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Reservation policies


Sir,

This is with reference to the present day reservation policies going on in the political scenario, where in a citizen was free to contest or vote but now, by putting localities under reservations is to indirectly force a voter for particular category. The laws are based on castes and gender, which is far away from the 'secular' assurance given by the preamble of the constitution. A term 'selectively secular' will be more appropriate for today’s politics. Also I hope that our policy makers take a decision for reservations to fairer sex on a compassionate ground rather than a passionate one to ensure justice for all.

Anchan Khanna

Bangalore

 

Future of 50-over cricket


Shane Warne belongs to a rare breed of cricketers who can be liked or disliked; but cannot be ignored. His off-field antics apart, the blond Australian is universally acknowledged for his thinking capacity and analytical observations. His captaincy in IPL was spot on. Shane was quicksilver on the field much to the delight of his teammates and spectators. Now, Shane Warne has gone on record that cricket must have only tests and T20. Coming from a man who has tasted unbridled success in tests and 50 overs games, the suggestion is a genuine food for thought. In its formative years, T20 had its opponents. Their number has dwindled.

In comparison, the 50-over cricket looks pale. Three different versions of the same game, almost unheard of in any popular sport, are causing fast burn out of cricketers. Flintoff's example should serve as a warning to world cricket. Notably, many top test batsmen are enjoying success in T20 too. Left to themselves, they would like to 'rest' from 50-over one dayers. But, for obvious reasons, they cannot do so. However, Shane Warne has opened a worthwhile debate and connoisseurs of cricket should address this aspect to save cricketers from fading out.

Ganapathi Bhat

Akola, Maharashtra

 

Name of submarine

A revered Jain Muni is reported to have objected to the naming of Indian submarine as “Arihant”. In this connection, it may be mentioned that the word Arihant is of Sanskrit origin, which literally means “Killer of Enemy”; Ari (Enemy) and Hant (Killer). Therefore, the word, which also happens to be the name of a Jain Thirthankar, can be said to have a common usage; and as such, can be de-linked from a religious connotation of any sort.  

Arun Malankar

Mumbai

 

‘Bottle of whisky’ and parliamentary ethics

This is in regards to the Rajya Sabha opposition leader Jaswant Singh’s statement on the exemption of tax slab “it was not enough to buy even a bottle of whisky for a senior citizen like him”. And replying to it, the finance minister advised him to kick the bottle by giving illustration of his own habit of smoking that he has given up.

The parliament is a decision making house for debate and discussion and framing the welfare policies of the people nevertheless one is pointing another with their grand luxurious traits of whisky and cigarette which is matter of great shame on both the leaders.

The whole incident had given a bout of laughter making parliament a platform for laughter house to the members of the house. The contextual discussion and use of such phrases will cross the standards of civil society and sends a wrong message before the young India.

The parliamentary ethics and its sanctity should be preserved and senior leaders should absolve from using such phraseology and endeavor for the promotion and development of public policies in parliamentary linguistic tone.

Syed Khaja

New Delhi

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