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All the same

Reference Raj Chengappa’s ‘The Modi juggernaut hits a bump’ (Ground Zero; Sunday Tribune, March 23), there were enough chinks in the UPA armour to tear it apart. But some hasty decisions by the BJP squad seem to have caused more damage than good. Welcoming the ‘rats’ fleeing from the UPA’s sinking ship have annoyed many veteran leaders. The neglect of party stalwarts has further sullied the bright face of the party. This has generated a refrain among the masses that all parties are alike when it comes to grabbing the ‘kursi’.

LR Sharma, Sundernagar

Writer and gentleman

Contrary to his public image, Khushwant was a gentleman who loved life and lived it his way (‘A lesson well learnt and taught by Khushwant’; Sunday Tribune; March 23). Endowed with the qualities of the head and heart, he was a genius — a creative writer of extraordinary versatility and a fearless journalist who enlivened his sarcastic criticism with wit. In spite of his success, he remained self-effaced and remarkably poised. An agnostic, humanist and philanthropist, he was an admirer of Gandhi for his austerity and purity of spirit.

Harmohit Singh, Hoshiarpur


Khushwant should have hit a century. He wished for a silent death, which was granted to him. A true karma yogi, he lived life to the fullest. His stature forced strict discipline among those wanting to meet him. I would like to quote Dean William Ralph Inge who said literature flourishes when it is half trade and half art, reflective of Khushwant’s unique style. Long live the values he left behind.

Tejinder Singh Bedi, Gurgaon

Late than never

Apropos the article ‘Military history brooks no hiding’ by Dinesh Kumar (Sunday Tribune, March 23), the government should immediately release the Henderson report and review the functioning of then Army Headquarters and its relationship with the MoD. It should also lift the veil of secrecy off Indo-Pak wars. It will encourage the writing of military history and enable our politico-military leadership to rectify past mistakes. An improvement in planning, defence equipment and logistic support is imperative to counter the Chinese military potential.

DS Kang, email


The condition of our armed forces was pitiable as Nehru took decisions without any planning. Neither he nor the Defence Minister knew the details of the arms and ammunition and the preparedness of the forces. It was the first war that we fought after Independence and preparedness was a vital issue that was overlooked.

PN Gupta, Sangrur


In the Perspective piece ‘Military history brooks no hiding’ (Sunday Tribune, March 23), Migyitun and Longju have been referred to as being in Ladakh. These are in NEFA (now Arunachal). The error is regretted.

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