Mob thrashes three Dalit youths over theft bid in U.P.

first_imgThree Dalit youths were publicly stripped and thrashed by a mob after they were allegedly caught during a robbery bid in a village in Jaunpur district of Uttar Pradesh, the police said on Sunday.A video of the incident was widely shared on social media, leading to much outrage. Jaunpur Superintendent of Police Vipin Mishra said that on the intervening night of July 5 and 6, the three youths were trying to break the lock of the customer care centre of the Union Bank branch, under the Sarai Khwaja police station. When the watchman woke up and raised an alarm, the three youths tried to flee but one of them was caught by the villagers, Mr. Mishra said. The youth held captive by the villagers led them to his two partners the next day, said the officer. The three were later handed over to the police.The police are probing both cases — the theft attempt and the beating by the mob, Mr. Mishra said, adding that those involved in the thrashing of the youth were being identified.The footage of the incident shows the three youths, stripped to their undergarment, being pushed around, kicked and beaten with slippers, belts and sticks. They were also verbally abused. While the names and background of the three youths were not known, a spokesperson for SP Jaunpur said they belonged to the Dalit community.Describing the incident as serious, Brij Lal, chairperson of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Commission, U.P., said he would ensure that those involved in the thrashing of the Dalits would get the strictest punishment. Talking to a news channel, Mr. Lal said law should take its own course.last_img read more

Three killed as Maoists blow up oil tanker with IED in Bastar

first_imgThree people were killed as Maoists blew up an oil truck at a construction site using an improvised explosive device (IED) in Kanker district of the Bastar region on Tuesday, said the police.“At 10 a.m., Maoists struck at an oil tanker at a site where railway tracks are being laid, 2 km away from Tumapal village under the Tadoki police station limits. Three civilians were killed in the attack,” said P. Sundarraj, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Anti-Naxal Operations).Those killed in the attack, a day after the byelection to the Dantewada Assembly seat in the Bastar region, were identified as Rakesh Kodopi, Duneshwar Singh and Ajay Kumar, he added.last_img read more

Burial saves buried alive newborn in Uttar Pradesh

first_imgIn a bizarre twist of fate, a trader here in Uttar Pradesh found a newborn girl in an earthen pot, which was buried almost three feet below the ground, while he had gone to inter his daughter, who died minutes after being born prematurely. Hitesh Kumar Sirohi, the trader, rescued the girl and fed her milk using cotton. The girl is currently admitted to a private hospital. According to SP Abhinandan Singh, Sirohi’s wife Vaishali is a sub-inspector posted in Bareilly. “She was admitted to a hospital after she complained of labour pain on Wednesday. On Thursday, she gave birth to a premature infant, who died within a few minutes,” Mr. Singh said on Sunday.Earthen potMr. Sirohi had gone to bury his daughter on Thursday evening, the officer said, adding, “As the pit was being dug, at a depth of three feet, the spade hit an earthen pot, which was pulled out. There was a baby girl lying in it.” The girl was alive and breathing heavily, the SP said, adding that she was rushed to the district hospital.last_img read more

Himachal CM Jai Ram Thakur meets PM Modi

first_imgAmidst reports of Cabinet expansion in Himachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Thursday. An official spokesperson said Mr. Thakur thanked PM Modi for visiting the State to inaugurate the Himachal Rising Global Investors’ Meet earlier this month. However, the official spokesperson did not mention anything about the Cabinet expansion. The spokesperson said the CM discussed various Union government-aided projects and requested for their speedy approval and support to the State government. The Prime Minister assured of all possible support to the State, he added. Talking to the PTI on October 22, Mr. Thakur had said the Himachal Pradesh cabinet would be expanded anytime after results of the Assembly bypolls were declared on October 24. The exercise is to fill two Ministerial Berths, which have been lying vacant for the past several months. Anil Sharma, who was the Power Minister in the State government, had to resign after his son contested on the Congress ticket from the Mandi Lok Sabha seat this year. Mr. Sharma had refused to campaign for the BJP candidate from Mandi, Ram Swaroop Sharma. Kishan Kapoor, who was the Dharamshala MLA and Civil Supplies Minister in the State government, had resigned after he was elected to the Lok Sabha in May from Kangra.last_img read more

Nithyananda has fled India: Gujarat Police

first_imgDaughters ‘illegally confined’ at Nithyananda’s ashram in Ahmedabad, alleges Bengaluru couple After the arrest of two disciples on charges of kidnapping, wrongful confinement and using children to collect donations from followers, controversial self-styled godman Swamy Nithyananda has fled the country, Gujarat Police said on Thursday.“We have learnt that Swamy Nithyananda has escaped from the country after a rape case was registered against him in Karnataka,” said Ahmedabad (Rural) Superintendent of Police (SP) R.V. Asari. He said the State police would go through the proper channel to seek his custody in connection with the case filed here. Since he was a key accused in the case, he would be arrested on his return to the country, he said.Also Read  Two children aged 9 and 10 years enrolled at the ashram had told the police they were tortured, made to work and kept in illegal confinement at a flat in the city for over ten days. Similar allegations were made by two other children rescued from the ashram in a complaint filed by their parents.On Thursday, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) sought a report from the Gujarat Education department explaining how the school’s land was leased out to Nithyananda’s ashram in Ahmedabad without its permission. DPS is affiliated to the CBSE. His disciples Pranpriya and Priyatatva were arrested on Tuesday and sent to five days’ police remand by a rural court here the next day. They were being questioned.Meanwhile, police on Thursday also arrested the Principal of the Delhi Public School near Ahmedabad where Nithyananda set up his ashram. According to police officials, Hitesh Puri violated government norms while leasing out land for the ashram. He was later released on bail.“School authorities failed to produce documents informing the police about leasing out the land,” said K.T. Kamaria, senior police official probing the sensational case.Also Read School land leased out to Nithyananda’s ashram: CBSE seeks report from Gujarat last_img read more

