Source: The Hitavada      Date: 20 Nov 2018 11:52:42











THE Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) proposes to create nearly one and a half million jobs in the next two years through various official schemes. This is, no doubt, a good sign for rural India that is facing a severe job crunch for the past some time. Agriculture, the mainstay of rural economy, has almost ceased to be gainful in multiple ways. This condition has led to farmers’ suicides and outflux of youth from villages. The only solution to this agrarian crisis is to provide enough employment opportunities to young people right in their own eco-system. Most unfortunately, this was not becoming easy to attain because of the collapse of the basic structure of rural economy. There is every reason to believe that the KVIC initiative will heighten job potential of rural economy. True, just 1.5 million jobs by themselves will make only a marginal impact on the overall rural scene. Yet, even that will be a good beginning in a condition where joblessness is driving people to despair. May this lead to further enhancement of job potential.




FROM dubbing his side “the best Indian team on overseas tours in last 15-20 years”, head coach Ravi Shastri has quickly discovered the ground reality of most international teams faring poorly on away tours. India always find themselves among the “poor travellers” on tough tours to Australia, England and South Africa. Virat Kohli and his men stand a chance to change the perception this time around but Shastri’s contention of teams finding it tough to walk the talk in foreign conditions does carry weight. It is a realistic assessment of present day teams that clearly struggle in foreign conditions, especially in the sub-continent. Similarly, sub-continental teams come up a cropper on bouncy and seaming tracks. This is a sad reality of cricket where home advantage is pressed too far for the sake of national pride. And it is also a strong statement on teams’ refusal to adapt to change in conditions. In sharp contrast were Clive Lloyd’s marauders in the 1970s and 80s who ruled the world with their ferocious display on any given surface. It is all about passion and intent.