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The President has approved awards of 368 Gallantry and other Defence decorations to Armed Forces personnel and others on the eve of the 65th Republic Day Celebrations.  This includes 03 Kirti Chakra, 10 Shaurya Chakra, 1 Bar Sena Medal (Gallantry), 48 Sena Medal (Gallantry), 02 Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry), 1 Bar to Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry), 14 Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry), 28 Param Vishisht Seva Medal, 05 Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, 07 Bar to Ati Vishisht  Seva Medal, 45 Ati Vishisht Seva Medal,  19 Yudh Seva Medal, 05 Bar to Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 35 Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 08 Nao Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 15 Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 10 Bar to Vishisht Seva Medal and 112 Vishisht Seva Medal.
In addition a total of 25 Mention-In-Despatches have also been announced for participating in Operation Rakshak.

KIRTI CHAKRA

  1. JC-618131L NAIB SUBEDAR BHUPAL SINGH CHHANTEL MAGAR, 5/5TH BATTALION THE GORKHA RIFLES (FRONTIER FORCE)
  2. WING COMMANDER DARRYL CASTELINO (25107) FLYING (PILOT) (POSTHUMOUS)
  3. SHRI BHRIGU NANDAN CHOUDHARY CONSTABLE/GD, 205 COBRA BN. (POSTHUMOUS)

SHAURYA CHAKRA

  1. IC-58543X LIEUTENANT COLONEL BIKRAM JIT SINGH ARMOURED CORPS / 16TH LIGHT CAVALRY (POSTHUMOUS)
  2. IC-61469M MAJOR MANDEEP SINGH GHUMMAN REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY / 1ST  ASSAM RIFLES
  3. IC-62853A MAJOR GAURAV THAKUR THE BIHAR REGIMENT / 24 RASHTRIYA RIFLES
  4. IC-70847F CAPTAIN SANDEEP BHARTIYA 17TH  BATTALION THE JAT REGIMENT (MASHKOH)
  5. IC-72419F CAPTAIN MAHABIR SINGH 9TH  BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)
  6. 15223301M GUNNER LALLAWMZUALA REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY / 18TH  BATTALION THE  RASHTRIYA RIFLES
  7. 5457286F RIFLEMAN RAN BAHADUR GURUNG 5/5TH  BATTALION THE GORKHA RIFLES (FRONTIER FORCE) (POSTHUMOUS)
  8. WING COMMANDER ADITYA PRAKASH SINGH (23172-B) FLYING (PILOT)
  9. WING COMMANDER NIKHIL NAIDU (23986) FLYING (PILOT)
  10. FLIGHT LIEUTENANT KRISHNAMOORTHY PRAVEEN (30394) FLYING (PILOT) (POSTHUMOUS)

Well I have just listed out the list of major gallantry awards. For the complete list of awards that were declared please click here.


On the 65th Republic day celebrations the Padma Awards will be given to several Indians for their contribution towards the country. President Shri Pranab Mukherjee has approved the conferment of Padma Awards-2014 today. This year the he has approved 127 awards which comprises of 2 Padma Vibhushan, 24 Padma Bhushan, and 101 Padma Shri Awardees apart from the 2 Bharat Ratnas that were announced earlier.

Bharat Ratna

  1. C. N. R. Rao – Scientist
  2. Sachin Tendulkar – Cricketer – Sports

Padma Vibhushan

  1. Dr Raghunath A Mashelkar – Science and Engineering
  2. B K S Iyengar – Yoga
  1. Padma Bhushan
  2. Gulam Mohammed Sheikh – Art-Painting
  3. Begum Parveen Sultana – Art-Classical Singing
  4. T H Vinayakram – Art-Ghatam Artist
  5. Kamala Haasan – Art-Cinema
  6. Justice Dalveer Bhandari – Public Affairs
  7. Prof Padmanabhan Balaram – Science and Engineering
  8. Prof Jyeshtharaj Joshi – Science and Engineering
  9. Dr Madappa Mahadevappa – Science and Engineering
  10. Dr Thirumalachari Ramasami – Science and Engineering
  11. Dr Vinod Prakash Sharma – Science and Engineering
  12. Dr Radhakrishnan Koppillil – Science and Engineering
  13. Dr Mrityunjay Athreya – Literature and Education
  14. Anita Desai – Literature and Education
  15. Dr Dhirubhai Thaker – Literature and Education
  16. Vairamuthu Ramasamy Thevar – Literature and Education
  17. Ruskin Bond – Literature and Education
  18. Pullela Gopichand – Sports-Badminton
  19. Leander Paes – Sports-Tennis
  20. Vijayendra Nath Kaul – Civil Service
  21. Late Justice Jagdish Sharan Verma – Public Affairs
  22. Late Dr Anumolu Ramakrishna – Science and Engineering
  23. Prof Anisuzzaman – Literature and Education
  24. Prof Lloyd I Rudolph and Prof Susanne H Rudolph – Literature and Education
  25. Dr (Smt) Neelam Kler – Medicine- Neonatology

Padma Shri

  1. Mohammad Ali Baig – Art-Theatre
  2. Nayana Apte Joshi – Art
  3. Musafir Ram Bhardwaj – Art-Instrumental Music- Pauna Manjha
  4. Sabitri Chatterjee – Art-Film
  5. Prof Biman Bihari Das – Art-Sculptor
  6. Sunil Das – Art-Painting
  7. Elam Endira Devi – Art-Manipuri Dance
  8. Vijay Ghate – Art-Instrumental Music- Tabla
  9. Rani Karnaa – Art-Kathak
  10. Bansi Kaul – Art-Theatre
  11. Ustad Moinuddin Khan – Art-Instrumental Music-Sarangi Player
  12. Geeta Mahalik – Art-Odishi Dance
  13. Paresh Maity – Art-Painting
  14. Ram Mohan – Art-Film Animation
  15. Sudarsan Pattnaik – Art-Sand artist
  16. Paresh Rawal – Art-Cinema and Theatre
  17. Wendell Augustine Rodricks – Art-Fashion Designing
  18. Prof Kalamandalam Sathyabhama – Art-Mohini Attam
  19. Shri Anuj (Ramanuj) Sharma – Art-Performing Art
  20. Santosh Sivan – Art- Film
  21. Supriya Dev – Art-Bengali Cinema
  22. Sooni Taraporevala – Art- Script Writing
  23. Vidya Balan – Art-Cinema
  24. Durga Jain – Social Work
  25. Dr Rama Rao Anumolu – Social Work
  26. Dr Brahm Dutt – Social Work
  27. Mukul Chandra Goswami – Social Work
  28. J L Kaul – Social Work
  29. Mathurbhai Madhabhai Savani – Social Work
  30. Tashi Tondup – Public Affairs
  31. Dr Hasmukh Chamanlal Shah – Public Affairs
  32. Sekhar Basu – Science and Engineering
  33. Madhavan Chandradathan – Science and Engineering
  34. Sushanta Kumar Dattagupta – Science and Engineering
  35. Dr Ravi Bhushan Grover – Science and Engineering
  36. Prof Eluvathingal Devassy Jemmis – Science and Engineering
  37. Ramkrishna V HosuR – Science and Engineering
  38. Dr Ajay Kumar Parida – Science and Engineering
  39. Dr Malapaka Yajneswara Satyanarayana Prasad – Science and Engineering
  40. Kiran Kumar Alur Seelin – Science and Engineering
  41. Dr Brahma Singh – Science and Engineering
  42. Prof Vinod Kumar Singh – Science and Engineering
  43. Dr Govindan Sundararajan – Science and Engineering
  44. Ramaswamy R Iyer – Science and Engineering
  45. Dr Jayanta Kumar Ghosh – Science and Engineering
  46. Ravi Kumar NarrA – Trade and Industry
  47. Rajesh Saraiya – Trade and Industry
  48. Mallika Srinivasan – Trade and Industry
  49. Pratap Govindrao Pawar – Trade and Industry
  50. Dr Kiritkumar Mansukhlal Acharya – Medicine- Dermatology
  51. Dr Balram Bhargava – Medicine- Cardiology
  52. Prof (Dr) Indra Chakravarty – Medicine- Health and Hygiene
  53. Dr Ramakant Krishnaji Deshpande – Medicine- Oncology
  54. Prof (Dr) Pawan Raj Goyal – Medicine- Chest Disease
  55. Prof Amod Gupta – Medicine- Opthalmology
  56. Prof (Dr) Daya Kishore Hazra – Medicine
  57. Prof (Dr) Thenumgal Poulose Jacob – Medicine- Vascular Surgery
  58. Prof (Dr) Shashank R Joshi – Medicine- Endocrinology
  59. Prof Hakim Syed Khaleefathullah – Medicine- Unani Medicine
  60. Dr Milind Vasant Kirtane – Medicine- ENT Surgery
  61. Dr Lalit Kumar – Medicine- Oncology
  62. Dr Mohan Mishra – Medicine
  63. Dr M Subhadra Nair – Medicine- Gyneacology
  64. Dr Ashok Panagariya – Medicine- Neurology
  65. Dr Narendra Kumar Pandey – Medicine- Surgery
  66. Dr Sunil Pradhan – Medicine- Neurology
  67. Dr Ashok Rajgopal – Medicine- Orthopaedics
  68. Dr Kamini A Rao – Medicine- Reproductive Medicine
  69. Dr Sarbeswar Sahariah – Medicine- Surgery
  70. Prof Om Prakash Upadhyaya – Medicine
  71. Prof (Dr) Mahesh Verma – Medicine- Dental Science
  72. Dr J S Titiyal – Medicine-Opthalmology
  73. Dr Nitish Naik – Medicine- Cardiology
  74. Dr Surbrat Kumar Acharya – Medicine-Gastroentrology
  75. Dr Rajesh Kumar Grover – Medicine-Oncology
  76. Dr Naheed Abidi – Literature and Education
  77. Prof Ashok Chakradhar – Literature and Education
  78. Chhakchhuak Chhuanvawra – Literature and Education
  79. Keki N Daruwalla – Literature and Education
  80. Prof Ganesh Narayandas Devi – Literature and Education
  81. Prof Kolakaluri Enoch – Literature and Education
  82. Prof (Dr) Ved Kumari Ghai – Literature and Education
  83. Smt Manorama Jafa – Literature and Education
  84. Prof Rehana Khatoon – Literature and Education
  85. Dr Waikhom Gojen Meeitei – Literature and Education
  86. Vishnu Narayanan Namboothiri – Literature and Education
  87. Prof Dinesh Singh – Literature and Education
  88. Dr (Mrs) P Kilemsungla – Literature and Education – Nagaland
  89. Anjum Chopra – Sports- Cricket
  90. Sunil Dabas – Sports- Kabbadi
  91. Love Raj Singh Dharmshaktu – Sports- Mountaineering
  92. Dipika Rebecca Pallikal – Sports- Squash
  93. H Boniface Prabhu – Sports- Wheelchair Tennis
  94. Yuvraj Singh – Sports- Cricket
  95. Mamta Sodha – Sports- Mountaineering
  96. Parveen Talha – Civil Service
  97. Late Dr Narendra Achyut Dabholkar – Social Work
  98. Ashok Kumar Mago – Trade and Industry
  99. Siddharth Mukherjee – Medicine-Oncology
  100. Dr Vamsi Mootha – Medicine- Biomedical Research
  101. Dr Sengaku Mayeda – Literature and Education.

