A tale of two victories and all that happened in between
This refers to the article Two cups then & now (Variety, April 3). In the last 28 years, India has changed drastically and the journey that began with Kapil Dev taking that breathtaking catch of Vivian Richards in 1983 World Cup final match and MS Dhoni's cracker of a six in Mumbai last week has been tough and challenging. But nevertheless it has been memorable and joyful.
RD Singh, Ambala
The article, though interesting, fails to justify why state governments are doling out huge amounts for India's World Cup winning team. The politicians, always eager to score some points with the public, are not giving such cash prizes from their pocket. Instead of indulging in populism, our politicians should learn to act maturely. To a great extent, the media are also responsible for the commercialisation of the game.
SK Wasan, Noida
Don't lose the focus
Karan Thapar in Man or Mahatma? (Sunday Sentiments, April 3) is bang on target with his view that Joseph Lelyveld's account of Gandhi's personal life doesn't impact the Mahatma's image. We should evaluate Gandhi's achievements on the basis of his contribution to the independence movement.
M Ratan, Delhi
We are reading it all wrong
With reference to Girja Kumar in Bapu and friends (Sunday Guest Column, April 3), there is no need to defend Mahatma Gandhi as there’s nothing wrong in expressing love and affection for a good friend. We should take his letters in their true spirit and shouldn't read them out of context. It is true that certain states have banned the book but such knee-jerk reaction doesn't behove of a matured democracy.
GK Arora, Delhi
The debate on the new biography on Gandhi by Joseph Lelyveld exposes the narrow-mindedness of Indians, who seem to have formed opinions on the book without even reading it. Let's not forget that every author enjoys freedom of expression and he should be censured only if his book misrepresents facts of history. The decision of certain states to ban the book is politically-motivated.
Urusa Shaikh, via email
Masters of their game
Indrajit Hazra's article The bowling action (Red Herring, April 3) is a beautifully-written account of two legendary West Indian cricketers: Sir Vivian Richards and Malcolm Marshall. I specially liked the part where the author terms batsmen as 'builders' and bowlers as 'destroyers'. Hazra also correctly states that Marshall was a great cricketing hero. As for Richards, he was a just too brilliant with his bat.
Muhammed Ibrahim, via email
Thanks to T20 cricket, the focus of the game has, unfortunately, shifted towards batsmen. But bowlers have always dominated the game and decided match results. Take the case of the great West Indian fast bowler, Malcom Marshall. Every cricket fan will remember his astounding all-round performance against England. Marshall batted and bowled superbly for his team even though his thumb was fractured.
Bal Govind, Noida
Making the right moves
Manas Chakravarty's article The Mohali tapes (Loose Canon, April 3), which 'reproduces' the 'transcript' of the conversation between the prime ministers of India and Pakistan during the semi-final match is hilarious. The Mohali peace initiative alone won't end the 60-year-old rivalry between the two nations. But Manmohan Singh's attempt at improving the ties is praiseworthy.
Ande Dean, Solan
Singh must be lauded for his concerted efforts to bring India and Pakistan closer. The relations between the two nations will improve if the citizens of both countries are allowed to interact regularly. Both the governments should also work towards strengthening our sporting, cultural and trade ties.
SC Vaid, via email
40 years on...
With reference to Khushwant Singh's article When Colonel Gaddafi was a hero (With Malice Towards One and All, April 3), there is no doubt that Muammar Gaddafi has done a lot for Libya. The fact that he has ruled the country for 40 years testifies that he is a great leader. But the people of Libya have realised that many of his policies are hampering national growth and the ongoing revolution is a result of this realisation. Gaddafi proves the age-old maxim 'absolute power corrupts absolutely'.
Anju D Anand, via email