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Raise In Poverty

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by Aahana Khemani

Research shows that $35 billion are needed to deter widespread famine, fight poverty, and keep children in school. Over this year, there has been a 40% increase in the number of people needing help. The COVID 19 pandemic is expanding the number of people who need humanitarian assistance to survive. This is drastically increasing the rates of extreme poverty in just one year. 

The UN reported in its Global Humanitarian Overview 2021, that one in every 33 people, will need assistance to meet fundamental needs such as food, water, and sanitation. That’s approximately 235 million people worldwide, with focus on countries such as Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia. “The crisis is far from over” said UN Secretary-General António Guterres in a statement.“Humanitarian aid budgets face dire shortfalls as the impact of the global pandemic continues to worsen.” He continued. 

Multiple countries also came to aid by giving a record $17 billion in 2020 for collective humanitarian response. This money reached around 70% of the targeted people. The UN stated that this money that is raised is less than half of the needed $35 billion to deter widespread famine, fight poverty, and keep children in school.“The rich world can now see the light at the end of the tunnel,” said UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock in a statement. “The same is not true in the poorest countries.”

As the pandemic continues delaying food systems, the hunger rate is noticeably ascending. Food is one of the most needed resources for one to survive, and if something is not done about the hunger during this pandemic, many will starve. The UN forecasted that by the end of 2020, around 270 million people will lack reliable access to food, considering the cost of meeting food aid this year rose to $9 billion from $5 billion in 2015. 

We as a global community need to hold hands and support the 1in 33 people who need humanitarian aid. Whether it be through monetary donations, or voluntary time donations. People in poverty need to have access to basic necessities such as food, water, sanitation & hygiene, healthcare facilities, etc. Without which, millions of peoples’ lives’ will be in danger. 

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Destination Set – Lessons from New Zealand!

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by Tara Hebbar

While most countries including India continue to fight the battle against Covid-19, New Zealand has successfully terminated itself from the clutches of the deadly virus. Although the size and health care systems do provide the country with an added advantage, there are still lessons our country can take from New Zealand. 

The lockdown in New Zealand was quick to be set and the rules were strict, the Prime Minister– Jacinda Ardern who says–, that the regulations were the strictest, and for them she would “make no apologies”. The borders were also strictly enforced and closed to almost all non-citizens. Professor Martin Berka, an economist at  Massey University states,

“doing this early on with only over a few thousand cases [worldwide] at the time allowed them to stop the influx and stop the community transmission.”

While India’s main goal was to minimize the negative effects of the Virus, New Zealand always aimed to eliminate it completely. This clear goal was another factor that contributed to their speedy extermination of the Covid-19. 

Another prime factor that allowed and contributed to the eradication of the virus was compliance of not only the officials but additionally the citizens as well! The officials did a very thorough and commendable job when it came to implementing the lockdown and safety measures, and the citizens did the same when it came to following them. It was most definitely a collective effort that couldn’t have been possible without the different people across the spectrum, from nurses to those who take the tests . Meanwhile, not only is India a country with an immensely large population, but additionally most people and officials refuse to understand the severity of the situation. Even during the peak of the lockdown, people would still roam outdoors, without an urgent agenda and the officials would either ignore it or they would be punished with physical beatings or some were made to even do frog jumps.

Although it is unfair to expect the same reaction to the virus from both countries, due to the health infrastructure and economy is it fair to expect the same level of precaution taken by the citizens. The population of New Zealand, made eradicating the virus just a little easier, not to discredit what they have done. They also have better healthcare schemes and infrastructure than we do. However, just as mentioned priorly, there are still a plethora of lessons one can take from their recovery.  One very important aspect is to respect those who are experts in their fields and heed the advice and warning they give. Many people in India consider the virus a  ploy by the nations leaders without realising the enormity and urgency of the situation. Doctors and experts needed to be taken seriously for the spike of cases to become a curve. Additionally, following the necessary social distancing norms is essential. Now, in our country the social distancing circles have become another decoration with no one following the desired rules, hence causing the fast spread of the disease. To decrease the chances of spreading the disease here and everywhere, social distancing is key. Everything is starting to resume again and if the virus needs to be removed it is essential to be socially distanced whenever it is possible.

We need to implement these lessons we can take from the country of New Zealand who have set a landmark and ray of hope for us all. This virus will not get the better of us if we learn to take it seriously. Rules need to be implemented and most importantly followed. It is in everyone of our hands to cease the spread of the Covid-19. This might have been the most common saying of the year 2020, but hear it again and heed it’s advice. Wash your hands, stay socially distanced and safe. As the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc, we must do what we can to make it just a little harder for the virus to continue spreading the same way. Let us look at New Zealand as our destination and all hop on the train to get there!