For the complete and Original list click here.


On the 67th Independence Day celebrations the President approved awards of 43 gallantry awards to Armed Forces, Paramillitary, and Police personnels. This includes 01 Ashoka Chakra, 02 Kirti Chakra, 10 Shaurya Chakra, 02 Bar to Sena Medal (Gallantry), 21 Sena Medal (Gallantry), 01 Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry).

The list of the recipients of gallantry awards to Armed Forces personnel and others is as follows:-

ASHOKA CHAKRA:

  1. KLVSSHNV Prasad Babu, Sub-Inspector, Andhra Pradesh Police

KIRTI CHAKRA:

  1. Major Mahesh Kumar, Sena Medal, Punjab Regiment
  2. Lt CDR Abhilash Tomy, Navy Inspector Lohit Sonowal, Assam government

SHAURYA CHAKRA:

  1. Major Sanjeev Kumar, Armoured Corps
  2. Major Swagat Kumar Das, 9th Battalion, Sikh Light Infantry
  3. Major Amarjeet Singh, Mechanized Infantry
  4. Major Mohan Chandra, 4th Battalion, the Kumaon Regiment
  5. Captain Rampreet Singh, the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles
  6. Naik Balwinder Singh, Punjab Regiment
  7. Aadesh Kumar sea i cd iii (Navy)
  8. Aircraftsman Murali Kannan (posthumous)
  9. Je (civil) Manish (Posthumous), BRO
  10. PR Mishra, Dy Commandant, Central Reserve Police Force

Well I am just listing out the list of major gallantry awards. For the complete list of awards that were declared please click here.


For a long time the following image was displayed in different parts of the country to promote and advertise to make people of India proud to join the Indian Army.

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For the last couple of days, a new picture is appearing on the internet as an advertisement that is currently displayed in Shillong, featuring 9 Bollywood actresses (Priyanka Chopra, Priety Zinta, Simmi Garewal, Chitrangada Singh, Celina Jaitley, Amrita Singh, Gul Panag, Anushka Sharma, and Sakshi Tanwar, all Army Officer’s daughters), and urging the people to join the Indian Army. Though I am not sure whether this image is a genuine one or a fake (as though the official site of “Join the Indian Army” is mentioned on the banner, there is nothing on the website relating to this). Also, there is no word from any of the above celebrities of have having given their consent of the advertisement (though I feel that they would not really oppose to such a thing).

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After reading a couple of articles on the net relating to this picture, and I realized that this advertisement is more to promote a girl child in the Indian Army than an advertisement to join the Army, so in that case I feel this banner should have had a mention of AWWA rather than of “Join Indian Army” on the banner.

Anyways, if this is a true image, then it is a nice and an innovative way to urge people to join the Indian Army. All I can say is that, this advertisement is in a way a good representation of the exposure the kids of army personnel (I can say this, because even I am an Army officer’s son) get in their upbringing which thereby helps them emerge as winners in the field that they choose in their career.

Overall, I am surprised to such an initiative, and to a certain extent happy as well as Indian Army is getting innovative. And most of all is that this allows the kids of Army personnel (in this case these actresses), to contribute to the Indian Army, probably to which they owe a lot as it rightly pointed out by Gul Panag in one of her tweets.

About the join army ‘ad’.Whether in jest or not,I have no problem with it.I owe 100% of what I am to my AF upbringing. Proud of it. @rwac48

— Gul Panag (@GulPanag) April 14, 2013


dutt_1363847508Sanjay Dutt has been sentenced to a 5-year jail term under the case of illegal possession of arms in the 193 Mumbai blasts case. A little over 5 years back in 2007, Sanjay Dutt was cleared of the conspiracy charges in the 1993 Mumbai blasts, but was found guilty of illegal possession of an automatic rifle and a pistol. Since this case was still under the Supreme Court Dutt was granted bail, and has been out since then. Now he needs to surrender within a month and complete the sentence term (he has already served 18 months in jail earlier). Though this a sad news for all his fans, but as an Indian I am proud that the supreme court is playing its role well and even prosecuting high profile people. Though the time frame can be a topic for debate as it has been nearly 20 years since those blasts took place, but as we say better late than never, it is good that criminals like Yakub Menon have been given death sentence. This does raise a little hope in the judicial system of India.

The complete news articles are as follows:

1993 Mumbai blasts: Five-year jail term for Sanjay Dutt

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt’s conviction in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case and sentenced him to five years imprisonment. Dutt, who has already served 18 months of his term in prison, has four weeks to surrender.

The Supreme Court today also dismissed 1993 Mumbai blasts mastermind Yakub Memon’s appeal against his death sentence even as it reduced the punishment of 10 other accused to life imprisonment from death sentence considering the fact that they have spent 20 years in jail. It also upheld life sentences awarded to 17 others.

The apex court said there is no case for probation to Dutt because of the gravity of the crime. Dutt can file a review petition.

Dutt, who was convicted under the Arms Act for illegally possessing weapons, had been awarded six years imprisonment by the TADA (Terrorists and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act) court.

However, the apex court reduced the sentence from six years to five years. This effectively means that Dutt will be in jail for three years and six months as he has already undergone 18 months imprisonment.

“He will have to serve another three-and-a-half year sentence. We had prepared him for the same,” Dutt’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde told reporters.

“We will wait for a copy of the Supreme Court judgement and then decide the further course of action,” he said. “He is a strong man and will fight back.”

