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Thursday, October 4, 2007

Behind The Scene: Lord Ram everywhere in politics!!

Lord Rama is a part and parcel of our culture and most people christen their children with his name. Large number of politicians including those criticizing carry the name of Rama.

This was pointed out by BJP national vice president M Venkaiah Naidu, who is known for his witty and sharp comments. He said that the actual name of noted atheist and Dravidian movement leader, who was popularly known as Periyar, was EV Ramaswamy Naicker. Referring to the support extended by the Left parties to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister over Rama Sethu issue, he said that one of the CPI-M senior leader got both Seetha and Rama in his name (Seetha Ram Yechuri). Listing out the names with Rama as part, Venkaiah Naidu said, DMK ally and PMK founder Ramdoss and his son Anbumani Ramdoss too has Rama in their names. BSP leader Mayavathi guru is Kanshi Ram, Tamil Nadu's former Chief Minister was MG Ramachandran. Andhra Pradesh state was formed following the sacrifice of Potti Sriramulu. There were Chief Minister's such as Ramakrishna Hegde and N T Rama Rao.

Mahatma Gandhi's last word before death was Hey Ram, Venkaiah Naidu reminded while referring to Gandhiji's faith towards Rama. He said that Mahathma was able to carry entire nation along with him while chanting "Raghupathi raghava rajaram, pathitha pavana seetha ram" during every public meeting. Indirectly pionting to Karunanidhi he suggested the non believers to sit at home if they don't have belief on Rama and perform pooja for themselves.

Fact Sheet: Cong ministers chant NTR mantra!

Now that the talk of mid-term elections to Lok Sabha and if possible to the State Assembly is doing rounds very seriously, the Congress party is trying every strategy to outwit the main opposition party, Telugu Desam.

The Y S Rajasekhar Reddy government, which has beaten the TD in its own coin by announcing Rs 2 a kg rice scheme, is going a step further to take steam out of the main Opposition. The ministers in the Rajasekhar Reddy Cabinet are now showering encomiums on Telugu Desam founder-president and former Chief Minister late N T Rama Rao, describing him as the champion of the poor and a man of principles.

Minister for Housing Botsa Satyanarayana went to the extent of saying that by introducing Rs 2 a kg rice scheme in 1983, NTR heralded a new chapter in the food security in the country and proved himself to be a man of the masses. He said that the present Telugu Desam is no way related to the NTR's party, as present TD president N Chandrababu Naidu had backstabbed his father in law and diluted the latter's populist schemes. "We are bringing back the glorious era of NTR by reviving the Rs 2 a kg rice scheme," he said, in a television interview. So did Roads and Buildings Minister T Jeevan Reddy. He also described NTR as the real leader and a crusader against the poverty.

The Congress leaders are trying to cash in on the image of NTR, which is still a vote-catching thing. By reviving the Rs 2 a kg rice scheme and praising NTR, they are outsmarting the TD!!

Aussies made vulgar, personal comments in Kochi

Star Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh revealed that it was an unrelenting barrage of vulgar personal remarks from the Australian fielders that provoked him to a verbal duel in the second one dayer at Kochi.

In the heated match on Tuesday, Harbhajan got out to Michael Clarke and while leaving, the offie was seen exchanging words with the Australians till umpire Steve Bucknor patted him on his shoulder, asking him to move on.

Harbhajan later revealed that he was reacting to some vulgar personal comments from the Aussies. He felt the 'arrogant' Aussies were still smarting from their Twenty20 World Cup defeat to India and their outburst was just a manifestation of that frustration.

"They think they are superior and can do and say whatever they like, but that is not the case," Harbhajan said.

"They are very bad losers. They were beaten in the (Twenty20) World Cup and they clearly did not like that," the off-spinner was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.

"They are a very good cricket side, but that does not mean that they can do whatever they want to do. They say they play the game in the right spirit, but they don't in reality. There is nothing gentlemanly about the way they play," said Harbhajan, seething with anger.

Harbhajan said he did not mind little war of words but stooping to personal level was a strictly no-no.

"I was responding to a lot of vulgar words that were said to me. I don't have any problem with chitchat on the field, so long as it is about the game. But when it is very personal and vulgar, that is not on. They think you cannot fight back and they do not like it when you do."

"I won't listen to that crap. If they want to play like that, they'll get it back from us," Harbhajan said.

The second one-dayer was marked by a number of such moments and Indian pacer S Sreesanth too had an altercation with Andrew Symonds and after the match, ICC match referee Chris Broad called Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist and Mahendra Singh Dhoni and asked them to rein in their teammates.

Harbhajan said the Aussies are "poor losers" and every other team shares this sentiment.

"Ask any team. They will tell you that when (Australia) get beaten, they react badly. In this game, you win some and you lose some, but regardless of the result, there is no excuse for their kind of behaviour," he asserted.

The daily also quoted Symonds lashing out at Sreesanth and saying, "When I go to another code of sport I like to see confrontation, I'll admit that, but you don't want to see ugly confrontation and you certainly don't want to see confrontation that degrades your code".

He, however, gave enough indications that the Australians would continue with their all-round aggressive approach to the game to gain a psychological edge.

"Because we've got them for so long, if you can get an edge over them, it starts to eat into them mentally as well I think," he said.

"If we can play well here on their end, it would be good to take that confidence and that success back home," Symonds said. (PTI)

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