Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Aug 2018 10:17:32




CHIEF Minister of West Bengal Ms. Mamata Banerjee is pushing her political agenda too far in opposing the exercise undertaken by the National Registrar of Citizenship (NRC) to identify foreign nationals in Assam. In her quest for safeguarding her votebank she is willing to overlook the critical issue involved in the identification process.

In fact this exercise has been delayed by many decades when the issue of foreign nationals creating demographic problems was brought to fore by the Gana Sangram Parishad and had launched a prolonged agitation  demanding deportation of illegal migrants from Bangladesh.

The Central Government is now fulfilling that promise which has security implications for the whole nation. The members of Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress understand this and have shown their opposition to her stance and resigned from the party in protest. But Ms. Banerjee seems to be hell bent on pushing her own parochial political agenda rather cantankerously overlooking national imperative involved in the exercise.



TEST cricket holds the amazing ability of producing deep and irreplaceable pleasures. And when it whips up a battle between a human’s grit and his unsure skills the struggle becomes a beauty to watch. Virat Kohli waged that battle at Edgbaston with a flourish that goes beyond the realms of mere tenacity.

In the process, the Indian captain constructed a century that will be remembered for a long time. As he got a big monkey off his back, Kohli made a statement that would ring in the ears of his critics like a huge gong. All the numbers thrown at him showing a poor record on the English soil were shattered in one solid knock that will be listed among the best tons in Test cricket.

For the entire innings, Kohli kept changing himself, sometimes as per the conditions and then as per the team position. That he came out triumphant on each count was the reaffirmation of his place among the greats of batting. The 149-run knock was class apart for the sheer steel Kohli showed to conquer his inner demons. A fierce fighter with a fiery pride can only come out unscathed in such tests.