Tuesday, November 19, 2013

“Sachin’s retirement is like Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination”

A nation wept with the maestro as he bid farewell to ‘a life between those 22 yards for 24 years’ on November 17 at home-ground Wankhede. Never before had the world witnessed such a moment as it was when the Little Master, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar bent down in supplication and touched the pitch in gratitude.

Over the years, every Indian has lived cricket in all its hues with Sachin. Cricket and Tendulkar have been so synonymous that many have deified him. If cricket could become a religion in India for many, it was because Sachin was the God.

In a stellar career of 24 years, Sachin has almost every cricketing record in his name. Not only the fans but cricketers and sportsmen from across the world shed tears with him as he said the final adieu to the game he loved more than life.

For a man who has made his fans feel excited and disappointed all at once, a perfect goodbye was deserved.

The Indian Government couldn’t do anything better than conferring the highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna, to the Little Master.

Sachin created an era in India’s history of cricket. “Sachin, Sachin will reverberate in my ears till I stop breathing” he said and with these words the era melted into an exasperation and despair never felt before.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

India's food 'insecurity'

As the whole country sheds tears over onions, people in Odisha have some more reasons which are bringing tears to their pockets. It is an unusual potato and salt crisis which has strangled Odisha.

The potato politics

After having suffered sky-rocketing onion prices, a deadly cyclone and floods, people in Odisha can now be seen lined up in long, serpentine queues in front of the Government run Udyan Presh and Maitree outlets in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. These outlets are selling potatoes at Rs22 a kg which are otherwise being sold at Rs 80 a kg, if at all it is available.

The ‘pinch’ of salt

Before the Government could manage the acute scarcity of potatoes, rumours spread in a large section of the state that salt too is likely to go scarce for the next few months. The rumours resulted in unscrupulous traders encashing the situation. The prices of salt thus increased from Rs 25 to Rs 60 a kg.

Miles to go…

The situation looks even more appalling when you look at the Government’s inability to curb the crisis. Lack of control over rumour mongers and Government’s mismanagement has given rise to this situation but more than this it is the administration’s indifference.

It’s not the time to pay blame games. While the consumers are pointing fingers at the administration, the government is accusing the consumers of undue panic causing the crisis

Whoever is responsible for the crisis what is important is to realise that essentials like potatoes, onions and salt are politically sensitive commodities and have led to major political fallouts in the past.