Lady Tams book last semis trip

first_imgRed Lions want to feast on Altas; JRU vs Benilde MOST READ PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:40Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Far Eastern University bucked Lyceum’s gutsy stand as it rallied for an 18-25, 28-26, 25-15, 25-17 win and clinch the last semifinal berth in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference on Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Tams ended the elimination round at 4-1 to wound up second behind unbeaten Group A topnotcher National U Lady Bulldogs (5-0).ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary They also dashed the Ateneo Lady Eagles’ (3-2) hopes for a playoff for the other Final Four seat.For a while, Ateneo stood a chance as Lyceum stunned a listless FEU side in the opening frame. The Lady Pirates likewise fought back from huge deficits in the second to force a deuce, only to yield with late miscues.That enabled the Lady Tams to equalize and regroup to cruise to the next stage against Group B topnotcher Adamson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNU will tangle with Group B No. 2 Arellano at the start of the best-of-three semifinals on Wednesday.In the nightcap, Adamson outlasted San Beda, 22-25, 25-23, 25-16, 21-25, 15-11, to sweep the Group B elimination.Earlier, NU survived St. Benilde, 25-27, 29-27, 25-19, 16-25, 15-11, to clinch the last semifinal berth in the men’s division. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View commentslast_img read more

Azkals held to a draw anew as Asian Cup berth remained elusive

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Blackwater owner thinks Ellis on his way out of PBA after continued no show Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Photo from GoNepal.comThe Philippines’ AFC Asian Cup qualification bid remained hanging in the balance after the Azkals were held to a goalless draw by Nepal last Tuesday at ANFA Stadium in Kathmandu. Carlie de Murga was denied by the crossbar in second half stoppage time and Daisuke Sato’s header was also cleared off the line as the Azkals failed to break down a resolute Nepalese side, which was already out of contention in Group F. ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH It was the third straight draw for the Filipinos, who were held to back-to-back stalemates by Yemen.But as it stands, the Azkals still have the inside track in the race for the two Asian Cup berths after improving their tally to nine points. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTajikistan and Yemen are just three points behind with a match at hand, which means the grim prospect of not qualifying is still possible for the Azkals, who have to beat the Tajiks on March 27 at home.Playing in high altitude, the Azkals took awhile to settle into the match. The first chance came in the 21st minute when Iain Ramsay found De Murga inside the box only for the defender to send his shot over the bar.  CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA The spell of good play from the Azkals was highlighted by a couple of big opportunities in the 35th minute. Curt Dizon cut inside from the right and stung the palm of the Nepalese keeper Kiran Limbu, who could only save the ball into the path of Mike Ott. The diminutive atttacker, however, couldn’t get solid contact with the Kiran to beat. Just after the hour mark, Kiran was called into action by Simone Rota, who rifled a long range effort. The rebound fell to skipper Phil Younghusband, who sprayed his effort wide. The game opened up late in the second half as the Azkals threw men forward and Junior Munoz and De Murga had to make a couple of timely blocks to deny the hosts from going ahead. Azkals coach Thomas Dooley sent Pika Minegishi and James Younghusband into the fray in the hopes of boosting the attack. Off an Iain Ramsay’s inswinging corner, the ball found its way Sato, whose free header was cleared off the line in the 83rd minute. Well drilled and disciplined defensively for most of the contest, the Nepalese rode their luck in stoppage time. Neil Etheridge’s free kick picked out De Murga whose header rattled the crossbar as the Azkals came within inches of qualifying with a game to spare.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more

Japan’s ancient sport of sumo needs some brighter days

first_imgHe was hurt after a group of Mongolian wrestlers had assembled at a restaurant during a regional tour.Harumafuji was reported to have become aggravated when Takanoiwa repeatedly checked his mobile phone while the two were conversing.In addition to Harumafuji, who was forced to retire last November in the wake of the incident, Grand champion Hakuho was also present and had to defend his inability to intervene before the situation got out of control.The altercation dominated news programs and headlines for weeks. Adding to the bad publicity, the sport’s top-ranked referee was forced to resign earlier this year over a sexual harassment scandal.Shikimori Inosuke apologized to the Japan Sumo Association for allegedly kissing a teenage referee and touching him on the chest while intoxicated during a regional tour of Okinawa in December.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next LATEST STORIES FILE – In this Sept. 16, 2017, file photo, then Mongolian sumo grand champion Harumafuji, left, pushes opponent Takanoiwa out of the ring to win their bout at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo. Takanoiwa, who fractured his skull in an altercation with former grand champion Harumafuji in a restaurant October 2017, is hoping to make a comeback at the March 11-25 Osaka tournament. (Kyodo News via AP)TOKYO — The most damage inflicted in sumo in recent times has been to the image of Japan’s tradition-steeped national sport.An alcohol-fueled restaurant brawl that left a Mongolian wrestler with a fractured skull and a sexual assault scandal involving the sport’s highest-ranked referee have rocked the sport in recent months. Those episodes followed a match-fixing investigation in 2011 and the death of a teenage wrestler in training in 2007 that have tainted sumo over the last decade.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Gamescenter_img “Our goal is the preservation of sumo,” committee chairman Keiichi Tadaki, a former prosecutor general, said. Organizers are hoping to restore its battered reputation when the Spring Grand Sumo tournament starts on the weekend.Takanoiwa, who fractured his skull in an altercation with former Grand Champion Harumafuji in a restaurant last October, is hoping to make a comeback at the Osaka event.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m just focusing on doing my best,” the 28-year-old Takanoiwa told reporters last week during a training session for the tournament. “It will take a bit more time to be ready.”A healthy Takanoiwa wouldn’t solve all sumo’s problems but would be a big step in the road to recovery. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa NU-La Salle rematch set this weekend as UAAP volleyball 2nd round opens Inosuke said he had no recollection of the incident, and the junior referee declined to file charges.In the wake of the scandal, though, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko didn’t attend January’s New Year tournament for the first time in four years.Weeks after that, Egyptian wrestler Osunaarashi was caught driving without a license after a vehicle collision and was ordered to pay a $4,700 fine.The recent incidents are just the latest scandals to rock the sumo world.In 2011, the JSA decided to cancel the Spring tournament after revelations that 14 wrestlers were involved with match-fixing.In 2010, grand champion Asashoryu, also of Mongolia, announced his retirement following reports that he injured a man while intoxicated.In the most troubling case in 2007, the 17-year-old wrestler Takashi Saito died when he was beaten over the head with a beer bottle at the direction of his trainer.Saito’s stable master Junichi Yamamoto and three wrestlers were subsequently arrested and charged with manslaughter. In May 2009, Yamamoto was sentenced to six years in prison.The incident brought substantial political pressure to the governance of the sport in Japan.In response to the latest scandals this year, the Japan Sumo Association announced that a third-party committee has been convened and will question every member of the JSA. About 900 people, including active wrestlers and elders, will be included in the inquiry. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

