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Giving the Nobel Peace Prize to Obama is a hasty decision

india Updated: Oct 12, 2009 00:25 IST

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Giving the Nobel Peace Prize to Obama is a hasty decision

There is no denying that US President Barack Obama is a good administrator and an orator par excellence. But the Nobel Peace Prize selection committee seems to have forgotten that Obama’s promises have not been translated into actions yet (Nobel wins an Obama, Our Take, October 10). It is a different matter to want a peaceful world and another to work towards realising this dream. What’s more surprising is that Obama himself has indirectly hinted that he doesn’t deserve this award. His winning the coveted prize has raised serious questions on the eligibility of the members of the Nobel selection committee.

Sravana Ramachandran, Ooty

It’s either now or never

The editorial The need to recapture India (Our Take, October 9) rightly posits that come what may, the Centre should put an end to red terror at the earliest. It is commonsense that a handful of trained commandoes are no match for thousands of well-armed Naxal guerrillas. The government should treat the cold-blooded murder of 18 police officers as a warning sign. Ignoring the problem will only help extremists extend their control over other regions.

Sujay Mukherjee, via email

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There is an urgent need to kickstart development-related activities, reduce the divide between the haves and the have-nots and provide sophisticated arms to our security personnel, if the government wants to root out Naxalism. Also, the State needs to be more sensitive towards the needs of the poorest of our country while promoting industrial growth. It should remember that no two regions are similar and a single approach towards development will not reap desired results in the entire country.

Naresh Kapoor, Gurgaon

Turning Gandhi into a brand

Ramachandra Guha’s thought-provoking article Hardselling Gandhi (History Matters, October 7) exposed our hypocrisy. The practice of turning big names and public figures into brands is a common one abroad. It’s a business strategy that cannot go wrong. On the contrary, if an Indian company had used Bapu’s name to sell its goods, it would have been admonished, or even banned, on moralistic grounds. But when a big multi-national company like Montblanc offers a special edition, expensive range of pens in the memory of the Mahatma, even his grandson doesn’t object.

Amit Kumar Verma, Gurgaon

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Mrinal Pande in her article Oye Gandhi, Gandhi oye (October 8) wrongly states that the 241 pieces of the special edition Montblanc pen dedicated to the Mahatma mark the 241 days of the Dandi march. Instead, the number is an acknowledgement of the 241 miles that Bapu travelled during the march.

Saurav Gupta, Delhi

Too many matches spoil the fun

The editorial Er, more cricket? (The Pundit, October 7) was timely and rightly suggested that excess of anything, including cricket, is bad. The joy of watching a good game of cricket is slowly fading away with various tournaments scheduled in quick succession. This has diminished the importance of statistics, as records are made and broken almost every day. No other sport follows this trend because it affects players’ fitness levels and form. Both players and cricketing boards across the world should realise that their greed is affecting the game.

Jayalakshmi Chellappa, via email