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Posted at: Apr 15, 2018, 1:23 AM; last updated: Apr 15, 2018, 1:54 AM (IST)

Winds of change

The opening of Saudi Arabia’s first cinema in more than three decades is good news for filmmakers worldwide (Potpourri). Saudi Arabia is embarking on a liberalisation drive, being pushed by modern Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. He has allowed women to be seen in public without a headscarf and to drive. He had formed an anti-corruption panel and fired many for amassing wealth in tax-free havens. These reforms are aimed at modernising the ultraconservative kingdom. 

Lal Singh, by email

Waste of time

Universities are places of higher education which should not be corrupted with the murky politics of the day. A few persons pursuing their selfish agenda spoil the harmonious life of educational institutions in the name of students’ rights. Such polls should be banned on the college campuses as these affect studies for almost two months. The election fever makes the students rather more arrogant as they take law into their hands and disrupt daily affairs over a clash of political ideologies. In the past, students of Punjab suffered a lot due to violence during students’ council elections.

RK Kapoor, Chandigarh


Universities and colleges should aim at making the youth capable of nation-building (‘The challenge: keeping campuses free of criminals’). Students should discuss and debate solutions for social problems. Politics and ethics both are important for democracy. Criminals have no place in education institutions. Students must shun unfair activities on the campuses. They should focus on character-building and acquiring intelligence to develop themselves as successful leaders. 

Subhash Vaid, New Delhi

Inspiring king

It is now 50 years since a votary of non-violence, Martin Luther King Jr, was assassinated (As I Please: ‘Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy lives on’). People who show human decency must be admired. The Imam, who called for peace despite losing his son in Asansol riots, must be recognized. The history of non-violence in the King’s time and since then demonstrates that there is no substitute for two things — rigorous training and a sound philosophical perspective about the ‘other’. The King’s legacy inspires us to be compassionate towards others.

PL Singh, Amritsar

Valuable assets

It is said that an honest man is the noblest work of God and that honesty is the best policy (Take My Word: ‘Tales of honesty, white lies and black lies...’). But nowadays, this policy has failed. It is the dishonest who prosper, flourish and thrive in the present set-up of Indian society. Honesty bears fruit slow, but sure like the mill of God that grinds slow but sure. One should live a dignified life. 

The anecdote of the girl and her father who told her how he became bald was quite humorous, amusing and entertaining. It beautifully illustrated how even a harmless and innocuous lie could wreak havoc. Every lie, great or small, is the brink of precipice. So we should not think of one lie as harmless, another as slight and unintended. It is always better to speak the truth. Only truth and honesty will lead one to victory in life’s marathon. 

Tarsem S Bumrah, Batala


Deep Chand’s efforts testify that honesty resides not only in the well-off people, but in the heart of the poor too. The ragpicker could have easily pocketed the money, but his conscience did not permit him to do so. Such citizens make a nation. Honesty helps to build trust, improve relationship and develop societies. That’s why honesty is important to live freely and happily. We want to accumulate more and more wealth and we do not spare a thought for the poor. Let’s adopt philanthropy as it is rightly said ‘do good and have good’.

Gurdev Singh, Mohali

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