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Houston Hosts Roadshow for India’s “Discovered Small Fields” Bid Round

Standing at the roadshow podium, Petroleum & Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan (center) with Houston Consul General Anupam Ray (far left) and officials from the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH). The minister remotely inaugurated the ONGC data room in downtown Houston and also launched the DGH One Touch app.




As the energy capital of the world, it was fitting that the City of Houston was the launching site for the roadshow to promote the India’s latest oilfield licensing round to Western oil and gas operators, service companies and investors. In the coming days, the roadshow will continue to Calgary and London. The Houston roadshow took place July 14-15 at the Hilton Post Oak hotel. More than 170 registrants heard details of the Discovered Small Fields (DSF) bid round from the Indian delegation led by Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas (see box) and heads of the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) and public sector oil and gas companies such as Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), Oil India Ltd., Indian Oil, and GAIL (Gas Authority of India Ltd). The DSF bid round offers 46 contract areas with 25 onshore fields, 18 fields in shallow water and two in deep water. These are fields that have been discovered by ONGC and Oil India, but have not been brought under production for a variety of reasons. The fields are supported by 2,042 km of 2D seismic data, 1,336 sq km of 3D data and downhole data from 130 wells. With this information, it should be relatively easier for operators to start production. These fields are expected to have in place 625 million barrels of oil and oil equivalent. The roadshow has been organized under the direction of KPMG, the international advisory group. KPMG partner Anish De served as the emcee for a series

of presentations. Offering independent assessments of the DSF bid round were Mike Watt, CEO of Magna Energy and former executive with Cairn Energy, which is operating several fields both onshore and offshore in India. The second international speaker was Rachel Calvert, Petroleum Sector Risk Manager for IHS, a leading petroleum data provider. During two days of the conference, the Indian delegation held a breakfast reception with local executives and an interactive session with members of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston (IACCGH). Dinner receptions also took place at the home of the Consul General. For the Houston event, the Consulate General of India in Houston served as the host with newly appointed Consul General Anupam Ray taking a personal interest in making the roadshow a success. Assisting CG Ray in this effort were embassy staff members and local representatives of Oil India (USA), ONGC and GAIL Global USA. In his opening remarks, CG Ray described his recent meetings with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Ray said both Turner and Abbott have expressed interest in visiting India. Despite the fact that India was one of the world’s first area of oil and gas exploration, indigenous production has not kept pace with India’s growing energy consumption due to population growth as well as rising economic growth. At present, India needs to import as much as 75% of its energy needs. India is a particularly attractive region for oil and gas investment at this time because of the global

slowdown in exploration and production projects due to the decline in both oil and gas prices. India’s GDP is growing at the world-leading rate of 7.6%. As such, any oil and gas production in India can be marketed and sold within the country itself. Despite the economic attractiveness of India’s oil and gas sector, the Modi government’s announcement of its first licensing round in May 2016 occurred at a time when there was a trust deficit with Western audiences due to the faltering of the Congress government’s New Exploration Licensing Policy (NELP) as a result of government interference in product pricing and operational activities.Taking lessons from NELP’s deficiencies, the Modi government has recast its oil and gas policy as HELP (Hydrocarbon Exploration & Licensing Policy). Whereas NELP was set up as a production sharing contract, HELP has changed the licensing process into a revenue sharing agreement. As a result, the government no longer has the incentive to constantly review the operator’s development and production plans, and the operator has the marketing and pricing freedom for its gas production As a consequence of HELP reforms, India’s ranking for energy investment in Asia has risen ahead of Malaysia and Indonesia, according to IHS’ Rachel Calvert. Another incentive for Western operators is the lower cost of production in India. Mike Watt of Magna Energy explained that the direct cost of production from the Ravva basin was only $1 per barrel. In comparison, cost of production in most U.S. shale plays has to be above $40 per barrel!

India’s Pradhan of Petroleum


OUSTON: Narendra Modi is certainly India’s Pant Pradhan (Prime Minister). With a degree in anthropology and passion for youth leadership, one would not have expected Minister Dharmendra Pradhan to be knowledgeable about his ministry’s complex technical and economic aspects. True to his surname, however, Mr. Pradhan has applied himself and truly become the pradhan of India’s petroleum and natural gas supply and demand situation and the policies required to reduce India’s 75% energy import bill. A native of Odisha, Pradhan began his political career as a youth leader. He rose through the ranks in the Rashtriya Sevak Sangh (RSS), and subsequently, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Pradhan was elected to the Rajya Sabha in March 2012 from Bihar state. Earlier, he was a member of the 14th Lok Sabha of India, representing the Deogarh constituency of Odisha. He


is the son of former BJP MP Dr. Debendra Pradhan. During an interview with Indo-American News, Minister Pradhan reiterated that it is the goal of the Modi government to reduce India’s oil import dependence by 10% by 2022 when free India turns 75. “One of the ways to reduce this import dependence is by augmenting production,” explained Minister Pradhan. “We are implementing three strategies to increase production. The first is through new policies that reduce government interference and new technologies such as EOR. The second strategy concerns biomass. India is an agrarian country with potential for converting bio waste into biofuels. The third strategy is promoting conservation.” This policy of “minimum government and maximum governance” bodes well for India’s energy expansion.


