Sunday, May 17, 2015

Do we really need to renew Indo - Pak Cricket?

BCCI & PCB agreed to renew cricketing ties and play couple of tests and ODI’s in the UAE this December. This declaration was out in media a couple of days back, and it heralded angry reactions from many Indians including me. This series is touted to be the most awaited between the arch rivals India and Pakistan. Now, who says it’s eagerly awaited except for the BCCI and few other enterprises who are eyeing on the moolah that it will generate? More than the BCCI, it’s PCB who wants this series to happen to fill in their coffers which are drying up like a water body in a desert. BCCI for long has conducted itself like a dictator not bothering about the sentiments of the people. BCCI and its mandarins are like a filthy rich father whose only motive is to earn money no matter from where and how it comes. No wonder, BCCI is the richest cricket board in the world capable of financing a country if required. Renewing cricketing ties with Pakistan is an ominous proposition, who for long has been at loggerheads with India, supporting and waging a proxy war on India. Why BCCI wants to push for this series is obvious, but it is not required, for it is not going to hurt them financially and they can earn abound through other sources. More importantly they need to pay heed to sentiments of millions of Indians who are against this cricketing ties.
Compassion Please !!!
Many learned people (????) in India are supporting this series to happen by saying politics and sport should be kept aside. To them I would like to say let the bullets sponsored by Pak backed terrorist scr..w their families and then I would like to know their reaction. You can’t engage with someone who is creating disharmony and distress in your family by saying sport is above all and we should continue playing with them no matter if they are screwing my family. This is plain b…shit. Pakistan in spite of our helping hand has shown its true colors by indulging in transgressions against India. No matter how soft you go on them, they will bite the same helping hand, and we want to play cricket with them? The same country on whose insistence hundreds of innocent Indian civilians are massacred daily. Our armed forces jawans who endure the extreme weather to protect us, fall prey to the bullets coming from Pakistan, and you still want to say sports should go on with them? This is like rubbing salt on the wounds of the Indians. BCCI should show some compassion towards Indians who have suffered at the hands of Pak sponsored terrorism, and not worry about its finances, which are already hale and hearty.
The Bad and the Ugly
The other day a senior advocate named Sanjay Hegde gave a bizarre justification to support the series. For him seeing Indian batsmen thrash the Pak bowlers gives him a high and sense of victory. How preposterous the thinking can get. He can satisfy this urge by inviting some Pakistanis to his home to play in his backyard and then thrashing them at will. The other learned gentleman said playing cricket with them will improve the bonhomie and will facilitate peace between the two nations. Either this person is living in fool’s paradise or he has gone horribly insane. No matter how much India extends a helping hand towards Pakistan, Pakistan will not let go its old guard. On one hand it will favor the cricketing ties for it benefits them immensely, on the other hand it will continue to provide safe haven to culprits waging war against India. This has been their nature for long time. This audacity of Pak is fuelled by comments made by some of our stalwarts. One of the respected cricketers of India, Dilip Vengsarkar, and the other day said, Wasim Akram should take over the reins of Indian cricket team as a coach. Was Mr. Vengsarkar joking or has he gone mad? Even Rahul Dravid is in support of this renewal of cricketing ties. With all due respect to these idols I think they have made a wrong decision. For them and alike, it might be only a sport, but for most Indians it is an insult, tantamount to flaming the wounds inflicted by Pakistan.
Pak-Pak No Way
Why do we entertain people from this belligerent nation, in India, always baffles me. We invite many Pakistani artists in Hindi film industry with open arms, be it actors, musicians. The cash rich IPL also sees many Pakistani cricketers enjoying our hospitality, be it coaching or commentating. They all make merry and earn hefty amounts on Indian soil, thanks to some of the large hearted(???) Indian personalities. Are we bereft of talent that we have to import it from Pakistan? No, I don’t think so, then why do we have to pledge support to them like a big forgiving brother? Personally and many Indians don’t have an issue with Pakistanis participating unless their government stops perpetrating heinous activities against we Indians. I am afraid we cannot continue this candy floss bonhomie if our counterpart continues its nefarious activities. Our government should stop entertaining any Pakistani wishing to earn and reside in India until their government comes good. This in turn will force many artists, sportsmen from Pakistan to put pressure back home to stop its belligerent ways, for it may affect their careers, life in India. We Indians take our mantra of "Athithi Devo Bhava" too seriously, I think. It should be only for those who echo our sentiments of peace and brotherhood. For others it should be Tit for Tat. I hope better sense will prevail and BCCI and Indian government calls off the renewal of cricketing ties with Pakistan as of now, until our neighbor behaves like a good boy.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Curious Case Of Salman Khan

