Source: The Hitavada      Date: 24 Jan 2019 12:29:24










FOISTING new lies has become the name of the game for opposition parties in India. Terming every deal as shady and triggering baseless controversies to serve one’s political motives is the order of the day in the country. The claims by self-proclaimed cyber expert Syed Shuja that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) can be hacked is another part of this politics of lies. Time and again the Election Commission has proved that the EVMs cannot be tampered with. The Technical Experts Committee of the EC has already given a green signal to EVM as a foolproof mechanism to replace ballot paper. Even during the open challenge thrown to all the doubters by the EC there were no takers to prove that the machines could be hacked. The latest claim by the self-styled expert looks a motivated conspiracy at the behest of the Congress-led opposition. Presence of some Congress leaders at the event raises more questions about the claim. By spreading rumours about EVM operations the Congress is only seeking to keep the political pot boiling.


IN THE death of R.S. Bhola at age 92, Indian hockey has lost one of its silent icons who toiled to give the game its deserving status through personal calibre as a player and later as part of the hockey establishment till the last moment of an illustrious life. That Bhola played for India in two Olympics and won Gold and Silver medals, alone should have made an integral part of the lore of hockey. But Bhola did not stop at that. He kept leading the Services team to national championship thrice over, became an acclaimed commentator, successful coach and Olympic observer. Newer generations of hockey players and organisers may not know much about him, but Bhola was one opf the signatures of the game in India and abroad. As a man from Indian Air Force, Bhola claimed two qualities: One the discipline of the Forces; and two, the passion for sports. He combined both to emerge as a man who owned a golden touch. Whatever he touched turned gold. Bola Sir’s one principle was: Take the plunge, and go the deepest and the farthest. In his own life, he did exactly that.