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Despite hurdles, the government must try to pass the sports bill

india Updated: Jul 01, 2011 23:05 IST
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2012 London Olympics

Despite hurdles, the government must try to pass the sports bill

This refers to Gulu Ezekiel’s article On the wrong track (June 25). It’s unfortunate that India is in danger of being banned from the 2012 London Olympics due to “governmental interference” in sports. It is true that politicians and bureaucrats control sports in the country and they are against the passage of the national sports development bill since it will make it tougher for them to control the sports federations. Despite such hurdles, the government must try to pass this very important bill in Parliament.

Bal Govind, Noida

No one’s above the law

In his article Scared of the spark (June 25), Rajinder Sachar makes a convincing case for the inclusion of the prime minister in the Lokpal Bill. It’s true that the prime minister can be tried under the Prevention of Corruption Act. But, as Sachar rightly states, “our past experience does not show that all our PMs have been angels”. In a democracy, nobody is above the law. If the UPA and Manmohan Singh are confident that they have nothing to hide, then they should not oppose civil society’s demands.

JM Manchanda, Delhi

All words and little power

Through his interaction with selective editors, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday tried to convince us that contrary to popular perception, he is very much in command of the UPA 2 government (PM’s media outreach, June 30). However, his statem-ent about meeting UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi at least once every week shows that he enjoys limited power.

R Maleyvar, via email