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Bomb blasts have become a regular affair in India this year—on six occasions in as many cities. The news of Delhi blasts have not even gone down and there is another terror attack. The latest blast took place in Malegaon (Maharashtra) killing four persons and injuring 70.  The list begins with the Terrorist attack on CRPF camp in Rampur on the 1st of January that claimed eight (of which seven were CRPF personnel) lives. After four months, they hit again and this time their target was the Pink City Jaipur. What followed these blasts were a series of bomb blasts and explosions across the country. The shocking part is that the Capital New Delhi has been the target second time in two weeks. What did the blasts result in? They claimed lives of 130 innocent people and injured 500; these are the official figures, the loss could be even more.

What do we listen from the Police, Home Minister or the Prime Minister? The police say “The investigation has begun; we will soon trace out the culprit.” while the Home Minister puts up a sorry face and makes some lousy idiotic statements. Our respected Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh says “We will continue to fight terrorism.” What good are those statements for? How long do we continue to face these brutal attacks? Barring a few arrests and a couple of encounters (in which extremists are reported to have been killed), there has not been much action taken by the govt. against terrorism. The saddest part is that most of these terrorists are told to be literate. The Supreme Court should bring out a new law stating “A criminal who is proved guilty of terror act should be gunned down once his involvement in the crime is proved.”

The is the list of blasts (2008) as reported by NDTV:

  • September 27, 2008 Blast in Delhi’s Mehrauli flower market killed 1 and injured 23
  • September 13, 2008 Serial blasts in Delhi killed at least 24 people and injured more than 100
  • July 26, 2008: Serial blasts in Ahmedabad killing at least 30 people and injuring more than 100
  • July 25, 2008: Nine explosions in Bangalore create terror killing two people and injuring twelve
  • May 2008: Eight serial blasts rock Jaipur in a span of 12 minutes leaving 65 dead and over 150 injured
  • January 2008: Terrorist attack on CRPF camp in Rampur kills 8

For more information on the major bomb blasts in India, read this.

There was a time when life in Jammu & Kashmir was considered / told to be dangerous. Now, no city / town in the country is free from terrorism. The terrorists have spread their wings all over the country. We never know when and where terrorists might strike again. What can we, as citizens, do to save our country from those terrorists?

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India winning at Perth is great news for the team and fans. Kudos to the Indian team for turning victorious at Perth with a stupendous all-round performance. What is most satisfying for me is that while the Australian pace bowlers struggled to show their mark against a solid Indian batting lineup, their Indian counterparts showed a great resolve in conquering the hosts. Aggression is what was missing one expected from the Australians. Here, I’d like to put my views about a couple of questions I’ve in mind. What does one understand from this match and/or How different was this win for the Indians than previous Test wins? And what should the Indian team take forward from this match?

First of all, it is a fantastic win, emerging strong from being down 0-2 in the series and after the Sydney Test (which will be remembered and talked about for all the wrong reasons) and crashing the Australians on a pitch that was considered to favour their bowlers. Not only fans, but several cricketers opine this is the best test win for India in the last three decades. It was tremendous achievement in the sense that we witnessed an all-round team effort. Anil Kumble has led the team in a truly professional way. The win was different in the sense that Indian team has mostly known for its formidable batting lineup and spin bowlers than the pace bowlers but it is the fast bowlers who turned the match in India’s favour. The young pace trio of Pathan, RP Singh and Ishant Sharma have displayed exceptional bowling and a great resolve to get rid of the opponents twice.

It was different because India won the match within four days on a bouncy pitch against Australia in that country while Australia, has been known to register their win within four days of a Test match. It was also different because Indians have been aggressive while the Australians were not up to their normal behaviour on the field. Bret Lee was highly defensive against Sehwag while Ponting struggled against Ishant and succumbed to pressure example of this. Now what should the team take from Perth, to Adelaide – The passion and commitment to downplay the Aussies and level the series. In the recent past, the Indian team has won several matches away from home but something was missing in those – Consistency. This is what has to be maintained if we are to look at becoming the world champions. We’ve won matches against Australia (2003), England, South Africa but failed to capitalise on those wins and carry the spirit through those series thus losing matches again and again. The Indians have to take a cue from the way Australians have played in the last 8-9 years. They have been the No.1 team not only in the one-day cricket (hatrick of world cups – a huge achievement) but also in the longer version of the game. Indians have proved that the Australians are not invincible but what they should not ignore is the fact that the Australians will comeback strongly (losing a Test after more than four years on the home soil is something which they cannot digest) and that is why they have been the champions of the game for such a long time. This win certainly shows the way forward for the Indian team – Downplay the Australians at Adelaide and level the series.

