenges of life and then tell their daughters to forget their real identity and adapt themselves to their marital homes.

She is expected to forget her real natural self and long-cherished ideas in a few months. She has to lead an adopted life rather than be herself. The emptiness within her is not noticed by them.

— VANDANA, Phagwara


The condition of women has remained unchanged over the years. From the day a woman enters her husband’s house as a bride, she is tortured either physically or mentally. Her condition can be compared with that of a bird in a cage. She is prohibited from doing anything of her own choice. She has little or no say in decision-making be it purchase of any asset or the marriage of children.

I feel women should have courage to change things instead of spending their lives the way their grandmothers and mothers have. Today’s woman is educated and financially independent. She should raise her voice against the injustice being done to her.

— URJA KUMAR, Yamunanagar

The ultimate truth

This refers to “Fear of dying” in Khushwant Singh’s write-up “House of Praise” (Saturday Extra, July 17).

The writer aptly argues that we are not afraid of death but dying. The question arises why human beings look at dying and death differently when both are synonymous. Perhaps the answer lies in our perception of the fact that dying involves pain and all human afflictions — mental, emotional and physical — are associated with pain.

Death, however, is a perpetual sleep, which brings peace to the departed soul. According to the Vedas, death does not end life. Life goes on. Death is a part of life not the end of it.

— P. L. SETHI, Patiala


I agree with the views expressed by Khushwant Singh that death is the ultimate in democracy as it comes to everyone irrespective of his financial status. Though death is certain yet no one is ready to accept it. We are not afraid of death but dying. One must realise one’s duty towards humanity and work for the betterment of the society so that others remember him even after death.


Money and marriage

This refers to Pearl Drego’s write-up “Married and money-wise” (Spectrum, July 18). The writer has minutely observed the impact of money on the lives of married couples.

Undoubtedly, the arrogant shame of the non-earning person is frustrating and can also cause separation and divorce among the couples. It is also the lack of economic security that leads to such results. Both men and women are responsible for ruining their married lives due to financial problems.

Following are the suggestions to handle money-based problems. First, the question of the boy’s salary should not be raised by the parents of the girl. Second, the parents of the boy should either ignore or say no to dowry. The girl should also not raise the issue of dowry given by her parents after marriage. Moreover, spending and saving habits must be developed by both the partners. The family budget should be pre-planned. Joint bank accounts, if possible, should be done away with.

— SOURABH BAMBA, Ferozepore

Overcoming adversity

Divya Agarwal’s article “Stitching together a broken life” (Spectrum, June 6), was a saga of trials and tribulations, struggle and success of a woman with the nerves of steel.

Indomitable will, confidence, courage and constancy, the qualities displayed by Kamaljit Kaur, pay in the long run and help to overcome adversity and misfortune.

Women should try to be independent and self-sufficient. Kamaljit Kaur can be their role model.

— Tarsem S. Bumrah, Batala

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