Source: The Hitavada      Date: 21 Dec 2018 12:01:13










POLITICAL discourse touched a sublime level on the 27th day of May in 1996 when the then Prime Minister Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee failed to cobble together a majority and resigned within 13 days of forming Government but only after a stirring speech. The entire day saw speeches from various leaders full of grace and dignity, well within the contours of Parliamentary ethics. It was a lesson for the next generation of politicians. How many have taken it in the right spirit is a point to ponder in the prevailing political narrative that is engulfed in cynicism. In this backdrop, the suggestion by Union Minister Mr. Nitin Gadkari to some people in the BJP to speak less must be seen as a corrective measure. Outlandish comments and irresponsible statements by many motormouths from each political party have vitiated political discourses in recent times. Such elements provide a ready fodder for trolls and the entire narrative assumes a dirty connotation. It is time political parties put in place a strict code of conduct for its leaders who let it loose and cross the limits of decency.



MOMENTS of high intensity bring out the combative best of a sportsperson. But their reactions to the situation depend on their own personality. For a Rahul Dravid, aggression meant a response through a solid show and not through histrionics. Not for nothing the Australians famously said, “If you want to see aggression, then look into the eyes of Dravid”. But for a Virat Kohli, aggression goes on an entirely different plane, visible through his animated gestures and jibes. Nothing wrong in it till the situation is well under the rules of the game. This has been Virat’s way of playing cricket -- always intense with a serious mentality of ending up as a winner. As he copped up criticism from Australian legends for his on-field behaviour in Perth Test, former Indian pacer Zaheer Khan has backed the Indian captain for his aggression. Frankly speaking, Australians should be the last to lecture on on-field conduct. Before criticising Virat the former legends like Allan Border could have done well to look into the mirror first.