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Match-fixing scandal: Trust broken

It won’t be an exaggeration to say that controversies and the Indian Premier League are married to each other. The more the BCCI has tried to safeguard the league’s image, the more the controversies have dogged the multimillion dollar bonanza.

A sting operation conducted by the Delhi Police found three Rajasthan Royals players – S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila – guilty of spot-fixing, an act in which only certain overs or deliveries are fixed, making it hard to detect for the untrained eye. What compounds the situation is that the expectations of the nation rest on the shoulders of the three players – while Chandila and Chavan have been lauded as talents to watch out, Sreesanth is already one of the most lethal out-swingers in India.

For cricket buffs, it is a complete breach of trust. They spend a fortune for watching them live and risk their lives for a simple autograph, which they treasure for decades. Cricket is no longer just a sport for them, it is a cult. The scandal has greatly disappointed them.

The scandal raises a question mark on the future of the league. Also, it raises concerns about the impact on younger players in the dressing room. Most importantly, it is worth asking if we can trust the IPL ever again, given its controversial history. It remains to be seen if India takes swift action like South Africa did in the Hansie Cronje scandal.


Higher education

The article ‘Going beyond borders’ by Shelley Walia (May 14) emphasises the need to enrich the academic atmosphere of universities by holding exchange programmes with global institutes and by relaxing admission bottlenecks for enrolling overseas students.

The cosmopolitan environment thus created will evolve global competitiveness not only in curriculum designing but in the expectations and skill development endeavours of students. This will bring about a transformation in the overall educational setup from the state-of-the-art infrastructure to a world-class faculty. This internationally charged mood will provide a required impetus to our otherwise sluggish higher education and improve the overall standard of excellence in education in the country.


HP’s bad roads

Crumbling road infrastructure in most parts of Himachal Pradesh has become a nuisance for commuters. We know that 90 per cent of the state area is hilly, which means driving on broken roads is a risky affair. These pathetic roads account for 25 per cent of the total number of road accidents.

If the government doesn’t take steps to renovate these, business activities, transportation of goods and flow of tourists will be greatly affected. One hopes that the Congress will take the problem seriously and re-lay bad roads on priority.


China’s war of nerves

China has territorial and other disputes with almost every country surrounding it. One also knows that the reason behind its arrogant, quarrelsome and overbearing attitude is its huge military might. It has boundary disputes with Japan in East China Sea as well as Vietnam in South China Sea.

Apart from playing a war of nerves by raising territorial disputes from time to time with India, it is also providing roads, shipyards, ports, and so on to our neighbouring countries with doubtful intent. Be it Pakistan, Nepal, Myanmar or Sri Lanka, it never misses an opportunity to incite them to keep India on tenterhooks.


Slave to trends

The article ‘Divorced before marriage — media and culture’ (May 7) by Vandana Shukla was a thought-provoking piece. Obviously, the media’s total submission to market trends, just like every other institution, including those in the sphere of education and healthcare, owes much to the cultural chaos in the present times. However, the role of artistes/writers, too, has not been worth appreciating. For, they too, exceptions apart, fell prey, rather willingly, to the bazaar that is but a mirage of “fifteen-minute world fame” that Andy Warhol had predicted in the late 1960s.

BALVINDER, Chandigarh


Apropos news item 'PSEB officers facing graft charges go scot-free' published on July 10, 2006. The news was published on the basis of information provided by a senior official of the PSEB. On enquiry, it was found that there were no graft charges against Engineer Rajit Sharma. Any damage caused to the reputation of the official due to the news was unintentional and is regretted.

TB's cause

Tuberculosis is a disease caused by bacteria and not virus as was inadvertently stated in the report 'New strain of drug-resistant TB virus a major challenge'; (Jammu and Kashmir page, May 17).

Illegal constructions

This refers to the news item ‘Govt mulling personal rapid transit: Virbhadra’ (May 10). According to Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, the HP Regularisation of Deviation and Unauthorised Construction Act, 2013, is being drafted to regularise illegal constructions for a specific time. The proposed act will, of course, encourage more such constructions across the state. Today, one witnesses hundreds of unauthorised constructions, that too in a haphazard manner across the state. On the other hand, deviations have reduced the size of paths in width in most colonies and towns of the state. Many people have constructed extra storeys bypassing the rules. Moreover, the state falls in a quake-prone zone, hence the regularisation of extra floors will not be a wise step.

Rather, the government should enact stringent laws instead of mulling over regularisation of illegal buildings and dilution of the existing rules to appease a few. The proposed Act deserves to be dumped in the larger interest of the people.




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