Sycophants are found in every country of the world but no one can beat our sycophants. They are specialists in their art. The other day one of them was heard saying that get us any honest, pious man, we would corrupt him in six months. In Pakistan, they are proud of their success - they have managed to surround our rulers in such a way that they just cannot go anywhere near a newspaper or TV channel. They only show the bright side of the picture to the ruler saying the public is very happy as honey and milk are flowing in the canals of the country. They make sure that rulers go to bed peacefully drunk with the opiate of power. These sycophants had made Gen Ayub Khan a Field Martial by convincing him that it was the demand of the public. Poor public didn't even know what Field Martial was. General Ayub was not the only victim. There are many others like him who fell prey to their craft. I know it is impossible to get rid of sycophants but one could hoodwink them and try to see the realities of life and solve them. -COL (Retd) R.M. AKHTAR, Lahore, via e-mail, August 19.