Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Dec 2018 12:14:27










ONCE again, Test cricket -- the most revered form of the game -- produced an absorbing display for five engrossing days in Adelaide. The India-Australia lung-opener was a wonderful advertisement for Test cricket and yet again making it as the true test of any player. That India came out winner after a roller-coaster fight put up by Australia was the victory of their tenacity and innate desire to draw first blood. This is India’s biggest chance to win a Test series in Australia given the inexperience of the home team. But Virat Kohli will realise that despite being the favourites, victories are not served on a platter. In Australia, it gets a lot tougher. The dogged fight by Australia’s middle-order and tail did make India sweat as accepted by skipper Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri. Now that India have got a good measure of their opponents, they need to quickly adopt a more aggressive strategy to pin down the hosts. Being ruthless when in a position of advantage is the only plan to nail the Aussies. India have positioned themselves in the place of a hunter.


IT IS very disconcerting to note that over 700 of the 16,500 villages in Uttarakhand have turned into ghost villages with the people having deserted them for lack of development. It is a sad commentary on governance in the hilly State. The migration from the hilly regions is more pronounced. Lack of education, health care, earning avenues are basic reasons for the villagers to desert their homes and hearths in search of better living conditions. This is a perfect picture of human misery, a clear case of failure of governance. While migration of villagers in search of employment, better living prospects, health care, education is a worldwide phenomenon, the case of Uttarakhand villages seems to be very different to comprehend. Depopulation of a place could occur due to some epidemic or massacre but Uttarakhand villagers are the victims of gross neglect by Government over years and decades. In the rest of the country too migration from villages is taking place on a large scale and the story is same -- lack of development.