Thursday, May 18, 2006

Tough break for Gunners

Arsenal lost to Barcelona in the finals of the UEFA Champions League. Sob!! It's tough to take for the Gunners but they really made a heroic effort tonight. I was so confident that gunners would take this year's trophy after Henry's free-kick from the right flank was headed in by Campbell! What a beauty it was to watch! Really gave me the feeling that we would have the trophy at Stade-de-France tonight.

But it's a tought break for Arsenal this time. Especially after Lehmann was sent off for bringing down Eto'o! I would say from that moment onwards Arsenal didn't play to their potential. Then came Eboue's yellow card for We did great by putting pressure on Barca in the first half, but then we lost the player who got us to the finals-Lehmann. It was a tought decision from the refree's part. The match had a point of interest only when the first goal was scored by Campbell. Then at the half time, we had Arsenal leading 1-0.

But things changed a lot in the 2nd half, Arsenal had the lead but the question was "Can they keep it?" Now the pressure was on Arsenal, we were a 10 man side, and we had a lead to defend. To have it all the rain began to lash in like anything. Barca began their series of attacks at the box and suddenly things looked as if our defence was stumbling. ALongwith that we had a yellow for Henry, which did look like a serious tackle.Towards the middle of the 2nd half we had a string of chances in corners and freekicks, but none converted to a goal. Then came the equaliser from Barca to square the scoreboard. Arsenal looked weary and immediatly after the euqaliser Barca scored again, this time it was from Belletti. It was a good goal, tight angle, beautifully placed. Now the Arsenal fans were trying to breathe life back into the stunned players. But things were way out of bounds now. With just minutes to spare for full time, the game seemed to drag on for ever.

Arsenal nearly made it but it was always going to be very tough once Lehmann was sent off. They won't bring home the cup but Arsenal fans can be proud that we reached the Champions league FINALS. This win surely will boost Ronaldhino's confidence and i am sure we will get to see more action in the world cup.

Can't wait for it to start!!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Anti Reservation Woes!!!

It's sad to note that the anti-reservation protests are turning violent and still the govt. hasn't made a sound statement about the anarchy doled out on the protesting students in Mumbai and Delhi. It's pathetic to see policemen beating peaceful protestors who just raised their voice against a just cause. They were not there to protest against lack of infrastructure in colleges, or to raise their stipends. They were there for EQUALITY for all, so that the future generations of students in India wouldn't have to suffer the stupid decisions being taken byt populist governments and minister's who hide behind a veil of statements like "It's upto Parliament now!!" .

But there was one other side to all these protests that many missed. It was the sad plight of many sick people who came to the hospitals to be treated by the doctors. I don't know why the doctors refused treatment to these people. They didn't do anything to bring in the reservations, many of them don't even know why the doctors are having a strike. It is gross injustice to these poor people who have no other way out to get treatment. Almost all of them can't afford to go to private hospitals. The doctors should make it a point to see that in the course of fighting for justice, they are also being just to their duties and carry out their responsibilities.

The protests are happening all across the country and it's sad to know that not a single protest march or a meeting was held in Tamilnadu and my state KERALA. Maybe majority of us are not having any problems to this quota issue. But i would like to see some action on the part of the government seeing that so much has happened just when the minister concerned came out with the proposal, so what will happen if the real bill is passed.

That's a question which provokes my thought process and i am sure each of us will be thinking about the answer to it in near future.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Results are here!!!!!

Finally the elections in Kerala are over. Hooooooo, now let's take a breather and analyse wat's in it for ordirnary guys like me. Well the Left's got a clear majority and they wdn't have any trbl forming the govt. Now the heated discussion going on is: who's gonna be the next Kerala CM. Today the central commitee of the CPI(M) made a statement that the next CM would be chosen on May 13th, i dunno why ther's still speculation as to who shoud rule. From my viewpoint VS deserves full credit for this win and he should be rightfully given the post. But it's not sure who would be in front of the governor on the day of the oath-taking, so me keepin all options open.

Then come many issues that the left hs been voicing it's opposition to, mainly the Fees problem in the Engg. colleges and other issues like the Kochi Infopark, Tvpm technopark expansion, inviting private partners for developing the Vizhinjam harbour etc.

The left has made it's stand very clear on the Engg. fees issue when they were in the opposition, but i don't know how they are gonna appease the public and at the same time be nice to the managements as well. That's one issue on which i would like to see some reaction from the new government.

Another vital issue is the development of Tvpm and Kochi by getting help from private agencies, since the day the deal was put on paper, the left has been voicing it's protest saying that these agencies won't do justice to the public of Kerala. Moreover the state secretary Mr Pinarayi has spoken outright that he would never support such a move if he's in power. So all these words make me wary if such initiatives taken up by the previous govt. wd be continued with the same spirit and enthusiasm.

It's nothing new in Kerala, each new govt. shuns the initiatives taken by the old govt. The congress did that to LDF's Manaveeyam program in 2001, and so i don't expect the left to act different. But what me and the millions of other's in Kerala would definitely like to see is that, Kerala should get it's right place in the political, economical and cultural map of India. Being the most literate state in India, anyone would expect Keralites to do wonders in the field of Science & Technology, but that hardly happens. Similar is the case in any field. I know people can find exceptions like tourism or education, but still what i feel is that our state-God's own country has the potential to do a lot more. So let's just hope that the new govt. would carry out the duties with full righteous nature and help our state to top in all respects.

Last but nt th least, i would like to see what Sakshi, a program in Kairali TV would show from next month onwards. For people who watch it, there is no need for an introduction to the eyes of sakshi that always keep on looking for trouble and injustice. For me that's the best program aired on any Malayalam channel. It showcases the pathetic conditions of the roads, lamps and other public utitilities and also points out the mistakes blurted out by our EX-minister's, MP's and MLA's. I just hope that it would continue with the same spirit and vigour when the UDF was in the ruling benches and that we would still get to see what kind of conditions people around us live in. But my hopes hav dwindled because Kairali is a channel owned by the Left parties and i just don't know if they would have the same freedom of expression that was there when the left was in the opposition benches.

Looking frwd to a new, bright and refreshing experience in our state-God's own country - KERALA