Sachin and Indian Cricket

India under the leadership of Kapil Dev had won the limited over championship in 1983. However, those days we did not have access to television and 24/7 coverage. We acquired a TV set, however, coverage of cricket match was suspended for some government sponsored broadcast. When cricket broadcast was resumed, India had almost won the match. I did not watch Kapil Dev catching Viv Richards, that turned the game on its head. After 1983, I left for foreign shores for higher studies. So I did not have much oppurtunity to watch cricket matches. I did not know when legendary Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Ravi Shastri among others retired. I did not see Sachin Tendulkar debut.  did not see his match winning performances. Post 1995, I have followed cricket quite regularly. I have seen Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly started playing for India.
In India, Sachin Tendulkar is considered god of cricket. He has maximum number of centuries to his credit. He has numerous records under his belt. He has been playing since he was probably 14 or 16 year old, today his age is 40 years. Tendulkar has played many stellar innings in his life. One I remember is against Australia in Sharjah. Sachin has single handedly won the match for India. Around the time I started watching cricket, two teams to beat were Australia and South Africa. However, to the best of my knowledge, Sachin has never won us against these two teams by his brilliance. He might have scored many centuries against these teams, but those feat have not led to India on winning side. My most bitter memory is world cup final in South Africa. Facing a devastating Australian attack spearheaded by Glenn McGrath, most Indian batsmen collapsed, including Sachin Tendulkar. Another being, test match against Pakistan in Chennai. After doing all the hardwork, Sachin got out when India needed just 20 runs, more or less. Under relentless Pakistani attack lead by Wasim Akram, Indian tail enders collapsed and India lost the test. There have been many such instances. Most recent being cricket test between England and India in Wankhede, Mumbai in Nov, 2012. Almost all batsmen failed, including Sachin Tendulkar, against English spin attack. 
Around same time of the year, when Australian great Ricky Ponting announced retirement from test cricket. there was a murmur in India that our great, who is now 40 year old should also consider retirement. There are many defenders of Sachin. Many felt he has given so much to Indian cricket, he must retire when he feels like. Others felt,  selectors are too small infront of Sachin to either drop him or ask him to retire. 
In my view greatness of a cricketer should be judged not only by number of centuries but under what circumstance these centuries were made. From this point of view, I think many Australians come out as great players of cricket. Because, when going gets tough, Aussies get going. There are many big game players like Steve Waugh, Mark Waugh, Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and now Ricky Ponting, in recent times. Extremely competitive players, Aussies do not give an inch on the ground, fight till the end and extremely abrasive to opponents, often used as part of tactical maneuvre. Despite their greatness, many Australians are asked to leave by their management. 
In India, greats are never asked to leave, So they continue, despite poor form and hand eye co-ordination in the hope of a better tomorrow. This may show great respect to the player who has contributed for the game, but is bad for younger players as well as for the game. Finally, many Indian greats rarely stand up, exception Dravid, Laxman and Kumble,  to rescue Indian team. We have seen such abject submission in many crucial situations in India, abroad, in one day format and in test format. We must respect our senior players and achievers, we must take care of them but we must also retire them in their glory days.
I do not know inspite of scoring  many centuries, is Sachin not mentally strong to face pressure cooker situations and deliver? Is there a chink in his mental armor? Is pressure of expectation of one billion Indian’s is unbearable on Sachin?  I think being the best player in the world, we would always expect Sachin to rescue India when all else fails. Sachin , and his supporters, cannot get away with an excuse that cricket is a game of eleven players, when  every one fails what can Sachin do. But they are wrong. Sachin is not any other player, he is the best batter of the world!

Ricky Ponting spark a retirement rush? – The Times of India
Ricky Ponting’s decision to retire could be the start of an exodus of other batting greats, including Indian maestro Sachin Tendulkar and Jacques Kallis.


