June 3, 2015 12:08:34 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or sent to The Indian Express, B-1/B, Sector 10, Noida-UP 201301.
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Cricket lovers will welcome the BCCI’s decision to appoint Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and V.V.S. Laxman. But Kapil Dev’s name is missing. His contribution would have been of immense value. While the three appointees are renowned batsmen, Kapil would have filled the vacuum, having been one of the greatest fast bowlers and a very good fielder. India has good ODI and T-20 records, but we falter when it comes to playing Tests, especially overseas. The trio can certainly turn the tables and the BCCI should give them a free hand. But the board should ask Kapil to join and and also rope in Sunil Gavaskar as a mentor.
S.N. Kabra, Mumbai
A Beef With Eggs
This refers to the editorial ‘Scrambled up’ (IE, June 2). It’s shocking to hear of such an unscientific and insensitive attitude towards the nutritional needs of malnourished children. More so, as this comes from the chief minister of a state that has many malnourished children. Imposing one’s own preferences on the dietary needs of others is undemocratic. It amounts to a virtual ban on eggs, just like the ban imposed on beef.
Amritpal Singh, New Delhi
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Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s decision to stop serving eggs for anganwadi meals is welcome. Many people still prefer “pure vegetarian” restaurants because they fear the mixing of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. Eggs served in anganwadi meals can hurt their sentiments. The beliefs and practices of a minority (vegetarians, in this case), need to be respected. As for protein, daal and soybean can be provided. The government can work on the larger causes of malnutrition, such as sanitation, hygiene, healthcare and post-natal medicine. It’s not wise to hurt a minority’s sentiments when alternatives are available.
Badal Jain, Jalgaon
The mastermind of the Janata merger is Lalu Prasad, with the hidden agenda of recovering lost ground in Bihar (‘It’s time to decide: Lalu to Nitish’, IE, June 2). Of the six parties, except the JD(U) and RJD, none has a presence in Bihar. After exiting the NDA, Nitish Kumar had to team up with Lalu. Now, Lalu wants his pound of flesh. Even if there is a JD(U)-RJD government, instability caused by clashing egos and interests cannot be ruled out. Isn’t it time for Nitish to put Bihar’s interests first and consider a return to the NDA fold?
M.C. Joshi, Lucknow
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