Nayanjot Lahiri’s article Joining a civilisation (January 5) on our civilisation’s antiques was an eye-opener. In a country with such a great heritage, we rarely see articles on archaeology or what the government is doing to save our national treasures. It was painful reading about how our immature leaders divided into half, precious necklaces and girdles.
Nayanjot Lahiri’s plea for joining the divided civilisations is sagacious. The decision to divide everything down the middle at the time of Partition is a good example of how insensitive babudom culture is. Joining the broken artefacts may restore them to their ancient glory and give the present generation some idea of their rich heritage. However, considering the dismal record of both nations in treating the families of Partition, it is unlikely that remnants and relics of Mohenjodaro will fare any better. The only solution lies in recreating them virtually and at least have an online shared heritage.
Barkha Dutt in Neighbour’s envy (January 9) is right that sneering condescension and superior grandstanding towards Pakistan is the last thing Pakistanis need. But on one point she is mistaken. She claims that unlike Pakistan, India will never accept party leadership bequeathed in a will. With sons of political fathers dotting our democratic firmament, this notion may prove to be misplaced very soon.
Ratan Tata’s visionary zeal and enthusiasm to create something that the world thought was near impossible is awe-inspiring. Automobile majors around the world had dismissed his idea as utopian. He not only proved them wrong but also proved beyond doubt the arrival of a new dynamic India. This feat by Tata engineers will have global ramifications.
Cracks wide open
With reference to the editorial Beyond belief (January 10), the West was sceptical about the survival of the Indian nation when we won Independence in 1947. It was believed that a country with so many religions and hundreds of languages couldn’t remain united. The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee’s latest action in calling the assassins of Indira Gandhi ‘martyrs’ can prove these sceptics right. The death of a national leader is
a national tragedy.
The SGPC’s act of paying homage to the assassins of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi will certainly encourage sectarian forces to weaken the fabric of democracy. The SGPC must be pulled up for glorifying the cowardly act of the killers.
The UPA government should not allow itself to be held to ransom by Uttar Pradesh CM Mayawati, who has an insatiable appetite for money and power. She allows no one to question the source of her wealth and wants every demand to be met. Her ambition for her own selfish needs is frightening. If she fears for her life, she is capable of hiring a private army since she has enough money to pay for it. The government should not provide her with any such resource.
It’s all Maya
With reference to the editorial Uttar chaos (January 11), Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has got the mandate to bring about development in her state, not violence. Now the Dalit community of other states is looking up to her. But she will have to tread with caution if she really wants to see BSP governments in other states.
Apropos of the report Murder in Tagore’s ‘abode of peace’ (January 7), the murder of a girl student at Santiniketan speaks of a serious security lapse and is a taint on the university. Santikentan is described as an ‘abode of peace’ but now has earned the dubious distinction of being unsafe.
Not only was its founder, Rabindranath Tagore’s Nobel medallion stolen in 2004, but it is also a place where women are unsafe. This only reflects the callous attitude of the authorities. The image of the university requires urgent attention.
L.K. Advani has woken up from a deep slumber and shot off a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to award the Bharat Ratna to Atal Bihari
Vajpayee. There is no doubt that Mr Vajpayee is a respected statesman and an excellent orator, but he also represents a party that was responsible for the demolition of a disputed place of worship. The UPA government should not allow the BJP to politicise the nation’s highest civilian award.
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