Rahul Dravid’s elegance made cricket a gentleman’s game
With reference to the editorial Rahul Dravid, a Goliath (Our Take, March 10), India’s top batsman Rahul Dravid’s retirement from international cricket has brought down the curtains on a career that extended over the 17 fantastic years. While the statistics speak of his sporting calibre on the field, his sportsmanship was exemplary as well. A fighter to the core, the Karnataka batsman’s grace and elegance made cricket a gentlemen’s game. The cricket fraternity and his fans will miss this great cricketer.
Zulfikhar Akram, Bangalore
The right man at the helm
The decision of the Samajwadi Party to nominate Akhilesh Yadav as the chief minister of UP is a welcome move. Akhilesh has proved his organising abilities by leading the party from the front and winning a record number of assembly seats. Steering the government through a maze of caste politics while reining in lawlessness and corruption is a tall order. But Akhilesh seems to have the skills to tackle the bull by its horn.
Vanita Shenoy, Mumbai
No time for greater good
AND Haksar in When the dead speak (March 8) uses the 1739 Delhi massacre under Nadir Shah as an apt metaphor to showcase that complacency and hubris in the corridors of power invite divisive forces to stake a claim. Those in power ignore the rot as a passing phenomenon, choosing to act only at the eleventh hour. Though the 21st century has little in common with the 18th century, procrastination still is a bugbear. So much power is expended in political grappling that hardly any is left for the welfare of the polity.
Sudipta Das, Kolkata