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There is no doubt that people in India are cricket crazy but winning and losing need to be taken in the right spirit.

By: Express News Service |
Updated: March 30, 2015 12:21:33 am

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It’s just cricket
This refers to the editorial, ‘Better side won’ (IE, March 27). The shots of people breaking television sets on the road in full view of news cameras seem contrived. It’s difficult to believe that a group of people who are upset enough to smash their television sets would pause to call the press first. There is no doubt that people in India are cricket crazy but winning and losing need to be taken in the right spirit. Even the best players falter. It was disturbing to note that security around M.S. Dhoni’s home had to be beefed up because the police feared there would be reprisals. This is ridiculous. People need to calm down and see things in the right perspective. Give Team India a break. They probably wanted to win as badly as you wanted them to.
— Ashok Goswami
Mumbai

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In a time warp
This refers to Kuldip Nayar’s ‘Secularism has weak roots’ (IE, March 26). It is appalling that the veteran journalist refuses to recognise that secularism is part of the basic ethos of most Hindus — they believe in “sarva dharma sambhava”— and that the Congress’s track record on the issue is far from kosher. Further, Nayar refuses to acknowledge that “Muslims and Dalits” have made impressive strides, socially and economically. Dalits have even set up their own chambers of commerce and industry. Unfortunately, Nayar is stuck in his ways. He tends to recycle bits of one-sided stories, like Amartya Sen’s withdrawal from Nalanda University, and deliberately ignores the other side.
— M. Ratan
Delhi

Medieval times
This refers to the article, ‘The Farkhunda shame’ by C. Uday Bhaskar (IE, March 27). It has now been proved that the charges of blasphemy against Farkhunda were false. But the key question is, had she indeed “blasphemed”,would the killing have still been condemned by the political class in Afghanistan? A similar incident of lynching took place in Dimapur, Nagaland, recently. Is my calender wrong or are we in fact in the 21st century?
— Nivedita Dwivedi
Mumbai

Waiting for the cut
n THIS refers to the editorial, ‘Transmission defect’ (IE, March 26). It has rightly been mentioned that the principal reason for the delay in passing on the effect of the repo rate cuts is the mounting burden of bad debt. It is unfair if disciplined borrowers are penalised through higher interest rates to compensate for losses on bad loans. However, banks badly need to shore up their profits too. In this sense, the delay in passing on the rate cuts seems justified.
— D.C.M. Reddy
Vadodara

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