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Can Modi pass the first governance test?

Written By kom nampultig on Senin, 19 Mei 2014 | 21.16

Sanjeev Ahluwalia
19 May 2014, 12:09 PM IST

The Modi led "near national" government has been voted in for its perceived capacity for good governance. Good governance is an amorphous concept. But one essential component is access to timely justice. Punishing people for the crimes they commit, at the earliest, through due process becomes a key measure which makes commitment to the rule of law credible.

India is a terrible laggard in this regard. Criminal cases drag on for years with the perpetrators, if they are rich, either out on bail or ensconced in jail with all comforts and privileges.

The Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) has done stellar work in informing citizens about the criminality of Lok Sabha candidates, using the information submitted by the candidates themselves at the time of filing their nominations.  It is tragic that whilst the Election Commission does not highlight such information for the public, it is left to NGOs to cull and present it to citizens.

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ADR has reported on 8163 out of the 8236 candidates who contested the 2014 elections. Of these 889 declared that they had serious criminal cases pending against them, including murder, attempt to murder, assault on women and hate crimes. Sadly the proportion of such candidates increased from 8% in 2009 to 11% in 2014.

21% of the candidates the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) put up, belong to this category. Nine parties fielded a lower proportion of "tainted" candidates: Amma's AIDMK (8%), Didi's Trinamool Congress (10%), Aam Admi Party (10%), Biju Janta Dal (10%), CPI (12%), Congress (13%), DMK (14%), Bhenji's BSP (15%) and the CPI (M) (16%).

ADR has yet to report on how many "tainted" candidates have won from each party. But 21% of the 521 studied by ADR had serious criminal cases against them as compared to 15% in 2009. Unless candidates are convicted of serious criminal crimes, they remain eligible for becoming MPs. There is little Modi can do about that till the law is changed.

But there is one major way in which Modi can herald the era of good governance in India to which he and his party are committed. He can declare that no BJP MP shall be made a minister if there is a serious criminal case pending against her. The data is a bit fuzzy here. What is a criminal case? Is it the filing of a First Information Report; completion of investigation report by the police; presentation of charge sheet by the prosecution in court or the framing of charges by the court? But this is a technicality and can be used to massage the data.

Good governance is as much about changing the reality as it about shaping perception. Modi is the proclaimed master of perception and should rightly be concerned that his government starts off on the right foot.

The World Justice Project which tracks the health of the Rule of Law worldwide, in its Index 2014, ranks the criminal justice system in India at 48 out of 99 countries; better than China (rank 51) or Malaysia (rank 53) but lower than Brazil (rank 37) or Sri Lanka (rank 38). More importantly on the factor of "timeliness and effectiveness" India does worse that all these countries, except Brazil.

Improving the criminal justice system, to developed country standards, is a time consuming effort involving change in practices; incentives for judges to conclude cases; better investigation practices and capacity and more motivated prosecution. These are deep procedural and bureaucratic reforms which should be started, but are unlikely to kick in with results by 2019.

In the meantime, the problem of sitting MPs with unresolved criminal cases needs to be deal with pronto if Modi's promise of good governance is to be implemented. Modi and his team are not one to let the grass grow under their feet.  So here are three initiatives to deal with the problem:

1.      An all-party committee of the Lok Sabha should review the cases of all MPs with pending criminal cases to identify those with serious charges against them.

2.      Modi to request the new Chief Justice of India to constitute a fast track court specially mandated to decide all such cases by June 2015.

3.      In the meantime, all MPs with serious criminal cases against them to be embargoed from getting ministerial berths in his government.

The electorate dealt harshly, in 2014, with parties which claim to align with good governance norms but fail to take effective action, when mandated to rule. Across India, the electorate has rewarded parties with strong leaders and a record of effective governance (BJP, BJD, AIDMK, TMC) and punished those which are ideological without being pragmatic (AAP, CPM) or enabled but self-serving (Congress and Alkali Dal). This is not the moment to disappoint them with false integrity.

Making public commitments on the manner in which ministers are going to be appointed is unprecedented. It takes away some discretion from the PM. But good governance is also about tying your hands publicly to do the right thing and burning your bridges, lest one is tempted to retreat into half-truths. Best to start now.


