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Hats off to the Indian team for winning the first Test match of the current series at Ahmedabad, defeating England by nine wickets ('Rising to the Occasion', IE, November 20). This win helped redeem the Indian team after its last loss to England. It was undoubtedly a superb team effort, but a large part of the credit goes to Cheteshwar Pujara for his double century, Virender Sehwag for his century and Yuvraj Singh for his half-century in the first innings. Our bowlers, especially Pragyan Ojha and R. Ashwin, ensured the English team's defeat at an early stage.
— Dilbag Rai, Chandigarh
PEOPLE in Punjab and Delhi should not fall prey to DSGPC (Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak committee) politics ('Dikshit should explain move to amend Gurudwara Act: Badal', IE, November 18). Both Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit and Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal seem to have electoral calculations in mind when dealing with the DSGPC.
— Brij B. Goyal
BAL THACKERAY had a large following in some parts of Maharashtra ('The commander', IE, November 19), but he seemed to treat the state as his personal fiefdom. He was disdainful of people from other states who came to Maharashtra. It is difficult to understand why a leader with his record was given a state funeral. Why were taxis and autorickshaws kept off the roads of Mumbai for his funeral? Is it because people were afraid that Thackeray's supporters would stop them and that shopkeepers would be compelled to drop their shutters?
— R.K. Kapoor
For Sir Vidia
THIS refers to 'Karnad's civilising mission' (IE, November 17) and 'Limits of Naipaul's antipathies' (IE, November 17). The latest controversy about V.S. Naipaul was stirred by Girish Karnad's accusation that Naipaul is biased against Islam. But on some occasions, Naipaul has acknowledged the contribution of Islam and Christianity to India, demonstrating the absence of nuance in Karnad's criticism.