FDI in Retail and Functioning Parliament

It is a good news that government of India has agreed to allow debate on the topic of FDI in retail followed by voting. It is heartening that opposition parties have agreed to let the parliament function. Government had allowed 51% ownership of Foreign Direct Investment in Retail business. Although it was a policy decision, most opposition parties claimed they are opposed to the decision. So opposition wanted to debate the issue in parliament followed by voting on the issue. Government refused debate and voting because they feared losing. Moreover, government ally Trinamool Congress (TMC) quit government making an issue with the policy decision claiming it to be antipoor. At the present time, it appears that government has managed to persuade some of its allies, like DMK, SP and BSP. These parties have agreed and / or abstain in case of voting, albeit grudgingly.

Many people think that FDI will put small grocery stores out of business. This will lead to large scale unemployment. However, it has been seen that in many Indian states the large retail stores are unable to compete. It is correct that multinationals have much deeper pocket. They can last much longer than Indian players. However, even multinationals have to set up lot of backend infrastructure before they can start a meaningful operation. Moreover, India is a vast and heterogenous country. We have widely different socioeconomic levels. While middle and upper middle class may get the benefit of big stores, vast number of poor people will still go to neighborhood stores. Besides, neighborhood stores give credit, they give home delivery and many of them carry almost all the brands. So there is very little chance of an efficient corner store going bankrupt. Besides a huge country like India will never go one way completely. Our shopping habbits, our household economics etc are very different from what is practiced in the West. Very poor people will never be able to buy one week or months supply of food in one go. It is also believed that cost of food is likely to come down and farmers are likely to get better price. In many other countries also these stores are operational and economies have not really got affected.
So why oppose the decision? One is not surprised that TMC opposed the decision. TMC wanted an exit route from the beleaguered UPAII, that was plagues by corruption charges as well as accused of mismanagement of economy. As a result economy was sliding, subsidy burden was increasing and government had to reduce subsidy by raising price of cooking and transport fuel. These are antipeople policies, but TMC cannot be party to such decisions. So they exited. It is also not surprising that Left parities opposed the move. In general Left has great antipathy to free market economy and anything related to United States. Smaller parties like BSP and SP did not want to look obviously antipoor. So they wanted to sit on the fence and watch what others were doing. However, it was surprising that BJP led NDA had opposed FDI in retail. When such stores by Indians players are already operational in BJP ruled states like Gujrat and Madhya Pradesh. BJP ally Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) also wants FDI in retail. Bharti – Walmart is operating in Punjab. Besides government has assured states that it is upto the states to implement the provisions of FDI in retail.
It seems most enterpreneural states have either FDI in retail operational and want more. On the other hand, states with poor culture of enterpreneurship do not want FDI. Some others just want to sit on the fence and watch what others do. Finally, government should have taken all parties along by informing them and consulting them as partners. But minister of commerce, is an arrogant person, and often his version of events are not accepted by his party colleagues let alone opposition. Hopefull, dust will settle down, government will get FDI passed, parliament will function and India will be the gainer.

