L E T T E R S    T O    T H E    E D I T O R

PSPCL inefficient

The PSPCL management lacks innovative skills to plan out things and utilise the resources wisely. They should not be allowed to continue to burden the overloaded consumers as a result of their wrong policies. The people of Punjab should protest the inefficiency of PSPCL so that the draining away of money is stopped.

Mohinder Singh Dhiman, Mohali

Buddhism in Punjab

As a student and teacher of history I read the article "Haryana misses the Buddha moment" by Sidarath Gauri with a keen interest (August 17). The following point throws new light on the subject: "Buddha and Ananda his disciple travelled through Haryana several times via the ancient trade route of Mathura-Texila that went up to Gandhara." Clearly, Buddha and Ananda passed through Punjab many times on their way to Gandhara. The Punjab Government should make arrangements for research on the subject so that we gain more knowledge on Buddhism in Punjab in those days.

Amar Jit S Goraya, Griffith (Australia)

People or subjects?

The photograph published showing people sitting on the ground while the Punjab Chief Minister and others officials sit on chairs exposes the Akali Dal slogan of ‘Raj nahi, seva’ and the colonial legacy where rulers act like maharajas and common people are treated like subjects (“Separate gurdwaras panel demand only in Cong-ruled states: Badal”, September 1). It exposes the double standards and hypocrisy of the Akali Dal engulfed in VVIP culture. The media should expose their behaviour which will help build a mass movement where people start protesting such things.

Dr Vitull K. Gupta, Bathinda

Whither plots?

The attitude of the bureaucrats regarding allottees who have been waiting to get the possession of their plots for more than 22 months is lackadaisical. The draws were conducted on September 17, 2012 and October 30, 2012 by LIT for the allotment of 114 plots which were acquired under City Center, Ludhiana. We have been running from pillar to post to get our allotment letters but to no avail as the only thing that we have got are assurances. The government should ensure that work is done in time.

Davinder Rehan, Veena Rani, Gian Kaur, Raghbir Kaur and Rajinder Singh Virk, via email

Art of listening

Shiv Visvanathan’s article “Have we lost the art of listening?” (August 21) paints the gloomy picture of what we have lost despite our claims of a rich cultural tradition that was painstakingly built by our ancestors on discourse, dialogue, deliberation, and dissent. His comment that "Humanitarian causes are being hijacked by ideologies" has a piercing sadness about it.

Ideologies are pools of stagnant of ideas that refuse to die even when these are diagnosed to be suffering from the chronic diseases of ignorance, irrationality, and superstitions. His emphasis on "listening" is a pointer to something profound and rare, the highest form of which is dhyan or meditation. Not wanting to "listen" is a perversion that keeps modern Indian society from becoming civilised despite its overwhelming rich cultural tradition. Civility is also an indispensable ingredient of social ethics whose absence underscores the sordid fact that we have surrendered our humanity to a chattering mind which successfully shuts all channels of "listening".

Visvanathan's text borders on the lyrical with magnificent metaphors which compel attention to the dire need for learning how to listen with politeness and patience.

The sooner we heed his counsel the faster will we move towards recovering the lost art of listening, which is the perennial acoustic aesthetic of civilised living.

Dr SS Bhatti, Chandigarh

Dress code for girls

There are frequent dicta recommending dress codes for the benefit and safety of girls and women. There is a truth in the suggestions, tendered in good faith by well-wishers. There is an increasing tendency among the women to exhibit nudity of their body and limbs to their own detriment. There is a saying that beauty attracts thieves more than gold. Sita was abducted because of her exquisite beauty. The Trojan war broke out because of Helen who was the paragon of beauty. Women of yore carefully avoided the exhibition of their outer attractive appearance.

Instead of behaving like butterflies and touch-me-nots, today’s women too should imbibe the spirit of bravery of Rani Jhansi, grit and courage of Sunita Williams and daring of Indira Gandhi. Let good sense prevail upon them. May god bless them!

Shambhu Nath Sharma, Pathankot

Historian exemplar

In the passing away of Professor Bipan Chandra, the discipline of history has lost a practising historian, teacher and activist. He popularised modern Indian history by delineating the genesis of Indian economic nationalism through the writings of Indian nationalists. His work on The Rise and Growth of Economic Nationalism in India is a classic. In the 1960s, he along with economists and historians combated the Neo-Colonial and Cambridge interpretation of modern Indian economic history. With the debate, historiography has got a permanent perch in the world academia. In his General Presidential Address to the delegates of Indian History Congress, Amritsar session, 1985, he turned a Gramscian mould to long-term dynamics of Indian National Congress which he posited with Indian National Movement. He exposed the historicity of communalism as a colonial construct and a ploy. He authored a reader for commoners. A Marxist, he theorised more often as a Left Nationalist moving away from orthodox and official Marxism. He acknowledged the revolutionary and intellectual vibrancy of Bhagat Singh, the martyr, a Che Guera of India.

His popularity rests on his zeal to make history understandable to the students, workers and masses. Many a scholar and historian may differ with him. His loss is colossal. Professor Bipan Chandra, RIP!!!

Prof Sukhdev S Sohal, Amritsar



HOME PAGE | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Opinions |
| Business | Sports | World | Letters | Chandigarh | Ludhiana | Delhi |
| Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |