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Oh god, not again
One fails to understand as to why people are so obsessed with Sachin Tendulkar (' Bye God?', Cover Story, December 22). He's just a cricketer, for god's sake. What he has done for the poor people of this country to be called a god? An aam aadmi works very hard to just get his square meals everyday, while a sportstar like Sachin is minting money not only through his profession but also from his various endorsements and advertisements. It is beyond my understanding as to why you crowned him with the title of 'God', when he is but a mortal being. Even a far more legendary cricketer like Sir Don Bradman was never crowned with such 'immortal' titles.
Dharmesh Kumar, via email
It's a wide world
It is so sad to see that women are being raped in India (' Crying Shame', December 22) and that they have to go out of their houses with a sense of fear. Moreover, they cannot even wear the kind of clothes they want to because of such fear. And we Indians take huge pride in our sense of democracy and equality! I'm 15 and have noticed that many of my fellow classmates in school look at girls in a very sick manner. I try to advice them not to do so, but instead of agreeing with me they say "you're not a true guy". Yeah, that's the mentality alright. They will surely pass on such thinking to future generations too. This is why I believe our future will be no better than the present.
Aditya Srivastava, via email
Hail big daddy
Narendra Modi is an Indian Barack Obama. He truly stands for true welfare and developmentcentric politics. His victory (' Time for centre stage?' December 22), like Obama's (as he himself, too, recognises), symbolises our version of Joseph Stiglitz's ideal outcome, where a 99 per cent mature middle class versus 1 per cent rich conservative people of Gujarat turned out right. Modi appears to belong to that rare tribe of democratic rulers who would, rather than amass wealth for their kin - and set up their own dynasty - identify and empathise with their people as their own children, and are only concerned with their welfare. Long live he and his tribe!
Bansal Mohan, via email
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