Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Aug 2017 12:42:39

THE rally of Opposition parties in Patna, organised by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President Mr. Lalu Prasad Yadav, was nothing but an attempt by him to divert the attention of the people from corruption cases that have landed him and his son Mr. Tejashwi in a soup. As expected, Mr. Lalu Yadav and his son spewed venom on Bihar Chief Minister Mr. Nitish Kumar, who forced the ouster of Mr. Tijashwi from his Cabinet, and against Mr. Narendra Modi, because Mr.

Yadav believes that it was he who has asked the Central investigation agencies to go after him. Pushed to the corner and afraid of losing support in the home turf, Mr. Lalu Yadav had no option but to organise a rally as a show of strength. The rally, however, turned out to be a flop-show as several Opposition leaders including Congress President Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, BSP chief Ms. Mayawati and AAP chief Mr. Arvind Kejriwal skipped it.

And, the leaders, who attended the rally, were a spent force. In the coming days, Mr. Lalu Yadav may try to hog limelight. But the people won’t fall prey to his gimmicks.


AFTER the lung-busting final of the World Badminton Championships at Glasgow, Indian coach Pullela Gopichand termed silver medalist PV Sindhu as a “work in progress”. Gopi has remained a common factor in the rise of Saina Nehwal and Sindhu in world badminton. His words need to be marked carefully.

The gallant fight Sindhu put against Nozomi Okuhara could have tilted the Indian’s way had she been a more polished product. It was an epic that challenged the physical and mental strengths of both the players. Sindhu was amazing in the thriller, summoning the last drop from her depths of intensity. But she could not breach Okuhara’s shield of a powerful will.

And here lies the difference. The tall, lunging figure of Sindhu covering the smart drops and half-smashes showed she indeed is a “work in progress”. Physical strength is one area the shuttler needs to befriend to make a mark in women’s badminton. The final will be remembered for ages but Sindhu must take it as a launchpad to higher glory. Enough of “hard luck”.