India Vs SA Test series: Team India got a reality check of its performance in 5-day matches, many loopholes to work on

In the 3 Test match series with South Africa, India already loses first two test matches. Isn’t it shocking to see a world-class team like India losing these matches with such an ease? It is the same team that looks strongest the most on papers. India, in last some years, performing extraordinarily in every home series and was winning peacefully. But playing in South Africa is definitely not a bed of full roses for the team India. They not only have to learn from these easy defeats in these test matches but also work on many other things. We will talk about the most important places where team India really needs to work on.

World’s strongest batting line, but not used appropriately

There’s no question on the world-class batting line of team India. Actually, it’s the strongest part of our team. But it sounds unimaginable when we witness team India losing because of poor performances of Indian batsmen. Players like Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ravi Pujara and many more, again and again, failed to perform in the test matches against South Africa. The inconsistency in the performances of Indian players needs to be focused and analyzed on.

Indian Captain Virat Kohli’s inexperienced decisions

There is no doubt in the ability of Virat Kohli as a batsman. He’s the world’s best batsman and we believe in it. But he still needs to work on his captaincy skills. An ace Test match player like Ajinkya Rahane was being ignored by Kohli in the first two test matches and this decision of the Indian captain needs to be evaluated. Rahane is unarguably one of the finest test match player and his records convey the same. Even dropping India’s best current lot bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the second Test match was unexpected and shocking for all. The Indian captain has to look again at his decisions.

And the hunt for good Wicketkeeper/Batsman still goes on

The biggest setback team India is suffering from is a good wicketkeeper/batsman. There was a time when Indian team had Dhoni, who was not just a good wicketkeeper but also a great batsman and captain. Team India has to compromise on both now – a great wicketkeeper and a great captain. Parthiv Patel’s performance as a wicketkeeper in second test match showed how blessed team India was when MS Dhoni was the wicketkeeper. There’s no one who seems to even fit 20% of the place in the team as a wicketkeeper like MS Dhoni. The search for a good wicketkeeper still continues.

Army kills 7 Pakistani soldiers in ‘Retaliatory action’, injures 4 along LoC

In a strong retaliation attack, Indian Army killed today seven Pakistani soldiers and wounded four in areas along the Line of Control (LoC) for the killing of an Indian soldier in Pakistan firing on Saturday. The Army’s act took place in the leading areas along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district. The reply came following an Indian soldier was killed in Pakistani firing along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district on Saturday.

On the other hand, the Pakistan army said in a statement that four of its soldiers were killed along the LoC in the Jandrot, Kohli sector. The army, on the other side, killed six Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) terrorists. The Jammu and Kashmir DGP SP Vaid said that “We have recovered five bodies from the spot. I think six have died, one body is being searched. They belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammed and information was that they are suicide attackers”. “Since past few days, we were getting inputs about possible attempts to infiltrate from Uri sector. So, ambushes were laid out in that area by Army, J&K police & CRPF. In the morning, exchange of fire took place in one of the ambushes,” added Vaid.

While addressing Army members at an event of the 70th Army Day, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat cautioned Pakistan not to force India to step up its military attacking. “Pakistan Army has been continuously trying to help terrorists sneak into India along LoC in J&K. We are using our might to teach them a lesson. If we are forced, then we may resort to other action by stepping up military offensive,” Rawat said. General Rawat also talked about Pakistan’s continuous ceasefire violations. He said that “Ceasefire violations by Pakistan happen frequently, to which we respond effectively. We will take even stronger steps against our enemies if we are compelled to do so”. Rawat added that anti-India activities will not be allowed.

As per the data compiled by the Union Home ministry, Pakistani forces have violated ceasefire 724 times along the IB and the LoC till October in comparison to 449 times in 2016. “We will call their bluff. If given the task, we will not say we cannot cross the border because they have nuclear weapons,” said General Rawat. He also added that quarrels along Line of Actual Control in the nation’s northern border with China are continuing, with steady transgressions happening. The Army chief said terrorism has been limited in the Eastern front. “Our intelligence based and people-friendly operations in the north-east have managed to limit terrorism to a large extent,” the Army chief said.

India can’t just chop-and-change in every game, suggests Sourav Ganguly

The former Indian captain and skipper Sourav Ganguly advised India captain Virat Kohli to keep on his faith in the current batting line-up and refrain toying with team combination. After India’s defeat in the first Test in Cape Town, the team management’s decision to stick with Rohit Sharma while not selecting Ajinkya Rahane has come under huge criticism as Rahane has an extraordinary overseas record. Rohit Sharma, on the other hand, just made 21 runs across the two innings in Cape Town Test as India lost to a 72-run defeat on the fourth day of the test.

