It’s time to pull down Indian cricket’s great wall of shame
With reference to the report Sree 420 shames Indian cricket (May 17), it is appalling that three players, including Indian pacer Sreesanth, of the Rajasthan franchise were arrested on charges of spot-fixing in the Twenty20 tournament. For a tournament that attracts some of the best cricketers from around the world, this is a matter of shame. Last year too, a TV channel had aired a sting operation which showed five players indulging in spot-fixing. It’s time the BCCI pulled down cricket’s wall of shame by giving stringent punishment to those who are found guilty of spot-fixing.
N Ramamurthy, via email
Charisma won’t fetch votes
Rajdeep Sardesai in Bowling a dot ball (Beyond The Bite, May 17) is right in stating that many politicians believe that the sheer force of their personality will propel them to victory in the 2014 Lok Sab-ha polls. Even the battle for the prime ministerial elections due in 2014 seems to be a game of one-upmanship. Our leaders must realise that it’s their work and not charisma that will fetch votes.
M Chandra, via email
Taking pride in our language
For India it is a matter of pride that Amitabh Bachchan spoke in Hindi while declaring the 66th Cannes International Film Festival open (At Cannes, Big B pays homage in Hindi, May 17). This incident reminded me of the historic moment when former prime minister AB Vajpayee addressed the UN General Assembly in Hindi in 1977. Only those who are proud of their language and culture can do what Vajpayee and Bachchan did.
MC Joshi, Lucknow
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