Winning ways at Wisden
It was a double delight for India as it swept the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack on Wednesday with Virat Kohli and Smriti Mandhana clinching the ‘Leading Cricketer of Year’ honours, continuing their award-winning spree. Kohli and Mandhana had won big in the last ICC Awards night too. Mandhana was adjudged ‘Women’s Cricketer of the Year’ as well as the ‘Women’s ODI Player of the Year’ by the ICC in December, while the talismanic Kohli won the Cricketer of the Year award besides finishing as the top batsman in Tests. Indian captain Kohli was named the Wisden Leading Cricketer of the year for the third successive time, having amassed 2735 runs across the three formats in 2018. The Indian talisman was picked as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the year, along with England’s Tammy Beaumont, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, and Rory Burns.
Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan was named the Leading T20 Cricketer of the Year for the second year in a row, following his superb performance last year. He took 22 wickets at an average of 8.68 for Afghanistan in T20Is, besides scalping 21 wickets in the Indian Premier League 2018. The Five Cricketers of the Year are chosen by Lawrence Booth, the editor of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, with the 2019 version serving as the 156th edition. Wisden has been listing out Cricketers of the Year since 1889 and it is considered as one of the more prestigious awards in the sport.
Think twice before casting vote
If Narendra Modi wins the 2019 elections, he will accumulate more funds from the public and charge more taxes from the people. He will also increase the price of all essential commodities like Liquid Petroleum Gas and another day to day items. So, people must think twice before casting their vote for him.
Promote philately for revenue, public-interest
To induce newness in the system and for earning extra revenue through philately, the Department of Posts should traditionally issue an altogether new definitive series of postal-stamps and postal-stationary simultaneously in all denominations every year on the first day of the new financial year which should also be the date of revision of postal-tariffs if any. However, the colour of a particular denomination of a postal-stamp of definitive series should be same but with a change in design on the basis of the theme selected for that year. A representative of the main opposition party should be traditionally included in the advisory-body to decide on the issue of new postal-stamps to avoid any political bias in choosing personalities to be figured on postal-stamps.
To popularise postal-services over private couriers and for enormous extra revenue-earnings, the Postal Department should issue stamps with advertisements of sponsors by charging the cost of advertisement for each printed stamp with pre-condition to purchase some minimum fixed percentage of total print-order. The advertisers will then use their advertised stamps preferring postal-service over private courier-service. It will not be some new policy because the Department of Posts already prints advertisement from private parties on postal-stationery.
Let devotees manage temples!
The issue of the government’s taking over temples comes up for discussion every now and then. Do the devotees feel what is the connection between temples and government? The Government has no answer to it but the Supreme Court gave an apt reply in this context and has given a hard slap to the governments for holding control over temples. The Supreme Court said during a hearing of Odisha’s famous Jagannath Puri Temple case that management and control of temples should be handed over to the devotees. The Union Government has also expressed its approval over the Supreme Court’s stand. The Supreme Court has said all the points wanted by devotees. It means that the Court also knows what devotees have in mind; but the Government has been purposely ignoring the same. The Government was unable to explain its achievements by taking over management of the temple. Then, why did the Government create so much fuss over this issue? The answer to this question can be obtained through several scams exposed in case of temples taken over by the government. The Government should now study the procedure required to be followed for releasing the temples out of its control so that temples would be immediately handed over to devotees for management and there wouldn’t be a delay due to government’s style of working.
(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)