Delhi, not India, gained from CWG
In his article Is this how we want the world to see India? (Counterpoint, October 17), though Vir Sanghvi analyses the Commonwealth Games mess, he doesn’t touch upon the other bigger Problem: the deplorable condition of talented sportspersons in India. Building world-class stadiums isn’t enough. The government must invest in providing better training facilities for our athletes.
Pooja Jain, Delhi
I agree with Sanghvi that the CWG did not work to advance India’s global image. Delhi, however, benefited from the event. It has got a much-needed facelift. If the Games budget was properly audited, no official would have been able to siphon off the Games funds. The money ‘saved’ could have been used to provide better facilities to people in other cities too.
Neha Singhal, Delhi
The money spent on the CWG belonged to all taxpayers. Yet, people from the North-east or South did not benefit in anyway from the event. Delhiites are the only beneficiaries. The government should revise its policies and make the people of the host state pay for it. It should also realise that Delhi alone doesn’t make up India.
Bhartendu Sood, Chandigarh
A sinking feeling
With reference to Manas Chakravarty’s article Natak in Karnataka (Loose Canon, October 17), the ongoing political drama in Karnataka reflects badly on our democracy. Irrespective of what political parties they belong to, all MLAs in Karnataka share the blame for the political crisis. Governor H.R. Bhardwaj has misused his constitutional privileges and further complicated the matter. The Centre should learn a lesson from this episode and be more careful while appointing state governors.
Piyush Parashar, Jabalpur
The BJP is in a losing battle for power in Karnataka. The way its MLAs behaved in the assembly during the trust vote proved that the party can stoop to any level to save its government from falling. The Speaker, too, failed to perform his duty by not counting the votes. The only way to resolve the Karnataka imbroglio is by imposing President’s role in the state.
Bhagwan B. Thadani, Mumbai
You name it
It was interesting to read Karan Thapar’s article Game of the name (Sunday Sentiments, October 17), especially the bit on Nigerians’ habit of naming their children after the days of the week. It reminded me of our driver in Nigeria, whose name was Friday. There is no dearth of ‘odd’ names in India. Once, during my stay in Bihar, the adivasi girl looking after my daughter shared her name with a district in Sikkim, Sombari. One of my friend’s elder sister’s name is Iti, which means ‘end’. It’s a different matter that her parents had six children after her.
Ashok Ghosh, via email