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Take care of historical places

This refers to the feature Holding Fort (Spectrum, November 29) based on the completion of 200 years of the two historical forts of Gobindgarh and Phillaur, written by G.S. Aujla. The article reminds us of the powerful impact Maharaja Ranjit Singh has had on the minds and hearts of the academics and the common people of joint Punjab. The writer has tried to reconstruct the historical importance of these two formidable forts, which helped Maharaja Ranjit Singh in consolidating his rule even against the will of the British empire.

I support the writer’s sensible suggestion that such historical places must be preserved carefully as they continue reminding us of our collective heritage and past experiences.

Raj Bahadur Yadav, Fatehabad


G.S. Aujla is his article “Holding Fort” has made the readers wise about the history of both forts — Gobindgarh and Phillaur. Maharaja Ranjit Singh was one of the ablest military strategist of his times in the world. He restructured the Phillaur Fort and maintained both forts during his lifetime to withstand any aggression from the East or West. The author has laid emphasis on the proper maintenance of the forts, to enable them to withstand the vagaries of the climate in the coming times, so that posterity can also make out what Ranjit Singh was capable of doing. It is a matter of sadness that the Akalis, who governed the state four times, have not raised any memorial to the great heroes of Punjab, like Gen Hari Singh Nalwa, Gen Sham Singh Atari and others who nearly defeated the then world power, the British army, in the battle of Challianwali. The Akali government is acquiring land to raise a suitable memorial of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur. Statues of other Punjabi heroes need to be raised too.

Maj Narinder Singh Jallo, Mohali

Changing tune

Sounds for the soul by Nonika Singh (Spectrum, December 6) was an engaging, arresting account of Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans. Undoubtedly, he is the most celebrated state singer who has ruled the hearts of not only Punjabis, but non-Punjabis, too.

But Hans’ decision to contest elections as an Akali candidate boomeranged and his reputation took quite a beating.

His fans were disheartened to see him plunge into politics, which, he later realised, was not his cup of tea. Perhaps, he wanted to pay back the Akalis whose previous government had bestowed upon him the award of “Raj Gayak”.

Having tasted the unprincipled politics of the state, he has made up his mind to concentrate only on music, which really augurs well for Punjabi singing.

Tarsem S. Bumrah, Batala

‘Good...’ wrongs

Khushwant Singh’s write-up ‘No anwer to this question’ in his column ‘This Above All’ (December 12) contains some factual errors. Harold H. Kushner’s book is entitled ‘When Bad Things Happen to Good People’, not ‘Why Bad Things Happen to Good People’. Moreover, the Jewish rabbi’s son, Aaron, suffered from progeria, not cancer.

He died at the age of 14, not 10. He was not the rabbi’s ‘only child’; he had a younger sister, Ariel, who was normal. The film ‘Paa’ seems to be inspired by this book.

Prof. Basant Singh Brar, Bathinda

Ordinary women continue to suffer

The article in Saturday Extra,Year of the Indian woman”, December 19, seems to be obsessed with the achievements of a very few women, trying to translate their accomplishments as those of the entire Indian womanhood. Should India be proud of the achievements of very few women or be sad looking at the miserable condition of other women in general, faced with ever-increasing poverty, malnutrition, anaemia, rapes, domestic violence, female foeticide, dowry, etc. Just look around and see whether the wealth, courage, confidence and capability of a few talked-about women has trickled down to the grassroots level. India can only be proud of its women if it is able to improve their lot in general. Otherwise, the achievements of a few will mean nothing to the ordinary women who continue to suffer as before.

Vitull K. Gupta, Bathinda



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