Strange Predicament of Indian Team

India lost second cricket test against England in Wankhede, Mumbai. There are few points that stand out. The same team had played and beaten England convincingly just seven days before in Gujrat. Based on the discomfiture of English players against spin attack, Indian captain demanded a spinner friendly pitch in Mumbai. India got a spinning track. However, Indian batsmen supposedly great experts at playing spin, succumbed like a pack of cards. Thank god for century of Cheteshwar Pujara,  India managed a respectable total in first innings. Most wickets were bagged by English spinners. Then came English batting. Although most batters did not contribute, two scored more than 150 runs each and secured an 87 run lead. English batters who scored, did not look very uncomfortable playing Indian bowlers. In response, Indian batting collapsed giving England 50 run lead, which was covered by England without losing any wicket.
It is surprising that English players negotiated spin so well, an area supposedly their nemesis. Yet Indians failed so miserably in an area that is their forte! Is Monty Pansear so good, almost unplayable? What happened to our batters and our spinners? English hit our bowlers easily for six. What made so much difference to two teams in a span of one week?
I understand cricket is a game. One team has to lose, but not succumb the way we did in Wankehede. There are many questions. However, there are two people who needs to standup and answer. First is the captain, Mr. Mahinder Singh Dhoni. Captain can demand a pitch of his choice, but he must deliver when he gets one. Either Dhoni is a cribber or he is not able to motivate his players. I have respect for Dhoni. He gave us two world cups. Somehow, it appears all is not well in Indian team. Inflated egos, poor fitness, huge pay cheque, difficult to drop senior players. List goes on
Secondly, Sachin Tendulkar. Most senior player, considered a legend, with highest number of centuries to his credits. Many believe he is one of the best that can happen to cricket. Sachin failed yet again, when team needed him to deliver. He could not win us world cup against Australia, when Indian team was tottering. Many commentators have complained why pick on Sachin, when most failed. However, that is how we separate great from average. When average fails, great must standup and deliver. What is the point of scoring centuries in inconsequential matches against Bangladesh, Kenya, Zimbabwe? What is greatness, if it cannot work for you in the moment of dire need? Yet none of Indian selectors can ask Sachin to step down. People want to give Sachin more time. Time to do what? He is 40. He is definitely not in the form of his 20s. His fielding has slackened. His batting is for everyone to see. I do not want Sachin to retire ignominiously. But he has given enough, got enough, he should move into sunset. 
 Compare Sachin to Steve Waugh. Steve Waugh played games of his life to win world cup for Australia. This when, he was playing the role of captain as well as team was under pressure after losing early wickets. Steve Waugh scored century for his team. Steve Waugh, made Australia the best team in one day and test crikcet format as captain. Yet Steve Waugh was asked to retire when he was not scoring despite his record. 
Coming back to Mumbai test. However, even if Indian batters have clicked and India  had given a lead of 300 runs, English were in such a great form they would have chased it down. So much for a spinning track.

2G Spectrum Allocation Saga

Spectrum is a national resource and a scarce commodity. Government allocates spectrum to telecom industry. However, allocation of 2G spectrum has been mired in controversy. It started as rumour in Delhi’s grapevines. Pioneer, a newspaper, carried exposé on the matter at regular interval. It was becoming evident that something was not right in allocation of 2G spectrum. Then, nearly 2 years before around 2010, parliament seized on the matter. On demand of opposition, government initiated a Public Accounts Committee and later a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe. Meanwhile Supreme Court also responded to Public Interest Litigation and ordered a CBI probe.
It was clear that the then telecom minister along with senior members of ministry of telecommunications had been engaged in wilful manipulation of spectrum allocation policy to benefit his favourite operators. This resulted in loss of revenue to the exchequer of the government of India but also amounted to criminal conspiracy against other operators. To add insult to the injury groups that bought spectrum, many had no expertise to run telecom business, sold them to actual operators at nearly double their initial investment.  Government of India unwilling to act against the minister because government needed support of party to which minister belonged. however, court swung into action. It put not only minister, several bureaucrats and senior functionaries of business houses, court also cancelled all the licences granted.
Several lines of argument were propagated on the magnitude of monetary loss. Recently, government against reduction end 2G spectrum. However, it fetched, some say to unconcealed glee of government, only Rs 10000 crore. This prompted government to argue that calculation of 176000 was actually incorrect. Meanwhile, emerged another player. Mr R. P. Singh a retired former member of CAG team came on TV and proclaimed he arrived at a figure of 2000 crore as 2G loss, however, his report was rejected by CAG, who put the loss figure as 176000 crore. Both ruling and opposition parties jumped on the issue, and Mr. Singh appeared as a joker of the piece. Firstly, he claimed to have arrived at a loss figure that was changed by CAG. Then it emerged that Mr. SIngh had himself defended the revised number in PAC and/or JPC meetings.  To be fair, Mr. SIngh never claimed that anyone tried to influence CAG or get influenced by CAG. However, if everything is so cut and dried, what is Mr. Singh doing giving interviews? Is he wanting instant fame?  
Finally, the following are my take on the saga.  It is totally agreed that fraud was committed by minister in implementation of policy, in arbitrarily changing the date of application, in addition there is evidence that large sum of money also got transferred to certain account. Though it was later returned. The them minister went to jail and must be sent to prison for his acts of omission and comission. Question remains how much is the loss. There is no doubt the loss figure was projected based on data obtained from 3 G auction. It is also foolish to assume that auctioning 2G licence after 3G is already operational, is likely to fetch a lot of money. However, that does not negate the projection. However, two people in CAG office arrived at figures like 2000 crore to 176000 crore, nearly 80 fold apart. It is a genuine question, irrespective of who got influenced by whom, if any of these predictions were accurate? However, whether the loss is 2000 crore or 176000 crore, loss is still huge for a poor country like India. This cannot be a matter of politics. However, if someone had dictated CAG, if at all, about the finally projected number, then it should also be investigated.

