Sachin has achieved it all, now how about the World Cup?
With reference to the editorial A bat-handed compliment (Our Take, December 21), Sachin Tendulkar's feat of scoring half a century of centuries shall remain one of the greatest achievements in the game's history. At 36, Tendulkar is an extremely consistent batsman. His decision to refuse captaincy has helped him concentrate on his batting. He has ducked ego and hooked unwanted controversies out off the grounds with aplomb. We hope he will bring home the World Cup in 2011.
Ashok Goswami, Mumbai
Hats off to Tendulkar for scoring 50 Test centuries. Comparisons with the great Don Bradman have obviously arisen, though it is difficult to compare players from different eras. Bradman played only Test matches, so his batting average was almost 100, against Tendulkar's 50. The clamour for bestowing the Bharat Ratna on Tendulkar is, however, preposterous.
Ashok Ghosh, via email
No friend of the common man
With reference to the editorial C is for Congress... (The Pundit, December 21), on taking over UPA 2, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced that he would fulfill the promises made to the electorate within 100 days. But no such efforts were made. In the recently held Congress plenary session, the stress was on rooting out corruption. Like his promises, these pronouncements are also likely to be forgotten soon. Despite the PM's assurances, the nexus between politicians and businessmen will continue, raising prices and leaving the common man in tears.
SC Vaid, via email
The report Bribe key to entering police services: Pillai (December 21) is an eye-opener that no establishment is untouched by corruption. The police, as also the army and paramilitary forces, cannot be expected to be honest when corruption is so deep-rooted. Corruption is the disease that is eating away our moral fibre. If we don't eliminate it from our system, we will lose our credibility in the eyes of the world.
KK Mishra, Gurgaon
Family matters above all
With reference to Sudha G Tilak's article Chennai super kings (December 21), politics in India is run as a family enterprise though only the Congress keeps getting the flak for dynastic rule. In DMK, the fight for political inheritance is between the sons of the party supremo M Karunanidhi. There is scant concern for idealism and propriety. Political parties are household concerns where the head of the family controls the party and tries to keep his flock together. Ultimately, there is nothing beyond personal interest.
SK Shah, Delhi
Tears for the onion
The report Onions hit Rs 75/kg, exports banned (December 21) is an indicator that the common man will very soon not be able to live in Delhi. The cost of living has touched the sky. With the hike in petroleum products, prices of milk, vegetables etc are on the rise. The time is not far when we will have to shell out Rs 100 for small quantities of milk or vegetables. With power hungry politicians at the helm of affairs, only business people and politicians can survive here.
CP Hariharan, via email
Reform or perish
Pankaj Vohra's article Make Congress more inclusive (Between Us, December 20) rightly asks the Congress to open its eyes. Party leaders must try and curb the culture of nepotism, sycophancy and pseudo-secularism to overcome the present debacle and restore people's faith in the party.
SP Ganapati, via email