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Things change, but the mess in sports remains the same

india Updated: Feb 12, 2011 22:51 IST

Things change, but the mess in sports remains the same

With reference to Gulu Ezekiel’s article Underarm cricket (Sunday Guest Column, February 6), not meeting the infrastructure deadline at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens is a comment on the functioning of both the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and the BCCI. The India-England match in the World Cup could have been a dress rehearsal for the finals. Thousands of Kolkatans will now be deprived of viewing this match. It seems the cricket administrators have learnt nothing from the similar lethargic attitude displayed in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games.

DR Gulati, via email


There is no doubt that removal of the India-England World Cup match from Eden Gardens has brought disgrace to both the CAB and our nation. The author rightly says that accountability is not a feature of the way the BCCI functions, and it does not want to be answerable to anyone. Of course, the Eden fiasco will be pushed under the carpet once the event is over.

Bal Govind, Noida

Cure at hand for droopy eyes

Mahipal S Sachdev’s write-up Give droopy eyes a perk (Health Wise, February 6) is a useful article on ptosis, or a drooping upper lid. Most cases can be helped with oculoplastic surgery, but the rest of the cases can be helped with ptosis spectacles fitted with a sturdy nylon thread to mechanically lift the drooping lid.

Narendra Kumar, Delhi

The poor in India might do an Egypt

Karan Thapar’s article Rocking the kasbah (Sunday Sentiments, February 6) about widening economic disparity in the country is an apt one. Over the last 20 years of economic growth, a small club of rich industrialists have gained a lavish lifestyle whereas the majority are still struggling for their basic needs. The government welfare schemes have not been able to increase the real income of the masses. In order to avoid a class struggle, our socio-economic policies must minimise the disparity.

MP Singh, Gorakhpur


Thapar is right in pointing out that the situation in Tunisia and Egypt could possibly get replicated in India too. If the democracy is not credible, the young generation will not hesitate to demand an answer. Today’s youth are firm believers in ‘tit for tat’. As our democracy is tarnished by endless scams, the patience of 77% of the Indian population surviving on R20 a day is bound to run out.

Tanya Sudan, via email


We are living in a fool’s paradise if we think that our countrymen will never revolt against the government. Indians are considered peaceful and compassionate, but those qualities are fast vanishing. The fact that our youth is increasingly drawn towards Maoist ideology is an example of their losing faith in democratic institutions. This is a revolt in itself. A majority of Indians live in penury and are easy prey for those who wish to harm the country. The government should get serious about the uplift of the poor.

Rakesh Sherawat, via email

The parent trap

Aasheesh Sharma’s article The bull parents (The Big Story, February 6) provides insights into oriental and occidental forms of parenting. The metaphors used for parents — tiger, kitten, bull— makes them appear bestial as far as the progeny are concerned. Indians are fortunate to have a rich spiritual heritage which must be drawn upon for the holistic development of our children. Competition with others will breed animosity and fear, whereas competition with oneself will nurture wisdom and creativity.

Dipti Sethi, via email


Instead of trying to burden childhood, one should let the creativity of a child’s mind build its own wonderland. As a child, I can say that we want parents to listen to us, understand us, help us in reaching our decisions, but allow us to take those decisions ourselves.

Milind Alokjee, Delhi

Down the drain

This refers to Yashwant Raj’s article Dollar dreams go bust (People and Journeys, February 6). Our youth do not check the credentials of foreign institutions they are set to join. They spend enormous sums of money but end up being cheated and bankrupt. It is sad that the future of more than 1,500 students of Tri-Valley University hangs in the balance due to the unwise decisions taken by the students and their parents.

GK Arora, Delhi

In the wrong spirit

‘All about wives’ and ‘Holy spirit’ in Khushwant Singh’s write-up (With Malice Towards One and All, February 6) were really disappointing. Shame on Singh for making fun of the Hindu epic Ramayana. It is disgusting to compare God with alcohol and then state in the next line that ‘I don’t see any difference’.

Mukat Jain, via email