I was pained to read what I think is an uninformed piece by Leher Kala (‘Spoil sport’, IE, October 27). As an old sportsperson (pistol shooting), I think very few people in India are even aware of the pain and agony we go through. To be a sportsperson in India, with its callous administration and indifferent government, is a huge challenge. Women have it even worse. Our society does not give much credit to excellence in sports, except for cricket. An athlete trains at her own cost, balancing job and family, and still tries to compete against well-funded, better-coached competitors from other countries. All this pain and agony is geared to win. Only columnists like Kala find value in being an also-ran and a good loser. As someone once said: “Good losers usually do”. So if L. Sarita Devi threw a “tantrum”, let’s extend our sympathy to her instead of criticism.
— Raj Khalid
Simply the best
It’s good to read that our textile industry is reaching new highs (‘Good news from textile sector: exports to US, No 1 single market, hit record high’, IE, October 27). By taking small steps we’re working towards becoming a big economy. Thanks to the Centre’s efforts and the “Make in India” programme, we’re starting to play to our strengths. We may not have the largest beverage companies in the world like the US does. We may be far behind European and Japanese automobile giants. We may also be lagging behind other Asian countries in technology. But from being good in the textile industry, we’re working towards becoming the best.
— Abhishek Jha
Clearence of defence projects worth Rs 80,000 crore by the Modi government will help meet some of the vital requirements of our armed forces. This step is long overdue thanks to the UPA government’s indecision (‘Rs 80,000 crore push for defence, made-in-India subs set sail’, IE, October 26). The decision to hold at least one meeting per month of the Defence Acquisition Council to speed up the process of military acquisitions is praiseworthy. It shows the government’s willpower to take tough decisions.
— M.C. Joshi
No dark horse?
This refers to the editorial, ‘49 days vs 5 years’ (IE, October 25). Arvind Kejriwal and his party will not have it easy in the next Delhi elections. Last time, he surprised us all and his party emerged as the dark horse of the election. But the dice are loaded heavily against him now. People are still very upset about
— Ganapathi Bhat