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By Tarun Pratap

Around a hundred Shiv Sainiks barged into the BCCI headquarters forcing the scheduled meeting between BCCI head Shashank Manohar and his PCB counterpart Shaharyar Khan to be called off.

India-Pakistan cricket rivalry has been one of the most intense sporting rivalries ever. These matches have always been played under the huge pressure and expectations of respective countrymen.

The first test match between both countries was played during October 16-19, 1952 in Delhi. With the countries torn apart by political strife and wars in recent times, cricketing ties have been intermittent. However, that only increased the intensity of the rivalry.

This rivalry took another step in the modern era. In the 90s, ODI cricket grew popular and both countries won a World Cup each. Cricket had advanced to the television now, which multiplied the numbers of people watching the game.

This was also the phase when insurgency started and whenever there were any terror attacks from Pakistan, India suspended the cricket ties as well; be it the 2001 parliament attack, the 2008 Mumbai attack or the latest political tensions.

In 1991, Shiv Sena dug up the Wankhede pitch just before the ODI match and as a result, Pakistan canceled the next three tours. Finally in 1999, when the Pakistan team came to India after 12 years, Shiv Sena still protested but PM Vajpayee himself assured security and the series went on without trouble. Shiv Sena dug up the Kotla pitch this time.

On October 19, 2015, Shiv Sena targeted BCCI Chief Shashank Manohar. The ease with which some people just barged into the BCCI headquarters is an alarming issue. Even more alarming is the fact that all the attackers got released on bail.

This leads us to ask: Who is running Mumbai: Maharashtra Government or Shiv Sena?

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said, “Whatever they are doing, it is the people’s will, and it is in the national interest”. On the other hand Anurag Thakur, BCCI secretary, who is also a BJP MP, condemned it and said cricket won’t take place until both the governments allow it, so there was no point in going after BCCI.

Shiv Sena is, apparently, looking for publicity. If they think India should not have any ties with Pakistan, which is not entirely wrong, then they should protest against the Central government for granting visa to Shaharyar Khan. Shiv Sena targeting BCCI is just a show of power.

How can Shiv Sena claim that they are following the nation’s will? A thousand people or so, marching and protesting, don’t make any nation, let alone India.

It has been Shiv Sena’s habit to create nuisance. With the ongoing Bihar elections, the party seems determined to hurt BJP’s image. The Sudheendra Kulkarni incident, followed by this BCCI fiasco shows the intentions of Shiv Sena.

Shiv Sena said that they always followed their policy of ‘intense nationalism’ whether they were in government or in opposition. This statement speaks of carelessness towards governance and a thought process that they were, somehow, custodians of Indian nationalism.

This statement and recent moves by Shiv Sena have hurt BJP like never before.

Arun Jaitley sent a stern message that these actions were not acceptable. He said that there was no space for violence in a democracy. He said Shiv Sena should engage in debate, not in vandalism.

In recent times, the BJP and NCP chief Shard Pawar have cozied up towards each other. A few days ago, Jaitley attended the function in Baramati organized by NCP where he praised Pawar for Baramati model. Perhaps, this is a way for Shiv Sena to remind BJP about their clout.

BJP has to get a hold of their allies. The 2014 general elections were the first instance in 30 years when a party achieved majority on its own and that was because voters wanted a government that can take decisions without pressure, a government that is stable.

On one hand, the BJP government is trying to woo investors and open markets, and on the other, their allies like Shiv Sena are dragging them back.

Any act like this weakens India’s image on the world stage. As a precautionary measure, ICC had to withdraw Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar before the last ODI match between India and South Africa which is scheduled to be held in Mumbai. Former Pakistani cricketers, Shoaib Akhtar and Wasim Akram, were pulled out of the commentary team because of security reasons. India might not be a super power in the world yet but it is definitely so in world cricket. These incidents hurt India’s image big time.

India is the host for the upcoming T20 World Cup in 2016. If such atmosphere doesn’t wane away, it would hurt India’s revenue as well as popularity as a cricketing nation. Pakistan is yet to come out of international rejection after the 2009 terror attacks on the Sri Lankan cricket team.

It is the government’s job to ensure safety of visitors, once they are invited. If Ghulam Ali is given visa to perform, the government should be responsible for the security arrangements. Either, end the cultural ties with Pakistan as a state policy, or stop these Shiv Sena hooligans from disrupting the peace of nation in the name of nationalism.

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Zeenat Shahzadi, Missing Pakistani Woman Journalist Fighting For Jailed Indian, Found After Two Years

A Pakistani woman journalist who was allegedly kidnapped while pursuing the case of an Indian engineer two years ago has been rescued

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Zeenat Shahzadi had allegedly been kidnapped in Pakistan's Lahore city in 2015. Twitter.

Lahore October 21:  It was reported by PTI that A Pakistani journalist, Zeenat Shahzadi had “forcibly disappeared” while working on the case of Indian citizen Hamid Ansari.