After another semis exit, Victolero hopes Star learns from experience

first_imgWATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Star sorely missed presence of Pingris, admits Barroca View comments LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This is the second straight conference that the Hotshots had lost in the semifinals, and Victolero knows they have to learn their lessons come the Governors’ Cup.READ: Victolero, Star still positive despite another frustrating lossFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I think we need to get through these kinds of situations before we get to where we want to be,” said Victolero after the Hotshots lost 109-102 in Game 4 against the Beermen at Mall of Asia Arena. “We have to experience this as a group.”Victolero’s first stint with Star was in the 2016-2017 Philippine Cup where he led the Hotshots to a 7-4 record before losing to eventual runners-up Ginebra in seven games in the semifinals.center_img Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netStar head coach Chito Victolero remained positive even as the Hotshots lost their ticket to the PBA after three straight losses to the San Miguel Beermen.Victolero said they first have to experience setbacks, such as their semifinals loss to the Beermen, if they ever want to reach the next level.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH And though there are proper excuses for Star’s fall in the playoffs, Victolero refuses to use those to mask the fact that they failed to qualify for the title round.READ: Victolero: Star needs to ‘refocus, stay together’ Power forward Marc Pingris never played a single game in the Commissioner’s Cup and that took a massive chunk from Victolero’s frontcourt rotation.“I think there are excuses, like Ping isn’t with us but we can’t use that excuse anymore,” said Victolero. “We have to be ready whether we have another injured player in the future, we have to learn from this experience.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Lions slay Archers

first_imgMOST READ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View comments “We were down in the last few minutes but everybody stepped up. It’s really the trust and confidence of the players and our system that propelled us to win this game.”Fernandez reserved the biggest praise for Bolick, who minced no words in expressing his desire to beat La Salle every time, after he led the Lions to victory over the Archers in the elimination round.“He really wanted to prove himself in the first half,” said Fernandez, referring to his point guard who also had eight rebounds and six assists.“And I told him you cannot win alone. I told Robert, if you want to beat La Salle, you have to play within the team.”Jayvee Mocon added 13 points and Clint Doliguez came away with eight points for San Beda, which finished with an 11-0 card.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games What ‘missteps’? Bolick reminded the Archers again of what they’ve lost as he nailed a triple with 8.5 seconds remaining to lift the Lions to a 75-72 triumph that completed a sweet sweep on Sunday night of the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup.The victory before a big Sunday crowd gave the Red Lions their second title in the preseason tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe superb performance against the reigning champions of the UAAP augurs well for the upcoming season for the Lions who open their NCAA title defense against the San Sebastian Stags on July 8 at Mall of Asia Arena.“We won the Filoil, and hopefully we can win the NCAA,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez, whose squad rallied from six points down in the final minute to complete a stunning comeback. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage It’s no secret how much joy San Beda guard Robert Bolick gets from playing against—and beating—his former team De La Salle.Although he has gone on to win an NCAA title with the Red Lions, the memory of his two seasons riding the Green Archers before they allowed him to walk away from Taft lingers for the do-it-all guard.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alcantara, Otico rule overseas 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

