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Sir Vidia’s outburst in bad taste

To the news report “To all women writers ,from Sir Vidia with contempt”(June 3) and the thoughtful editorial, “Sir Vidia's diatribe" (June 4) I would like to add that no doubt Sir Vidia Naipaul has worked very hard to establish himself as a great novelist and won the most prestigious Nobel prize also. But his success seems to have made him arrogant, self-complacent and graceless towards other writers, particularly female novelists.

It is pure narcissism and a deep self-aggrandisement when he says, “No woman writer is equal to me." SirVidia sounds quite outlandish in his description of a woman novelist's work as "feminine tosh."

Sir Vidia poorly compares with the celebrated female novelists like George Eliot and Jane Austen in richness of thought, description of landscape, cultural and religious nuances. Jane Austen is acknowledged as the greatest novelist on family life and marital bonds. George Eliot was a great philosopher-novelist who was able to study the emerging contradictions between the medieval beliefs, religious hangover and the growing humanistic aspirations of her age. George Eliot's art of characterisation is superb as her characters grow like plants gradually trimming and gaining strength in course of time.

Sir Vidia should try to understand that no single writer (whether male or female) can cover all the aspects of human life. Something is always left behind untouched or unsaid. Moreover, every writer has his or her own limitations. Even the great bard William Shakespeare is said to have certain limitations as a dramatist. Sir Vidia is no exception to this rule. He has his own flaws as a novelist. He should have the grace to acknowledge the laudable literary contribution of female novelists in the world.


Role of police

The harrowing incident of Rahida Bano jumping into the Chenab has again brought to light the treatment meted out to the fairer sex by policemen. The policemen in this case have violated the law. The police should be made aware of their duties and should be punished for their wrongs, so that they don’t act beyond their powers. The protectors of law should be prevented from becoming law breakers.

AASTHA BAGGA,  Hoshiarpur

Follow Mamata

After taking over as the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee has declined the Z-plus security, bullet proof and pilot vehicle and directed security persons to follow traffic rules as being followed by public. All over the country vehicles having red light drive rashly and don’t care for the public’s convenience. Will our respected Ministers and VIP’s and other red light vehicles follow Mamata’s ways?

O P GARG, Patiala

Nuclear threat

The editorial “A nuclear nightmare: Safety of Pakistani stockpile is suspect” (June 2) was timely and forthright. The intention of the terrorist outfits is abundantly clear. They may lose no time in grabbing the nuclear arsenals in a fit of fury anytime, posing a serious threat to the peace and security of the world.

The disclosure of a prominent TTP leader, who has pledged to 'liberate the atomic weapons from the control of Pakistan’s traitor government and to use them to defend the citizens of Pakistan and the Muslims the world over”, is a testimony of this fear.

On the other hand, the Abbottabad-type operation has already exposed the chinks in Pakistan’s surveillance system and the defence mechanism. Pakistan and its politico-military top brass are busy with their internal squabbles which renders them completely incapable of defending their citizens and the assets.

The irresponsible utterances of home-grown terrorists of Pakistan coupled with itself being strife-torn calls for immediate attention of the world to these serious threats. It is imperative that the UN and the Security Council should ask Pakistan to put its house in order or else they themselves take suitable measures to avoid the imminent holocaust.

RM RAMAUL, Paonta Sahib

Power of mind

It is true that bodies retire and brains don't. The middle “Ageless mind” (May 31) by Jagvir Goyal was inspiring which has made it clear that our body withers with advancing age but our brain has nothing to do with age.

A man of 30 may be positive-minded and a man of 50 may not be so. According to William Hamilton, "On earth there is nothing great but man; in man there is nothing great but mind". According to John Milton, "The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven." In other words, our attitude towards life depends upon our thinking---how we take things and how we look at different situations of our life.

What is more important is being positive. With a positive attitude we remain cheerful in our life and can obviously have sound health. We have to ensure that we keep ourselves busy and whatever we do must be enjoyed by us. Pablo Casals has rightly said, "The man who works and is not bored is never old".

The writer has rightly pointed out that Khushwant Singh, despite being aged, is passionate about writing. His writings speak about his great mind and this example has made it clear that the mind never retires.




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