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Sanjay Srivastava's article An alternative universe (May 6) about legendary singer Shamshad Begum lacks in-depth knowledge about the singer. Shamshad was the first nightingale of film music.

india Updated: May 08, 2013 21:13 IST

Shamshad Begum's voice was the epitome of vibrancy and zeal
Sanjay Srivastava's article An alternative universe (May 6) about legendary singer Shamshad Begum lacks in-depth knowledge about the singer. Shamshad was the first nightingale of film music. She sang through the hearts of music lovers for more than two decades for almost all leading heroines and labelling her voice as that of the voice of a vamp is unjustified. Her voice expressed vibrancy and zeal and her rendering of wedding songs are filled with pathos. She deserves a tribute as one of the greatest female singers of Indian music.
Bhupinder Singh, via email

Is there more to the Ladakh story?
With reference to the editorial One step back, two steps ahead (Our Take, May 7), we took the news of the Chinese army withdrawing from our territory they had occupied illegally for almost a month with a sigh of relief. However, the withdrawal of our soldiers from our own land raises doubts. What kind of a beneficial relationship are we talking about as China has not only built roads near the border, it has also built dams and boosted infrastructure that can pose a strategic challenge to our country. If New Delhi chooses to remain spineless, Beijing will not hesitate to repeat such incursions.
Bal Govind, via email

Time to forgive and move on
The report Protesters clash with police near PM's residence (May 6) suggests the wounds of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots are still afresh. The families of the victims are yet to get justice and the criminals who perpetrated the crime have not been brought to book. The Congress, which was in power while the riots broke out, should take responsibility and apologise to the Sikh community for failing to protect innocent lives. Let us forgive and forget the ghastly incident and move on. But we must make sure that such events do not recur.
Yogeshwar Davar, via email

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