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Outswinger: Barriers that separate us from competing with the world in Sports

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The Good thing is: From Atlanta (USA) Olympics in 1996 onwards, India has been winning at least a medal in every Olympic game. In just concluded Rio de Janeiro Olympics of 2016, India won 2 medals- both by Indian daughters PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik.

PV Sindhu won Silver medal in Badminton at Rio2016. Credit: http://www.badmintonindia.org/
PV Sindhu won Silver medal in Badminton at Rio2016. Credit: http://www.badmintonindia.org/

Bad news: In a country with a huge mass of the population, we are miserably failing in the fields of sports.

The USA topped the medal tally at Rio2016: 46 Gold, 37 Silver, 38 Bronze =121 Medals

Now, let us not assume The US has not its quota of problems. When Simone Manuel became the First ever African American to win a Gold medal in an individual event in swimming at Rio2016, it brought a glaring fact to public discussion again: Why blacks in the USA do not excel in swimming? One reason which is often pointed out: Black kids do not have access to the classy swimming pools and similar resources.

Coming back to the question of India,

  1. India has an immense potential to excel in sports, but sports are ignored at the expense of one sport who we call Cricket.
  2. More funding and sponsorship is needed. Again, Cricket is clouding other sports here.
  3. More autonomy and less bureaucracy: Sports bodies are headed by corrupt, fat politicians. Chnage the law to debar politicians from there.
  4. Bolstering sports from youngs days; schools and colleges must become the centers to groom the talent.

Indulgence in sports is far better than youth spending energy on riots and political hoodlum. Think Kashmir!

Baloch and AHRC report

With Indian Prime Minister Modi devoting 72 seconds to Balochistan in his Independence Day speech (August 15), the issue of Balochistan has become a discussion point in Indian media.

Credit: Balochistan National Party
Credit: Balochistan National Party

And now ex-President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai has also supported Modi’s statement. This is again a good development.

India has done well to rake up the issue of Balochistan. Not only, Balochistan’s demand for a separate country is just, the province is suffering from neglect and persecution at the hands of Pakistani authorities.

In a report released last week by Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), a few glaring facts stand out:

  • Approximately 1,000 dead bodies (corpses) have been recovered in Balochistan in last 6 years. Many of them are bullet ridden, disfigured and mutilated.
  • More than 9,000 Balochis were arrested in the year 2015 in the name of suspected militants and criminals under National Action Plan by police, Frontier Corps ( a wing of Pakistani Military) and other agencies. The report says that “The Baloch nationalists have been targeted in all of the operations, while the extremists and religious zealots have been allowed to operate with impunity to divert attention from the Baloch freedom movement.
  • Balochistan province is rich in minerals, the land is fertile and it supplies the bulk of gas to Pakistan, yet the people are poor and the area under-developed. Balochi people say that Pakistan is only interested in developing China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (C-PEC), while the people are being alienated. Quetta attack on lawyers is the latest example.

It is clear that Baloch separatists and nationalists are looking up to India as a big brother who will enact a Dhaka (1971) for them.

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Death Knell For The Rape Culture

The death penalty for the child rapist is going to see the light of the day

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Death knell for the rape culture
Death knell for the rape culture. Pixabay

By Salil Gewali

The death penalty for the child rapist is going to see the light of the day. Hearty thanks to the countless candle marchers. The credit also goes to those conscious media and columnists who all fueled the agitation and energized the activists. Here PM Modi’s dynamism can’t be overlooked either, because this ordinance, which was long overdue, has happened now.

Let’s all pray that the ‘fear of death’ will be an effective deterrent.  Hope, this will “frighten away” the real vices. In the meanwhile, it would also be very wise on the part of the government to look for other preventive measures since we have lot many “vices” in lot many avatars and assortments which only encourage the sex related crimes. There are also very dangerous “vices” which, when start to infect one’s thought-process, might give birth to the countless Trojan horses, Malwares, even virulent I-love-You. The virus infecting tragedy usually strikes ones very fast who are with weak inborn “antivirus”. This, in fact, turns “sane men into perverts” if one objectively analyses. But what is too bizarre is that some of such virus generating vices are let to flourish under the cover of silence while some are made to believe through media as “virtues” and while others as “talent” — with a whole lot of modish adornment and poetic adulation. Do you want to acknowledge that ones who cried hard against the despicable rape culture are the premier dealers of these vices? Some are producers too. I cut short here.  Because these days I fear the “thunder of hypocrisy” then the roars of the tiger in a jungle!

Candle March for death penalty of rapists.
Candle March. Pixabay

Yes, remaining complacent by mere hanging the perverts will be thus a downright immaturity. The identifying the causes of those vices that are hurting the society at large are equally important.  Of course, many try to overlook those vices as if they never make a bad impact upon the mindset an individual. Here I’ve an argument — has the heat of the hearth stopped boiling the water or burn your pack of currency notes to ash? As mentioned above, we can draw a perfect “analogy” between the virus infecting a computer leading to its inevitable “malfunction” with the people’s behavioral degeneration and wrong indulgences due to the continuous exposure and acceptance of vices.

Also Read: Rape Survivors in India Still Face Humiliation with Two-Finger tests and Barriers to Justice says Human Rights Watch

However, it would surely be good if the Government and awakened women organizations boldly pinpoint those forces as well which are culpable for presenting women as no less than commodities, and the dealers of the vices. In this, one is skeptical whether we can turn to the media with hope, or with doubt! Because, very absurdly, the definition of “good life” and its values have now been willfully distorted and redefined to suit the situation, plans and programs such that they would help further the agendas of that forces which rule the roost.

Stop the Terror of Rape.
Stop the Terror of Rape.

Anyway, whether one agrees or disagree, disinfecting/detoxing the “mindset” of the society is the only pathway to the sane society which we are now crying for. The healthy thought, healthy attitude, healthy acts can only toll the death knell for any kind of rapes or any kind of depravity.

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali