Suffering in someone else’s war
Syria has, unfortunately, become the battlefield of international proxies (‘Turkey in Syria, not just ‘intervention’, Gulf News, September 13). Despite the involvement of the world’s three big superpowers, the US, China and Russia, this country has been surrounded by the deadliest civil war in recent times. Primarily, the US and Russia are trying to show the rest of the world whose court owns the ball. I am in no agreement with any of them, in the slightest, as they are the architects of shaky truces. They need to consciously think of the future of this devastated country. I have no faith left in whether their fragile ceasefires will last long. May God be with Syria.
From Mr Sahib Imran
Not for fighting but for frightening
Nuclear warheads are used as a deterrent (‘Poll analysis: Controversy over North Korea’s missile test’, Gulf News, September 11). Technically, we cannot blame North Korea for accruing and possessing nuclear weapons. There is a reason for that. They know very well that the country has no democracy, no military might, no viable economy and is encircled by enemies. Though nuclear power is not the answer for all these odd factors, the same can act as a minimum credible deterrent against any external assault. The Kim administration fears if there are no such weapons of mass destruction, the country will face the fate of Iraq and Saddam Hussain. I believe the real threat to humanity is not coming from North Korea, Iraq, Libya, Syria or Afghanistan, but from the US. This fact will be known to all sooner rather than later. Weak people believe in luck, strong people believe in cause and effect.
From Mr Girish R. Edathitta
A lifeline in Test cricket
It is really surprising as to how Rohit Sharma held on to his place in the squad to face the visiting New Zealand team in India (‘India retain Rohit and Dhawan for New Zealand series’, Gulf News, September 13). Though the selectors feel that he hasn’t got a long run in Test cricket and hence he was retained, what about the umpteen amount of players who were warming the benches? I really feel sorry for players like S. P. Jackson, Mayank Agarwal and also Shroul Thakur, who seldom got a chance to prove their talent. Anyway, now that Sharma has got a lifeline to play in his favourite pitches, let us hope he will shine.
From Ms Janaki Mahadevan
Talented players hit the radar
There is every reason for Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) President, N. Srinivasan, to become overwhelmed by the success of Tamil Nadu Premiere League (TNPL). Definitely, the tournament has been a hit and was a real feast for cricket-starved fans in the state, who were denied any international match by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). It is really a boost to the talented players of Tamil Nadu, who have been overlooked by the national selectors. We sincerely hope that all the Indian Premiere League (IPL) franchisers will select talented players from Tamil Nadu.
Incidentally, l feel that some of the U-19 players, who were in the TNPL teams, were overlooked by them and never got a chance to exhibit their talent. I hope they, too, get some matches next season.
From Ms Kavitha Srikanth
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