Playing to the gallery
Indian Premier League is taking a heavy toll of players, officials, umpires, and even coaches in the name of match-fixing. The recent victim for alleged match-fixing charges in IPL betting is levelled against former Indian Women’s team manager Tushar Arothe. The game is played on the cricketing field but matches are fixed away from the ground at Vadora. 18-eighteen member gang is arrested on the charges of match-fixing and the number may go up till the final. With top teams like Mumbai Indians and Bangalore Royal Challengers at the bottom of the table, more stakes will be floated to make them come to the top of the table as done in previous editions of IPL. The players are dancing to the tunes of bookies and that is a bad part of the 8-team competition.
BJP drops bomb on Somaiya!
BJP drops a bomb on Kirit Somaiya to keep their marriage with Shiv Sena intact as the sitting MP from Mumbai North-East is unceremoniously denied a ticket to please the Thackeray’s who were dead against Somaiya from contesting the elections. Kirit Somaiya should have been an automatic choice as he had won the last time with over 3 lakh votes and was very popular in his constituency. Sena forced BJP to sack Somaiya for exposing scams at BMC which clearly indicates that honesty is not the best policy when it comes to Indian politics and this is a blow to the clean image of our Prime Minister.
Kirit Somaiya may be outspoken but the learned Chartered Accountant was BJP’s most active MP from the city and our country needs leaders like him to speak and voice dissent against wrongdoings. PM Modi one thought should have intervened and batted for Somaiya who should have been given an opportunity to contest. The least BJP can now do is to nominate Somaiya to Parliament through Rajya Sabha and make amends!
Expose this oppression of women!
Incidents of sexual exploitation of women working in various fields like films, corporate world, etc since last few years are being exposed to the world, through ‘Me too’ ‘hash-tag’ on ‘Twitter’. On similar lines, ‘Nuns too’ ‘hash-tag’ has been started. The population of Christians is the largest in the world as there are 157 Christian countries. Prayer-house of Christians is the church. The counselors in the church are known as pastors. It is a known fact that these pastors are always sexually exploiting devotees i.e. nuns working there. The number of Christians and churches is no less in India; but the secularists, progressive factions, organizations for women-empowerment do not say a word about the same. Why are even media keeping mum on this issue? It is very unfortunate that while criticizing Hindus involved in quackery at the personal level, media always spit venom against all Saints-‘Mahants’, ‘Sadhus-Sanyasis’ of Hindus. Under breaking news, a person holding a high post like Shankaracharya (Jayendra Saraswati) is insulted insolently by the media-persons, which is condemnable.
Secularism blew away for illegal loudspeakers!
There are 2,940 prayer-houses in Maharashtra where there are illegal loudspeakers. Among them are mosques, madrasas, and durgahs with 1,766 illegal loudspeakers. The above information was brought forth under the ‘Right to Information’ Act. The Mumbai High Court has clearly directed for taking action against illegal loudspeakers on prayer-houses; but, there is no implementation of that order. If only in Maharashtra, there are about 3,000 illegal loudspeakers; it is better not to think about a number of illegal loudspeakers all over the country. The local government administrations and police pay no heed to complaints lodged by local residents on this matter. What do wise citizens think about this issue? Why is the Court’s order not being implemented? It is not right to cross approved sound-limit by committing a breach of Court’s orders and cause harm to other citizens whether it is during the festival period or making noise many times during the day by using such loudspeakers or during any other program. The topic of sound decibel-limits is often discussed during Hindus’ festival period but what about noise created through illegal loudspeakers throughout the year? How long is this to go on, is what people have started asking now. It is necessary as per Court’s orders to take cognizance of sufferings of local residents but taking legal action is always evaded. One, therefore, starts wondering whether all rules and regulations, laws are meant only for Hindus. Does secularism blow away at other times?
(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)