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Cricket team has made India proud

The editorial “A much-awaited euphoria: World Cup win a boost for self-belief” (Apr 4) is a warm and an affectionate salute to the men in blue. This glorious win took some 28 years to come and was something the entire nation was waiting for with bated breath. Interestingly, the World Cup success was more a case of when, not if.

Indian cricket team has become stronger particularly over the last five to seven years. Now, when the conditions and circumstances were favourable the team found its footing at the right time. Thus it became a perfect mix for the famous victory.

Wankhede stadium the field of Indian dreams has proved to be the Waterloo for the Sri Lanka team. Dhoni’s boys emerged triumphant in a closely contested match. The spectacular win of the Indian heroes has made them the heartthrobs of the country. They have made the country proud of their hard earned achievement and deserve heartiest congratulation from a billion plus Indians.
Credit to win this cup of glory goes to the superb team effort under the captaincy of M S Dhoni who always remained cool but astute. No doubt the contribution of Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli can’t be underestimated. Hope the winning Team India maintains its winning tempo in future too.

DILBAG RAI, Chandigarh


The editorial has rightly underscored the gusto with which this rare triumph was celebrated by the nation. It was a rare event, which galvanised the entire nation. The magnitude of jubilation may remind the nation of similar celebrations after India trounced the world in hockey which now is waiting in the wings to get back its lost place of pride.

Indian hockey suffered due to internecine skirmishes among the top administrators of the game and those who suffered in the process have been the budding players.

It is the responsibility of the government to clean the stables of the sports federations by removing the caucus currently ruling them like their fiefdoms to the detriment of the country.

Self-styled sports lords should be shown the door sooner than later to make all sports federations vibrant and transparent. After winning the World Cup in cricket, the country should look forward to retrieving its supremacy in hockey to start with. All the sports lovers, including the media should strive relentlessly to catapult hockey to the hilt so that its lost glory is restored.   

R.M.RAMAUL, Paonta Sahib

Cricket or war?

The middle “Not a matter of life and death” by Vandana Shukla (Apr 5) echoes my sentiments. The game of cricket has become a proxy war between two neighbouring countries. There is no cricket diplomacy, only media warfare. Sportsmanship seems to be disappearing from the game of cricket. The game of cricket is getting inappropriate coverage, attention and hype at the cost of other games being played in India.

The writer rightly says that playing a game is as important a job as taking care of the sick or filing a news report.


Black money

To the news report “Govt. earns SC ire over black money probe” (Mar 29) I would like to add that certainly, the entire credit for the Supreme Court’s remarks goes to Ram Jethmalani, who has filed a PIL on the issue of black money in foreign banks. It is shameful, that the UPA government headed by Manmohan Singh, who claims to be above corruption, has done precious little to unearth black money stashed in foreign banks.


Freedom fighter

I was pained to read about the plight of Harbans Singh, who was an ardent associate of martyrs Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev (news report, “Martyr’s associate facing penury”, Mar 24). Even after six decades of Independence his contribution to the freedom struggle has not been recognised. While corrupt politicians are wallowing in ill-gotten wealth, the centenarian freedom fighter is living in penury.

A Punjab Cabinet Minister once promised to give him Rs one lakh. Alas, it remained only a promise.

An Urdu poet has rightly said: Na-aihl hai voh aihl-e-siyasat kee nazar mein/ ke vada kar key jis ko mukarn a nahin aata (He is incompetent in the eyes of politicians, who does not have knack of breaking his promises). Will the government give monetary help to Harbans Singh now at least?


Need for education

The editorial “Education as business” (Apr 5) forcefully and rightly stressed that “Primarily, education is service to society” and underlined the government’s failure to pay required attention to education leading to ever increasing disparity in the country. In 2005, the second global People’s Health Assembly emphasised that governments have a fundamental responsibility to ensure universal access to quality education, health care and other social services according to people’s needs, not according to their ability to pay.

But the government is withdrawing from education under the influence of market economy and increasing commercialisation of education. Today the motto seems to be “education for only those who can pay” and the sole aim of education sector is to increase profits.

Unless there is a radical change in the education policy supported by adequate budgetary allocation the demands and needs of large majority of deprived and neglected population will not be met.

Dr. VITULL K. GUPTA, Bathinda

Wrong king

In the middle “Remembering Cairo” (Apr 6) Trilochan Singh Trewn has erroneously mentioned that retired Egyptian army officer Ashraf Sadiq had personally seen the departure of King Faud of Egypt. King Faud never ruled over Egypt. In the relevant period it was King Farooq who ruled over Egypt.

Dr KARAN J KUMAR, Panchkula

Beyond riches 

This middle “Getting rich quick” (Mar 25) by Harish Dhillon, was interesting. Actually, every individual has certain goals in life. Some want to become doctors to serve humanity, others want to become scientists and aspire to win the Nobel Prize and some just want to be rich. If we don’t set our goals in life, we don’t achieve our targets. One should be willing to sacrifice something for the gain of his or her cause for there is no gain without pain.

Getting rich is something that everyone wants. In fact, it is a necessity of today’s world. The world has changed dramatically in the last century. People are so busy with their jobs, business, families and hobbies that they don’t get time to spare. It is worth noting that life is a gift and must be lived and cherished so.





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