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Karma shapes our destiny

Khushwant Singh’s grouse in his write-up, No answer to this question (Saturday Extra, Dec 12) that why bad things happen to good people is not a gospel truth as bad things do happen to bad people.

True, there is no iota of proof of previous lives or the lives to come, but belief in the Almighty and good karma keeps us from indulging in venality and felony.

It is the karma theory that has taught us to lead an ethical, corruption-free and disciplined life. Stringent laws of karma enlightened in the ‘Bhagavadgita’ guide us to lead a life that is good to the whole universe.

Past karma decides whether we enjoy or suffer in life. This faith makes us engage in good karma.

The fact that one reaps as one sows gives credence to this faith. The idea of good life mandates the culture of karma that shapes our destiny.

If by adhering to the laws of karma we can lead a purposeful life, then why not to take this belief for granted?

Dr Soshil Rattan, Amritsar


Apparently, the writer does not subscribe to the theory of karma. The reality is that the death of a dear one untimely is a matter of concern to relatives and sparents.

Normally, one dies after old age but death in childhood or at a young age is certainly due to the sins of the past life, which is not known to anyone, except the Almighty.

In spite of the death of his 10-year-old son, Rabbi remained a staunch believer in the existence of God. Why is the writer questioning the acts of God? The great warrior Sikander wandered in the jungles to trace the Amrit Kund to escape death, yet he died at the age of 32.

Sher Singh, Ludhiana


In his article “No answer to this question...”, the writer has claimed that he does not know why bad things happens to good people nor does he anyelse it.

However, I would like to say there is great logic in presuming that these things happen due to bad karma.

The relevance of karma has been explained beautifuly by Dr Bageshwar Devi, who replied to the issues raised by Khushwant Singh.

Perhaps, the writer should charge his views and agree to the karma theory.


Rot in the police: Who will bell the cat?

I read Rajbir Deswal’s point in his review of the book, Marketing lessons for police (Spectrum, Jan 3) that the mindset of the police that prevailed during the British India has not changed. It has, however, taken a turn for the worst. False encounters and custodial deaths during the British period were rare, whereas these are common today.

Who is responsible for the rot? Not the police but our political masters. The reports of various police commissions have been gathering dust. The guidelines of the Supreme Court on the registration of FIRs and the tenure of posting of various field police officers are not complied with. SHOs, DSPs and SSPs are appointed for a consideration.

Every IPS officer joins the service with lot of vision and dedication to serve the country, but after his probation, his eyss open to the quantum of corruption perpetuated by the political masters. By the time he becomes an SSP, he has to fall in line with the wishes of the political masters to stay in service. The ideas of Rohit Chaudhry, IPS, are good, but who will bell the cat?

Maj Narinder Singh Jallo (retd.), Mohali



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