Source: The Hitavada      Date: 25 Sep 2018 10:54:47











THE cold-blooded murder of two leaders belonging to the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), an MLA and an ex-legislator, by Maoists in Vishakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh on Sunday, leaves no scope for relaxation anywhere. The murders of the two leaders also shows that political leaders could be easy targets for extremist elements as was seen in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region where almost the entire state leadership of Congress party was wiped out in one single strike a few years ago. Though security forces have achieved notable successes in recent times in bringing down incidents of Naxalite violence in several parts of the country, the latest Andhra incident shows that there is no scope for relaxation, especially in Maoist-infested regions. There is need for eternal vigil though disillusionment among large number of cadres and even among important functionaries of the extremist organisation is quite discernible from large number of surrenders in various parts of the country in recent times. The Andhra Pradesh incident re-emphasises need for eternal vigil.




THE manner in which India’s opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan went for a run that did not exist, during the second round Asia Cup match against Pakistan, and got run-out, indicates how mind matters in sports. After having completed his century in style, Dhawan then became a man in hurry -- for no reason. There was enough time and enough margin that India needed to use to make a clean 10-wicket win against the fancied rivals. Even if Dhawan and Captain Rohit Sharma took 2-3 runs per over, they would have been left with a few overs after meeting the target. Yet, in an inexplicable manner, Dhawan ran out from the no-striker’s end when the ball was safely with a Pakistani fielder. He did not listen to the loud ‘No’ call from Rohit Sharma, and ultimately got out. Obviously, Dhawan’s mind had been occupied with something extraneous and he seemed to have lost his focus once he completed his glorious hundred. This particular instance, among countless such ones, shows how mind matters in sports, either negatively or positively.