Sunday, March 24, 2013
In all these, there is no mention of one man from the team - Sachin Tendulkar. For a whitewash of such magnitude against the most dreaded opposition in recent times, there was not a single notable contribution from the legend(his 81 in Chennai was his highest in the whole series). Australia for long has been his favourite opposition but he has not even been a shadow of himself. His average of 32 is most disappointing and he has struggled even against the likes of people like Lyon and Pattinson. The most painful was the legend who played with a wrecking back and almost won a game against the like of Akram, Waquar and Saqulain on a 5th day wicket was not able to face the likes of Lyon and Maxwell.
He looks out of place and am sure deep down he would be agonised by the fact that his contributions was almost zero in this series against arch rival Australia. Not only will he be agonised, it would be heart-breaking for those people who had went through phases in cricket where Sachin was that single man army and was the go-to man for the entire team. He would set an example in every facet of the game and was the reason for many watching the game with lots of emotion and passion. Now, he is just a part of a winning team which has come from somebodyelse's contribution.
Is it all for the tag that he would be first man to have played 200 test matches? Has he forgot, that his fans and well-wishers would no longer be able to unabatedly back him in any small debates in the drawing rooms, coffee rooms, restaurants etc? In all accounts, he has surely played atleast 20 test matches past his prime. Surely, nobody will remember him as the only person to have played 200 test matches or 100 centuries in International cricket. Rather, he would always be remembered for this blitzkreig in Sharjah, many duels with McGrath, WC 2003 match against Pakistan and even a single six against Caddick in WC 2003.
His fans who worship him and take pride in saying he is a Sachin fan, are slowly but surely are feeling deep down why is Sachin putting them on a spot with his mediocre play and his stubbornness to not call it quits. He would really have to take a hard look at himself and his future before taking that plane to South Africa, because it surely is only Sachin who can stop himself and accept the fact that the time is up and he needs to put an end to the embarrassment his fans are suffering for sometime now.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Though, the party boasts of the best and modern minds who take important positions in the Governement, right from the Prime Minister, to the Finance Minister, it has always been the first family which heads the party and in some cases, indirectly shows the way to the government. This has always been the criticism of many learned minds. Critics say that for a vast country like India, every decision cannot be controlled from New Delhi and by a single family.
But, somehow, we also need to understand that a large group of intelluctuals and party men need to have a single high command where the buck stops. This was proven, if we take a slight look at the opposition party and the disarray it finds itself.
The opposition has in equal measure, if not more people with excellent track record and people with wonderful experience. But, they are not able corner an already beleaguered Government, mainly because of the infighting within the party. Anywhere, whether its a office instituition or a party, you will have clash of the egos within people of equal experience and repute. So, its paramount, that someone with all-encompassing powers, who can get in times of in-fighting and times of decision-making to take a final call.
Its a worrying sign that opposition party is not able to project themselves as an alternative, even after 10 years of central government rule by a single party and that too with the second term dotted with lots of corruption scams and policy paralysis. Leave alone projecting them as an alternative, they have almost become a party which opposes anything that a government does without any conviction or logic. Though, the opposition has its own limitations in terms of their acceptability in the southern states, the main impedement is that they dont have a single high command who can take along all the well learned party leaders in one direction. Former Prime Minister from their party had the charisma and ability to bring everyone under his supervision. But now, even the primary essence of choosing their party leader, is marred with controversies.
So, i would believe, though a party has to be as well represented as possible, its important that there is one single high command to listen to all views and then take their own decision. Hopefully, the opposition learns it fast and if not, its not in the interest of the nation that there is no oppposition and its always a one way traffic.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
And to this 24 hour coverage of one issue and only that issue, albeit, a major and compelling story, only shows that the media wants to lap up anything in their way to get lot of eyes balls and sky rocket the TRP ratings. Otherwise, how can one reason, such endless coverage of one story, completely ignoring all other issues faced by this great nation. Even the coverage of this issue is done so shabbly that panelists, especially people from the governement and officals are not allowed to voice their opinion. Its only the news anchor who calls all the shots and he acts as the judge, jury and prosecutor.
What happens is, with this 24 hour coverage on one single issue is also turning our largely tolerant society to an extremely intolerant and people who doesnt have any faith in the Indian judicial system. Like instant breaking news, people these days want instant punishment without a fair trail.
At a time, when all leading nations in the world have praised the Indian judicial system for its extremely fair trail to Kasab and giving him every opporunity to defend himself, we are setting a dangerous examples of people being completely intolerant. Our judicial system, is one which believes, whoever is the accused, must be given a fair trial and all opporunities to defend himself and it runs on the underlying principle, that not a single person, who is not guilty should be punished. Though the content of the so called debate is just the same, throughout the day(just shout), different people watch at different time and all this shouting, only makes even ordinary people also become intolerant and want to show their anger by proposing immediate capital pumishment to the accused(not even the trial has begun yet in the court) in their drawing rooms. If only, trials are happening in the news rooms of media houses and drawing rooms of the citizens.