In 2007, Dutt was cleared of conspiracy charges in the Mumbai serial blasts but was found guilty of illegal possession of an automatic rifle and a pistol.

The actor was the most high-profile among 100 people found guilty in the bombings trial. The 1993 Mumbai attacks were ordered by India’s most wanted man, Dawood Ibrahim, police say.

The court also came down heavily on Mumbai police and customs officers at all levels. But for their wrong actions the 1993 bombings could have been avoided.

A TADA court had in 1993 awarded death sentence to 12 people, including Memon. One of them has passed away. The court had also sentenced 20 to life imprisonment and 46 others, including Dutt, were given varying terms of imprisonment.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had faced flak for not challenging the TADA court verdict acquitting Sanjay Dutt of charges under the TADA but convicting him under the Arms Act and sentencing him to six years imprisonment.

However, in the course of the hearing of his appeal, the CBI had opposed the actor’s plea challenging his conviction and sentencing.

For a man who reportedly took to drugs in high school, hobnobbed with India’s most-wanted criminals and whose private life constantly made headlines, Dutt retains the sympathy of the industry and millions of fans who see him as a victim of his star lineage and own fame.

Dutt is the son of actor and former Congress minister late Sunil Dutt. His sister Priya is a Congress MP in the Lok Sabha. Their mother, late Nargis, had also been a nominated member of the Rajya Sabha.

Dutt married longtime girlfriend Manyata in February 2008 and became a father to twins two years later. He has a daughter Trishala from his first marriage.

Through all his troubled years, Dutt managed to stay relevant in Bollywood, with his biggest hits being the two-series Munnabhai films in which he played a funny, do-gooder gangster.

Dutt wasn’t present in the court and was represented by his sister Priya.

A series of 13 car bomb blasts had ripped through Mumbai on March 12, 1993, resulting in the death of 257 people and injuries to 713. The locations that were targeted included fisherman’s colony in Mahim Causeway, Zaveri Bazaar, Plaza Cinema, Century Bazaar, Katha Bazaar, Hotel Sea Rock, Sahar Airport, Air India building, Hotel Juhu Centaur, the Bombay Stock Exchange Building and the Passport Office.

Not linked to 1993 blasts: Dutt

In August 2012, Dutt told the Supreme Court that his offence of possessing a rifle and ammunition was not linked to the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts.

Appearing for the actor, senior counsel Harish Salve told the apex court bench of Justice P. Sathasivam and Justice B.S. Chauhan that he came to possess the weapon in September 1992 when his father Sunil Dutt and sisters were facing threats as the senior Dutt’s help to Muslim victims annoyed some.

Salve said that the only caveat in putting Sanjay Dutt to trial under an anti-terror law was if there was any “inextricable linkage” between his possessing arms with the serial bomb blasts.

He said that this was the least common denominator that could be used for seeing any such linkage. He said that there was no linkage between Dutt possessing a rifle and the 1993 bomb blasts.

The court was told that Dutt had never met blasts accused Tiger Memon and all that he knew about him was hearsay from Samir Hingora in whose under-production film “Sanam” he was playing a role.

The senior counsel told this to the apex court hearing Dutt’s appeal challenging his conviction under the Arms act and sentence of six years awarded to him. The actor’s appeal challenging his conviction was being heard by the apex court.

As Salve commenced the arguments, the court pointed out that there were objections that the “CBI filed appeal against all making an exception for Sanjay Dutt”.

The court was apparently referring to senior counsel Jaspal Singh casting shadows on the impartiality of the CBI by not appealing against the TADA court verdict in Dutt’s case.

Jaspal Singh, who appeared for accused Yakub Memon, said that the CBI did not oppose the bail of Dutt who had confessed his guilt and weapons were recovered from him. (With agency inputs) ..”

1993 Mumbai blasts: SC upholds Yakub Memon’s death sentence

“The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the death sentence of Yakub Abdul Razak Memon in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case and commuted the death sentence of 10 others. The apex court also upheld the conviction of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt under the Arms Act in the terror attack and sent him to five years in prison.

However, the apex court reduced the sentence from six years to five years. This effectively means that Dutt will be in jail for three years and six months as he has already undergone 18 months imprisonment.

While confirming the death sentence of Yakub Memon, the bench of Justices P. Sathasivam and B.S. Chauhan said he and other members of the Memon family had played a predominant role in the execution of the conspiracy that led to 13 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai on March 12, 1993, claiming 257 lives and leaving 713 injured.

While commuting the death sentence of the 10 other convicts to life imprisonment, the court said that they were mere subservients in the execution of the conspiracy.

The humble and underprivileged background of these 10 accused, who were mere instruments in the hands of “principal perpetrators”, were counted as mitigating circumstances by the court.

The court said that if Memons were the archers of the conspiracy these 10 were just arrows. The judges also slammed Pakistan for aiding and abetting the acts of terrorism in infringement of international obligation as a member of United Nations.

The court also came down heavily on Mumbai police and customs officers at all levels. But for their wrong actions the 1993 bombings could have been avoided.

A TADA court had in 1993 awarded death sentence to 12 people, including Memon. One of them has passed away. The court had also sentenced 20 to life imprisonment and 46 others, including Sanjay Dutt, were given varying terms of imprisonment.

An anti-terror TADA (Terrorists and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act) court had in 1993 awarded death sentence to 12 people, including Memon. One of them has passed away.

A series of 13 car bomb blasts had ripped through Mumbai on March 12, 1993, resulting in the death of 257 people and injuries to 713. The locations that were targeted included fisherman’s colony in Mahim Causeway, Zaveri Bazaar, Plaza Cinema, Century Bazaar, Katha Bazaar, Hotel Sea Rock, Sahar Airport, Air India building, Hotel Juhu Centaur, the Bombay Stock Exchange Building and the Passport Office.

The TADA court trial court of Justice P.D. Kode had commenced the trial on November 4, 1993, and pronounced its 4,230-page verdict on July 31, 2007.

The bombings, police say, were carried out at the behest of gangster Dawood Ibrahim to avenge the destruction of the Babri Masjid in 1992 and subsequent riots in which many Muslims were killed. A special anti-terrorism court had convicted 100 people in the attacks. (With agency inputs) ..”


miNow this is something the cricketing word would be looking forward to, seeing Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting bat together. Ohh, what a sight it is going to be. Hopefully, we would get to see this in this years’ IPL as Mumbai Indians have bought Ricky Ponting in this years’ auction. Though he has been bought at the base price (maybe because he has retired and also as he was not in a great form before his retirement). Mumbai are known for such partnerships as in the first two seasons, it was Sachin opening along with Sanath Jayasurya, another legend from the shorter form of the game (The top two ODI run getters of that time). And now it could be Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting opening together (The top two test run getters).

The other buys in this season for Mumbai Indians were, Phillip Hughes, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Coulter-Nile, and Jacob Oram. Well Jacob Oram is always a great buy because of his all-round capabilities, but I am not sure of Glenn Maxwell especially since he has been bought for a million dollars. Not sure whether he is worth that hefty amount especially when you are not sure whether he is going to make it to the playing eleven. Mumbai did not buy any Indian player this time (there were hardly in the auctions though), and again look a little weak on the Indian bench strength, but surely have the players that can take the team to the title.

The complete list of players is:
Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Rohit Sharma, Munaf Patel, Amitoze Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Pragyan Ojha, Ambati Rayudu, Dhawal Kulkarni, Abu Nechim Ahmed, Aditya Tare, Pawan Suyal, Suryakumar Yadav, Sushant Marathe, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rishi Dhawan, Jalaj Saxena, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Aiden Blizzard, James Franklin, Mitchell Johnson, Dwayne Smith, Ricky Ponting, Phillip Hughes, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jacob Oram.

To be honest, the seven Indian players that would make it to the eleven would be:
Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh / Pragyan Ojha (As I don’t see both the spinners playing together), Munaf Patel, Dhawal Kulkarni / Abu Nechim Ahmed.
(On second thoughts there can be a high possibility of playing both Harbhajan and Ojha in the team and that would mean only 1 from Munaf Patel, Dhawal Kulkarni, Abu Nechim Ahmed and in that case it would be Munaf, provided he is fit, else it could be Dhawal). But this would impact the selection of the 4 foreign players to a large extent.

