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Hassle-free system for NRI donors

I agree with the views expressed in the editorial “Golden no more” (June 17) which clearly brings out the negative, nagging and cumbersome approach of the officialdom which forces the well-meaning Indian donors settled abroad to withdraw their liberal contribution to the growth of various institutions in their homeland.

The dilatory procedures and silly questioning should be eliminated. A hassle-free system should be put in place, which should make it easy for the willing NRI philanthropists to pool their share for the growth of meaningful ventures in their homeland.

The promoters and beneficiaries of such schemes must show zest, imagination, courtesy and initiative in order to facilitate the involvement and participation of generous and patriotic NRIs in nation building.


Letters to the Editor

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— Editor-in-Chief

Virtues of patience

Shriniwas Joshi’s middle “Be patient” (June 9) was delectable. Anecdotes narrated by the writer were brimming with humour, the importance of which should not be forgotten for sense of humour has tremendous power to change one’s life. So one must learn to be patient (having or showing patience) but not to be a patient (one who receives medical treatment).

However, patience should not be construed as a laidback attitude, a sign of laziness, inactivity, lethargy or indolence.

In order to live a balanced life one needs qualities of humility and patience along with purposeful action. With patience one can endure calamities, trials and tribulations.


No smoking, please

Nonika Singh’s article “A ‘butt’ that is harmful to health” (June 3) rightly dubs tobacco as the second major cause of deaths worldwide. Her highlighting of its adverse effects on women addicts is timely and praiseworthy. Sadly enough despite warnings, smoking continues unabated.

Tobacco, a leafy plant, was introduced in India by the Portuguese. Inhaling the smoke of its dry leaves through a contraption of pipe called “hookah” spread among ruling classes and commoners. It became a status symbol of the elite.The advent of cigars, cigarettes and biddies, etc. gave further impetus to its consumption. Sustained anti-tobacco publicity through media is need of the hour.

S. S. BENIWAL, Chandigarh

Gold walls

A rational and true Sikh will never commend the proposal of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee to fix gold plates worth Rs 23.75 crore on the walls of the main prayer hall of the Gurdwara (news report, “Gold walls for Bangla Sahib Gurdwara”, June 17).

The Almighty will be more pleased if the devotees use the amount for the welfare of the needy people than gold- plating of the walls. The management should rethink over the issue.



The decision to have gold walls for Bangla Sahib Gurdwara is in keeping with the requirement of giving a beautiful look to the historical monument. It is not only a service to the Sikh community but also has wider implications at a time when the country is passing through a phase of new challenges and new opportunities. Problems of education of community children and amelioration of the condition of the 1984 Delhi riot victims fall in a different domain.


Empower panchayats

Ranbir Singh in his article “Making panchyats work” (June 15) has rightly justified the genuine devolution of funds for Panchayti Raj institutions (PRIs). To empower PRIs, the third tier of governance, we need to search for alternative sources of financing which can make them self-sufficient.

The compulsory registration of births, deaths and marriages are in the domain of the functions of PRIs. There is a strong case for suitably fixing the fees for birth as well as marriage certificate. The registration of animals and pets, particularly dogs, can also be done by imposing some fees.

Dr M M GOEL, Chairman, Dept. of Economics, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra 

Savour life

The middle “Hallowed pillar of strength”(June 17) by Tushima Rattan is a poignant tale about how life plays pranks upon us. We take life for granted and waste our time in worthless tasks day in and day out.

It is only when a loved one is lost, that we understand the value of life. We should enjoy every moment of life. Many a times, we go to religious places asking for material gains from our deities. In the greed to grab more and more, we fail to appreciate the bounties already showered on us by nature. If we pause and ponder and analyse whatever life has given us, we will come to know that life has already given us more than we deserve.

The real enjoyment is not in amassing wealth but in making others happy by reaching out to someone in agony. Time is running out and it would be wise on our part to spend it thoughtfully.




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