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Thomas Cup: German show makes it tougher for India

Amit Karmarkar
19 May 2014, 01:13 PM IST

Don't be too surprised if India fail to win a single group contest in the Thomas Cup. India didn't win a single game in the top-two singles matches against Malaysia; and Germany showed their singles strength by losing to Korea 2-3 on Sunday.

India play Korea on Monday and Germany on Wednesday. The latter contest can either way with the Germans holding the advantage, if any.

And yes, despite being the weak link, India won their first 'game' against Malaysia through the doubles performance of Akshay Dewalkar and  Pranav Chopra. K Srikanth and P Kashyap lost in straight games.

Here are other off-beat highlights from Day 1 at Siri Fort Complex in New Delhi:

Diving saves - Korea's Yeon Seong Yoo made two successive retrieves: first a diving save and then with lying-on-the-floor position in the doubles against Germany in the critical state (18-17) of the third game. It was a bit of anti-climax that Yoo played the next service fault (short) to lose the point. But his acrobatics were simply breathtaking.

Four-beat chants - The four-beat rhythmic cycle was on display when a sizeable Malaysian supporters chanted "Chong Wei Feng" during a tense phase of his match against India's P Kashyap. And when the Indians joined in with "Kashyap" bit, the tempo was increased without the breather to fit it into the four-beat cycle!

So, first it was "Chong Wei Feng (breather..)" to complete the four-beat cycle. And then ChongWei Feng (in the space of two beats) from the Malyasian supporters followed by Indian fans' "Ka..shyap" (two beats) (repetition without breather).

It was doubles in display in cheering too. Who says only the musicians know 'layakari'?

Gopi the monk - During India's singles matches, former players P Gopi Chand and Vimal Kumar (student and coach respectively in the former's early days in Bangalore) were in the coach's chairs. While Vimal was showing some emotion and clapped during some points, Gopi was watching like a monk. Lee Chong Wei and K Srikanth were coming up with some astounding shots, but Gopi was breathing normally.

Maybe that's a secret of his coaching success!

Rs 1k per ticket - It's still early days but the spectator response for the meet here is not astounding.

Yes, there was some quota of free entries for students who were wearing the sponsor's shirt. The matches are live on TV too. Maybe that's a strong reason not to buy a ticket: the minimum denomination is of Rs 1,000.


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Citylights

Meeta Kabra
19 May 2014, 03:31 PM IST

At first glance, Citylights comes across as a run-of-the-mill helpless villagers caught in the big bad world kind-of-a-film, which it still might be. But, there is something about the performances that hooks you in those two minutes. The couple's desperation comes across rather crudely and therein lies the ironical and rugged charm.

It is surely a depressing tale. Now even if it has a happy ending after all, the process of getting there doesn't look too easy for both the characters and the audience. On the other hand, the situations seem very typical, guy is insulted, slapped around and resorts to something he had never thought himself capable of and the woman is insulted, humiliated and resorts to selling her flesh and thus soul.

I just hope that like the trailer, the movie is able to take us beyond the "no great shakes" feel that the story and situations give. Through the performances and through some good music and that something little more. That this is a film under the Bhatt banner doesn't help its case too much now, does it?

Music Reviews:
Bollywood Life - "3.5/5"
glamsham - "4/5"
Milliblog - "best Hindi soundtrack by Jeet Ganguli yet"
Music Aloud - "7/10"


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Jayalalithaa: The queen who couldn’t be the kingmaker

Written By kom nampultig on Sabtu, 17 Mei 2014 | 21.16

Arun Ram
17 May 2014, 03:25 PM IST

She is the victor who lost; the queen without the crown. Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa created history on Friday when her party AIADMK won 37 of the 39 seats in the state—the biggest tally for any party so far in Tamil Nadu. Yet, she couldn't get anywhere near power at the Centre when BJP would be sharing it with some parties that got just a couple of seats, maybe just one.

Elections offer takeaways for winner and losers, and here are a couple for Jayalalithaa: Strategic compromise is sometimes better than a Pyrrhic victory. Wishful thinking of a prospective post-poll ally under performing may be as dangerous as underestimating a rival.

The AIADMK prima donna has left none in doubt over her ability to win on her own, especially when there is a multi-cornered contest. But had she tied up with the BJP before the polls, she would have ended up having a handful of Union ministers, though with a lesser number of MPs.