Bollywood’s ‘Bomb’

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By Diya Barmecha

Laxmii starring Akshay Kumar has faced a long road of hardships before being introduced to viewers on 9th November on Disney+Hotstar. The movie, formerly called, movie Laxmmi Bomb is a remake of the original 2011 Tamil version called Kanchana. Both movies are directed by Raghava Lawrence. 

The film had to halt shooting due to the coronavirus pandemic. Amidst all this confusion the film has had its own boycott movement by net citizens on twitter. This movement caused the team to change the title of the film to Laxmii. Several Hindu groups disliked the name and claimed that it was “hurting religious sentiments’ ‘ because of using a derogatory term like bomb with the name of a Hindu goddess. The director thought the name “Laxmmi Bomb” fit the movie perfectly as it was was saying that “a dhamaka of Laxmmi Bomb cannot be missed”. He further explained that the transgender lead character is radiant and strong which is why the name fits perfectly. 

The transgender coommunity has only been recently recognised and their struggle is still present and evident. It is one thing to be recognised on paper by the government. But it is a whole different story to earn the respect accepted in the real world. This was reiterated in the film by the portrayal of Laxmi (Sharad Kelkar). The message of the movie is quite clear. They want love and acceptance for all transgenders. They call for equal opportunities and they want a chance to make their country proud, just like anyone else. This horror-comedy film also incorporates light humor to keep their viewers entertained. It goes on to engage its audience with a slight aspect of horror.  Despite my opinion of it being a movie that I greatly enjoyed, there are many that feel it “was a waste of time”.

In a review posted by The Indian Express, it said, “Somewhere deep inside the mess that’s Laxmii, is the kernel of a solid idea: to give us the story of a transgender person, with empathy and sympathy.” They are criticizing the movie for being the  first to have a star like Akshay Kumar play a transgender, something we thought we would never see. Although the movie may not show a trangender as a main character of the movie and say lines like “they clap their hands’. By demonstrating what they actually are helps us understand them. Although they may be “different” they should be respected for what they are. The movie highlights things that are typically done by women and shows the reaction of the family in the movie. This is very similar to how a typical orthodox Indian family would react to these situations as well. For example a male draping a saree in a store.  This movie is one of a kind. Even if the movie didn’t show a lot about the transgender community, t highlighted the fact that they could be portrayed in movies by actors and it could be normalised. 

In summary, the plot of this movie is that Asif (Akshay Kumar) and his wife Rashmi (Kiara Advani) go to Rashmi’s house and in some unexpected events a spirit possesses Asif. The movie shows the  typical religious things done to “banish the spirit”. This movie highlights the Hindu-Muslim conflict since Asif and Rashmi are from different communities. At the start of the move Rashmi’s father was not supportive of her husband. But as the movie progresses this dynamic changes.

This movie encompasses a variety of songs as well There is a typical bollywood peppy love song called “Burj Khalifa” that is trending on various platforms.It makes a person tap their feet and sway their head. . There is “Start Stop attracting people  with its catchy title and chorus. Added to the mix they have “Bam Bholle,” which is once again a powerful song that demonstrates Akshay Kumar’s great acting as he dances in the role of a transgender. There is a fire in the center while multiple people dance around it, clearly showing their powerful feelings.

All in all, I think the movie discusses different social issues present in India and tries to normalise it by showing it in a manner that the common person can resonate with. . From the changing of the name to the hate they are getting from net citizens need to open their minds and allow new forms of entertainment to arise . There are always people who comment and say bollywood loves to add the “spicy masala” to each movie but that is what the majority of the public wants. Irrespective of the movie having “masala” the movie is a blockbuster. That makes people who watched the movie hypocritical. To allow many people to watch the film and then blaming the movie for changing plotlines and not portraying the correct image.

In my opinion, Laxmii is a movie the first of its kind but there will be many more like this that will discuss social issues. The trangender community may be recognized by the government but they are yet to be respected which is what the movie aims to inculcate. I think the director was justified in saying that this is definitely a movie worthy of the term, “Bomb!”

Ziva Dhoni – Rape Threats

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by Aryaah Lodha

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, one of India’s best cricket players has had a poor performance in the IPL this season. Because of this, his 5 year old daughter, Ziva Dhoni has been receiving rape threats. This outraged hundreds of thousands of people, including myself. Many Celebrities like Ranganathan Madhavan and Irfan Pathan have spoken out on this matter and are demanding justice for Ziva. The person sending these rape threats was a teenager, was 16 years old. Regardless of age, no one should ever even have the thought that it is right to do something like this. The tweet from the user “troll M.S dhoni” was giving Ziva rape and death threats. The threats were sent on Sakshi Dhoni, (M.S Dhoni’s wifes) Instagram account, which caused her to limit comments on all of her social media profiles/platforms. Just because somebody didn’t perform to your expectations is utterly no reason to give RAPE threats to anyone. There is never a reason to give rape threats. This has to stop. Clearly, 5 year old girls, or even children,  are no exception to the sickening things going on in today’s world. 

