Thursday, March 6, 2014
General Elections-2014 starts on 7th April with the largest number ever of 9 polling phases till 12th of May and the counting of votes will be taken up on Friday, May 16. In 2009 General Elections there were 5 phases, but lasted for a period of 73 days as against 69 days this time. The Chief Election Commissioner of India declared the dates and phases with all details of polling in different states and union territories of India at a press conference in New Delhi last morning. The Model of Code of Conduct is thus being ushered in from yesterday till the end of elections during which time governments and authorities would be prevented from announcing policies or any sort of new schemes of development. For most other normal administrative decisions the consent of the Election Commission of India would be required. The General Elections will be held along with assembly elections in three states of Sikkim, Odissa and Andhra Pradesh which had just been divided into Telangana and Seemandhra. In Maharashtra we will have polling in three phases—10th , 17th and 24th of April with all the seats in Mumbai slated to go for voting at the last phase.
Political violence erupted in the capital and other parts as the country got set for the biggest democratic exercise of the world. The Common Man’s Party (AAP) showed this time that they could be as violent as any other party. Their runaway ex-Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal was briefly detained in Gujarat by the police reportedly owing to a possible violation of the model code of conduct. And as is usual with the self-styled ‘untouchables’, there was a mix-up with Kejriwal making allegations against the police of the BJP ruled state where Narendra Modi has been Chief Minister for three consecutive terms. The AAP workers in their typical ‘righteous’ spirit attacked the BJP offices in Delhi and other places leading to ugly clashes. The AAP is now viewed as a party that can hardly impact at the national level with some following mostly in urban areas that too seems to be dwindling after that Delhi ‘Governance’ experiment. Maybe, that is why the party workers are desperate for some consistent media attention.
In Asia Cup Cricket neither Sri Lanka nor Pakistan came to India’s mathematical aid and the latter crashed out of the tournament as was apparent. Sri Lanka routed Afghanistan and Pakistan beat Bangladesh in another incredible thriller led in the end again by Shahid Afridi. In a match totally devoid of any importance Team India, of course, defeated Afghanistan yesterday with the expected bonus point. However, it came a little too late. Indians have themselves to blame for having to bring their overseas misery back in familiar tracks too. Sri Lanka meet Pakistan in the Asia Cup-2014 Final this Saturday, 8th of March. Sri Lanka have already beaten Pakistan in the very opener of the Tournament, but Pakistan have become more resilient and spirited of late thanks to thrilling victories over arch-rivals India and Bangladesh. Today there is another inconsequential match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh which is the last league encounter.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Shahid Afridi today reminded all India and Pakistan fans of the Sharjah one day international in 1986 between the two countries when Javed Miandad gave Pakistan an incredible victory by sending the last ball of the match sailing over the boundary. An impulsive cricketer, as always, Afridi today became the hero of his fans after quite a long time.
Pakistan beat India by 1 wicket today in the sixth match of Asia Cup-2014 ODI Cricket tournament played in Bangladesh. This Pak win almost ends India's hopes of staying afloat.Now India would like to beat Afghanistan with a bonus point and hope Afghanistan beat Sri Lanka. Pakistan is on top now with 9 points (one bonus point earned against Afghanistan) and is almost through the final even if beaten by Bangladesh in their last encounter.
Pakistan bowlers did better than India in both pace and spin; Pakistan batsmen did better than India building longer partnerships and Pakistan fielded better than India in terms of letting go the least chances.
For India the same nightmarish story of missed opportunities continues. The Kohli centric team folded up for less than 250 being put in to bat as Kohli failed to get going this time. Stand-in wicket keeper Dinesh Karthik continues to mess up huge stumping chances. However, for the avid fans this encounter too lived up to a typical India-Pakistan blockbuster with ups and downs till the last minute. When Indian fans resigned to accept the verdict of a defeat Team India turned the match on its head reducing Pakistan to 235 for 8 needing 11 runs off the last over. First ball 50th over one more Pak wicket making Indian fans celebrate victory. Next ball a single and Afridi regains strike. He hits two huge sixes next two balls and Pakistan finally prevailed overhauling the target of 246 with 2 balls to spare driving Pak fans into an ecstatic frenzy!
India disappointed again, but then what a match!
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Both are proven masters in dry and slow pitches. On this day Sri Lankan masters prevailed with their slow bowlers controlling and suffocating the Indian masters. India sorely missed a third spinner after having Amit Mishra in reserve. They decided to give a second ODI opening to all-rounder Stuart Binny, but it was a totally wasted effort. One could say that Mahendra Singh Dhoni was not missed as a captain, but he was definitely missed as a batsman in the middle order especially on his favorite sub-continental pitches. Continuing with his tremendous batting form from the first match against Pakistan keeper Kumar Sangakkara notched up a super hundred (103 off 84 balls). What was more significant about his innings was that he stuck on to his job ensuring his team’s victory and leaving India ruing the stumping chance offered by him early on that keeper Dinesh Kartick could not capitalize upon. The Scorecard:
Sri Lanka have already defeated both of the strong contenders Pakistan (Sri Lanka winning a thriller by 12 runs in the opening match on 25th February with a magnificent Malinga burst of 5 wickets) and India, and now faced with only the minnows, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, they are almost through to the final. India and Pakistan are in similar positions—the former depending heavily on Kohli to beat Bangladesh and the latter winning easily against Afghanistan. Therefore, tomorrow’s match would be a do or die encounter for both to stay alive for a place in the final. Since it is now almost confirmed that only one of them would possibly reach the final the Super Sunday encounter tomorrow between the arch-rivals is set to be the virtual final of the Asia Cup-2014 for millions of fans worldwide. At home Bangladesh is not exactly a minnow, but with their present team issues and their skipper’s fitness problem it will be uphill for them to reach the final. However, used to causing major upsets rather consistently Bangladesh is still a force to reckon once they win the match against Afghanistan tonight. Stand-in Indian captain Virat Kohli has a lot at stake presently in terms of giving good leadership and doling out brilliant performances with the bat.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
At long last the right issue has been debated or argued or rioted in Indian politics all over the country at the most righteous time. Indian politics, fortunately, seems to have overflowingly matured making its perpetrators ‘capable’ of judging others. One very important and distinguished member of the Indian Government has called the main opposition leader impotent. Well, immediately after he took immense pains to clarify the ‘reference to the context’, that is to say he meant the ‘word’ in the ‘administrative’ terms and never in the worse possible sense that the ‘word’ is ‘capable’ of implicating. We would rather not take names here, because Indian politics has worsened than just name calling leaving nothing in mere names. The affected opposition party is up in arms calling it ‘unparliamentary’ and most uncouth kind of use of words. Well, we cannot enlighten you further on this, because at the moment we do not know what is ‘parliamentary’.
