Looks like a team of good bowlers and one great batsman, says Srikkanth

The former Indian captain Kris Srikkanth considers that the Indian cricket team’s united batting failure in both innings of the second test in Centurion, which helped South Africa win the series with a match to go, could have been evaded with better performance. Srikkanth described India’s mild batting at Centurion in his column for TOI.

“To say the defeat in the second Test was an embarrassment is an understatement. The manner in which the batsmen surrendered in the second innings proved beyond doubt they lacked the stomach for a battle,” said Srikkanth. The 58-year-old former cricketer wrote that “I am not going to get into the manner in which the Indian batsmen lost their wickets, all I can say is the South African bowling was not as menacing as it was made out to be and it was lack of application that cost the game. A target of 287 was not easy at the same time it was not impossible”.

The first century from India’s side came from Kohli, who made 153 in their first innings of 307. In the same innings, the next highest score following Kohli was made by opener Murali Vijay’s 46 followed by 38 from R Ashwin. The other team players disappointed as many players weren’t even able to touch the 20 runs mark. “My heart goes out to Virat Kohli the batsman. The manner in which he handled the bowling in the first innings made us believe he was playing on a different wicket against a different attack. He deserved support from his top order colleagues. Barring M Vijay and later R Ashwin, there was little else for Kohli to fall back on,” Srikkanth wrote.

“To score half the team’s score and do that effortlessly shows the class of Kohli. It was a pity that his early fall in the second innings shut the match as a contest. I did expect the batsmen to come out with a better show during the chase. At the end of the day this team looks like a team of good bowlers and one great batsman,” the 58-year-old added. However, the former captain added that he was happy to witness India’s pace bowlers and Ashwin do well across both Tests in South Africa. “The Indian bowlers, on the other hand, have done a terrific job. Barring the first innings at Cape Town where they leaked 40 runs more that they should have. They did makeup in the second innings by bowling the hosts cheaply. Honestly, the team management could not have expected anything better from their bowlers,” the 52-year-old wrote.

The third and final test will start from January 24 at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.

Walking With AIDS:Aiding the Unaided

The one of the most dreaded and incurable diseases that the mankind faces today is AIDS. Despite so much of publicity about AIDS, the 5% of the Indian society is affected by AIDS (study by NIMHANS, 2014).

The disease is spread in humans through mosquito bites, blood infusion, use of infected blades, and unprotected intercourse. The causes, whatever they may be the disease comes with a social stigma that causes a the person affected to live a life in lurch.

The people who are known to be suffering from AIDS have been subjected to termination from their jobs, not only in the private sector but even in the public sector. The frequent occasions and ostracization that follow the disease, led the Supreme Court to rule that the doctors, or the paramedics to not to disclose the identity of the persons suffering from AIDS. The law even made efforts to curb the social ostracization, which even amounted to economic losses, in the form of loss of employment.

The Supreme Court took the view that the disease being without any cure, and the person expecting death in all the cases, must be dealt with in a humane manner, by not only the State bu the society as well. The people who were subjected to treatment like outcastes, were taken care of by the Parliament in the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) (Prevention and Control) Act, 2017, which came into force last year in April.

The act aims to ensure prevention of the disease as well as ensure that the human rights of the persons affected with the disease are not transgressed.

Thus, there is also a mechanism in place to provide people suffering from AIDS on the government support. The disease has no cure, but if detected at an early stage, the virus may be kept under control and the disease may not create havoc in the lives of the patients.

The annual average wages for a person who suffers from AIDS in our times, annually, must be somewhere around INR 1.80 lacs, which only includes the amount of sustenance and medicines.

While the people who suffer from AIDS, are burdened with meeting the familial expenses as well, there exists a mechanism in various states to put them on government support.

Today, a bench of acting Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court, Gita Mittal while hearing a PIL filed by an AIDS patient, remarked that the support that the Delhi Government provides to these needy people is even less than Rs 100/- a day, which is Rs 1000/- per month. The Court even said that the Delhi government can provide free water and electricity when it is cash strapped, but cannot provide humanitarian assistance in the form of minimum wages to these needy people.

