Decline of Indian hockey

It is a matter of great shame that our hockey team, on account of its dismal performance, will not be able to participate in the ensuing Olympics to be held in Beijing. Our national game and the only event, which has so far fetched gold medals for India in the Olympics, is at its nadir – thanks to KPS Gill and his men during whose tenure there has been a continuous decline in the standards of the game.

Earlier, in the World Cup held in August/September, 2006, India suffered the ignominy of getting relegated to the 11th position among 12 competing teams. And now this inglorious exit!

Hence, the present set-up with Gill at the helm should immediately put in the papers to make room for competent international hockey players who may be able to breathe a fresh lease of life into our national game. Therein alone lies the possibility of the phoenix rising rejuvenated from its ashes.

D.K. AGGARWALA, Hoshiarpur


In 1982 the Australians won at the Oval and after the match, the epitaph appearing in the Sporting Times read: “In affectionate remembrance of English cricket which died at the Oval on 29 Aug 1882, deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing friends and acquaintances. R.I.P. NB. The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia”. It has only been reproduced to join the countrymen in mourning the sad defeat in hockey by England, which has disqualified us from entering Beijing Olympics.

However, instead of resorting to breast-beating for the head of KPS Gill and the other powers-that-be, we all must rededicate ourselves to redeem the lost pride of our national game. After all tomorrow is another day.

Major BALDEV SINGH, Ambala Cantt


To save our national game and bring back its lost glory is a big challenge before the nation. The entire administration should be overhauled to redeem the game. The IHF should be immediately dissolved and an ad hoc committee may be appointed with experienced players as its members.

We should revamp sport activity at the school level and find hidden talent in our villages, provide them good infrastructure, equipment, Astroturf facilities, liberal financial assistance and incentives for the players. We should arrange more competitions at the state and national levels.

Dr. S.K.Aggarwal, Amritsar


Players are responsible for the defeat as they did not rise to their potential and indulged in individual game and indiscipline. The selection body is also responsible to some extent for the unfair selection of players, ignoring Gagan and Thakur, two good players.

It is high time for the governing body to sit and find out the possible reasons for the debacle and make sincere efforts for the revival of the game.

D.R. SHARDA, Chandigarh

Give CBI more powers

The recommendations made by a parliamentary committee that crimes having national ramifications like terrorism and human trafficking should be treated as federal crimes and the CBI should be given powers to probe such cases are laudable.

Admittedly, there are many other offences which have not only countrywide ramifications but also international connections. Because of the ill-trained, ill-equipped and inexperienced state police investigating agencies, culprits often go scot-free.

Most crimes under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, invariably have international ramifications. The state police remains satisfied with the recovery of contraband and do not pursue the matter to its logical conclusion. The provisions of the Act are quite complex and technical in nature. Most of the investigating officers and even senior supervisory officers of the police commit grave legal errors in the investigation of such cases resulting in unwarranted acquittals.

No effective action is taken to apprehend the accused persons of foreign origin. The number of Nepalis involved in such crimes is quite large in Himachal Pradesh, but because of lack of an extradition treaty with Nepal, they escape punishment.

Thus, it is high time that offences under the N.D.P.S. Act, 1985, and the Prevention of Corruption Act and also allied offences involving high-profile politicians and bureaucrats are classified as federal crimes and the CBI should be given more powers on the pattern of the FBI to deal with them. Above all, the CBI should be manned by honest and dedicated officials.

SOM DUTT VASUDEVA, former Additional Advocate-General, Shimla



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