Cricket debacle: time to introspect

The Indian cricket team that was built up as a group of invincibles by the media and the big corporate houses, who spent crores on promoting these players, and their products, met with disaster in the very first round of the mega event. That this team was not capable of winning the coveted trophy in the face of stiff competition from the likes of Aussies and Proteas was a foregone conclusion, but their defeat at the hands of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka was not expected.

The loss against Bangladesh was particularly humiliating. But all this in no way justifies the reaction of the cricket fans across the country. Burning of effigies, stoning and damaging the houses of the players are unbecoming of a civilised society. It does not happen anywhere in the world except in India and Pakistan.

The BCCI, one hopes, will draw appropriate conclusions from this fiasco and take remedial measures, but it is the corporate houses and the electronic media that need to introspect and introspect deeply. They need to ensure that mere mortals are not projected as demi-gods and placed on pedestals that are too high for them. They would do well to keep in mind the age-old adage, “The higher you climb, the harder you fall”.

M.K. Bajaj, Zirakpur



Like The Tribune (at least in this editorial Shameful exit) if all other media institutions start projecting the game in its proper perspective, something useful will come out of this disaster. Who knows that the exit of the Indian team from the World Cup is a blessing in disguise?

You have rightly pointed out that “This debacle may be just what is required to shake off the team’s deadwood, induct fresh blood, and simultaneously focus on building solid bench strength, a serious lacuna today in Indian cricket.” People have lost of faith in the seniors and its sink, now it is high time for the selection committee to sack everyone who does not perform well in the World Cup.

Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee, Faridabad


The performance of the Indian cricket team in the match against Sri Lanka has shattered all hopes of millions of fans around the world. After the hard work the bowlers did by restricting them for 254 which was certainly an achievable target, the Indian batting line-up, which boasts of being one of the strongest in the world, just gave up and seemed helpless in front of the Sri Lankan bowling attack.

The shameful retry back to India must give them a lesson to concentrate more on the game. The board must also take some strict decisions and remove those players who have become nothing but a liability to the team

Avinash Jha,GCC Boys Hostel, Vidyanagar


Issues before Punjab

Mr B.S. Ghuman’s article How Badal can make Punjab a model state (March 25) provides comprehensive and substantial suggestions to the Parkash Singh Badal government for the state’s all-round development. Through a realistic pattern of all-inclusive socio-economic growth with special emphasis on agriculture, industry, trade, education and employment, and corruption-free, accountable, transparent and people-friendly governance tangible results can be achieved to mitigate the problems of the people.

The government must ensure that benefits of economic growth percolate down to the marginalised sections of society also. The state government should seriously prepare strategies to utilise the state’s human and non-human resources to the maximum and reduce inefficiency and wastage at all levels of governance.

It should not waste time and earn a bad name by indulging in vendetta politics. It should also refrain from raising emotive issues which unnecessarily distract the government’s and people’s attention from the issues that require to be taken up immediately.

Sudesh Kumar Sharma, Kapurthala

Menace of rape

I request leaders, particularly women leaders like Ms Renuka Chowdhury, to do something to stop the menace of rape of women. Its disgusting to read everyday about this in the papers and the next day there is nothing regarding what happened to the culprits.

There are instances when little girls are raped. There are women who are raped right in the their homes. What is the ultimate penalty? If a 20-year-old commits this crime and is out of jail after seven years he is ready to do it again. These are screwed up people with no respect for fair sex. They should be given death punishment as every woman would prefer to die than to undergo this harrowing experience.

There is something drastic need to get rid of rapists. Let their photos be shown in all papers instead of showing the victim. From the birth till death, women of all ages are always scared about this. Please do something.

Prof. P. Kaur, Ludhiana

Why Sharia courts?

It is true that adultery in Islam warrants death punishment in some cases. But it can only be awarded by an authentic and established Sharia court after gathering sufficient evidence and largely after studying the case in great detail to identify whether it does call for the death penalty.

The killing of Mumtaz by a group of young men in Melapalayam, Tamil Nadu, goes against the laws and teachings of Islam and is definitely wrong. Moreover, such types of Sharia courts with the given authority can only exist in Islamic countries. The Constitution of India does not permit setting up of parallel Sharia courts.

Mohd Salahuddin, Mumbai 



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