Kasab is History, Did India Learn Her Story!

Amir Ajmal Kasab and his mates attacked Mumbai on 26th Nov, 2008. These people sailed from Karachi. It is believed that Kasab and party were trained in Pakistan by anti India terrorist groups like Lashkar-e-Toiba and Pakistan’s spy agency ISI. Mandate of Kasab and co was to kill as many people as possible, kill foreigners, kill Jews and Americans. In the process they may die and attain martyrdom. Kasab was the only one caught alive. He went through the judicial process, that concluded with Kasab’s hanging. Now that Kasab has been executed, it is time to ask has anything really changed? Can we predict and prevent future attacks? Unless India learns from her mistakes, it will probably never matter if Kasab remained dead or alive.

I think Kasab has got an early release after his execution. He came here to kill and get killed. He did not show any remorse when caught and tried. If India had kept him alive by life imprisonment, then there will be tax money to feed, clothe and protect him. As Kasab’s execution does not guarantee deterrence against future attack, similarly his survival also does not gurantee any future safety from attack. On the contrary, there will be constant threat of some loony hijacking a plane or bus or any public utility and ask for Kasab’s release as ransom.A case in point is hijack of IC814 to release Masood Azhar who was serving jail term in India.We have seen how our external affairs minister accompanied terrorists to hand them over to Taliban.

Terror is a mindset. It will keep on happening to highlight issues. Unless India is strong and unified, unless our systems are perfected, it does not matter if Ajmal Kasab is dead or alive.  Remeber during IC814 hijack, we could not stop the aircraft flying out of Amritsar. We had no policy or operating procedure. After Mumbai attack, it is upto us if we want to stop these loonies in their tracks through advanced intelligence gathering, and facing them headon when they arrive. We must use technology to protect our borders.  Do we remember that Ajmal Kasab and party sailed from Karachi to Mumbai without being detected. Mumbai is our headquarter of Western Naval command. What if the terrorists had inflicted damage to Naval base like they did to Mehran naval base in Karachi? What was our naval intelligence doing? How could they not intercept the terrorists who sailed nearly 500 km from Karachi? Why does our navy not have appropriate technology? Strangely an island nation like Britain never faced sea borne insurgency. 
We need to remember and respect our forces that give their lives for the nation. Our forces that fight at the forefront are treated poorly. Many are not even given a proper facility to rest and retire, when they guard five star premises. Do we remember Tukaram Omble, a man who sacrificed his life to give Inida Ajmal Kasab? Do we remember three valiant police officers of Mumbai police – Vijay Salasakar, Hemant Karkare, and Ashok Kamte gave up their lives? Do we know police reinforcement did not reach them because Mumbai police was divided along party lines? Do we know the bullet proof vest they were wearing was substandard?
Attack can happen again, unless we learn our lesson and put it into practice. I think it starts with giving autonomy to police. Let head of police force raise his budget and acquire his weapon and gear. Atleast, we can hold him accountable. We cannot do anything to politician who takes cover under election verdict of people who are not affected. Raw courage of brave police officer is good, but we need all officers motivated, equipped and ready to fight as per a standard procedure.