The issue delves deeper as the governments all over have not tried to subsidise the medicines needed to keep the virus in check, be made available to people easily, as they remain highly priced.

The state support has to be multifold, as they will have to provide medicines at an affordable price, while they  ensure a payment of minimum wages to the patients who find it tough to find employment due to their failing health.

The lives of those walking with AIDS must be aided, while the ones with aids to support their needs, must not be aided at the cost of those in need.

The move of the HC is a right step at enabling beneficial treatment towards the patients of AIDS.

Using the State Machinery for Unjust Ends: UP Govt Order

The case against 13 accused, and the now Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, under section 188 of the IPC, has been ‘ordered’ to be withdrawn. The law is blind and is the same for all.

As a matter of procedure, and having due regard for the process of law, the Yogi government has taken a move that is not one that calls for the public applause.

The case was registered against Yogi and his several confidants who hold key positions in the new government. Yogi ji and his co-accused also did not appear before the court when the summons were issued. The matter is one of disobedience to the orders of the DM of Gorakhpur, for preventing the accused from conducting a rally in the Pipiganj sub-urb. The accused, despite the orders defied the law, and held a rally, against which the officers then, registered a case against Yogi ji and his co-accused, the most important being Shiv Pratap Shukla (now Minister of State for Finance at the Centre), Sheetal Pandey (BJP MLA from Sahajanwa), being booked under the prohibitory orders.

Yet, they chose to not appear before the magistrate. Back in time with their defiant attitude, they tried to pose as being above the law, and today, this assumes a different meaning which is not one expected from the people holding such important constitutional offices.

Our PM Narendra Modi, never tried to meddle in any of the cases filed against him relating to the Godhra riots. There have been several other leaders who have not abused the process of the law to serve their personal motives, like Mulayam Singh ji, and Ms J Jayalalitha, and others.

The move is not one that calls for a public applause, the offence being petty, the accused should have appeared and instead of calling the proceedings a sham, and disrespecting the law, the must have appeared before the Court, while they must have been given a token punishment, and the case must have concluded.

Yogi must understand the foreseeable consequences of using the legislative process to bypass the judiciary. This makes a mockery of the entire process of the law enforcement, while making a select few above the law.

The move is strictly not in line with the general public sentiment who wishes to see their leaders in the positive lights, and not in negative shadows.


Dealing With The Abuse of Dowry Laws: An Initiative for the SC

The Supreme Court has culled from various sources and has decided to do away with or implement with some changes a procedure given out by Justice(s) UU Lalit and Ashok Bhushan, whereby they clipped the police of their powers to immediately arrest the accused in a case of 498A- IPC.

In the aforesaid judgement, the Court also laid down the foundations of a fact-finding committee which had three members, and all of them males, to inquire whether the allegations of torture are corrector not.

The Amicus Curiae, Ms Indu Malhotra appointed by the Court has said that there is no need of such a committee which defies the purpose of such a law, as the dowry laws grant immediate relief to the victim in cases of dowry related violence.

Thus there is a wide issue that here demands attention of the Court as well as our law makers. The sudden change that the Dowry Protection laws did bring in the society has led to a reduction in dowry related violence, yet there is the human nature that assumes more significance and changes things for people.

The Dowry laws were put in place at a time when the incidents of death and dowry related violence were on the rise and had caught considerable attention. The menace had been so rampant that even the cinema took to the cause.

Now over the years there is more awareness and the literacy rate among women have considerably gone up, in the wake of such commendable situations, the Dowry laws have also assumed the role of a purely legal weapon to extort money from the husband and his family. There have been incidents where many husbands have been held in detention only to discharged later due to lack of evidence. There are occasions recorded across India where the woman and her family use the legal machinery to their advantage and threaten the family of the husband to meet their demands when the marriage is at the point of no recovery.

The abuse of the law that was meant to protect the rights of the women, has thus assumed the role of a tool for harassment, and while not acknowledging this amicus curiae said that a fact-finding committee does a disservice to the aim of the law.

It must be borne in mind that law may not confer special privileges to one gender while not providing for a mechanism to resist the abuse of the privilege by the members of the same gender against the other.