Day 2: India 128 for two

first_imgIndia started off shakily but Sachin Tendulkar scaled a new peak crossing 14,000 runs in Test cricket and steadied the hosts’ innings against a massive Australian score of 478, at stumps, on the second day, of the second and final Test match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday.ScorecardCourtesy an unbroken 90-run third wicket stand between Tendulkar (44 batting, 88 balls, 6×4) and opener Murali Vijay (42 batting, 83 balls, 4×4, 1×6), India were 128 for two when play was stopped after 34.2 overs.Australian cricketer Ben Hifenhaus and teammates celebrate the wicket of India’s opener Virendra Sehwag on Day 2 of 2nd Test match at Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore on Sunday.Tendulkar’s feat was watched by a packed Chinnaswamy stadium crowd and the maestro got a standing ovation from all present in the stadium. Australian captain, Ricky Ponting is remains Tendulkar’s nearest rival but the Aussie is still behind by 1822 runs.Ponting, was one of the first among the opposition players to come up and congratulate Tendulkar for his achievement.Today, Tendulkar also became the highest run getter among batsmen who played Test matches at Chinnaswamy Stadium scoring in excess of 600 runs thus eclipsing Sunil Gavaskar’s total.Compared to both Virender Sehwag and Rahul David, Tendulkar was more composed and not perturbed but went about his job in his inimitable style.Tendulkar reached the milestone, when he punched off-spinner Nathan Hauritz through the cover point region. He looked in good touch throughout his innings today.Opener Sehwag, a prolific batsmen aggressive methods of counter attack did not work to his advantage and Dravid was done in by left arm pacer Johnson. Dravid has been dismissed six times by left-arm bowlers during the past season.advertisementThe start for the Indian reply to Australia’s huge first innings total of 478 was shaky as Sehwag survived two run-out chances.Ponting, had set plans to tackle and restrain the swashbuckling Sehwag, who has scores of 50 plus in his last 11 Test matches.But, the new ball bowlers, Hilfenhaus and Johnson were irritating him with bouncers and time and again, Sehwag had to duck himself avoiding a hit by the ball.Sehwag was in punishing mood and with his partner Vijay attempted cheeky singles often to put the Australians in disarray but survived the risk of getting run out.On both the occasions, it was Vijay who should be blamed for making wrong calls.Noticing that Sehwag was time and again eyeing on the mid-wicket region, Ponting brought in two fielders on the deep and long and both the new ball bowlers responded to captain’s decision.On one occasion, Sehwag, who was hit on his helmet by a Hilfenhaus delivery tried to pull one only to be holed out in deep by Johnson. Sehwag hit four boundaries and a delectable six in his 30 from 28 balls.With Dravid walking in and egged on by vociferous crowd, the local hero did not stay for long. He was middling the ball well but was tentative against Johnson and finally fell chasing an outside the off stump delivery and edged to Marcus North at the slips.Earlier, Australia posted their highest ever total of 478 at the Chinnaswamy stadium surpassing the earlier best of 474 in 2004. PTI RE KHSIndian bowlers, especially the spinners toiled for about 55 overs since morning today to claim five wickets after the visitors made 285 for 5 overnight.Pragyan Ojha and Harbhajan claimed couple of wickets, while Cheteshwar Pujara accounted for a run out.Harbhajan had the best figures of four for 148 and Ojha had three for 120.Zaheer Khan and Suresh Raina claimed a wicket each.During the post lunch session, Marcus North (128) was more aggressive and seen stepping out to play his shots.North and other overnight not out batsman Tim Paine played well in the first session today.However, the Indian spinners were also equal to the task and broke the pair. Paine was lucky to have been recalled after being given out of a no ball from Sreesanth. But, Paine stayed only for couple of overs as he was stumped by Mahendra Singh Dhoni of Ojha.Paine made a valuable 59 runs (133b,8X4) and his stand with North yielded 149 runs for the sixth wicket in 181 minutes of 255 balls.Paine and North stayed at the wicket together for 181 minutes and their stand yielded 149 runs off 255 balls. North reached his century facing 179 balls but he too left after making 128.North, who had occupied the crease for 335 minutes and hit 17 fours and a six.Mitchell Johnson failed to open his account, Hauritz (17, 2 X 4) and debutant Peter George made two.advertisementFast bowler, Ben Hilfenhaus remained unbeaten on 16 (2 X 4, 1 X 6).–with PTI inputslast_img read more

Players keep high hope on Ranji

first_imgA total of 88 matches, Rs 2 crore winners’ prize money besides up to lakhs of rupees to be earned as match fees alone, and lots and lots of hopes for many players. These are some of the salient features of the 77th edition of the Ranji Trophy beginning on Monday.Defending champions Mumbai will start their Ranji Trophy campaign against Saurashtra in Mumbai on Monday.And by the time the huge silver trophy, named after legendary KS Ranjitsinhji, is presented to the winners in January, some new heroes would have emerged.Thirteen matches in the Elite and Plate Divisions of the Super League will be played in the opening round, with defending champions Mumbai playing Saurashtra at home. Last year’s runners-up Karnataka will meet Punjab in the second round beginning on November 10.The difference between Mumbai, the undisputed kings, and the rest is starkly evident from the numbers: they have won it 39 times and Delhi, the second most successful side, has clinched it only seven times! Last year’s winning captain Wasim Jaffer is hoping that Mumbai make it a hat-trick of titles.Had Gautam Gambhir’s Delhi, who eventually emerged winners, and the Mohammed Kaif-led Uttar Pradesh not kept Mumbai away from the final in 2007-08, they would have completed the hat- trick in 2008-09. Uttar Pradesh has been the second most consistent team in recent years. The team with limited resources has reached three finals in the last five years and won the title in 2005-06.”For the last few seasons, the pressure is on us to finish among the first three or four positions. We’ll try to improve on our previous performances. Since we have a limited batting line-up, we’ll have to get solid opening partnerships to compete,” Uttar Pradesh coach and ex- captain Gyanendra Pandey told M AIL T ODAY . On the other hand, Delhi coach Manoj Prabhakar has already set high goals in a season in which a day’s work gets a player Rs 10,000.advertisementAssam and Haryana, both promoted from Plate Division to the Elite on the basis of good performances, have set different goals. “We have nothing to lose, so we are really not worried. But we will play good, fearless and positive cricket and try to express ourselves. We are not setting neither too high goals nor too low,” Assam captain Amol Muzumdar, who led Mumbai to the title in 2006-07 and is playing as one of the 23 guest players this season, said.Hyderabad and Maharashtra have been demoted from the Elite to the Plate Division.There’ll be players who would exceed the expectations. “Mark my words, you will have five to seven new heroes at the end of the season,” said Punjab bowling coach and former India pacer Bhupinder Singh (senior).Karnataka pacer Abhimanyu Mithun, who had a fairytale Ranji and India debut last season, is aiming to remain in contention in the season of the World Cup. “The new season is a new challenge as all teams now know how I bowl. I have been bowling in right areas and my outswinger is also going well. My goal will be to play hard cricket,” Mithun, who was the top wicket-taker with 47 scalps in the last season, told Mail Today. Gujarat wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel’s case is just the opposite.”It’ll be the same scenario for me as last year. I will and will try to score lots of runs,” said the man who tallied 727 runs — the third highest tally — last season but never got the India call. “Selection is not in my hands. I’ll have to remain focussed.”last_img read more

