something that is so hard to do.
Saturday’s final represented the largest age gap between two finalists since 1994,” The former Miss World did not have any formal training in acting but credits her long career in Hindi cinema for shaping her into a skilled performer. del Potro returned to form at the Rio Olympics, who was suspended in June for leading a “lavish lifestyle”.The decision to punish Banerjee was taken at the end of a two-day state committee meeting of CPM which concluded on Tuesday A Rajya Sabha MP Banerjee was suspended from the CPM on June 2 for three months and a three-member internal inquiry committee — led by MP Mohammad Salim — set up to look into the allegations The committee had submitted its report to the state committee on August 2 Sources said the committee had found prima facie evidence that some allegations against Banerjee were true On Monday the matter was taken up at the party state committee meeting Sources said members were divided on whether to expel Banerjee from the party or remove him from the state committee “Banerjee is a young leader and his performance in Parliament has been appreciated by all of us We do not want the ultimate punishment (expulsion from party) for him as per the party constitution But there will be punitive measures taken against him The final decision will be taken by the central committee But he must get some punishment for his own rectification” CPM state Secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra said “After considering the committee’s report and listening to Banerjee’s response regarding the allegations the state committee has given credence to the report The committee also feels that he needs rectification” he added Mishra said Banerjee will remain suspended from the party till the party’s central committee takes a final decision “He will continue to perform as a Rajya Sabha MP according to the directions of the party and will also look after party’s district level activities” Mishra said Banerjee had sparked off a controversy in February after he allegedly wrote to a private company asking it to take action against its employee who had questioned his lifestyle This was after he had posted a photograph of himself on Facebook sporting an Apple watch and a Mont Blanc Pen After a Democratic Youth Federation of India (CPM youth wing) member questioned on Facebook how a communist leader can sport such expensive gadgets Banerjee allegedly wrote to the company where he was employed and demanded disciplinary action against him The CPM state committee had then publicly criticised Banerjee and cautioned him Banerjee is the former general secretary of SFI He was elected to the Rajya Sabha from West Bengal in February 2014 He had attended South Point High School in Kolkata and has BA and MA degrees in English from Calcutta University He has been accused of leading Left youth workers to harass state Finance Minister Amit Mitra in New Delhi Under Banerjee’s leadership a demonstration was organised outside the office of the Planning Commission in April 2013 where Mitra and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee were present Mitra was heckled by SFI members there and Banerjee was seen in video footages raising slogans against Mitra Later Banerjee had apologised for his conduct For all the latest Kolkata News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Niraja Gopal Jayal | Published: July 27 2015 3:07 am In the end what we have is a highly uneven and differentiated university system in which there is little reflection and no consensus on what a university is for Related News The fundamental disagreement in the clash of the titans Amartya Sen and Pratap Bhanu Mehta appears to centre on the question of whether political interference in universities today is more egregious than in the past Mehta claims that there is nothing unprecedented about this “even in its scope or scale” and Sen responds with impeccable logic that that does not make it acceptable It could nevertheless be argued that Nalanda — with its short history tainted by allegations not all of which have been convincingly refuted — is scarcely the most alarming example of all the attempts past and present to control academic institutions Both Sen and Mehta seem to share the somewhat optimistic assumption that academic institutions in this country once were or could potentially be autonomous entities that are constitutively free of governmental and/ or partisan political control Neither acknowledges the black hole at the heart of any debate about higher education in India a fact that has to do with the very nature of the beast itself: that the modern Indian university has from colonial times to the present day been viewed as properly yoked to the state project of the moment Every major commission on education in India over the last 60 years — from the S Radhakrishnan Commission to the National Knowledge Commission — has sought to harness universities to state projects of variously constitutional values nation-building development and the creation of a 21st century knowledge society It is only the particular state project to which universities were hitched that has changed from time to time not the fact of such a harness much less the legitimacy attached to it Partisan politics of one sort or another has undoubtedly made this worse but this is at best an exploitation of the opportunities provided by structural weaknesses in university governance Fundamentally universities are not and have never been autonomous Even as we recognise that public funding is incontrovertibly essential for higher education we neither have institutional mechanisms for securing public accountability while safeguarding university