The levels that social media is stooping to these days is absolutely disgusting. People think that with fake and anonymous accounts, they can do anything and get away with it. Thankfully, The Ranchi Police were quick to take action against this, and managed to get the boy who had issued the threats. “We detained him for questioning after Ranchi police informed us that the accused hails from Mundra in Kutch district. We have confirmed that the boy is the same who had posted the message.” are the words of a Ranchi Police officer working on the case. The mentality of many teenagers in India is clearly not in the right place, and this has been reflected through acts such as this which are truly revolting. However, Ziva is not the only one getting rape threats, such as the twins of Karan Johar have recieved numerous threats for rape, death and abuse. The things that children have to go through at such a young age are so repulgent and gross.

You can help by signing petitions like this, which have managed to get almost 160,000 signatures, which is addressed to the government of India to have bigger consequences and forces to help get justice for those who need it. Let’s help make India a better place! Together we must all come together and protest to help the thousands of people with no voice get their deserved justice. 

#StopRape #SafeIndia #JusticeForAll

The Opening of A Blockbuster In India

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By Diya Barmecha

Theatres have always been a huge part of the entertainment industry. People go with their minds blank and exit with their hearts filled. From varying languages to varying genres, movies cater to people every need. Along with the perfect movie, theatres also take care of the perfect environment with typical theatre foods such as popcorn and soda. Although the concept of a drive-in theatre is a western concept, it is not entirely foreing to Indian soil. In the past in cities like Ahmedabad, Mumbai, and Bengaluru there have been people driving their cars to drive-in theatres and watching the magic, as well as stepping out of reality and into another’s reality.

For the movie Khaali Peeli starring Ananya Panday and Ishaan Khattar, a Bollywood analyst, Tara Adarsh took to twitter the announcement that this movie would feature in an online platform alongwith drive-in theatres in Gurugram and Bengaluru. In Gurugram, there has also been a supermoon drive-in event from 2nd-4th of October, where they screen multiple movies. They wanted to recreate the theatre feeling that most of the public has been missing from the shutting of theatres due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Unlock 4.0, which took effect on 21st September, the government allowed the opening of pen air theatres to operate with a maximum of 100 people. From then there has been Unlock 6 which has allowed the opening of theatres with 50% capacity for November 5th. However, with the scare of the virus and the close proximity of the seats in the theaters, in my opinion, not many people will go to the theatre. In a theatre there is no open air or space where you could sit with an open mask and enjoy the fresh air. However this could be achieved in a drive in theatres. 

Swaroop Banarjee the COO and the business head of Zee Live says, “families want to be able to get out and be entertained while remaining safe. They will be able to enjoy a film on a large LED screen with sound towers on a nice green grass venue. At the entrance, we will have body temperature checks, patrons will be given masks and shields and cars will go through a fumigation tunnel. F&B services will also be sanitised and socially distant,”

In support with him, Gautam Dutta the CEO of PVR cinemas said that it seemed like an exciting venture and, “even before COVID had become a harsh reality, PVR had already signed up to build a drive-in theatre in Mumbai.”

Given its location and the atmosphere of this nation, many people also argue with the practicality of this theatre. One of the most significant ones is the weather problem. If this drive-in theatre would be open for the long run, it would have to close in the monsoon season which is very unpredictable in India. There would also need to be a lot of ventilation so that people don’t have to waste their car’s fuel or feel an extreme heat. The CEO of Reliance Entertainment, Shibasish Sarkar brings up issues like the time to create such a space. He explains that by the time the theatre might be ready for use the coronavirus may go away. He also mentions, “Why would producers want to release their films in open-air cinemas? If I have to release my film Sooryavanshi, I want eyeballs and 4,500 screens and not the 20 open-air cinemas, however quickly they might get ready.”

Concerning the practicality the Senior Vice president of a movie screen manufacturing company called Harkness Screens says that  “you can’t use the same screen outdoors that you would use indoors (in a closed auditorium) because it would keep reflecting light.” Which would mean that there would need to be new screens made which would require even more time.

Using the example of the past, one of the most important issues was brought up by Manjoj Desai, Executive Director of Gaiety-Galaxy, “Mumbai had one such cinema by the name of Drive-In in Bandra. A lot of cases of sexual crimes were reported around that area when that cinema was operating,” Such issues are extremely serious and hard to keep in order.

All in all, the cons outweigh the goods. Even though we may want to go to a cinema, there are a plethora number of reasons why it won’t work. The opening of this blockbuster location seems something far from reality. During this pandemic we have gotten very experienced in watching movies at home and we need to continue to do so, for now.

