Archive for January, 2011

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Peace or Pride ?

January 25, 2011

On the eve of 62nd Republican Day, most of the Indians are stamping there pride of being Indian, not through praising the beautiful things this country has given but talking about right to hoist a National Flag. One of the hottest topic in the news, over social networks and many more communication media is about hoisting a National Flag at Lal Chowk in Srinagar, Kashmir. People siting in their a/c cabins/offices, utilizing the resources of the employer, some taking extra time out from busy schedule to protest against the decision of J&K Chief Minister to not hoisting a National Flag at Lal Chowk. Facebook, twitter, foward emails and many more sources are utilize for this protest. There are political parties involved in big movements and pressing hard to hoist the National Flag.

Well, I can certainly understand and not against what these political parties are doing. They as a politician always have motive behind each and everything they do. Similar thoughts and motives are behind this too, which really do not have place for feelings and sentiments of common population who will be affected. Similar thing happened a month back in Pune, controversy on Statue at Lal Mahal. Nobody ever cared for so many years what was there inside Lal Mahal and whoes and why the statue was there ? But suddenly everybody became sentimental about it and everyone started caring about Maratha History. Again as I said, no blame to politicians for what they are doing, because they are clear about what and why they are doing.

However, I feel pity about common citizen like me, who can show the pride being Maratha or being Indian, only through talking and supporting such kind of activities. We says, this is bullshit, we even have to think before hoisting a flag of our country in our own country? This is our pride and a right to hoist a flag. Come on, pride in supporting to things which will create controversies, pride in talking about it, and pride in taunting etc… Where is our pride when it comes to helping your needy country man, where is our pride when it comes to keeping country clean, where is our pride when it comes to breaking the rules & regulations, where is our pride when it comes to being a part of corruption.A board displaying “Happy Independence Day” on 26th Jan, this is our pride. Do we really know what we are doing ?

Human nature cannot help it, we can only point out as much negative things as you can and neglect the positives. How many of us know about the commandment by Nehru about flag hoisting exception in J&K, how many of us know about the daily situation of common man in J&K, how many of us know the opinion of common man in J&K and how many of us can predict the consequences of this act. Why should I even bother to know, because it is not me who will be suffering if something happens in J&K. I am sitting here in my a/c office and if something happens, I will access facebook twice as I am right now to comment about this event, showing how proud I am about being Indian. Spend little time reading articles expressing the opinion of common man in J&K and then we will understand what exactly they want.

They talk about a rally started from Kolkatta, a efforts of creating Unity among Indian. Is unity means coming together and protesting against something? Is unity means coming together and criticizing? Is unity means creating a plot for riots ? I wish they can understand what exactly unity means … “Unity is not becoming one, but it is understanding and respecting the differences”

I wish everyone a very happy and peaceful “Republic Day”. Jai Hind !!!

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Did India prove to be No. 1?

January 6, 2011

Indian team backed up opinion of every Indian fan to be No.1. Still few critics may doubt them to be undisputed No. 1, but the display of mental toughness and gusty performances to level the lively series 1-1 should convince them, India deserves to be No. 1. This series showed how great test match contest can be, if played between quality opponents. As predicted every session and every phase of match was a deciding factor. Cricket lover love such contest and was proved by amazing crowd in all the test matches in this series.

To be on top in the test match is not easy, specially playing in foreign condition and hostile environment. Apart from the skill & talent, it requires great preparation, 100% efforts when you step on the field, mental toughness and strong character. Skill & talent is a Gift (God gifted), but its our Choice which decides how you utilize the gift.Choosing not to be hardworking, respectful and a team player is a wastage of this Gift. Kudos to coaching staff for making every team member understand the importance of these choices and this is a key to success of every team.

Being down in game 1 and coming back so strong in remaining 2 games showed the self belief and confidence of this team. Many reasons can be pointed out for loss in first test e.g. less time to adapt foreign conditions, lack of practice match, losing the toss, absence of Zaheer, etc… But can’t deny the dominance of South Africa over mentally unprepared opponent. This loss brought best of Indian efforts in remaining matches. They showed how strong they are mentally and how weak they can make their opponent in their own backyard. Perfect favorable conditions for the hosts, but the fearless Zaheer & relentless Laxman tasted South Africa the bitterness of loss. This also silenced the critics and made them accept the fact that this is not the same old Indian team who use to surrender to adverse hostile foreign condition. They showed they can win anywhere and in any conditions. Series poised with 1-1 and a deciding test to follow, some favoring India and some South Africa but pressure was definitely back on hosts. India succeeded to keep that pressure all long the 1st inning until Kallis showed how great he can operate in front of his home crowd under pressure. South Africa managed to maintain the game and series poised by restricting India to equal their 1st inning score. First time witnessed, a fiery cannonball with 90mi/hr can be made dance on a music. Steyn’s spell can be ranked top in all time best, who was moving this fast ball in air, leaving his hands from over the wicket and swinging it to leg stump and after pitching on leg, cut it almost a feet to miss off stump. Again, Sachin showed why he is “The Best” in the world, facing most of these swinging fast deliveries from Steyn who was awarded by only 2 wickets for his great bowling. Sachin’s one of the best century, in tough condition and pressure situation helped India to level the score and gain little edge with 2 wickets by Bhaji to end Day-3. India was in commanding position by lunch of Day-4 and started seeing the glimpses of first ever series victory in South Africa. But the in-pain Kallis turned those glimpses into nightmares with his gusty century stand and made India clueless, who now was trying to be away from shadow of defeat. This inning of Kallis puts him right on top of best players ever played for South Africa. India again showed the mental toughness on final day to flash a headline “Gritty India secure 1-1 draw”.

Many commanding efforts and positive’s for India. Performances from Gambhir, Sachin and Laxman will mark India with a stamp of strong batting in Year-2011. However, lower middle order batting is an issue outside sub-continents. Dhoni needs to back up his captaincy with batting performance and likes of Raina, Pujara, Vijay needs to be groomed under the guidance of most experienced players in world cricket. Bowling showed the same pattern from last few years, exceptional in one session and below par inĀ  another. Fitness is a key to strong and consistent bowling performance. Team should find best 5 speedsters and keep rotating them and very important to groom a leadership in bowling department, one to match Zaheer. Overall Year-2011 looks great for Indian cricket and in very strong position to be on top of ranking table. Next big challenge awaiting in England, Go India !!!