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letters@hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, November 21, 2012
First Published: 21:09 IST(21/11/2012)
Last Updated: 21:10 IST(21/11/2012)

Instead of doctoring pitches, India must play by the rules
This refers to the report Dhoni slammed for doctored pitch rant (November 21). MS Dhoni should not have instructed the curators to prepare a pitch that favours spinners, as it is against the rules of the game. The team cannot ask groundsmen for modifications that give one team an undue advantage over others. This explains why our team fails to perform abroad. Dhoni and his team members should work hard to put up a good fight rather than seeking short-cuts.
-GK Arora, Delhi

A most unsocial act
I wholeheartedly agree with the editorial Not terribly social (November 21) that the social media is here to stay and politicians should not get touchy. Arresting two girls for expressing their views on a social network, which did not go down well with Shiv Sainiks, goes against their right to freedom of speech, which the Constitution guarantees to every Indian. I would also like to applaud the Press Council of India for its prompt condemnation of the Maharashtra police. The comment did not hurt any group or community. The police action is not a tribute to Bal Thackeray, as the Shiv Sainiks claim. Instead, it is a blot on our democracy.
-Ramesh Sinha, Gurgaon

Giving only one side of the story
In his article We all fall down (November 20) Israel’s ambassador to India Alon Ushpiz tries hard to put the blame for the ongoing battle between Israel and Palestine on Hamas. But that’s not true. While he mourns the death of three Israelis in a rocket attack from Palestine, Ushpiz keeps quiet about Israel’s killing of more than 100 Pale-stinians in the present conflict. Further, he tries to equate Hamas with Lashkar-e-Taiba because Hamas is not ready to make peace with Israel on the latter’s terms. If Israel really cares about lives on both sides of the border, it should urge the UN to intervene. Firing rockets at Gaza is not the solution.
-Amir Bashir, Delhi

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