Some may contest this on the premise that a Jayalalaithaa-Modi alliance would have triggered a reconfiguration of political equations in Tamil Nadu; that the DMK might have gone with the Congress; that the Left and the smaller parties would have joined such a coalition sensing anti-right polarisation.

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Okay, so what?

The AIADMK might not have managed such huge margins in many places if Jayalalithaa, who started off a silent friend of Modi, didn't change tack midway her campaign and attacked the BJP after sensing a Muslim consolidation against her (But, mind you, she never attacked Modi). She would have lost some minority support had she joined hands with the BJP, but the results show that that would have been more than compensated by the BJP. The results also show that the rest of the parties in TN have not garnered enough to open an account under the NDA umbrella, and hence wouldn't have changed the pathetic fate of the DMK alliance.

It's common knowledge that the AIADMK, having shed the vestiges of the Dravidian philosophy long ago, would make a natural ally of the BJP. And Jayalalithaa made no secret of this: She was the first leader of another party to congratulate Narendra Modi when he became the chief minister of Gujarat last two times. The two leaders have been exchanging more than pleasantries over the phone for a while before the elections which both knew would make Modi the Prime Minister.

Given this bonhomie which never got to the level of mutual commitment, Jayalalithaa had two options before the elections: One, to join NDA as its leading partner in Tamil Nadu and give the BJP half-a-dozen winnable seats; two, to go it alone. The trade-off was, if she opted for the first, she would end up with a little over 30 seats, but, as the largest NDA partner, she could demand half-a-dozen ministerial berths for her MPs. The second, as she rightly read the anti-DMK/Congress mood in the state, would reap a richer harvest for her to emerge the king-maker if the NDA tally tottered around 250 seats.

To be fair to the Chennai Super Queen, she was probably right. Just that Modi was more right.


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Is anti-incumbency working against Pinarayi?

John Cheeran
17 May 2014, 02:58 PM IST

Considering the outright rejection of Congress and UPA across India, chief minister Oommen Chandy and KPCC president V M Sudheeran can console themselves for avoiding a rout and keeping the party intact in the state.

The Congress had to battle anti-incumbency both at the Centre and state.The fact that UPA's six ministers from the state, five of them Congressmen, in the fray – Shashi Tharoor (Thiruvananthapuram), K V Thomas (Ernakulam), K C Venugopal (Alappuzha), Kodikunnil Suresh (Mavelikkara), Mullapally Ramachandran (Vadakara) and E Ahamed (Malappuram) - have won is important.

What saved the day for Chandy, who had turned this election into a referendum on the performance of his government, was the fear of Narendra Modi among minorities and the anti-incumbency mood against CPI(M) state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan (who is leading the party since 1998) among non-partisan voters.

Despite winning an additional seat (LDF has won four seats more) compared to 2009, for the CPM the results have come as a dampener since it reveals the party's inability to turn the nationwide anti-UPA mood into votes. Remember, CPM lost Vadakara, despite a 'faction-less' party and V S Achuthanandan's new-found bonhomie with Vijayan.   

It's clear that UDF received the support of Christian and Muslim communities apart from retaining its goodwill among upper caste Hindus. But Chandy would do well to remember that the minority support comes with a caveat — defeats in Kannur, Idukki, Chalakudy and Thrissur prove they can be tough bargainers.

The big message is, however, that Modi's version of Hindutva is ready to swamp the state's traditional Hindu parties - CPM and CPI. In six constituencies – Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta, Kasaragod, Palakkad, Kozhikode and Thrissur - BJP logged more than one lakh votes and in three others – Ernakulam, Chalakudy and Attingal - it crossed the 90,000 mark. In Thiruvananthapuram, O Rajagopal almost pulled off the impossible, logging 2,82,336 votes to finish an impressive second.

LDF had played the 'minority' card across the state – it had fielded 10 minority candidates compared to UDF's nine. And the Hindu backlash is evident, especially, in Thiruvananthapuram and Pathanamthitta. Lowering the Left guard as they did would have disastrous consequences for Communist parties in the long run.

CPM's second setback is its failure to defeat first, N K Premachandran, and RSP in Kollam. The loss is not merely that of a politburo member, but the party's political antenna consistently picking up the wrong signals.Another interesting pointer emerges from Ponnani where Muslim League struggled to win. E Mohammad Bashir's margin of victory has come down from 82,864 to 25,410, thanks to splinter Muslim groups and the growing presence of BJP.  

