---- Editorial ----
Fast track green field airport project
The long felt need of the people of Arunachal to have air connectivity is soon going
to be fulfilled. The commercial flight from Pasighat ALG is expected to start from
first week of September onwards. There are also plan to start civilian air service
from Ziro ALG and government is reportedly working towards it. The Arunachal's first
civilian airport which is coming up at Tezu is also expected to start operation by
end of this year. The start of air service in the state will immensely help tourism,
agriculture, floriculture and horticulture activities in the state..
But unfortunately there is not much progress in the Green Field airport project.
After being entangled in legal complicacy for years, there is finally glimmer of
hope. Recently high court disposed off a PIL related to Hollongi airport. This was
last legal hurdle which acted like stumbling block in the coming up of airport. The
technical experts have already made it clear that Hollongi is better site than Karsingsa.
Now that court also has cleared the way for Hollongi, its time everyone come together
and supports this project. People should remember that the proposed airport will
serve the need of every Arunachalees. Individual greed should not create obstacle
in the developmental process. The interest of state is above that of personal interest.
State government should fast-track the process of construction of green field airport
in Itanagar. Enough time has been lost and its time govt show real intent and take
---- Readers Forum ----
Cricket-a fair game or a farce
Any sports are for recreation, for the inner rejuvenation. It is intended to add
joy and happiness to life. It is also intended to help build a sense of friendliness,
to make everyone cheery. This automatically increases the warmth of kinship. The
sporty audience who enjoy the event should feel they are de-stressed and have become
bouncy, not at all belligerent and hateful. Of course, every sport contributes to
increase our efficiency as it lubricates the mind, and considerably helps us to be
focused on a job we do. But these days, particularly by watching the never-ending
cricket matches, we notice that the surge of negativity overwhelms many of us.
True, the cricket audience in India has for decades been so worked up by the media
that a good many have become excessively obsessed with this game. Obsession with
particular sense objects is itself harmful. Needless to say, in favor of the cricket
many others exciting outdoor games have been deliberately undermined. 90-minute brisk
and lively football game is unjustifiably overshadowed. Just imagine how countless
fans, particularly our youths, are wasting their precious times of their lives being
only glued to TV’s screen to watch overstretched cricket matches. Maybe over 80%
of their minds are taken over by the “chitchat” and the attachment to the ceaseless
cricket. One game ends and immediately another begins! Have they not adversely affected
the academic pursuit or carriers of the millions of our youths? For many crazy fans
everything is relegated to backburner during the cricket season. I, being an erstwhile
cricket fanatic, consider myself as one of the addicted victims which I realized
pretty late. It only fills me now with loads of remorse that what I gathered over
the decades from this game are bubbles of nothing. It rather literally kept me far
away from the realities of life and family obligation et al.
Very funnily, if one’s son gets sick or fails in the exam he will not definitely
break the window panes in fury but when India loses the cricket match he might break
the TV set into pieces, or rush for the binge drinking or get into a scuffle! Yes,
you drink more and get high when India wins, and you also drink more and go wobbly
when India loses! I guess, this a win-win game for you.
Excessive idling away of the precious time will certainly hit back at us later. Naturally,
our inner being and situation demand from us more realistic and pragmatic engagements
and perseverance so we are capable of facing the life’s misfortune and challenges
The recent India-Pak match witnessed bouts of crazy hysteria and violence where some
people smashed the TV sets, pelted stones, shouted the slogans of Moordabad/Jindabad.
Is this what we should expect after a cricket match? Cruelty, enmity should not be
the vocabulary of any sporty activities. No sports should be instrumental in making
the audience into a frenzied mob! But due to addictive Cricket, a good many have
become abnormal to a certain degree. Has BCCI ever kept an account how many sane
persons become insane and act violently and sometimes become brutally hurtful to
the people around? Alas, this body which can’t even "control" the cricket management
how could it control the audience who are already overdosed with the hooking game?
Here is another bane of the cricket. One can’t overlook how the flood of money is
ceaselessly gushed into this particular game, and how the corrupt practices find
their best expression here? The secret nexus between the “bookies and cricket players”
is no joke? How can the audience tolerate when the integrity of the game and the
players are doubtful. Well, how many such unholy ties between the bookie and players
and other felonies should break out to bring us to sense that we are well into the
false game of illusion where our “faith” is merrily crushed into powder? The players
whom we adore and call oh dear icons, are trading their own souls for petty money
behind the pitch. I think no one disagrees that boom-boom farts of IPL stink to high
heaven which its cheerleaders can’t suppress.
No wonder, the media often touts Virat Kohli as a role model for the youth and many
fans highly idolize him. But soon after India lost the match to Pakistan some of
his ardent admirers cracked in a rage. I think it is never a fair game!
Stealing the show
The first and foremost task of a coach is to have a bonding with the team. How much
a coach is game to become the immediate family of the Team along with its head is
more important than his reputations as a player. A coach must win the trust of Team
India captain as well as other members of the Team. A coach like a parent should
let the players get all the attention and enjoy their success from the sidelines
without trying to steal the show.
Sujit De, Kolkata
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