  • A Pakistani journalist, Zeenat Shahzadi who was allegedly kidnapped two years ago has been rescued.
  • Zeenat Shahzadi, a 26-year-old reporter of Daily Nai Khaber and Metro News TV channel, was kidnapped by unidentified men while she was reaching her home in Lahore on August 19, 2015.
  • She was pursuing the case of an Indian engineer jailed in Peshawar on espionage charges.

The chief of Pakistan’s Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances (CIED) Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal said that Shahzadi was retrieved nearby the Pakistan-Afghanistan border on Thursday night. He also mentioned the key roles of tribals from Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provinces in her recovery.

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Rescue of Pakistani Journalist is celebrated in Pakistan. Twitter.

Ansari, a resident of Mumbai had been arrested for illegally invading Pakistan from Afghanistan to meet a girl he had befriended online in 2012. He was convicted to three years imprisonment on charges of spying and entering Pakistan illegally.

On Shahzadi being kidnapped, her brother Saddam Hussain committed suicide in March last year, making the situation an importance by the media.

Human rights activists, including former Secretary General of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, IA Rehman, have raised their voice to set Ansari free since he has completed to serve his sentence.

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Pakistan Elected to UN Human Rights Council along with 14 other countries

The new members will serve a three-year term from January 1, 2018

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UN General Assembly elect 15 new members of Human Rights Council. Wikimedia

United Nations, October 17, 2017 : Fifteen countries, including Pakistan, have been elected to the UN Human Rights Council by the UN General Assembly.

In a vote on Monday, Afghanistan, Angola, Australia, Chile, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Qatar, Senegal, Slovakia, Spain and Ukraine were elected, a Foreign Office statement said.

They will serve a three-year term from January 1, 2018. (IANS)

 

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Modi pens foreword for Hema Malini’s biography

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New Delhi, Oct 13 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi has penned a “short, crisp and sweet” foreword for “Beyond The Dreamgirl”, an authorised biography of actress and BJP MP Hema Malini.

The book, by former editor of Stardust and producer Ram Kamal Mukherjee, will be launched on October 16, when the “evergreen beauty” turns 69. Its launch also marks the celebration of Hema Malini’s glorious run of 50 years in Indian showbiz.

“Our PM has written very briefly in the book about his feelings for Hemaji. It’s short, crisp and sweet, not rubble and bubble. It’s an honour for me as an author and for Hemaji also that it is perhaps the first time that an active Prime Minister has written a foreword for a book on a Bollywood actor,” Mukherjee told IANS over the phone from Mumbai.

Having started her film career in 1968 with Raj Kapoor-starrer “Sapno Ka Saudagar”, she regaled movie buffs with roles in films like “Seeta Aur Geeta”, “Sholay”, “Dream Girl” and “Satte Pe Satta”. An accomplished classical dancer, Hema Malini earned the epithet of ‘Dreamgirl’ for her flawless beauty, and became a pioneering female superstar in an otherwise male-oriented film industry.

In 1999, Hema Malini campaigned for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate in the Lok Sabha elections in Gurdaspur, Punjab. She is now a BJP MP from Mathura constituency.

“I guess it’s all because of Hemaji’s credentials and contribution to art and cinema that Mr Modi agreed to pen the foreword. When I was interacting with his office, they were very happy that Hemaji did not just limit her talk in the book to Bollywood,” said Mukherjee, who had in 2005 released a coffee table book called “Hema Malini Diva Unveiled”.

“Beyond The Dreamgirl”, published by HarperCollins India, will give readers an in-depth look into her life.

“It is divided into 23 chapters, covering her childhood, teens, Bollywood, rise as an actor, romance, colleagues, marriage, her second innings, launching Shah Rukh Khan in ‘Dil Aashna Hai’ — which she directed — her ballet, her political journey and spiritual journey. There are two chapters dedicated to her daughters Esha and Ahana.

“She has also spoken about her Agra accident and her singing career. We have summed it all up with a chapter called ‘Bliss’. This book will also have Hemaji’s family tree, which has not been published earlier, and there will be a lot of exclusive unseen photographs from her personal, professional and political spheres,” Mukherjee said.

The ageless talent has shared an insight into her life with Dharmendra as well as spoken on political figures like Modi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L.K. Advani and Sushma Swaraj.

How did Mukherjee get Modi to pen the foreword?

“It was not something thought of when I started writing the book two years ago. I started my research and wanted somebody else to do the foreword,” he said, without naming the film industry person whom he had approached.

“It was almost like a miracle to have Mr Modi write for us. When I discussed it with Hemaji, her first expression was, ‘I hope you know what you’re saying. I know you’re under pressure, but I think you’re losing your mind’.

“When I said there’s no harm in trying, she said, ‘You try and do whatever you want to do’. Then it was a process.”

The writer feels it’s the actress’ constant effort in promoting Indian classical music and dance through her ballets on Hindu mythological characters like Durga and Meera, which Modi appreciates.

“I think Mr Modi liked her inclination towards classical dance and music and how she promotes it at international platforms. I think this is a USP of Hema Maliniji, apart from she being Hema Malini. And I guess that’s also what justifies the title of the book.”(IANS)