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THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
M A I L B A G

Team India makes us feel proud

India is delirious, if not raving mad, with excitement following its resounding victory in the cricket World Cup final. This is justified because we have been crowned with this glorious win after 24 years.

Moreover, in a country ridden with vote-bank politics, crime and violence reminiscent of medieval times, how many occasions do we, the citizens, come across marking the high pinnacle of achievement meriting outbursts of joyous celebrations? So, friends, jump on the bandwagon of the victorious Team India while it lasts even as we await the next opportunity to bolster our national pride.

Wg-Cdr S.C. KAPOOR (retd), Noida (UP)

II

Our team’s nail biting victory against Pakistan at Johannesburg not only made us ecstatic but also very proud. This sensational victory has proved one thing again. No matter how good the ingredients and the spices you have, it is the cook, who makes all the difference.


 

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has proved that he is not just a good cook but a great cook. He knows the secret to victory — be calm and fearless, you will win.

SUBHASH C. CHAUDHRY, Indianapolis (USA)

III

It was a historic victory. It is bound to give a big boost to our budding cricketers throughout the country. After our team’s victory in 1983 under the captaincy of Kapil Dev, Dhoni has proved his credentials by winning the championship in Twenty20 World Cup final. No doubt, our country’s cricket team is always the best, the very best.

PARUL MOHINDRU, Jalandhar City

IV

It may be coincidental that only after the release of the film Chak De India, India got a hat-trick in winning three major international sport events — the Jawaharlal Nehru International Football Tournament at Delhi, Asia Cup at Chennai and now T20 World Cup at Johannesburg. After this hat-trick, Indian youth need not have any complex compared with any international player. Beijing Olympics being not very far off, the spirit of Chak De India will bring more laurels to India.

KULDIP DOSANJH, Jalandhar City

V

Dhoni and his dhurandars deserve all kudos for beating Pakistan in a pulsating final at the Wanderers. The win has helped erase the sad and bitter memories of our ignominious exit from the World Cup, a few months ago.

We should, however, temper our victory with caution. The Australians and Pakistanis will be visiting us shortly for yet another one-day series and they will try hard to get even. Let the celebrations not go overboard. There are stiffer tests ahead for this young, talented and spirited team.

Dr M.K. BAJAJ, Zirakpur

VI

Our team has proved that they are the world champions. The hungry men in blue without the biggies have proved what they are cable of. Though the thrills were up to the last ball of the match, it was the Indians who held their nerves to snatch the victory.

It was our boys’ earnest attempt and strong determination which brought the cup making us delirious with joy. But we should remember that it is a game and not a war where the sportsmen’s spirit must be kept.

ASHISH KUMAR MOHANTY,  Kolkata

VII

After Yuvraj Singh made every Indian proud by hitting six magnificent sixers in one over, our scintillating win against Pakistan in the World Cup final is yet another feather in the cap of the Indian cricket squad. I extend my best wishes to Team India. Our cricketers are really Chakk te fatte. Keep it up Dhurandhar Dhony!

KARAJ S. DHILLON, Patiala 

VIII

From north to south and east to west, the whole country is celebrating the great event. People, cutting across regions and religions, joyously danced and the whole country’s mood went upbeat.

However, when we compare such great events with the deeds of our political leaders, we bow our heads in shame. Our leaders are busy dividing the country in the name of regions and religions and they can’t see beyond their vote banks.

ARUN HASTIR, Babehali (Gurdaspur)

IX

It was the most exciting final which will be remembered for a long time. It is heartening to note that two teams from the Indian sub-continent were able to reach the final, thus ending Australia’s monopoly.

The Pakistan team also deserves congratulations on giving a good fight in the final and making the match very interesting till the last over. They too could have turned the tables but it was Team India’s patience and spirit which crowned them with the success.

DILBAG RAI, Chandigarh

Remove anomaly

Doctors in Punjab government service are getting non-practicing allowance (NPA). This is considered part of emoluments for determining the pension of those who retired after January 1996.

However, it is not treated as such in the case of those who retired before January 1996. This has been done though when doctors, senior citizens now, retired before January 1, 1996, the NPA was added to their salary while calculating their pension. To meet the ends of justice, this anomaly should be rectified promptly.

M.R. CHADDAH, Phagwara

The ugly face of law

Lawlessness has gone into the blood of the common man and the law and order machinery has really gone blind in Bihar. There is no let-up in the incidents of lynching of people by irate mobs. If people resort to instant justice, law of the jungle will take roots. What is the police and civil machinery doing in Bihar? How many more people will be lynched?

The continued incidents of lynching by mobs reflect the ugly face of the law and order machinery in Bihar.

U. MOHAN, Baltana (Zirakpur)


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