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Save masses from fake godmen

The editorial Fall from grace: Another scandal taints a godman (April 26) highlighted the deplorable antics of a person masquerading as a godman /swami.

Obviously, such swamis thrive on the gullibility of the people. Clever men exploit human foibles to the hilt. Wallowing in wealth, their potential to entice the people in general and women in particular is tremendous. The “canker” can be allowed to spread its tentacles in the body politic only at our peril.

A genuine saint, it must be noted, loves simplicity/austerity and scrupulously shuns a lavish lifestyle and the glare of publicity. It is tragic that the growing tribe of fake saints has virtually eclipsed the genuine saints.

To my mind, the police must keep a vigilant eye on the “dhongi” swamis and must save the gullible masses from falling into their clutches. In fact, the rogues in the holy garb of a “swami” must be strongly dealt with in the larger public interest.

TARA CHAND, Ambota (Una)


One is convinced that godly powers (if any) as possessed by the so-called spiritual gurus are nothing more than a sham.

Such fake swamis must face the music for all their misdeeds. At the same time, people should be wary of them and must not follow them blindly.


CRPF’s real picture

Usha Narinder Singh’s article CRPF: Rootless and restless (May 1) has several inaccuracies and inconsistencies. It is incorrect to say that jawans do not get leave. Rather, we facilitate our officers and men going on leave to the extent possible.

It is incorrect to say that the CRPF does not have proper arms and ammunition. The CRPF is one of the best-equipped forces in the country.

Army officers and IAS officers are never posted as heads of the CRPF. The government selects competent police officers after careful screening to head the force.

Various supervisory officers hold Sainik sammelans regularly. There are well-built systems of grievance redressal and stress removal. The Commandants take the initiative in spending quality time with their men.

Constables get promotions to the rank of Head Constable after a particular period of service. Every year 6,000 constables are promoted as Head Constables.

The CRPF has 37 group centres across the country which are similar to the cantonment boards of the Army. The group centres have family accommodation, medical facilities and education institutions, etc.

SHRIKANT, IG (Administration), CRPF, New Delhi

Indo-Pak talks

The editorial Towards Indo-Pak talks (April 30) aptly demanded constant pressure on Pakistan to resolve terror disputes. History is witness that the talks between India and Pakistan have been mostly futile. But if waging a war to settle any dispute is not an option, another round of dialogue seems plausible.

Terror outfits are still active inside Pakistan and it has displayed its disregard towards the US for not using their financial aid properly. The Obama administration should take notice of this and ensure that funds are not misused any further.

 Dr SANJIV GUPTA, Perth, Australia


The heart of the matter is that over the years the SAARC summits have become more of Indo-Pak mini-summits than anything else. In the face of Pakistan’s persistent refusal to bring the perpetrators of 26/11 to book and its reluctance to act against the terror groups based there, despite the pressures mounted by India and the US, these meetings are nothing but occasions for polite handshakes and smiles for the TV cameras.

Everyone involved knows that the promise for more meaningful talks is mere rhetoric.

 DR M K BAJAJ, Zirakpur   

Green thoughts

I M.Soni brings out the joys of maintaining a kitchen garden in the middle, “Green fingers” (April 30). Man’s longing for seeing tiny seeds sprouting into beautiful plants is understandable as both have roots in the mother earth.

We can find joy in plants and trees, if we are bored by the rush of bustling crowds on our streets.

There is a myriad variety of plants, flowers, trees and birds around us, which we fail to notice. In the daily rush of our lives, we forget to appreciate nature’s bounty. If we sit for a while and clear the cobwebs blurring the memories of our childhood, we can definitely remember climbing up a guava tree or stealing mangoes from a garden while the gardener was away.

In the race of catching up with life the real wonder of life like trees, flowers, birds, dandelions and beetles are left behind. If we stop and look at a tree, we will wonder why we are in such a hurry! We can learn a lot from trees—the virtue of patience, giving fruits and shade to one and all without discrimination. 




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