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From: Kumudini D. Valambhia
Kingsbury, London
Advantages Of Marriage By Introduction Dear Sir

The problem our youngsters are having in finding a life partner is a timely reminder to our community how well the system of marriage by introduction has served our Hindu community. It should not be confused with the old tradition of arranged marriages, which was practised mainly among our community in East Africa and India, during the post war era, where the participants, especially the girls were more or less denied the right of refusal.

In sharp contrast, the system of marriage by introduction only brings boys and girls together. They go out several times and assess the strength and weaknesses, likes and dislikes of each other before the knot is tied and the union become permanent. So often boys are introduced to many girls and the girls have equal right to say "No" to any one they may feel is not a right partner for them.

This system brings together boys and girls of equal stature, such as a doctor may prefer another doctor, a nurse or a pharmacist while an accountant may choose someone working in a financial environment. This gives stability, equal opportunity, similar background and assimilation of lifestyle and therefore, the rate of divorce in our community is much lower than the national average. May I be brave and say it brings happiness and contentment in the lives of our children?

Another pattern that is emerging is that our children are finding their own partners while at college. As our children are kind, caring, intelligent and duty bound, most of them select their life partners who meet the approval of their parents, as they are Hindus and Gujaratis but not necessarily from their own caste.

They are uniting our community and breaking the much maligned caste system that used to divide our Hindu community. It is even more heartening to note that more and more of our youngsters find their partners in the Punjabi Hindu and Sikh community, thus creating a harmonious and mellifluous atmosphere between this two dominant ethnic minorities in UK.

However, it has its shortfalls as well. Some are marrying too young, some while they are still at college and financially dependent on their parents. This may cause a problem when they come out from their college and enter the job market, especially when there is a recession and jobs are scarce. Another worrying aspect is that our youngsters are going after grand marriages, often costing thousands of pounds but fortunately now a days the cost is shared by both the families and no longer a sole responsibility of the girl's family.

We recently attended a marriage reception, held in a grand hotel, with some one thousand guests, where the bride arrived by helicopter and the champagne was drunk like water. As both the parties were millionaire, the cost did not matter. However, I cannot help thinking how many schools and health clinics could be built in our motherland Bharat from the money lavishly spent on just one marriage?

Yours Sincerely

Kumudini Valambhia

From: Mr. Rajinder Chopra
Finchley, London
Honouring Lal Bahadur Shastri (1904 - 1966)

Dear Sir,

We are delighted to learn that this year (2nd Oct 2003 -2nd October 2004), India will be celebrating the birth centenary of the second Prime minister of India, Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri.

The late lal Bahadur Shastri was a true patriot, secular and man of integrity. He made us proud by his resolute leadership during the 1965 Indo-Pak war and restroing the Indian honour by addressing the victorious Indian soldiers on the outskirts of Lahore, Pakistan.

He was also a person of great vision who inspired the farmers through green revolution and made India not only self-sufficient in food but also ensured that some other countries could benefit as well.

As a British Hindu, I believe that this great personality who inspired the soldiers and farmers of India by his simple but effective slogan "Jai Jawan Jai Kisan" and who also shares the same birthdate as the Mahatma, should be remembered in all functions connected with Gandhi Jayanti. He should also be honoured by naming jos borti as Shastri Nagar.Hoping that the Centenary celebrations may become a source of inspiration to all

Yours sincerely

Rajinder Chopra

From: Mohan K. Parashara
Wembley, Middlesex
General Comments & Observations
Dear Sir,

After coming back from India, I read India Link Diwali Issue and the Dec03/Jan04 Issue. In both the issues, under Business Forum Section, the contributions made by P. Venkataramana under the titles, "The Living Spirit" and "No Man's Wealth" were very inspiring.

Also I must add here, I always like to read Sashanka Banerjee's contributions under Politics Section. He always gives wealth of historical information and interesting commentary. Please convey my appreciation and good wishes to them.

My Good Wishes to you, and to contributors and readers of India Link magazine.

Yours sincerely

Mohan K Parashara
Jae-Sung Rhee
Korea Tourist Office, London SW1
Seoul - Soul Of South Korea
Dear Sir,

Thank you for sending me your very informative magazine containing article entitled 'Seoul: Soul of South Korea.' I very much enjoyed reading the well-written travel feature, and I think Krishan Dutt has captured the essence of the City very well.

I am glad Mr Dutt had the opportunity to visit Seoul and write about it in your magazine. I hope your readers will follow in your Chief Reporter's footsteps and visit Korea.

Kind regards

Jae-Sung Rhee
K. Dewan
London, N12
General Comments & Observations
Dear Sir,

I wish to say something about the India Link issue of Dec-Jan04. The article 'No man's Wealth' by Mr Venkataramana does not seem to deal with anything particular except the confused metaphysics of the South Indian fashion.

It s also an example of our Indian hypocrisy. We want wealth and good life without having to go through the hard work and tough reality of creating wealth through sheer hard work. I think this article was of rather poor quality and took some valuable space of your journal. It is not readable.

Yours sincerely

K. Dewan
Dr. S.K. Das
Surrey, United Kingdom
Is Pakistan A Threat?
Dear Sir,

In the light of the recent revelations made by escaping Pakistani nuclear scientists, it was very interesting to see the role of General Musharraf of Pakistan in proliferating nuclear technologies to nations clearly labelled as 'rogue' and 'evil' by the US. It looks as if he is slowly unveiling himself and h is compatriots as being the very thing that the US and Britain claim to be fighting to destroy. General Muwsharraf 's accomplices include Benazir Bhutto and General Zia-ul-Huq as well as many high-ranking members of the Pakistani government and military. There have also been suggestions of the heavy involvement of the Pakistani ISI (Intelligence services), which may have close ties to international terror groups.

All this has been going on under the noses of the West whilst General Musharraf has been extending his right hand to India in peace and telling the US 'not to worry' as' he is there to help remove all the baddies in Pakistan and the Middle East. It looks like the time has come for the US and Britain to put thieir money where their mouths are and actually do something to stop the flagrant proliferation of weapons of mass destruction around the world.

Failure to properly and finally deal with pakistan's flagrant breaking of international law will not only make the US and Britain a laughing stock in the eyes of the world, but will also give a clear signal to dangerous nations such as Iran, North Korea, Syria, Libya and even potentially dangerous places such as parts of Malaysia and Sri Lanka that it is OK for them to develop nuclear arms as long as they don't get in the way of the interests of US oil companies.

Yours truly,

S.K. Das

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