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English SMSed

Apropos Shorthand by Ira Pande (Oped, Feb 26), I could not agree with her more. We have not only ruined the English language through shorthand SMS, but its users are also losing touch with the correct grammar and spellings. Some even get into the habit of speaking that way. They think it is cool and trendy. English is a beautiful language, let’s not disfigure it. Students should rather develop the habit of reading the newspaper daily, and maybe also practise writing letters by hand — in proper English. That will give them the real joy of using the language.

Col R.D. Singh (retd) Ambala Cantt

Keep the grace

Language is used for expression of thoughts. In their hectic lives, everybody resorts to shortcuts, and that goes for use of the language too, as in the SMS form of English. Yet, as pointed out by Ira Pande in “Shorthand”, we must guard against the annihilation of grace in the language. The basic form and grammatical correctness of English must be protected. Let the language be enriched by incorporating more and more words from other languages, while retaining its character.

Ashutosh Mahna Karnal

A climb-down

There was a time when people made the effort to “climb up” to the level of mastering the language. 

Now it seems the language has to “climb down” to the tastes and limitations of man. The reading of English classics has almost disappeared, which are often relegated to the “for sale” section.

Sumita Banerjee Chandigarh

Indian music

According to Pt. Vidyadhar Vyas, a renowned musician, a gifted performing artiste is born and not made (Spectrum, Feb 19), which implies that achievers would be very few. Pt. Vishnu Digamber Paluskar, a pioneer in music, was not satisfied with a few gifted ones the traditional musical families called ‘gharanas’ produced. He wanted to popularise classical music among the masses. He drew up an elaborate plan for music education to be managed by public institutions, aiming at producing not only ‘Tansens’, but also ‘Kansens’, or avid listeners. The result was institutions such as those run by the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal, and departments of music in most universities, besides the Bhatkhande Institute of Music (Lucknow) and Sangeet and Kala Vishvavidyalaya (Khairagarh, MP) being deemed universities.

V.K. Rangra Delhi

Come clean

The interview of former Union Energy Secretary and leading environmentalist EAS Sarma by Suresh Dharur, The ‘foreign hand’ guides govt more than people (Oped, Feb 26), was very informative. Sarma has ridiculed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s version of a “foreign hand” behind the protests at the nuclear plants in India. He has tried to justify people’s fear of a nuclear accident, citing the Three Mile Island (1979), Chernobyl (1986) and Fukushima (2011) incidents. If the government is 100 per cent sure about the safety of human life, then it should assure people about the same. The issue should be put to debate nationally.

R.K. Kapoor Chandigarh

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