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The beauty and vagaries of cricket have been brought to the fore by India’s emphatic Test win against Australia. The wheel has turned full circle for Michael Clarke, who was, till recently, hailed as an inspirational captain of recent years after Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting. However, he has proved that a captain is only as good as his side. While Mahendra Singh Dhoni has every right to bask in the limelight he so richly deserves, the question on the undue advantage for any home side will remain unanswered. Probably the same Australian team would have turned the tables on India if they were to be playing at Sydney or Melbourne, instead of Chennai or Hyderabad. Any home team is bound to reap rich harvest on a soil favouring its crop, and India is no exception. There are obviously no solutions to reverse this trend and, therefore, Australia cannot escape the predicament they are in now.

Ganapathi Bhat

Rahul shows ’em

Rahul Gandhi’s announcement is a slap on the face of many politicians, who for their own selfish, personal gains, can go to any extent and are hardly bothered about us. The urgent need of the hour is that the people from all walks of life must come forward and support Rahul Gandhi in nation-building.  Here’s wishing Rahul complete success in his efforts to strengthen the nation.

Bhagwan Thadani 

Ashok Chakra for Damini

The news of of Delhi’s gang rape victim of December 16, 2012, to be honoured with a posthumous ‘woman of courage’ award by the US First Lady Michelle Obama and the US Secretary of State John Kerry, should be an eye-opener for the Indian government, which did not accept the masses’ demand to honour the brave girl with the Ashok Chakra, India’s highest civilian award for bravery.

The US is honouring her not because she was a victim of gang rape. She has been selected for being amongst the world’s ten bravest girls because of her personal ordeal and her perseverance to fight for justice. Her fight has become exemplary for girls in our male-dominated society. She testified against the rapists from her deathbed. It is still not too late for the Indian government to act – by announcing the Ashok Chakra for her on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2013.

Madhu Agrawal

Learning is killing work

How much can children study? The government has put so much pressure on science students, that they always seem to be tense.

If teachers are not able to teach the subjects in the stipulated time, comprehend how much time students need to learn it. Subjects like Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology have portions on par with CBSE. The Maharashtra Board is being unfair to students. They are being told to cram up information if they cannot understand. If the government wants to change Maharashtra’s school and college standards to match with CBSE, this must begin from Class I, not Class X or XII.

Manmohan Gupta

Protect, not persecute

The report of the thrashing of a hapless woman by three or four Punjab policemen at Tarn Taran makes for painful reading. It is all the more dreadful as the woman had approached the police for help. The barbarous, inhuman and indecent treatment meted to her deserves condemnation in unequivocal terms. But for the recording of the incident by a bystander, the incident would have gone unnoticed and unheard. It is appalling that the very people who are expected to save the citizens of the state, appear to be hand in glove with criminals and anti-social elements. Police personnel often show their might, power and fury towards helpless citizens and unarmed protesters, but meekly surrender to corrupt politicians, hardcore criminals and terrorists. No wonder, crime is on the rise. The police should be held accountable for the crimes in their area and they should be rated based on the increase or decrease of crimes in the areas of their jurisdiction.

E M Adithyan

Students pay the price

It is very awful news that college students are being held to ransom by teachers, who are demanding their salary arrears and promotions. Why aren’t teachers not given their just dues, if not more, as they are the architects who  are presently involved in shaping our future generation.  Neither the state nor central government is worried about the steady fall in our education standards.

Izhar Khan Mumbai

Long haul Rahul

 If not for anything else, Rahul Gandhi deserves to be appreciated for having a clear head on his young shoulders, all the time talking about revamping his party from the grassroots and empowerig its middle tier at a time when young men like him have no qualms about becoming chief ministers, taking over the mantle from their fathers and when a senior chief minister is making his ambition to rule the country abundantly clear.  His name itself contains the letters of the word ‘haul’ and it is only fitting that he says “I’m here for the long haul”.  He has displayed a rare trait and one hopes he would not allow himself to be dragged into accepting the PM’s candidature.  In Jammu and Kashmir and the UP, his contemporaries are only making a mess of things and he will gain from their lack of experience and judgement and must bide his time.

V Subramanyan

Most Successful Dhoni

MS stands for ‘most successful’ and congratulations to M S Dhoni for surpassing Ganguly’s record of 21 Test wins as captain to become our country’s most successful captain ever. The Australian team is on the downside and Clarke’s boys have played like ‘clerks’ in the present, series by losing the first two Tests without any fight. This Kangaroo side is vulnerable to spin and Ashwin and co. have exploited this weakness to the fullest.

Dhoni has led his boys by example and he enjoys his cricket, which has truly produced results, be it Test cricket, ODIs or T-20 games. May he lead us to many more successful triumphs in the future as well.

S N Kabra

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