The large number of first-time, young voters have not changed the entrenched political equations in the state, at least for now. Aam Aadmi Party's first tryst with Malayalis has been disastrous when one considers that non-political Anita Pratap managed more votes in Ernakulam (51,517) than the anti-corporate, neo-Left, feminist litterateur and culturally sensitive Sara Joseph in Thrissur (44,638). May be there are more politicians in Kerala than Aam Aadmis.


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Spoofy noodles from sporty elections

Amit Karmarkar
17 May 2014, 06:05 PM IST

A day after the counting, sports folks ponder over the mandate for a change and not about mandatory overs!

Mohd Azharuddin: "My opponent chose to bat first after winning the toss. You know... you know... I was bad in chasing anyway. My opponent was lucky with the toss. If my grandfather was alive today, he would have advised me and people of India to ......"

Mohd Kaif: "Sadly, good fielders are in a minority. Even I'm from the minority community. But don't forget that Rahul Gandhiji remains our deity!"

Dilip Tirkey: "It's foul... foul... foul! Voters' hands were shaking while casting votes (like my hands used to during a tight hockey match). Hence they pressed the wrong button. In hockey, we should go back to natural turf from 'ass'tro turf and Indian players should umpire their own hockey matches. And in elections, we should go back to the ballot paper from EVM machines."

Baichung Bhutia: "I thought I was taking a free-kick. Instead, voters kicked me. Praful Bhai should show red cards to all of them.

Rajyavardhan Rathore: "I was telling Rajeji to give me two seats to contest like Modiji. After all, I'm an Olympic silver medalist in the double trap. You never know, I may have won the Amritsar seat!"

Kirti Azad: "Considering that Farooq Abdullah paid the price for giving an impression that he knows everything and he is God and that he has answers and solutions to all problems, I should not talk much."

PS:

Ravi Shastri (in Gabbar Singh's tone) to his guest IPL co-commentator and who can qualify as an IPL cheerleader after losing his clothes: "Itna Sannata Kyon Hai Yaar!" 

Prince: "I will get back to you after speaking to Mamma. But silence is not too bad Ravi."


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India needs and education strategy

Written By kom nampultig on Jumat, 16 Mei 2014 | 21.16

Meeta Sengupta
16 May 2014, 08:13 AM IST

India stands at a cusp today between two governments. The previous one has been serving the nation for the past ten years the new one will hopefully get a mandate strong enough to stand for the next five.

As we stand on this platform between the old and the new (regardless of which party comes back to power, though by now it seems to be fairly clear) it is a time to call for change.

First, it would be graceful to acknowledge what went well, especially in the Education sector. Much was achieved including investments in infrastructure, near universal enrolment at the primary level, acknowledgement of the private sector contribution, the groundwork for the entry of foreign universities to India, the almost universal acceptance of the RTE Act (flawed as it is) and of course the slow but steady entry of technology in education. For each of these I can hear critics harrumphing. I agree, not enough has been done. Progress has been painfully slow. In many cases the slow progress has been a boon because the direction chosen was so obviously flawed. A generation has lost many chances. The current one must not be let down.

The good news is that much of the thinking and debating has been done for years. There are clear opinions and choices on most institutional and policy issues. The path forward is known and the structural gaps are identified. There can be nothing better to inherit for a team that knows that actions often speak larger than words. For example - it is acknowledged that Indian universities need to focus on research and international engagement to ride up the global rankings. (I of course advocate a diversified model for post secondary education that does not require all universities to fight for a spot on the same greasy pole). It is also clear that multiple accreditation bodies need to be set up with the blessings of the sector skills councils that represent the employer's requirements  - these are to guide the content and certification of competencies to fill the skills gap. At the primary school level we know that qualified teacher gaps are a national emergency - this is already a national mission and must be executed well.

