Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Dec 2017 12:40:34











IT is indeed sad that Indonesia had to declare ‘garbage emergency’ in a favourite tourist destination, Bali beach, due to ‘mountain’ of garbage. The palm-fringed shoreline in Bali is like a heaven on the earth, which draws thousands of tourists from all over the world. But the dumping of garbage by tourists has turned the heaven into a hell, causing death of marine animals, besides increasing risk of floods and diseases due to the filth. Unfortunately, this has become a world-wide phenomenon. Tonnes of plastic garbage is being dumped into the sea, causing harm to the aqua life. Most of the beaches closer home are also facing the same fate due to dumping of plastic garbage and other waste items recklessly. Indonesia had to declare emergency as things have gone out of control. Fortunately, the situation is not that grim here as we have already undertaken the Swacch Bharat campaign. However, if we do not participate actively in the cleanliness campaign and continue to litter garbage everywhere, a day will not be far when the country will also have to declare ‘garbage emergency’ like in Indonesia.


SANJAY Jagdale, well-known former cricketer and former Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India has rightly said that Indian cricket survived despite several controversies only because robust systems were in place in the administration of the game. This observation may sound to many as something funny, particularly in the light of the stern action the honourable Supreme Court took against the BCCI. Yet, it must be said that Mr. Sanjay Jagdale is very right in asserting this. For, given the kind of controversies that hit the cricketing circles in India, it could have been almost impossible for Indian cricket to go on in such a fine and healthy fashion. That became possible because the BCCI has put in place truly robust systems that could absorb shocks of controversies and keep cricketing interests intact. The IPL controversy, the match-fixing scandal, the charges of financial bungling -- any one of these could have damaged Indian cricket. That was avoided because of the robust systems that could survive shocks, stress and strain of controversies.