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Friday, January 29, 2010

Metro Junction

Team Being Cynical
All are going the metro way. Each city wants a piece of the metro to heal their ever growing traffic demands. Baring few well known cities, like Luckhnow, all others are on demand for a metro running through the heart of the city. Why Ms. Mayawati an exception? Is it that, metro is not going to help the Dalits, or Luckhnow is not that paralyzed by traffic, or construction of metro would leave no potential place available for her to erect few more smaraks. There could be so many possibilities or probabilities it is.

The latest entrant to the metro wagon is Pune. After Kolkatta, Delhi and Mumbai, finally Pune managed to sneak a berth in the metro. As usual there were quite a few enigmatic objections to the proposal by some esteemed ward members of the city. Looking at the time the authorities took and the amount of traffic chaos they introduced for the widening of the stretch from Chinchwad to Sivaji Nagar, I myself is bit sceptical on the whole outcome of the proposal. Better luck to my grandchildren, if they can manage to see the actual metro running through the city. If the authorities involved in the proposal to be believed, then Pune could easily go into the history book for having a large scale engineering marvel accomplished in no more than 10 years. Now the Puneites are dreaming of having a metro hub somewhere near Deccan Gymkhana, just like Delhi have it in Canaught Place, and roots emerging from the hub to connect each and every corner of this sleepy city. The whole idea of by-passing the Pune roads full with pot holes, the ever erratic traffic, the garbage yards in every 2 kilometers is certainly refreshing. Let me clarify that this said dream is barely two weeks old.

My first glimpses of the metro goes way back to 1988 when for the first time I saw the metro gate opening with guys like Arun Lal, Shyam Benegal coming out of it in the famous song of Mile Shur Mera Tumhara. That was a virtual encounter via TV, where in my first physical contact came in 1999 when I boarded the journey from Rabindra Sadan to Kali Ghat. Though guys including Sheela Dixit claim that Delhi would beat Kolkata Metro hands down, I never got the honor to board one in Delhi. I will try to analyze the authenticity of the words of all those guys who advocate for Delhi metro over it's elder cousin of Kolkatta, next time I am happened to be in Delhi.

With Delhi doing the disappearing act every now and then, thanks to the fog, the last leg of work to connect IG International airport was badly hampered. Coupled with it the falling pillars of the constructed bridges on cars, DTC buses, the black street dog fondly named as Bhalu, killing a migrant Bihari laborer, injuring two women molesters present in the bus along with the Haryanvi conductor and of course killing the ever lovely Bhalu, is definitely adding to the delay in the proceedings. No wonder guys residing in and around the airport (Gurgaon included) are left fuming. A part for the fog of the century and other half for the DDA, for not ensuring the safety of Bhalu and the two women molesters. On the day Bhalu got the burial, Ms. Sheela Dixit assured the public on the safety of the millions of Bhalus and trillions of women molesters and promise to take strict action against the construction companies. But the fuming Jats are demanding the completion in next three months so that they can enjoy the journey from airport to Canaught Place in just under 20 minutes as promised by the metro corporation babus.

Guys in Luckhnow should appeal to Ms. Mayawti for a metro there. Certainly people around Gomti Nagar and business institutions like Tunde's Kebabs would benefit from this. Now there could be a Kebab outlet in Hazratganj metro station. Isn't it a fascinating idea Luckhnow wallas? For this Kebab dream to turn into reality Ms.Mayawati need to look much beyond than her Dalit drum and her statues across UP. I rest my hope on her as Mr.Mulayam Sing is even dead against the not so dangerous computers, let alone any hope of metro coming to grace Luckhnow during his rule. I want to see our own CM Mr. Naveen Pattnaik lauding vociferously for one metro in Bhubaneswar also. I just can't resist the idea of having Dhai-Wada hawkers cycling around metro stations there.

