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india Updated: Dec 07, 2012 23:08 IST

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The IOA must use the ban as a chance to set its house in order
I congratulate the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for suspending the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) (IOC cracks whip, suspends India, December 5). The IOA was not abiding by the rules set by the IOC and, instead, was being used by corrupt officials and politicians as a platform to fulfil and promote their personal interests. The government, by not acting on time against these officials, encouraged them to treat the association as their fiefdom. As the editorial states, the ban should be seen as an opportunity to set the IOA's house in order.
Manish Chandra, via email

No culture encourages child abuse
I agree with the editorial No excuse for child abuse (Our Take, December 5) that the incident involving an Indian couple in Norway has nothing to do with the Norwegians' lack of understanding of our culture. It's a clear case of child abuse and there can be no justification for it. It is unfortunate that an educated couple maltreated their child in order to discipline him. No culture encourages the use of force on children. It's ironic that the people who are defending the Indian couple are usually the first to object to teachers hitting children in schools.
Monica Sharma Bajpai, via email

Listen to the voice of the people
Syeda Hameed in This is not the dawn we dreamt of (December 5) rightly points out that public institutions in India have become subservient to politicians. By not taking any action on this front, India is, in a way, setting a bad precedent for democracies across the world. The root of the problem is that politicians are not interested in listening to what people think about various national issues.
Priyamvada Jha, Ranchi

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