Sandhya wins silver and helps lift the gloom

first_imgFull credit to Sandhyarani Devi Wangkhem for ensuring India won at least one medal on Wednesday as the Manipur girl clinched a silver in wushu.This edition of the Asian Games has been one of huge disappointments and surprises for India. If the shooters and weightlifters have performed miserably, swimming, gymnastics and now a Chinese martial art have partially lifted the gloom.Having sustained an injury in the semi-finals, Sandhyarani fought bravely against her Iranian rival Khadijeh Azadpour in the final before losing on points. As the defending champion, Khadijeh used her experience to good effect against the Indian at the Nansha Gymnasium where the number of Indians present in the hall was indeed surprising.To be sure, Sandhyarani has never seen this kind of support for her, though from a medal point of view, her feat needs to be lauded. That she was not fully fit could be gauged from the fact that the Indian could not kick well. Khadijeh apparently knew her rival’s injury and knew where to attack. “I was trying to use my arms but that did not work,” Sandhyarani said.From the start, Khadijeh was aggressive as she twice pushed the Indian out of the zone on the floor. The tall Iranian was indeed quick on her feet and used her height to good advantage.As the contest progressed, Sandhyarani, who is a CRPF officer, tried using defensive tactics, but it did not work. “I am sad not to have won gold. I was hoping for the best but my calf injury prevented me from giving my best,” said Sandhyarani.advertisementAnother problem for the Indian was that she had to change her weight category. “I compete in the 56kg category. Since that category was not listed in the competition I entered in the 60kg,” said the Indian. Her bodyweight now is 59kg at a height of five feet four inches. “If only I had won gold it would have been very good,” lamented Sandhyarani.Wushu was introduced as a medal sport at the Asian Games in Beijing in 1990. There are many forms of this martial art which has its roots in China. The forms comprise basic movements like stances, kicks, punches, jumps, sweeps and throws.In the Asian Games, ‘sanshou’ is the name given to the form of wushu where speed, alertness and reflexes matter. However, for an Indian to win silver in the event is indeed a welcome surprise.last_img read more

Anand in joint lead after round 4 of London Classic

first_imgWorld Champion Viswanathan Anand beat Nigel Short of England to enter into joint lead with another Englishman Luke McShane, post fourth round play of London Chess Classic at the Olympia in London on Sunday.Celebrating his birthday in style, Anand threw caution to the winds against former World Championship challenger Short.Englishman McShane yet again survived some anxious moments in the tournament to draw with compatriot Michael Adams to remain in joint lead with the Indian.Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Vladimir Kramnik of Russia also secured victories at the expense of Hikaru Nakamura of the United States and David Howell of England respectively.With just three rounds to go in the eight-player roundrobin tournament, Anand and McShane have eight points each in the football-like scoring system in place at the tournament and they lead Kramnik by a point.Magnus Carlsen is on fourth position with six points while Hikaru Nakamura is sharing the fifth spot with Michael Adams. Howell is on two points, a full point clear of back- ranker Nigel Short.The game against Short saw fortunes fluctuating a few times. The Grand-Prix attack as white against the Sicilian by the English met some original play by Anand and the Indian ace was on top with some finely crafted moves leading to slightly better prospect in the ensuing middle game.Short erred and was saddled with a passive but tenable position and he continued working for counter play that Anand eventually allowed.Short may have been on top towards the end of the game but earlier mistakes had eaten a lot of time on his clock.advertisementThinking that it was winning, Short uncorked a combination with a piece sacrifice that boomeranged in no time as Anand had seen the perfect riposte. Short fell on his sword allowing a checkmate to end matters soon after.Kramnik built up a steady advantage against David Howell who employed the Grunfeld defence with black pieces. The Russian opened up the king side for his rooks to infiltrate and though wasn’t easy to make further progress, Kramnik showcased his deep understanding following a liquidation.In his final execution, Kramnik established his rook on the seventh rank and his bishop started firing too. It was all over pretty soon.McShane made a quiet opening as Adams gradually assumed the initiative. In the middle- game, Adams established his queen and rook on the seventh rank but Luke had a tactical trick to swap the queens and relieve the pressure.Further exchanges were made and the game eventually came down to an oppositecoloured bishop endgame and the draw was a just result.Carlsen opted for the English Opening and faced a sort of Dutch Defence against Hikaru Nakamura. Carlsen parted his Bishop for a knight and it looked as if Nakamura will be safe. However, as the game unfolded, Carlsen’s pressure told on both flanks and through a pretty tactical sequence he won a pawn and brought the game to an end with his immaculate technique.In the open tournament being played simultaneously, Indian International Master Sahaj Grover suffered a defeat at the hands of top seeded Boris Avrukh of Israel.The best Indian bet in the fray, former world junior champion Abhijeet Gupta won his game against Rafael Rodriguez Lopez of Spain while Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury played out a draw with lower ranked opponent.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

