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Baba Ramdev not mature enough to lead: Anna Hazare

11 Jun

A day after he declared his campaign would have no truck with Ramdev’s call to arms, social crusader Anna Hazare on Friday said the yoga guru was “not mature enough to lead a social movement as he does not have expertise other than yoga”. 

In an interview, Hazare said: “To get involved in social work, one needs to be alert about many things and Baba is yet to learn it. Baba has the habit of taking decisions unilaterally.”

After news came in that Ramdev, who has been on an indefinite fast at Haridwar, was shifted to hospital, Hazare urged the government to open a dialogue with him on “humanitarian grounds”. Hazare said Ramdev had a right to protest against the government as it was a legitimate right of an individual in a democracy. 

Hazare who is pressing the union government for enacting the Jan Lokpal Bill before August 15, explained why he distancing himself from Ramdev. “In our agitation, we discuss the developments with other activists, share ideas, welcome suggestions before taking a decision. This is the way to run any campaign or agitation. Baba’s thought process is not like us, hence there are some shortcomings in his way of protest which has benefited the government.” But he acknowledged their target was the same.

Meanwhile, a group of Ramdev’s followers from Pune visited Ralegan Siddhi on Friday morning to extend their support to Hazare’s campaign. The followers said that though Baba was their spiritual guru, they did not agree with his call to arms in the fight against corruption and they would join Hazare’s protest.

Why IPL-IV Wasn’t A Hit

10 Jun

Didn’t Cricket’s T20 format advertise itself as one modelled to ensure a nail-biting finish with the climax stretching to the last ball/last over? Perhaps why, it has stuck to the script for the last three IPL editions and doled out quite a few exciting contests and helped in promoting both the league and the format. What worked in its interest was that the quality of players didn’t seem to affect the outcome or more importantly the excitement of the game.

 

Unfortunately though, that didn’t seem to have been the case in the recently concluded fourth edition, which hasn’t only quashed any such definite notions about the format, but has also thwarted most of the appeal that the previous seasons had gathered. It’s alarming to note that for every one close encounter this season, there have been thrice as many one-sided affairs. This is simply anti-T20 policy. So, what has led to such a drastic change in IPL’s basic character? The obvious reason seems to be the thinning of domestic/international talent and hence the decline in quality. The player pool hasn’t swelled but the numbers of participating teams have. Let’s take a closer look.

 

Overseas recruits

 

The induction of foreign recruits in each team was not only to give the league an international touch but also to get top quality cricketers on board. It was only fair to assume that these foreign recruits would, every now and then, win the game on their own. Since only 4 overseas players were allowed in the playing XI, it was imperative to get quality cricketers on board.

 

But with the International commitments clashing with the IPL and the political stand-off (in case of Pakistani cricketers), top cricketers from at least three strong cricketing nations – Australia, England and Pakistan have stayed away this season. While there were still quite a few brilliant cricketers around, there were a lot of second string international recruits too.

 

Most teams played at least one overseas player to make up the numbers despite knowing that the player isn’t a match winner. Otherwise why would you see the likes of Mitchell Marsh, Nathan Rimmington, Mathew Wade, Davy Jacobs, Stephen O’Keefe etc playing in the IPL? I don’t mean to offend anyone but aren’t these guys just good domestic cricketers in their respective countries? Would you play them if you had International cricketers to choose from? More importantly replacing an Indian domestic player with an International ‘domestic’ player is never going to raise the standard.

 

Indian recruits

 

There’s been a lot of talk about the paucity of good Indian talent and the thinning of the existing talent (because of the increase in teams) leading to the decline in the quality. But are we really seeing things as they are or there’s more to it than what meets the eye?

 

Here’re a few Indian cricketers who impressed in the domestic circuit—Varun Aaron, the guy from Jharkhand, who bowled the fastest ball by an Indian. Pawan Suyal, a young left-arm seam bowler from Delhi who caught everyone’s eye in the domestic circuit. Sumit Narwal, arguably the best all-rounder in the domestic circuit this season. Pankaj Singh, the highest wicket-taker in the first-class season. Deepak Chahar, another young prodigy who took the world by storm on his debut. Abhinav Mukund, the left-hander from Tamil Nadu scored heavily for his team and South Zone.

 

These cricketers and many others like them were picked up by the IPL franchisees on the back of their domestic performances. But unfortunately these guys didn’t enough chances to showcase their skill in the IPL.

 

No, I’m not blaming the franchisees for not giving them an opportunity, since the IPL may not be about providing a platform, but winning the contests. I am only underlining the fact that certain players were stuck in a team that didn’t have a place for them in the XI. While there was a plethora of fast bowlers in Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI struggled to find decent Indian fast bowlers. Pune Warriors and CSK could easily spare a few unused batsmen which teams like DD and Kochi could have happily utilized.

