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Strong case for multiple time zones

The distance from the far east to the far west of the country is vast enough and there should be different time zones in our country (“North-East in time trouble: Multiple time zones can help people” by Uttam Sengupta, March 17).

The day breaks in the North-East of the country at about 3.30 am when the rest of India is in deep slumber. Surely if the North-East is given a separate time zone, people of that region will gain in terms of extra day light.

Even Bangladesh is half an hour ahead of the IST, but India’s N-E states are farther than Bangladesh. There the time must be even ahead of Bangladesh.

R K Kapoor, Chandigarh

Maya’s extravaganza

It is astonishing to see the Mayawati government’s arrangements for the BSP’s silver jubilee celebrations because recently she said that the state is in no position to give monetary compensation to the victims of Mangarh’s Kirpaluji Maharaj ashram stampede. A huge garland of currency notes presented to Mayawati itself tells the story.

If party leaders claim that money for this celebration was collected by party workers or ministers had contributed, then why could they not collect or contribute money for those poor sufferers of mismanagement? Why did Mayawati ask the Centre for the money? The answer is most of the government money is spent on these kinds of personal activities but not on common people.

Nobody can forget Mayawati’s big birthday celebrations or her statues on which she spent crores of money and even got a notice from the Supreme Court. There should be a proper check on these politicians who spend government’s funds recklessly on themselves and simply ignore the common people.

NEHA PAUL, Patiala

Identify govt vehicles

Like school buses and Army vehicles, there must be a colour code for all the vehicles of the Punjab Government so that they can be spotted easily and one can make out their use and misuse.

Dr SIMRAN DANG, Jalandhar

Tasting a book

The middle ‘Tasting a book’ by VN Datta (March.17) draws one’s attention to one of the most meaningful pursuits that one can indulge in. Good books are to mind what nourishing diet is to the body.

Reading is one of the best ways of utilizing one’s spare time. Reading for pleasure or otherwise is such a preoccupation as keeps tension, depression and loneliness at bay.

While illuminating the recesses of one’s mind, it widens one’s horizons; fuels and gives wings to one’s imagination and promotes creativity.

The Scottish writer, Alexander Smith has observed, “On the whole perhaps, it is the great readers rather than the great writers who are entirely to be envied. They pluck the fruits and are spared the trouble of rearing them.”

Parambir Kaur, Ludhiana

Boxing glory

India’s fist of six Gold Medals in fifth Commonwealth Boxing Championship shows Indian’s are the “ Kings of the Ring” in international boxing. However, our government is spending too much on cricket leaving other major games like hockey, football, boxing, shooting and wrestling.

The government should provide good diet and required facilities to prominent players of each national or international game so that our sports persons can do well in future Commonwealth Games and the Olympics.

Kamaljit Malwa, Mansa

Honouring Olympians

The Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, deserves kudos for honouring Olympians Prithipal Singh, Charanjeet Singh and Ramandeep Singh (“PAU opens road named after former Olympians,” Anshu Seth, March 17).

Prithipal Singh was the best full-back India has ever produced. Like Dhyan Chand, Balbir Singh, KD Singh Babu and RS Gentle, he was the doyen of Indian hockey.

He played in four Olympics (1956-68) and was adjudged the best penalty corner specialist. His control over the ball, both in dribbling and interception, was superb.

His mastery over penalty corner conversion was equally mesmerising. He hit the ball so hard that it touched the goal post with the speed of a bullet.

In 1964 Olympics at Tokyo, 80 per cent of the goals were scored through penalty corners and Prithipal was the scorer.

In the 1960 Olympics at Rome, Pakistan defeated India by a solitary goal (scored by Nashir Banda in final stage of the game) because Leslie Claudiues (captain) did not match the strength of Prithipal at the right flank. Only one player of great eminence came after Prithipal in Indian hockey. He was Balbir (Railways). But his abrasive manners cost his career dearly. Only Surjeet Singh and, to some extent, Pragat Singh showed some reflexes of Prithipal Singh in their games.

Alas! Today Indian Hockey is in a perpetual mess. None of the players of the present World Cup team possessed even half the skills of India players of 1973 and 1975 World Cup teams.

The only way to resurrect Indian Hockey is to coach the present players aggressively and make them emulate the style of 1973-75 World Cup teams.

Ram Niwas Malik, Gurgaon



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