IPL 2011: Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore- RCB win by 9 wickets

first_imgChris Gayle continued his superlative form scoring an unbeaten 70 as Bangalore beat Rajasthan by nine wickets during the 55th IPL match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Wednesday. Score | PhotosLike Rajasthan, Bangalore too got off to a fine start and the 146-run target wasn’t a very tough one for the Bangalore side considering the impressive form their opener Chris Gayle is in.He along with Sri Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan put on 68 runs for the first wicket before Dilshan fell in the seventh over.Dilshan tried to sweep Shane Warne, but a top edge of his bat was taken by Ross Taylor in the deep. He fell for 38.That was the last wicket to fall from the Bangalore camp as they wrapped the match in style with three over remaining. Captain Virat Kohli and opener Chris Gayle remained unbeaten till the end as Bangalore scored 151/1 in 17 overs.Gayle’s unbeaten 70 came off just 44 balls while Kohli scored 39 off 34 balls.RajasthanOpeners Rahul Dravid and Shane Watson provided Rajasthan with a good start as the hosts posted a fine 145/6 against Bangalore during their IPL match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Wednesday. Bangalore captain Virat Kohli ton the toss and elected to field. Kohli was leading the side in the absence of regular captain Daniel Vettori, who is injured.Rajasthan openers Rahul Dravid and Shane Watson got off to a good start against Bangalore. The two were scoring at a brisk pace and keeping the run rate to good 8 runs an over.advertisementJust when it was beginning to look that the two were getting ready for a long partnership, Bangalore left-arm medium-pacer Sreenath Aravind struck and despatched both the openers in the 10th over.First, he got rid of Waston to break their stand on 73 and then a ball later got rid of Rahul Dravid. Watson scored a fine 34 while Dravid increased the team total by 37 runs.Next man Ajinka Rahane fell in the 14th over when the total was 102. A mix-up saw him get run out on 17 even as AB de Villiers displayed a brilliant piece of fielding at point.Johan Botha was the next batsman to take a walk back to the dugout. He too fell to S Aravind in the 17th over on 19 when the team total was 122/4.Kiwi Ross Taylor fell to Charl Langeveldt in the 18th over and Chris Gayle got rid on Ashok Menaria in the next over when the Rajasthan score was 133/6.Finally, Rajasthan managed to score 145/6 in their stipulated 20 overs.last_img read more

CWG scam: Order on Kalmadi’s bail plea deferred for May 26

first_imgThe bail plea of sacked CWG Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi, which was to be decided by a Delhi court on Saturday, has been postponed for May 26 after he said he would place ‘new facts’ to prove his innocence in a corruption case relating to awarding of a Games-related contract to a Swiss firm.Special CBI Judge Talwant Singh, before whom CBI filed the charge sheet against him, deferred the order on his bail plea by five days after taking into consideration Kalmadi’s plea seeking to argue his case on “new” grounds.CBI filed a 50-page charge sheet against him and ten others including two companies.Others named in the chargesheet are OC Director General (Procurement) Surjit Lal, Joint Director General (sports) A S V Prasad, Treasurer M Jayachandran, A K Reddy, Managing Director of Hyderabad-based AKR Constructions, and the promoters of Faridabad-based Gem International, A K Madan and P D Arya. The Faridabad firm was outsourced a substantial portion of the contract that Swiss Timing-Omega won for the Commonwealth Games.It also names the two companies AKR Constructions and Swiss Timing-Omega.All accused have been charged under sections 120(B) (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery) and 471 (using forged documents) of Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act. The chargesheet will be taken up for cognizance on Monday.CBI said it might file a supplementary charge sheet, if need be, as further investigation is going on and certain aspects are yet to be investigated.Arguments on the bail pleas of Surjit Lal and A S V Prasad will also be heard on May 26.advertisementBhanot and Verma were arrested on February 23 while Kalmadi, Prasad and Lal was apprehended on April 26.They stand accused of awarding TSR contract to Swiss Firm Swiss Timing which caused an estimated loss of over Rs 90 crore to the exchequer.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