I must say sorry to Bhallu and thousand alike in Bhubaneswar for my idea. Your soul may rest in peace, but for development to come there need to have a bloodshed of innocents as famously quoted by Napoleon. Thankfully there are no major count of women molesters in Bhubaneswar who would be injured in the first fall of the bridge pillars. And all the hwakers residing in Mancheswar need to be ready with their cycles to drive in to the metro stations soon. :)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

National Shame !! Oopps Game

Team Being Cynical
On a second thought Mr.Matto (Hockey India Head) might not watch 3 Idiots in theaters as he is surrounded by at least 4 dozen of them, including himself. Starting from his deputy to the guy sitting in front of his cabin door and seen spitting every now and then. Mr.Matto is not the pioneer, I must say, but just a flag bearer who is trying his best to follow the tried and tested ways mentioned in the book written by his predecessors on How to mis-manage Indian Hockey Federation and carry on the legacy forward.

8 Olympic golds, 2 World championship, 6 Asian titles, 3 Azlan Shah cups, 4 Champion Trophies to name few doesn't seem quite enough for our sports ministry to take a serious note that how much our national game has contributed to the pride of the nation. But to surprise all the authorities concerned think the other way and keep on doing on what they are best at. Screwing up our national game from it's foundation. Once they are done with siphoning at least half the amount sanctioned for Commonwealth Game 2010, they got some time to look into some basic demands of our National hockey players, which the players were doing for last one week or so. Even if a permanent solution to the crisis is far fetched, but at least for the time being our national game was spared from some more embarrassment.

The agony of our hockey players came to the fore when one fine day during their training camp for the upcoming Hockey World cup, our players thought to give their hockey sticks the warmth of their respective kit bags and went ahead playing football instead. When being quizzed by our media on why there is a sudden affinity for succor, we came to know that our players who represent our national game haven't been paid for last one year. And when asked what it is needed to make them come back to hockey again, it was mere Rs. 25000/- per head they want.

Ahh just this much I thought and hoped the crisis would be over sooner, as our sports ministry can afford to waste few millions arranging a so called un-necessary flag off ceremony for Commonwealth Games-2010, in UK inviting the Queen and our President to preside over the function. Other dignitaries invited and the subsequent cost incurred for their travel is better be least spoken. To surprise all Mr.Matto showed his sorry face for the second time in as many days and told the gathered media that Hockey India even doesn't have enough money to address this minor demand of the players and hence the players are requested to get back to hockey and their demands would be looked up as and when some fund manages to cross the involved authorities pocket's to reach the associations official account. If the players do believe that the money just can't penetrate the pockets in question they better keep on playing succor and shouldn't blame the association if any unpleasant decision is taken in the so called best interest of the game. Our sports minister or IOC head Suresh Kalmadi were no where to be seen. Must be busy pocketing whatever remaining amount of the CWG preparatory fund remaining.

When all were at the verge of frustration and after two failed meetings between players and association, the main sponsors of the team Sahara India thought, it's enough. If not for the players but for the sake of the national game they were ready to pay some amount only to be distributed among the players immediately. God knows how much the authorities payed to the players and how much they gulped down themselves to warm their respective bank accounts is only to be seen. I would suggest Sahara India to keep a tap on the expenditure claimed to be done by these crooks. This not for the game or players but for the health of Sahara India as a whole.

Few Individuals, organizations and some state governments also came forward offering their help. Surprise, surprise. Ms. Mayawati was first among the CMs to show her generosity. Just wondering if she is done with sorting out all problems of Dalits, which she claims is her motto in life. Go to any city, town, village of UP and then ask yourself, if you going to believe Ms. Mayawati's generous offer of lending financial support to Indian Hockey team. When the lady herself looks no beyond than the vote banks, by-passing the oppressed, on whose votes she is in power, forget about her being genuinely concerned for a bunch of players.

As the hockey world cup is round the corner I am relieved to know that, by somehow the controversy is being settled down. But I must say the problem is far from over. If concrete steps are not taken then this is going to snowball into a bigger mesh sooner or later. Hope the guys who are so called administering the affairs of Hockey in general look at our national game with a serious vision and I also hope Ms. Mayawati doesn't spends few more crores of Tax Payer's money in making her statues across UP, this time, with a hockey stick instead of the purse in her hand, and giving her lip service towards hockey as an excuse for her latest set of statues.

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