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Stay in the race

Bilateral talks notwithstanding, India is constantly faced with a Chinese threat (“Mounting defence against China” by Ajay Banerjee, Sunday Tribune, July 28). A well-orchestrated strategy to encircle India and frequent border incursions indicate China’s aggressive postures. Though India’s decision to raise a sophisticated mountain strike corps is appreciable, it is not enough to catch up with the superior Chinese military potential. India must speedily modernise its defence and develop border infrastructure to prepare for any Chinese misadventure in the future.

DS Kang, Hoshiarpur

Melody queen

Begum Akhtar made her way into many hearts through her enchanting melody (“The Begum, her voice, and ‘Akhtari ka deewana”, Sunday Tribune, July 28). She and many other such artistes continue to live on due to their immortal voice. The music one hears today is nothing more than a cacophony. Today’s generation is oblivious of the music that was meant for the soul. Modern music inspired by the West is no good. Legendary ghazal singer Jagjit Singh’s soulful voice still echoes in millions of hearts.

Pratibha Singh, Kurukshetra

Don’t play games

It is disheartening that the Indian hockey team, which once reigned supreme in the world, often fails to even qualify for major international tournaments (“Foreign or Indian, a coach needs at least four years”; Guest Column, Sunday Tribune, July 28). Its poor performance is attributed to a faulty selection criterion, paucity of resources, interference by the management and dismissal of coaches. Merit-based selection, proper training, exposure with world-class teams and incentives, as in cricket, are needed to save hockey. Let the government show the way.

Harmohit Singh, Hoshiarpur


A coach must be appointed for at least four years to assess his capabilities. It is shameful that Michael Nobbs, who made Indian players play aggressive hockey, was relieved unceremoniously by the Indian Hockey Federation only because the team did not fare well in an international tournament. It was a condemnable act. The captain and the coach must have a say in the selection of the team. The authorities concerned should rid the team of nepotism and corruption.

RK Kapoor, Chandigarh

Real worth

After Srikanth “Sri” Srinivasan, Nisha Desai Biswal is the second Indian-American to do her community proud (“Not bound by hearth, she lives American Dream”, Sunday Tribune, July 28). Her nomination shows that a truly dedicated and hardworking individual is sure to realise his/her full potential. It is also a classic example of a considerate and encouraging husband who recognises his wife’s talent, surmounts compelling societal prejudices and makes sacrifices so that she can achieve her ambitions. Only if others could emulate his attempt at women empowerment.

Tajpreet S Kang, Hoshiarpur

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