End of Deodhar Trophy?

The BCCI canceled the Deodhar Trophy for 2009-10 season because of a tight schedule.

Its an interesting move and a sure sign that with the rise of T20 cricket something has to give. The big question is whether this is an isolated instance or a sign of trend that the 50 over game is slowly making way for the more trendy and fast paced T20.

Jet Airways Struggles

The WSJ has a detailed article today on the struggling Jet Airways.

Without a doubt it was India’s best airline at its peak. It was a huge disappointment to see Jet Airways cancel it’s flights to India from SFO so quickly after introducing them. With the airline industry struggling the world over its not surprising that airlines in India are now hit by the decline as well.

Hopefully, Jet can stage a comeback!

Dynasty Politics

Vir Sanghvi describes the issue of dynasty in Indian politics in the HT.

Farooq Abdullah is the second generation of the political dynasty founded by his father Sheikh Abdullah. (His son Omar is Chief Minister of J&K.) Prithviraj Chavan is from a well-known Maharashtra political family. Salman Khurshid’s father was a minister in Indira Gandhi’s government. Dayanidhi Maran is the son of Murasoli Maran, a minister in A.B. Vajpayee’s government and is a close relative of M. Karunanidhi. Selja is the daughter of former Union Minister Choudhary Dalbir Singh.

G.K. Vasan is the son of G.K. Moopanar. M.K. Azhagiri is the son of M. Karunanidhi. Parneet Kaur is the wife of former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. Ajay Maken is the nephew of noted Delhi leader, the late Lalit Maken. Bharatsinh Solanki is the son of former External Affairs Minister Madhavsinh Solanki. D. Purandeshwari is N.T. Rama Rao’s daughter………….

The author praises America for the rise Barack Obama. Its true and deserving. Despite this there are no shortage of family connections playing a major role in American politics. Here is a relevant piece in the NY Times.

Sitting in the Senate gallery on Tuesday as senators were sworn in by Dick Cheney, I saw plenty of lawmakers who had benefited from family.

Two Udalls were being sworn in, under the watchful eye of Stewart Udall. Mark Begich, the new senator from Alaska, is the son of a former Alaska congressman. The classy Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, son of the late Gov. Robert Casey, was there in a festive pink tie. John McCain, whose wife’s money and Arizona pull made his Senate election possible, looked on with a smile. Hillary, whose husband paved the way for her to join this club and run for president, chatted with colleagues. Jay Rockefeller wandered about, as did Chris Dodd, son of Senator Thomas Dodd. And Teddy Kennedy, walking with a cane, worked the room with his old brio.

It isn’t what your name is. It’s what you do with it. Or, in the case of W., don’t.

KKR Wins!

Shahrukh Khan’s Kolkata Knight Ridders finally won a match. It had to happen. Sooner or later McCullum was going to strike and some team was going to suffer. It was Chennai’s turn. When McCullum gets going, boy he can be dangerous. Dada continues his struggle.  KKR can play spolier by beating RR in their final match.  Meanwhile, the fake IPL player has promised to reveal his identity tomorrow!

Apart from the brilliant batting by KKR, the other surprise of the day was Dhoni’s comment after the match. He said what his bowlers did was produce “one of the worst bowling efforts” he has seen.

After the last defeat again BRC he criticized the youngsters in the team for their fielding.

“Not really happy. We tried to win a game out of it. Our fielding has been suspect throughout the tournament. We are a safe fielding side, but not a brilliant fielding side. We have a lot of youngsters in the side who can’t throw or run all that well. We were clearly about 20 short. “

Is India’s Captain Cool losin’ it lately?

Pakistan in Denial

There are no shortage of articles on Pakistan these days.  There are many out there but this one summarizes things very well and has plenty of interesting links.

A Grand Conspiracy Theory From Pakistan

Asked, by the same pollsters, to say who they believed was behind the attacks in Mumbai, the largest number of Pakistanis pointed the finger at the Research and Analysis Wing, India’s intelligence service.

Sounds like hatred and dislike (and obsession) for India is not restricted to the political and miltary in Pakistan but has seaped through to the average man on the street.  At a time when Pakistan appears to be on the brink of being running over by extremists, its sad to see a country in denial and focused on the wrong threat.