Source: The Hitavada      Date: 23 Jan 2019 12:45:41











NO MATTER what political ideologues may say about reducing the gap between the rich and the poor, Oxfam, a British charitable organisation, has made it clear through a study that only 26 richest persons in the world have as much money as all of the poorest 50% people put together. The study also says grimly that India’s richest 1% people have got richer by 39% in the year 2018. This comparison is really shocking. For, it does not exist only statistically but also does so more spiritually. For, it confirms old fears that the economy should not be a system in which rich get richer and the poor get pooerer. Unfortunately, those fears still prevail, making a mockery of all political ideologies that sought to reduce the gap between the rich and the poor. There is no doubt that the political leadership of the world has often tried to pump more money into the pockets of the poor people in a bid to make their life economically sounder. All those efforts and ideological talks seem to have failed miserably, going by the Oxfam findings. This is certainly not a happy situation for the world in the longer run.




THE current pace attack India boast of is a beautiful mix of craft and pace. What the success in Australia tour underlined was the benchstrength India have in the bowling department. While Jasprit Bumrah can easily shoulder the burden of Ishant Sharma’s absence, there is Mohd Shami ready to fill in the void left by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. It is a happy situation for any captain which Virat Kohli enjoys these days. Strangely, one part of the jigsaw is yet to find a place to fit in. Vidarbha speedster Umesh Yadav still does not have a sure place in the automatic picks. And fitness is certainly not a reason for this. It is his rhythm that needs some finetuning. In the last few years, starting from the series win in Sri Lanka, Yadav has been instrumental in providing vital breakthroughs with inspired spell of fast bowling. That he has failed to produce it on a regular basis should be a point to ponder for the pacer. He blames discontinuity for a break in rhythm. Part of the statement is correct but the onus lies on Yadav himself to be battle-ready all the time.