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Not fair & square

The column "Punjabi Antenna" (August 6, Saturday Extra) made for disappointing reading. Your media critic has consistently trashed our channel since its launch last year and it was apparent that this was being done at someone's prompting and without really watching our channel. He did make some appreciative comments subsequently and we took it in our stride.

But for him to dub us a mouthpiece of the Congress and then club us with PTC channel as a tool for party propaganda is unfair and factually wrong. Our worst critics also acknowledge that we have been very fair. We did telecast an interview with the PPCC chief Captain Amarinder Singh. But so did we an interview with the Punjab CM.

Our report on the telecast of the Gurbani from the Golden Temple was also based on facts. The current SGPC chief, Avtar Singh Makkar, admitted on camera that the rights were allotted 11 years ago without inviting any bid and that he has not been able to resolve the issue of payments for the rights. How could this be interpreted as our channel angling for a level playing field against another channel ?

Kanwar Sandhu Managing Editor Day & Night News

Honour Saigal

Apropos Pran Neville's biography of K.L. Saigal ( July 17), it is certainly time for the Punjab government and Sangeet Natak Academi to institute an award after him. Though born in Jammu, he spent his active life in Punjab, Calcutta and Bombay before breathing his last at Jalandhar in 1947. 

The musical genius with no formal training, in his short life ( 1904-47), he captivated the audience with 185 songs rendered in not just Hindi but also in Bengali, Punjabi, Tamil, Persian and Pushto besides acting in films.

He had approached Ustad Faiyaz Khan with the request that he be accepted as a disciple. But an overwhelmed Khan Sahib is reported to have replied, " I have learnt a lot from you myself". Saigal also sang before Tagore in a bid to secure his approval.

V.K. Rangra New Delhi

Officer crisis

The article " The Indian military's officer crisis ( July 24) paints an accurate but grim picture of the quantitative and qualitative crisis in the officer cadre of our armed forces. Corrective actions need to be taken immediately to hike their salary and improve their working conditions.

Govind Singh Khimta Shimla


Compulsory military service in the foreseeable future and a higher intake of Short Service Commissioned officers could be the way out for the beleaguered armed forces. But conscription should not be allowed without a great deal of thought because it mught well lead to indiscipline, waywardness and desertions. Lucrative and more attractive opportunities in the corporate world and civilian jobs are undoubtedly prompting the officers to leave. But that is all the more reason why armed forces should ensure better training and an assurance of placement after retirement.

Harish K. Monga Ferozepur

Best of faith

With reference to 'Ties of Faith' ( July 30), children of inter-faith marriages undoubtedly inherit the best of both the cultures. I have lived this experience in my life, having contracted an inter-faith marriage 45 years ago. There was opposition no doubt but our wedding was solemnised at the residence of a noble soul, a senior officer of my husband. Such marriages need to be encouraged.

Kamlesh Uppal Patiala



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