Congratulations to Abhinav Bindra. His golden shot has not only earned him the top spot but has also helped shoot India’s image up in the international sporting arena. He has realised the dream of a billion Indians with this pre-Independence Day gift to the nation. We wish him further success and hope that this will inspire the flagging morale of our other Olympians.
Tauhid Nasir, Delhi
Apropos of N Chandra Mohan’s article Crowning glory (Deep Fish, August 11), no politician with an anti-sports mind-set should ever head the Sports Ministry. As far as the Olympics go, frustration and anger will lead to the usual blame game. Things are quite similar to when our cricket team wins a tournament. Crores of rupees are showered on a few players and we all feel on top of the world. This is only temporary and then it is business as usual.
Ashok Ghosh, via email
Take the high road to peace
Apropos of Pankaj Vohra’s article A decision on J&K now (Between Us, August 11), it is unfortunate that a rare example of a decades-old peaceful religious activity like the Amarnath Yatra has been hijacked by separatists and certain political parties for narrow self-interest. Finding the ground slipping from under their feet, they have used the issue of land ownership to fan communal fire through mischievous rumours and misinformation. Pilgrims have never bothered to find out who owns the land. All that they care for is that they are provided basic facilities.
OP Tandon via email
The word ‘plebiscite’, first mentioned by Jawaharlal Nehru in 1947 in the context of J&K, has repeatedly come back to haunt India. Grants after grants have been given to J&K, but central governments have miserably failed to win over the separatist forces in the Valley, who never fail to raise the bogey of the ‘open road to Muzaffarabad’. The question is: for how long can the government allow Indian taxpayers to be blackmailed?
NL Bhardwaf, Delhi
Goodbye to a patron saint
The report From Ireland with Love (August 12) about a charity programme in Ireland to raise funds for Kolkata’s destitute children was shocking. Bleeding-heart foreigners seem to have made it a point to offer us alms when we may not even need them. This is not to say that Kolkata feeds its own destitute children. But we really do not need ‘automatic’ outside help. Enough of the ‘Mother Teresa’ affliction. It’s time we sit up and take care of our own needy people.
Tiri Sengupta, via email