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EID Milan 2016 by IMAGH, Merry-making, Celebrations and Endowment BY VANSHIKA VIPIN

HOUSTON: Staying put on its

motto to foster harmony, strengthen relationships between religions and cultures, and enrich the community as a whole through various outreach programs, the Indian Muslim Association of Greater Houston (IMAGH) organised the 7th Annual EID Milan 2016, on Saturday, July 16, at the Marriott Westchase. Elaborate arrangements of foliage served as the perfect backdrop at this AAA rated 3-diamond hotel, where one of the most awaited events was about to take place. As the event got cracking and the invitees started walking in, anxiety, curiosity and an unbridled excitement filled every inch of the surrounding air. The spectacular audience comprised of people from all walks of life and they had gathered there this evening to gain back the faith in humanity, especially after the heart wrenching events of Istanbul, Dallas and Nice that recently shook up the entire world. The evening was brought to life by the multi-talented radio broadcaster, Leena Shah, an RJ at Radio Dabang. For the bubbly and entertaining that she is, Leena managed the event at ease whilst ensuring the guests feel encompassed, energised and entertained. The event began with reciting of the holy Tilawat Quran by Imam Wazir Ali, seeking His mercy and peace for the humankind. Soon after, Abeezar Tyebji had everyone up on their feet as a mark of respect for the US and Indian National Anthem. The sense of patriotism could be noticed with some visibly moist eyes. The spirit-lifting Cultural Fashion Show was next in row. Perfectly tailored and stunning outfits captured attention of each and everyone in the hall. Gorgeous ladies complimented the attire as they walked down the ramp for Jasmeeta Singh of Jaz Creationz. Glitter, Gleam and Music dominated this outstanding show and sure did exhilarate the crowd. Post the fashion show, amid applause, Dr. Fatima Mawji, Event Chair, walked up the stage to share the core beliefs, religious practices and teachings of Islam. She shared about the five pillars of Islam- declaration of faith, prayer, fasting, charity, and pilgrimage. After Dr. Mawji’s mesmerizing words, Latafath Hussain, President of IMAGH,

From left: Latafath Hussain (President), Ismet Warsi (Secretary), Shaheen Vora (Jt. Secretary), Parvin Saiyed (Treasurer), and Karim Maknojia (Vice President).

Dr. Yunus Langha, Co-Chair Organizing Committee. Photos: Quaid Tinwala

A short play, The Price of Miracle, written and directed by Fateh Ali Chatur.

honored everyone with his presence. His very first sentence, “My name is Khan and I’m not a terrorist”, was impactful enough to have everyone’s attention. He mentioned that he was glad to have everyone there as a part

of EID celebrations, and shared verses from Quran. He captivated the audience through his speech. He briefly shared IMAGH’s mission and how the organization had been fostering amity across cultures, communities and reli-

gions. He then mentioned about The South Asian Youth Alliance (SAYA), a new group under the umbrella of IMAGH. SAYA unites and engages the South Asian youth to connect to their heritage and outreach their community through various mediums like events, workshops, volunteering and social gatherings. An important point of mention here was that SAYA members never pay any fees as all their activities are supported by IMAGH. Later, in the evening Mohammed Khan, President SAYA, gave further details and requested the members to donate generously. Latafath Hussain, at the end of his speech, felt ecstatic mentioning about a plan they have for building a Senior’s Village. The brilliant concept of the Senior’s Village is to create a dependent and independent residential community for seniors from South Asia that will be secular, affordable and self-sustaining. The project will be for-profit for the developers but the basic living services will be provided by a non-profit model. There was a roar of applause as Hussain spoke about this remarkable move and introduced Asif Dakri, the President of Wallis Bank, a member of IMAGH, a great business leader, and a prominent Houstonian. Dakri shared the details of his vision and the plan for the Senior’s Village. The audience were overwhelmed to know how the entire community would shape up through various phases,