 

When there’s an obvious scarcity, it’s unfair to hoard talent. How about having a window of trading during the IPL season to replenish the resources, for doing it after the season is a tad too late? Also, it’s imperative to ensure the availability of International players from stronger nations else we would have to entertain the thought of playing 5 overseas players instead of the existing four.

Eminent painter Maqbool Fida Husain passes away in London

9 Jun

Legendary Indian painter Maqbool Fida Husain, popularly known as ‘Picasso of India’ who earned both fame and wrath for his paintings, died here today at a hospital following a month-long illness.He was 95.

Husain breathed his last at 2.30 am local time (0700 IST) at the Royal Brompton Hospital where he was admitted after being in “indifferent health” for the last one and a half months, family sources said.

It was not immediately clear whether the artist, who was once a member of Rajya Sabha and had been decorated with the nation’s second highest award Padma Vibhushan, had any wish regarding his last rites.

The family sources said funeral arrangements for the celebrated painter are yet to be finalised.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has condoled the death of M F Husain. In his condolence message, Singh termed Husain’s demise as a “national loss”.

His six-decade career began in the late 1940s when he joined the Progressive Artists’ Group founded by Francis Newton Souza. These group of young artists aimed to disengage from the idyllic nationalist traditions of the Bengal school of art to imbue in their works a more avant-garde approach.

The painter, whose works fetched astronomical sums at the recent Bonham’s auctions — the highest for any Indian artist, was living in self-exile since 2006 following a series of legal cases and death threats against him over his paintings depicting Hindu goddesses in nude.

He accepted Qatari citizenship in 2010 after surrendering his Indian passport and till the last was reticent on whether he would return to his homeland.

Born in Pandharpur in Maharashtra on September 17, 1915, Husain courted controversy over his paintings of Hindu goddesses.

His paintings on goddesses Durga and Saraswati invited the wrath of Hindu groups which attacked his house in 1998 and vandalised his art works.

In February 2006, Husain was charged with hurting sentiments of people because of his nude portraits of Hindu gods and goddesses.

In the wake of legal challenges and death threats in his home country, Husain had been living abroad in self-imposed exile since 2006.

As he had not responded to summons from an Indian district court in Haridwar, his properties in India were attached as per court orders and a bailable warrant was issued against him by the court.

Three of Husain paintings recently topped a Bonham’s auction here, going under the hammer for Rs 2.32 crore with an untitled oil work in which the legendary artist combined his iconic subject matters — horse and woman — fetching Rs 1.23 crore alone.

Baba Ramdev, Anna Hazare, Gandhi , Fast and Sathyagraha

8 Jun

New Delhi is witnessing a comedy drama enacted by sudden reformer Anna Hazare, Yoga company chairman Ramdev. The BJP, RSS and Sangh parivar are excited. The television channels have good business hours.

Everyone tries to project that India is boiling of corruption issues. The truth is that a common man life is as usual as any other day. They watch these dramas as if they are watching a mega serial.

Now it is clear. This is BJP Vs Congress war for the next parliament election. In fact BJP need not worry and need not do something to promote its chances. The Congress popularity is already gone. According to the trends next Government will be formed by BJP alliance.

Why the BJP chose to be in the background instead of leading anti corruption war? The reason is very simple. They are also corrupt. Whatever the trend they set it will be used against them if they come to power. Moreover they can have some kind of bargain with Congress party. When BJP was in power it went slow in Bofors case and in turn Congress helped BJP in turning a blind eye to Babri demolition.

The Sangh Parivar tactics always have a disclaimer policy. It starts from the assassination of Gandhi to demolition of Babri masjid and genocide of Muslims in Gujarat. No organisation of Sangh Parivar can be punished for these historical crimes. All these incidents happened spontaneously organised by individuals. A patriotic Indian should hope so!

The events of exposure of corruption of UPA and anti corruption movements may be useful in hiding the fact about alleged involvement of RSS in terrorist activities as exposed by Asimananda. The Congress party is on back foot on corruption issues and will not take any action on RSS.

Of late Sangh parivar have reformed and have developed some aversion to violence. They have started loving the methods of Fast, Sathyagraha etc, the assassinated Gandhian methods. The brand , copy right and intellectual property right owners of Satyagraha, M/S Congress party are surprised that their old rusted tool is stolen by BJP.

Anna Hazare with a Gandhi cape provided the saffron brigade a hope to capture power. After initially praising Narendra Modi he nosedived and said more liquor flows than milk in Gujarat. But ideologically Anna should be their close pet. His trust was named Hind Swaraj trust.

Saffron clad Baba Ramdev came in handy for the parivar again. He was so good and quick to change to Salvar kameez and claim adventurous status like Chatrapati Shivaji. By this comparison he insulted the legacy of Shivaji.

The climax of Ramdev drama was a black day for Narendra Modi . Blacker than his genocidal days. For BJP Leaders it reminded Emergency. It was a massacre of democracy so and so. Most forcible verbal attacks condemnations came from BJP leaders. Rest of the country was silent. Only the television channels were full of shouts and cries because they meant their business.