The openers came under questions due to poor performances, especially Shikhar Dhawan who was out in both innings in the same manner, and there are inside stories going that he might get replaced by KL Rahul in the second Test. Ganguly suggested in his column for TOI that Indian team should not make any changes for the second Test which begins from Saturday in Centurion. “Virat Kohli should not worry about such things [team combination]. Although KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane have a good history of scoring runs away from the sub-continent and have better records as batsmen, India can’t just chop-and-change in every game. They have shown faith in the current batting and that should continue to the next Test as well. They still have two more Tests to play and I feel all the matches will produce results,” Ganguly said.

The former captain also appreciated the five-bowler strategy, adding that the reason India came close to securing a win in Newlands was that of their ability to take 20 wickets which will carry on to do the same in the upcoming matches. The former captain observed that “There has been a lot of talk about the combination. India did the right thing by going in with five bowlers. As much as scoring runs is important in a bid to win Test matches, getting wickets is also key. The reason why we were thinking of an Indian win at some point is because the bowlers got 20 wickets and that will continue to be important criteria over the next two Tests”.

Ganguly also had some great words for Hardik Pandya as he was impressed with the 24-year-old’s performance. He also added that India’s batting performance as a unit needs to be improved. “Hardik Pandya came good with the bat and India should persist with him. The problem lies with the overall batting performance, and this has to be fixed soon. There will be lot of talk about players who were not in the playing eleven. That’s always the case when you lose,” Ganguly said. The former Indian skipper also praised the tough contest in the first Test produced saying it was an equal battle between the bat and ball.

“The first match between South Africa and India was a great exhibition of Test cricket where the ball dominated the bat. The great part about the surface was that even on the fourth day the bowlers were in the game. I have played on the Newland pitch and at some stage of the game the conditions always got better for batting. This, however, was not the case in the first Test,” he added.

Finding the Truth Behind the Anti-Sikh Riots of 1984

The horrid pictures of the 1984 Anti-Sikh riots remain afresh in the minds of those who saw the riots, and whenever the fact that a community that defended the Vedic Brahmanists from the Muslim tyrants, for years, was persecuted due to a political assassination is worth giving a thought to a vast field of aspects the Indian society.

The Supreme Court while hearing a plea pertaining to the investigation and inquiry into the 241 cases pending against the alleged perpetrators found out that the investigations were not held properly.

The petition is filed filed by S Gurlad Singh Kahlon, a member of the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee, aims to fast-track the process of delivering justice to those who suffered at the hands of the perpetrators.

We recall the name of Indira Gandhi loyalist Mr Jagdish Tytler, who was the main accused in the case, but was granted a clean chit in the case due to lack of conclusive evidence. This happened after a long 20 years after institution of the case against him and others.

The long line of judicial commissions that have been constituted one after the other have been ineffective at administering justice. The common political rhetoric has never gathered around the anti-Sikh riots, thus it saw the rise of the Akalis in Punjab.

Captain Amarinder Singh has ruled, only because of his personal charisma as the one who belongs to the royal family. The Congress, and many national political parties shun the anti-Sikh riots only on the ground, as being a moral retort for the masses, who cherished Indira ji as their supreme leader.

The major national parties, or anybody for that matter would never want the Prime Minister or a Chief Minister assassinated in public. Though, the riots were not a moral retort.

The last commission, or the Special Investigation Team that was constituted closed 186 cases without investigations. The petitioner prayed for justice to the people, and the Court ordered a constitution of a new SIT headed by retired Justices J M Panchal and K S P Radhakrishnan of the Supreme Court to head the new SIT, and look into the closure of 241 cases.

The post apartheid truth type of mode of undoing the acts of barbarianism in the Anti-Sikh riots is one feature that is a feature of the Anti-Sikh riots fact finding path. The State tried to take an active role in the investigation by appointing 10 commissions in the past 27 years, which bore no fruits.

The victims have not been heard, and the way in which the Congress governments gave monetary grants to Punjab in the aftermath of operation blue star, is the only way the State possibly tried to do justice.

Yet the victims voices remain unheard, and the secular fabric needs devoted effort at bringing the perpetrators to justice before it becomes too late.

The newly appointed SIT, must take the cases seriously unless the proverb, justice delayed is justice denied assumes another example.



Changing Societal Morality: SC to Revisit Naz Foundation Judgment

In December, 2013, the Supreme Court of India gave its landmark judgment wherein it upheld the Constitutional validity of section 377 of the IPC.

The section has remained as it was laid down by Lord Macaulay, in the original draft of the Indian Penal Code. The Delhi High Court, in the same case had struck down the section stating that it was violative of the privacy of the individuals, who establish homosexual relations out of consent.

The judgement was appealed in the SC in the case of Suresh Kumar Koushal & Another vs Naz Foundation and Others. The Supreme Court also dismissed the review petition against the order, and now the curative petitions lie before the judges to take notice of.

