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Don't punish Indian boxers for the sins of the boxing federation
With reference to the editorial Kicked out of the ring (January 18), Indian boxers like Mary Kom and Vijender Singh (pic above) made India proud with their performances in last year's Oly-mpics. The nation was hoping to see them repeat their feat in the upcoming global boxing events. But now we learn that our boxers have been banned from all international sporting events thanks to the mess in the boxing federation. The fact that our sportspersons are being made to suffer for no fault of theirs is appalling to say the least. This development poses a grave threat to our boxers' careers and India's performance in global sporting events.
Bal Govind, Noida

The language Pak understands
With reference to the report Khar offers talks with Khurshid, Delhi cold (January 18), it's surprising that Pakistan asked its army to respect the ceasefire only after Indian Army Chief General Bikram Singh and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh warned them of retaliation. Also, India's warnings forced Pakistani foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar, who had earlier accused India of warmongering and blowing the issue out of proportion, to offer bilateral talks on the LoC issue. This proves the need for India to wield a big stick while dealing with Pakistan.
MC Joshi, Lucknow

Right move at a wrong time
With reference to the article Diesel price hiked, LPG cap raised to 9 (January 18), deregulating diesel prices may be an economically sound decision, but it will have serious political repercussions for the UPA. People are already angry with the State for its inability to curb the prices of essential commodities. Therefore, the government should have carefully thought about the timing of revising diesel prices.
Madan Mohan, via email

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