The German chancellor’s gesture of returning the 10th century Durga statue to India should be appreciated by one and all. Let us hope that the government of the UK also hands over the Kohinoor diamond and the sword of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, which has been in its possession for the last few centuries.
Arun Malankar, Mumbai
Useful But Limited
This refers to the editorial ‘Poverty’s great fall’ (October 6). While statistics have their due role, it is only a limited one. Percentages and figures are useful political tools, apart from being analytical aids. However, any cheer or despair they bring is momentary. The real work has to be done on the ground. Poverty cannot be reduced to just percentages. Whether 21 per cent or 12 per cent, it still means millions of individuals are waiting to be recognised as separate, valued and individual entities. That is the magnitude of the challenge we face.
Nivedita Dwivedi, Navi Mumbai
The crowd behaviour at Barabati stadium in Cuttack was reminiscent of the infamous 1996 World Cup semi-finals, when India struggled against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. However, Indian spectators, barring a few aberrations, have been well behaved and sporting. The Cuttack incident is a slur on the reputation of Indian cricket fans, who are generally perceived to be highly informed. However, when some mischief mongers go astray, the game suffers. South African skipper Faf du Plessis’s remark that in his entire career of playing in India, he hasn’t witnessed such an incident, is telling. One cannot agree with Indian skipper M.S. Dhoni’s remark that the matter wasn’t serious enough. Such despicable crowd reaction cannot be construed as “fun”, as Dhoni wants us to believe.
Ganapathi Bhat, Akola