Let’s talk about Tendulkar now
With reference to Indrajit Hazra in Warm, fuzzy, Indian (Red Herring, December 2), the author seems to be mocking Sourav Ganguly’s attempts to make another comeback to the field. But instead of making fun of India’s most successful Test captain, Hazra should have written about how Sachin Tendulkar is clinging to his place even though he has been out of form for quite some time now.
-Susmita Chatterjee, via email
India must give its women their due
Zofeen Maqsood and Samar Khurshid’s article Beauty and the beast (The Big Story, December 2) have done a good job at bringing to the fore the true status of women in India. Unless we start giving women their due, the country will not progress.
-MK Kumar, via email
It’s now or never
With reference to the article The party could be over (Chanakya, December 2), the author is right in stating that unless Uddhav Thack-eray is able to effect a sea change in the Shiv Sena, it may be the end of Bal Thackeray’s party. The problem with Uddhav is that he is not as vocal about his politics as his cousin and MNS leader Raj Thackeray. The latter is a good orator, has a strong control over his own party and has won many seats even with the Shiv Sena, the BJP, the NCP and the Congress in the political fray. For Uddhav, the writing on the wall is clear now: perform or perish.
-Gulshan Kumar, via email
I think Raj’s position in the political theatre in Maharashtra is much stronger than that of Uddhav’s. It is only a matter of time before the MNS leader grabs the Sena vote-bank and fills the void created by his late uncle Bal Thackeray’s death.
-Sanjeev Jaggi, via email
Many dreams, little reality
With reference to Manas Chakravarty’s article Its fruity flavours (Loose Canon, December 2), BR Ambedkar once spoke at length about how corrupt politicians can affect a democracy adversely and the need for intra-party democracy in India. In that same speech, he also exhorted politicians to do their best to remove social and economic inequalities. But sadly none of this has happened. While reading the Chakravarty’s article, I remembered something else Ambedkar had said. He expressed the opinion that with Independence, we had greater responsibilities and that if things went wrong, we would have nobody to blame except ourselves. Sadly today, the blame game is the order of the day in politics.
-P Saravana Durai, Mumbai
Don’t forget their sacrifices
With reference to Karan Thapar’s article When life is cheap (Sunday Sentiments, December 2), it is shameful that neither the UPA government nor any other political party has done anything for the families of Captain Saurabh Kalia and the five soldiers who were captured and brutally killed by the Pakistani forces during the Kargil war in May 1999. I hope the Supreme Court will direct the central government to take these cases to the International Court of Justice because the Pakistani army violated the Geneva Convention that establishes the standards of international law for the humanitarian treatment of prisoners of war. No wonder, India is often called a soft State by the international community.
-Ranjit K Chandan, via email
I think the India government is unwilling to rake up the cases of Captain Kalia and five other soldiers at the International Court of Justice because its own human rights record is not all that clean.
-Manju Pant, Kanpur
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