FIR(e) On KBC

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by Diya Barmecha

One of the most famous Indian television game shows, Kaun Banega Crorepati first aired in 2000. Even after 20 years there are lakhs of viewers who await this show. Based on the British program of “Who wants to be a Millionaire,” this show allows contestants to win upto 7 crore Indian rupees. The contestants are asked questions about various topics and are given four options to choose from and 45 seconds to make their choice. To aid the contestants there are also many lifeline options available for their use. Majority of the show is hosted by Bollywood megastar, Amitabh Bachchan who is a respected actor and citizen of India. 

Due to the current coronavirus situation there have been significant changes made in the show. This was the first year where there was no live audience, to ensure safety. To try to duplicate this they will use the sound of the audience for the final edit. In past seasons there was an audience poll lifeline which has been replaced by a video-a-friend lifeline. 

Along with these new changes for the first time, there is also an FIR filed against the show for the first time due to a controversial question asked. On October 30th, Bachchan asked the contests social activist Bezwada Wlison and actor Anup Soni a question worth Rs. 6.40 lakh. The question was as follows: “On 25th December 1927, Dr BR Ambedkar and his followers burned copies of which scripture?” 

The options presented to the contestants were Vishnu Purana, Bhagavad Gita, Rigved and Manusmriti. All of the above which are Hindu sacred texts. The answer to the question above was Manusmriti. Amitabh Bachchan future explained Ambedkars actions as he said, “In 1927, Ambedkar condemned the ancient Hindu text Manusmriti to ideologically justify caste discrimination and untouchability and burned its copies.

The FIR or First Information Report is something that the Indian police prepares for each case to be investigated. This was filed by a Bharatiya Janata Party MLA named Abhimanyu Pawar. This legislator from Ausa in Latur district accused host, Amitabh Bachchan as well as the makers of the show, of hurting Hindu sentiments. He believes that action should be taken against the actor and Sony Entertainment Television for asking a question of religious texts on October 30th, 2020. He believes that this question was done “in an attempt to insult Hindus and create discord between Hindus and Buddhists who have been living in harmony.” 

The BJP MLA said that since all options of the questions pertain to the Hindu religion, “It is clear that the motive behind this question was to hurt the sentiments of Hindus.” After this allegation Big B received huge amounts of criticism on social media. One user of Twitter accused the makers of this quiz show of deliberately adding these questions to raise issues so that the show’s target rating point or TRP of the show goes up. With a high target rating point there is an increase in advertising that reaches a target audience by any campaign or advertisement.

We may never know why that question was asked or if there was an ulterior motive.. However, this show continues to inspire and entertain people. Just on 11th November, a local of Delhi, Nazia Nasim will win 1 crore from this show.

Nationalism’s role in Ads – A History of Censoring Ads in India

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A still from the now withdrawn Tanishq Ad
A still from the now withdrawn Tanishq Ad

By Manavi Nag

Recently, an advert from jewellery brand Tanishq depicted an interfaith marriage between a Hindu woman and a Muslim man. The advert featured the inter-faith household celebrating a baby shower with Hindu customs. However, the seemingly harmless advertisement was met with extreme backlash that resulted in Tanishq taking it down and issuing a statement. A Tanishq showroom in Gujarat also posted an apology note after people allegedly stormed into the store, demanding one. But what was the problem with the ad and was this a one-off event? 

People believed the advert was that it was an interfaith marriage and supposedly normalised “love-jihad,” which is a theory that alleges that Hindu women are forced into converting to Islam through marriage. This theory can be easily dispelled through many real-life examples and proves invalid. The advert was supposed to be an emblem of harmony and a culmination of faiths through marriage, but it was turned into a political boycott under the facade of nationalism and preserving Hindu ideals.

Nationalism and inter-faith marriage can co-exist harmoniously but the fact that an interfaith marriage is as a threat to an entire nation and religion is a reflection of the flimsy grounds on which something can be considered anti-national.

The fact alone that this ad was considered a threat and offensive towards Hindu culture, is a sign of the disturbing times we live in, wherein a progressive and beautiful ad used to market jewellery is condemned and taken down due to mass trolling and hate. 

This isn’t an anomaly of an event. A number of adverts have been boycotted because they are supposedly anti-national. 

 In 2015, during the Cricket world cup, an advert by Fevikwik (owned by Pidilite) was aired. The advertisement showed two soldiers, one Indian and one Pakistani at the Wagah Border. The ad showed the two soldiers trying to out-march one another when the Indian soldier realises that the Pakistani soldier’s shoe sole has come out. The Indian soldier fixed it for the Pakistani soldier and the text “Todo Nahi Jodo” (Don’t break, join) flashed on the screen. This advert was a ray of fresh air during the monotonous adverts, that usually air during Cricket World Cups. However, it was promptly classified as anti-national by the BJP Party and its supporters. MP Chintamani Malviya said the advert was an insult to Indian soldiers and was anti-national. India and Pakistan have been conflicting countries for years, rooting back to the Partition. He even wanted to take criminal action against the visionaries of the advert like the director, script-writer and company, for treason. 