Other issues that always get pushed under the carpet are also acknowledged as being awkward - Foreign Direct Investment in education, private sector provision of primary education, the mess that the current community college model presents (when the answer is obvious to some of us) and of course the very troublesome issue of apprenticeships that falls somewhere in the gaps between the ministries of Human Resource Development and Labour. Many of the issues that need to be sorted out are ideological - tradition pulls policy towards treating it as a public good. Pragmatism and resource constraints, and dare I say it - common sense too - negates that view. At the same time one realises that the current structures, behemoths as they are may be flawed, but are the only vehicles for the distribution of the new national policies. These knots will have to be cut before the new government can begin to make meaningful progress.

Of course, some changes are easier than they look, such as the RTE Act that has been attacked by many. It is enough to acknowledge the RTE 2.0 movement that is ready to move past recriminations and chart a path to better education for all. The RTE comes with fundamental flaws that cannot be allowed to continue into the future but has clearly established the principle of social engineering via education policy. Where it fails is in arrogating private property to the state, in discriminating against the majority institutions and in creating a distrust of government aid. These flaws will only strengthen the suspicion that government wants to play big brother and nanny - a creepy thought at best. The RTE itself has many flaws such as the emphasis on input based criteria rather than on value addition during the school year (though activists cry out for output based norms for schools). Many flaws have been patched over, but fundamentally it remains a noble thought that seems to be designed for flaws to show up in operation.

The new government has all the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle in place. They have all been tagged and sorted too. Now it is up to them to create a the picture that they believe will built a better future for the nation. It is time for a national action plan. What India needs is a National Education Strategy.


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Restaurant Review: La Folie - tea salon, patisserie, chocolaterie

Rashmi Uday Singh
16 May 2014, 08:00 AM IST

I confess. I'm a dessertaholic and a chocoholic. So, I conduct three tasting sessions at this new French-inspired Patisserie, Chocolaterie and tea salon. I land up at La Folie, when I go to do a clothes trial (her boutique is next to La Folie) to the dynamic and multi-talented Shaina NC's boutique. This to walk the ramp (with Vivek Jain) for the mammoth 7,000 audience, celebrity studded fund raiser for Cancer patients for which Shaina made time in spite of her hectic electioneering. I do a marathon-hour long tasting with patissieur extraordinaire, Cordon Bleu trained Firoza Moos (pay bill of Rs 5,015). The third tasting feedback is on twitter and instagram.

THE FRENCH CONNECTION
Another confession... I don't know the French language at all, in spite of spending years in Paris while writing my food book. So  interpreting "La Folie's" French words is tough, but I've had the good fortune to interview and taste all of Sanjana Patel's French mentor's Alain Ducasse creations. Less than two months ago, I not only ate Pierre Herme's  patisserie but also flew down to Delhi to anchor Pierre Herme's interview for a national magazine's conclave.

DÉCOR
Wedged into Kala Ghoda, La Folie is a small, stark space with tables and a  dark wood bench running along one wall. It seats 8 to 10.  Quite a contrast to the ornate French La Duree with it's jewel box looks.

FOOD
There's a catwalk here too... behind the glassed off counter, gleaming superstar desserts  preen and strut...  pralines,  truffles, macarons, entremets (that French for textural layered desserts) there's a huge choice of teas and coffee too.

Hero #1 is the"100% Chocolat" dense and moist with a dark chocolate cake base, crispy praline, bitter chocolate mousse capped off with chocolate fondant. Heroine #1 Rouge Velour (big fat, bright red rose) moist, zesty lemony sponge cake with strawberry compote Supporting hero #1 Infinite Caramel seasalt cream with hazelnut praline and milk chocolate. Child star#1  Colorful candy cake layered with mentos, eclair nutties and marshmallow.

Full marks to La Folie's slim chocolate squares... single origin Venezuelan and Equador chocolate truffles. Macarons (lemon grass and basil, pop rock candy) delight.

MINUS POINTS

Though they say they open at 11am, at both our tastings, they were not open till 12 noon. A lot of the menu is not available... Black Forest, tarts, Viennoiserie, cookies, tea time cakes and hot chocolate. Some of the non-chocolatey patisserie, like the Raspberry Litchi Damask, Mango Lemon Pabana are too gelatinous for my liking. Some complain about the high price.

MY POINT

La Folie's Sanjana's French-grounded creations bridge the classically saucy decadence of the past and the progressive derring-do of a new generation.