"Mujh par ek ehsaan karna ki, mujhpar koi ehsaan na karna" thundered the big hearted hero on the screen to a thunderous applause from the cine goers. This and many such dialogues have been the hallmark of a superstar named Salman Khan. Finally, after 13 long years the verdict on Salman’s hit n run case is out. Enfant-terrible of Hindi film industry was sentenced to five years in prison, but all that turned on its head in two days when the sentence was suspended by Mumbai High court, granting him bail. This was a “BIG EHSAAN” that the judiciary did for Salman who very earnestly accepted it. Getting a big respite from imminent jail term not only eased the pressure on him, but more importantly on the film makers who have invested more than 200 crores on his films. To his fans it was a triumph, for they would not have liked to see their super hero caged for so long.  For long, Salman Khan’s middle name has been CONTROVERSY. He has been testing the law with great regularity, be it the hit n run or black buck killing or man handling the journalist or being abusive towards his girlfriends. All his transgressions have been overlooked until his recent conviction in the infamous hit n run case of year 2002. This conviction has been short lived as of now, freeing him from being incarcerated. Thanks to Indian judicial system.
The Sycophants
After the news broke of his conviction, Hindi film industry stood up in support in numbers, crying foul on the sentence handed over to him. Salman’s greatness, his kindness and he being the Messiah of the poor are doing rounds in social media. Salman is one of the most powerful men in the film industry and he can make or break one’s career. Film fraternity is well known of this fact, and they don’t want to stir the hornets nest by saying anything against him. The Sycophants are in full bloom going overboard in declaring their support for Salman. One of the singers, Abhijit who has faded into oblivion opened his dirty mouth vomiting his dirt on twitter by tweeting an obnoxious reasoning on how Salman is not the culprit. He might have thought of appeasing Salman who might help him resurrect his already finished singing career. Another socialite named Farah Ali Khan also put her intellect on display on social media. These good for nothing, sycophants not for once talked about the victims and the pain that they have endured all these years. These cheap page 3 socialites suffer from foot in the mouth syndrome, which they make it evident time n again to have their 5 minutes of fame.

Judiciary a Farce

In India, the judiciary has proved to be incompetent when it comes to punishing the rich and the powerful. There are enough loop holes to provide a safe way out for the one’s how can manipulate the law with money and influence. So many scams, thefts, murders committed by the politicians go unpunished, how is that possible ? Why are the culprits not punished ? is an open secret, but no one wants to address the short comings in the judiciary, law. If done, this would prove detrimental to the culprits who happen to be rich powerful people, the politicians and the law makers. When a scamster, murderer says, I have full faith in the judiciary and the law will take its own course, implies a lot. It actually means I will manipulate it, so that law wont reach me and I will go scot free. This has been the case in India for ages. The law of the land applies only to the common man, who in no capacity can twist or manipulate judiciary. With no deterrent and fear the powerful carry out their nefarious activities with √©lan. Law, judiciary are the toys in the hands of these omnipotent and this has been the sad story of India for ages and would continue in future without any brakes. Salman with his tremendous clout has played his cards to perfection and would continue garnering support and love from sycophants in the film industry. Time will tell if he is incarcerated for his wrong doing or he goes scot free like others.