Learning Lessons From Adelaide Test
The Adelaide Test has again brought to the fore the problems that Virat Kohli and the touring Indian team management has with deciding on an eleven. Riding on the mistakes made in South Africa and England, Kohli needs to understand that he cannot go the ‘whole hog’ way on a ‘horses for courses’ principle. Seeing the grass on the Adelaide pitch, he opted for the four-pacer combination, which was nothing wrong but he should have taken insurance by adding a frontline spinner in Jadeja when Ashwin was out with injury. In hindsight, on selection of Hanuma, who was essentially a passenger in the team, though he got a couple of wickets and few runs, Jadeja had far better credentials for that job. Right now we should have the automatic principle that Ashwin or Jadeja have to be in the Test team and if the pitch is a turner, both should play. Again, losing the Adelaide Test highlights the fact that we start any series or competition with a lot of hype that we are the winners but more often than not we come out with a whimper, particularly in away series. In contrast, the Aussies without Steve Smith and David Warner are putting up a close fight against the No 1 Test ranked side in the world. That is what is called fighting the odds and coming out trumps. Another thing that Kohli needs to instil in the team is the approach to the game and the positive and responsible attitude that is to be exhibited while wearing the India cap. You will find that in an innings with runs to chase to win a match like at Adelaide, once Pujara and Kohli are out, the team throws in the towel and gets out for paltry totals. This has been the pattern in the past too.
S KAMAT, Alto St. Cruz
Colossal Wastage Of Treated Water
Newspaper reports have stated that around 20-30 million litres of treated water from the three sewage treatment plants (STPs) at Panaji, Vasco and Margao are being wasted daily by discharging the same into sea. It is hard to believe that the concerned authorities have turned a blind eye to this colossal wastage of treated water when the same can very well be used for watering municipal gardens, washing of buses at bus terminals and workshops, washing of cars at service centres etc where at present drinking water is being used for the purpose. Goa, which is currently facing acute shortage of drinking water, can ill afford to gloss over such wastage of this precious commodity, when already about 40 per cent of drinking water is being wasted due to leakages in the distribution system, pilferages and illegal connections. It is time for the authorities to take cognisance of such wastage by making it mandatory for all municipalities, bus depots and workshops in the state to use only treated water from STPs for their use as is being done in major cities like Mumbai.
A F NAZARETH, Alto Porvorim
Let’s Say No To Plastic
This refers to the editorial ‘Why Plastic-free Goa remains a pipe dream’ (NT December 21). Every year, humans produce nearly 280 million tonnes of plastic much of which ends up in the environment, harming marine life and other ecosystems. As the world’s population migrates to cities, the bleak reality of climate change is becoming increasingly clear and the need to create sustainable communities is of paramount importance. Due to the children being busy on internet and mobiles, they are more aware, but we need to make them active participants. A tree would be ideal but even a small shrub can help the environment. It is estimated that plants can hold a large mass of water in their roots. At the same time, a ban on plastic should be a gradual and long-term objective. The widespread use of plastic carry bags undoubtedly poses a serious problem. The major chemicals that go into the making of plastic are highly toxic and pose a serious threat to living beings of all species on earth. While there should be a strict ban on plastics, considering its ill-effects on the human beings and the environment, people should desist from accepting material in plastic bags. It is the moral duty of people to refrain from using plastic bags. While educating people on the need to shun plastic, we also need to make available cheaper, safer, durable alternatives. Cloth and jute bags need to be attractively priced and easily available. Authorities alone cannot be blamed for the plastic pollution. Most of our lakes and urban drain systems are choking because of plastic bags. Due to government neglect across the country, animals, particularly cows and bulls, are ingesting plastic from garbage dumps and plastic bags littered across the landscape and oceans. Thin plastic has a tendency to cause flooding by choking drains, and can easily travel by wind and water in flood planes, thus increasing the flooding of public places during rains. One more reason for the ban is that cows, which are considered sacred in India, often asphyxiate from trying to eat the bags. The ingestion of plastic from plastic bags chokes the stomach of cows. Not only cows, but one day this plastic will kill us. Despite the enactment of rules for the disposal of municipal solid waste and the management and handling of plastic waste, the governments have failed and neglected to implement these rules.
VINOD C DIXIT, AHMEDABAD