The editorial The mirror cracked (August 9) was right in its assessment that Natwar Singh has inflicted considerable damage to his own reputation and his party’s. Now that Natwar and his son’s lies stand exposed, the law should take its course.
If only Natwar Singh had handled the issue of the Pathak report with patience, he would not have faced expulsion from his party. By making the Prime Minister his target, he has made himself his own enemy. The sad part is that the winners in this drama are opportunists like Amar Singh and Yashwant Sinha who are certainly not interested in what happens to Natwar Singh. They are only using him to attack the PM and stall the functioning of Parliament.
Everyone wants to know why Natwar Singh chose to fight back instead of expressing regret or at least keeping silent. As a former diplomat and minister, everyone expected some measure of decency from him. He misused his position and brought disrepute not only to his party but to the foreign office which once was his professional forte.
Keep the spirit
Apropos of the editorial When gentlemen turn boors (August 9), racism seems to be rife in the gentlemen’s game, with examples ranging from Lehmann to Dean Jones. It seems players do not complain for fear of reprisal. The ICC should try to bring back the glory of cricket and this can only be achieved by banning guilty players.
Aman P Gaurav
Dean Jones’s indiscreet remark against Hashim Amla was unfortunate and unfair. But since Jones has tendered an unqualified apology to the cricketer, the matter should have ended there. A temporary suspension from being on air would have met the ends of justice.
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