The day present government took over, the gap between government and the public started to widen. Now it has reached a stage where neither the government nor the public know which way it is going. Rulers are busy entertaining foreign VVIPs in lavish banquets. People are never told what gets discussed daily between the masters of our destiny and their masters. They have a right to know about these discussions unless it is very top of the top-secrets. The rulers must not treat the public as a herd of sheep. The public is intelligent and has learnt a lot during last few years. They know the right from wrong and cannot be fooled any longer. The rulers are requested to talk plainly with the people telling them what exactly is going on in the country. Keeping them in the dark is not good for people, or for that matter, the rulers. -COL (Retd) R. M. AKHTAR, Lahore, via e-mail, July 11.