to reach a secular, affordable and self sustaining model. It was then time for some amusement and on platter was served the well written and finely directed short play by Fateh Ali Chatur, The Price of Miracle. The play that was based on true events was well received by the audience and it helped restoration of the popular belief that miracles can happen. Post this Karun Sreerama, President of Indo American Political Action Committee came on the stage to welcome and invite the chief guest Congressman Al Green. The stage was then set for honoring some prestigious names, India House was honored with the Community Service Award and Col. Vipin Kumar, the Executive Director of India House accepted the award . In his speech, Col. Kumar highlighted some of the distinguished work that India House has been doing. Club 65, another initiative of IMAGH, which was launched on April 2013, was presented by Paru McGuire, the President of Club 65. Club 65’s vision has been to engage and energize the seniors through social interaction, educational seminars, through channels like meetings, outdoor picnics and festive celebrations. It was time for some fun and frolic. Raffle Drawing kept the guests busy and curious. A surprise element for the evening was the Best Dressed Male, Female and Couple gifts, which was judged by the Executive Team, Ismet Warsi, Shaheen Vora and Parvin Saiyed. Finally it was time for the Vote of Thanks and Dr. Yunus Langha, Co-Chair Organizing Committee stepped up to thank everyone. Soon after, delectable and scrumptious meal by Nirvana Restaurant awaited the guests, and at the end everyone enjoyed the melodious songs of Mohd. Rafi, sung by Vishwakarma Raj. The evening was complimented by perfect lights and sound and the credit for the latter went to DJ Sage of Sage productions. For further information, call Latafath Hussain at 713-269-6171 or email at latafath@imagh.org

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Internet Idol has a Winner

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Houston based musical group GlobalDesis, which was founded in 2014 by Sankalp Srivastava and Neha Saini recently conducted an online talent hunt show called Internet Idol. The idea of this event originated in Sankalp’s mind when he was unable to attend the second round of a famous talent hunt show being conducted in New Jersey while he was in India. It came across to him to have an event which is completely online so that anyone who has access to internet and a mobile camera can participate.Winning amount for this event was $500 to encourage upcoming artists. This event was open for singers, dancers and musicians. Over 600 entries came in which included some of the top Youtubers, reality show participants and known classical singers. All entries were completely online and participants had to submit link to their Youtube video. There were three rounds. First Top 10 were selected, out of which Top 3 were shortlisted and then the winner was chosen on July 17. Winner of this season is Hasit Nanda who is a well known Indian pianist and EDM artist on Youtube. Jimut Roy and Mann Taneja were first and second runner up respectively. Event was judged by one of the most well respected names amongst the classical music fraternity, Pandit Shyam Nath Mishra from Varanasi who has been judging such events for a long time includ-

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July 22, 2016

Watch Classical Dancers Upclose, But What’s That Pose?


SUGAR LAND: The pose was

questioning longingly, hand outstretched, fingers turning, asking why, and the body arched backward even as she tilted slightly to on side in a crouching pose. She was only five feet away and the impact was real: you wanted to turn your head, meet eye-to-eye and try to answer the question. But this was a dance, half-pantomime, the other half purely metaphor, part of the rigorous training of Baharat Natyam and responding was not in the cards, even if you flirted with the desire. It was a performance that Padmini Chari, Executive Director of the Nritya School of Dance and many of her students had coalesced in eight movements as part of the Dance of the Gods set before a small, group of 60 people at the home-turned-performing venue of Upma and Mukulesh Shah in Sugar Land this past Sunday afternoon, July 17. And Upma had moved all of her furniture and belongings out of the living area so that the artists could performance with the big floor-to-ceiling glass windows behind them through which you could see the palm trees and the aeration fountain in the middle of the lake. Being so close was a treat for those who understand the mean-

ings of the elements of Bharat Natyam, but for those who didn’t – like this reporter – it was the opening of another reality to the realm of what forms this much acclaimed dance style. Later, unable to resist asking the question, Surabi - the one with the questioning eyes – explained the gesture of the hands. “Each one of these 22 mudras can be used for a different meaning depending on the way it is used in the movement,” she said, extending a thumb straight up, with the rest of the fingers closed, a sign for good

– or perhaps defiance. “How do you keep a straight face when you stare right at a spectator at this close a range,” I asked. And Surabi replied, “You’re not looking at them, you’re looking through them. You’re in a trance, in the zone,” which shattered any illusion that one could distract the dancer with a giggle. Chari narrated the storyline behind each of the eight pieces before the dancers began on the tile floor, their feet thumping hard to set the gungroo (bells) belt on their

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ankles off. She also performed a piece herself, full of multiple gestures, cajoling, beckoning, asking, answering, mocking and endearing. And the other young women danced in duets and the final piece or talana in a four-some. The dancers were: Dr. Surabi Veeraragavan, senior disciple of Padmini Chari, a passionate dancer and teacher who enjoys working with children and spreading the joy of dance. She is also a faculty in the Department of Molecular



