Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Apr 2018 11:29:47










PRIME Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s decision to sit on day-long fast to register his resentment over the disruption of the functioning of both Houses of Parliament is unprecedented and is a strong rebuff to the farcical nature of the fast undertaken by Congress President Mr. Rahul Gandhi a few days ago. By sitting on the day-long fast along with party MPs the Prime Minister is giving vent to anguish of the people as vital legislative business scheduled before the two Houses of Parliament gets drowned in the din and tussle of the Opposition parties. Common man is at a loss to understand whether any good sense will prevail over the leaders of Opposition parties. The common man is perturbed over the loss of sense of proportion among the elected representatives of the people in staging protests against Government’s policies. The Opposition parties have shown an utter lack of responsibility as lawmakers. The one-day fast may not have much effect on the unyielding attitude of the Opposition parties. But it will certainly send out a positive message to the people at large.


BY forming a dispute resolution committee to settle Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) claim of USD 60 million compensation from Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the International Cricket Committee (ICC) has set in motion a prudent process to achieve finality in the long-pending matter. The PCB has blamed BCCI for dishonouring the commitment of bilateral series between India and Pakistan scheduled in the FTP. BCCI always contended that it cannot go against the Union Government’s diktat on sporting ties with Pakistan given the prevailing political situation. Yet, the PCB never listened to the logical reasoning due to the financial windfall it desires from Indo-Pak cricket. The dispute redressal forum presents BCCI an opportunity to put forth its compulsions borne out of political and security circumstances. It will also establish the legal sustainability of the MoU between the two countries over bilateral series. A permanent solution to the dispute is beneficial for ICC too in drawing future schedules without any riders.