Letters to the editor

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Published: August 23, 2016 6:19:19 AM

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is the running phenomenon of our times. He has done what no other man has ever done. He has bagged nine gold medals in three consecutive Olympic Games.

World at Bolt’s feet

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is the running phenomenon of our times. He has done what no other man has ever done. He has bagged nine gold medals in three consecutive Olympic Games. He has outlived age to immortalise himself in the world of sports. Right now, he is probably more popular and famous than any other person on the planet. He has the world at his feet. No superlative can adequately describe his athletic prowess and feats. God has sculpted him as ‘the best of our species’ and sent him to the track for us to watch him as a visual treat and a joy. The Rio medals have crowned a glorious career in athletics. The moments when he went past the winning posts in 100-metre sprint and 200-metre race and 400-metre relay event in Beijing, London and Rio, will make posterity marvel at his feats. His trademark pose, his selfies with the crowd and the smile he sported were all uplifting. Unlike a few of his rivals who took drugs to enhance performance, Bolt relied on his natural athletic prowess to win laurels and that too in inimitable style. The IOC should give him an extra medal for being clean and a model for aspiring athletes. For anyone, to emulate his sporting achievements is almost an impossible dream. We are privileged to live as his contemporaries and watch his surreal show.

G David Milton, Maruthancode (Tamil Nadu)

Patel the prudent choice

The choice of Urjit Patel, an eminent economist, consultant and banker, as the 24th Governor of the Reserve Bank of India reflects the government’s preference for continuity of the Rajan tradition and is a step in the right direction. No doubt, Patel will have to face a number of challenges, ranging from reining in inflation to managing currency volatility but looking at his profound understanding of the global economy, and extraordinary intellectual prowess concerning the financial problems of India, he will ease into the steps of the outgoing Governor when it comes to containing inflation and reducing interest rates. As Rajan’s successor, Patel will need to cut rates further. His appointment as Governor will also come as a relief to international investors. His appointment ensures a smooth transition and continuity in the monetary policy. The challenge he will have to face is the mountain of bad debt at the country’s government-owned banks.

Vinod C Dikshit, Hyderabad

Stop looking for caste

As we read about how internet searches in India showed that many people in the country were interested, as PV Sindhu was playing her finals at Rio, in knowing the caste this pride of India belongs to, we were filled with utter disgust. Caste is the cancer this nation is cursed with, and this behavious exposed how we behave as if we are less Indian and more the member of our respective castes. Interestingly, will these people tomorrow want to have reservations for selection of athletes for Olympics? We are crippling our future as a nation with such mindset; this may not bode well for the dignity of the nation. Wake up, India.

Shivkumar Pandithar, Pune

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