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Slight to soldiers

Kudos to Dinesh Kumar for his thought-provoking article The Indian military’s officer crisis ( July 24 ). Poor political leadership has led to this chronic shortage. By paying little attention to salary, status and stress of the soldier, even during peace time, the political class has invited the crisis. As a result, the quality of the soldier too has taken a hit. What else can one expect when a Brigadier with 24 years’ of service is deemed to be junior to an IAS officer with just 9 years in the Service ?

Multan Singh Parihar, Jalari-Hamirpur ( HP)

Love’s labour lost

Apropos Nirupama Dutt’s Heritage havoc ( Spectrum, July 10), the writer has wrongly attributed the following couplet to Mirza Ghalib : “ Dil khush hua masjid-e-veeran dekh kar/ Meri tarah khuda ka bhi khana kharab hai”. I believe the couplet was written by the noted Pakistani poet, Abdul Hamid ‘Adam’. A more appropriate couplet in context of Ghalib’s abode could be the one written by the poet himself.
Nazar mein khatkey hai bin tere ghar ki abaadi,
Hamesha rote hain hum dekh kar dar-o-diwar.

Paramjeet Singh, Ropar


It was painful to read about Amrita Pritam’s house ( Spectrum, July 10), willed for conversion to a memorial, sold to builders like the houses of Ustad Zauq, Mirza Ghalib and Munshi Premchand. When will we learn to protect and preserve our heritage ? Can we expect some action from the government and the department of Archeology ?

O.P. Garg, Patiala

More on Ramdev

It was disappointing to read Khushwant Singh’s column on July 9. The TV screens across India were witness to the murder of democracy by a government whose public image is in tatters. The crackdown on Baba’s followers was reminiscent of the days of the Emergency. The columnist was also unfair in painting the campaign in communal colours.

Sujay Kapil, Solan


Khushwant Singh’s column ( July 9) might have pleased Congress leaders but has hurt the sentiment of scores of The Tribune readers and his own fans, who expected a more balanced view from him. He does not appear free of either malice or bias. He has always been a Congress loyalist but it is sad to see that even in his mid-nineties, the grand old man fails to muster courage to stand for Truth. Not surprisingly, there was not a single word against corruption or the central government’s reluctance to have more effective laws to deal with it. It will be interesting to see what the wise man has to say about Anna Hazare and the Lok Pal Bill.

Major R. Malhotra ( Retd), Patiala


Khushwant Singh should have watched scientific discussions that Baba Ramdev engaged in with well known economists, doctors and agriculture scientists before commenting on the Baba’s “modest learning” ( July 9). Making sweeping statements does not behove armchair writers and columnists.

Dr S.C. Dohroo, Palampur ( HP )

Madan Mohan

A wonder called Madan Mohan by Tish Malhotra ( Saturday Extra, June 18) revived fond memories. The renowned composer and the ‘emperor of ghazals’ was an accomplished cook and liked to personally buy vegetables and spices for a meal fit for royalty. Lata ji, Kaifi Azmi and Chetan Anand were among the regular guests at his home. Madan inherited his love and talent of music from his mother, Bhagwanti Devi, who was herself a poet.

Ravi Chander Garg, Ludhiana



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