In the death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the world has lost a great writer, a literary colossus. His best book, One Hundred Years of Solitude, made a profound impact on human consciousness and will linger in our minds forever. Despite being a Nobel laureate, he was humbleness personified. That he considered himself a journalist is testimony to his love and commitment towards the profession. There is no doubt that he will continue to inspire budding writers. The void left by him in the literary world will be impossible to fill.
Apropos of ‘Vote Supriya or lose water, “threatens” Ajit’ (IE, April 18), one would never have imagined the depths our “leaders” would plunge to in order to get elected. Pawar’s threats are brazen. They are shameful and, frankly, downright criminal. I hope the Election Commission takes the harshest possible action against him. What Pawar resorted to was blackmail. Since when does the government think it can determine water policy based on voting behaviour? I shudder to think what some less well-informed voters will do now. Will poor voters have the courage to ignore such dire threats? Where have all the old-style statesmen-politicians gone? They don’t make them like like Nehru, Patel or Shastri anymore.
This refers to the editorial ‘Nobody’s game’ (IE, April 18). When the Supreme Court intervened in the BCCI’s murky affairs last month, and asked N. Srinivasan to quit, it was expected that Srinivasan would lie low, at least till the completion of the investigations. The apex court had made the scathing observation that Srinivasan’s reign at the helm of the BCCI was “nauseating”. Yet Srinivasan had the temerity to pose as the martyr by pleading that he was aggrieved by the unsubstantiated allegations against him. But the Supreme Court was not impressed by Srinivasan’s plea. It is sad that no former cricketers or administrators have protested against the BCCI’s maladministration. The BCCI is not Srinivasan’s family enterprise.
In the dock
This refers to the report ‘Hotelier Chatwal pleads guilty to violating US poll laws’ (IE, April, 18). Sant Singh Chatwal — a Padma Bhushan awardee — admitted that he was guilty of violating US poll law. This clearly shows the effectiveness of the US’s public institutions and systems in checking electoral malpractice. Such a high-profile person would never have been indicted of a similar crime in India. Electoral malpractice and corruption have become business as usual in our polity.
Ashok K. Ashu