Complacency among players is affecting Indian cricket
It’s true that victory and defeat are part of the game. But when it comes to the Indian cricket team, it seems our players have lost the desire to win. The team lacks consistency. It seems that our players don’t want to learn from their mistakes. This is affecting our success rate, which is going from bad to worse. The Australian captain Ricky Ponting and his boys deserve praise for their never-say-die attitude that has helped them win the series. Our players should take a few lessons from their competitors if they wish to dominate the cricketing world in the future.
Amit Bhandari, Delhi
SIM ban will curb violence
The Home Ministry’s directive to ban the use of pre-paid SIM cards in Jammu and Kashmir is a wise move (Lose trust, lose support, Our Take, November 7). Instead of showing their displeasure, the people of the Valley should realise that the decision will help the government fight violence. The pre-paid service has many loopholes that the terrorists exploit to execute their evil plans.
Sunil Kadian, Gurgaon
Though the ban will affect the lives of many people and mean huge losses for mobile operators in the Valley, it will ultimately benefit them by curbing violence in the region. It is easy to obtain a pre-paid mobile connection by furnishing false documents. So, a ban on the services is the only way to stop terrorists from misusing them. After all, security of the state and its people is above all.
Mrityunjay Mukherjee, via email
Set your priorities right
Kudos to Hindustan Times for highlighting the pitiable state of government hospitals in the capital (Delhi first, sick clinics, November 9). The government is happily squandering millions in the name of organising the Commonwealth Games 2010. But it’s unable to provide even basic facilities like health care, power and water to the people of Delhi. Considering that the city is marred by crumbling infrastructure and shabby services, the government seems to have failed to prioritise its tasks.
Shyam Sethi, via email
The problem migrates to MP
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s concern over the migration of people to his state is justified (MP CM does a Raj Thackeray, November 7). If people from other states are given preference over the locals, it will affect the livelihood of the latter. This could lead to conflict among the groups, as witnessed in Maharashtra recently. The Centre and state governments should work towards increasing job opportunities in all parts of the country so that the problem of migration is resolved.
Kajal Chatterjee, Kolkata