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Victory all the way for Indian sports

It is a matter of immense pride for us that three of our tennis stars have done well. Kudos to Yuki Bhambri for winning the Junior Australian Open title and Mahesh Bhupati and Sania Mirza for lifting the Australian Open Mixed Doubles trophy.

india Updated: Feb 05, 2009 22:42 IST

It is a matter of immense pride for us that three of our tennis stars have done well. Kudos to Yuki Bhambri for winning the Junior Australian Open title and Mahesh Bhupati and Sania Mirza for lifting the Australian Open Mixed Doubles trophy. Putting the series in its pocket by winning the third of the five-match series, Team India stunned fans and


took celebrations to a new high. The successes prove our mettle in the field of sports and make us proud of being Indian.

Bageshwar Jha, Delhi

Don’t utter half-truths

Ashok Malik’s article The shadow Opposition (February 4), is a futile attempt to weaken the Opposition prior to the general election. According to the writer, L.K. Advani and other BJP politicians collectively form a bunch of old faces and tired minds. What he forgets is that every party consists of both old and young members. The old ones pass on ideologies and experience to the younger generation. Malik should also share his opinion on members of the ruling alliance like Arjun Singh, Jaipal Reddy, Ajit Jogi and others. The media shouldn’t assist the government in hiding its failures.

Rajinder Katoch, Delhi

Stop harbouring the enemy

Betwa Sharma in Caught in their own web (February 3), has rightly stated that Pakistan is a failed State. Neither can the failed leadership hold the nation together, nor can they stop the Taliban from taking advantage of its weaknesses. India needs a strong neighbour that does not have to rely on external forces to fight militancy. The Taliban, in lieu of assisting Pakistan, will only use its soil and resources to spread terror. It will also be in the interests of both India and Pakistan to judge the real intention of the US which does not want peace in the region.

Krishna R Patel, via email

Managing scare, up there

The report Hijack scare jolts govt into action (February 4), gives an impression that the cabin crew erred in alerting the ATC about the hijack threat that never existed. Whether the captain passed on correct information to the ATC is of least concern now because the drama did cause inconvenience to hundreds of passengers. Still, the man who initiated it should not be given any benefit of the doubt. Punishing him will warn other miscreants who feel that by just buying a ticket they earn the licence to behave rudely and create problems for others.

K Radhakrishnan, Delhi

Police the police

The report Terror in uniform (February 4) shows the inhuman and barbaric side of our men in uniform. It shows the failure of law and order Uttar Pradesh. By beating up a six-year-old girl on the alleged charges of stealing, were the cops trying to assert their power and machismo? The guilty should immediately be punished and it must be ensured that no such incident takes place in future.

Manjunath Goudar, via email

Who asked for your opinion?

Apropos of the report Govt snubs Gopalaswami (February 3), the Law Minister’s statement is unwanted. He should have voiced his opinions only after the file, which is stated to be before him, had been examined by the ministry. By going public, he has only prejudiced the matter. Even B.S. Gopalaswami does not have any right to make any recommendation on his colleague’s conduct. A need for an inquiry into the matter is highly felt.

HK Chanana, via email

II

It’s unfortunate that at a time when general elections are just around the corner, the Election Commission is trying to grab media attention over petty issues. The Chief Election Commissioner should not have been vocal about the matter. It has only defamed the Commission. In such a scenario, when the Commission’s own credibility is at stake, one wonders how fairly will it conduct the upcoming general elections.

Mansoor Ilahi, via email