Human genetics at Baylor College of Medicine; Maya Iyer, a junior at Rice University and captain of the Rice Rasikas dance team; Jahnavi Sreeram, a junior at UT at Austin and captain of the Nritya Sangam Dance Team; Shruthi Natarajan, a senior at Debakey High School who had her arangetram in 2014; Meghana Thota, a senior at CyFair High school who completed her arangetram in 2015; Prerna Atreya, a senior at Cypress Ranch High School, who did her arangetram in 2015; Amrita Sriram, a graduate of Bellaire High School who will attend UTSA and is part of Rythym India; Varsha Vasu, a junior at Travis High School who has participated in Pongal Programs; Manasa Udthawar, a junior at Cy-Woods High School; and Advitha Udthawar, a 5th grader at Sampson Elementary School and an aspiring young artist. This was Upma’s second time to feature Chari and her dance troupe, as she normally concentrates on singers and musicians. But the effervescent Upma can’t ignore the performing arts. “I just love to feature all this talent within our community,” she said of the seven years that she has done this, even as her eyes scanned around to see if any of her guests were in need of something in the snacks and dinner that follow each of the performances at her home-turnedevent center for the day.

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Kids Bring Their Grandparents to Play Some Games


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At the IACF Desi Grandparents Day program last Saturday, July 16, from left, ISCA President Praful Gandhi; IACF Directors Joseph Ellankil and Shweta Arora; India House Executive Director Vipin Kumar; IACF Directors Shobana Muratee and Ramesh Charivirala; and ISCA Secretary Bharat Shah.


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Indian Senior Citizen’s Association comes together in India House where over 200 members participate in events planned just for the occasion and learn about the goings on of each other. They are first generation immigrants who have lived in the environs of the Bayou City for decades and grown older together, clinging to the ways of the Old Country. And several times a year, especially for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, other groups from the community come to entertain them in song, dance or some other manner. Three years ago, the Indo American Charity Organization came up with the idea to bring both the seniors and their grandkids together, and the first Desi Grandparents Day was held at India House, with races, paintings and other games, as well as a free Health Fair to check their vital signs. It is all in keeping with the central mission of the IACF to provide care for Seniors and educating kids in the customs of their heritage. This year was no different, except pulling together the event got off to a slow start, almost not happening, but last minute efforts by both groups two weeks earlier

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brought the whole show together, though this left no time to hold the Health Fair, much to the disappointment of many seniors. IACF sponsored the event as well as the lunch that was catered by BAPS Swami Narayan Temple, and India House donated the facility on Saturday morning, July 16. Of the 40 kids who showed up with their grandparents, most played in several rounds of musical chairs, with first place to Kapila Chitalia and her grandkid Soumit Chatalia; second to Vidyut Shah and grandkid Jaya Iyyar and third place to Munira Shakia and grand kid Sakina Shakia. In a second room off to one side, kids played at games and painting

while Ms. Sunshine the Clown painted faces and made balloon toys. The last set was a couple of rounds of Bingo played with much fun and excitement by the seniors. The event closed with an hour of musical entertainment by the Global Desi Group of Sankalp and Company singing Bollywood Oldies.

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Art & Applied Art by IITAGH


IIT Alumni of Greater Houston (IITAGH) organized a workshop on Art and Applied Art on Sunday July 17, from 10-12pm at the India House. In 2016, IITAGH has typically organized events around Technology. This was the first event targeted as a family fun activity while continuing to learning something new. “IITAGH works on the pillars of Connecting and Developing it’s members and Giving back to the local community. This Art workshop was successful from all the three pillars, as we brought together families, connected members and speakers and gave back to local community in terms of continuing education and fun. IITAGH thanks all the participants who took time from their Sunday morning to attend this workshop and make it a success”, said Shamanth Shankar, IITAGH President. Nimmy started the workshop by guiding the participants from scribbling to drawing shapes, sketching still life images and eventually sketching a self portrait. As Bharath Rao, photography volunteer at the event put it, Nimmy’s instruction on how to sketch a

portrait was very methodical and made it easy for an engineer to follow. Bharath attended the event with his family and parents. Melvin then choose one of portraits (self portrait created by Farrukh Hamza) and created an avatar of it using Adobe Illustrator. As they say time flies when you are having fun, participants had so much fun during sketching that the organizers had to rush through the Adobe Illustrator coaching, to stick to time and wrap up the workshop on time. Melvin and Nimmy saved the best for the end, they invited all the children and adults to explore finger painting on the canvas which was followed by a draw and the lucky winner (Vanilla Bharath) got to take the creation, home. Nimmy and Melvin enjoyed the workshop and were grateful to IITAGH for providing this platform. In their words, “It was an excellent experience to do an Art Workshop in a great ambience like India House with a lot of multitalented people. We enjoyed the creative spontaneity of the participants. It was a day to remember, and we received a great deal of immediate, positive feedback from all participants. This Art Workshop is definitely going to inspire us in our creative journey.” To the post event survey, participants responded saying that they loved this event and would attend subsequent art and design workshops. Parents commented that their children enjoyed a lot. Vasudha Govindhan said, “ Nimmy & Melvin, thank you very much for patiently and passionately sharing your art with us. I was impressed with the way you could relate to everyone from the very young


