Curtain falls on a jumbo career
With reference to the report Jumbo quits (November 3), Anil Kumble’s decision to hang up his boots on the very turf on which he had a record-setting spell of 10 wickets against Pakistan was unexpected but memorable nonetheless. He is a great match-winner for his side. He deserves the respect of every Indian. Of late, his bowling lacked the penetration, line and length that was his forte. The decision to quit seems to be timely. What is important is that Kumble has retired gracefully and with full honours.
K Venkataraman, Delhi
Form joint front against terror
The report India wants answers (November 1) seeks answers to a very valid question. ‘Is India the new Iraq’? But who are we railing at? Are our political leaders capable of containing faceless terror when they can’t deliver even basic rules of governance? The hurly- burly is seen only on the first day after each bomb attack and fizzles out after a while. And after every bomb blast what follows are lengthy debates that begin at the lowly police station and go up to Parliament. May we please know under whose jurisdiction an act of terrorism falls.
Balvinder Singh, via email
The terror attacks killing dozens and injuring hundreds in Assam speak volumes for the failure of our intelligence agencies. While the terrorists are able to carry out their nefarious designs at will, people get only tall promises from leaders, routinely parroting “those responsible will not be spared". How long will this hogwash go on?
SK Gupta, via email
The suggestion in the editorial Trial by terror, this time it’s Assam (Our Take, October 31) that politicians must come together to tackle terrorism is timely. But do the politicians have any concern for the common man? No law can be effective unless the government, intelligence and security agencies have the will to implement it strongly.
MD Wasay Zafar, Patna
The report Terror is international crisis, it will have its impact (November 1), quoting Pranab Mukherjee suggests that the UPA government has given up on fighting terror. India must realise the urgency of the situation and must learn how countries like the US and Britain have achieved results in countering terrorism.
Pramod Narain, Lucknow
terrorists have hit major cities like Delhi, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and now the state of Assam. They are clearly taking advantage of our weak political framework and lack of an effective security system. This is not the time to blame each other but to come together and fight those who are against humanity, harmony and peace.
Kanika Tiwari, via email
No insurance against misuse
Apropos of the report Insurance FDI lift gets going (November 1), the decision to raise the FDI limit in insurance has been rightly opposed by the Leftists and affiliated trade unions, as this could place our domestic savings in the hands of foreign capital. The insurance industry mobilises people’s savings for further investment in infrastructure and other key areas. But will the foreign companies want to inject money back into the economy? Also, opening up the insurance sector might pose a threat to our economic sovereignty.
Yugal Kishore Sharma, via email