Lived life to the fullest
Khushwant Singh’s death marks the end of an era of journalism unparalleled in our country’s history, of which he was the undisputed master. Ace writer, journalist, author and top-notch columnist, He was perhaps the most popular writer our country has ever produced.
What separated Khushwant Singh from the rest was his wit, his freeand frank writing and his taking on the establishment in his own style of calling a spade a spade. The good old man of Indian journalism lived his life to the fullest. A Rajya Sabha MP from 1980 to 1984, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1970, which he returned to the government in 1984 in protest against the army entering the Golden Temple that year. He also received the Padma Vibhushan in 2007 and not even his frail health could stop him from writing, well into his nineties. He loved controversies, wine and beautiful women were the companions he enjoyed throughout his life. The vacuum created by his death will never be filled and the ‘Sardar of Sardars’ will be remembered for cen-turies to come. May his soul rest in peace.
S N Kabra
Give Advani his due
Whatever party spokespersons may say, there is no doubt Advani was not heard and heeded with the attention he, as a senior leader, deserves on the choice of his Lok Sabha seat. When almost all other senior leaders could exercise their choice, what was wrong with Advani seeking a seat from Bhopal? Let him contest two seats, like other leaders in the party can. After the results, he can make the choice. Let the party understand and give him the respect and attention he is due
V N Ramachandran
Advani in sulking mode
Has anybody kept count of the number of times the patriarch of the BJP, L K Advani, has gone into a sulk? In case he decides to force the issue and to have things going his way, what options does the grand old septuagenarian have? Cross over to Congress or the Federal Front? Will these two entities help him in fulfilling his lifetime ambition? He should remember that it was his own party, the BJP, that had made the deputy PM of India. Also, by such an attitude he is indirectly harming his own party’s chances at the hustings. The third and the last alternative is to take political sanyas and retire gracefully from public life.
Those who do not learn from history…
I read your editorial, ‘1962: So, what has changed? ‘(March 20 ) It is not the first time in the history of our ancient nation. Remember how Prithviraj Chauhan let Mohammed Gazni go back, in the early 700s. Not only did he let him return, he also sent him back with gold. What did Gazni do? He came back with a bigger army and routed Chauhan, beheaded him and took it home as a trophy. Jawaharlal Nehru and our own people allowed China to take huge tracts of our territory and even now, China threatens us. But let us know why the NDA, led by the BJP and Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee did not come out with the Henderson Report during their nearly six-year rule? We point fingers at others, but never see the fingers pointing back at us. The point is that rulers and defence forces must learn from historical mistakes and avoid repeating them. Citizens should not be misled at this crucial election time.