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Khel Ratna controversy

There is Khel Ratna controversy. The committee headed by Michael Ferreira had mentioned Ronjon Singh Sodhi’s name for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and 15 names for Arjuna awards. H. N. Girisha and Krishna Poonia were in the reckoning for Khel Ratna and both were unhappy when their names were not forwarded. Krishna Poonia has said she should get Khel Ratna. She had claimed the process of selection was flawed. She has met sports minister Jitendra Singh. She has the support of Deepinder Singh Hooda, a Congress MP from Haryana. Generally one sportsperson is given Khel Ratna per year but in some years two or more persons were given. The winner gets 7,50,000 rupees.
There is also controversy about Arjuna award. SAI director general claims volleyball player Tom Joseph’s name was in the original list of 16 and committee members deleted the name. Kerala MPs want Arjuna award to Tom Joseph.
When politicians get involved in sports controversies it further complicates matters. Those who do not get awards are disappointed. That happens in any field where awards are given. I have some suggestions.
The government should abolish Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Arjuna awards.
There should be different Khel Ratna awards for each sport. The awards should not have cash. The recipients should have represented India. Those who have played or competed in Olympics should have first preference. If the sport in not in Olympics, world championship or Asian Games should be considered.
Archery Khel Ratna may be given to three men and three women per year.
Badminton Khel Ratna may be given to four men and four women per year.
Basketball Khel Ratna may be given to five men and five women per year.
Billiards Khel Ratna may be given to one man and one woman per year.
Chess Khel Ratna may be given to one man and one woman per year.
Cricket Khel Ratna may be given to 11 men and 11 women per year.
Cycling Khel Ratna may be given to one man and one woman per year.
Discus Throw Khel Ratna may be given to one man and one woman per year.
Fencing Khel Ratna may be given to three men and three women per year.
Football Khel Ratna may be given to 11 men and 11 women per year.
Golf Khel Ratna may be given to one man and one woman per year.
Hammer Throw Khel Ratna may be given to one man and one woman per year.
High Jump Khel Ratna may be given to one man and one woman per year.
Hockey Khel Ratna may be given to 11 men and 11 women per year.
Javelin Throw Khel Ratna may be given to one man and one woman per year.
Kabaddi Khel Ratna may be given to seven men and seven women per year.
Long Jump Khel Ratna may be given to one man and one woman per year.
Pole Vault Khel Ratna may be given to one man and one woman per year.
Rugby Khel Ratna may be given to 15 men and 15 women per year.
Shot Put Khel Ratna may be given to one man and one woman per year.
Snooker Khel Ratna may be given to one man and one woman per year.
Table Tennis Khel Ratna may be given to four men and four women per year.
Tennis Khel Ratna may be given to four men and four women per year.
Triple Jump Khel Ratna may be given to one man and one woman per year.
Volleyball Khel Ratna may be given to six men and six women per year.
Water Polo Khel Ratna may be given to seven men and seven women per year.
Similarly there should be Khel Ratnas for various running events from 100 metres to marathon, hurdles, heptathlon, decathlon, shooting, swimming and other events.

Statehood for Konkan

Ever since Ajay Maken announced Congress has decided in favour of statehood for Telangana there have been many demands for various states. Over the years there were other demands.
There is no opposition to splitting of Uttar Pradesh in four states: Poorvanchal, Awadh Pradesh, Paschim (Harith) Pradesh, and Bundelkhand. Bundelkhand is a region spread over Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Some districts of Madhya Pradesh may go to Bundelkhand.
There was demand for Meru Pradesh. I suppose it was from Rajasthan.
There is demand for forming Kutch, Saurashtra, and Bhilistan from territories in Gujarat. Kutch and Saurashtra were once states. Kutchi is a language of the locals.
There is demand for Vidarbha comprising 11 districts of Maharashtra.
There is demand for Tulunadu comprising Udupi and South Kanara districts of Karnataka and Kasaragod of Kerala.
There is demand of statehood for Coorg which was once a state and now a district of Karnataka. Kodava is the language of the locals.
There is demand for Kongunadu comprising 10 districts of Tamil Nadu.
There is demand for Koshal comprising 10 districts of Orissa. There was a kingdom of Koshal or Kosala in ancient times.
There is demand for Mithilanchal comprising five districts of Bihar. Maithili is a language of the locals.
There is demand for Bhojpuri state comprising territories of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
There is demand for Gorkhaland comprising some territory of West Bengal. The agitation has taken a violent turn. There is indefinite blockade in the region. Previously Gorkhaland National Liberation Front under the leadership of Subhash Ghising had led an agitation for statehood and settled for council.
There is demand for Kamatapur comprising territories of West Bengal and Assam. Kamatapur Liberation Organisation had camps in Bhutan.
There is demand for states of Bodoland comprising the territory of Bodoland Territorial Autonomous Council, Karbi Anglong, and Dimaraji in Assam. The agitations have been violent.
There is demand for Garoland in Meghalaya and Kukiland in Manipur.
There is demand for state in some districts of Nagaland.
More demands for states like Mewad, Marwad, Shekhawati, Madhya Bharat, Vindhya Pradesh, Baghelkhand, Rohilkhand, Santhal, Munda, Oraon, Khariya and so on.
There is demand for Union Territory status for Ladakh. People are predominantly Buddhists who speak Ladakhi.
I demand Konkan. There is Konkan Division comprising Thane, Raigadh, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts in Maharashtra. Konkan State shall comprise of:
1) Union Territories of Diu & Daman and Dadra & Nagar Haveli.
2) Bulsar and Dangs districts of Gujarat.
3) Thane, Greater Bombay, Bombay Suburban, Raigadh, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts in Maharashtra.
4) State of Goa.
5) North Kanara, Udupi, South Kanara districts of Karnataka.
6) Kasaragod district of Kerala.
7) Union Territory of Lakshadweep.
Kasaragod and Amindivi Islands were part of South Kanara. Amindivi Islands are part of Lakshadweep. Other territories may become parts of Konkan.
Konkani will be the official language of Konkan. Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada, and Malayalam will be used in respective regions.
Modesty forbids from mentioning who should be the first Governor of Konkan.

Ashes and DRS

England defeated Australia by 14 runs in Trent Bridge Test that concluded on 14/7/2013. The Test was marred by DRS controversy. Marais Erasmus was the third umpire.
Two decisions were wrong. First one was not DRS but referred by field umpire Kumar Dharmasena when Ashton Agar was ruled not out. He was on 6. He went on to score 98 and created many records. Those included highest score by a No. 11 batsman and highest 10th wicket partnership of 163 runs. Australia were 131/9. They overtook England’s first Innings total of 215 runs and ended on 280.
In Jonathan Trott’s case DRS decision was wrong. Lack of side-on Hot Spot was said to be the reason for wrong decision. Marais Erasmus did not go by video replay that showed the bat touching the ball. Jonathan Trott was out on 0.
Stuart Broad was right in not walking when he was on 37 in second Innings. Umpire Aleem Dar ruled him not out. Australia had exhausted their two appeals under DRS. A batsman has to leave if he is wrongly given out by field umpire or on appeal by third umpire. Stuart Broad was out on 65.
The Test was decided by DRS when Alastair Cook used DRS against Brad Haddin who was on 71 and for 10th wicket Australia had put on 65 runs and needed 15 to win. England got it right and won the Test by 14 runs. Australia were all out for 296.
The inadequacies of DRS are exposed. India had opposed DRS. Other countries are happy when it suits them and raise questions when it goes against them. Number of appeals can be increased. Some inadequacies can be set right. But there is no protection if the third umpire knowingly gives a wrong decision due to fixing or some other reason.

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