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Women's empowerment

The article "The many players in a bestseller" (Magazine, October 9) has vividly highlighted the multifarious achievements of accomplished Indian women in sports arena. By their glorious deeds in sports firmament, these women have not only made us proud but given a tremendous fillip to women's empowerment in the true sense of the term.

P.K. Varadarajan,
Chennai

The article wants us to believe that patriarchal value system in our country has impeded the growth of women's sport in India. To support this argument the article quotes cricket captain Mamta Maben that because of the Indian men's concept of beauty many talented players do not take up the sport. Women's sport, especially in team games, is yet to provide the same appeal as men's. Indian women get equal rights in sports. Please do not bring in `"patriarchal" or such arguments when there is no such system in Indian sport. If women do not want to go out in the sun and play whatever the game, it's their lookout. They have to decide whether they want a career in sports or a fair skin.

P. Kumaran,
Noida

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