Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Jun 2018 11:31:30

FARMERS in some parts of the country are pouring milk, throwing vegetables and other agricultural produce on streets as part of their ten-day village bandh. While the grievances of the farming community may be genuine and must be addressed, they should not destroy their produce produced after months of toil in scorching sun, blinding rain and harsh winter. 

It is an insult to their own toil and to the food. The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government has claimed that farm sector has prospered in the last 48 months of its regime. This may be true but the farmers’ agitation clearly indicates that much remains to be done to address the grievances of the farming community all over the country.

There are price realisation issues, there are input cost issues, irrigation, post-harvest management of crops, marketing, exploitation in the mandis, storage facilities, indebtedness. The latest farmers’ agitation highlights all these critical matters that the farmers have to face routinely. Therefore, there is no scope as yet for the Government to rest on its laurels. 



THE curse of fixing just refuses to leave cricket. While the game continues to tide over the wrath of match-fixers and looks for restoration of credibility, another form of fixing has reared it ugly head. From match-fixing to spot-fixing it is now pitch-fixing. A sting by Qatar-based channel Al Jazeera has unearthed the new modus operandi employed by match-fixers to doctor pitches for outcomes of their choice.

Three Tests are under scanner and some international players from England and Australia have also been found sharing information with fixers. The allegations are another blow to cricket’s image of being a gentleman’s game.  Despite harsh punishments handed to players found guilty of fixing in the past, the lure of quick bucks seems just too tempting for cricketers to walk into the easy trap of fixers. There has been a spurt of fixing allegations in the recent past, especially in Twenty20 cricket. The ICC has promised action into the new allegations but the fact remains that it is a helpless governing body with poor mechanism to probe the dark underbelly of cricket.