autonomy nor an archive of past institutional practices of this kind available for retrieval To confine governmental power to domains of university functioning in which it is appropriate and to resist its relentless encroachments into domains in which it is not calls for serious reflection on how to strike this balance The Napoleonic model of the university as a department of state with faculty treated as (lesser) civil servants has long thrived in India Centralisation and bureaucratisation have serious implications — curricular and pedagogical — for universities Indeed a major concern of the university community today is the clumsy attempt initiated by the last government and being energetically promoted today to standardise the curricula of the central universities ostensibly to give students more choice Ironically this so-called choice entails the sacrifice of diversity and greater control through homogenisation This is certainly among the most serious challenges facing universities today along with the stifling of dissent the packing of leadership positions with individuals whose calling card is loyalty rather than academic credentials and the pathetic attempts to infiltrate the intellectual life of the academy armed with faith and myth rather than objective standards of scientific achievement It could be argued that there is in any case little scope for autonomy in academic institutions whose primary function has since colonial times been seen as the transmission of knowledge and the certification that such knowledge has been duly transmitted The Indian university has increasingly and exclusively become a source of credentialisation for a society in which certification matters more than what is learned Two current obsessions — that of fake degrees and of 100 per cent marks in school-leaving examinations — are poignant symbols of this The view that the purpose of the university is to transmit knowledge rather than to produce it led in the early years after Independence to the creation of standalone institutions for research in the social sciences and even more in science and technology The accomplishments of some of these institutions were surely impressive but an unintended consequence was the arrangement of research and teaching in a hierarchy that privileged researchers or the producers of knowledge over teachers as its transmitters The introduction of research and publications as a formal requirement for recruitment and advancement in universities is a relatively recent phenomenon that has in both design and implementation ill-served the objective In the states where the bulk of Indian universities are located talk of nepotism cronyism and even corruption in appointments — from lectureships to vice-chancellorships — is commonplace In the “elite” Central universities many conform to the Napoleonic model fortified by the self-conscious virtue that comes with association with the higher purposes of state and sometimes also the power and that results from such association Others live out the fantasy of a Humboldtian community of scholars engaged in the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake This wishful imagination may be the source of elitist islands of scholarly excellence but let us not forget that it inhabits a meta-institutional hyper-reality In the end what we have is a highly uneven and differentiated university system in which there is little reflection and no consensus on what a university is for Even the arriviste private liberal arts college has come to us from the United States and not from the British Isles where Cardinal Newman articulated the vision centuries ago But colonialism did not give us universities modelled on Dublin or Oxford It gave us institutions modelled on the University of London essentially affiliating institutions formulating syllabi and conducting examinations To entertain greater expectations of the mass of Indian universities is to be deluded because this is and has always been their purpose: to transmit received knowledge conduct examinations and award degrees all of these functions performed by state personnel called faculty under the watchful eye of a micro-governing state Jayal professor at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance Jawaharlal Nehru University Delhi is writing a book on the death of the public university in India For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Brishti Guha | Updated: March 18 2015 12:15 am Related News In 6th century BC a mathematician named Pythagoras proved that the square of the hypotenuse of any right-angled triangle is the sum of the squares of its two other sides By doing so he acquired everlasting fame The immediate reception of the proof must have been gratifying for him as well; the Greek colony of Croton declared a 10-day holiday in celebration and had 100 oxen killed treating the entire population of the colony to a sumptuous feast Pythagoras had officially become an academic superstar We know far less about how the “Pythagorean” theorem was received 200 years before Pythagoras in 8th century BC India when the same result was pointed out by Baudhayana in his Sulba Sutra Baudhayana showed that the square formed by the “diagonal” of a triangle has the combined area of the squares formed by the length and breadth of the triangle — the geometric analogue of the Pythagoras theorem Let’s skip 200 years forward to see what Pythagoras did after proving his theorem He asserted that any number no matter how large could be expressed as a perfect ratio of two natural numbers (that is he believed all numbers were rational) One day a student (named Hippasus according to most ancient commentators) made a major discovery The square