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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

PM Manmohan speaks against Pak atrocities ~ Pak hockey players sent back


Insurance Policy is a contract.  In general terms, a contract is an agreement entered into voluntarily by two or more parties, each of whom intends to create one or more legal obligations between or among them. Those obligations agreed upon in the contract needs to be executed upon which the contracting parties are discharged of their obligations under it.  Most contracts would call for full and precise performance, though a substantial performance may be acceptable under certain circumstances.

India is a peace loving Nation but cannot remain one sided when the neighbour is so adept and intent on disturbing the peace.  The recent atrocities made even silent Prime Minister utter a few words.  It would be impossible, Singh conceded, almost a week after the tension along the Line of Control escalated, to conduct “business as usual” with Pakistan so long as the “barbaric act” of the beheading of an Indian soldier remained unpunished. It was the surest sign that the manifest outrage of an entire nation over the  Pakistani Army’s beastly beheading of an Indian soldier had finally permeated the “palace walls” and compelled its inmate to poke his nose into the cold Delhi winter air – and wonder what the fuss was about.

I had poured out my heart that Cricket with Pak at this stage is incorrect and had also posted against allowing Pakistan players in Hockey league.  Some could still say that sports needs to be delineated from politics ~ certainly not with a Nation whose atrocities are intolerable and not at a stage when our soldiers are treated so badly. As people are commenting there is no point in celebrating victory of Kargil war without pressing for justice for Captain Saurabh Kalia. 

Sacrificing for the country is not a new phenomenon. Since time immemorial, to safeguard our land and culture, the honour of our mothers, sisters and daughters, sacrifices have been made. But Capt Saurabh Kalia was different, he did not live enough to receive his first salary even.  He was taken prisoner during the Kargil War; his mutilated body was returned to India on June 9, 1999.  His father, Dr NK Kalia, 64, a retired senior scientist from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research has taken the government to court.  He wants his son's case to be raised at the International Court of Justice at The Hague.

The Nation has to care for the valiant soldiers; the  issue is not only limited to Saurabh or his men but also includes the dignity of our armed forces and the honour of our great nation. It is a national issue. Good that the Indian Hockey Federation decided to send back nine Pakistani players who were to have taken part in the Hockey India League tournament; although the proximate reason cited for this decision was the security concern arising from the Shiv Sena’s call for a boycott of the players, it perhaps more realistically reflected the wisdom of prudence in this time of political volatility – and of not wanting to be seen as being excessively accommodating of Pakistani sensitivities rather more than Indian sentiments.

Copious liberal tears are already being shed over the fact that sporting and cultural ties between the two countries are being held hostage to cussed politics.  There are still advocates like Mani Shankar Aiyar, Mahesh Bhatt and the like…… Nation knows of it.  Would any one of these advocates raise a liberal voice in Pak too..  the timing of these visits also is an serious issue ~ there cannot be game when the Nation is burning. 

Hockey India (HI) did not directly bar the Pakistani players from playing but put the onus on the franchises to release them while saying the released players would be given full contracted amount for this season. Mumbai Magicians were the first to say that they would be releasing their four Pakistanis players.  A news report reads that HI and Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) mutually decided that  Pak players would travel back but still would be paid …………  why  ~ generally when a contract – say a sale contract could not be executed to Government rule or change in govt Policy, and when the performance is not executed, the contract gets annulled and there would be no payment……….

With regards – S. Sampathkumar.

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