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Letters to the Editor: Eye catching names of horses in horse racing

Readers write in from Calcutta, Mumbai, Nadia and Ujjain

The Editorial Board Published 11.12.22, 05:16 AM
These names depend on lineage, jockey clubs, birth year and so on.

These names depend on lineage, jockey clubs, birth year and so on. File picture

Bet on quirks

Sir — Race horses often have quirky names, such as ‘O Hansini’, which won the Nagarjunasagar Trophy this week. These names depend on lineage, jockey clubs, birth year and so on. It is imperative that the names are unique to attract the attention of those placing bets. While names like ‘Daddy’s Bonus’ and ‘Don’t Tell Daddy’ pique curiosity, there are also unfortunate choices like ‘Oreo Cookie’. Names associated with artists, such as Picasso and Rembrandt, are also in vogue. It is difficult to come up with cool but unique names that have not already been used up as similar sounding names can lead to botched bets.


Dyutiman Bhattacharya, Calcutta

Be responsible

Sir — Discussions on human rights seldom include the need for ‘human responsibilities’ and their codified declarations. This is because such a declaration may lead some governments to make human rights contingent on the fulfillment of said responsibilities, leaving the concept of birthrights meaningless. However, the onus to act responsibly and respect the rights of others is on us. Article 29 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognises that every individual has duties towards the community and must respect the rights and freedoms of others.

Ishika Asodiya, Ujjain

Washed away

Sir — It is distressing to learn that the Indian Botanic Garden in Howrah has been affected by severe erosion and that parts of its fencing may collapse anytime (“Erosion hits botanic garden riverbank”, Dec 7). The authorities had previously taken up a mangrove plantation project along the bank to counter the erosion, but most of the saplings were washed away during high tide. Moreover, it is difficult to grow mangroves unless the water salinity is adequate. There is a need to test the river water in the area before initiating an action plan.

Khokan Das, Calcutta

Different world

Sir — Just like their peers, children with special needs want to be accepted. For instance, children with autism experience the world differently. Understanding this can help them realise their true potential. There is a growing body of fascinating research on this topic.

Jayanthi Subramaniam, Mumbai

Faith matters

Sir — The Supreme Court has directed that acts of charity should not come in exchange for religious conversions. The bench, led by Justice M.R. Shah, stated that voluntary conversion to a different faith is not the same as the belief in a different god gained through allurement. This reminder will hopefully put a stop to forced conversions and prioritise the freedom of choice.

C.K. Subramaniam, Navi Mumbai

Build bridges

Sir — The initiative by Mahadevi Birla World Academy to facilitate interaction between senior students and the elderly is commendable (“Teen who lost grandparents cherishes time with elders”, Dec 5). It will help children understand the importance of older family members. Both generations can learn from one another. Children usually have a special bond with grandparents and it is unfortunate that many senior family members are secluded and neglected by others.

Kiran Agarwal, Calcutta

Great mind

Sir — The demise of noted agricultural economist and former Union minister, Yoginder K. Alagh, is saddening. He made significant contributions to public policy, particularly in rural development. Alagh will be remembered for being a true democrat and for his inclusive approach to development.

S.S. Paul, Nadia

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