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Urgent need; Bitter truth

Urgent need

• Sir - Citizens should be allowed to file all first information reports online. While everyone has the right to get an FIR registered at a police station, it is easier said than done. It is no secret that police officers often discourage the filing of complaints, and sometimes even refuse to register FIRs. This is because they view a higher number of recorded crimes as reflecting poorly on the police and their ability to maintain law and order. At times, even if an FIR is registered, pressure from influential quarters leads to the police closing the case without a proper investigation. As such, enabling the online registration of FIRs will aid ordinary people in their search for justice.

Md. Hasan,
Calcutta

Bitter truth

• Sir - The demise of the veteran cricketer and former Bengal captain, Gopal Bose, at the age of 71 has created a void in cricket. Bose scored 3,757 runs, including eight centuries, in first class cricket, and also took 72 wickets. It is unfortunate that in spite of his skills, he was not included in the playing eleven for the West Indies series in 1975. Eknath Solkar was chosen instead. His partnership of 194 runs with Sunil Gavaskar - of whom he was an ardent admirer - in an unofficial Test against Ceylon is worth remembering. He helped Bengal win many Ranji Trophy matches. Bose also ran a coaching academy that nurtured young cricketers who went on to play for Bengal. Even though he did not get a proper chance to shine on the international stage, his cricketing wisdom was second to none.

Indranil Sanyal,
Calcutta

• Sir - Gopal Bose was one of the few players who had the ability to score numerous runs in domestic cricket in his time. The preference of the Board of Control for Cricket in India for players from regions in India other than the east was well-known. Under such circumstances, his selection to play for India bore testimony to his talent - during India's unofficial tour of Sri Lanka, he scored a tonne and put up a 194-run opening partnership with Sunil Gavaskar. Unfortunately, he eventually fell victim to the bias against cricketers from Bengal. He was a much better cricketer than he was projected to be. Apart from being a steady batsman, he was a handy bowler and a good fielder as well.

M.N. Gupta,
Bokaro

• Sir - Gopal Bose was the first cricketer from Bengal to play a one-day international match against England in the year 1974. He was one of the most respected coaches of Bengal. His demise is a great loss for Bengal cricket.

Sourish Misra,Calcutta

• Sir - The recently-deceased cricketer, Gopal Bose, was one in a long line of players from Bengal to be discriminated against by the BCCI and its selection committee. His superb skills as an opener, his decent bowling and his shining record in domestic cricket were apparent. He even scored a memorable century in an unofficial Test against Sri Lanka. In spite of this, selectors did not give him a place in the Test team - even though there was a dearth of quality openers to partner with Sunil Gavaskar. He was in the squad for the Test against the West Indies in Madras in 1975; but, although Gavaskar suffered a last-minute injury, Bose was not included in the playing eleven. The management promoted Eknath Solkar from lower down the batting order to the prime position of opener when they could have chosen a specialist like Bose instead.

The report, "Lost a very dear person: Sourav" (Aug 27), says that Bose's "struggles against the moving delivery" were the reason he did not play during the 1974 tour of England. This is an illogical statement. He was selected for the tour on the basis of his consistent domestic success. If he did not get a chance to prove his worth on English pitches, how is his 'inability' to play the moving delivery being assumed? Bose was given just one chance to play in an ODI. It is true that he only scored 13 runs in that match. However, in his first four ODIs, the former batsman, Rahul Dravid, scored an aggregate of 21 runs. Yet, he was selected for the 1996 tour of England and awarded a Test cap. He went on to create history. Had such a liberal attitude been displayed towards Bose, he might have emerged as a very successful all-rounder in Test cricket.

Kajal Chatterjee,
Sodepur

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