This is with reference to the report Chand rises, shines for Fiza again (June 15). It is disheartening to see how the media have hyped the issue of the on-again, off-again sham between Chand Mohammed and Fiza, by giving the pair undue coverage. The entire episode seems to have been scripted to gain media attention, and the media seem to have fallen for it hook, line and sinker. There are other, better news items that should be getting front page coverage, rather than this farce. May I request the Indian media to stop obliging Chand and Fiza. Enough is enough.
Ambuj Jain, Delhi
Not really having a ball
Sunday’s cricket match between India and England was a disappointment for millions of fans as India lost and, as a result, had to bow out of the tournament. Our players seemed tired and unexcited throughout the match, perhaps because they have been playing a lot of late. Organisers of such tournaments make teams play too many matches only to earn revenues. But this affects the players’ stamina and they are unable to perform at crucial times. The blame for this defeat cannot go to the organisers alone. MS Dhoni’s idea behind sending inexperienced players to bat before senior batsmen was a mistake for which the team had to pay dearly. The team should learn some lessons from this defeat.
India’s defeat has raised pertinent questions about the team’s credibility. It is true that Dhoni trusted a junior player and gave him an opportunity to prove himself in a crucial game. But wasn’t it also the responsibility of the player to not let his captain down? Also, it is tough for a team to play two tournaments in quick succession. Immediately after the IPL, our players had to play the World Cup. T20 requires agility, alertness and high levels of energy. Our players were not in a position to deliver their best. The BCCI should understand that this mad rush to earn money is putting our reputation at stake. It should ensure that the players get some rest between tournaments.
Bidyut Chatterjee, Faridabad
Iran result surprises all
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s victory in the Iranian election comes as a big surprise. Those political observers who had hoped that Iran might ‘unclench its fist’ under a new leader and enter into a meaningful conversation with the US are disappointed over the return of Ahmadinejad for a second term. The election result shows that Iranians are yet to open up to moderation in political and religious issues. That their Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, enjoined all Iranians to avoid ‘provocative behaviour’ underscores the fact that nothing has changed in Iran and that bad times are not over for the nation.
Bichu Muttathara, Pune
The world should now stop criticising Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s victory. It might never be proved whether the Iranian presidential election was rigged or not. So, instead of being belligerent against Iran, it would be sensible to commence a fresh round of dialogue with Ahmadinejad. Khamenei has ordered an inquiry into the allegations of rigging. Let’s hope things are resolved soon.
Rajendra K Aneja, Dubai
Introspection time for the BJP
Apropos of the story Party with differences (June 14), it is time that the BJP realised that it cannot fool the people anymore. The party lacks an agenda and a vision for the country. If demolishing mosques and attacking pub-going women is what the BJP considers more important than development and stabilising the economy, then it should realise that there are no takers for such an ideology. It is not surprising that the blame game in the party has begun. Most of its senior leaders have criticised the party. It is high time that the BJP works towards a national agenda and chooses a competent leader who can help get its act together.
Sukumari Pal, via email