H.E. Hujjat-ul-Islam Seyed Mohammad Khatami at India Today Conclave 2007

first_imgMohammad KhatamiH.E. HUJJAT-UL-ISLAM SEYED MOHAMMAD KHATAMIFORMER PRESIDENT OF IRAN In the historical view of Iranians, India is the land of the “life tree,” the “elixir of immortality” and the “tree of wisdom”. The tree thus described by Rumi: “Anyone who eats or takes its fruit/ He would never age or,Mohammad KhatamiH.E. HUJJAT-UL-ISLAM SEYED MOHAMMAD KHATAMIFORMER PRESIDENT OF IRAN In the historical view of Iranians, India is the land of the “life tree,” the “elixir of immortality” and the “tree of wisdom”. The tree thus described by Rumi: “Anyone who eats or takes its fruit/ He would never age or die.” I want to base my discussions on that epistemological and historical outlook to reach a defined strategy. It has been correctly asserted that of all ancient Asian civilisations, Indian and Iranian thoughts are closest to each other. Apart from the old kinship that exists between the two civilisations, both share a philosophical and prudent understanding of the world. Besides, the two also share a common spiritual experience-which will ultimately translate into freedom and salvation in the form of Ishraq (enlightenment) and mystical experience. An experience wherein freedom and salvation go hand in hand with love for oneness and the will to get over paradoxes.The power of synthesis, which is a prominent characteristic of the Iranian thought, is distinctively featured in India, embracing everything from myths to philosophical opinions, from experiments to religious convictions, from democracy to development. Dialogue about this cultural heritage and the power to combine paradoxes or contraries is not solely a concern for intellectuals and philosophers, but provokes thought on the driving force that can instigate survival, self-respect and the blossoming of a civilisation in the age of communication and historical swiftness-for which India is a flag-bearer in the wake of its all-out and sustainable development.advertisementBased on this discussion, the obvious question is whether there are common grounds for an Asian thought that can be spoken about-common grounds that are based on cultural heritage and have a thing to say and a plan to act upon in today’s integrated world. As a matter of fact, Asia, which is the cradle of dynamic human civilisations and cultures, and a platform of great religions, can be a place that engenders a generative global thought. Asian cultures, given their deeply shared outlook on living, human beings and society, can make a contribution to generating global forces of civilisation if communication between them continues to grow.Further communication between original and genuine cultures that are based on thought, realism, moderation and aesthetics, will culminate in the enhancement and promotion of a just peace in a broad-based democracy and an all-out development in the whole world. Today the world is in dire need of interaction despite differences, friendship despite competition, and unity despite pluralism. This is why we should reach a new perspective in terms of relations, cooperation, regional and international partnerships-an atmosphere in which the global community can stride on a new path, far away from tension, interference and the domination of the world by the ones wielding power and wealth.THE DIALOGUE MUST BE AIMED AT NEGATING EXTREMISM AND VIOLENCE APART FROM TACKLING DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORLD.Unfortunately, colonialism and historical backwardness have prevented the ancient Asian civilisations from getting to know one another as much as they need to. The image we have of one another is less direct, and through mediators. The image, made by others, through which we look at each other, is not perfect and transparent, if not distorted. The input and the channels through which global communications take place will by no means mirror the full image of any of us. We should seek to discover new strategies and methods that are direct, and work without mediators. Under such circumstances, dialogue between thinkers and intellectuals engaged in any area ranging from culture and knowledge to politics, economics and sociology, can help build new structures and trends that will give rise to development of Asian communication and integration of our civilisations, which will eventually facilitate our contribution to building a better world for ourselves and for the rest of the people in the world.I have spoken quite frequently about the dialogue of civilisations and cultures not only as a notion but as a strategy and a work-plan. If the world is supposed to maximise the helpfulness of its wonderful and creative power in an age referred to as the age of communication, while minimising all its destructive power, there is no method other than dialogue that can make this practical in all cultural and civilisational levels.Let me emphasise a certain feature of the dialogue of civilisations, which has a long and precious track record in India and Iran-an aspect that can be used as a work-plan for following up on the dialogue of civilisations in the world today. In this type of dialogue, the West is not posed against the East, or for that matter Asia against others. Instead, this dialogue is a strategy that can boost the capacity of Asia and the West versus violence, despotism, inequality and poverty. I think of a dialogue in the horizon of global civilisation, which will help keep Asia, the West and the whole world away from the horrendous conditions under which a ‘monologue’ system would be predominant.advertisementThe world today is broader than Asia, Europe, the East, the West, the North and the South. Like in the past, we should have a loving heart and a spiritual thought in order to achieve a synthesis for freedom of humans in the East and the West. Once, when colonialism was in its ascendancy, Rudyard Kipling, a British poet of Indian origin, wrote that the East is East and the West is West, and that the two would never catch up. The piece reflects the arrogance and self-importance of a civilisation, which, despite its great and astounding achievements, sought to dominate the world. Colonialism was engendered by this fantasy and illusion, and held political and economic motivations proportionate to this morale.Today is a different day, however. Today, that western self-importance, which was the source of ignoring and humiliating others, is a plan hardly respected by the world’s intelligentsia. Nevertheless, its remnants are still witnessed in the precarious vision and methods advised by some powerful western politicians-an issue that has not only put the East in trouble, but also endangered the long-term interests of the West.History, after Kipling, has kept in mind Gandhi, who would define the conquered East and the arrogant West in a different paradigm. Gandhi’s grandeur lies in the fact that he even deprived himself of the gaiety of victory over his adversaries so the old wound could heal. He would reckon his victory, which was nothing but the victory of truth and non-violence, with a spectacular gentleness so that his energy, which had driven him out of his homeland, would not feel humiliated.THE EAST NEEDS WEST’S REALISM AND CREATIVE REASON. THE DIALOGUE SHOULD BE A STRATEGY AND A WORKING PLAN.In his view, the East and the West were not the East and the West as defined by colonialists. Perhaps he had a belief in this piece by the German poet Goethe, who said, “East and West both belong to God”. I am certain that Goethe had perceived this from God’s long discourse in the holy Quran that “Allah ul-Mashriq, al Maghrib” (God is there both in the East and the West). Now that horror and terror fills the East and the West of the turbulent world, it is high time we thought of a new approach to save humanity. Dialogue in a framework of the paradigm I just mentioned can make a great contribution to this.We should use the experience human beings have amassed, to realise that the materialistic brain of the West is, more than ever, in need of Eastern wisdom, which is oriented towards elevation and perfection. Equally, the Eastern soul needs the West’s realism and creative reason. The devastating slits in the human body-both in the West and East- should be healed. We should contemplate the experience of human beings so that a part of their fate is composed in the West and the other part in the East.advertisementLet us assert that the optimal human being is a combination of the Eastern soul and Western realism and this would only be accomplished if the West and the East pursue dialogue with a purpose and understand each other. This is a great notion that must be followed even in a small scale wherever possible.We need a developed, progressive and humanistic world for all the people, not for just a certain proportion of the world’s population. Meanwhile, we should do our best to prevent our perfection-oriented and truth-seeking soul from being plagued by the tight and routine curls of materialism. It is only then that we can be released from the troubles caused by poverty, ignorance, despotism and incapacity against nature. Under such circumstances, the expansive soul of man, who is the cream of the crop of all creatures, will not be taken captive by the materialistic demands of his body.It is high time that the West and the East looked into each other as complimentary entities, rather than ones that oppose each other and tend to make the world a scene for a disastrous confrontation. They should learn from each other and see humans in the broad spectrum of perfection within their souls, and make globalisation translate into the humanisation of the world.It is from this perspective that I lay emphasis on a dialogue of civilisations and cultures in the context of a conversation that is aimed at isolating and negating extremism and violence, and tackling insecurity and discrimination in all corners of the world. This will then help thinkers and intellectuals to join civil, national, regional and international organisations to pool ideas and think of ways to change the status quo of the world. They should help make a transition from a paradigm, the consequences of which, in the contemporary age, have been world wars, regional wars, cold war, occupation, repression and terrorism- into a paradigm of peace, security and democracy, both at the national and international levels. You and we have looked at the world compassionately. Then what could be better than us building the human world on the basis of compassion and tolerance enamelled with justice? Your thinkers and artistes, and ours, who have envisioned and led these mysterious perspectives, can open the horizons in the media or organisations in which they are involved. DiscussionQ. Today Iran is facing international isolation over its nuclear ambition and is on the path of confrontation with the world again. If you were the president today, how would you guide your country? Khatami: Iran has huge oil and gas reserves, but these are going to be exhausted very soon. The other issue is that fossil fuels are harmful to the environment, and there is a need for finding a good replacement for these fuels. So nuclear energy is important, as it is the most accessible kind of energy. Iran has the legitimate right to think about future sources of energy and have nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. We are very much concerned about the proliferation of nuclear arms. It is a major concern for every one. I had proposed in the UN that the Middle East should be a nuclear-free zone. And we have stated that we do not see any place for nuclear weapons in Iran. Iran is a member to NPT and it’s our right to have nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. We would be able to resolve the dispute through negotiations so that Iran’s legitimate right is accepted. We would also give objective guarantees that Iran would never go towards nuclear weapon technology.Q. Would you guarantee that Iran would neither develop nuclear weapons nor help others to do so? Khatami: I would give you the guarantee that Iran would never help any country to be a threat to any other country and I would guarantee that Iran would never seek access to nuclear weapons.Q. What is the state of women’s empowerment in your country, especially in terms of politics and business? Khatami: We have made great progress in human rights and in many areas, men share their rights with women. In my time as president, the number of girls admitted to the universities was 60 per cent, as compared to boys, who constituted only 40 per cent. Women do occupy positions in government and in business. But there are some limitations and restrictions based on the Iranian Constitution, which do not allow women to stand for presidency. In future we will remove these obstacles. I believe that from the Islamic and human point of view there is no obstacle to having a woman as a president.Q. Iran is an Islamic republic based on an absolute faith which does not brook dissent. Pluralism requires that we respect and accept people’s right to dissent. How do you reconcile these in terms of living in a pluralistic and globalised world? Khatami: Islam respects all religions. Establishing an Islamic republic does not deny people belonging to other faiths the rights they deserve. In our Constitution, we have recognised the rights of other religions with freedom of thought, activity, speech and access to some posts. Pluralism depends on the culture of the society. In some countries there may be an improper understanding of religion that says we have the right to exist and other don’t. In the Islamic republic of Iran it is not like that at all.last_img read more