root of 2 could never be exactly expressed as a ratio Yet Pythagoras’s theorem had already proved that the square root of 2 had a real physical meaning: it was the length of the hypotenuse of an isosceles triangle whose other two sides were of length 1 Pythagoras was now presented with a major threat to his reputation: if he were to uphold the Pythagorean theorem he must accept that his statement about all numbers being rational was wrong His way out of the dilemma was chillingly simple — he murdered his student Poor Hippasus paid with his life for his intellectual curiosity Academics’ lives were relatively more peaceful in ancient India as far as we know There was a lack of any rigid preconceptions about the world of numbers Baudhayana (and later Aryabhata) do not seem to have had the least trouble accepting that numbers could be irrational — both provided approximations for the square root of 2 and “pi” without being disturbed by the fact that neither could be exactly expressed as a ratio of two natural numbers While the more learned among the ancient Greeks were busy protecting their academic reputations we might presume that less illustrious Greeks — the ones who transacted their day-to-day business in the marketplace — had an easy time dealing with the numbers needed to settle their accounts This wasn’t the case though Arithmetic was extremely difficult before the invention of our modern place-value number system Just think of Roman numerals to understand why With symbols for different numbers but no place-value system there was no easy way of adding two numbers This might not have mattered much if the numbers were small but it became more of a handicap when dealing with large numbers They performed sums by drawing geometrical figures in the sand and adding or subtracting areas of figures not very efficient What’s more the Greeks did not have a zero They were uncomfortable with the concept of a void Nor did they have negative numbers as it made no sense to subtract a larger area from a smaller one Thus begins our story of zero as a concept — a story that takes us to India of the 6th and 7th centuries AD the era of the mathematician Brahmagupta Even before Brahmagupta other mathematicians had been using zero but only as a symbol; they did not know how to perform arithmetical operations with it Brahmagupta was the first to clearly define zero (as what remains when a number is subtracted from itself) and to explore all its properties The zero or shunya could now be fully integrated into arithmetic and completed the place-value decimal system Brahmagupta also invented negative numbers as a concept Rather than treat numbers simply as abstract concepts however Brahmagupta was also able to give negative numbers practical significance by calling them “debts” — something that must have instantly resonated with lenders and borrowers Brahmagupta’s major work on mathematics the Brahmasphutasiddhanta or The Opening of the Universe was written in 628 AD More than a century later around 770 AD according to al-Biruni Caliph al-Mansur of Baghdad heard about Brahmagupta through a visiting Indian scholar Kanka who brought with him a copy of the Brahmasphutasiddhanta and would commission an Arabic translation of his book The Arabs then gradually became comfortable with the concept of zero which they called sifr However zero remained unknown to Europe for another 400 years until the Moors conquered Spain and brought zero with them Accountants and businessmen all over Europe eagerly adopted it finding a simple way of balancing their books by having their assets and liabilities sum to zero But governments were not as keen — Florence banned it in 1299 One reason provided was that it would be easy for cheats to inflate figures simply by adding a zero at the end Merchants however were not ready to give up zero so easily and continued to use a secret symbol for it despite the ban Zero or sifr thus became associated with secret codes — the origin of the modern term “cipher” There is probably no greater testament to the popularity of a number system than the fact that a secret code was devised in order to keep using it illegally Brahmagupta could not have known how his number system complete with zero and negative numbers would become the number system just as Baudhayana may not have anticipated how famous his result would become Unfortunately for them Baudhayana’s result is now known only as the Pythagorean theorem while few people know Brahmagupta as the genius behind “Arabic numerals” (Ironically the Arab mathematician al-Khowarizmi who became famous for Arabic numerals referred to them as “Hindu numerals”) The writer is associate professor of economics School of International Studies JNU Delhi For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsPublished: November 17 2014 1:52 am For decades entrepreneurs and digital gurus of various repute have referred to this era in a breathlessness bordering on proselytising as the age of innovation Related News By Adam Davidson Perhaps the best place to behold Silicon Valley’s success as a platform for innovation is a 27000-square-foot facility just down the block from Yahoo This is the warehouse of Weird Stuff a 21-person company that buys the office detritus that start-ups no longer want One section of the space teems with hundreds of laptops and desktops; another is overloaded with CPUs and orphaned cubicle partitions Weird Stuff also acquires goods from the start-ups that succeed when they are ready to upgrade offices and need to offload their old equipment For decades entrepreneurs and digital gurus of various repute have referred to this era in a breathlessness bordering on proselytising as the age of innovation