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God for all

This refers to Khushwant Singh’s “The unseen hand” (Perspective, April 22). He claims to be an atheist, but by translating Guru Granth Sahib into English, he has spread the message of Gurus among wider humanity, thereby encouraging all sections of society to love God. His assertion of being agnostic is thus rendered irrelevant. God bestowed upon him his blessings in the form of the Tenth Master's verse that came calling on him in the issue of “Sikh Review”. If we travel one step towards God, God runs a thousand times that to meet us. The “miracle” Khushwant experienced signifies God's presence in every heart.

Gurmit Singh Saini, Mohali, Punjab

Power of blessings

In “The Unseen Hand” Khushwant Singh has referred to a collection of poems by Fayyaz Farooqi, a senior police officer in Punjab. A couplet has been quoted: “Ghar jo bharna hai to rishvat sey bhee bhar jaata hai/ Haan magar iss say duaaon ka asar jaata hai.” I was surprised to note there are honest people too, and would like to add: “Duaaon ka asar bhi dekho, jahan dawa kaam nahin karti, wahan duaa kaam aati hai”. Blessings are no less powerful.

Ande Dean Anand, Chambaghat

Writing from the hip

Khushwant Singh is often accused of spreading western culture for writing about sex, women, lust and scotch. Does writing truly and honestly in India mean spreading western culture?

Preet Amol Singh, Rohtak

Raking it up

Saadat Hasan Manto was a versatile writer (Kishwar Desai’s “My romance with Saadat Hasan Manto”, April 29). Many dubbed his stories as obscene, but, according to him, instead of burying the filth in society, we should rake it and then clean it. He was against the division of India. He referred to 1947 as the year of partition and riots, and not that of Independence.

Bhagwan Singh, Qadian

Giving back

The “Profile” of Omkar Nath Sharma (Oped Page, April 22) was an inspiring story of the “medicine man”, who goes collecting spare medicines door to door for the needy. Retired people should contribute to society in this fashion, rather than while away their time.

O. P. Garg, Patiala

Strokes of truth

Apropos “Please, don’t lose those laugh lines” by Ira Pande, it takes 17 muscles to smile and 47 to frown. A smile fits in all sizes, and radiates natural beauty. How can anyone, thus, act against a cartoonist who in a few strokes says more than a thousand words, with wit added. Nehru, way back in 1937, wrote a foreword for “Shankar’s Cartoons”: “For a true cartoonist is not just a maker of fun, but one who sees the inner significance of an event and by a few master strokes impresses it on others. ...it is good to have the veil of our conceit torn occasionally.”

B.M. Singh, Amritsar

Two yards of land

Vasco da Gama was buried at St Anthony's church in Cochin in 1524 (“Gateway Cochin”, Spectrum, April 22). But 14 years later, the Portuguese exhumed the remains and reburied those in their native land. India should take a cue from this and claim the remains of the last Mughal ruler, Bahadur Shah Zafar, who was exiled by the British in 1857 to Rangoon (now Yangon, Myanmar), where he died and was buried. This may be possible in view of India's improved relations with Myanmar. Let the ruler — who wrote “Kitna hai badnasib Zafar, dafan ke liye/ Do gaz zameen bhi na mili kuey yaar mein” — rest in his own country, preferably in the Red Fort.

V. K. Rangra, Delhi

Black idea

I was disappointed to learn the views of Assocham president Rajkumar Dhoot, who supported amnesty for black money stashed in foreign banks (Oped Page, April 29). This would promote such ill-gotten assets in future too.

Sarabjit Singh, email

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