* THIS refers to Ministry returns ball to AITA court (IE,June 20). It is unfortunate that the sports ministry could do nothing to resolve the situation apart from uttering a few empty words. No doubt,it would be meaningless to send Leander Paes with a junior player for the Olympics. But what purpose will it serve if an unwilling player is partnered with Paes? The Indian Olympic Association and AITA should shed their ego and send Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna. Both players are in good form at the moment.
* WITH regard to the tennis fiasco,the best thing would be not to send a team for the London Olympics at all. All the overpaid prima donnas of Indian sports can nurse their grievances at home.
* THIS refers to Kalam pulls out of race,Sena backs Mukherjee (IE,June 19). Former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam made a wise decision by not entering the presidential election fray. He was sensible enough to not get carried away by the frequent visits from NDA partners. The trust deficit and infighting within the BJP made the NDA dilly-dally in nominating a presidential candidate. As a result,the alliance is in complete disarray. Even the Shiv Sena is now saying it supports the UPA candidate,Pranab Mukherjee. Had Kalams nomination been announced earlier,things might have turned out very differently.
* THIS refers to Modi as PM: Nitish issues warning,party talks pullout (IE,June 20). The partners in the NDA are determined to pull down Narendra Modi. Nevertheless,the Gujarat chief minister seems to thrive on opposition. Only with him as prime ministerial candidate does the BJP stand a fighting chance in the 2014 elections.
* APROPOS Talking to G-20 (IE,June 20),it is extremely important to initiate key policy reforms in the country. However,quality governance seems to be hampered by coalition politics. Indias pledging $10 billion to the IMFs crisis management fund is indicative of the countrys ever growing prowess on the global front. The prime minister might have taken this step keeping in mind the possible impact the break-up of the eurozone could have on India. Nevertheless,the government must set things in order on the domestic front before lending financial support to foreign countries. Lack of reforms and difficulty in doing business in the country have forced several agencies to lower Indias credit rating,sending foreign investors in search of safer markets.