The four foreign players that would make it to the eleven should be:
Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, James Franklin / Mitchell Johnson / Jacob Oram, Ricky Ponting / Dwayne Smith
(To be honest, Pollard and Malinga undoubtedly make it to the eleven if fit. The other two slots would be depending on the requirement, whether they need two all-rounders, or 1 all-rounder and fast bowler, or all-rounder and a batsman, or a fast bowler and a batsman. Given that Johnson is primarily be a fast bowler but can also fill in the all-rounders spot. With the entry of Oram, Franklin’s selection looks difficult unless he used as an opening batsman.)

The most probable eleven looks like:
Opener – Sachin Tendulkar
Opener – James Franklin / Dwayne Smith
No. 3 – Ricky Ponting
No. 4 – Rohit Sharma
No. 5 – Dinesh Karthik
No. 6 – Ambati Rayudu
No. 7 – Kieron Pollard (Number 5, 6, and 7 can rotate depending on the match situation)
No. 8 – Harbhajan Singh
No. 9 – Lasith Malinga
No. 10 – Munaf Patel / Dhawal Kulkarni (Dhawal only in case Munaf is unfit)
No. 11 – Pragyan Ojha
12th Man – Mitchell Johnson
This gives them 4 bowlers (2 quick and 2 spinners) and 3 part timers in Pollard, Smith / Franklin, and Sharma. This looks like the team that would play in the eleven. But I somehow feel, with Munaf out of action for a long time, and Harbhajan not in great form off late, this looks like a weak bowling attack, with only Malinga the saving grace. Also in the batting, apart from Smith at the top and Pollard in the end they don’t have players can play big shots. All of Sachin, Ricky, Sharma, Karthik, Rayudu would be players who take time at the crease before playing big shots.

The other option could be play, Johnson instead of Smith / Franklin, which could look a good bowling attack, but that means a depleted batting. Especially in this case who would open with Sachin from Ponting, or Sharma, or Karthik, or the poor Rayudu (he has had to perform many different roles every season)? This would be surprising.

This is why I feel that they really don’t have big Indian names in the lineup, and the ones that they have are not really in great form. They have always tried to have a great foreign players bench strength, but that does not really matter as only 4 of them can play and of them Malinga and Pollard take the spots, leaving to a lot of choices for the remaining 4 spots.

Also, I have included Ponting in the playing eleven, because of his captaincy. With Sachin, having to take the captaincy again when Harbhjan stepped down, I think Ponting can be given the responsibility since Sachin too wasn’t very keen on captaincy.

Anyways all I can hope is that the team plays well, and wins its first title this year.

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On the 64th Republic day celebrations the President has approved awards of 359 gallantry and other Defence decorations to Armed Forces personnel and others.  This includes 01 Kirti Chakra, 11 Shaurya Chakra, 56 Sena Medal (Gallantry), 01 Bar to Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry), 03 Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry), 03 Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry), 28 Param Vishisht Seva Medal, 03 Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, 06 Bar to Ati Vishisht  Seva Medal, 44 Ati Vishisht  Seva Medal,  12 Yudh Seva Medal, 02 Bar to Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 37 Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 01 Bar to Nao Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 07 Nao Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 14 Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 04 Bar to Vishisht Seva Medal and 116 Vishisht Seva Medal.

In addition a total of ten Mention-In-Despatches have also been announced for participating in Operation Rakshak and Operation Rhino.

The full list of the recipients of gallantry and other Defence decorations to Armed Forces personnel and others is as follows:

KIRTI CHAKRA:

IC-67270F MAJOR Anup Joseph Manjali BIHAR ReGIMENT / 24TH BATTAlION THE Rashtriya Rifles

SHAURYA CHAKRA:

  1. IC-65554M MAJOR SANDEEP KUMAR 13TH BATTALION THE SIKH REGIMENT
  2. IC-65672A MAJOR MANISH PUNJ THE RAJPUT REGIMENT / 10TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES
  3. IC-68806Y CAPTAIN A RAHUL RAMESH CORPS OF ENGINEERS / 72ND ROAD CONSTRUCTION COMPANY (POSTHUMOUS)
  4. IC-72070P CAPTAIN Dinesh Kumar 9TH BATTALION THE MADRAS REGIMENT
  5. IC-74882F Lieutenant Manish Singh 9th Battalion THE Parachute Regiment (Special Forces)
  6. JC-559638M Subedar Pradeep Beck BIHAR ReGIMENT / 24TH BATTALION THE Rashtriya Rifles
  7. 3398295W HAVILDAR VIR SINGH 13TH BATTALION THE SIKH REGIMENT
  8. 2486356P Naik Rajeshver Singh 16TH BATTALION THE PUNJAB REGIMENT (POSTHUMOUS)
  9. 2486445N Naik Anil Kumar 16TH BATTALION THE PUNJAB REGIMENT (POSTHUMOUS)
  10. 13698975M Naik Krishan Kumar BRIGADE OF THE GUARDS/13TH Sikh Light Infantry Battalion Group (POSTHUMOUS)
  11. Lt Cdr Inderjeet Singh, 05871-T

Well I have just listed out the list of major gallantry awards. For the complete list of awards that were declared please click here.


On the 64th Republic day celebrations the Padma Awards will be given to several Indians for their contribution towards the country. President Shri Pranab Mukherjee has approved the conferment of Padma Awards-2013 today. This year the he has approved 108 awards which includes 11 awards in the category of foreigners/ non-resident Indians/ Persons of Indian Origin/Posthumous. The list comprises of 4 Padma Vibhushan, 24 Padma Bhushan, and 80 Padma Shri Awardees.

Padma Vibhushans:

  1. Shri Raghunath Mohapatra – Art
  2. Shri S. Haider Raza – Art
  3. Prof. Yash Pal – Science and Engineering
  4. Prof. Roddam Narasimha – Science and Engineering

Padma Bhushans:

  1. Dr. Ramanaidu Daggubati – Art
  2. Smt. Sreeramamurthy Janaki – Art
  3. Dr. (Smt.) Kanak Rele – Art
  4. Smt. Sharmila Tagore – Art
  5. Dr. (Smt.) Saroja Vaidyanathan – Art
  6. Shri Abdul Rashid Khan – Art
  7. Late Rajesh Khanna – Art
  8. Late Jaspal Singh Bhatti – Art
  9. Shri Shivajirao Girdhar Patil – Public Affairs
  10. Dr. Apathukatha Sivathanu Pillai – Science and Engineering
  11. Dr. Vijay Kumar Saraswat – Science and Engineering
  12. Dr. Ashoke Sen – Science and Engineering
  13. Dr. B.N. Suresh – Science and Engineering
  14. Prof. Satya N. Atluri – Science and Engineering
  15. Prof. Jogesh Chandra Pati – Science and Engineering
  16. Shri Ramamurthy Thyagarajan – Trade and Industry
  17. Shri Adi Burjor Godrej – Trade and Industry
  18. Dr. Nandkishore Shamrao Laud – Medicine
  19. Shri Mangesh Padgaonkar – Literature & Education
  20. Prof. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak – Literature & Education
  21. Shri Hemendra Singh Panwar – Civil Service
  22. Dr. Maharaj Kishan Bhan – Civil Service
  23. Shri Rahul Dravid – Sports
  24. Ms. H. Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom – Sports

Padmashree :