She treads the right middle ground between hyper-imaginative artistry and molten chocolate pandering. Of course it is expensive (`215 to `235 for a pastry, `75 for a macaron) but worth it. Now, if only the whole menu was available, the opening timing fine tuned, some of the desserts less gelatinous. I fell in love with it gradually, not all at once. The experience had a sweetness, all its own.

La Folie
16, Commerce House, Rope Walk Lane, Next to Trishna, Kala Ghoda, Fort. Timings 11 am – 11 pm
Call 022 - 6772 2181
Rating: * Food: 4 * Service: 3.5 * Décor: 3


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There's no other place like India for cricket

Archana Vijaya
16 May 2014, 07:00 PM IST
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Dubai was great whether it was their hospitality or the crowd. Everything was superb. I would really like to thank Dubai for being a great host. The best thing about the first league of IPL was that I didn't had to travel to different cities like I do in India. The reception was amazing there and all the matches were jam packed. It was so well organised. I could actually feel a slice of India there as people simply enjoyed all the games. They were cheering for their favourite team by sporting T-shirts of that particular team. There were flags all over the place in the stadium. I had an amazing time in Sharjah and it was my favourite stadium. We had an excellent time in the Extra innings Studio in the company of Siddhu Paaji, Ajay Jadeja, Danny Morrison and this year we were joined by Shoaib Akhtar. Then I actually shopped till I dropped in Dubai.

Sachin Tendulkar's presence at one of the Mumbai Heroes matches was a brilliant gesture. He's the icon of the game so his presence definitely brought a change. It was truly needed at that time. We should really thank Neeta Ambani for doing such a thing. It was the prayers of those 20000 kids that Mumbai actually won the match. Their prayers worked for the team.

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Sports lack counting day, thanks to unopposed terms; factions & ad-hoc bodies

Written By kom nampultig on Kamis, 15 Mei 2014 | 21.17

Amit Karmarkar
15 May 2014, 12:21 PM IST

This Friday is far bigger than India vs Pakistan cricket final in Sharjah. For, it's the counting day for Lok Sabha elections. In a five-year cycle full of speculation, one-upmanship and frauds, this is the only day when the politics comes closer to sports. For, the voters tell the contestants in the most emphatic manner: you WON or you LOST. Period.

However, in sports politics counting days are a rarity: Either there are factions (like Hockey India, IHF and their honorable state heirs), or administrators with high credentials, experience and integrity (like Srinivasan, Kalmadi, Verma, Batra) get elected unopposed. And yes, how can we forget unelected and hence 'born out of wedlock' ad-hoc bodies (like in boxing or the one in Pune chess).

But hey, why do we need contests and healthy confrontations in sports bodies? Because peace is bad, it leads to either mediocrity, unnecessary controversies and scams.

When Sharad Pawar (president) and N Srinivasan (treasurer) won the BCCI elections, they indirectly felt obliged to the voters. That played a huge role in their good performance in the initial phase. But once they succeeded in luring the opposite faction and made it into one power-hungry group, it was a breeze for them; that is: ELECTED UNOPPOSED.

My grouse about a lack of elections is not limited to national sports federations. It trickles down to the state and district bodies too. Take the latest example of Pradeep Gandhe retaining his post as Maharashtra Badminton Association president. Yes, elected unopposed, no counting needed.

In last year's Maharashtra Cricket Association's AGM, a 20-odd member managing committee was elected unopposed: simply beautiful.

When you sense defeat in the elections, the trend shows various options:
1. Lack of will to contest;
2. Try to change the constitution to get more votes;
3. Start a new faction.
4. Join the group in power by 'setting';
5. Get an order from higher authority for ad-hoc committee.

The inertia that many citizens of India face (and hence they don't vote) can also be found in some able persons who don't take the plunge in the elections of sports bodies. Both cry in the same tone: "Kuch bhi honewala nahi hai!" (And hence they don't do anything!)

It's bad because:
1. It indicates that not many administrators are interested in contesting;
2. People who are interested won't mind a backdoor entry through internal arrangement.
3. Power without proper, fair mandate corrupts absolutely (scams generally happen in the latter terms, not the initial ones).

The Delhi High Court has upheld the government regulation which forbids more than two administrative terms in the national sports federations for any person. It's time to implement that law even at the state or district level of sports administration. Maybe with a rider: you can retain power beyond two terms if you 'win' the election in subsequent years. That way, at least counting will happen: Of sins and achievements.


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