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Parties should have consensus on China

Apropos the editorial 'A disturbing incursion' (April 24), India is in a precarious situation, unable to confront the mighty China in an open conflict. India rightly believes that a breakout of hostilities could upset the already slow development process of the country, causing untold miseries to the poor multitudes.

It sounds philosophical but very true what JF Kennedy said, "We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world…or to make it the last." China has a well-defined strategy to keep India on the tenterhooks, as India is fast catching up in Asia demographically, politically and economically.

We need another decade or two of peace to match China in all spheres, including militarily. China spends three to four times on its defence preparedness as compared to India.

All political parties cutting across party lines should sit together to evolve a consensus on the issue and chalk out a strategy for a lasting solution to the imbroglio.

BM SINGH, 0Amritsar


After having a cordial meeting with our Prime Minister, such a provocative action on the Indo-China borders cast aspersions on the Chinese intentions to resolve the border issue. China is now asking for talks to resolve the issue. It is high time we scrapped such talks as these are nothing but sheer waste of time.

China, it seems, is out to grab Indian territories and take control of our vital installations on one pretext or other to serve its expansionist designs. If our government feels that we are not strong enough to face China on its own, we should explore military pacts with the countries surrounding it, whom it keeps bullying for similar motives, as a long term measure. Moreover, it cannot afford a war at this time, as right now, it is focused on becoming number one economy in the world. We can call its bluff by moving our troops to advance positions keeping our international friends on board.



It seems that China wants to repeat the 1962 episode of transgression into the Indian territory which led to a war. On its part, India should use all diplomatic channels to exert pressure on China to withdraw its troops behind the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

We must not refrain from taking military action to thwart any Chinese provocative transgressions otherwise we may suffer another debacle at the hands of China. You have rightly said in your editorial that India should be persistent to ensure that China withdraws its intrusions. China should not be treated as a trustworthy friend.

GR KALRA, Chandigarh

A melodious voice

The passing away of Shamshad Begum (94), the original nightingale of India, marks the end of a golden era of Indian music. The Begum was seen as a perfect foil to her contemporary, Mohammad Rafi. However, her singing potential remained untapped to the sadness of her admirers, to say the least.

Her haunting melodies 'Leke pehla pehla pyar…', 'Mere piya gaye Rangoon …' and the all-time hit qawwali ,'Teri mehfil mein kismet aazma kar hum…' from the blockbuster 'Mughal-e-Azam' and many other numbers in her nasal voice mesmerised her fans. These will remain as her rich legacy for posterity.

Though the legendary Begum has left us physically, she will continue to live in the hearts of millions of her fans across the world through her immortal songs.



Shamshad Begum had first made her mark by singing non-filmy songs for AIR's Lahore station in the 1930s. The media is correct that when the Begum's singing career began, Indian cinema had barely entered the talkies era. And by the time it got over, the golden age of melody in Hindi films was gone.

The Lahore-born (not Amritsar as per belief) Begum's evergreen songs 'Saawan ke nazare hain…' (Khazanchi, 1941), 'Kajra mohabbatwala…' (Kismat, 1968) and others will always remain etched on her fans' memory. Interestingly, two of her hit songs were picturised on male heroes (both dressed as a woman) — Biswajeet for 'Kajra mohabbatwala…' and Mehmood for 'Nathaniya hale to bada maza hoye…' ( Johar Mehmood in Hong Kong). May her soul rest in peace.


Shocking apathy

It was shocking to learn that a woman in labour pain was refused help in her delivery by a doctor of a hospital in Haryana. She delivered a child outside the hospital where she had come for help.

You have rightly observed in your editorial 'Callous indifference' (April 9) that this approach shows a callous indifference towards the patient. They shed light on the malice that afflicts the hospital system and other institutions. The doctor should have realised that she was not in a condition to go anywhere else and have provided her with the best care they could even if they did not have any specialists.

Those who are responsible for denying her treatment must be punished so that such incidents are not repeated.


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