Gary Kirsten's Midas touch got India the cricket World Cup
This refers to the report Guru Gary bows out, on a high (April 6). Gary Kirsten's contribution to India's World Cup triumph has been invaluable. He pitched in at a time when Team India's performance was down and things were falling apart. Kirsten's guidance was instrumental in inculcating the perfect blend of aggression, maturity and composure in the team. He was also successful in bringing out the extraordinary leadership skills of MS Dhoni. We wish Kirsten the best in his future endeavours.
Padmanabh Subramanian, Mumbai
Going back to the basics
With reference to the report Village has no road or water (April 7), it is quite unfortunate that with two representatives in the Lok Sabha and three in the assembly, Titidanga, a hamlet of just 2,000 people in West Bengal, still do not have metalled road, potable water or a health centre even 64 years after Independence. This shows that successive government schemes have failed to improve the living conditions of the poor. If India lives in its villages, the government must ensure that they are provided with electricity, metalled roads, potable drinking water, healthcare, schools and other basic facilities.
Sravana Ramachandran, Ooty
Bordering on despair
With reference to the editorial Beyond dispute (The Pundit, April 8), the official confirmation that the British created the Kashmir problem has come too late. Gilgit, with borders close to China and Russia, had strategic importance and the western powers needed to maintain their control over it. Unfortunately, Jawaharlal Nehru failed to see through this British gameplan.
JL Ganjoo, Delhi