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Brand aid for the economy

With reference to the editorial Bankroll that sticky wicket (Our Take, February 9), the auctioning of cricketers has brought much-needed relief in troubled times.

india Updated: Feb 10, 2009 22:17 IST

Brand aid for the economy
With reference to the editorial Bankroll that sticky wicket (Our Take, February 9), the auctioning of cricketers has brought much-needed relief in troubled times. The IPL has helped lift the gloom from the economic recession. The prices that the cricketers have been offered reflect our spending abilities even in difficult times. This has instilled a sense of optimism in the Indian market and may help boost our economy. Cricket is no longer just a sport in India. It has become a powerful vehicle for promoting business products and new brands.
K Venkataraman, Delhi

Always moving backwards
With reference to the report Poll 2009 campaign is on (February 9), almost all political parties have failed to identify the real issues that are posing a threat to India's progress. Instead, everybody is trying to mislead the masses with false hopes and the usual hollow promises. It is unfortunate that the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate still wishes to cash in on the Ram temple issue in the upcoming election. Kalyan Singh and Mulayan Singh Yadav, once arch political rivals, have joined hands just before the elections. This is proof of the utter degradation of and opportunism in our political system. What nobody understands is that people want honest and competent leaders who have a vision for national development.
SK Wasan, Noida

Get extreme with extremists
Apropos of the report Naxals kill 10 cops in Bihar (February 10), it is a matter of great concern that extremist groups are killing our security personnel with such impunity. It is high time that our politicians tackle the Naxal menace. They can perhaps take a lesson from their Sri Lankan counterparts who have nearly eliminated the LTTE from their soil. The lack of an efficient strategy and modern ammunition has already cost us many lives. We are quick to comment on the presence of the Taliban in Pakistan, but have no answers for the Naxal problem in our own country.
Sujay Shankar, via email

No one to protect them
Apropos of the report Army veterans return medals in protest (February 9), it is a painful reminder of how politicians have broken the promises they made to our national heroes. The government has done little to boost the morale of our soldiers and has always remained apathetic to armymen’s needs. Retired personnel should be provided with certain facilities and services which they deserve. It is the armed forces that protect the nation and prevent it from disintegrating in times of crises. The government should at least provide them with viable alternatives if it feels their demands are unjust.
Raghubir Singh, Pune

Sorry attempt at saying sorry
Pankaj Vohra in The mysterious Kalyan-Mulayam alliance (February 9), has rightly pointed out that just before the general elections, all political parties use their skills to grab public attention. It seems that the Mulayam-Kalyan alliance will affect the Muslim votebank for the SP. Kalyan Singh did not express his grief over the Babri masjid issue when he was the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. His actions at that time aroused resentment between Hindus and Muslims, which still persists. Now he has apologised and accepted responsibility only to appease Muslims in UP. He should realise that his apology will not cover up his misdeeds.
Abdul Hannan, Saudi Arabia

Pak’s not fooling anyone
In the report Pak ducks and weaves (February 10), Pakistan has conducted itself in a shameless manner. Despite India’s dossier which provides concrete evidence to prove Pakistan’s involvement in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, Islamabad has unceremoniously refused to accept its mistake. The Pakistani leadership seems to have mastered the art of passing the buck. Earlier it blamed Bangladesh, now it has shifted the onus onto Austria and Dubai. This shows Pakistan’s desperation in trying to divert world attention from the issue of terrorism.
Abhishek Nagar, Delhi