Common India – Jeet ke Dikhado.

It has been three days after the Sydney Test. Much has been written and spoken about, and millions have read and heard about the Test. India went down against the Aussies by 0-2 in the Four Test series. And Ponting equals the record 16-Test win of the former captain Steve Waugh. But this test will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. Honestly speaking, the Australians did not deserve to win the match. The so called champions hardly showed any signs of professionalism which they boast of every now and then. Leave alone professionalism, they failed to carry a good spirit which every sportsperson or sports team is supposed to display on the field. For all the things that have happened, the result has gone in the hosts’ favour and the Indian team has been taken for a tough ride in many ways—-Atrocious umpiring with several decisions favouring the Australians; Harbhajan being punished with a three test ban for allegedly passing on racist comments against his Australian counterpart with little evidence found. The Indians have decided to stayback in Sydney and are waiting for BCCI to act in a way which helps Harbhajan get rid of the punishment.

While the BCCI has to take issue forward to the ICC, the Indian team has to draw some points before they go to Perth where they face the mighty Australians on a pitch that is supposed to suit the hosts better. Anil Kumble has to get his plan and strategies right for there is a tough ask ahead to level the series. Umpiring decisions apart, Indians have a few things to settle down. Yuvraj doesn’t seem to be in good nick and it is high time he is replaced with Sehwag thus help Dravid play his natural game at No.3 position. The pace bowling seems vulnerable with lack of experience. Bringing in Irfan Pathan would be a better idea, if not a great move (he has played against the Australians earlier). Whoever comes in and/or whoever goes out, it all depends on how the Indian team bounces back in the next two tests and saves their pride by levelling the series 2-2. Let us hope the Australians play the next two Tests in “True Spirit” and umpires do their best to stay away from controversies.

Good Luck Team India.

Men in Blue are back with a bang in the T20 world cup. I have been an ardent follower of the game. But I had lost interest in cricket after the dismal performance showed by our team in the 2007 world cup. For months I kept myself away from cricket and even had a feeling that it was not worth spending time watching cricket. But the Men in Blue’s performance against England in the recently concluded Test series drew me towards the television set again. The T20 world cup has brought out the fan in me and I’ve been following almost every match. The tournament has created a lot of enthusiasm and the final has become even more exciting as the fans will be witnessing tug of war between the archrivals India and Pakistan.

The road to final has not been easy for either. Do not forget the fact that Indian team is here in this tournament without the big three Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid. After having lost their first Super-eight match to the Kiwis, it was a remarkable comeback by the Indians to reach the final—convincingly beating the likes of England, South Africa and Australia in close contests. It has been a consistent effort and performance by the Men in Blue. MS Dhoni, the captain, has led this young Indian team with conviction and confidence against strong opponents. Dhoni’s mantra to his players was “Play your game, enjoy it, do not worry about the result.”

The young blood has brought about a lot of spirit and shine to the team. The bowlers sent down lethal deliveries some of which rattled the stumps. The batsmen came up with scintillating strokes and the ground fielding has been outstanding. This is what happens when you have a young team which carries a lot of spirit. Reputation brings lot of expectations while new entrants play with lot of freedom and burning desire to perform and win. Experts have termed this as a welcome change for Indian cricket and opine the same should be carried in the future.

One cannot stop but praise this team and the young captain who is improving and molding himself into a leader. Dhoni’s attitude is quite cool and approach towards the game very simple which have helped him transfer a lot of confidence to his team members. India has great chances of winning the T20 world cup if the team displays the same commitment and spirit in the final. Let us wish the young lad and this new team “Good Luck” for the final and hope to see them come home triumphant.


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