Source: The Hitavada      Date: 15 Sep 2018 11:43:53


THE scientists at Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), the medical face of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), deserve our gratitude for coming out with an indigenous anti-nuclear medical kit for armed, paramilitary and police forces. The kit, developed after two decades of work by the institute, ensures protection from serious war injuries, health issues at high altitude and nuclear, chemical and biomedical (NCB) warfare. This is a major breakthrough and a shot in the arm for our forces that have to brave extremely difficult conditions and threats from unknown quarters.

With the opening up of newer war-fronts, including biomedical weapons, such protection had become absolutely necessary for the forces. The anti-nuclear medical kit is a product of the genius of our scientists, who have made it possible without any foreign help with cost-effective drugs made in India itself. It has now become incumbent for the Government to provide adequate ancillary to such projects that go a long way dedicated forces’ security.



ONE of the major points of debate during India’s unsuccessful tour of England was the constant changes in Indian team in every Test. In fact, it became a news when captain Virat Kohli decided to keep the same squad for two consecutive Tests, a first in his captaincy. Cricketing wisdom says, never change the winning combination. It is perhaps the trait of adventure that drives Virat, the batsman, that  takes over Kohli, the captain, while making such experiments. The Indian skipper would do well to settle down and listen to the advice of the legendary Sunil Gavaskar, who has pointed out glitches in Kohli’s captaincy.

A shrewd leader that he was, Gavaskar has rightly picked the flaws in Kohli’s field placements and bowling changes. A captain must learn these finer nuances of Test cricket to seize the little openings in the opponent’s strategy. In a way, Kohli is still new to captainship in Test cricket. He still has a lot to learn on team building and winning key moments, as Gavaskar has said. It all depends upon his attitude and willingness.