Monday, August 17, 2009

It's not that big deal !

Today I open every Indian news paper site and I see the news of Shahrukh Khan being detained at New Jersy airport allegedly because his name was Khan. We had a similar story some days ago when our former president Dr. Kalam was frisked before boarding a US bound flight by the concerned airlines officials. That time also the incidence was blown much out of proportion as it is being done this time. In fact there are some valuable lessons we can learn from these incedences.
I personally respect Dr. Kalam a lot. But I am not mad at airline people for frisking him despite the fact that he was once the President of India. It's part of the security process that they follow strictly and I don't see anything wrong with that. I guess that is why there have been no terror strikes in US post 9/11. These people value the lives of civilians over some age old ,utterly rubbish protocols. And I never read anywhere Dr. Kalam complaining about that. The process has to be consistent. Just because a person holds or held a high position or is a celebrity should not allow him to bypass the security system. If I am frisked and so are many others, everybody has to undergo the same process. And it's same principle these guys follow.
It's we, the Indian people, who have some kind of colonial hangover. We have all these classes of VIPs and VVIPs and what not. Why should there be any exception to the security process when the internal security is the most important issue that we have at our hand here. People are talking about giving the same treatment to people like Hillory Clinton , Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie etc etc as a revenge. It should have been done ages ago. Not as a revenge , but as a routine process which is aimed at improving the internal security. Its high time that we take terror attacks seriously and not just some news we read along with sports and business.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

All time best

Well I know we can never compare cricketers across different eras but putting an all time best team is much too tempting an idea.
Here's my pick in the order of batting numbers.

1. Sunil Gavaskar
2. Barry Richards
3. Sir Donald Bradman (C)
4. Sir Vivian Richards
5. Sachin Tendulkar
6. Sir Garfield Sobers
7. Adam Gilchrist (wk)
8. Imran Khan
9. Shane Warne
10. Malcom Marshal
11. Glenn MaCgrath

12th man: Wasim Akram