Ajmal Kasab was a foot soldier in a venal chain that runs through terrorist training camps on the outskirts of

Two Cities, Two Deaths, Different Reactions

On 15th Nov, 2012 three people passed away. One was Balasaheb Thakre in Mumbai and other two Ponty a.ka. Gurdeep Chaddha and his brother Hardeep Chaddha in Delhi. However, comparison ends there. 

Balasaheb died after protracted illness. Ponty and his brother shot each other. Balasaheb had created Shiv Sena party. Shiv Sena had ruled the state of Maharashtra, been an ally of NDA, under the leadership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, at the centre. Balsaheb has been accused of divisionary politics, he has been accused of creating a band of hooligans called Shiv Sena. Sena would terrorise non Maharashtrians in Mumbai – Tamils, Gujratis, Biharis, Muslims etc. Sena would threaten big industrial houses, would organise strike and shut down Mumbai. Sena has been held responsible for many things bad. Yet the day Balasahebs remains were taken for cremation nearly 20 lac people came out. They marched 8 km distance in 8 hours. They cried when Balasaheb was put on fire by his son. It beats logic, why would so many people come out spontaneously and why would they weep at Balasahebs death.
I think it indicates, how Balasaheb was connected to his supporters – ordinary sainiks. Any bad deed of a sainik/s Balasaheb would own up. He will accept responsibility. He gave ordinary people a voice. Ordinary Maharasthrians felt there is someone who would understand them and listen to them. I guess this deep connection, which is intangible, which is not based on give and take, is responsible why ordinary people wept at funeral of balasaheb. 
Chaddha brother, Ponty had also created an empire worth 2000 crore rupees or more in one generation. He was well connected to state politicians in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, may be Uttrakhand and Haryana also. Ponty Chaddha and his family including his brother Hardip, had business interest that included liquor distribution, agriculture, real estate among others. No body believes Ponty Chaddha’s wealth was created by legal means in one generation.

To me, Ponty Chaddha personifies greed. The family, brothers amongst themselves, have 12 farm houses in the area. They could not settle ownership of one amicably. Also consider this, the ownership was settled by the court of law. One brother did not want to respect the decision. So much for respecting rule of law. Probably he knew with the money they have, anything can be purchased. The family has risen meteorically in one generation, that of Ponty Chaddha. Is this possible through legal means? May be Chaddha should have opened a business management institute to teach people how to make money. 
In the end, both Balasaheb and Chaddha brothers had met the same end. However, for one people were weeping.  It is a pity that people are questioning why Balasaheb was given a state funeral in Mumbai. He had challenged states authority many a times. He had done terrible things like organising riots. Yet there were many people that loved him. They came out spontaneously and shed tears for Balasaheb. On the other hand, Ponty Chaddha probably represented all that is wrong with our political system and its link with unscrupulous business men. It is sad that people like Ponty Chaddha, that acquire wealth through dubious means are eulogised and given front page and prime time coverage. Other than having a lot of money, people like him are nothing better than petty hoodlums.

Man who shot Ponty Chadha’s brother Hardeep identified – The Times of Indiat.coFifteen people were picked up for questioning in connection with the killing of controversial liquor and real estate baron Ponty Chadha and his younger brother Hardeep, who were locked in a dispute over ownership of a farmhouse in south Delhi on Saturday.

Ponty Chadha: Rise and demise of a wannabe realty baron

Pujara : A Long Way Away From Greatness

India is playing first test of 4 test series at home in India against England. Venue is Motera, Gujrat. India has scored a mammoth 500 runs plus. On the third day before lunch, England has lost 6 wickets for less than 100 runs. Many are anticipating England will follow on, a humiliation, and eventual Indian win. 

It is well known that English players do not play spin bowling well. Success of Indian spinners further attest to this fact. It is also well known that Indian batters do well in slow pitches of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Predictably, Virender Sewhag who was out of form for best part of one and a half year, has scored a rapid fire century. Debutant Cheteshwar Pujara has also scored his maiden double century. As usual unabashed adulation has started. The same people who were baying for blood of Indian cricketers after debacle in England and Australia last year, are back. Report appearing on the greatness of Sehwag. People are comparing Cheteshwar Pujara with legendary Rahul Dravid.

