November 28, 2014 12:43:41 am
Letter of the Week Award
To encourage quality reader intervention The Indian Express offers the Letter of the Week Award. The letter adjudged the best for the week is published every Saturday. Letters may be e-mailed to editpage @expressindia.com or sent to The Indian Express, 9&10, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi -110002.
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Letters to the editor
*CONGRESS leaders seem overjoyed that actor-turned-politician Khushboo has joined the party (‘Khushboo joins Cong, yet to get role’, IE, November 27). The DMK had also been jubilant when the actress decided to join the party in 2010. At that time, she had no doubt expected to reach dizzying heights in the party. Now it seems to have dawned on her that DMK patriarch M. Karunanidhi is a firm believer in dynastic rule. So she has quit, citing differences with DMK scion M.K. Stalin. But Khushboo may find that joining the Congress is like going from the frying pan into the fire.
— P.G. Menon
* THE death of Australian cricketer Philip Hughes seems to point to the dangers that are inherent in the gentleman’s game (‘Australian cricketer Philip Hughes succumbs to head injury’, IE, November 27). Hughes’ demise is all the more painful because he was aiming to get back on the national side. In the past, cricketers like Raman Lamba, Nari Contractor and Phil Simmons have been hit on the head by cricket balls. Lamba suffered fatal injuries. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family of Philip Hughes. To prevent more such accidents in future, helmets worn by batsman must be made more protective.
— Devendra Khurana
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* IT IS regrettable that Pakistan is turning Saarc into a forum for non-cooperation, largely because of its animosity to India and its inability to deal with India’s rising global importance (‘Saarc warmth, some Pak chill’, IE, November 27). No other member-country had any problem in signing pacts and Pakistan was obviously just playing spoilsport. If Pakistan is bent on defeating the Saarc cause, member-countries must rethink it membership.
— M.C. Joshi
* THE violence in Ferguson brings to the fore not only the racial faultlines that lie across American society, but also the deep chasm between law enforcement authorities, dominated by whites, and the black community. Racial violence continues to taint American history. While African Americans have come a long way from the oppressed and subjugated community they used to be, their fight for justice is far from over. When the US elected Barack Obama as its first black president, many hailed it as a sign of its vibrant democracy and a tribute to its commitment to uphold the equality of all citizens. But it is a grim reality that, like Dalits in India, African Americans have to keep battling for justice in the courts of the world’s oldest democracy.
— M. Jeyaram
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