Apropos of the column Mr Tebbit goes to Meerut (FE, March 10), the author, it seems, has stretched his argument too far. It is indeed correct that the Uttar Pradesh government grossly overreacted by even contemplating the usage of the IPCs section on sedition against 65 Kashmiri students of course, there is nothing wrong with clapping for any side during a sporting event but the unfortunate fact remains that cheering for Pakistan in a cricket match can be provocative. The authorities should be commended for defusing a potentially explosive situation by ensuring the safe passage of the students to their families in Jammu & Kashmir.
The price of foolishness
Apropos of the column Mr Tebbit goes to Meerut (FE, March 10), cricket is no match for the game of politics and the Samajwadi Party, on the eve of the 2014 polls, resorted to tactics most foul. Its record of governance of the state has been abjectly wanting and its alienation with the minority vote bank almost total after its ham-handed dealing of the Muzaffarnagar riots, and thereafter its neglect of the rehabilitation camps. Mayawati riding on an anti-incumbency sentiment had perhaps closed all options to SP other than pitching in for a share of the remaining cache of votes. In a thoughtless move to upstage the BJP, to being seen as more nationalist, it has resorted to laying outlandish charges against students cheering Pakistan in a game of cricket! The SP today has managed to severely traduce not only the hard-earned credentials of this great nation but has dealt a blow to its integrity as well. This is too big a price to pay by a nation, in exchange for vacuous electoral edge to an insecure and wayward political outfit.
This is with reference to the editorial Spotting fakes (FE, March 14). The non-cloneable Identification (nCID) sounds quite interesting and something right out of science fiction. Embedding a non-reproducible nCID chip using magneto-optic technology could make fakes a thing of past soon. It's all the more significant since in today's times, spurious products are being replicated at an astonishing pace, matching the looks to a great extent. However much the idea appears nice, its economic implications need to be considered. Setting up a secure database, the ability to generate infinitely unique codes would require massive investments and might also make products costlier. Also, how would everyone verify the nCID code from remote regions is something to be pondered upon. What if the machine that is used for verification is tampered with A lot of things need to be seen before implementing this commendable idea from the Pune-based company Bilcare.