The following are my thoughts. i think we should treat cricket as a game. Winning and losing are part of the game. Sometime, players have a good day, good mental status, and sometime players have a bad day. A resourceful captain mobilies his resources according to his instinct. Some times he is right, and sometimes he goes wrong. The same goes for all players and coaching staff in the team. I am glad that Cheteshrwar Pujara has scored double century in his debut test. It shows his determination, and character. However, it is premature to compare him with Dravidid. Firstly, this is playing in front of home crowd, on a familiar pitch. The pitch is neither bouncy, nor swing friendly. Pujara has to do well in Australia, South Africa, England and rest of the world. He has to play against pace battery of Australia and South Africa, and perform. He has to perform when India is crumbling against a big total, and rescueIndia. Then and only then Pujara should merit mention in the same league as Dravid. Also remember our heroes came back as zeroes frow away tours abroad. The same people showering adulation will be on Pujara’s throat if he fails. This is cricket game, do not get carried away so easily.

Let us treat this game in Motera also as one of the many games that have played in the past and will be played in future. We shall win some we shall lose some. We must be happy when team wins, we should forgive players when they fail. We must nurture young talents like Pujara, make him grow like a banyan tree, before we start comparing them with legends like Rahul Dravid. In the end, however, we are emotional Indian. We shall remain as we are.

India’s Foreign Policy Dilemma

Ms Aung Sung Suu Kyi visited India on the 14th of Nov, 2012. This was the day on birth anniversary of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, first prime minister of India. Ms Suu Kyi is the voice of democracy in Myanmar. She has recently been freed from house arrest. She is also a member of Myanmar parliament. Ms. Suu-Kyi delivered a lecture in India. In her lecture, Ms. Suu-Kyi expressed her disappointment for Indian stand on Myanmar democracy. According to her, India should have been more vocal in her support for democratic movement in Myanmar as well as India should not have opened business relationship with military dictatorship in Myanmar. Several, commentators in India have also commented on poor condition of refugess from Myanmar. Similar comments have also been made  about refugess from Tibet and India’s support for Tibetan freedom movement. Here is a point of view, why and how India has to walk a tightrope in the neighborhood.
Everyone agrees that being a practicing democracy under the most trying and testing conditions, India has certain responibilities. However, how far can India stretch herself to speak for or help others is a matter of debate. Yes India must standup to China. India must advice Myanmar. India must help East Pakistan get her freedom. India must help Sri Lanka eradicate LTTE menace. But at what cost?

Intervention in Bangladesh, is being paid through insurgency in Punjab, J&K. Rajiv Gandhi sacrificed his life in the hands of LTTE terrorists. China interferes in North East and Burma gave sanctuary to Assamese (ULFA and Bodo), Naga, Mizo separatists. Many of these groups are also armed and 

funded by neigboring countries with common border with India. Many of these rebels create havoc in India, kill innocent people, kill armed forces and take refuge in hostile territory. Demography of one state has been altered significantly due to illegal migration from a neighboring country.

Unless India has a friendly relation with these countries, India cannot even start talking on the issue of sheltering anti India forces. One condition for a relationship is stop interfering in other countries internal affairs, no matter how diabolical these affairs may be. If India points a finger at another country in the neighborhood, five fingers are pointed at her internal problems, never mind these are fueled by insurgents living in our neighbors territory. 

Unlike US, UK, or European nations, that live far apart and are not affected by compulsions of geography, situation is very different for India. It is very easy to create a problem in India on any flimsy pretext. India has tried to give refuse to people battered and bruised from other nation. It has followed a policy of nonpersecution of people based on caste, creed and ethnicity. However, those expect moon from us, must realise India is a deseperately poor country. Many people are illiterate, many people go hungry to bed, people have problem of drinking water, sanitation etc. Under these circumstances, India has limited ability and limited voice. It must conserve all energy to help her own people first, become strong, then raise voice to help others.

