IPL is fast food, not a proper meal
This refers to Rahul Fernandes's article Feeling the blues (360 degree, April 1). The Indian Premier League has nothing to do with cricket - it is more about entertainment and money. For people who love the game and take it seriously, the cricket league, which is into its fifth year, is just like fast food. It can never match the charm of a proper meal, ie, Test cricket. The league is sure to take a toll on the cricketers, especially on those who play international cricket on a regular basis.
N Mahadevan, via email
Families and children need solace too
This refers to Aarefa Johari's article The end game (The Big Story, April 1). Indian marital laws are not gender neutral. We have a National Commission for Women, but what about a commission for families and children? They too suffer when a marriage breaks down.
Deendayal M Lulla, Mumbai
Beyond the war of words
With reference to the article Stand down, soldier! (Chanakya, April 1), the very public spat between the Indian Army chief General VK Singh and defence minister AK Antony is not the real issue. Instead of talking about it incessantly, we should concentrate on our defence preparedness. The government should introduce reforms in the procurement process to eliminate middlemen and expedite the acquisition of the best available equipment. Let us not forget the lessons of the Sino-Indian war and the Kargil conflict. Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
Anil Sharma, via email
The Indian Army is facing a difficult situation because no one wants to call a spade a spade. The defence minister kept quiet when the army chief reported the bribe offer to him. His ministry also seems to be happy to keep silent on the problems dogging the army. This situation has not developed overnight but it is a culmination of our way of doing things.
Vandana Bhatnagar, via email
The best should be president
With reference to Indrajit Hazra's article PP Longstocking (Red Herr-ing, April 1), hats off to the author for such a strong article. Politicians like Pratibha Patil are chosen for such prestigious posts not because they are the best candidates but because they are close to the bosses of the party they belong to. Instead of politicians, we should have leaders from other walks of life as president of India. In fact, people have no faith in today's politicians.
S Tiwari, Varanasi
I disagree with Hazra on certain points. First, let's not complain
Too much about the president's foreign visits because those were important for developing relations. It is true that the president did not visit some important countries. But then we have a full-time foreign minister and a foreign service to bolster our relationship with those nations, and they have been doing it admirably well. Second, I do not agree with the words you used for former President APJ Abdul Kalam.
Diksharth Jage, via email
We're missing something here
With reference to Manas Chakra-varty's article Hushing the files (Loose Canon, April 1), important records usually get lost when governments want to hide their misdeeds. The Emergency is not the only example; pages went missing from the Adarsh Housing scam files and also from the Gujarat riot files. Many important cases never reach their logical conclusion thanks to lack of evidence.
SC Vaid, via email
And thereby hangs a tale
With reference to Khushwant Sin-gh's Of national nightmares and seduction flying high (With Malice Towards One and All, April 1), if the author can be an admirer of Gan-dhi, the Congress and Rahul Gan-dhi, why can't Jyoti Thottam of Time be one of Narendra Modi's? In any case, Jyoti couldn't have influenced Time's editor to select the article as the cover story. Moreover, it was just an assessment, not a pronouncement.
Taposh Bhattacharya, Bhopal
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