They (the Indian politicians) seem to have matured so explicitly that they are prepared to go back in time to find and judge who was ‘incapable’, of course administratively or managerially. They are ready as ever to go back to 1984, to 2002, to 1992-93 and even back to the Partition of India. As the riot of words continues to break out in all possible public avenues they might be willing to go back to pre-historic India too. This fact-finding zeal is getting really inspiring.
The citizens of India now have the ‘potency’ factor to judge leaders and contestants in the forthcoming General Elections. Right, before voting you can examine if the candidates are potent or impotent—in administrative or managerial or in whatever terms of ‘context’ or ‘reference’ you may feel like taking into consideration.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Euthanasia is derived from Greek meaning 'Happy Death' referring to the practice of intentionally ending life to avoid pain and suffering. There are various definitions of euthanasia with various interpretations leading to a complex variety of laws in different countries of the world. The most relevant definition for the present purpose could be 'painless inducement of death'. Patients who are only clinically alive or patients who are terminally ill with no hope of recovery are normally kept on life support system. Now the euthanasia law proposes to give the right of deciding about being on life support system to the related patients or families. Here more complexities crop up in terms of whether the concerned decision is basically 'voluntary euthanasia' or 'involuntary euthanasia'-the former referring to 'assisted suicide' and the latter to 'murder'. Besides, 'passive euthanasia' refers basically to withdrawing life support by medical authorities for patients in a permanent vegetative state and is legal in India and many other countries. However, the problem is in the case of 'active euthanasia' where a 'decision' is required. Active Euthanasia is legal only in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg while Assisted Suicide is legal only in few other countries. The Supreme Court of India has taken the right step to address this vexed issue.
The Supreme Court today referred the issue of legalizing euthanasia in the country to a five-judge Constitution bench, saying there has been "inconsistent" opinion in its previous verdicts on withdrawing medical support to terminally ill patients. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam said that it is extremely important to have a clear enunciation of law on this issue and referred the matter to a larger Constitution bench.The court said that the Constitution bench will go into all aspects of the issue and take a final decision on framing guidelines.
The Bench also comprising justices Ranjan Gogoi and S K Singh passed the order on a PIL to allow a terminally ill person not to continue with artificial medical support. The Government of India had vociferously opposed the plea terming it as "suicide" which could not be allowed in the country.
With today's direction, the apex court's earlier order, which had rejected the plea for active euthanasia, will also be reexamined by the larger bench.
The PIL filed by NGO "Common Cause" had contended that when a medical expert opines that the person afflicted with terminal disease has reached a point of no return, then s/he should be given the right to refuse being put on life support system as otherwise it would only prolong his agony. The petition was filed in 2008 when the apex court had issued notices to the Union Ministry of Health and Law and sought their response on the issue.
Now the issue is again in the public domain and further considerations or decisions are expected in the coming months.
Monday, February 24, 2014
When the behavior of our elected representatives, irrespective of political parties, stoop to an unprecedented low; when political parties and leaders do not hesitate even to indulge in politicizing terrorists and criminals and when the run-up to the General Elections-2014 gets heated throwing up the ugly side effects at the hapless citizens there emerges something that can make our jaws part in some amount of mirth. At least something better than the BJP’s ‘cultivation of poison’ charge against Congress and the Congress’s ‘politics of blood’ against Narendra Modi, the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate for the General or Lok Sabha elections—2014 , is the provider of the unique ‘alphabet initiative’ resulting into a war immediately.
In an election rally on Sunday, the 23rd of February, Narendra Modi had made an ABCD jibe at his eternal foe Congress saying that the ABCD has become the identity of the Congress party's never-ending corruption parade. He was lucid enough to decode the alphabets used as ABCD. A for Adarsh Scam, B for Bofors Scam, C for Coal Scam and D for Damad Ka Karobar (Son-in-Law's Business—clearly attacking the Gandhi family.) Modi had always been maintaining very evocatively that Congress and Corruption as the two sides of the same coin.
The new ABCD initiative by Narendra Modi has started a new kind of political war—the war of the alphabets. The Congress party countered immediately with equal eloquence and elan. The party's spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi has thrown the ABCD formula back at Modi. He too has decoded the alphabets very lucidly saying that he could add more appropriate adjectives. A for Arrogance, B for Brash, C for Communal and D for Dictatorial. Singhvi had even gone further by saying that he could provide one more alphabet M which he put forward for Megalomaniac. Well, better learn the ABCD of Politics fast and thick, O' fellow citizens, or face the barrage to come at your expense! Enjoy this moment without any alignments and be prepared!
Sunday, February 23, 2014
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(Published Earlier In Ezinearticles)
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