Promoting sports

“Why we are not a sporting nation’’ ( Business Line, August 16) is right in saying that money or lack of it alone does not explain India’s performance in sports. India has to be a sporting nation in the first place. Sports has to be in the psyche of Indians. Effective participation will trigger competitive interest eventually.

Indians must think of sports as a necessary accessory to good living and a viable economic activity, beyond the participation stage. Also relevant and important is the level of dignity attached to sports, in general, and to some sports, in particular. There has to be a scientific and determined approach to identifying the right talent and grooming it. Why not have loan schemes for sportspersons to buy equipment, gear and other essentials to pursue their sport? Can we have tax regulations providing incentives to promoters setting up sports factories? Can we have institutions imparting education on sports? Mere funding will not bring results.

Satyanarayana Murthy Secunderabad

Leadership vacuum

This refers to “India at 65, a rudderless ship” ( Business Line, August 15). On the occasion of Independence Day, the feelings of a right-thinking Indian would not have found better expression. The absence of governance; refusal by a person, to whom circumstances provided the PM’s position on a platter, to rise to the occasion; and the bankruptcy of the political class have been brought out well.

UPA-2 by design had a one-item agenda of remaining in power for five full years. Manmohan Singh was entrusted with the task of ensuring this. CAG may write any report; the PM will not move a finger until forced by the benevolent employer.

Time was when people waited in small groups around radios with anticipation and hope to listen to the PM’s speech on every Independence Day. Now, it is difficult to find a single soul who has anything positive to say about the PM or the government he leads. As stated in the article, any change will be for the better.

M.G. Warrier Mumbai
(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated August 18, 2012)
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