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Stand as one

Apropos the article ‘Wearing Muslim-ness on the sleeve’ by Khushwant Singh (This Above All; Sunday Tribune, February 16) is debatable. I have many Muslim friends. I have great regard for their love of feasting and fasting during Ramajan. I have partaken of vegetarian meals with them without any inhibitions. I admire the Islamic banking system with zero rate of interest, which, if implemented in micro-financing by replacing the so-called subsides, can work wonders. Let us work towards Hindu-Muslim unity with honesty of purpose and avoid war of words.

Dr MM Goel, Kurukshetra

All not lost

The article ‘Kejriwal out, but certainly not down’ by Raj Chengappa (Ground Zero; Sunday Tribune, February 16) sums up quite well the track record of 49 days of Arvind Kejriwal’s government. In governance, the Aam Aadmi Party has set an example of probity, quickness, clear heartedness and commitment. The masses have reposed faith in it. Kejriwal’s style of governance is sans corruption, which is the need of the hour. His exit was important to expose the (bad) intentions of the Congress and the BJP. The party is bound to fare well in the coming elections.

Gurmit Singh, Mohali


The article sums up the feelings of the vast but mute majority of our country that the fight against corruption will not be easy. The demands to enact laws to punish the corrupt have been crushed by politicians. AAP adopted an innovative style of running the government and earnestly served the interests of the common man. By filing FIRs against the high and mighty of the country, the party showed exemplary courage. In recommending the dissolution of the Assembly, Arvind Kejriwal proved he is not after power. The party deserves support from people across the board if corruption has to be eradicated from the system.

Ashok K Ashu, Patiala


It’s unfortunate that despite 65 years of independence, we are still struggling to remove poverty, hunger and unemployment. Well entrenched political parties are uncomfortable with AAP’s popularity. If various Bills pending in Parliament are passed, Kejriwal and his party would be at the centre-stage of Indian politics. This makes veteran politicians edgy. The Aam Aadmi Party may seem opportunistic, but we should not forget that this fight is certainly not going to be easy.

Dr KD Lakhanpal, Bilaspur

Childhood years

Author Ruskin Bond has rightly stated that our childhood impressions are never forgotten (‘To the end of our days’; Spectrum, February 16). In the good old days, admission in school was celebrated with distribution of batashas. The kaida (primary reader) cost an anna and the school bag was lovingly sewn by mothers. Those in their 50s or below perhaps never had to solve maths problems based on annas. The youth now has calculators and computers to solve such problems. They have no knowledge of anna. The experiences of those early years of life are worth cherishing and recalling at every point of life.

PN Gupta, Sangrur

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