Kudos to Muttiah Muralitharan for his marvellous haul of 800 wickets just before he retired from Test cricket, topping off his career with a glorious landmark (Glorious 800-wicket Test finish for Murali, July 23). There could not have been a better farewell for the flamboyant spinner, as Sri Lanka also went on to win their last match against India. He has delighted cricket lovers from all over the world with his stylish bowling. Despite our recent loss to the Sri Lankans, every Indian cricket fan would like to wish Murali all the best in his life after cricket.
Sandeep Roy, Allahabad
A nation of short memories
David Devadas in The Kashmir stories (July 21) showed us how Kashmir has been burning since Independence. The 26/11 terrorist attacks brought people together in anger but when it comes to Kashmir, it seems we couldn’t care less. J&K is a part of India, and only when the Kashmiris see that the rest of the country is behind them, will they feel that they truly belong. The media needs to play a positive role to make this happen.
Deepika Manderwal, Chandigarh
The only positive thing about the Kashmir conundrum is that it reinforces one’s belief in freedom of expression in India. The writer’s suggestion that Goebbelsian propaganda is being indulged in to exaggerate the atrocities being committed by the security forces in the Valley is far from the truth. Responsible media houses should reject such articles that glorify separatists and promote hatred.
Abhay Rishi, via email
Bringing down the House
With reference to the editorial It’s on the House (The Pundit, July 23), the bedlam created by members of the Bihar assembly was disrespectful to the Constitution. The shameless way in which the MLAs behaved has exposed the true colours of those chosen to govern this country. They were no better than a bunch of hooligans, and by creating such mayhem, they have once again shown how apathetic to public problems they can be. Not only has their behaviour dented their image, but it has also raised questions about the foundations of Indian democracy.
Sachin Kumar, Begusarai
Knocked out of the game
The report Abused, exploited, yet asked to win medals (July 22) about the humiliation of women hockey players was shocking. The charges levelled against the coach and other officials are serious and shouldn’t be overlooked. The sports ministry and Hockey India should work together to ensure that the guilty are punished. The apathy on part of the Hockey India to complaints filed by former players should also be investigated. If we are serious about bringing women sportspersons at par with their male counterparts, then this must be the first step towards that goal.
Divya Sharma, Delhi
Keeping to themselves
Samar Halarnkar in A hard turn right (Maha Bharat, July 22) may be off the mark when he says that people in India and the West are increasingly turning religious. An atheist, by nature, is invisible. But the faithful are always flaunting their beliefs through loud sermons or by singing and dancing at festivals. Will any scientist from any Islamic country dare to profess publicly that he does not believe in god? Most atheists choose not to openly declare their feelings. Some British atheists have only recently started advertising their thoughts by putting ads on London’s buses.
Som Sharma, Gurgaon