Once again, this advert was supposed to emulate a message of peace and harmony between two traditionally conflicting countries. It was trying to send across a message saying that when bonded together, we are stronger than ever, rather than if we’re broken apart. However, this advert like, Tanishq’s, was deemed anti-national because it showed Muslim and Hindu soldiers being polite and helpful toward one another. Continuously it is observed that under the illusion of nationalism and preserving Indian ideals, harmless ads that are progressive and envision peace and harmony are subject to controversy and even treason.

In addition to this, it is not only the ads that spark debates about nationalism, but also the people featured in them. Deepika Padukone, one of Bollywood’s most well-known actresses’ visited Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) standing in solidarity with the students, in the midst of violent protests that had broken out, this January. Not many Bollywood icons are as vocal and public about their political stance as Deepika was. Although, Padokone’s actions outraged many and prompted boycotts. Quickly, she was labelled anti-national and was an example of what many Bollywood stars feared. Ads that she was featured in started to slowly disappear from television according to sources. Brands even started to disassociate from her and while some channels restricted the number of ads that featured her, some stopped showing the ads as a whole until the situation had calmed down in fear of backlash, being labelled anti-national and losing key audiences. One of the brands also asked to stop casting ads that featured her wholly for the next two weeks. 

Social media was outraged with Deepika’s actions and even called to boycott her upcoming release at the time Chhapaak. Members of the BJP Party publicly called to boycott the movie as a result of Deepika’s actions as she was “anti-national.” Provided that Deepika Padukone is also a highly successful woman not only in Bollywood but also Hollywood, her gender and level of success was definitely a contributing factor to the amount of hate and backlash she received. However once again, we see the theme of people using the shield of nationalism as a way to cause harm and spread backwards sentiments. In addition to this, instances like these should make us question the extent to which people will go to harm others with the protection and cover of nationalism as an excuse.

There is an exhaustive list of instances in which adverts have been censored, limited or completely taken down because they flaunted anti-national ideals. But when did an inter-faith marriage become anti-national? When did an Indian soldier helping a Pakistani soldier become anti-national and when did standing in solidarity to those fighting violence become a valid reason for ads and movie boycotts? Today, anything can be deemed anti-national by a large population of people, but what really is anti-national and when did things like peace-promoting ads and actions become that? Nationalism is no longer a valid concept but rather an excuse, facade and shield that many people use as a way to bring down forward and progressive steps in the right direction.  The censorship and deletion of ads in the name of nationalism should make us question a lot about the political climate we live in.

IPL’s Power Play!

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by Tara Hebbar and Tanvi Mittal

Since the IPL started in 2008, it’s touched and changed many people’s lives. We’ve grown to love the teams and players for their extraordinary talent and remarkable skill. We think of all the older, advanced cricket players but a new generation of cricketers have arisen shocking us with their incredible flair for the sport. Many of these players are so young, yet they look like professionals on the field with a tremendous amount of talent and knack for the game. These players have extraordinary backgrounds and come from all around the world!

Ravi Bishnoi, the 20-year-old who has proved that where there is a will, there is most definitely a way! His father being the headmaster of a school, it wasn’t easy to convince him on a sports career. Moreover, his town didn’t offer a cricket facility, but this didn’t stop Ravi from following his dreams. One of his friends and he started their own academy, he says

Our ground used to be just a patch of barren land filled with rocks. We cleared those rocks ourselves because back then we couldn’t afford a JCB truck. Then, we planted the grass on the ground ourselves, the special red mud needed for the wicket was also ordered by us, and we leveled the playing surface as well.

He showed his talent off at the under -19 world cup where he took 17 wickets and now he continues to flair his talent in his maiden IPL with the team KXII Punjab!

Devdutt Padikkal, RCB player who has been nothing short of impressive during his maiden IPL this year. Though his shots have been power-packed and diverse, and his fielding has been impeccable, he admits to being nervous prior to playing his first match against SRH, where he scored a dazzling 50. He says to Chahal following the game, “I was very nervous upon hearing the news of making my debut. But when I came to bat I settled down after playing a few balls.” He went on to talk about the inspiration he has derived from the captain of the team, saying “The last one month that we practiced, I learnt a lot from Virat bhaiya. I kept asking him questions whenever I was around him. Even today, when I was playing with Finch, he showed a lot of confidence in me.” This shows the role a captain plays in encouraging young minds and cricketers and being a pillar of support for them.