Media and news channels was focussing on the rampage in New Delhi and had blown it out of proportions and we have this new kid on the block, who is in his dream world, where he and his new party is the only saviour of this society and has started the party, with help of bunch of jokers around him. How farcical can it become? First, they wanted the government to take note and heed to their opinion. The Prime Minister, noting the outpouring anger appealed for calm in a televised address to the nation. Still, the media was not satisfied, analysing and even at some instances mocked his speech , accusing it was bit late in the day. For godsake, he is the prime leader of the government and national address cannot be made every other day by him. Accepted, that there is a lot this government has to do, but at some point of time, we need to acknowledge his speech and give time to the governement to do their work.
This unstinted, continuous and sometimes irrtitaing harping around on one issue, only leaves with one question. Where has this media been, when many such similar incidents has taken place before. This is not the first time, such incident has happened and it wont be the last.Need of the hour, is constructive dialogue and strict laws by the government and all parties, which the government already said it would bring stricter laws in the next parliament session in February.
Union laws are not easily done like setting up four chairs aroud a table with cameras beeming on the so called 'Panelists' and each other shouting at the top of their strength. People have to realise(lot of them are beggining to understand) that the news channels also have to play a vital role in the growth of this society and not sensationalise every issue for their own benefit. After all, this is the media, knowingly or unknowingly helped the terrorists during 26/11 with their live coverage of the attack.
How many news channels have debated about media reforms that the government has to look into when it comes to national importance? The channels talk about executive, judicial, economic and electoral reforms in our country. We shouldnt forget, like all of the above, media reforms are also one of the most important issue that government has to look into.
So, at the same time, when we should make sure that such ghastly attacks doesnt happen to women in the future, its also high time, we will have to make sure, that over-the-top and preconceived, non-stop TV debates, which in a way, are instigating violence should not be encouraged and media houses should be sternly told they must draw a border line for everything. After all, its the fourth pillar of our democracy and the people of this country deserve atleast some amount of responsibilty from the media houses.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Here was a Oxford-bred economist and former RBI Governor teaching economics to many of his cabinet colleagues and had the spine to move India away from the license raj. An astute leader of the Finance ministry Babus, many senior officials in the North Block, were amazed by this man's deep knowledge in macro-economics. Though not a typical partyman and not recognizable among many of the tall leaders, he was well respected among the high echleons of the government.
And when the Prime Minister's post fell on his lap(some say,it was trust on him by the party ring master), nobody ever thought he will last beyond a year. But, defying all the odds, here was a man spearheading a coalition governement, which had supporting partners numbering in the late teen's. He had a great vision and for once stood for what he felt was best for the country. Indo-US Nuke deal was his brainchild and he wanted it, come what may!!!! People were highly mobilized seeing the Sikh's single minded focus on country's growth and his conviction in people's cause.
Internationally, India's image had a huge turn around and world leaders were amazed at the vast knowledge in world economy possessed by the soft spoken sardar. Its famously rumoured that the present American President, would find a place near this gentleman to get an idea or two during multi-national summits. India's strong growth too, played a huge role in his growing stature. His opinion was much sought after to tide the world over financial crisis in 2008.
Riding high on his huge popularity and sincere thoughts, he became only the second PM to hold office after completing a full 5-year term. Here it was, where things started to go wrong. His famous first 100-day agenda was a big failure. Scams were breaking out of the closet everyday and government was more fire-fighting the highest judicial authority than governing the country.
His leadership was at its lowest ebb, when he had huge telecom scam hit him right in his door ste(courtesy from his age old friend from southernmost state of India). These are some of the huge upsets and he had lost all control over the fiscal position of the country with the Eurpoean crisis not helping either. Country wilted under heavy inflation, nose-diving economy, huge fiscal deficit and bad floor management in the parliament.
It looks as though the government is somwhow crawling to complete the five year tem, what with the thrid almost out of question. He has become a huge baggage and the party itself, want him to be given a fair exit. The low point being, one of the coalition partner wanting him to be made the next President, just to get rid of him from the PMO.
Its seems as though, he is playing out his final innings and is well on his bad way out. Lets see how he copes up in the final two years , if at all he survives that far....
Monday, July 16, 2012
But, still i guess, the dilemma lingers in my mind... what next??? That is one thing which hasnt changed....Still waiting for a definitive answer from within:).... Hopefully, it hits me right in my head and pushes me for a something better...New place with a juice of high monetary stakes, hopefully shouldnt stop any free flow.... sometimes, you feel your not learning anything new and doing age old thing jus at a higher price.... and this when prolongs, is the time to call it a day!!!
Hopefully, the minute i get a feel and take a decision,i would pretty much, learn what management is!!!
Many more posts and more regular to come.....
Monday, May 02, 2011
Al-Qaeda founder and leader Osama Bin Laden is dead, according to US media reports citing officials.
The US is in possession of Bin Laden's body, the reports say. President Barack Obama is due to make a statement shortly.
Bin Laden is top of the US most wanted list.
He is accused of being behind a number of atrocities, including the attacks on New York and Washington on 11 September 2001.