Source: The Hitavada      Date: 18 Aug 2018 10:55:52



THE terrible floods that are being witnessed in Kerala and some other parts, and a simultaneous drought-like condition elsewhere in the country have brought to fore a major national concern as regards safety and security of people as well as of appropriate management of water as a resource.

Obviously, India has not been able to handle the challenge of management of water as a national and natural resource. Though natural calamities cannot be explained, their ill-effect on the people needs to be tackled at any cost. It is in this area that India has been suffering for decades.

For, if there are terribly excess rains in some parts, other areas often witness drought-like conditions, necessitating measures that would ensure proper management of water through conservation, harvesting of rainwater, plugging of leaks in supply systems, and a culture that trains people in saving every drop of water so that it can be used when times are tough. The Government and the people will have to work together to address this national concern in right earnest. 



WITH a tinge of sadness India’s sprint queen P. T. Usha recalls how due to lack of nutritious food she was unable to maintain her energy level to reach the finish line ahead of other competitors and missed the Bronze medal at the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984 by a whisker. Those were indeed not very conducive conditions for Indian athletes who therefore failed to make much mark at international level.

Lack of training facilities, proper coaching, support staff, nutritious food, financial constraints were all inhibiting factors in the era that P. T. Usha has referred to. Not that there was dearth of talent. Milkha Singh, one of the greatest Indian athletes, the hockey maestros, all were products of that era of deprivation. But they still kept the Indian flag flying at various international sporting events.

Much change has come over ever since. With Government evincing interest in sport promotion sportspersons are now being provided financial support, training, infrastructure, support staff. One envisions the era that PT Usha has  lived in is well past.