We follow with Shubhman Gill, the run machine who owes his splendid career to his father. “Shubman was interested in the sport from a very young age. He started wielding a bat at the age of three. He never liked any other toys. He would play with a bat and a ball even before going to bed,” says his father, Lakhwinder Singh. His father had a lifelong dream of playing professional cricket but unfortunately never got to, and hence installed it into his son, who made his life long, and power six. His father even moved his family to Mohali so that Shubham could have access to the best facilities. This IPL Shubhman Gill has proved to be an integral part of the KKR’s team and a player who has a bright and successful future ahead of himself. 

We observe yet another inspiring cricket story in the likes of Priyam Garg, match finisher for team SRH, this year. His father had severe financial difficulties and though he did recognize his son’s cricket talent, having 5 kids he had no money to buy a bat, forget coaching. After realizing his true potential Priyams father borrowed money to find a coach for Priyam and enrolled him under the coaching of  Sanjay Rastogi, who had recognized cricketers such as Bhuvi. Though Priyam first wanted to become a fast bowler, Rastogi encouraged him to focus on his batting. In 2011, after the death of his mother, Priyam contemplated quitting cricket to assist his father in running the household but this was not allowed to do this after his father encouraged him to continue. He then succeeded in the Under – 19 world cup, and again in this IPL. This highlights how vital parental support can help children.

Prithvi Shaw is a 20-year-old star with an inspiring story that started at the young age of three. After playing throughout his childhood, Prithvi continued to play in and lead his team in many big tournaments including being the captain for the U-19 Indian team in the U-19 ICC 2018 where they won against West Indies when he was just 18 years old. However, this all changed in late 2019 when Shaw failed a dope test. Scroll.in mentioned in their article that “A release from the Board said Shaw had ‘inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups’.” Shaw then faced a 16-month suspension for his actions. Soon after former star and cricket legend, Sachin Tendulkar talked to Shaw as he often does with younger players. Tendulkar said during an interview, “It’s true. I have had a number of interactions over the years with Prithvi. He is a very talented player and I am happy to help him. I spoke to him about cricket and also life beyond the cricket field,” he said. Prithvi’s back on track playing for the Delhi Capitals and is an excellent cricketer and leader and has been playing cricket like never before. 

Sam Curran, a 22-year-old left-handed batsman tells a bold story with his bat and the ball. This young, especially talented cricketer is as effortless with his batting, as he is as a left-handed medium-paced bowler. Over the course of an India Series in 2018, Curran took eleven wickets and has scored crucial runs for his teams. He continued to have an amazing performance, but where did it start? He was born and raised in Newhampton, England. His dad was a Zimbabwean all-rounder and Curran learned from him, his love of cricket started there. He and his brother Tom who now plays for the Rajasthan Royals started playing at Surrey, a club in England. Surrey knew that Tom was a gem right away. And they were right as Curran’s time in the IPL playing first for Kings 11 Punjab and now Chennai Super Kings has been nothing short of impressive. 

25-year-old Sanju Samson is making runs like it’s a breeze. This year in the IPL it’s Rajasthan Royals player Samson’s true time to shine. On multiple occasions he has made an extraordinary score, blowing everyone’s minds. But just last year things were different for him. In an interview for the Hindustan Times, he said, “I was really fed up of myself last year. I had been trying very hard but things were not happening. Then I really went back to myself, did a bit of soul-searching and I really asked myself lots of different questions. Like, ‘What do I want to achieve in my life?’ and ‘Where do I want to reach until my cricket career finishes?’’ After this, Samson came back stronger than ever for the 2020 IPL. For his first two, consecutive matches Sanju was made Man of the Match after his excellent performance. This shows how with dedication and the spirit to win, your willpower can bring you up to stronger than ever. 

All these different examples just show how youngsters of IPL have been picked from the most unusual of places and how they all have a story to tell and people to thank. But most of all it’s their respective teams that can thank them for the “power plays” of IPL have proved to be nothing but impressive this season, each one contributing to their team’s victories in one way or another. 

No Lockdown On Kindness!

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Source - https://www.hindustantimes.com/pune-news/stick-fighting-video-helps-85-year-old-woman-in-pune-beat-lockdown-woes/story-Bj0H0dkCAJE5kl5AvMcvCP.html

by Tara Hebbar and Diya Barmecha

The lockdown and pandemic have proved to be disastrous for those who require to be outside in order to make a living.  Due to the fact that their work cannot be taken to the realm of zoom calls, they have no money coming in, even for basic necessities. Many of them have families to support and several mouths to feed, and whatever money that they saved up, would not be sufficient to cover all the costs. Buying electronics and investing in a stable WiFi connection adds an even heavier burden on their expenses. Though humans as a race are believed to be selfish, we have observed help for the affected, pouring in from everywhere. Even those who aren’t in the most financially secure situations themselves have been helping others. Here are some inspiring stories that truly portray true kindness that a human can exhibit. 

During the ripe season of lockdown, education was a large concern for those who didn’t have access to any electronics or couldn’t possibly afford the same. Kuldeep Kumar is a man who brutally faced this issue. A victim of this conflict. Kuldeep lives in Himachal Pradesh and was forced to sell his beloved cow in order to purchase a smartphone. So that his two children could make the move to an online education platform. The cow was his only source of income, without which there would be no money flow. Selling the cow was the last resort after he had knocked on the doors of several banks and money lenders, only to have been sent back empty handed.

“With the switch from classroom teaching to online education, teachers are putting pressure on us that if you want to pursue education for your children, you have to buy a device. With no means of getting a smartphone with our meagre means, we finally decided to sell our cow,”

Kuldeep Kumar reported. This act of sacrifice on the part of Kuldeep Kumar, caught attention and went viral. His heart-rending story gained traction and several people offered to be of assistance. Amongst these kind people, was famous actor Sonu Sood. After inquiring about his details and upon receiving them, he transferred money into the bank account of Kuldeep. Sonu Sood has provided a happy ending to many disastrous stories during the lockdown and has rightly earned his name of “reel life villain and real-life hero.” He has done so much, for so many. Some of his angelic acts include, Arranging Buses for Migrant Laborers, Shakti Annadanam initiative, Ramzan Kits, Arranging Chartered Flights, gifting tractor to a farmer, Offering Job to Hyderabad techie, Helping During Cyclone Nisarga, Bringing Back 4000 Students Struck In Kyrgyzstan and the list goes on. He is the paragon of using fame and money wisely, and in the pursuit of helping those who aren’t as fortunate. He has used his outreach to help so many people in times where they were deemed helpless. 

Shantabai Pawar is the woman that has proven that age is just a number. Her dedication along with her vigilance is what got her through a financial crisis. Living in Hadapsar she says that the lockdown has, “been a very difficult period for us.” For them, the lockdown was a cover to the bottle of any source of income. All she possessed was herself and orphan children she had taken in. For them she went onto the streets and displayed her martial arts skills by waving two sticks around in order to get some money. Her efforts were recognized when film actors reposted a video of her and one actor, by the name of  Ritesh Deshmukh even gave her the name, “warrior aaji ”(translates to warrior grandmother). He also helped her get ration from others after recognizing her good will and spirit. Her granddaughter mentioned that the video had helped the family gain cash. As an eight year old, she had learned this skill from her father. Even after getting recognition she goes to the streets and tries to scrounge as much money as she can to help her children. Another Bollywood actor, Sonu Sood who has helped people in his own way said that he would like to open a “small training school with her where she can train women of our country with some self defense techniques.” This 85-year-old woman walks to the street with her two sticks and a mask and waves it around for a living. The lockdown has gotten us to stay in our houses to stay safe but she needed to go onto the streets to earn a living. Warrior aaji is an inspiration to many.
As shown in both  the above stories, we as a race have the ability to look out for each other. How much ever the philosophy of “survival of the fittest” is promoted, we have proven to empathize with those who aren’t as fortunate as some are. Even though at times we ourselves might not be having the easiest time, we help others like a woman called Sheetal who lives in Dharavi has done. Being affected by the pandemic, her and her family along with Art of Living volunteers help distribute rations among people next to them. There are many such stories in every community. How much ever we consider the virus an evil, it has not only made us grateful for what we have but also shown us that help can be received when in need. It has brought all of us far closer together than everyday life ever could.

Far too many coincidences — How the IPL is rigged?

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source - https://www.indiatvnews.com/sports/cricket/franchises-urge-bcci-to-announce-ipl-2020-schedule-645958

By Pritha Nag

For the last 12 years, Indians have been given arguably the most corrupt league in the whole world, the Indian Premier League of Cricket (The IPL). The IPL first started out in 2008, and it has amassed global attention, raking in players from all over the world. The IPL is a huge franchise that is worth about $6.7 billion. Playing one season in the IPL can guarantee comfort for the rest of your life. But after watching many IPL matches, I have seen that there are far too many coincidences that occur, that can be considered as match-fixing. But what proof is there? 

After watching matches for a couple of years, you can start to realise far too many coincidences. The Mumbai Indians managing to win the IPL every two years– 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019 even being known as the “Odd Glitch” to some, as they manage to win every other year. Out of those four matches, two have been such a close call (2017 and 2019), that the Mumbai Indians have won by one run. It could have gone either way. But it conveniently happened to go the way of the Mumbai Indians each time?

