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HindustanTimes Sat,20 Sep 2014

Pradeep Magazine

BCCI now has a 'Yes Man' in Ravi Shastri

I write this more in anger than thoughtful calmness. Without mincing words and getting right to the heart of the matter, I must say that Ravi Shastri has been rewarded for totally aligning himself with BCCI's honchos.

Tendulkar caught in trappings of an achiever in real world

In the cricket world of today, driven purely by commercial interests, a sportsman, especially of Sachin Tendulkar’s stature, can’t be expected to be 'pristine pure' like the whites he used to wear in Test cricket, writes Pradeep Magazine.

Gavaskar not immune to conflict of interests

While Sunil Gavaskar still evokes awe for his stupendous cricketing feats, his dalliance with the cricket administration, that includes his contract with the BCCI as a commentator, inspires little confidence, writes Pradeep Magazine. SC appoints Gavaskar as BCCI working president | Did MS Dhoni try to shield Meiyappan?

 

Ignoring Cheteshwar Pujara is harming India

Cheteshwar Pujara without  doubt, the best batsman, along with Virat Kohli, in India. Yet, he does not figure in the Indian one-day team. What could be the reason for the selectors and MS Dhoni ignoring him, asks Pradeep Magazine.

Dhoni needs to show Sourav's visionary quality

The problem today is that the calendar is so crammed with the entry of T-20 format and IPL, that it is almost impossible to schedule a series that could give enough time to the players to acclimatise. Pradeep Magazine writes.

Dhoni’s message to media: Will protect privacy

As of now, Dhoni deserves admiration for hoodwinking the scrutiny of the “electronic eye” and not turning a private affair into a "tamasha”, a feat which we thought was almost impossible to achieve, writes Pradeep Magazine.

Dreary Tests in this age, what a crying shame!

The new serene face of Sachin Tendulkar, inspired by the same passion for batting and hunger for runs which he had at the beginning of his career, makes one almost believe that we may well see him score 20,000 Test runs. Pradeep Magazine writes.

National pride now a saleable commodity

The IPL fraud pales into insignificance when compared to the widespread allegations of corruption that have bedeviled CWG, writes Pradeep Magazine.

Soak inculture

A group show of six young artists, Jignasha Ojha, Kartik Sood, Meghansh Thapa, Sonam Jain, Uma Shankar Pathak and Vipul Prajapati, cut across a variety of themes and issues that make us the urban Indian question the certainties of our lives.

Delhi Games, the big disconnect

The every day scene in government-run sports complexes, where a majority of Delhi's young and old congregate morning and evening to expend their physical energy and indulge in a harmless activity called sports, is one of joyous camaraderie, writes Pradeep Magazine.

We made a mountain of a molehill

I think we reacted too harshly and even childishly just because Sehwag was denied a hundred, which is not the same as denying a team victory, writes Pradeep Magazine.

Champion & his brush with ‘miracle’

It was an encounter with a sportsman at his most vulnerable, who feared injuries could throttle his dreams of excelling in his field. It took place at the clinic of a man, who for many Indian sportsmen has become a "miracle" man, writes Pradeep Magazine.

Money over integrity, the sign of our times

Greed breeds venality and in an atmosphere where money, no matter by what means it is made, is the only password for fame and success, why should we expect sportsmen to remain above board? Pradeep Magazine writes.

Sport sans baggage of politics, a win-win situation

The professional tennis circuit is a world in itself. Here players compete hard, would prefer to die on the court than lose a match, but in the end they realize it is a game they are playing and not fighting a war against each other.

Half stories, half truths about Kashmir

Sanjay Kak is a Kashmiri Pandit who has made an evocative documentary, Jashn-e-Azadi, which captures various forms of protests in the Valley and traces the deep sense of alienation of Muslims. The word azadi, in that film, acquires a meaning far deeper than just freedom or secession. Pradeep Magazine writes.
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