Sunday, April 3, 2011

Sorry State In INDIA!!!!

First of all heartiest congratulations to the Indian Cricket Team for an amazing display of cricketing skills & for bringing the Cricket World Cup home after 28 years!
The whole team deserves the love and affection of the entire nation.
After the victory the whole country showed their love for the team members.

The BCCI announced Rs. 1Cr for each team member. Hyundai promised a soon to be launched car for each member. Karnataka Government promises plots to each member. The list doesn't end here. Each players will be showered with cash from each of their respective state governments & not to mention, the brands they endorse will have to pay more now that the cup is home.

While taking no credit away from the Indian Cricket Team, just give it another thought. Was all this really necessary????

After all, it was just a Cup! Yes, it is the cup that counts! But is it worth so much???
In a country where inflation is rising by the hour. The government doesn't have the money to bring down the prices of day-to-day items, but it has enough money to gift the players!
V borrow money from the world bank to build roads, flyovers, bridges, etc. as there is no money with the government, then from where does all this come from??
There is no land for the poor, the homeless but there are lots of vacant plots for each member of the team.

Have we forgotten that cricket is not the only sport in India? Have sportspersons who have excelled in some other sport been given even 1/10th of what has been showered upon the cricket team???

All this for winning a CUP!!!!

It was just a tournament which the team has won, not a WAR!!!
Yes, agreed the match against Pakistan was nothing less than war, but again it was just a match, not a war!!

What did our soldiers get for laying down their lives in the Kargil war?? It was a war against Pakistan which we won, but what did they get?
What did the NSG commandos & hundreds of policemen get for putting their lives in danger???
Many widows of the martyrs still await their pensions.

The government doesn't have the money to provide technology to build its own Fighter Plane or even buy a new one. It still uses second hand & rejected planes of various nations. But it has money to bestow upon cricketers for winning just another tournament!!

Yes, agreed winning the Cup was very emotional! After all, Sachin was trying for it for almost 20 years! But just give it a thought!
On one side there people who don't have money to buy clothes, live on streets, die of hunger, and on one side even the players whose only job was to supply drinks, bats, gloves etc are commemorated with crores of rupees and plots!!

All the happiness that was there after winning the cup is lost if you give it just another thought!!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Story of An Ant & A Grasshopper (new version)

Hi Guys, hope you liked my earlier post, this one is a story i heard from my mom's friend, its excellent, read along & have fun

Ant & the Grass Hopper

This piece is about the contemporary situation in our country, told through the story of the ant and the grasshopper.

Those of you, who have you seen the movie Bug's Life would know this....

OLD VERSION...which goes like this …

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant's a fool and laughs & dances & plays the summer away.

Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant's a fool and laughs & dances & plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.

NDTV, BBC, CNN show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.
The World is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be that this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Arundhati Roy stages a demonstration in front of the ant's house.
MedhaPatkar goes on a fast along with other grasshoppers demanding that grasshoppers be relocated to warmer climates during winter. Amnesty International and UN Secretary General- Ban Ki Moon criticize the Indian Government for not upholding the fundamental rights of the grasshopper.

The Internet is flooded with online petitions seeking support to the grasshopper (many promising Heaven and Everlasting Peace for prompt support as against the wrath of God for non-compliance- Just like one of those chain letters!).
Opposition MP's stage a walkout.
Left parties call for 'Bharat Bandh' in West Bengal and Kerala demanding a Judicial Enquiry.

CPM in Kerala immediately passes a law preventing Ants from working hard in the heat so as to bring about equality of poverty among ants and grasshoppers.

Lalu Prasad allocates one free coach to Grasshoppers on all Indian Railway Trains, aptly named as the 'Grasshopper Rath'.

Finally, the Judicial Committee drafts the Prevention of Terrorism Against Grasshoppers Act [POTAGA]', with effect from the beginning of the winter.

Arjun Singh makes Special Reservation for Grass Hopper in educational Institutions & in Govt Services.

The ant is fined for failing to comply with POTAGA and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the Government and handed over to the grasshopper in a ceremony covered by NDTV.

