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Spirit of cricket goes beyond logic & figures

Mr Raj Chengappa has rightly observed in his “Ground Zero” column — Close encounters of the extreme kind(Mar 30) — that the World Cup semi-final match between India and Pakistan was really a close encounter with the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan planning to hold an informal meeting at the venue. I fully support The Tribune’s core conviction that cricket is a game “that defies logic and logistics.” The entire event seemed to be a national carnival of sorts full of thrill and excitement. People from all walks of life in India, from top politicians to the common man, talked only about cricket and Mohali.

It was the biggest show on the Indian subcontinent and Mr Chengappa had sensibly reminded us, “Let us not forget that Pakistan is our invited guest...”The Tribune played a commendable role in projecting Mohali as the epicentre of friendship and brotherhood between the two countries. Nobody had guessed that Yuvraj Singh would lose his wicket to a yorker without opening his account, yet he would be able to take two crucial wickets of Pakistan. We must accept that Sachin Tendulkar is the greatest cricketer we have had.


  US agenda

The article It is all about oil (March 29) by Lt-Gen Vijay Oberoi (retd) was informative. It has unmasked the US overt agenda of helping Libyan rebels in bringing about regime change from the so-called despotic rule of Col Muammar Gaddafi to people’s democracy.

For hidden beneath this altruistic agenda is, in fact, a sinister three-pronged motive of the US. To buttress this motive, the US managed a UNSC resolution declaring in Libya a  no-fly zone.

The resolution came despite the opposition from five big countries — China, India, Russia, Brazil and Germany — having half the population of the world. This further exposes the pliability of the august world body like the UNSC.

This situation poses a pertinent question: Should Third World countries repose their faith in the UNSC in case of internal conflicts? It is strange to note that despite tremendous oil wealth, the Arab world has shown no maturity of governance and diplomacy in solving their problems. Organisations like OPEC and OIC too have remained impervious to such glaring issues as are being seen these days.

L R SHARMA, Haripur, Sundernagar

New world order

The growing unrest among the people of the world in almost all countries shows a deep-rooted yearning for a new world order. The present day institutions of the world suffer from rampant corruption, dictatorial tendencies, bureaucratic bottlenecks and an unbelievably slow legal system that fails to punish the guilty.

Inequalities and misery have forced the people of the world come out in thousands to give a message to their leaders that it is time for change. People are resolutely striving to establish a progressive society and are ready to bear pain in pursuit of this objective.

The world leaders, instead of merely remedying one symptom or the other by military force or political negotiations should consider the profound transformations that need to take place at all levels of human relationships.

Prof ANIL SARWAL, Chandigarh

PM’s performance

I agree with the views expressed by Aswant Kaur Gill in the letter “Tackle corruption” (Mar 16). She has words of praise for our Prime Minister who is known for his honesty and integrity. But if honesty and integrity are weighed against performance then much is lacking. There have been instances where the Prime Minister’s performance has not been up to the mark.

The suggestion of the letter writer that there should be reward and punishment for achievers and non-achievers respectively is apt. Unfortunately we have ministers who are not accountable.


Reservation demand

Jats in Haryana are neither a minority nor are they economically backward. Most of the agricultural land is with the Jats and most of the MLAs, including the Chief Minister, are Jats. Their agitation is not just. Reservation should be given only on the basis of economic criterion and not on the basis of caste or religion.


Tackle urban challenge

The article Looming urban challenge: Need for policy interventions by Mr N S Sisodia (Mar 28) was thought-provoking. With globalisation, cities expand due to natural growth, migration, greater employment and economic and social opportunities. That is why cities have become magnets that attract people from less developed regions.

But rapid urbanisation leads to severe environmental degradation. Crowded cities often become centres of disease and epidemics. Secondly, rapid urbanisation can encourage violence in an environment of deprivation and denial.

The urban challenge looms large in India. A UN-HABITAT report has already declared that 63 per cent of South Asia’s slumdwellers live in four mega cities — Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai. If the government continues to adopt a business-as-usual attitude towards the urban challenge, then these cities will become vulnerable to natural disaster and will test the government’s capabilities to address them. 

ANJUDEEPAK ANAND, Chambaghat, Solan 



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