A social problem
Apropos of Dilip Simeon’s article No quick fixes, please (April 29), Salwa Judum was started to support the police and the CRPF in combating internal insurgency. I have no sympathy for people like Binayak Sen who propagate the Naxalite ideology in young minds. I have spent my whole life in Raipur where every bullet fired in the Bastar forests finds an echo. Unfortunately, the President of India considers Naxalism as a judicial problem, whereas the common man in Chhattisgarh knows it is a social problem.
Just not cricket
Gulu Ezekiel’s apprehension in Sportsmen or gladiators (April 30) is genuine. Harbhajan Singh’s antics make us believe that he was responsible for the controversy involving him and Australian batsman Andrew Symonds. Harbhajan slapping fast bowler Sreesanth lends credence to this. The extravaganza of the IPL may make individual cricketers richer, but leaves the team spirit and the national spirit of the game much poorer.
Regain lost ground
Apropos of the editorial A deft bit of stickwork (April 30), K.P.S. Gill’s role in bringing back normalcy in Punjab cannot be underestimated. But his desire to hang on to the post of IHF chief only brought ignominy to his career. Now that the responsibility has been entrusted to professionals, let us hope India starts winning matches.
This has reference to the editorial What’s our poison, doc? (May 1). While large parts of rural India do not have access to basic health facilities, Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss is trying to hog the limelight by crusading against imaginary evils like smoking in films, BPO work culture, surrogate advertising, junk food and AIIMS administration. Let him pay attention to the basic requirements of the aam admi instead of indulging in gimmicks.