"WHY IS IT," ASKS A WELL-TO-DO INDIAN EX PATRIATE, "THAT ONE NEVER GETS ANY REPLY OR ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FROM AN INDIAN CABINET MINISTER, M.P., GOVERNOR, CHIEF MINISTER, OR OFFICIAL?"
......................THEY JUST KEEP MUM.
In the West, not to reply any letter within a reasonable time, say between one day to one week, is considered very bad manners and an insult to the writer of the letter. This happens only with our Indian leaders and those who are 'dead'.
It is called "flogging a dead horse". If they do not or can not reply, then, so to speak, they are 'dead'. They CAN'T be alive. Can they?
In England (possibly in Germany, France and the United States, too) you get a reply / acknowledgement by the return of post.
After the massacre of Sikhs in the wake of Indira KHAN's assassination, I sent the front page of "The Punjab Times" to Her Majesty, which showed a Sikh Child burnt to death.
That was his homeland, that was his country and that was his land of roots, Gurus and Avatara where Rajiv KHAN had let loose his killer brigade.
"I got an acknowledgment to say that Her Majesty has received the letter."
I wrote again to enquire, "Has her Majesty actually seen the Page?"
I got another letter from Her Majesty's Secretary saying, "the Page was laid before Her Majesty."
On the contrary my petition to Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, insured for £GB 800, was refused by Rajive's Secretariat.
The Dead Letter Office in the United Kingdom asked me to give them more details about the recepient.
I wrote to them, "Ask any dog in the streets of Delhi who Rajiv Gandhi is."
(NB: PERHAPS THE SON OF A "WITCH" IS MORE POPULAR IN INDIA BY THE NAME OF "BOFORS CHOR"!)
Mrs. Margaret Thatcher, when she was the Prime Minister, appointed a Minister responsible to see that EACH AND EVERY LETTER was answered promptly.
The classic example of this great nation is Gibraltar: See "The Daily Telegraph", London, of May 21, 2002, p 4. There are more e-mails and letters than people living there in the Colony.
Gibraltar, which has been in British hands for 300 years, is around three miles long and less than a mile wide, but has always been of great strategic importance as a British navel and air base.
The Gibraltar Government asked the people to support them to remain under British sovereignity.
The population is 3,000 but they received 17,000 e-mails and 20,000 letters.
Chief Minister Mr. Caruana says he plans to reply to every letter.
Where are the rulers, administrators and officials of India?
.........................Any body there!
..................Are we flogging the 'DEAD HORSE'?