Slow and steady

Slow and steady

The editorial 'Keep talking' (IE, December 3) is right to advise India to keep up patient, steady efforts to resolve boundary disputes with China. Taking an aggressive stance could prove to be counterproductive in the present geo-political climate. Both countries must go into talks willing to listen to each other. Needless to say, every country considers its interests supreme. We should, therefore, be prepared to give and take in order to reach an agreement.

Satwant Kaur


Retired unhurt

THE article 'The long goodbye' ( IE, November 30) by Yamini Lohia reminds us that greatness sometimes lies in knowing when to let go, no matter how much success a sportsman might have tasted in his career. For many, Schumacher was not just a Formula 1 sportsman he symbolised the sport itself. His retirement ends an era in which a single person carried the weight of expectations from the sport. We may never see such domination again. Schumi's sway over F1 can perhaps be compared to Sachin Tendulkar's over cricket. Although currently in poor form and outshone by new players in the team, Tendulkar has refused to give up the mantle. Schumacher could not get the ending he deserved. But every cricket fan would hope that Tendulkar goes out on his own terms.

Abhishek Tinaikar


End of an era

APROPOS 'The winner' (IE, November 30), there can be no doubt about Ricky Ponting's contribution to Australian cricket. A captain and a batsman par excellence, he was one of the main players in the era of Australian invincibility. But this era was also marred by unseemly incidents of sledging and other misdemeanours by Australian players. Now that Ponting has decided to hang up his boots, many will be clamouring for Tendulkar to follow suit.

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