Friday, February 22, 2019

97 results for 'Proloy Bagchi'

Fight over appointment of women's cricket coach

By Proloy Bagchi, published on Feb 7, 2019

The Indian women’s cricket team has lately been in the news. Only very recently a member of the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators, Diana Edulji, called the selection process of the new coach for the women’s cricket team a sham, and unconstitutional. WV Raman a former member of the Indian men’s cricket team was selected as the coach by an ad hoc panel appointed by the chairman of the Committee of Administrators, Vinod Rai.

Diana Edulji has been pushing for extension of the term of the erstwhile coach Romesh Powar. Powar’s term ended last month after the Women’s... (more)

Tags: women, team, indian, cricket

Kashmir 50 years ago :: 5 :: Ladakh

By Proloy Bagchi, published on Feb 7, 2019

One morning the boss, Director P&T Jammu & Kashmir rang me up to inform me that he was leaving for Leh two mornings later and that I would have to accompany him. It was a rather short notice as there were certain pre-visit formalities that had to be completed. Ladakh was not open to any and everybody fifty years ago. One had to obtain permits from the state government stating the reasons for the visit. Tourism had not till then commenced in Ladakh region.

So, two mornings later the departmental car arrived at my gate to pick me up. We were to travel up to somewhere near... (more)

Tags: travel, ladakh

Destinations :: Paris (a repeat visit)

By Proloy Bagchi, published on Dec 7, 2018

Like the previous occasion in 1987 we had bought EuRail passes in India which enabled us to travel 1st Class in all trains including the prestigious TGVs and the high speed trains that were basically meant for inter-city travels. In 1987 the TGVs used to ply only between Paris and Lyon and Paris and Geneva. In the intervening ten years its operations were exponentially expanded and most of the West European cities are now served by TGV trains. TGV stands for Train a Grande Vitesse (high speed train),

So, one morning we climbed into a TGV train plying between Brussels and Paris.... (more)

Tags: travel, paris

Kashmir 50 years ago :: 2 :: Below Peer Panjal

By Proloy Bagchi, published on Dec 4, 2018

In early October I had to go to Anantnag. None, except the stenographer, accompanied me. An inspector in-charge of the sub-division, one Ganjoo, came from Pulwama to assist me. After a three day-stay when it was time to get back to Srinagar Ganjoo asked me why not travel along the Peer Panjal and peep into Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian before returning to Srinagar. I thought it was a good suggestion. I would not only be able to look at larger numbers of field offices, I would also be able to see these sizable towns. Shopian, of course, I had visited in 1957 when we had come over to the Valley... (more)

Tags: kashmir50, peerpanjal

Kashmir 59 years ago :: 1 :: Diwali at Prang

By Proloy Bagchi, published on Nov 27, 2018

Diwali was celebrated the other day with lavish purchases but muted celebratory fireworks. The subdued celebrt Prangations were due to the terrible atmospheric pollution that prevails in Delhi. The air there has become virtually un-breathable, visibility reduced to a few hundred metres with the sun making a disappearing act.

My mind, more agile than my body, swiftly travelled down the broad memory lane, latching on promptly to this thread of Diwali and traversed half a century to 1968 when I was posted in Srinagar. It was a pleasant Diwali morning and surprisingly very cold. It... (more)

Tags: memoirs, kashmir1

Defiance of Apex Court verdicts

By Proloy Bagchi, published on Nov 21, 2018

What is currently being witnessed is total defiance of the decisions/orders given by the Supreme Court. While the Apex Court takes its own time to examine a matter threadbare to arrive at the bottom of the problem to look for a solution and then gives its well considered decision it is the political class that tries its best to nullify it. They do not try to do so by taking the legal route available to them. Instead, they try to create political opposition against it. Rallies and demonstrations, more often than not violent, are used to neutralise the decisions of the Apex Court. This is... (more)

Tags: court, defiance, apex

Newspapers or rags!

By Proloy Bagchi, published on Nov 3, 2018

The Times of India (Bhopal Edition) created a record of sorts on 10th October last by printing ads mostly of full page on more than seventeen and a half of its 32 pages. First 10 pages were nothing but full page ads. One had to wade through these pages to look for the news on the front page. In fact the Times of India is guilty of dispensing with the concept of “front page” of a newspaper. You do not hear the term “making front page news” these days as there is hardly any front page – at least not in The Times of India.

Ever since the print media was commercialized news, i.e.... (more)

Tags: newspapers

"Pothole deaths" - failure of civic bodies

By Proloy Bagchi, published on Sep 12, 2018

Even the Supreme Court of India has expressed its concern on the “pothole deaths” in the country and observed that number of deaths due to potholes on the roads is more than deaths due to terrorism. A division bench made the observation and directed the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety to look into the matter. Terming the situation “frightening” the Bench said that those who die in such accidents should be entitled to compensation. The issue arose before the Bench when it was hearing a matter relating to road safety.

We Indians have lived for long with bad roads and pot... (more)

Tags: deaths, pothole

Cricket changes with changing times

By Proloy Bagchi, published on Jun 14, 2018

The ongoing Indian Premier League Season 11 (IPL11) has a few more days to run; the final is going to be played on 27th May. So far it has been an interesting tournament with the fancied teams going down and some not-quite-fancied ones doing well. For instance, Bangalore Royal Challengers, a fancied team with the likes of Virat Kohli and A B De Villiers, are virtually scraping the bottom of the table this season along with Mumbai Indians. On the other hand, the non-fancied Sun Risers Hyderabad, from which much was not expected, was doing well by topping the points table.

One... (more)

Tags: changing, cricket

Need to abandon Hate

By Proloy Bagchi, published on May 22, 2018

The ongoing debate that is raging basically on the progressive extinction of the, “Idea of India” in the Indian Express’s the “Ideas Page” is fascinating. The debate in the newspaper was provoked by Harsh Mander to which a rather aggressive response came from Ram Chandra Guha, the noted historian and columnist. The field then somehow widened up and numerous, according to Guha’s count around 14, independent thinkers ventilated their own thoughts.

In his latest piece Harsh Mander has expressed his anguish on the wrong direction the debate was shepherded by Ram Chandra Guha. He... (more)

Tags: abandon hatred

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