Reviving the lost bond

This refers to the write-up  “Need  to  revive  the  lost  bond” (Spectrum, Aug 26). The contact of infants  and  children with  animals does  not make  an  indelible  impression  on  the young  minds. Their visit  to  the  zoo  or  circus  is nothing  more  than  a  delight.

They  need  to  be  told  about  the  natural  habitat  of  the  animals  and  the  rights  of  the  animals  to  live  in this  universe  with  freedom  from  hunger, disease, discomfort, fear  and freedom  to  express  normal  behavior  if  age  old  bond  with animals  is  to  be  strengthened.

Youngsters, if educated  and  awakened  today, can  ensure  a peaceful  environment  for  animals  tomorrow. The children  should be educated  to develop  the qualities  of  kindness,  love  and  compassion  for all  living  beings. By showing  the  video  recording  of various  acts  of  cruelties  to animals,  let  them  imagine  what  it  is  like  to be  slaughtered  in an  inhumane  manner,  transported  live  for  days  together  without  food, tied  in scorching  heat  in  summer without  water and  in  tiny  cages  where  even  hens  cannot  stretch  their  wings. Animals  are victims of  institutionalised cruelty  wherever  they  are exploited  for  profit. The writer’s suggestions to  reduce  the  burden  on  our conscience  are only cosmetic.


Movie mothers

This refers to “Mother of stereotypes” by M.L. Dhawan (Aug 19, Spectrum). Besides the actresses mentioned there have been few others who left a mark in mother’s role. Leela Chitnis acted as Dilip Kumar’s mother in his magnum opus Ganga-Jamuna as well as Naya Daur. She was also mother to Sunil Dutt in B.R. Chopra’s Sadhana and so also to Dev Anand in Kala Bazaar.

Who can forget the great portrayal of a foster mother ‘Madam Deesa’ to Raj Kapoor by Lalita Pawar in Anari? Her performance was the hallmark of the movie.

So also her role as greedy and scheming mother to Madhubala in Mr. & Mrs. 55 leaves an impact. Another Leela i.e. Leela Mishra, the heavy- weight mausi of Sholay, essayed many memorable roles in old movies including Daag where she was stepmother to the heroine Nimmi. This movie also had Lalita Pawar as mother of Dilip Kumar and her performance was again very impressive.

H.S. SANDHU, Panchkula

Forest, their abode

In “The Tale of Tiger (Saturday Extra, Aug 18), Usha Rai deplored the decreasing tiger population 40,000 in early part of the 20th century, to just 1300. The human population is crossing one billion. Millions of kids, and even adults, go to sleep with half-filled bellies.

As government officers and ministers enjoy the democratic set-up, wild animals should flourish at the cost of the exchequer. The tigers and leopards are born in forests. Let the nature take care of them.

We should differentiate between birds, animals, wild animals nd humanity. The abode of wild animals is forests and they should not come to the places which are inhabited by people.

SHER SINGH, Ludhiana

Apathy to heritage

Varinder Walia deserves appreciation for his write-up “Reviving Ram Bagh” (Spectrum, Aug 12). It should open the eyes of the government as also the authorities of the Amritsar Municipal Corporation to the rapid deterioration of the heritage buildings in and around Amritsar City. It is, indeed, a matter of grave concern that under the guise of renovation, the state government has been destroying the historical and heritage buildings and institutions. The shifting of the century-old government senior secondary school situated near the city kotwali was ill-advised and was a politically motivated action.

Unfortunately, whether it is the Akali or the Congress that is in power, their only thrust is to appease one segment of the people. This approach runs counter to secular traditions. Look at the area around Durgiana temple as also other historical temples in and around Amritsar. Ram Tirath, a heritage temple hardly 20 or 25 km from Amritsar presents an ugly spectacle of apathy of the administration.

Before Partition, evenings in the Ram Bagh during summer were a treat. Hundreds of people, young and old, would be there for relaxation and to ward off heat. Thandi Khui was another attraction where one could quench one’s thirst. I was a regular visitor to Ram Bagh in those days and it had became a habit that after playing hockey in the Alexandra grounds near the Ram Bagh, a glass of cold water from the Thandi Khui was a must.

In pre-partition days, Tar Wala Pul on the upper Bari Doab Canal, Amritsar-Jalandhar road was a picnic spot. From there to Sultan Wind, different groups of people of the city would visit it on Sundays to enjoy the salubrious surroundings.

The apathy of the state government is visible in the poor maintenance of the heritage structures. The century-old Sultan Wind canal bridge connecting Sultan Wind village with the city is in a deplorable state and can collapse any time. It is time for the state government to ponder and act quickly.

SOM DUTT VASUDEVA, Addl. Advocate General (HP), Camp: Amritsar



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