children to the adults.” The workshop started about 10:00am and concluded at about 1:00pm. The event was attended by Witty Bhindra & family (PAN IIT US President) and IITAGH Board Members and family (Shiladitya Basu and Huzefa Shakir). IITAGH thanks Pradeep Anand for his support in Marketing this event. The event wouldn’t have run smoothly without the help of IITAGH volunteers Riken Pandya, Bharath Rao and Badrish Krishnan. Thanks to Col. Vipin Kumar and his staff for the support they provided from India House. IITAGH has successfully hosted 5 packed events so far this year and 3 codefests. IITAGH trustee Anand Kumar Chauhan organizes and leads the widely successful codefest initiative. 2016 Past Events • c@deFe$t//2.3 June 17-19 2016 • Lunch with V.P Agrawal, exChairman of AAI June 15 2016 • c@deFe$t// 2.2 April 2016 Internet of Things: Shaping Enterprises and Consumers March 2016 • c@deFe$t// 2.1 Feb 2016 • Career Insights in Business and Technology Consulting Feb 2016 • Big Data: Solving tomorrow’s business challenges Jan 2016 IITAGH and Rice Indo American Business Club (RIABC) will be hosting a panel discussion on Oil and Gas Market : Where do we go from here, on September 14 at Rice University from 6:00pm - 8:30pm. On the panel will be Patrick Connelly, Hossam Elbadawy and Pramod Singh. Sundy Srinavasan will be moderating the panel discussion.


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An Interactive Session with Dr. Dilip Sarkar



hosted a free yoga talk by Dr. Dilip Sarkar on July 17 weekend. A number of Yoga Teachers from VYASA came together to see and hear the eminent YOGA researcher Dr. Dilip Sarkar from Virginia. Dr. Sarkar is one of the foremost YOGA researchers in the United States; Dr. Sarkar who is a retired professor of Vascular Surgery is also the current President of International Association of YOGA therapists, Chairman of the School of Integrative medicine at the Taksha Institute and the Chairman of the ‘Life in YOGA’ institute. In his talk on YOGA, Dr. Sarkar explained in detail about the legal

issues surrounding YOGA and reminded Yoga teachers of prevailing laws and the limitations Yoga teachers may have while advising people in good faith, whom they believe would benefit from certain YOGA postures. He touched upon the ‘Good Samaritan law’ and also the ‘YOGA alliance’ and benefits of a membership of the YOGA alliance for YOGA teachers who charge students for teaching them or provide therapeutic advice to general public. Being a doctor by training and profession, his talks lived up to the expectation of attendees, and what has come to become his trademark - an intricate understanding of YOGA in medical terms. It was refreshing to hear Dr. Sarkar

also explain YOGA in technology terms, outlining the mind as the software and the body as a hardware. He opined that YOGA helps one in fixing the Software which in turn fixes the hardware and the problems associated with it. It was clear in his talk that YOGA therapy works only for people who want to use it to address their problems, which lends credence to the software/hardware analogy. YOGA, he said is 95% doing and 5% communicating; and true to the Yogic spirit, the conference was capped off with a grueling hour of Yoga postures for all the YOGA teachers in attendance. This was followed with lunch for all attendees, bringing the half day conference to close.

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The Extraordinary Life and Times of Mahatma Gandhi - Part 8


irst victory for the Satyagraha experiment The story thus far… a recent court decision in South Africa held that the law did not recognize Indian marriages. The women were suitably offended by this and found it an attack on their basic family values. They openly broke the law and were imprisoned in large numbers. In the coal-mines at Newcastle, in Natal, Indian workers went on strike protesting against the repression. The arrests, the deportation of passive resisters, and the untold sufferings of Indian families angered the people of India. A large amount of money was collected for the relief of the victims. Many protesters were beaten and flogged, and some were beaten to death. Gandhi, who felt intensely the humiliation his people suffered, took a triple vow of self-suffering. He changed his mode of dressing, opting for the look of a poor laborer, walked barefoot, and decided to have only one meal a day, till the poll-tax and other injustices were abolished. But Gandhi found the Government to be a relentless and merciless opponent. There seemed no solution in sight. He had to take further drastic measures. In October 1913, Gandhi organized a march of over 6,000 Indian workers from the Natal mining area into the Transvaal, although the law did not allow non-whites the freedom of crossing into the Transvaal without a permit. Gandhi advised his followers, “We are going to march peacefully together across the border into the Transvaal. The Government will arrest us and put us in prison. We are to remain peaceful. This is the nonviolent way of protesting against the poll-tax, against the Government’s decision not to recognize our marriages, and against all the laws that are made against us. We are fighting for just causes, we will not harm anyone.” He then asked the people, “Are you ready to face arrest and harsh treatment, remaining always nonviolent?” Roars of assent assured him of everyone’s support. They were ready to follow Gandhi anywhere. And so the march into the Transvaal began. Late in the evening Gandhi was roused from sleep by several uniformed men, who arrested him. Gandhi and many other Indians were

