Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Nov 2018 10:54:37












THE attack on a contingent of CRPF by Maoist extremists in Chhattisgarh on Tuesday, in which two jawans and a TV cameraman were killed, was probably the response to the statements of the State’s Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh and the Director General of Police (DGP) of Madhya Pradesh recently. While Dr. Raman Singh had stated that State would soon have controlled the Naxalite menace, the MP DGP had challenged the Maoists to choose the democratic way if they want to prove their public service credentials by entering electoral fray. But by continuing to repose faith in their murderous philosophy the Maoists have made it known that they are not willing to alter their extremist path for achieving their goals. It, therefore, becomes incumbent upon the Government to go after extremist element relentlessly till the last of their bastion is uprooted, lock, stock and barrel. There appears no second choice. The fact that the Naxalites targeted security contingent guarding road construction work, shows their disruptive and destructive agenda against the state.




WHEN former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly expressed his concerns over the functioning of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), “fearing” for Indian cricket’s future in a letter to the office-bearers, he was only telling the obvious. The BCCI administration has become a joke with no clarity on the powers allotted to the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) and the acting officials. The CoA and BCCI officials led by President CK Khanna are engaged in a constant tug-of-war on decision-making even as Indian cricket, on the field, continues almost on an auto-mode under the stewardship of captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri. Ganguly’s concern does not only stem from the handling of CEO Rahul Johri’s case, but it has its roots in the coach fiasco when his choice Anil Kumble was forced to leave to accommodate Kohli’s choice. Consistently sidelined from the Board affairs, Ganguly has chosen the missive to remind BCCI of his presence.