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Not made of medal mettle

Prakash Chandra in The great Indian hope trick (August 8) rightly stated that if we want Olympic silverware, we have to develop a sports culture based on the ‘catch-them-young policy’.

india Updated: Aug 10, 2008 20:52 IST

Prakash Chandra in The great Indian hope trick (August 8) rightly stated that if we want Olympic silverware, we have to develop a sports culture based on the ‘catch-them-young policy’. But is it possible to make sports relevant with the sort of provisions we have or with incompetent politicians manning sporting institutions? Is success in sports (except cricket) at all important to us? With such a mindset, India cannot think of a medal in the Olympics, because for that one has to worship excellence.

Gulshan Kumar, Delhi

Nothing official about it

With reference to the report Even God cannot change our country (August 7), the disgust expressed by the Supreme Court over the continued, unauthorised occupation of official bungalows by bureaucrats should be taken seriously by the government. The government should be the first to show that it respects legal provisions, not the last.

PP Talwar, via email

Few takers for this suggestion

Apropos of the report Three ways to stay united (August 7) in which Mirwaiz Umer Farooq has said that he believes in Jammu and Kashmir as one unit, who does he think is he is fooling? People like the Mirwaiz have thrown out a whole population of pandits from the Valley. Since 1948, the majority population of the area where the Mirwaiz lives and thrives, have committed a series of barbaric crimes to carve a border of their own liking. This is an open secret and now he cannot get away by feigning innocence.

KMP Singh, via email

No laughing matter for us

Apropos of the editorial Why so serious? (Our Take, August 7), the controversy at St Stephen’s College is an example of how our society reacts to something unexpected, even if it is meant to be taken with a dose of humour. It is time we re-evaluated our conservative attitude to find out why such humour hurts.

Ritika Kaushik, via email

More power to the police

Neelesh Misra in the series India under siege (August 6) reports how our policemen are badly trained to take appropriate action as per their powers. More than tougher anti-terror laws in India, we need special training for the police. Citizens’ initiatives apart, they are the first line of defence against terror both at the precautionary and reactionary levels. Unless they are thoroughly equipped to tackle terror at the entry level, no real war against terrorists is possible.

Nisha Bala Tyagi, Delhi

Final push for Mush

The Pakistani political establishment is repaying the President in his own coin. The violation of the Constitution appears to be the final nail in President Musharraf’s coffin. The beleaguered President might try to divert attention from his situation by fuelling tensions in Kashmir. However, it is clear that his days in office are numbered.

Deepak Chikramane, via email