jailed. The mines were cordoned off by barbed wire and converted into temporary jails. The satyagrahis or protesters were beaten to force them to go back to work, but without success. The authorities could not make them return to work. Gandhi had inspired in them the spirit of quiet, dignified resistance. The movement of passive resistance, or satyagraha, spread all through Natal and the Transvaal like wildfire. The Government had no idea how to handle this phenomenon unlike any they had ever encountered before, because none yielded to their cruel treatment. The prisons were overflowing. At last General Smuts was obliged to act. He appointed a Commission to study the situation. In December 1913 Gandhi was released, but he would not give up the struggle. Gandhi threatened Smuts that he would start another march if his demands were not met. That march, however, never took place. The European employees of the railways in the Union went on strike, and this made the Government’s position extremely difficult. Gandhi decided to drop the idea of the march at such a crucial time as he did not wish to embarrass the Government further. Gandhi ordered every Indian to go back to work, at least for the time being. His decision created a good impression on the Government and even General Smuts recognized this courtesy. The Inquiry Commission reported in favor of all the essential reforms demanded by the Indian leaders. The Indians’ Relief Bill was at last passed and signed by the Governor. It abolished the poll-tax on indentured workers, declared absolutely legal all Indian marriages, and removed penalties for crossing from one State to another. It was a huge victory for Gandhi and the satyagraha movement. Gandhi had been active in South Africa for 21 years and had contributed so much to the welfare of the Indians in South Africa. Gandhi now felt that his mission in South Africa was over and he wanted to return to India. At that time Gokhale was in England. He wanted Gandhi to meet him in London before returning to India. Gandhi promised to do so. Gandhi announced his decision to Kasturbai. “You are going to London with me,” he said. “From England we will

July 22, 2016 go back to India.” Gandhi, with Kasturbai and Hermann Kallenbach, a white South African farmer sailed for England on July 18, 1914. On August 4, two days before he reached London, the 1st World War was declared. Upon arrival in London, Gandhi heard that Gokhale had gone to Paris for reasons of health. Communications were cut off between London and Paris because of the war. Gandhi was disappointed. He did not want to return to India without seeing Gokhale, so he stayed on in London. Gandhi had no idea what to do during the war. At the suggestion of some Indian friends, a meeting was called of the Indians in England. Gandhi expressed the view that Indians residing in England ought to do their bit in the war. English students had volunteered to serve in the army and Indians should do no less. This brought forth many objections from many Indians who were of the opinion that the war provided an opportunity to get freedom for India and that Indians should assert themselves and claim their rights. Gandhi felt that England’s difficulty should not be turned into India’s opportunity. He insisted on rendering all possible help to England. He organized an ambulance corps which, in spite of many difficulties, helped the British in their time of need. After some time Gokhale returned to England. Gandhi and Kallenbach went to see him often and they talked together about the war and other matters. Then Gandhi had an attack of pleurisy and Gokhale and his friends were worried. Dr. Jivraj Mehta treated Gandhi but there was little relief. Gandhi was still ill when Gokhale returned to India. As the pleurisy still persisted, Gandhi was advised to go back to India as soon as possible. He accepted the advice and returned to his homeland. After 12 long and eventful years, Gandhi was back in India. He was welcomed with a great reception in Bombay. Gandhi was overwhelmed by the great love and wealth of kindness shown to him by the people. Gokhale was in Poona and was in poor health, so Gandhi went to see him. Gandhi told Gokhale that his plan was to have an ashram where he could settle down with his Phoenix family. They had followed him to India and already were settled at Santiniketan. Gokhale approved of the idea and promised whatever help he could. Meanwhile Gandhi went to Rajkot and Porbandar to meet his relatives and then went on to Santiniketan. There Gandhi met poet laureate Rabindranath Tagore for the first time, as well as C. F. Andrews who was also present. During his short stay at Santiniketan Gandhi heard the sad news that Gokhale had passed away. He immediately left for Poona, with C. F. Andrews accompanying him up to Burdwan. -To be Continued next week