  1. Shri Gajam Anjaiah – Art
  2. Swami G.C.D. Bharti alias Bharati Bandhu – Art
  3. Ms. B. Jayashree – Art
  4. Smt. Sridevi Kapoor – Art
  5. Shri Kailash Chandra Meher – Art
  6. Shri Brahmdeo Ram Pandit – Art
  7. Shri Vishwanath Dinkar Patekar alias Nana Patekar – Art
  8. Shri Rekandar Nageswara Rao alias Surabhi Babji – Art
  9. Shri Lakshmi Narayana Sathiraju – Art
  10. Smt. Jaymala Shiledar – Art
  11. Shri Suresh Dattatray Talwalkar – Art
  12. Shri P. Madhavan Nair alias Madhu -Art
  13. Shri Apurba Kishore Bir – Art
  14. Shri Ghanakanta Bora Borbayan – Art
  15. Smt. Hilda Mit Lepcha – Art
  16. Smt. Sudha Malhotra – Art
  17. Shri Ghulam Mohammad Saznawaz – Art
  18. Shri Ramesh Gopaldas Sippy – Art
  19. Ms. Mahrukh Tarapor – Art
  20. Shri Balwant Thakur – Art
  21. Shri Puran Das Baul – Art
  22. Shri Rajendra Tikku – Art
  23. Shri Pablo Bartholomew – Art
  24. Shri S. Shakir Ali – Art
  25. Sh. S.K.M Maeilanandhan – Social Work
  26. Ms. Nileema Mishra – Social Work
  27. Ms. Reema Nanavati – Social Work
  28. Ms. Jharna Dhara Chowdhury – Social Work
  29. Late Dr. Ram Krishan – Social Work
  30. Late Manju Bharat Ram – Social Work
  31. Prof. Mustansir Barma – Science and Engineering
  32. Shri Avinash Chander – Science and Engineering
  33. Prof. Sanjay Govind Dhande – Science and Engineering
  34. Prof. (Dr.) Sankar Kumar Pal – Science and Engineering
  35. Prof. Deepak B. Phatak – Science and Engineering
  36. Dr. Mudundi Ramakrishna Raju – Science and Engineering
  37. Prof. Ajay K. Sood – Science and Engineering
  38. Prof. Krishnaswamy Vijayraghavan – Science and Engineering
  39. Dr. Manindra Agrawal – Science and Engineering
  40. Dr. Jayaraman Gowrishankar – Science and Engineering
  41. Prof. Sharad Pandurang Kale – Science and Engineering
  42. Smt. Vandana Luthra – Trade and Industry
  43. Ms. Rajshree Pathy – Trade and Industry
  44. Shri Hemendra Prasad Barooah – Trade and Industry
  45. Shri Milind Kamble – Trade and Industry
  46. Ms. Kalpana Saroj – Trade and Industry
  47. Dr. Sudarshan K. Aggarwal – Medicine
  48. Dr. C. Venkata S. Ram alias Chitta Venkata Sundara Ram – Medicine
  49. Dr. Rajendra Achyut Badwe – Medicine
  50. Dr. Taraprasad Das – Medicine
  51. Prof. (Dr.) T.V. Devarajan – Medicine
  52. Prof. (Dr.) Saroj Chooramani Gopal – Medicine
  53. Dr. Pramod Kumar Julka – Medicine
  54. Dr. Gulshan Rai Khatri – Medicine
  55. Dr. Ganesh Kumar Mani – Medicine
  56. Dr. Amit Prabhakar Maydeo – Medicine
  57. Dr. Sundaram Natarajan – Medicine
  58. Prof. Krishna Chandra Chunekar – Medicine
  59. Dr. Vishwa Kumar Gupta – Medicine
  60. Prof. (Capt.) Dr. Mohammad Sharaf-e-Alam – Literature & Education
  61. Dr. Radhika Herzberger – Literature & Education
  62. Shri J. Malsawma – Literature & Education
  63. Shri Devendra Patel – Literature & Education
  64. Dr. Rama Kant Shukla – Literature & Education
  65. Prof. Akhtarul Wasey – Literature & Education
  66. Prof. Anvita Abbi – Literature & Education
  67. Shri Nida Fazli – Literature & Education
  68. Shri Surender Kumar Sharma – Literature & Education
  69. Dr. Jagdish Prasad Singh – Literature & Education
  70. Late Shaukat Riaz Kapoor Alias Salik Lakhnawi – Literature & Education
  71. Prof. Noboru Karashima – Literature & Education
  72. Shri Christopher Pinney – Literature & Education
  73. Smt. Premlata Agrawal – Sports
  74. Shri Yogeshwar Dutt – Sports
  75. Shri Hosanagara Nagarajegowda Girisha – Sports
  76. Subedar Major Vijay Kumar – Sports
  77. Shri Ngangom Dingko Singh – Sports
  78. Naib Subedar Bajrang Lal Takhar – Sports
  79. Ms. Ritu Kumar – Fashion Designing
  80. Dr. Ravindra Singh Bisht – Archaeology

For the complete and Original list click here.


I was reading an article on Yahoo relating to the Delhi Rape case, and I am was really shocked at some of the comments passed by the lawyer of the accused. Here is the complete article:

“”The five persons accused of gang-raping and killing of a 23-year-old Delhi girl in a moving bus have got lawyers to defend them.

All the accused also assaulted her 28-year-old male friend. Both were thrown out of the bus after around 40 minutes, battered, naked, bleeding and shivering. The lady’s friend will be the main witness in the case.

Meanwhile, a lawyer who volunteered to defend one of the six accused, Mukesh, brother of the main accused Ram Singh, said the victim and her friend were responsible for the assault.

Manohar Lal Sharma, a 56-year-old Supreme Court advocate, said the victim’s friend was responsible for the attack as the couple should not have ventured out on the streets at night.

He further went on to say that he never heard of a respectable woman being raped in the country.

Speaking to The Independent, Manohar said: ‘I have not seen a single incident or example of rape with a respected lady. Even an underworld don would not like to touch a girl with respect.’

Blaming the victim’s friend, Manohar told The New York Times: ‘This all happened because of the lust of the boy. This is the boy who should be hanged. He’s responsible for everything. He should be punished.’

In an interview with Bloomberg, Manohar was quoted saying that he was ‘confident that the men will be proved innocent because there are a number of problems with the police investigation.’

“We will plead not guilty. We want this to go to trial,” Manohar told Reuters.

“We are only hearing what the police are saying. This is manipulated evidence. It’s all on the basis of hearsay and presumption.”

Manohar said the police had rushed through the investigation against the five men even when they were not ready with the key detail of the age of the sixth member of the group, who lured the woman and a male friend into the bus and, according to leaked accounts, was the most brutal in the attack.

“When you have not even established the age of this person, how can you go to court bringing the charges against the others, and say your investigations are complete,” Sharma said.

“We all know how police investigations are carried out in India.”

Manohar also accused that Mukesh was being brutality tortured in police custody.

Sharma said police had sexually assaulted his client with a stick and humiliated him. “They urinated in his mouth, they did all kinds of things to him. He is facing the same torture now from the jail inmates,” he said.

Lawyer VK Anand is representing the main accused Ram Singh, ML Sharma is defending Mukesh, AP Singh is representing Akshay alias Thakur and Vinay Sharma, while the fifth accused Pawan Gupta will be represented by counsel Vivek Sharma.

The sixth accused is a juvenile and his case is being heard by a Juvenile Justice Board.

The police have charged the five under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 376 (2)(g) (gang-rape), 377 (unnatural offences), 395 (dacoity), 396 (murder in dacoity), 365 (kidnapping or abduction with intent to secretly or wrongfully confine a person), 394 (hurting in dacoity), 201 (destruction of evidence), 120B (conspiracy), 34 (common intention), 412 (dishonestly receiving stolen property), and 397 (robbery or dacoity with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt) of the Indian Penal Code.”

I really don’t understand how can an advocate pass such comments. I am fine with him pointing the flaws in the system, and the process that are followed in the investigations done by police department. Even his raising the points of the accused being tortured in the prison during investigation are valid to be raised (though one would say that these guys deserved for what they did) as these accused are not declared guilty by court as yet, and if we want/expect the overall system to be good, then we need the judgement to come out from the judge and whatever punishment is given, must be carried out.

But how on earth did he get the courage, the brains to speak a comment like “never heard of a respectable woman being raped“. I don’t know what exactly was thinking of when he spoke these words. These words are probably trying to disgrace the entire womankind. And this coming from an advocate, who must have said that in front of a judge in a courtroom, is actually a disgrace for the entire nation. I know he has to do a very tough job of defending these accused, but still how can one actually come up with such a statement. I know we have the right and freedom to speak, but we cannot really pass such comments. I would request Mr. Manohar Lal Sharma to please appologise for your statement in public if you do not want a public outrage against you. All I can say to Mr. Sharma is that the people whom you are defending have done an unpardonable crime, but even you are not much behind by giving such a statement.

And by saying another of his statement where he was asking the victim’s friend to be hanged, he has surely cracked the joke of the year, and probably even of the century. I must say this person is pretty humrous in nature. I don’t know why is he wasting his talent in courtrooms, he should appear in laughter shows on television. I am sure he would have more such humrous one-liners to speak.

I am really disappointed by reading that article, and that is why I had to write about it here. And my disappointment was more because, I too was in favour of a court trial to take place as these accused had the right to face the trial, defend themselves. In fact initally when I got to know of advocates coming ahead to defend them, I really admired the people for doing what was correct for the judicial system as a whole. But with such comments I am left shocked. All I can say is that I have always been proud of our country’s pledge all along where we said “All Indians are my brothers and sisters”, and today I am disgusted saying this line again thinking of these accused and largely thinking of you. Those people attacked just one girl, you have attacked all the women of the country. If I have to put it in your own words, you are the more “respectable” person than the accused, and this is what was not expected from you. All we expected from you was to fight for these accused with dignity, and not by getting down to their level.