But Weird Stuff is a reminder of another unexpected truth about innovation: It is by necessity inextricably linked with failure The path to any success is lined with disasters Most of the products that do make it out of the lab fail spectacularly once they hit the market Even successful products will ultimately fail when a better idea comes along And those lucky innovations that are truly triumphant the ones that transform markets and industries create widespread failure among their competition An age of constant invention naturally begets one of constant failure The life span of an innovation in fact has never been shorter An African hand axe from 285000 years ago for instance was essentially identical to those made some 250000 years later The Sumerians believed that the hoe was invented by a godlike figure named Enlil a few thousand years before Jesus but a similar tool was being used a thousand years after his death During the Middle Ages amid major advances in agriculture warfare and building technology the failure loop closed to less than a century During the Enlightenment and early Industrial Revolution it was reduced to about a lifetime By the 20th century it could be measured in decades Today it is best measured in years and for some products even less The closure of the failure loop has sent uncomfortable ripples through the economy When a product or company is no longer valued in the marketplace there are typically thousands of workers whose own market value diminishes too Our breakneck pace of innovation can be seen in stockmarket volatility and other boardroom metrics but it can also be measured in unemployment cheques in divorces and involuntary moves and in promising careers turned stagnant Innovation is after all terrifying Right now we’re going through changes that rip away the core logic of our economy Will there be enough jobs to go around Will they pay a living wage Terror however can also be helpful The only way to harness this new age of failure is to learn how to bounce back from disaster and create the societal institutions that help us do so The real question is whether we’re up for the challenge The writer is a founder of NPR’s ‘Planet Money’The New York Times For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Minxin Pei | Published: May 9 2015 12:00 am Obviously Modi’s visit will not expunge deeply entrenched strategic suspicions from the minds of the political elites in both countries But modest progress may be possible even in this difficult compartment (Illustration: C R Sasikumar) Related News The conventional wisdom is that China and India two fast-growing giants are trapped in a zero-sum strategic rivalry China which was Asia’s dominant power for centuries wants to reassert its hegemony and regards a powerful India as an obstacle toits ambitions India a victim of Western colonialism sees itself as South Asia’s undisputed regional leader and views any attempt by China to establish its primacy in Asiaas a threat to its national security and economic interests As with most conventional wisdoms the perception that India and China are strategic rivals has substantial factual basis Indeed China and India have been engaged in delicate geopolitical manoeuvring to balance each other China has given substantial economic and military aid to Pakistan India’s nemesis to check Indian power In addition Beijing has been energetically wooing Southeast Asian countries through trade and investment to gain “first mover” advantagein a region of enormous strategic value to both India and China In response India has moved closer to the United States which regards India as a natural strategic partner in maintaining Asia’s balance of power The burgeoning US-India relationship has greatly strengthened New Delhi’s bargaining position vis-à-vis Beijing At the same time India has also become more active in East and Southeast Asia India-Japan relations have greatly improved in recent years On the maritime disputes in the South China Sea India has taken a bold stance that essentially rejects Beijing’s claims This has won Delhi friends in Southeast Asia even though it has infuriated China Share This Article Related Article This list of the strategic and tactical moves deployed by China and India might make one think that the two countries are indeed engaged in a costly if not dangerous contest for power But this is not the whole story of India-China relations Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of India-China relations is that the leaders of the two countries have managed to “walk and chew” at the same time Despite their conflicting visions of Asia’s regional order mutual strategic distrust and threat perception India and China have succeeded in keeping their strategic rivalry under control and broadening the areas in which they can cooperate An important indicator of how hard both Delhi and Beijing have been trying to get along is the frequency of high-level visits When Prime Minister Narendra Modi lands in Beijing next week his visit will be the fourth by an Indian prime minister in12 years In June 2003 PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee broke the diplomatic ice with his historic trip to Beijing (a full decade separated Vajpayee’s visit from that of PM PV Narasimha Rao) PM Manmohan Singh paid two state visits to China (2008 and 2013) During that same period Delhi has hosted six visits by top Chinese leaders: President Xi Jinping (2014) President Hu Jintao (2006 and 2010) Premier Li Keqiang (2013) and Premier Wen Jiabao (2005 and 2010) Obviously strategic rivals consumed with antagonism and distrust are unlikely to stage such elaborate diplomatic charades to deceive the outside world and themselves The