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18 July 22, 2016 HELP: Fresh Start after NELP

India was one of the first areas of the world for oil discover-

ies. About 125 years back, Assam Railway and Trading Co. employees found their elephants’ legs soaked in black mud, that smelt somewhat like oil. “Dig boy, dig”, shouted the English engineer, Mr W. L. Lake, thus giving the field its distinctive Digboi name. Even though the current crude production is only 240 barrels per day, Digboi has the distinction of being India’s oldest continuously producing oilfield. Unfortunately, India’s global distinction in oil and gas production begins and ends with Digboi. Public sector companies, which are responsible for oil and gas production, have not kept up with India’s rising energy consumption that is increasing due to both population and economic growth. In 2014, India produced about 1 million barrels per day (MMbopd) and had to import 3.5 MMbopd. That requirement is expected to increase to 4.5 MMbopd by 2016. OPEC gave India a most generous gift for the last two years with the decline in crude oil prices from $100/barrel to about $45/barrel. The vast reduction in the crude oil import bill has contributed to India’s world-leading GDP growth of 8.6% and the dubious distinction of becoming the world’s third leading importer of crude oil. The natural gas situation is pretty similar. India has to depend on natural gas and LNG imports to fulfill a gap of about 1 billion cubic feet per year. Several attempts have been made to augment India’s oil and gas production. In the 1960s, Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) discovered the Bombay High field. These days, however, it needs to be renamed Mumbai Low because of declining production. In late 1990s, the Congress government introduced a New Exploration Licensing Policy (NELP) that led to some excitement with the entry of private oil companies. Scotland-based Cairn Energy discovered oilfields in Rajasthan and India’s own Reliance Industries discovered the KG D6 gas field offshore the west coast of India. Due to the set up of production sharing contracts, the Congress government made both Cairn and Reliance miserable with constant interference with production plans, pricing and tax policies. The Modi government has taken lessons from NELP to formulate its HELP (Hydrocarbon Exploration & Licensing Policy) to invite international participation in India’s oil and gas sector. HELP proposes revenue sharing contracts so as to reduce the government’s interest in the oil companies’ dayto-day production, marketing and pricing plans (see story on page 3 on India’s bid round on discovered small fields.) While many of India’s sedimentary basins have yet to be explored, the lack of indigenous production could be due to low exploration potential. Perhaps our mother country’s energy production needs to be geared toward solar, wind and biofuels. A government policy of encouraging both fossil fuels and renewable energy could eventually make the country self sufficient in energy. Pramod Kulkarni

EDITORIAL/COMMENTARY Grace and the Lack of It


First, some good news. It’s rare,

make that, extremely rare, to hear someone articulate a lucid statement of identity without pushing all the melodramatic buttons. That is exactly what Sania Mirza did. It is equally unusual for a TV anchor to admit a mistake and apologise for it on air. That is what Rajdeep Sardesai did. In an India Today interview to celebrate her autobiography, Sardesai asked the tennis star when she intended “to settle down”, have children, etc. This question normally elicits two responses: The lady says how she longs for babies on the breast, hearth and home and will “settle down” soon. Or, she puffs out her bosom with righteous indignation, then rants and raves about male chauvinism. Mirza chose neither. “You don’t think I am settled down?” shot back the ace from India, calmness personified, dripping sarcasm. She went on to recount her many successes —Wimbledon, world no.1, etc. — and wondered why such achievements were not enough to consider her settled. “I face this question all the time,” she added, as if exhausted by this predictable line of inquiry by men. Ergo, she shamed Sardesai. Sufficiently for him to immediately apologise and admit that he would never have asked such questions of a male athlete. It was a singular moment: Mirza had cogently and very intelligently challenged the inherent sexism in the suggestion that women, even successful women, are somehow incomplete without motherhood, hearth and home. And Sardesai had the grace to concede his bias. By the way, NDTV’s Barkha Dutt hosted Mirza too but avoided such double faults and faultlines. Another lady in the spotlight did not acquit herself with such aplomb. Melania Trump took to centrestage at the Republican National Convention to reveal the softer side of her husband. Unfortunately for Melania, the ovations had barely

Spunky Sania Mirza and the indecorus Melania Trump.