The Court may not completely do away with the policy being laid down in the judgement. If the CJI, Dipak Misra feels that it is a transgression of the judicial mandate, then they may move a request with a detailed report, as to why the in the opinion of the Judiciary there needs to be a change in the dowry related laws while in motion.

This is a matter that needs attention as the stigma of dissolution of marriage and the stigma of spending sometime in a jail produces unhealthy experiences for citizens. The law must only come to the aid of those aggrieved and must protect the innocent. It is therefore the task of the judiciary to take up hurdles faced by the law in motion, and a mechanism to ascertain the veracity of every complaint pertaining to dowry related cases may be a good move in the same direction.


The Nehru Nemesis

Today while we celebrate the Children’s Day, on the 14th of November, 2017, we would like to talk about the first Prime Minister of India, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. Nehru has been the centre of the socio-political and economic narrative since the NDA assumed power at the centre in 2014.

The BJP and the RSS have had a long story of indifference with Nehru. Nehru was regarded as a real elite. He was educated at the Trinity College, London. In his autobiography he wrote about his tastes and his knowledge that he acquired from literature. His entire journey transcends from Shakespeare to Jerome K. Jerome.

Nehru’s mind was influenced by the knowledge and the social intercourse he acquired amongst the British. His views against the orthodox religious shackles of Hinduism drew flak from large corners in the society. The RSS was the most vociferous critic of Nehru.

Nehru was respected as an ideologue because he was in true essence an idealist. He believed in making a country with a very strong humanist tendency and secular credentials, but he faulted on his assessment of communalism.

Nehru’s biggest flaw was his exaggeration on the fact that he never wanted that the mohammedans in India must feel deprived, while at the same time he never felt too attached to the Hindu civilisation. Nehru further gave the state machinery all the teeth needed to curb Hindu majoritarianism, while the minority communalism was never checked. Nehru piloted bold reforms for the Hindus while he never considered the same for the minorities.

Nehru and Vallabbhai Patel had a stark contrast while they dealt with the RSS. Sardar Patel sahab acknowledged the efforts of RSS and condemned them when needed, this was also the stand of Ambedkar saheb, but Nehru believed it to be a radical and a terrorist outfit. The extent was grave when he got the RSS banned after the death of Gandhi ji.

Nehruvian socialism also had many defects which proved to be fatal to the economy while his inability to usher in a democratic culture in the INC corroded much of his prestige. Amongst his notable blunders was the Indo-China war of 1962. The Non-Alignment movement was a good step yet it did not bear rich dividends for the immediate goals of the economic development.

The Nehruvian thought and era has its cons yet it has its own pros! Nehru led the revolt against his own mercurial daughter because it was his dream to build a diverse and assimilating India whcih ensured freedom of speech and the press.

Atal Baba and Advani ji christened the Nehruvian thought to a great extent. Atal Ji when became the Home Minister in the Janta government, he got Nehru’s portrait put up in his office again which was removed because of respect for him.

In today’s political scenario Nehru deserves a special mention and reverence for the transparency, democratisation of institutions, and freedoms that we all enjoy as Indians.

The RSS has trained its disciples to go against the Nehruvian legacy, which is now desecrating his image. Moreover his successors have been unable to meet the standards of political acumen which the times call for.

After a certain amount of time, people will fondly remember him for the good that he did while his flaws will remain as they were.

We wish one and all a very happy children’s day.


Digvijay Singh Tweets With Abusive Words to Criticize PM Narendra Modi

On Friday Digvijay Singh posted an abusive meme taking a dig at the PM Narendra Modi and his “Bhakts ” (followers) on Twitter to criticise the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Digvijay Singh is a member of Rajya Sabha Parliament and General Secretary of the Congress Party.

Digvijay Singh wrote “Not mine but couldn’t help posting it. My apologies to the person concerned. He is the best in the “Art of Fooling!” along with a meme. The meme has a picture of PM Modi with two abusive sentences which are:

1. Bhakton ko Ch** banaya
2. Ch*** ko Bhakt banaya

Singh’s tweet drew a severe flak on the micro blogging site. Some people tweeted back with nasty replies because they couldn’t,t fathom that how a former CM could post such an abusive post on social media.This tweet has sparked a violation on Twitter as many find it abusive, offensive and not in good taste. Yogesh Mandhani @yogeshmandhani tweeted back that He was the chief Minister of a state and this is the cheap level of a General Secretary of a National Party.

