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Address poverty first, showcase mega sports events later

india Updated: Apr 20, 2010 00:02 IST

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Address poverty first, showcase mega sports events later
The report New figure for poor: 372m (April 18) paints a dismal picture of a country that aspires towards becoming a superpower someday. With as many as 372 million people living below the poverty line and the government’s food subsidy bill standing at Rs 75,000 crore, one wonders whether the Centre should spend so much on the upcoming Commonwealth Games. It makes no sense for any government to splurge on an event that has no bearing on to the nation’s hungry millions. All the glitz and glamour may provide India with a facelift but will hardly solve any of its core problems.
MC Joshi, Lucknow

The mystery of Benazir’s death
The report UN report slams Pakistan (April 18) on the murder of Benazir Bhutto failed to unmask the perpetrators of the crime. The report comes across as a farce since it only deals with generalisations and says nothing new. It talks about the circumstances that lead to her death and the usual rumours surrounding it. Regrettably, Bhutto’s assassination will always remain a mystery. The report has also confirmed that highly-respected international investigation bodies are not as good at their jobs as is claimed.
Syed Zaki Ahmed, Riyadh

Mother Nature holds sway
The report Iceland’s volcanic ash halts Europe air traffic (April 16) makes one feel that irrespective of how science has progressed, Nature still holds sway over our planet. The recent volcanic eruption shows that no matter how fast we might be advancing, Nature always has the power to slow us down.
Vasudevan, Mumbai

A great sport is in jeopardy
With reference to the report Beyond the boundary (April 17), cricket as a sport in India seems to have become synonymous with corruption. It’s regrettable that a sport, so highly esteemed in the past, has fallen prey to the sleaze of money and power. The Indian Premier League fiasco has only jeopardised the future of a great sport. This needs to stop immediately so that respect for the game is restored.
Debanjan Banerjee, Kolkata

It’s appalling to see how no one kept a track of the finances involved before the IPL controversy erupted. The ugly fallout involving Lalit Modi, Shashi Tharoor and the BCCI simply reflects how cricket has become a mere pawn in the hands of profit-oriented individuals who have no regard for the game. It reveals the extent of the rot in Indian sports.
Shanmugam Mudaliar, Pune