One cant but admire the unwarranted eagerness exhibited by the media in tinting seemingly innocuous issues with a hint of intrigue (Sangakkara takes it on the chin,IE,August 19). This penchant for presenting reality with a right mix of theatrics keeps various news channels in business. Take the case of Virender Sehwag who was denied a century. Apparently,a no-ball by Suraj Randiv robbed Sehwag of the honour. What transpired later was that in a shocking display of unsportsmanship,the Sri Lankan had bowled a deliberate no-ball! Though India comprehensively won the match,a miffed Sehwag had a lot to complain about. Eventually profuse apologies were tendered. In fact,Sri Lankan cricket authorities initiated an inquiry. What one learns from such incidents is that on-field controversies are fanned by the disingenuous few in the studio,concerned more with their TRP ratings.
Why the hullabaloo over Sri Lankan spinner Suraj Randiv,who bowled a no-ball to deny Virender Sehwag a hundred,by our media? To many cricket lovers,Randiv may not have bowled in the right spirit,but he bowled within the laws of cricket. If he was wrong,why do many cricketers allow boundaries or two runs in place of a single in order to make the tailender face the next over? Actually,everything is fair not only in cricket but also in other sports. Interestingly,Kumar Sangakkara,the Sri Lanka captain,and Randiv personally apologised to Sehwag post-match. The matter should have ended there. This incident reminds me of how the BCCI and even our Parliament roared against the umpire who warned Sachin Tendulkar on ball-tampering.
Bidyut K. Chatterjee
In and out
This refers to Raju gets bail,govt says wont hit probe (IE,August 19). Indias biggest corporate scamster,B. Ramalinga Raju is accused of massive fraud. Yet,expectedly,most of the time he enjoyed his routine in the cosy rooms of his hospital. His crime can be equated with US investor Bernard Madoff. Rajus confession and CBIs findings apparently havent served justice whereas Madoffs has landed himself a 150-year jail sentence. Experts say that in India chances are the bigger the scam,the less the time in jail. Essentially,our anti-corruption laws are so fragile that they gives the corrupt a lot of room for manoeuvre.
If China has indeed moved CSS-5 missiles close to its border with India,as well as making contingency plans for airlifting forces at short notice,as the Pentagon has reported,it is alarming news for India (The guessing game,IE,August 19). The Indian government should attach paramount importance to national security.