I really don’t know if this is another of those cases that will go on and on, and Mr. Sharma has really done well in extending the case so far, but I don’t mind (though I would really be unhappy), if he can delay the judgement by coming out with good points in defence, but all I can hope is that he fights the case with a lot more social sensibility.

Rahul Dravid turns 40 today!

Posted: January 11, 2013 by Shishir Gupta in Cricket, India
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Rahul Dravid turns 40 today, and here I would like to take this opportunity to wish him a very happy birthday and also thank him for all the glorious days of cricket I got to witness when he played for India, whether be it in tests or in ODIs. Although he was always branded as a test player, his cotribution to ODI cricket has not been any less.

With whatever has happened in the test series against England at home last month, all I can say is I really missed him on the field. I really felt we needed him on the field especially since the tracks in Mumbai, Kolkata, and in Nagpur suited his style of batting more than that of the stylish strokeplayers we have in the current side. He definitely would have been an asset (as he has been throughout his career), in that series despite his growing age.

Also, it is unfortunate that he announced his retirement 10 months back as  had he been playing today, he could have mastered another record of becoming the seventh Indian player to play test cricket in his 40s, and the first to do it after since 196o. Unfortunately the record would have to wait for some more time.

Anyways, I would want to wish him a very happy birthday again, and I hope to see him, again with the Indian team (maybe as a coach) sometime soon.


It has been a few days now, since Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement from the ODI format. I have always wanted to write on that, but have been very emotional since then that I have not really been able to write something substantial enough to post here. I would surely do that in the coming days. Also, I would really like to add that I am very disappointed with the manner he quit the game. It would have been great had he played against Pakistan and then announced his retirement. he truely deserved a send off from the field. And with retiring against Pakistan, it would just have been special as he made his debut against the same opponent 23 years ago. But now is ODI innings is over and I all I can hope is that he does not hang up his Test boots soon. Also, as a huge fan all I can hope is that BCCI can convince Sachin to play at least 1 ODI against Pakistan to get a fitting farewell to an ODI career. But I guess that this would only be a dream.

In the meanwhile, as I have written that I wanted to write a lot on Sachin but just could not pen done anythig substantial enough, I came accross this article written by Harsha Bhogle as a letter to Sachin Tendulkar. This is a very touching one, and does give a great tribute to the genuis so I thought of putting that here till the time I can write a tribute to the great man. Here is the original article:

Dear Sachin,

I guess this means the countdown has begun. It couldn’t have been easy for you since cricket has been your life, your solitary love outside of family. I know there are cars and music and seafood, and, as I recently realised, the odd glass of wine, but a bat was what you were meant to hold, and it is with one that you mesmerised a nation and a sport. I wondered if you could have given up Test cricket and stayed on in one-day internationals – until you told me it takes a lot out of you. And you were never one to give less than a 100%.

I guess your body finally won. It had been giving you signals – that permanently cracked bone in your toe, the struggle to get out of bed when the back played up, that elbow… ah, that’s a different story altogether, but you always overruled it. It must have sulked but you forced more out of it than anyone else. It was bound to serve notice one day. I mean, you will be 40 soon; people get reading glasses at 40.

But you leave behind an aspect of cricket that you defined. There will be comparisons with other greats in Test cricket, and you will be a chapter in its history, but with the one-dayer, you are its history, in a sense, certainly for India, where you played in more than half the games (463 out of 809). The team had played a mere 165 games before you started, and it is a measure of the impact you had that there were only 17 centuries scored by then. India made a century every 9.70 games. After you started, that number comes down dramatically, to one every 3.52 games. And since that first century, in Colombo, it comes down even further, to one every 3.23 games. To think that you started with two ducks.

Now, of course, the kids keep notching up the hundreds. This young fellow Kohli, for example, who plays with your intensity but whose vocabulary I guess you would struggle with!

Looking back, I can’t imagine it took you 78 games to hit a hundred. But then you were floating around in the batting order, spending too much time not being in the thick of it all. I can see why you were so desperate to open the batting in Auckland that day in 1994. Why, when you told me the story of how you pleaded with Ajit Wadekar and Mohammad Azharuddin to give you one opportunity, you sounded like you were still pleading. But I guess you had a history of wanting to be in battle, like that misty night in Kolkata (it was Calcutta in your youth, wasn’t it?) when you took the ball in the 50th over with just six to defend and delivered a win.

It seems impossible to imagine that you averaged a mere 30.84 till that day in Auckland, and that you dawdled along at a strike rate of 74. Since then you averaged 47 at a strike rate of 87. It was a marriage meant to be.

I remember that afternoon in Colombo when you approached your first hundred. It had to be Australia, and you were in sublime touch, and you so wanted that first one. You made 110 in 130 balls, but oh, you agonised over those last 15 runs before you got to the century. In a sense, it was like that with the last one too, wasn’t it? It was in those moments only that you were a bit like us, that you wanted something so badly, you let it affect your game. But between those two, you were always so much fun, in that belligerent, ruthless, adolescent first phase, in your second, rather more mature and calculated, existence, and of course in that joyous last. What fun that was. The 163 in Christchurch, the 175 in Hyderabad, that 200 in Gwalior, the 120 in Bangalore, the 111 in Nagpur. If it hadn’t been for that devilish 100th, would you have continued playing the same way? That 100th hurt you, didn’t it, as it did all of us, and I guess we didn’t help you by not letting you forget. When the big occasion came, you always played it like another game, even though you knew it was a big day, like those two classics in CB Series finals in 2008, or, of course, those unbelievable nights in Sharjah in 1998. But this 100th took away four or five more.

Somebody said to me he didn’t want you to quit because it would mean his childhood was over. It isn’t just them. Just as the child in you never grew up, so too did many grizzled old men become children when they saw you in blue 

I know how disappointed you were after the 2007 World Cup. You weren’t batting in your favourite position, you were unhappy (if you could ever be unhappy in the game that you revered and tended to like a servant), and without quite saying it, you hinted at the fact that you might have had enough. But the dawn always follows the darkest hour.

After the age of 34, in a young man’s game, you averaged 48.36. Even by the standards you set yourself, that was unbelievable (in spite of all those nineties, when, almost inevitably, I seemed to be on air). And most of those came without your regular partner. While Sourav was around, you averaged almost 50 at a strike rate of 89. The mind still lingers on the time the two of you would come out at the start of a one-day international. (I watched one of those partnerships the other night and it seemed only the commercial breaks could stop you two.)

By now you were playing the lap shots more than the booming drives down the ground. It puzzled me and made many nervous. “I want to play down the ground too,” you told me, “that is why I am playing the paddle shot. As soon as they put a fielder there, I’ll play the big drive.” You were playing with the field the way your great friend Brian Lara did when he was on top of his game.

But beyond the numbers some memories remain. I couldn’t believe how you went after Glenn McGrath in Nairobi. I must have watched that clip 50 times but understood it more when you told me you wanted to get him angry, that on a moist wicket his line-and-length routine would have won them the game. That pull shot is as fresh in the memory as that first cover drive off Wasim Akram in the 2003 World Cup when you took strike because you thought the great man would have too many tricks for Sehwag.

I remember that World Cup well, especially an unheralded innings in Harare that helped beat a sticky Zimbabwe and put the campaign back on track. And your decision to keep the Player of the Tournament award in your restaurant because you would much rather have had the smaller winner’s medal. It told me how much that meant to you, and when I saw the tears on your face that night in Mumbai, I instantly knew why.

I had only once seen you in tears and that was at a World Cup too. You were practising in Bristol. You were just back from your father’s funeral and were wearing the most peculiar dark glasses. There was none of the usual style to them; they were big enough to cover half your face. You agreed to my request to speak to the media and briefly took them off while you were arranging your kit bag. I was taken aback to see your eyes swollen. You must have been in another world but you were courteous as ever. It was only Kenya the next day, but I can see why you rate that hundred.

There are so many more. I was only a young cricket writer when I started watching you play, so there will be many. That is also why so many of us will miss you. Somebody said to me he didn’t want you to quit because it would mean his childhood was over. It isn’t just them. Just as the child in you never grew up, so too did many grizzled old men become children when they saw you in blue. You were a great habit, Sachin.

So you are done with the blue then. But the whites remain. That is our first image of you – the curly hair, the confident look, the front foot stride… all in white. I hope you have fun in them. You don’t need to try too hard to prove a point to us because when you have fun we do too.

