Letter of the Week: Voters’ choice

What was remarkable this time was that parties across the spectrum largely refused to toe the fundamentalist line.

Published: May 18, 2013 12:39 am

* This refers to the editorial ’Vote for politics’ (IE,May 13). That Nawaz Sharif keeps getting elected back into government,in spite of running battles with the army and other political formations,is testimony to his staying power,as well as to the dearth of seasoned politicians in Pakistan. The present elections will hopefully usher in a long reign of democracy. What was remarkable this time was that parties across the spectrum largely refused to toe the fundamentalist line. But promises of a friendly neighbourhood may just be election slogans to lure younger voters. Realpoilitk will take over soon enough,perhaps sooner among the hawks on the Indian side. Let us welcome the results of the election,if only because it is a rare event across the border.

— R. Narayanan Ghaziabad

No match

* THERE are enough reasons for cricket purists to have a deep aversion to the IPL. (‘IPL Season Fix’,IE,May 17). Allegations of fixing surface from time to time,and the recent arrests of three Rajasthan Royals cricketers do not come as

a great surprise. The show of wealth at the auctions,the Bollywood glamour at post-match parties seem

to have been too heady a mix for some cricketers. Spot-fixing involves very few players and is more difficult to prove than match-fixing. The BCCI,in its bid to fill up its coffers,

is hurting the gentleman’s game.

— Vijai Pant Kashipur

* THAT fixing is part and parcel of Indian cricket has been proved beyond doubt this time. So far,there was no one to call a spade a spade. But Rajasthan Royals cricketer,Ankeet Chavan,broke down under interrogation by Delhi Police and accepted his role in the spot-fixing scandal that has rocked the IPL. Even though everything is coming out in the open,

the BCCI seems anxious to avoid exposure. In the interests of transparency,we hope that a list of all Indian cricketers involved in spot-fixing during IPL 6 will be made public. It is possible there are many more who have not been exposed yet.

— C.K. Ramani Mumbai

Address this

* THE report,‘Call me Sir or Mr Judge,not My Lord: HC Justice’(IE,May 15),made for an interesting read. In India,while judges of district courts and magistrate courts are addressed as “Your Honour”,judges of high courts are referred to as “Your Lordship”or “My Lord”. While most of the judges are too busy with other matters to be concerned with the terms of address,many of the lawyers appearing before them may be senior in age and experience. President Pranab Mukerjee has already set an example by discarding the phrase

“His Excellency” before his name in routine official functions and communications,settling for “Honourable President”. It is equally important to know how lawyers themselves would like to address judges. It would be embarrassing if some lawyers continued to use honorifics and some did not.

— Ganapathi Bhat Akola

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