She is truly the champion
Thanks to Hindustan Times and Raghu Rai for a beautiful package on the Olympic-winning boxer MC Mary Kom (Mother Mary, 360 degree, August 12). The pictures show how well Mary Kom has maintained a balance between her personal and professional lives. The photograph in which she is serving food to her husband while carrying a child on her back is a proof of her indomitable spirit, which makes Mary Kom a true champion.
-Gautam Chandra, via email
Radio news is better than television
This refers to Karan Thapar’s article Now, the real news (Sunday Sentiments, August 12). Radio is a better source of news than television. A fixed time slot on radio ensures that only relevant news is aired and there are no unnecessary repetitions.
-Mahesh Kumar, via email
Old is still gold in Uttar Pradesh
It’s hard to deny the views on Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, as expressed in the article Ring out the old (Chanakya, August 12). Time and again members of the Samajwadi Party (SP) have made it clear that their CM is a puppet in the hands of his father and former UP CM Mulayam Singh Yadav. Before the elections, Akhilesh was projected as the face of a political outfit that has changed with the times and respects the youth of the state. But by ridiculing and rebuking him publicly, members of the SP, Mulayam Singh Yadav included, are trying to prove that old is still gold in UP.
-Pathikrit Chakraborty, Lucknow
The less said about politicians and election promises, the better. People thought that the defeat of the Left Front in West Bengal will warn other parties against taking people for granted. But looking at Akhilesh’s term so far, it seems that the SP hasn’t learned any lessons. Chanakya’s warnings should be a wake-up call for the Akhilesh Yadav government. The SP should either shape up now or be prepared to give up power soon.
-Uttam K Bhowmik, via email
This just doesn’t add up
Manas Chakravarty’s article
The lounge lizards (Loose Canon, August 12) is simply amazing. It is hard to believe the findings of the study by The Lancet which states that only 15.6% Indians are lazy. If this is true then why is India still a developing nation? By that logic, Britain, whose people are among the laziest in the world according to the study, should have been a third world nation. The only conclusion one can come up with is that the study has been done by a group of very lazy people who didn’t bother to verify their findings.
-Vishal Bhambhani, via email
The State is throwing the game
This refers to Indrajit Hazra’s article Winning is nothing (Red Herring, August 12). I agree with Hazra’s view that we, Indians, like to glorify the hardships faced by our athletes. It’s only after our players win medals that state and the central governments honour their achievements and shower them with cash rewards. Why can’t they invest that money in setting up better academies or providing better training facilities to athletes when they are preparing for international events like the Olympics?
-Ramesh Sinha, Gurgaon
Indians can’t cast aside caste
This refers to Nagendar Sharma’s article What lies ahead for the new political party? (The Big Story, August 12). Before Team Anna floats a political party, it should work out a plan to make Indians break their deep-rooted faith in the caste system. A majority of Indians support Anna Hazare and his anti-corruption movement. But caste has always played a decisive role in elections in India.
-Man Mohan Bhatia, Delhi