Suu Kyi saddened by India’s ties to  junta

Travails of Pinki Paramanik

Pinki Paramanik is a celebrated athlete. Pinki got 4 x 400 metre gold in Doha Asian Games in 2006 in ladies category. Recently, Pinki was accused of rape by her live in partner. Pinki had to undergo sex determination test at local police station. Despite Pinki’s plea test was undertaken by male police officers. Thereafter, several tests have been done by doctors as well as police officials. Pinki’s sex remained ambiguous. 
It has suggested that Pinki’s partner had been blackmailing Pinki for money. It has also come to light that some well connected real estate agent had been trying to grab Pinki’s property, that she was awarded as a result of her gold medal winning feat. All these facts may have bearing on Pinki Paramanik case. However, for the case against Pinki to stand, it has to be proven that Pinki is a man. Recently, police have decided to chargesheet against Pinki as a man.  
Let us consider the following facts. Pinki had undergone medical test after her gold medal winning feat. If she was not a women, it would have been proven then and there. Her gold medal would have been snatched. However, Pinki’s sexuality stood the test. It is worth remembering that three different tests by police and clinicians, on Pinki’s sexuality, remained ambiguous. Indicating that the case is not as open and shut as it is made out to be. It has been reported that at least three differnt tests are undertaken to establish sexuality of a person. Chromosome analysis, hormonal balance, psychology and phyical examination. Even if the first three parameters indicate a person to be of a given sexual orientation, if their physical parameter indicate otherwise, then the person can have different sexuality than his physical appearance may suggest. According to this point, even if Pinki may be a male by his chromosome pattern, if Pinki does not have male sex organ can Pinki be accused of rape? That is the crux of the point. 
Should opinion of medical experts not be taken more seriously in this case, compared to that offered by police officers. At best our police officers are poorly trained in the matter of science, in this case there is complex biology. Based on incomplete understanding, should an accomplished athelete be harrassed in the manner Pinki is being harassed? … …

Kejriwal and His Exposes

Another press conference by Arvind Kejriwal has happened on 9th Nov, 2012 . This is his fourth expose, after DLF – Robert Vadra, Salman Khurshid and his trust, and Nitin Gadkari and his business. This time, Kejriwal’s target is a multinational bank and several prominent business people and politicians that have account in the bank. Mr. Kejriwal announced that the state black money is routed through the bank and put in its Swiss account. Mr. Kejriwal argued that such unaccounted dealing in money may have the potential to endanger national security. Frankly speaking expose after expose by Mr. Kejriwal and his team is getting tiresome. People are losing track of cases as there is no followup. After initial sensationalism, everything is back to as usual. Is the tactics fundamentally wrong? How is this going to change the way business is done in India? Unless atleast one case is progressed to conclusion and lesson learnt adopted for framing better rules, is anything going to change on the ground?

Ms. Tavleen Singh, a senior journalist, has launched a scathing attack on Arvind Kejriwal. However, as much we may dislike Arvind Kejriwal and his tactics, it is not fair to compare him to a pest. To be fair, Arvind Kejriwal is raising his voice for a cause and against a system that is brutally corrupt. It affects all of us at every level. To top it all when such a charge is made, our politicians, from ruling and opposition parties, pat their back and give each other a clean chit. There is no probe, no explanation nothing. What should a sane person do? Kejriwal could have sat there like most of us, grinned and borne it. However, he is made of a different mettle. We must appreciate that. 
If Arvind Kejriwal will be a good politician or not we should let voters decide.

Personally i think Kejrwal is virulently left leaning and antimarket. Kejriwal’s economic policy will be going back to licence permit raj. He will nationalise all assets and distribute them, hoping the distributor is honest.  I would shudder to think what will happen to India growth story, if Kejriwal is elected. However, that is long way to happen. Being a democracy, I shall still think that voters should decide if they would like Kejriwal to lead them.

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