A fantastic joke came from Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev. He said ‘The Mahatma would be crying ” on seeing the police action in his meeting.

Did Mahatma Gandhi traveled to Delhi to organise a fast along with thousands of followers to gain popularity? If he had seen Ramdev wearing Salvar kameez and escaping he should have commented ” Hey Ram Dev go back to your ashram and teach Yoga if you still remember it”

The methods of Fast and Satyagraha have fallen into the hands of blackmailers. In one of its cruel form Mr. M.Karunanidhi conducted half a day fast few years ago and aided the Government of India’s position in the massacre of Srilankan Tamils.

People have started to think about the relevance of these Fast and Satyagraha methods. Those who organise these events are not sincere. They announce fast unto death. But cannot resist eating in four or five days. None of them have gone up to death. Only Potti sri ramulu of Andhra and Dileepan of Srilanka have died, Another great soul Sharmila Chanu who is on fast unto death protest in the north eastern state of India for ten years is not worthy a matter to discuss in Patriotic anti corruption Media.

Since the Fast and Satyagraha are employed by proxy servers just for popularity it is easier for the Government to disorganize and disperse the misled crowds of TV viewers. The attempts by Sangh Parivar to imitate the spontaneous protests of Arab countries have failed. But the campaign is successful. The Congress Government has been exposed enough on corruption issues. This is good for the country.

Team Anna doubts govt’s intention on Jan Lokpal Bill

6 Jun

Civil society activists led by Anna Hazare Monday boycotted the meeting of the joint drafting committee on Lokpal bill saying government’s intentions raised serious doubts about having a strong anti-corruption watchdog and protesting against the police crackdown on Ramdev. 

The activists have also sought rescheduling of the next meeting of the JDC on June 10 to some other date because of some prior engagements of Hazare. 

After a meeting of the activists, Prashant Bhushan, one of the non-official members wrote a letter to Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Chairman of JDC, saying the government desires to practically leave everyone out of Lokpal’s ambit–Prime Minister, horse trading of MPs, middle and lower bureaucracy judiciary. 

He said there was divergence even on the vision of Lokpal and if the government’s stand is accepted, Lokpal would be left to investigate the corruption of only 300-odd officers and ministers. 

“This is government’s vision for Lokpal,” the letter said. 

The letter criticised the “casual and frivolous” manner in which the government had prepared the questionnaire to the chief ministers and the political parties which has been commented upon by them also. 

Referring to the mid-night crackdown on Baba Ramdev and his followers and other issues, Bhushan said “all these developments have raised doubts in our mind whether the government was at all interested in containing corruption and having a strong Lokpal bill. 

“However, what happened on Saturday night in Ramlila Maidan have strengthened our doubts. All these developments have raised doubts about government’s intention and so we are not attending today’s meeting.” 

The next meeting is scheduled on June 10. Hazare has prior engagements from June 9-11. “So we request rescheduling of that meeting,” Bhushan said. 

While waiting for government’s response, he cautioned that time was running out and the committee was yet to finalise the basic principles behind the bill.

Bhushan said developments so far do not inspire confidence that this law would be drafted by June 30. 

In the letter, he said the civil society was told that the manner in which views of political parties and state governments would be sought would be decided in consultation with them but it did not happen. 

“We wonder whether in the history of parliamentary democracy, such an objective type questionnaire (to tick mark the right answer from the choices of a, b, c) was ever sent to the Chief Ministers and political parties before drafting any law,” he said. 

He said they were insisting from the first meeting to have serious consultations with various stakeholders, not to seek their opinion in the form of a survey questionnaire, but to do collective brainstorming with them to seek more ideas and opinions. 

“The government seems to be shying away from any kind of public debate,” he said. 

“Recent events since our last meeting don’t inspire any confidence that the government is serious enough about the Lokpal bill. Further, what happened in the Ramlila ground strengthened our doubts,” Bhushan told reporters. 

Another panel member Arvind Kejriwal alleged that the government appeared not serious on the issue and were giving “frivolous” reasons when issues were raised. 

“When we asked why they were against including judiciary under the ambit of Lokpal panel, the government side told us that two former Chief Justices J S Verma and M Venkitachellaih had written articles saying it should not be done, so we will not do,” he said. 

Asked whether there could be a middle-path to resolve the stalemate, Kejriwal said many people were asking whether the civil society would compromise. 

“We will compromise if the public says so. If the public does not want the Lokpal to investigate charges of a Prime Minister’s corruption, we are ready to drop it. If the public does not want an investigation by Lokpal the charge of a bribe given to judge, then we are ready for a compromise,” he said. 

Queried whether it was proper for the ministers of the joint panel to go ahead with the meeting when they were boycotting it, Kejriwal did not find fault with it saying the ministers can go ahead with the meeting. 

“They can go ahead with the meeting. There is nothing wrong in it. We also have sent a letter today only. They can meet,” he said. 

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