Vaibhav.Deshpande‏ @VaibhavDeshpa tweeted that  Kitna giroge? he put a question on Digvijay He tweeted that a responsible Neta u r called. At least try to know what you are posting? Shame on you. This shows your and yours party narrow-minded thoughts.

Miss Aarya @whsitleblower tweeted that When an elected representative tweets something like with word ‘ch****’ in it, this cheap tweet tells a lot about his character, leadership, and vision.

The Congress politician is legendary for foot-in-mouth disease. In August, last year while speaking to reporters, he referred to Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir as India-Occupied-Kashmir. He referred to terrorist Osama bin Laden as “Osamaji” and Hafiz Saeed as “Saheb” in the past. Digvijay Singh described party colleague Meenakshi Natarajan as “sau tunch maal” which loosely translates to “desirable object” or “sexy” in 2013. Later, he said that his remark meant “pure gold” and threatened legal action against TV channels for wrongly reporting it.

Dera Chief Baba Ram Rahim Sentenced to 10 Years Jail term for Rape Case

The Dera Sacha Sauda chief Baba Ram Rahim is sentenced to 10 years in prison by a special CBI court today. For the precautionary measure, the sentencing was held in Sunaria jail of Rohtak. A set-up (special court) like the court was prepared in the jail premises to avoid a repeat of the deadly violence that erupted following the announcement of the conviction of the Dera head on Friday in a rape case.

The Judge Jagdeep Singh along with the court staff came to the Rohtak from Chandigarh by helicopter in the morning. Prior to the hearing, Rohtak was put on a high alert. The deputy commissioner of Rohtak, Atul Kumar, cleared earlier that the shoot at sight orders has been issued. He also said that three-tier security ring has been arranged at around Sunaria district jail. “We will not allow anyone to create any sort of trouble in Rohtak. Anyone breaking law or indulging in acts of violence or arson will himself be responsible for his fate. Anyone creating trouble will be given a warning first and if he still pays no heed, then he will have to face the bullet,” he added.

According to the reports flashing on the TV news channels, Singh broke down in court and begged for fewer sentence before the judge announced his sentence. The ANI reported that the followers of Dera head set ablaze two cars in Phoolka area of Haryana’s Sirsa while the sentence verdict session was ongoing. The CBI asked for the lifetime prison for the Dera head, while his lawyer requested for leniency because of his social work record. The Dera head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted of raping two female followers on August 25 by the special CBI trial court. A case was filed in 2002 against the Dera head when an anonymous letter written by the complainant reached the Punjab and Haryana High Court and later to the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

The letter by the complainant said, “One night, at about 10 pm, I was called by Guru Maharaj to his gufa (den). I found him … with a revolver lying next to his pillow. He told me that as I, a sadhvi, had dedicated my mind and body to the ‘seva‘of the guru, he, the guru, wanted to claim his due. When I protested, he told me that I should have no doubt he indeed was God. ‘Didn’t Lord Krishna make love to his gopis every night? Yet people regard him as a god,’ he told me. When I was still not convinced, he told me he could shoot me here and now and no one would raise a finger, not even my parents. ‘The chief ministers of Punjab and Haryana and many central ministers come and touch my feet. I can get your family members removed from their jobs and get them killed if you protest,’ he told me.”

“There are about 40 unmarried women between 35-40 years of age in the ashram regarded as devis. We are not allowed to even look at another man, have to keep our heads covered with a white dupatta … But our life here is worse than that of prostitutes. Even if our parents call we are not allowed to talk to them without the guru’s permission. If any sadhvi goes back home and tells her family members about what has happened to her, goondas from the deras threaten the family members with death threats, forcing them to keep quiet. If you get the sadhvis of the dera medically examined you will learn that they are not sadhvis..,” the letter added.

On the other hand, the Dera head is also accused of the murder of journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati, who published bluntly about the rape accusations against Singh in his newspaper Poora Sachh. That murder case is being heard in the CBI court in Panchkula, the same court that found Singh guilty of rape.