A bench of Justices AM Kahnwilkar, DY Chandrachud and CJI Dipak Misra suggested that the judgment above needs to be reconsidered by taking all the aspects in a cumulative manner.

There has been a very deep social debate not only in India but across the globe over legalising the association between people of the same sex. The religious scriptures that command authority over men have announced that the sexual energies are to be used only for the procreation of children, while the society has of late began to recognize the prevalence of homosexuality.

Homosexuality has been studied in psychology where there are proofs of the fact that it is a psychological disorder, while the transgenders and bisexuals are left unexplained, in the lurch of perversion.

Thoughts, are the implants of desire that bears result in time. The emotional aspect of lives is one that nobody but a man himself may control. The choice of individuals to live the way they want describes a lot of aspects about their lives.

The people now a days have developed certain acceptance towards those who don’t do things in the dark. They do it openly and with consent. At least they remain better placed than those who rape women or force males into homosexual activities.

The legal sphere accords granting of liberties to men and women to live as they want, while the society uses its weight to avoid any frictions between the accepted norms.

Indian society is known to have been conservative. While the Court is faced with a narrow view of the society which represents the LGBT community, the majority of people who live straight lives, need to come out strong to use their weight to transgress upon individual freedom.

There has been a wide scale of support to people who have come out openly as LGBT, and the recent facebook demonstrations for support have assumed significance.

Thus the overall picture will be very thorny, as the SC treads along the road less taken to find the majority at one end and a minority at the other.

As the law is used as a means to social end, there will have to be a lot of ground work and opinion moulding before an abrupt order is enforced. The possibility of rioteering and ruckus, honour killings and suicides may be followed as has been seen in the case of Special Marriages.

The law will have to move cautiously.


Pakistan releases another Kulbhushan Jadhav’s video, he’d given statement on his mother’s visit

On Thursday, Pakistan released a new video of Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian national who has been sentenced to death on charges of spying, showed him saying that he had not been harmed in custody. The issue picked fire recently when India complained about the treatment of the family of death row convict Jadhav in Islamabad.

The 47-year-old Jadhav was permitted to meet his mother Avanti and wife Chentankul through a glass partition in Islamabad, which Pakistan claimed was an evidence of its humanitarianism and generosity. However, India accused Pakistan of harassing Jadhav’s family, claiming their meeting was held in an “atmosphere of coercion”. The Pakistan newspaper Dawn reported on the video released by the Pakistan Foreign Office on Thursday where Jadhav was seen saying that he “saw fear”  in the eyes of his mother and wife when he met them. As per the report, Jadhav further said that an Indian diplomat accompanying them was “yelling at them”.

“I said ‘don’t worry mummy. They (Pakistan) are taking care of me, they have not touched me’. She believed me once she saw me personally. But I have to say one very important thing to the Indian public and the Indian government, and for people in Navy that my Commission has not gone, I am a commissioned officer of Indian Navy,” Jadhav was seen saying in the newly released video. Pakistan’s military said that Jadhav appealed to Pakistan’s powerful army chief to spare his life in June last year, two months after he was sentenced to death on charges of spying.

The ISPR of Pakistan claimed that Jadhav has allegedly confessed to his involvement in spying, terrorist and subversive activities in Pakistan, and expressed regret at the resultant loss of innocent lives and broad damage to property due to his actions. India, however, says that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the navy.

India could become 5th largest economy in 2018, says Report

On Tuesday, a report showed that India is set to jump Britain and France to become the world’s fifth-largest economy in dollar terms next year. The Centre for Economics and Business (Cebr) consultancy’s 2018 World Economic League Table highlighted an optimistic view of the global economy, improved by cheap energy and technology prices. India’s rising is part of a trend that will witness Asian economies progressively dominate the top 10 largest economies over the next 15 years.

The Cebr deputy chairman Douglas McWilliams said that “Despite temporary setbacks … India’s economy has still caught up with that of France and the UK and in 2018 will have overtaken them both to become the world’s fifth largest economy in dollar terms”. McWilliams added that India’s growth had been slowed by restrictions on demonetization and GST, an opinion was given by economists polled by Reuters. The Cebr believed that China is expected to surpass the United States as the World’s No.1 economy in 2032. “Because the impact of President Trump on trade has been less severe than expected, the USA will retain its global crown a year longer than we anticipated in the last report,” the report added.

Britain, on the other hand, expected to lag behind France over next couple of years, Cebr also forecasted that Brexit’s impacts on Britain’s economy will be less than expected, letting it overtake France again in 2020. Russia is expected to fall to 17th place among the world’s largest economies by 2032 from 11th of now as it also failed to low oil prices and dependent on the energy sector.