Source: The Hitavada      Date: 20 Dec 2018 12:38:07










WITH the main stream national parties dithering on making legal provision for 33 pc representation for women in legislative houses, the birth of a platform in the form of National Women’s Party (NWP) is a welcome happening. It is a sad commentary on the reluctance of main stream parties to accommodate more women while distributing tickets for various elections. A Bill for women’s reservation appears to have been pushed to the back burner permanently because the male-dominated parties are unwilling to make women an integral part of the political system and democratic polity. Hence, if women feel the need to have their own political outfit there is nothing wrong in such thinking on their part. Women now appear to be convinced that they have to fight their own battles, their own cause. Led by a woman doctor, the party is influenced by the success of similar political experiment in the United States. If the party gains acceptance from women folks from all over the country, there is much it can do for women’s cause.



ONE of the sore points for India, apart from the series-levelling loss in Perth Test to Australia, was the perceived ‘fight’ between pacer Ishant Sharma and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja on the field. Both were involved in an animated conversation at one side of the ground when others were busy attending to an injured Nathan Lyon. Clip of the incident has gone viral and lapped up by a section of media for a juicy story of infighting in the Indian camp. Such exchanges between players are not new for cricket but holding it as a clinching evidence of a rift in the Indian team is stretching things too far. There is an unwritten convention in cricket that whatever happens on the field has to stay on the field. The golden rule has been broken by Australian broadcaster ‘Channel 7’ who replaced the venerable ‘Channel 9’. Indian team has every right to protest the violation of a moral code by the broadcaster, for, leaking such private moments is nothing but intrusion on players’ privacy. Such acts are highly untenable and unacceptable.