What shall I put down in my secret diary? If I can drown my sorrow in song, it would be “Yeh kya hua, kaise hua, kab hua, kyon hua...” or better “Ek dil ke tukde hazar hue, koi yahan gira, koi wahan gira....” How much can this heart bear? Out of the BCCI selection committee after just one year when I was supposed to be in it for three years? The jinx on the Amarnath name continues. Why me? As a player, despite doing well, the same damn thing used to happen. In for one Test, out for the next three. Then I would come back and be hailed as the Comeback Man! But I never thought this would continue in my career as national selector also.
Yet it happened. As a player, I called the selectors a bunch of jokers but who shall I blame now? Isn’t the BCCI a bunch of double jokers and why on earth am I a victim once more? Am I being blamed for the England and Australia Test disasters now? A BCCI source told me that some of the big brass did not like my commentary style and expert comments. They felt I looked too “sleepy”. That’s bullshit. It’s not my fault that I looked ‘sleepy’ all the time, even while taking guard at the crease or bending down to field the ball during my playing days. At least I did not jump about or indulge in jack-in-the-box activities, sniff all the time, look at the sun or talk to myself as Srikkanth did. And anyway, who was the Man of the Match twice running in the semi-final and final of the 1983 World Cup?
Of course, in this BCCI set-up, I could never hope to be chairman of selectors. I did not yack-yack-yack all the time on subjects I know nothing about, there were no conflicts of interest like doing commentary, being associated with an IPL team or promoting a son at the national level. Without all these qualifications, how could they continue with me in the selection committee?
Well, Sandeep Patil is the BCCI choice for chairman and they know what they are doing here. He used to be a glamour boy and even played hero in a film, Kabhi Ajnabi Thhe. Sandeep was always on a higher level, you knew how much he disdained fielding, to the extent of not bothering to bend to pick up the ball up or even chasing it. But I agree he could really hammer the bowling in a manner I could never do, though this happened only once every 100 innings.
Coming to Roger Binny, he always did well as a player and will be an asset. As for the others, I’m sure Sandeep will inspire them to rise to great histrionic heights and deliver one box-office hit after another. As for me, let me brush up on some ‘shayari’ which I can drone out from the experts corner. Curing insomnia is more important than selecting a national team which never wins anything.
The Mumbai-based satirist is the creator of ‘Trishanku’; E-mail your secret diarist: vgangadhar70 AT gmail.com
Thank you to all those who have taken the trouble to read the article and share their thoughts. Out of the arguments made here, there are two that perhaps need answering. So here they go.
1. The first part of the article compares outcomes (relative percentages of population of the religions concerned) irrespective of the process that led to those outcomes - whether immigration, relatively faster population growth or conversions. This was for two reasons. One, to put the figure of 2.3 per cent in "numerical perspective", as the article itself explained. The second reason was that outcomes are ultimately what the crux of debate is about. The rest of the article in any case dealt with process - or conversions in this case, from both a contemporary and historical perspective.
2. Some commenters have tried to cast doubts on the reliability of Census 2001. Those who do this should bear in mind that Census 2001 was conducted by a BJP government. Considering the extreme importance that BJP gives to this issue, it would be reasonable to expect that IF it had perceived a problem with the methodology that was distorting the numbers, it would have fixed it. As the article mentioned, BJP or BJP-supported governments have been in power for 10 of the last 40 years, or about a quarter of the time, and the only reasonable conclusion one can arrive at is that any misreporting of numbers, real or perceived, would be marginal and hence, not of importance.
To all other arguments made, my answer is the following: Please read the article again, with particular focus on the quotations of Vivekananda and Monier Williams, and the history of the missionary efforts in Bengal and their outcome.
It`s indeed a very sorry state of affairs that has been happening with veteran cricketer-Mohinder Amarnath . His contribution to Indian Cricket can hardly be forgotten and can hardly be ignored either. It`s in fact his luck that has not been favouring him despite his talents, the same way ,as it has not been, the Indian cricket team . It is perhaps his tongue at times, also proves to be bit rude and his speaking a plain truth distances him from Cricket authorities/Board etc. . At the same time, it`s a new,quite an advance era, we are passing through where one`s body language does also count , no matter how skillful ,intelligent or good commentator he is . Sanjay Manzrekar is also one of the examples in his line.
Any way ,one must belive in saying - Every dog has it`s day. Mohinder Amarnth shall also be back again with full shine of his luck.
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