Cut the overkill
How much cricket is too much? Since August 2005, we have played 37 one-dayers ? an average of nearly one a week.Updated: Jun 03, 2006 01:48 IST
How much cricket is too much? Since August 2005, we have played 37 one-dayers — an average of nearly one a week. This was in addition to 11 Test matches. With an overkill of matches, the quality of cricket goes down. It is humanly impossible to give your best every time you step into the field. Even viewer interest wanes.
An anecdote involving the great Malcolm Marshall comes to mind. After retiring from international cricket, he was bowling as ferociously and with as much venom for Natal in South Africa. When I asked him why he quit, Marshall remarked: “I lost interest. I could not bring myself to charge in from the top of my run-up after a point.” Let us hope Balaji and Munaf don’t go his way.
Back to moral policing
The police action against coffee shops in Mumbai on the pretext of weeding out dubious persons is uncalled for. What’s wrong in sex workers visiting coffee shops? Is there any law that specifies that such persons are barred from coffee shops? Sex workers also conduct their business through restaurants, hotels small and big, pubs and theatres. Will the police ask them to shut shop too? It is one thing to warn management to take precautions against prostitutes soliciting on their premises. It is quite another to be the moral police.
Amjad K. Maruf
Will the expectations generated as a result of the Supreme Court’s intervention in the quota issue be met by the government? After all, we have seen for ourselves how the government rode roughshod over the Delhi demolition directives that the court had issued. The agitation must continue in some form or the other. Successive governments have betrayed the trust of the people. The pressure must be kept up so that this time around, there is no trampling of the court directives issued in public interest.
Politicos at sea
We’d have expected that last year’s Mumbai floods would have taught the Bombay Municipal Corporation to be prepared well in advance to fight the monsoon. Excuses like the rains arrived 10 days too early simply don’t wash. What happened to the famed Doppler radar? Mumbai needs a rehaul of administration because the ministers are taking the people for a ride. No one takes the responsibility of carrying out the required changes.
The speed at which work was progressing had made it clear that Mumbai wouldn’t be able to handle another monsoon onslaught. One day of showers and the city is floating. All those claims, promises, oaths and assurances by the inept government officials have all flowed down the drain. So many roads are still potholed, dug up or improperly resurfaced.Where does all the money go?
Shailesh M. Nuggu
Punishment too easy
Ministers like Ram Naik, convicted by the court, should have to serve a jail sentence like any other prisoner. If they suddenly develops a life-threatening problem, they should be admitted to a government hospital.
Once fit, they should continue to serve their sentence. The period spent at the hospital should not be taken into account, especially if it is in the beginning of their sentence. A convicted person, however influential, should not be allowed to cheat the legal system.
Naik is in hospital at the cost of the public exchequer. The SC must take note of this to ensure that he remains the entire month behind bars. Otherwise, it will be a mockery of justice. Politicians and public servants have misused government
machinery for their personal enrichment.
India’s apathy towards its Aids victims has been exposed in the dawdling attitude of those responsible for their care. The tendency to refute internationally proven data, as is being done by the health ministry now, is not new. We are no less reckless in our attitudes than those who we accuse of waging war and killing thousands.
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First Published: Jun 03, 2006 01:48 IST