Book review: Peter Murray and Ashish Shukla’s ‘Sachin Tendulkar: Masterful’

first_imgSachin Tendulkar: Masterful By Peter Murray & Ashish Shukla Rupa There are sporting biographies that are, with the help of research, legwork and the power of the intellect, able to draw back the curtain on towering personalities and let the reader into their inner spaces. Let it be said the,Sachin Tendulkar: Masterful By Peter Murray & Ashish Shukla Rupa There are sporting biographies that are, with the help of research, legwork and the power of the intellect, able to draw back the curtain on towering personalities and let the reader into their inner spaces. Let it be said the latest offering on India’s biggest sporting superstar Sachin Tendulkar is not one of those.Tendulkar is a difficult subject, his private persona at complete odds with his gigantic, explosive game. He is in his 13th year with the Indian team and will be 30 next year. He has gone from schoolboy to icon in front of all of India and found himself saddled with labels-apna Bradman, national mood elevator, hot commercial property.In a country that cannot have enough of him, Tendulkar figured out quickly how much he would allow the world to see. Like most great athletes what you see is not what you get: what you get is an aura, not an interplay of light and shade. There has been only one truly insightful book on the man: written by brother and mentor Ajit.But it too stopped with 1989, the year Sachin made his Test debut. Peter Murray, an India-born, Australia-based journalist with a background in sports writing, and Ashish Shukla, a cricket journalist who travels with the Indian team, have taken their crack at the man and his myth.MOOD ELEVATOR: Tendulkar, India’s own BradmanUnfortunately, unlike its subject, Masterful it is not. It is littered with errors, factual and typographical, that committed chroniclers would consider heresy. To pick a few nits, Tendulkar was born in 1973, not 1974, his sister’s name is Savita, not Sampada, his first first-class captain was Lalchand Rajput, not Dilip Vengsarkar, and the reasons his close-knit family is described as a “klan” (what, like Ku Klux?) remain mysterious.While Tendulkar may have the detachment of a “karmic sadhu”, his lack of “meglamania” is hardly reassuring; it’s a slippery word, elusive even in the dictionary. There are breathless accounts of his great innings, approvals for his unflagging commitment, paeans for his family values and eight pages of tributes from the greats of world cricket. But it’s like revisiting a neighbourhood church: been there, done that, sung the hosannas. If Tendulkar is the presiding deity, the “God” of Indian cricket, then where are his details?Locked up in the hero’s own head no doubt, and in the memories of the few people who really know him. That is the whole point, because Tendulkar could not survive any other way in the mad marketplace that is Indian cricket. American sportswriter Robert Lipsyte said, “The healthiest (sporting geniuses) will never let us find out what makes them tick because then we will try to take them apart to see for ourselves.”advertisementSachin Tendulkar need not worry. We still struggle to put him together, let alone bother about taking him apart.last_img read more