Cheers, you did well for us. And you gave life and strength to our game.

 I believe that this is really a fitting tribute for the great man, and since this comes from Harsha Bhogle, it is very special.


There has been a certain outburst in public ever since the news of the Delhi Rape case has come to limelight. There have been various marches all across the country asking for justice for the victim and the accused to be given capital punishment. The media has been on the move as well trying to highlight the loopholes in the security during the dark in the country and especially in the capital.

Now, I really don’t know what to say about all this, as I have a lot of mixed feelings seeing at the case. I definitely feel sorry for the victim, and to a large extent feel kind of ashamed of belonging to the NCR region where this case has happened. I always was proud ad maybe I still am proud saying that I belong to Delhi, calling it as “Dillwalo ki Dilli” but such cases really put a big question mark I front of me. And the worst thing is that I can’t do anything about this, just stay quiet and wait and watch of what happens to the case, and during this time all I can do is feel sad for the victim, that’s it.

People say make your voice be heard and make a difference. I am not sure whether this statement holds true. There have been people on the streets demanding justice, but what has it resulted to? The last time people came on streets country wide to support Anna Hazare what difference did it make to the government and the judicial system? Probably nothing, except for making Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal household names countrywide. Again people are coming out in support of this young victim demanding capital punishment for the accused, but will this make a difference, especially in the judicial system? I am not really sure about this?

I believe, already many people like me have already lost faith in the judicial system of India. How can one justify Kasab getting hanged just a couple of days before his fourth anniversary in India, when there were clear evidences in the form of video footages and the result should not have taken more than a couple of months. Another such case was that of Jessica Lal, when the Supreme Court finally confirmed the accused guilty well 11 years after the killing had taken place. And this murder did not happen in solitude, but happened in front of as many as 32 witnesses, but still it took 11 years to finally convict accused, who for all those 11 years was enjoying a decent life. And what about Sonali Mukherjee, acid was thrown on her face and what has happened to the prime accused? They are living a comfortable life for the past 9 years. In the meanwhile all Sonali could do is fight and after seeing her  patience broken during this long period she has asked for euthanasia, as now she cannot bear her medication both financially and mentally. India is a developing country, and we all are talking about it becoming a developed country soon, but with such a weak judicial system that plays a huge role in the society, I think a dream of becoming a developed country might remain as a dream only.

Again, would giving capital punishment to the accused be correct justice to the victim who is currently battling for her life, and if she survives, she might have to live with the trauma all her life. What is really justice for her? Would giving capital punishment to these people give her the life back which she was dreaming of a week earlier? I don’t think so. People have also come out as giving chemical castration as a punishment to the people who commit such a heinous crime.

All, I want to say is by giving these accused the capital punishment or chemical castration would this crime stop in the country? That is where I think a change needs to me brought about in the levels of thinking, upbringing of the people in the country and a major revamp is required in the laws against crime. These days people who are slightly powerful, in financial terms and politically are not afraid to commit such crimes as they are very confident that either they would never be caught or even if they are, they would not be convicted as the conviction rate in the country is too low, and especially against powerful people it is negligible. The thought that prevails in the mind of the people that they could get away with such heinous crimes is one thing that needs to be eradicated. No country is perfect, there are crimes committed everyone across the globe, but the difference lies in the judicial system, in the rate of the number of cases being convicted, and the time duration in which the accused gets the punishment.

I strongly believe that laws against such crimes need to be changed. Yes the culprits of this case need to be hanged, but they should be hanged soon. It should not happen that they are kept in prison for another 5-10 years and then hanged. Also, a very strong message needs to be sent out to the public that if such a crime happens, the accused would not be spared and would be given the severest of the punishments and that too in quick time. We need to change the mindset of the people. We need to educate children right from the beginning, we need to counsel the youth so that the thoughts of such crimes that may be arising can be curbed. We need to start this education right from the grass root level only then can we think or eradicating such crimes from the country. We need to get the change in ourselves first and our closed ones and think start thinking of the society at large.
Also, people are talking about security issues. I really don’t think people should speak of this when half of them don’t take security measures themselves. People drive bikes without helmets, people drive rash on roads, people drink and drive and then all they do is blame others in case of an accident. So talking of any security measures is really baseless. The change needs to happen within ourselves first, and we all need to think about it, as it is high time we all come together and make this country much better for living.

Coming back to this particular incident, I rest my case. The accused should be given punishment whether it is castration or capital punishment, but it should be done soon. There is no point hanging onto this for long.


On the 66th Independence Day celebrations the President approved awards of 62 gallantry awards to Armed Forces, Paramillitary, and Police personnels.  This includes 15 Shaurya Chakra, 01 Bar to Sena Medal (Gallantry), 42 Sena Medal (Gallantry), 03 Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry), 01 Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry).

The list of the recipients of gallantry awards to Armed Forces personnel and others is as follows:-

SHAURYA CHAKRA:

  1. IC-56887X LIEUTENANT COLONEL DHRUVJYOTI CHANDA, 13TH BATTALION THE SIKH REGIMENT
  2. IC-58687A MAJOR AMIT MOHINDRA, 666 Army Aviation Squadron (Reconnaissance and Observation)
  3. IC-59849M MAJOR TN UNNIKRISHNAN, 15TH BATTALION THE DOGRA REGIMENT
  4. IC-60369P MAJOR HIMANSHU PANWAR, 26TH MARATHA LIGHT INFANTRY BATTALION
  5. IC-61591H MAJOR CHANDRA SHEKHAR SINGH, 666 Army Aviation Squadron (Reconnaissance and Observation) (POSTHUMOUS)
  6. IC-66537Y Major Vijayendra Singh Yadav, BRIGADE OF THE GUARDS / 21ST BATTALION THE  Rashtriya Rifles
  7. IC-67215L Major Saurabh Suyal, BAR to SENA MEDAL, ARMOURED CORPS / 22ND BATTALION THE Rashtriya Rifles
  8. SS-40921H Major Pradeep Mishra, JAT regiment / 5th BATTALION the RASHTRIYA RIFLES
  9. IC-72377A Lieutenant Satya Jeet Ahlawat, ARMY ORDONANCE CORPS / 9th Battalion The Sikh Light Infantry
  10. 15126119H Havildar Charanjit Singh, REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY /30TH BATTALION THE Rashtriya Rifles
  11. WING COMMANDER VATSAL KUMAR SINGH (24223), FLYING (PILOT)
  12. SQUADRON LEADER AJIT BHASKAR VASANE  (27697),  FLYING (PILOT)
  13. SQUADRON LEADER GUNADNYA RAMESH KHARCHE (29037), FLYING (PILOT)
  14. SHRI NAGENDRA SINGH, ASSISTANT COMMANDANT, OFFICE OF THE COMMANDANT-207, CoBRA at GC, CRPF, DURGAPUR-14(WB)
  15. SHRI  VINOJ P. JOSEPH, ASSISTANT COMMANDANT, OFFICE OF THE COMMANDANT-207, CoBRA at GC, CRPF, DURGAPUR-14(WB) 
     

BAR TO SENA MEDAL (GALLANTRY):

  1. 15614636W Lance Naik Patey Tassuk, SENA MEDAL BRIGADE OF THE GUARDS / 21ST BATTALION THE Rashtriya Rifles (POSTHUMOUS) 

Well I am just listing out the list of major gallantry awards. For the complete list of awards that were declared please click here.


The Indian contingents have performed extremely well  in the Olympics this year. Six people have managed to end up with a podium finish, which is an exceptional result for the Indian sports. And I am more happier because in my previous posts (before the start of the games) I did mention about India winning 6 medals, and today it feels as if my wish has been granted.

