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Man of elegance

Apropos “Joy forever” by Devinder Bir Kaur (Spectrum, March 25), I am reminded of Joy Mukherjee pulling a rickshaw (in a striped T-shirt) with Sadhna in his debut film “Love in Simla”. The broad-shouldered, clean-cut, eligible bachelor with slick hair, a half smile, eyes that were comical one instant and full of a puppy’s adoration at another was not an actor for all seasons, but in the ’60s frothy romances, he brought with him unexpected sartorial elegance and a fundamental niceness that made him look wholesome no matter what he role he played.
— Ravi Chander Garg, Ludhiana

Not for children

Apropos “From class appeal to mass appeal” (Spectrum, March 25), I differ with the views on golf. It is a very good game, but definitely not for children in school as a compulsory sport like basketball, football or hockey. The reason is simple: It is too expensive and time consuming. It is a game of the rich, and luxury for most. It is very good for those who have time and resources, such as retired people. A student would be better off playing a hard game of basketball or football, rather than lazily walking around a golf course.
— Col R.D. Singh (retd), Ambala Cantt

Frank Khushwant

We have enjoyed the journalistic prowess of Khushwant Singh for around eight decades. He has a close association with The Tribune, as he has himself mentioned in his article “Tribune saga” (This Above All, March 25). In a lighter vein, he has spoken of his “wages” for writing for the paper, even though he may not need the money. He should continue delighting his readers with his unique frank and fearless expressions, irrespective of any virtual grievance.
— S.C.Vaid, Greater Noida

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Khushwant Singh is a revered writer, but every now and then he comes out with a controversial piece. In the last one, (“Tribune Saga”, March 25), he said “most people” felt that The Tribune was a Sikh-founded and owned daily, which is wrong. Not even a few feel so. The Tribune is a secular paper, whether its founder was a Sikh and whether he later converted or not makes no difference to the readers. Khushwant’s use of the expression “Brahmo Samaj” is also distasteful.
— Wg Cdr CL Sehgal (retd), Jalandhar

Politics of terror

The killing of Beant Singh and 16 other innocent people was one of the most dastardly acts of senseless terrorism (“Assassination and a hanging sentence”, Perspective, March 25). Politics is being played out by various parties involved, including the kin  of Beant Singh, who have pardoned  the condemned Balwant Singh Rajoana. It is a shame that nobody is mentioning the families of the others killed in the blast.
— A.K. Sharma, Chandigarh

Abolish death penalty

Capital punishment should be abolished in India. It is an act of brutality. India should join the ranks of countries that do not practise the death penalty. Punishment should be given to a criminal, but taking the life of someone in a country known for its tolerance, culture and sentiments is shameful.
— Preet Amol Singh, Rohtak

Look before you teach

Apropos “Now, teacher training centres at block level” (March 25), the proposal to set up 196 block institutes of teacher education (BITEs) appears to be another experiment to improve teacher skills. Before such a comprehensive scheme is launched, there needs to be critical analysis of the state of existing teacher education institutes. The need is to strengthen these in order to enhance the quality of training. The National Council of Teacher Education should work out time-bound plans to ascertain if these colleges have staff qualified and experienced enough for the job. The relevance of the curriculum also needs assessment.

— Dr Arun Kumar Sharma, SAS Nagar (Mohali)



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