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It is difficult to understand the sudden onslaught of media, government and public attention on the IPL and the BCCI as it is not clear whose hard-earned money has been stolen and by whom (Crest cover, May 25). Is it really worth it to devote so much attention to this? It may be more worthwhile to spend time and energy to prevent taxpayers' money being siphoned off by vested interests in the name of welfare schemes and subsidies. This is a bigger national priority than some rich guys illegally betting. In any case betting is happening in many unimaginable ways and it is definitely not the priority when the country needs water, power, healthcare and development. The media must give the right thing the right amount of attention.
P Vijayaraghavan, via email
Piyush Roy's tribute to Rituparno Ghosh was most apt and timely (' A Memorable Oeuvre', June 1). He was an innovative filmmaker who certainly blurred the line between 'art' and 'cinema'. He not only had the courage to experiment but also the belief to see it succeed. He dealt with all strands of sexuality with finesse. Though he never limited himself to a particular genre, his women-centric movies showed his exceptional understanding of the female psyche. Having an eye for beauty, he let his female protagonists etch out memorable roles in films like Dahan and Binodini. Besides being confident of his own work, he inspired confidence in the actors who worked with him.
Vijai Pant, via email
Yes, Dear Leader
The culture of an organisation is tied to the CEO. And in India, 'yes-manism' is nurtured in almost all organisations with a vengeance(' The Super King's Stigma', June 1). An individual in a position of authority will be surrounded mostly by persons whose main concern is to be on his good books. Incurring his displeasure is a risk they will never take. In making suggestions and offering views, they will be guided by their superior's inclination rather than by considerations of ethics or what is really good. The one in a superior position seldom gets genuine advice, and if he goes the wrong way, there is practically none to warn him frankly so that he may correct himself. Do I need to say more?
T S Hariharan, on the website
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