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Does Karan Thapar in I'm bowled each time (Sunday Sentiments, August 14) pretend to be ignorant about cricket or is he too wise to follow the game played and watched by fools as George Bernard Shaw claimed?

india Updated: Aug 20, 2011 23:19 IST

On an easy wicket about cricket
Does Karan Thapar in I'm bowled each time (Sunday Sentiments, August 14) pretend to be ignorant about cricket or is he too wise to follow the game played and watched by fools as George Bernard Shaw claimed? Thapar's sense of humour, though, makes his column enjoyable. His ignorance about cricket manages to humour the critics and incense the fans.
Jayalakshmi Chellappa, via email

In spite of humiliating defeats, cricket's popularity will not suffer in India. The various segments within the game like batting, bowling and wicket-keeping allow one to specialise and excel. It is not a fast, body contact game like football or hockey. It does not require intense training. The competition remains restricted to a dozen countries. Overall, it provides an easy way out.
Ashok Ghosh, Delhi

Endless hurdles won't work
This refers to the article As opposed to an Opposition (Chanakya, August 14). The Opposition, whether in Parliament or state assemblies, is not meant to oppose each and every move of the government or to hold the working of legislatures to ransom. Crores of rupees spent by the government of the day on public works is halted when a new political party comes to power. The need of the hour is a mature and meaningful Opposition.
MPS Chadha, Chandigarh

In a democracy, the Opposition champions the cause of public interest. But it reduces its role by just acting as a stumbling block in Parliament. It cannot do worse than stalling parliamentary proceedings that delay important legislations, vital to the growth of the nation.
Jitendra Kothari, via email

Because of the BJP's unabated stalling of the Parliament sessions, UPA 2 has been unable to introduce many important bills in Parliament. This is not the way a country aspiring to be a superpower should function.
Prashant Rakheja, via email

The brown man's burden
With reference to Indrajit Hazra's article Oi, brown sahebs! (Red Herring, August 14), there is no doubt that the impact of British rule will continue to be debated for years to come. But Hazra is right in his final verdict that India would have been better off without colonial rule. It is incredible that this country, filled with intelligent and enterprising people, could be subdued by a few thousand foreigners.
M Ratan, Delhi

Hazra is right about the nefarious designs of the British rulers, though Indians, too, were responsible for the colonial rule. The British, however, bled us dry: in 1901, half of India's net revenue went towards payment of salaries of British civil servants and army officers.
Nishit Patel, Mumbai

An apology's long overdue
Khushwant Singh in Clearing the air on the man who 'owned' half the Capital (With Malice Towards One and All, August 14) has brought up the issue of his father Sobha Singh's deposition against Bhagat Singh. There is no doubt that Sobha Singh was the owner of half of the capital, but wealth and philanthropy do not absolve a person of his sins. Instead of dragging the issue further, the family must seek an unconditional apology from the nation to avoid the stigma.
RK Garg, via email

The course of true love
With reference to Aasheesh Sharma's article Meet the love commandos (People and Journeys, August 14), the love commandos are doing a good job protecting young lovers who marry against their parents' wishes. Such marriages are a step towards a classless society. Couples are threatened not only by their parents but also by relatives and friends. Those opposing love marriages need counselling to change their attitude and the police and civil society can play a role there.
SC Vaid, Delhi

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