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LettersFrom Ishwerbhai Patel
Durrant Court, Harrow Weald, Harrow
I was most impressed with India Link, its glossy finish and in- depth articles contributed by well known authors, and regular columns by Krishan Dutt, B.Mathur and others. I recommend it to all our friends and acquaintances. I wish and pray that IL is read by vast members of the Indian community.
I am so happy to read Bhupendra Gandhi’s articles; and must congratulate you for giving him his regular column “From Far and Near”, which we all read with interest and anticipation. We specially enjoyed his articles on culture and Hindu mythology.
I may be getting sentimetal in my twilight years(early eighties); but can not help remembering the immortal song sung by my favourite singer late Mukesh “Do din ke leeye meheman yahan: Maloom nahi manzil he kahan”(We are all guests on this earth for a few days; no one knows what our final detination is .)
To the Editor
One man’s poison is another man’s meat.
I have listened with interest to the recent debate about mercy killing. I have also heard some very interesting statements from the Men of God that doctors should kill the pain and not the patient. I have never come across a doctor who has entered his profession with a view not to kill the pain and suffering of his fellow human beings.
It is also easy to make statements which are designed to be politically correct. The reality is that doctors reluctantly agree to end a patient’s life when there is no further treatment possible and the patients and family are suffering unnecessarily. This tragic action is always taken as a last resort and with the approval of all concerned.
On the other hand, if the person is kept alive just in body and not in spirit and personal dignity and made to suffer, then one man’s pain can become another man’s gain. When more pain and suffering is generated in the world the more we will all turn to the representatives of God for comfort, peace and hope.
I recall watching on TV, a holy man dressed in an ornate robe visiting the slums in an air-conditioned car protected by bodyguards. He was preaching to these miserable people not to use contraceptives against AIDS or family planning. He was saying that life is God’s gift and must be preserved at any cost. I felt that what he was saying was that as long as you are in this state, you will always look to me for salvation.
The irony is that the holy men rely on donations from these people who are suffering yet they are told how they should lead their lives and connect with their maker.
In this world, a person with a little brain is ruled by one with a bigger brain. In my opinion there are two types of people who have a bigger brain than the rest of us – holy men and politicians. We all know that politicians have double standards- one for the public and one for themselves. Very few politicians are like Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela who practiced what they preached. Similarly, holy men expect us to live in poverty and in shanty towns whereas they themselves live in palatial dwellings.
Dr.Rami Ranger MBE, FRSA
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