Source: The Hitavada      Date: 26 Jan 2019 10:00:08

LIKE the land borders China has been making its presence felt increasingly in the Indian Ocean. Hence India could not have been oblivious to these overtures of the highly ambitious neighbour. The commissioning of the third air base by the Indian Navy in the strategically important Andaman islands on Thursday, the third in the  region, is a step towards increasing India’s presence Indian Ocean. The country has a very wide expanse of its Exclusive Economic Zone, besides the close proximity of the Coco Islands (Myanmar) which renders the Andaman and Nicobar Islands very important for the country’s security.

Taking into account China’s rising military presence in the Indian Ocean region, the Indian Navy, over the years, has been bolstering its mission readiness for safeguarding the country’s sea lanes and counter China’s activities. It is for this reason that the third air base of the Indian Navy becomes all the more important from security point of view as well as for communication purposes. The Indian Navy is now a vital arm of the the country’s defence as it keeps vigil on strategic sea waters.



FINALLY, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has spoken in one voice over the suspension of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul. After agreeing to disagree on every issue pertaining to the running of the Board, the CoA presented a poor picture of a divided house.

It was defeating the very purpose of the Supreme Court order that sought to implement the Lodha Committee reforms. CoA chief Vinod Rai and member Diana Edulji have been unanimous in revoking the suspension of Pandya and Rahul pending inquiry by the ombudsman. It is a prudent decision, given the absence of ombudsman in the BCCI structure.

Till the apex court directs to fill the post both the cricketers must be allowed to play as per natural justice. Their crass and sexist comments on a television show need severe condemnation but delaying a verdict on their future for want of a proper structure is denying justice to the duo. The CoA has rightly put the onus on the SC to expedite the process and allow a fair trial in the case.