On April 22nd, 2018, Sunrisers Hyderabad hosted Chennai Super Kings, and Rajasthan Royals hosted Mumbai Indians. Chennai won the game by a close 4 runs, and Ambati Rayudu was crowned Man of the match. Later that evening, Rajasthan defeated Mumbai by three wickets, and player Rohit Sharma was run out on the first ball. This same formula was repeated in the season, with the exact same teams. On Sunday 13th May, Chennai hosted Hyderabad (previously it was Hyderbad had hosted Chennai) in Pune while Mumbai hosted Rajasthan (previously it was Rajasthan had hosted Mumbai) at the Wankhede stadium. Chennai Super Kicks won the match by eight wickets, and Ambati Rayudu won the Man of the Match award once again. Hours later, Rajasthan defeated Mumbai in the evening and then Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma was out on the first ball of the match, just as the previous match against Rajasthan. Exact same formula– same teams, same man of the match, and same person out on the first ball. 

A bookie (a  person that accepts and pays off bets on sporting and other events at agreed-upon odds) has also come out and talked about how the IPL games are fixed, and how they have mastered subtle signals that we as viewers never notice. For example, he had said– “In the IPL five t-shirts will be the full size, five will be half sleeves. A player bowls the over in full t-shirt, that is the signal.”  This tells us what type of t-shirt a player is wearing, can signal to the rest of the players what to and what not to do. He went on to say that– “A wide a running in and stopping without bowling are all signals.”  A single wide ball (a wide ball is a ball that the batsment are unable to reach) can indicate to the players to score a six for the next bowl, or for a wicket to be taken. It’s all so carefully executed that we as the viewers fail to notice these small signs. 

On October 11th, 2020, Delhi Capitals and the Mumbai Indians played together in a match. Seeing that there is less fan interaction due to the current pandemic, teams have been trying to interact with fans more via social media. What was so peculiar about this match, is that the official Mumbai Indians Twitter page had tweeted out only a few minutes at the start of the match– “Pattinson is sharing the new ball with Boult!” This sounds perfectly fine until you read a little below. At the bottom of the tweet, the Mumbai Indians had tweeted out “DC – 163/5 (19.5)”. To decipher this tweet, DC stands for the Delhi capitals, so it is saying that the Delhi Capitals were going to have a score of 163/5 in 19.5 overs. This tweet was tweeted only a few minutes into the match, which is what makes it so interesting because the match had barely started. To thicken the plot the Delhi Capitals ended the match with almost exactly that score– 162/4 in 20 overs. Moreover, the official Mumbai Indians page took down the tweet, dut to getting questioned about it by the IPL supper fans.  They are yet to address it as of the 15/10/20, but this is more than coincidence. Almost the exact score tweeted, at the beginning of the match! How could anyone ever be able to guess what the score was even before it started. 

What makes the IPL so thrilling is how down to the wire it is. It is argued that far too many IPL matches have been won by a narrow margin of one run. In the 2019 season, it was reported one in every ten matches had ended in a win by just one run, including the final!. This occurs very rarely in One Day Cricket, Test Cricket, and International Cricket. 

It is also valid to mention that the IPL had no anti-corruption coverage from the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) specialist unit until it’s third edition. The anit corruption coverage works towards making sure that there is no corruption in sports. The tournament’s first commissioner, Lalit Modi, had admitted it was a mistake on his part, but the milk had already been split. 

This may pose the question as to why do some of the world’s best cricket players come to the IPL, that is allegedly rigged? No other domestic league has managed to boast players, cheerleaders, or thrills as the IPL has. Some of the world’s biggest players come to earn millions and millions of dollars. Through watching the IPL you will see many familiar ads pop up over the course of the season, in between breaks, wickets, time outs, and so on. For a small ten-second ad to be televised during the IPL it is $17,705. Star sports is said to have amassed $40,858,470 from ad revenues alone. The money earned is the simple answer to the question. The average salary of an IPL player that he earns during one season is $109,929. For some of the most well-known players, they earn higher figures of about $23,189,92. The average salary most people make in a year is about so in comparison to what a single IPL player makes in three months. 

All in all, many could argue if or if not they think that the IPL is fixed. Many could say that if you put your mind to think there is an error in the IPL, your mind will be fixed on over-analysing every small thing that happens. Although there is no solid proof of match-fixing in the IPL, it is important to consider all the “coincidences” and corruption behind the scenes. The IPL has managed to give many new cricketers a chance to shine and fulfil their childhood passions and dreams, the way other leagues have not been able to. Many of the teams have also donated millions and millions of dollars to good causes, such as India’s fight towards Covid-19. That being said when the IPL trophy gets lifted on November 10th, a lot of corruption and scheming would have been behind that trophy. So the next time you are watching an IPL match, notice the minor coincidences, the small signs, and hidden signals and ask yourself– is the IPL rigged?

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