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Sin and SandSin is a way to salvation (“Goa: Sex and Mafia on Cocaine Coast”, November 8). Overindulgence in such sinful activities has irreparably tarnished Goa’s image. People associate it with drug traffickers and pimps who make things happen for those who can pay. If not nipped in the bud,,Sin and SandSin is a way to salvation (“Goa: Sex and Mafia on Cocaine Coast”, November 8). Overindulgence in such sinful activities has irreparably tarnished Goa’s image. People associate it with drug traffickers and pimps who make things happen for those who can pay. If not nipped in the bud, these activities would make Goa as bad as Las Vegas and Rio de Janeiro. Goa’s powerful drug mafia, which operates in close coordination with politicians, makes it vulnerable and a safe haven for anti-nationals and can pose a threat to the nation’s security.- S. Lakshmi, ChennaiThe despicable nexus between politicians, policemen and the drug mafia has slowly turned Goa into a hub of criminal activity. Stringent measures should be taken against those indulging in drug trafficking, flesh trade which spoil Goa for tourists.- Indu Shankar, VaranasiEasy access to drugs and sex has made idyllic Goa a haven for tourists. Though tourism is a flourishing economic activity here, not many people know Goa is also the largest producer of salt in the country. Its once famous salt industry is in a precarious situation today and if not attended to immediately, may soon be a thing of the past.- Sukant Gautam, KolkataSex, gangsters and drugs have brought disrepute to Goa and have led to rapes, murders and extortion. The rising crime rate has made this tourist hotspot unsafe. It’s time to act fast or the situation will spin out of control.- C.K. Subramaniam, Navi MumbaiadvertisementThe Nitish StandardBihar has been ailing for quite some time now (“Nitish’s Team Engine”, November 8). The prescription provided by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his team addressed the unthinkable. It gave this Bimaru state a new lease of life, and political parties of all hues are trying hard to reap the dividend of Nitish’s efforts today. It is easy to criticise but promising to do what Nitish has done will be a Herculean task for them.- Suman Chowdhury, MumbaiIPL’s Bat BoySince IPL is a commercial enterprise, Sunil Gavaskar should have been aptly compensated or so he wants (“I Quit as the IPL Didn’t Pay Me Well”, November 8). Cricketers, by virtue of their experience and expertise, can chase money but how much is too much? As a member of the IPL governing council, wasn’t checking the wrongdoings a part of his job? Obviously, he was paid to make a mess and not clear it. And he did a good job of it.- Dr Motupalli S. Prasad, via www.indiatoday.inHateful DodgerReducing the hype and separating the issues determinedly is the way to corner separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and others of his ilk who are keen to seek ‘azadi’ (“The Man Who Hates India”, November 8). The Indian Government will have to deal with Pakistan and the Kashmir issue firmly, but without ignoring domestic matters-governance, development, Naxalism and rising inflation.- Bishan Sahai, GurgaonIf Geelani had been a true Muslim, he would have graciously acknowledged the true spirit of democracy in a multi-religious society like India and wished well for all communities in the country (“Kashmir Can be a Model Islamic State”, November 8). He is living in a make-believe world where he has assumed that Jammu and Kashmir is not a part of India and can never be. Islamic fundamentalism has poisoned him; he can think only about destroying India. Geelani has conveniently forgotten that all these years, he has been living off on the hospitality and goodwill of India. How ungrateful can he be?- K.V. Raghuram, WayanadThe Golden Girls of HaryanaHaryana’s golden run at the Commonwealth Games is because of sportswomen like Saina Nehwal whose grandmother wanted a boy (“My Grandmother Wanted a Boy”, November 1). The traditional mindset exists much to our dismay not just in Haryana, but elsewhere too. Women are not considered at par with men. They are considered inferior and best suited to stay at home. Nehwal has been lucky. Her father Harvir Singh and mother Usha Rani are not only liberal but also lovers of sports. It is true that if talent is tapped early, India can produce many champions. But parental support comes foremost in making a champ.- Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee, Faridabad