most persuasive explanation for the delicate balancing act performed by Indian and Chinese leaders is that none of them want to stumble into a costly strategic conflict that can derail their economic development Conflict avoidance requires constant attention by the top leaders of the two countries — the equivalent of “adult supervision” Both countries have vast bureaucratic machines that run on their own logic and schedule Lack of coordination or exchange of information often results in actions that can exacerbate distrust and even trigger accidental confrontation One of the useful functions performed by high-level visits is that top leaders are usually briefed on major outstanding issues affecting bilateral relations and long-delayed decisions are made as a result This generates positive momentum for moving the relationship forward Awareness of these visits also helps the bureaucracies discipline themselves and behave more cautiously thus reducing the likelihood of incidents that may damage bilateral ties In the case of Modi’s visit we can expect progress on two fronts that could help expand the areas of cooperation and avoid needless conflicts The first area is trade and investment As India’s largest tradingpartner China is well positioned to use the trading relationship as a stabilising factor Here the main obstacle is the structural deficit that favours China In 2014 for example India ran a trade deficit of $38 billion with China Although such a large imbalance in trade is impossible to correct in the short term Modi should nevertheless ask for specific measures from Chinese leaders that will demonstrate genuine good faith in remedying this problem Compared with trade investment might be more promising India is becoming increasingly attractive to Chinese manufacturers who are losing their cost advantages due to rising wages and a shrinking labour force Reaching an agreement that will facilitate the flow of investment across borders should be an attainable goal The second area is geopolitics and security Obviously Modi’s visit will not expunge deeply entrenched strategic suspicions from the minds of the political elites in both countries But modest progress may be possible even in this difficult compartment Particularly one can identify two specific steps that need to be taken China must reassure India that its ambitious infrastructure programme — dubbed “one road one belt” — will not pose a threat to Indian national security In particular China should provide more transparency on its investment activities in Pakistan which have aroused immense security concerns in India In return Modi should assuage Xi’s worries that India will allow itself to be used as a pawn of the USin balancing against China Another specific step that should be taken is to revive the stalled border negotiations Fortunately both India and China now have strong leaders who should be able to make difficult decisions and close the deal If the Modi visit results in a breakthrough on this issue his trip to Beijing will go down in history as one of the most consequential foran Indian leader The writer is a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College anda non-resident senior fellow ofthe German Marshall Fundof the United States For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Tavleen Singh | Published: April 8 2012 3:13 am Related News Sometimes it is little things that tell a big political story An interesting example of this came last week in the questionnaire that Rahul Gandhi placed before his defeated candidates from Uttar Pradesh when he summoned them to Delhi to review their dismal results The defeat marked the lowest point in Rahuls career as a politician so the heir to the Gandhi dynasty did well to order an appraisal Butthe sort of questions that he put before his party men were questions that you would not expect in a high school political science class Who is the block president of your constituency Was he or she helpful Who was the best worker in your constituency Did the PCC (Pradesh Congress Committee) help you Andmany others of similar simplicity If Rahul Gandhi is seriously interested in reviving the political party he inheritedas heir to Indias most powerful political dynastyhe could begin by sacking those who wrote the questionnaire They sound like a bunch of apolitical amateurs who believe it is possible to analyse complex political issues simply by feeding data into a computer Even as someone who believes hereditary politicians have harmed Indian democracy more than anything else I felt sorry for Rahul after reading the questionnaire After nearly ten heady years in Indian politicsyears in which he has often been projected as Indias future prime ministerhas he really understood so little Does he not see that if he is really interested in reviving Indias oldest political partyhe needs to get beyond trivial questions and start asking serious ones Of these the most serious of all is why does Congress no longer seem to understand what voters want This would lead inevitably to an important answer that could become the first building block for revival Since I am in sympathetic modeI offer a little help Congress has lost touch with ordinary people because between the Dynasty and the people there now exist layers and layers of powerbrokers and sycophants When these worthies are asked to select candidates at election timethey nearly always push forward family and friends who nearly always are people who should never be in public life The only way to reduce the power of sycophants and power brokers is to initiatewithout any delaya structure based on inner party elections much like the American primaries This is advice that should be taken by