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Shrill & shallow

I endorse the views expressed by Randeep Wadhera in 'Punjabi Antenna' ( Saturday Extra, September 3) over hysterical but uninformed television coverage of Anna Hazare's movement. There was little attempt to provide rounded views, insights or answers to myriad questions. Voices against the Jan Lokpal Bill were blanked out with possibly the sole exception being CNN-IBN which aired the views of Arundhati Roy. There was neither any analysis nor much informed debates in the studios.

H.S. Dimple, Jagraon

Heads must roll

The bomb blast outside the Delhi High Court points to a serious security lapse and the Prime Minister himself admitted as much when he acknowledged that there were lapses and weaknesses in our security system. Media reports have highlighted the inexcusable delay in installing CCTV cameras at the gates. Some reports also claimed that although policemen present there were alerted about a 'suspicious object', they took it lightly and made no effort to clear the area. Suitable action needs to be taken against the guilty and responsibility must be fixed. While it may take a long time to improve systems, there should be zero tolerance for callousness and negligence.

J.S. Sudan, Jammu


Profoundly impressed by a patriotic poem recited by him at a Congress rally in Lahore, Jawaharlal Nehru bestowed the title of “ Shair-e-Azad on Daman  (Khushwant Singh on 'A poet's touching epitaph', September 3). Daman wrote verses in chaste Punjabi. On hearing his touching poem post-Partition at a Mushairah in New Delhi, the audience's eyes brimmed over with tears. Because of his trenchant criticism of the corrupt and the cruel rulers, he had to remain in prison quite often.

He is credited to have made the sarcastic comment that during Zia-ul-Haq's regime in Pakistan, when people wanted to say “ Insha-Allah” (God willing) or Maasha-Allah ( May God preserve you from the evil eye), they ended up mouthing, “ Martial-La(w)a”.

Bhagwan Singh, Qadian

Pain & pastime

“Hobbies amid hard work” ( Spectrum, September 4) by S.D. Sharma deserves to be commended for highlighting the passion of professionals to pursue their hobbies while excelling at the workplace. The hobbies possibly help them overcome stress and also keep them focused. It was motivational to read about people who manage to strike a balance between careers and creativity. Several readers are sure to take the cue.

Ravi Sharma, Jammu

Worth a visit

Tanushree Podder's “Caves of contrast” ( Spectrum, Sepetember4) revived memories of Udayagiri and Khandigiri caves in Orissa. The twin hills hosting the caves were essentially dwelling retreats of the Jain ascetics.

Most of the caves consist of a row of cells, essentially dormitories. Ranigumpha and Swargapuri-Manchapuri caves are double storied and the largest in size. Ranigumpha or the queen's palace is the architectural marvel of the entire complex. Moreover, the famous inscription of Kharavela is found engraved on the brows of the Hathigumpha cave, written in Brahmi script in 17 lines. It reflects the expeditions of king Kharavela.

Ravi Chander Garg, Ludhiana

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