Looking at the many faces of corruption
I agree with the article Well begun, hardly done (Chanakya, May 26) that the UPA 2 has failed on all fronts. But the article fails to point out the brazen misuse of the CBI, the police and all other authorities by the government. The Congress leaders are of the opinion that by brainwashing the public and by initiating advertising campaigns it can come to power for the third time. With the government’s efforts to keep issues under wraps, action on corruption and the brutal gang rapes was only undertaken under pressure from the judiciary. Facing accusations of corruption and in a bid to encourage non-accountability, both the UPA and the Opposition are against an effective Lokpal Bill. In fact, rules exist only on paper whether on corruption or atrocities against women. A weak Opposition has given an impetus to the UPA to indulge in corruption.
Ravi Kumar, via email
Let’s try to keep the spot in place
With reference to Indrajit Hazra’s article Spot, the difference (Red Herring, May 26), the aftermath of the T20 league fixing scandal is creating a big storm in the BCCI. However, like other scams, this too will be forgotten. We have for long been accustomed to this sorry state of affairs. It is unlikely for India to hold the Olympics in the foreseeable future given the fact that we are not able to conduct a domestic league in a fair manner. A strong code of conduct for all teams and strict vigilance on every movement of the game should be in place.
P Saravana Durai, Mumbai
Rid cricket of the loopholes
With reference to ED Hawkins’ article That’s just not cricket (The Big Story, May 26), we need to purge cricket of corruption and save it for the betterment of the game. The government should oust the politicians-cum-businessmen-cum-administrators from the BCCI and bring it within the ambit of the Right to Information Act to ensure transparency. The sports minister must act and redeem the credibility of the game.
G David Milton, via email
Creating a niche audience
With reference to Anupama Chopra’s article Cannes 2013 raises a toast to India (Variety, May 26), it is good that Indian talent is gaining recognition world over. Now Bollywood is etching its place in international cinema and artistes are being invited to participate in international film fests like Cannes. Also, Indian actors have gained acceptance in Hollywood.
Mahesh Kapasi, via email
Perplexed by the mandarins
Karan Thapar in The power of charm (Sunday Sentiments, May 26) rightly establishes the importance of body language in interpersonal relations. But, despite his charm, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to India could hardly make any impact on our relations with China. Our political leadership preferred to keep aside the burning issue of stapled visas issued by Beijing to the residents of Arunachal Pradesh. It is sad that we forgot to raise troubling issues with China.
CP Chinda, Delhi
Karan Thapar’s adulation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s charm is baffling. In fact, diplomatic finesse has its value only if it is inspired by genuine friendship. During his recent visit, Li’s winning charm did not extend to expressing regret over China’s incursion into Indian territory. Nor were any talks pertaining to positive action on the issue of dams over the Brahmaputra undertaken. How can we forget the manner in which Zhou Enlai charmed Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru into believing his sincerity about strengthening Sino-Indian ties followed by the 1962 war?
M Ratan, Delhi
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