Let us start with the positives from the games:

  • Well India has managed to win a medal in shooting for now three continuous Olympics which definitely be a big boost and be a huge inspiration for the Indian shooters for the Olympics 2016 and the new generation that will get into the sport of shooting.
  • And to add to this, this time around India has won 2 medals in shooting with Gagan Narang winning a bronze and Vijay Kumar winning a Silver in their events. To be honest one was expecting a lot out of Gagan Narang and finally he has managed to deliver which is great for him, and yes Vijay Kumar was a big surprise winning a Silver, even though he was a Gold Medallion at the Commonwealth Games 2010 .
  • Saina Nehwal managed to deliver what was expected from her, a podium finish when she managed to win a Bronze at the games, and with age at her side, she would want to better the result in the Olympics next time. Another big result at badminton was Parupalli Kashyap who reached the quarterfinal stage in the Men’s single and lost to World number 1 and eventual silver medalist. However, his performance will definitely be a huge boost for the budding players back home.
  • Mary Kom, became the first Indian women boxer to win the medal, and made it the second consecutive Olympics where India has won a medal in boxing, which would make the Indian boxers very proud and motivate them that they too can win at the world stage. Apart from Mary, no other boxer could win a medal but surely the way Devendroo Singh, Vikas Krishnan Yadav, and Sumit Sanghwan fought in the ring they did win a lot of hearts.
  • And yes wrestling, a sport that came into limelight once again in the last Olympics, doubled it’s reputation with two medals coming in the sport. Yogeshwar Dutt fought fearlessly to win a Bronze, and Sushil Kumar was brilliant in the event except in the finals where he faltered a little and had to be content with Silver. But with this Sushil Kumar has proved that he is probably the finest ever Indian Olympian as he managed to become the first Indian individual player to win medals in back to back Olympics. Well a bronze in 2008, a silver in 2012, will it be a gold in 2016, would be a question on everyone’s mind as he returns home with the laurels.
  • Although now medal came in Athletics, but Krishna Poonia and Vikas Gowda (both in the Discus Throw events of women and men respectively) did manage to make it to the finals of the events and probably would come back stronger next time around and with a hope to finish on the podium. Another athlete was Irfan Thodi who finished 10th in the 20km walk which I believe is a big achievement in its own, and he surely too has won a lot of hearts.
  • In shooting Joydeep Karmakar came very close to a medal but just could not finish on the podium and ended up at a heart breaking 4th position. Hopefully he too will come mentally much more stronger in the next event 4 years later.

 

Now lets talk about the negatives. However, they were hardly any but surely there were a few disappointments in the games and they were:

  • Abhinav Bindra, who made history in Beijing in 2008 by winning a gold did not qualifying the finals. He definitely would be disappointed with his performance but Gagan Narang did make up for it somewhat by winning a bronze in the event. Along with him even Rojan Sodhi would be disappointed as he too was another big medal hope but somehow just could not manage to win one.
  • Indian tennis would surely be disappointed with their performance at the games, and there were hopes of not just 1 but maybe 2 or 3 medals in the sport. All the controversy around Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupati, and Sania Mirza also probably did not help. Probably the biggest disappointment was the performance of Rohan Bopanna and Mahesh Bhupati’s pair in the doubles team as they were the strongest contenders but they lost very early into the tournament which was disappointing. To be honest I really did not believe Leander Paes and Vishnu Vardhan could finish on the podium, unless Paes played magically well, but definitely Vishnu played his heart out in the event and proved that he is a great prospect for the Indian tennis. Paes and Sania also played well but unfortunately lost to the pair from Belarus that eventually won the gold medal in the quarterfinals. What would be the biggest disappointment would probably be that maybe this was the last time Bhupati and Paes played at Olympics, and may not return for the next event due to the age not being at their side, and not winning a medal would be a big disappointment for them personally.
  • A lot was expected from Vijender Singh, though he did start of very strongly, but personally would be disappointed of loosing in the quarterfinals, just a win away from the podium.
  • Their was a lot of hype around Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa as well, but they did play well, but their hearts were broken as they could not qualify to next round, maybe even if it was due to the controversy of match fixing that took place in the sport in the events, due to which probably even after playing well due to other teams deliberately under-performing lost a berth into the next round.
  • Probably a medal in archery was not really thought of but with Deepika Kumari being the current world number 1, there were a lot of expectations were there from her, and the way she lost in the very first round, probably was the most disappointing.
  • Probably the biggest disappointment came from the hockey field. Although as I did write in my previous post, not many must have expected a podium finish, but ending up last in the tournament, and that too without a win or even managing to have a draw is what is the most disappointing.
  • Another disappointment was that after every loss in the boxing event, the Indian officials cried for foul play. Maybe they were correct and unjustice was done to them, but crying out an appeal after every loss, probably did not portray a very good figure on the Indian Boxing arena in front  of the world.
  • And yes, probably another of the big disappointments is that India missed out on a gold medal in the event. Sushil Kumar came the closest but missed out. Even though India has won 6 medals which is probably the biggest achievement in the history of Indian sports, but none of those 6 being gold would be a disappointment, maybe not at a huge level but surely there would be a little sadness that could any 1 of those been a gold it would have been a cherry on the cake.

Nevertheless, this has definitely been the best Olympics for India. And now with the expectations going bigger and bigger, India would want to touch a double figure next time in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

In the end I would like to congratulate all the medallions for the feat especially Sushil Kumar for creating history.

 


On the 63rd Republic day celebrations the President has approved awards of 368 gallantry and other Defence decorations to Armed Forces personnel and others.  This includes 01 Ashoka Chakra, 03 Kirti Chakra, 16 Shaurya Chakra, 03 Bar to Sena Medal (Gallantry), 73 Sena Medal (Gallantry), 03 Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry), 02 Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry), 28 Param Vishisht Seva Medal, 01 Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, 06 Bar to Ati Vishisht  Seva Medal, 45 Ati Vishisht  Seva Medal,  04 Yudh Seva Medal, 03 Bar to Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 37 Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 08 Nao Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 14 Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 06 Bar to Vishisht Seva Medal and 115 Vishisht Seva Medal.

On January 26, 2012 the President will confer the Ashok Chakra Award on Lt. Navdeep Singh (posthumous), before the start of the parade at the Rajpath.

The full list of the recipients of gallantry and other Defence decorations to Armed Forces personnel and others is as follows:-

ASHOKA CHAKRA:

1. SS-44448A LIEUTENANT NAVDEEP SINGH, ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS / 15TH BATTALION THE MARATHA LIGHT INFANTRY (POSTHUMOUS)

KIRTI CHAKRA:

1. IC-57076Y LIEUTENANT COLONEL KAMALDEEP SINGH, RAJPUTANA RIFLES / 18TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES
2. IC-71548P CAPTAIN ASHUTOSH KUMAR, 5TH BATTALION THE RAJPUTANA RIFLES
3. SS-43842Y LIEUTENANT SUSHIL KHAJURIA, ARMY SERVICE CORPS / 18TH BATTALION THE GRENADIERS (POSTHUMOUS)

SHAURYA CHAKRA:

1. IC-60963W MAJOR RAVINDRA KUMAR GURANG, REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY / 33RD FIELD REGIMENT
2. IC-67407H MAJOR SHALENDER, 4TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)
3. JC-413091F SUBEDAR MANJEET SINGH, 4TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)
4. JC-460294W NAIB SUBEDAR MENGARE SHANKAR GANPATI, 15TH BATTALION THE MARATHA LIGHT INFANTRY
5. JC-470388F NAIB SUBEDAR LAL SINGH KHICHI, SENA MEDAL, RAJPUTANA RIFLES / 57TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES (POSTHUMOUS)
6. 14433512W NAIK SUMER SINGH, REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY / 18TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES (POSTHUMOUS)
7. 15143280N NAIK SANKAR TARAFDAR, REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY / 33RD FIELD REGIMENT
8. 4192242N LANCE NAIK BRIJ KISHORE DHAMI, 19TH BATTALION THE KUMAON REGIMENT
9. 5048550P RIFLEMAN TEJ BAHADUR GURUNG, 1ST GORKHA RIFLES / 15TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES
10. LIEUTENANT COMMANDER ROHITH MOHANDAS NAMBIAR (05622-A)
11. WING COMMANDER FELIX PATRICK PINTO (23569), FLYING PILOT
12. NO. EX GS-184959F OEM SAMSHER SINGH, BORDER ROADS ORGANISATION (POSTHUMOUS)
13. GS – 166845N OEM-2 KANHAYA PRASAD, BORDER ROADS ORGANISATION (POSTHUMOUS)
14. SHRI RAVINDRA KUMAR SINGH, ASSISTANT COMMANDANT, CENTRAL RESERVE POLICE FORCE
15. CAPTAIN SHAKUL TYAGI, PAWAN HANS HELICOPTER LIMITED
16. SHRI BARKET ALI, SPO, VILLAGE-GOURI BINOLA, TEHSIL-THATHRI, DISTRICT-DODA, JAMMU AND KASHMIR (POSTHUMOUS)

Well I have just listed out the list of major gallantry awards. For the complete list of awards that were declared please click here.