Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 Mar 2018 11:20:25










THE campaign by the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS)in Uttar Pradesh has led to arrest of 9 men for terror-funding. The Madhya Pradesh ATS, too, arrested one man for receiving funds from an agent of Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI). These two actions should not remain isolated efforts by two State Governments. The need of the hour is to launch a nation-wide drive to nab all such people who are related to terror-funding in this or that manner. The Modi Government has often expressed belief that the country is hosting thousands of people who are related to terror-funding. This belief, or suspicion, must not remain only in political tall talk but should be converted into a concrete and concerted action by all State Governments so that the entire ugly network of terror-funding is busted in swift and smart moves. Funding terror is one issue, but this fund-flow has many off-shoots that include local vandalism aimed at creating social and political disturbance through local goons, as the Police top brass all over knows. That makes things more dangerous. Hence the need for a national drive.


IF THERE was any opportunity for the International Cricket Council (ICC) to set a precedent then it was the ‘sandpapergate’ by the Australian cricket team. One of the harshest possible punishments to captain Steven Smith and his “leadership group” would have sent a strong message to the cricket world that the ICC walks what it talks. Instead, a mellow verdict, based on its weird demerit points policy, has yet again exposed the ICC as a toothless tiger. The orchestrated ball-tampering by the Australian team in the Cape Town Test and subsequent admission of guilt by Smith was enough for the ICC to crack down hard on the anomalies corrupting the spirit of cricket. Unfortunately, the world governing body yet again shied away from asserting itself, leaving a lot for apprehension. Ball-tampering to alter the course of a game tantamounts to a serious crime, on par with match-fixing. The perpetrators do not deserve any mercy but the ICC chose to junk its “zero tolerance to corruption” policy and yet again proved it has no balls to be a worthy custodian of the game.