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Posted at: Nov 12, 2017, 12:53 AM; last updated: Nov 12, 2017, 1:40 AM (IST)

History through art

Noted art historian BN Goswamy has helped many like me understand the late medieval period’s artwork which has survived the ravages of time (Kaffeeklatsch: Do we deserve a BN Goswamy?). Having read his articles in this newspaper for past several years, I have realised he has a great passion for interpreting and contextualising the wonderful paintings of the last three centuries from Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. I admire him for focusing on great painters such as Manaku and Nainsukh along with their descendants, who enriched and immortalised pahari paintings.

Dr Raj Bahadur Yadav, Fatehabad


Unlike voluminous history books, one page of a book on history of art may cover centuries and a vast subject. As an art historian, BN Goswami is relevant to even a layman who has a taste for looking at the political and cultural matrix through the medium of art. By penning Manaku of Guler, Goswami has provided an insight into the works of the great pahari painter which had been the subject of discussion at important literary gatherings decades ago. 

Jagvinder Singh Brar, Patiala


There are reports about manhandling of passengers at airports. The staff dealing with the passengers must be professionally trained to be efficient in their job. Airlines’ staff should be tactful in receiving the tired and irritated passengers. An effort should be made to put a tired passenger at ease. 

Subhash Vaid, New Delhi

Realistic manifestoes

Parties should think beyond the vote-bank politics and avoid making unrealistic promises in their manifestoes (Under public scrutiny: Futility or utility of party promises). Along with promises, they should also spell out a detailed policy on how they would fulfil them. This would help the electorate to make an informed decision. Voters, on their part, should analyse whether candidates have the capacity and capability to realize what they have promised.

Raj Kapoor, via email

Waste of wealth

People with deep pockets indulge in super splurges (Marriage mania across continents). Ostentatious marriages are nothing, but a waste of money. Some time ago, Congress MP Ranjeet Ranjan had introduced a private member’s Bill in the Lok Sabha restricting the expenses on wedding to Rs 5 lakh. Many might have thought it to be infringement of their fundamental rights, but it doesn’t make sense to blow years of savings for a day of pomp and show.

PK Hanspaul, Batala

Respect teachers

The Right to Education clearly specifies the national duties where teachers can be deployed and the duty as priest doesn’t figure in it (Teachers as priests). There is already a shortage of teachers across the state and by assigning existing ones jobs other than teaching is definitely against the interests of students. Education cannot become a vehicle of transformation if a teacher is not respected and honoured. 

S Kumar, Panchkula

Ghadar movement

The Russian revolution provided the right direction to the Ghadar movement (Revolutions revisited). The Ghadarites’ courage must be well acknowledged as their objective was to challenge Canada’s racist immigration law, which was imposed on the passengers of Komagata Maru at the behest of the British colonial powers. It was a courageous gesture of incumbent Canadian PM Justin Trudeau to have offered his government’s apology. It is hoped that in the light of this pleasant development, the Indian government should have a serious re-look at our own sedition law being misused with impunity. The sedition charge is a serious matter and a serious thought should go into whether disliking other’s ideas and opinions constitute sedition.

PL Singh, Amritsar

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