Lies and chits
* This refers to the report Bengals chit fund kingpins run through N India ends in J&K,held in Sonamarg (IE,April 24). It is a sad story of powerful persons ganging up to exploit innocent common citizens.Chit fund companies operate with impunity and even the vigilance of SEBI does not deter them. The kind of impunity they enjoy cannot be possible without the collusion of politicians and police. Ordinary citizens are assured of rich returns and are made to invest in unauthorised schemes. It is time the government brought in strict regulations to make it impossible for chit fund companies to deceive the public.
* AFTER the Delhi gangrape,the new rape law became the focus of attention. But did the law against homicide stop murders from happening? What assures people that a law,however stringent,will be a deterrent for rape? The so-called developing country needs more sweeping changes. Let the recent rape case be the last straw. The spirit of the nation has to go through some revolutionary changes. Political opportunists see such incidents as a a chance to curry favour with votebanks by making soothing statements. The police are mainly concerned with keeping their FIR registers empty. India does not need new organisations or groups. Change must start at the individual level.
Gayle of runs
* SOME spectacular cricket was witnessed at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Tuesday (Chris Gayles number 3 connection,IE,April 24). People ducked for cover as Chris Gayle pulverised the hapless Pune Warriors. Gayle showed how the game of cricket should be played at the T-20 level. Indian cricketers playing the shortest form of the game should learn the art of calculated hitting. He hit 17 sixes and 13 fours,he came,he saw and conquered the pitch with his positive approach and his scintillating stroke play. The Bangalore crowd got its moneys worth for the first time in IPL 6. Gayles 175 is the highest individual score in T-20 cricket and that the century came off 30 balls shows how aggressive he was throughout his innings. We now remember Kapil Dev,175 not out in an ODI with Zimbabwe,scored against all odds at Tunbridge Wells in the 1983 world cup.
* INDIA is constantly kept on edge because of Chinese aggression (Bid on to resolve face-off over Chinese troop camp in Ladakh,IE,April 21). China is a neighbour who cannot be trusted. Chinas increasing influence is also going to be a headache for other powers like Japan and the US. India can form ties with such countries and mount pressure on China. How well we deal with China will be a test of our political shrewdness and skill at diplomatic manoeuvring.