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india Updated: Oct 12, 2010 22:10 IST

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Spirit of the Games, not tickets, is in short supply
The editorial Ticket distribution (The Pundit, October 11) correctly points out that there is too much fraud in the distribution of Commonwealth Games tickets. Sitting behind ticket counters, officials are more interested in making a quick buck than in displaying spirit of the Games. There is no shortage of tickets for any event. Open blackmarketeering is the reason why tickets are unavailable.
Mohit, via email

Shooting from the mouth
Pankaj Vohra in Omar is his own worst enemy (Between Us, October 11) correctly says that through his immature outburst challenging J&K's integration with India, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has displayed panic and pandered to the separatists' demand for secession. His controversial speech in the assembly rudely exposes his lack of finesse as a politician. With well-wishers like Omar, India hardly needs Pakistan to embarrass it.
RJ Khurana, Bhopal

Omar Abdullah's statement in the J&K assembly was a well-considered move. If this is the stand after 60 years of New Delhi’s appeasement and pampering of three generations of Abdullahs, then it is time to remove constitutional and non-constitutional barriers between the J&K and India including Article 370 and treat the state on par with others.
MC Joshi, Lucknow

People are not petty
Samar Halarnkar's article Stop talking! Hear us (Maha Bharat, October 7) is an excellent observation that touches the core of the subject. Common people in both countries have nothing to do with the conflict that exists between India and Pakistan. It is a microscopic minority that plays games with peoples' feelings and engineer unwanted conflict.
Hriday N. Nehru, Delhi