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Chain reaction

Reference to Kanwar Sandhu’s “Punjab was scorched 30 summers ago, the burn still hurts” (Sunday Tribune, June 1), it was unfortunate that the government at the Centre was compelled to send the military to the Golden Temple to flush out terrorists hiding there, leading to further unfortunate events like the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and the ’84 anti-Sikh riots. Hundreds of Army personnel were injured or lost their lives. This could have been prevented if the head priests of the Sikh community had not allowed the terror group under the leadership of Bhindrawale to take over the Golden Temple and convert the shrine into an armoury. No government would have allowed the use of a religious place for subversive activities. The government is duty bound to maintain harmony and integrity of the country. Now, we all must move on.

Dr Puran Singh, Karnal


The article covered Operation Blue Star in a balanced manner, without any taint or bias. Hindu and Sikhs have had a common heritage and come from the same stock. Our religious and cultural ethos are the same. The genesis of this polarisation was engineered by our hostile neighbour Pakistan. Whatever happened was very unfortunate, but perhaps unavoidable, considering the fortification of the Akal Takht building and the death of many Army men and innocent civilians during the operation.

BM Singh, Amritsar

The man to watch

Unlike his predecessor, Narendra Modi is a strong, self-assured and self-assertive Prime Minister. Keen to address the prime concerns he voiced during his election campaign, he has prepared a clear road map for his government (“Modi gets his development mantra just right” by Raj Chengappa; Ground Zero; Sunday Tribune, June 1). The Prime Minister’s emphasis is on implementing priority-based programmes, transparency, efficiency, collective accountability, time-bound delivery and people-friendly governance. Despite daunting challenges, his ability to carry forward his revival agenda will elicit unstinted public support and cooperation.

Harmohit Singh, Hoshiarpur

Hope glimmers

Reference to the article “A good chance to begin all over again” By Nasim Zehra (Sunday Tribune, June 1), the May 27 Nawaz-Modi meeting in Delhi was a diplomatic step in the right direction. It has rekindled hope of better relations between India and Pakistan. Hopefully, the two leaders will sincerely fulfil the pre-requisites and engage in a meaningful bilateral dialogue. A reactivated back channel will boost cross-border trade and commerce, and help in finding a viable solution to various long-pending issues, including Kashmir.

DS Kang, Hoshiarpur

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