every Indian political party since in imitation of Congress they have nearly all become believers in hereditary democracy replete with their own sycophants and powerbrokers The Bharatiya Janata Partythat has whiled away so many years in opposition in the Lok Sabhacould have charted a new course but did not It chose instead to copy Congress in the sycophants and power brokers sphere without noticing that there was no Dynasty to glue these dismal layers together So we have a funny moment in Indian political history in which voters have changedIndia has changedbut there is no change at all in a corrupt political order that has long been rotten at its core The reason why politicians have such a bad name in todays India is because the kind of people that are rising to the top are by and large an unsavouryugly lot who would never have got anywhere near the top if they had not had politically powerful relatives Luckily for Rahulthis is true today of all political parties which is why Congress has survived as long as it has despite offering not a single new idea to voters in decades Butincreasinglyas the old equations of caste and creed break downfrom Kashmir to Kanyakumarivoters are demanding real change from the people they elect They vote back those who have brought change to their lives and they vote out those who have not done enough Those who designed Rahuls aggressiveangry campaign in UP believed in an old fashioned way that the magic in his surname could conceal the absence of a real agenda for reform His choice of Jawaharlal Nehrus old constituencyPhulpuras the starting point of his campaign indicates that he believed this too He seems not to have understood how much the times have changed and how much more they could change before the 2014 general election The days of dynastiescharisma and computerised selection of candidates could well be over So could the days when silly questionnaires could masquerade as a real exercise in political analysis From the vantage point of us the people this is a change for the better but from the vantage point of political princesit may not be One way or another political parties that do not understand the need for real change in their structures face a bleak future Follow Tavleen Singh on Twitter @ Tavleen_Singh For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Arushi Jain | New Delhi | Updated: January 4 2017 7:18 pm Bigg Boss 10: Swami Om cuts his hand while snatching the umbrella from Manu and Nitibha Related News You can expect a fight in the Bigg Boss house over a thing as small as an umbrella And such a fight can be triggered by none other than Swami Om Swami will get into a fight with Nitibha Kaul and Manu Punjabi over an umbrella It so happens that Nitibha keeps her umbrella during the Maalgadi task to protect herself and her fellow housemates from the sun But Swami Om picks it up without her consent The unnecessary poking of Swami Om does not go well with both Nitibha and Manu They try to snatch it from Swami and in an attempt it Swami cuts his hand and starts bleeding Also read |Bigg Boss 10: Winner will take home Rs 43 lakhs Are commoners the biggest gainers Swami Om who just needs a chance to begin with his histrionics during any task will do it one more time He will not disappoint in creating a ruckus even in this week’s task and begin to blame Manu and Nitibha for trying to “kill” him He will make a hullabaloo about getting a minor cut and asks Bigg Boss to take strict action against Manu and Nitibha But to his surprise Bigg Boss instead of supporting him will rebuke him and tell him to stay in his limits An ugly spat takes place between #OmSawmi & the fiesty boys- @TheManuPunjabi & #ManveerGurjar on #BB10 tonight #Video pictwittercom/ovgig8lN5B — COLORS (@ColorsTV) January 4 2017 More from the world of Entertainment: Later in the day after the Maalgaadi task comes to an end and the final prize money increases to Rs 4399206 lakhs Swami Om once again gets onto the nerves of the contestants Bigg Boss introduces another task wherein the contestants have to use a camera phone to click pictures at designated locations inside the house Swami Om forcefully tries to photobomb every picture Manveer loses his cool and asks Bani to leave the task since Swami can never take a fun task in a light way #OmSwami turns into a photo-bombing expert thereby disrupting the selfie task tonight on #BB10 #Video pictwittercom/rQnyrBlzyJ — COLORS (@ColorsTV) January 4 2017 Meanwhile Swami and Bani have been declared the contenders of captaincy It will be interesting to see who will sit on the throne of captain of the house this week For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsNew Delhi: BJP president Amit Shah on Friday dismissed rumours that its alliance with long-time partner Akali Dal is in trouble and blamed the media for the speculation BJP president Amit Shah said his party’s alliance with Akali Dal was intact Reuters Speaking at the Agenda Aaj Tak – 2014 conclave Shah said a political alliance works out only when both the partners respect and understand each other’s strengths He said the alliance can work only on this understanding "We never broke up with the Shiv Sena We gave them an offer but unfortunately they refused" the BJP president said "I believe the interaction that I have had with Badal sahab (Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal). All is well between our parties It is only the media that is making these speculations and it should stop doing this" Shah said "We will humbly work towards maintaining this alliance" he said However the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president was quick to add that in an alliance the scales do tip in the favour of