Arundhati Roy calls it 'a triumph of justice'.
Lalu calls it ’Socialistic Justice'.
CPM calls it the 'revolutionary resurgence of the downtrodden'
Ban Ki Moon invites the grasshopper to address the UN General Assembly.

Many years later...The ant has since migrated to the US and set up a multibillion dollar company in Silicon Valley. 100s of grasshoppers still die of starvation despite reservation somewhere in India ...

As a result of losing lot of hard working ants and feeding the grasshoppers,

India is still a developing country......

Umpiring Blunder

Hi guys,
Been thinking of starting a blog for quite sometime, so what better thing to start than the great work the umpires are doing down under.

As you all might be knowing, India lost the 2nd test to Australia.
If only the Indians could hold in just an over longer, the match could've been drawn. But had it not been for the great umpires, 'Steve Bucknor' & 'Mark Benson' India would not only have saved the match, but posibly win it too.

It all started from the first day itself:
1. Australia were 45 for 2 in the 14th over, when Ponting nicked a widish ball off Ganguly. Dhoni, caught it & whole indian team went up in unision. But umpire Mark Bension thought it nicked the pad, when the bat was nowhere near the pad. Ponting went on to make 55, before he was trapped lbw by Bhajji. This time Punter was on the receiving end as there was a thick inside edge. Anyways things were levelled. Superb bowling followed & Oz were reduced 134 for 6.

2. In the 47th over, Symonds edged an Ishant Sharma ball to Dhoni, but bucknor was too busy checking whether Sharma was overstepping, that he couldn't notice the nick.

3. Symonds played on & at 240/6 in the 56th over, Dhoni knocked off the bails when Kumble smartly forced Symonds forward. This time the third umpire, Bruce Oxenford, was referred. He ruled Symonds not out, when replays indicated his feet was in the air.

4. Symonds gets a 3rd life, when Bucknor declared him not out without referring to the man upstairs, when Dhoni stumped him off Bhajji. Symonds went on to make 162* while Australia were bowled out for 463.

5. India's bad luck continued as Wasim Jaffer is given out caught on a NO-Ball. India lose their 1st wicket in the 7th over for 8. India were saved from the blushes by Laxman & Dravid, who scored his 50th fifty, while the former scoring his 3rd consecutive ton at the SCG.

It was definitely India's day, with Sachin breaking the Jinx with his 38th ton & the umpires making no mistakes, India posted a mammoth 532.

Australians showed their ugly faces, playing mind games with Bhajji, accusing him of passing racist remarks on Symonds.

Australians set India a target of 333. India lose Jaffer for a duck. Centurrions in the 1st innings, Laxman & Tendulkar, couldn't quite get going & followed Jaffer to the pavillion. Just when Dravid & Ganguly looked as if they would lead India to a win, Bucknor showed his great umpiring, when he declared Dravid caught behind off Symonds when replays clearly showed the ball brushing the pads. But even more surprising was that Gilchrist, who is known for his sportsmanspirit, saw clearly what happened & still appealed. Dravid was dumbfounded on the descision as he walked away thinking how much more do they have to suffer.

Yuvraj walked into the crease. To be very frank, i thought he would play a great innings at least for DEEPIKA PADUKONE was cheering for him in the stands, if not for anyone else. But i think he was too busy noticing Deepika, he didn't notice the ball & he nicked one off Symonds to Gilchrist & walked back for a duck.

Then the Aussies showed their desperation to win. A Brad Hogg ball hit Dhoni's pads & rose in the air. Ponting dived splendidly & caught the ball only to rub it on the ground. Still he appealed for the catch, fortunately for India, the umpire didn't budge.
Then comes the stunner, Clarke catches Ganguly off Lee & the Australians rise in celebration. Ganguly doesn't move as he thinks the ball hit the ground first. Umpire Benson, not sure himself, doesn't ask Bucknor nor does he ask the Third Umpire, but asks Ponting instead & declares Ganguly out. India in deep trouble. The tail falls one by one with the captain standing at the other end at 45* as India lose by 122 runs, thanks to a few mistakes by the Indians & largely due to the umpires.

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