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Deplorable demolitions

I read with a heavy heart M. L. Dhawan’s ‘Grave matter’ (Spectrum, March 28). The unceremonious demolition of the graves of cinema legends is deplorable. It speaks a lot of the insensitivity, callousness and lack of vision exhibited by the trust of Juhu cemetery. The trust appears not to have applied its mind to mitigate the problem and instead chose the repugnant way of demolition.

All sensitive persons feel nothing but contempt for the trust, which bulldozed the graves of the legends. More so, the unsavoury behaviour of the trustees with respect to the disposal of the mortal remains shows utter contempt.

There has been no dearth of space for building monuments and installing statues of the political leaders in our country, but there’s no space for the graves and mortal remains of those who once were the epitome of creativity in their lifetime. What an insult being heaped on them!

The trust may have a lot of explaining to do for its failure to adopt a consensual approach and instead of demolishing the graves downright. Instead of raising memorials, the trust opted to desecrate the graves and raised questions about their ability to manage such places. It is the moral imperative, as suggested by veteran actor Dilip Kumar, of the civic bodies to allot the trust more land for the cemeteries. Otherwise, they will earn the wrath of poetry and music lovers in India and abroad.

Dr Soshil Rattan, Amritsar

MLAs’ pay hike

The article, “Pay hike proposal for legislators a retrograde step” (Perspective, April 11) by R.S. Pathania throws up relevant questions to ponder over, particularly in states which are in turmoil of one type or the other.

Legislators are the standard bearers in any state. Political culture marked by expediency is not in consonance with the high objectives the country is set to achieve in a time bound period.

The writer voices his concern for Jammu and Kashmir. He has a point to make.

In Punjab, the ruling party legislators (2002-2007) set a new precedent by paying their income-tax out of the government treasury, that too, at a time when the state was not in a good financial health.

In sharp contrast, the Congress-led government at the Centre has tried to set an example by announcing 20 per cent voluntary cut in the emoluments of its MPs some time back.

However, state legislators are free to act. Their conscience is their guide.


Sense and superstition

I read S. Raghunath’s article, “Omens: Sense and Nonsense” (Saturday Extra, April 10). Aristotle said that man is a social animal. True, but he can also be dubbed as a superstitious animal because of his superstitious and ignorant nature in the midst of massive scientific knowledge.

Omens, portents, superstitions and false beliefs originate from ignorance, shallowness and half-baked knowledge.

There are innumerable superstitions prevailing among all the countries of the world. But superstitions have got a vice-like grip on the Indians, who are god-fearing and believe in the power of incantations. They prefer not to be rational, farsighted and analytical. They are easily affected psychologically, completely forgetting that there is nothing like good or bad, but it is the thinking that makes it so.

It is a pity that despite the tremendous progress and development of science and knowledge, superstitions have not been dispelled. People fail to consider that ‘if’ is a word that does not make any sense; nothing happens without a cause.

The course of our life is predestined and predetermined, what is to happen will happen, come what may. Good or bad omens can’t prevent or trigger what is to occur or what is not to occur. So, one ought to be rational and sensible.

Tarsem S. Bumrah, Batala




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