the party which enjoys greater support of the people "These things do happen in an alliance When the image of a party changes among the voters the alliance changes too" said Shah Speaking about the BJP’s ally in Maharashtra the Shiv Sena he said: "We are together and it (Shiv Sena) is the part of the Maharashtra government" IANS Written by Shamik Chakrabarty | Kolkata | Updated: July 24 2017 8:25 am There were celebrations at the Goswami household in Chakdaha West Bengal when Jhulan took three wickets But the evening was to end on a sombre note Related News It wasn’t quite Indian women’s cricket’s Balwinder Singh Sandhu moment but it came close Sandhu did it in the 1983 World Cup final bowling a vicious delivery and knocking out Gordon Greenidge’s off-stump Just three days ago Jhulan Goswami bowled an away-goer to Meg Lanning in the Women’s World Cup semi final — arguably the ball of the tournament — that angled in and straightened after pitching hitting the top of off Lanning the biggest star in women’s cricket — aptly nicknamed as the Megastar — went for a duck and India had one foot in the final Jhulan’s delivery was a knockout punch to the defending champions Australia after Harmanpreet Kaur’s batting blitz had pushed them on the ropes Cut to Lord’s on Sunday and Jhulan’s second spell snuffed the life out of the England middle order Sarah Taylor and Natalie Sciver were in the middle of a fine 83-run fourth wicket partnership when the Indian seamer returned for her second spell An inswinger took out Taylor and a yorker next ball trapped Fran Wilson leg before Another inswinger four overs later pinned a well-set Sciver in front In the biggest match of her long international career Jhulan had set things up nicely for her team — 3/23 in 10 overs “This is cricketing intelligence that comes with experience With time Jhulan has cut down her pace She now bowls from a shorter run-up and bowls stump to stump If you look at the final only twice she offered width to the England batters to play square cuts She is bowling straight and moving the ball beautifully a reason for her success in this World Cup” former Bengal Ranji Trophy-winning captain Sambaran Banerjee told The Indian Express Banerjee has seen Jhulan’s progress at close quarters Pretty often the Indian women’s team fast bowler used to drop in at Banerjee’s academy at Vivekananda Park in south Kolkata from the adjacent nets of her club Pathachakra “She always wanted to improve and quite frequently came to our nets to train with the boys and have a bowl It obviously helped her But that wasn’t the most significant part in her development Far from it… Jhulan’s success is all about her dedication and discipline” Banerjee observed Struggle toughened the 34-year-old who hailed from a middle-class family at Chakdaha a small town in West Bengal’s Nadia district about 65 kilometres off Kolkata She would take an early morning train to Kolkata to learn the ropes of the game She was only a teenager then Then she went to Mumbai at the turn of the century as Air India offered her a contract Four years at the company mess and the cut-throat world of Mumbai cricket made Jhulan a fighter “The struggle is not over yet Jhulan has now moved to a small Dum Dum Park flat in Kolkata She still drives a six-year-old WagonR” former Test cricketer Mithu Mukherjee now a Bengal women’s team selector told this paper adding: “I think Jhulan’s biggest contribution to the game is the way she has inspired the girls in her state to take up cricket as a serious career option She travelled to districts with me to bring more girls to the game” Anxiety was hanging over the Goswami household at Chakdaha on Sunday Things barely changed even after Jhulan’s three wickets India’s win had been the priority and Jhulan’s father Nishith Goswami a former Indian Airlines employee was too tense to talk Kunal the youngest member of the family recounted his elder sister’s journey amid loud cheers that every Indian boundary witnessed “The 1997 Women’s World Cup final at Eden Gardens proved to be the catalyst Before that my sister used to play tennis ball cricket with the boys Watching the final at Eden she decided to become a cricketer Early reactions from friends and relatives reeked of scepticism They wanted Jhulan to concentrate on her studies Our parents backed her to the hilt and so did the teachers at Bapuji Balika Vidyamandir Jhulan would go to the Pathachakra Club in Kolkata to train under Swapan Sadhu Her school rather encouraged her to do that” Kunal said After her international debut in 2002 Jhulan made steady progress She won the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year award in 2007 The Arjuna Award came in 2010 followed by the Padma Shri two years later In May this year she broke Australian fast bowler Cathryn Fitzpatrick’s world record of 180 ODI wickets dismissing South Africa’s Raisibe Ntozakhe in the Women’s Quadrangular tournament at Potchefstroom Jhulan now has 195 wickets in 164 ODIs and 40 scalps from 10 Tests She finished this World Cup with 10 wickets from nine matches at 414 In 2005 when Jhulan played her first World Cup final at Centurion India went to the game as underdogs and were hammered by Australia At Lord’s India started as favourites especially after their scintillating win against the Aussies in the semi final “Play yourself in play the full 50 overs and win the match” Jhulan had advised her team mates during the innings break Unfortunately the team imploded towards the back end of their chase throwing away a very winnable game The Bengal pacer is unlikely to play another World Cup and there may not be a crowning glory to a career that richly 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