Sania Mirza had cogently and very intelligently challenged the inherent sexism in the suggestion that women, even successful women, are somehow incomplete without motherhood, hearth and home. Another lady in the spotlight, Melania Trump, did not acquit herself with such aplomb. subsided when a striking similarity between her words and those of the lady she wishes to succeed, Michele Obama, took over the news cycle as CNN and other news channels on Tuesday, juxtaposed the two speeches. The “coronation” of Donald as the Republicans trump card to defeat Hillary Clinton, made the headlines across the world and news channels from France, Germany, Australia, available on DTH to viewers here, had their men in Cleveland, to report on how “extraordinarily difficult” it will be to unite the Republicans (Australia Plus). Al Jazeera explored the shattered pieces of the “American Dream” that had driven Tricia to support and work for Donald: “It’s so much fun,” she cooed, “Trumptastic”. CNN of course had moved bag and baggage into Cleveland and did a Times Now on viewers with eight experts on its panel for the wrap on day one of the convention. Most them were annoyed with the proceedings, not so much by matters of policy or the “fear-mongering” tone but that they had gone on far too long — past11.30 pm. Way past


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their bedtime, perhaps? In other international news, if you watched the BBC, CNN and then the Russian news channel RT, you’d have got very different versions of the WADA doping report which found the Russians guilty of a large scale conspiracy to tamper with the test samples of its athletes. While the Western media found enough damning evidence to discuss Russia being banned from the forthcoming Olympics, RT had Russian athletes argue that Russia was not alone in the doping scandal. “Why I am to blame?” asked first time Olympic contestants. The experts questioned the “credibility” of the evidence and how exactly it had been collected. Lastly, we’re all familiar with the stiff upper lip of the Englishman but sometimes it makes them seem silly or ungracious. Pakistan’s cricketers won redemption and fame by beating the English, literally at their own game but the reaction of English commentators on Star Sports was almost grudging. So when one of them exclaimed, “magnificent” it came out sounding like, “well, okay”. IE

COMMUNITY America Welcomes ‘Rustom’ Akshay Kumar!

July 22, 2016

NEW YORK: Akshay Kumar and ZEE

Studios unveiled the trailer and the first song of his movie ‘Rustom’. During this event Akshay Kumar, who plays the role of a Parsi naval officer Rustom Pavri in his upcoming film, met and had lunch with the Parsi community of America and Canada. During the event, the community felicitated him with Farvahar, one of the symbols of Zoroastrianism. The “Rustom” actor tweeted a photo, in which he is seen holding the Faravahar pendant. “Blessed to receive this Faravahar from the Zoroastrian community in New York and New Jersey! Thank you for your wishes for ‘Rustom’,” Akshay posted on Twitter along with the photo. Neeraj Pandey’s ‘Rustom’ starring Akshay Kumar, Ileana D’Cruz and Esha Gupta produced by ZEE Studios, KriArj Entertainment and Friday Filmworks, in association with CAPE OF GOOD FILMS, set in 1959 is inspired by real life incidents. ‘Rustom’ is a gripping tale about Pride, Passion and Power, and a man who must uphold his own integrity and that of the nation. Akshay Kumar’s romantic thriller ‘Rustom’to release on the weekend of India’s Independence Day 2016; 12th August 2016.

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The Light Lingers for Wengers and Hope Rekindles with a Lot of Friends BY JAWAHAR MALHOTRA


OUSTON: When they were alive, Shobha and Alan Wenger would throw a party each June for the mentally challenged kids and adults at the Hope Village which is in Friendswood, not far from their home in Clear Lake. A caring couple who were involved with many other community activities, they brought a ray of sunshine to those in the Village which is a residential assisted living facility and service provider for

people with mental retardation. Hope Village was started in 1967 by Bill and Lucille Williams when they sought care for their daughter Sally, who was diagnosed with mental retardation. The first home opened in 1970 with six residents. Since then, it has grown substantially to handle kids from 6 years-old to adulthood living in five homes on the Village campus on 18 acres of land donated by Louis and Hildegard Strey. Shobha Wenger passed away six months ago in February, seven years after her husband of 30 years, Alan

died. Both were also instrumental in starting up a local charity, Friends Helping Friends, which has provided free healthcare and last rites services


to all residents of the Houston area for the past seven years. And the Board of FHF, many of whom knew the Wengers well, wanted to remember them for their tremendous generosity by once again keeping the tradition of the June festivity alive. In that spirit, FHF sponsored the “ Dance, Music, Food, Fun” event at the Hope Village on July 8 in memory of Shobha, Alan and their daughter Suji Wenger who also passed away just a little earlier than her mom, with the help of their surviving son Doug, Shobha’s sister Asha Kapadia and a few other family friends. Almost 200 residents of the Village enjoyed the food and dance at their newly built facility with the help of Lisa Davis, the Day Program Manager and Recreational Director at the Hope Village.


HOUSTON: It was a passion for teaching

that destined them to the same high school, but it was the proverbial copy machine that finally brought them together! After their undergraduate degrees, both taught at Robert E. Lee High School in Houston’s west side. Kelly was standing in a job fair line in a school district in Chicago when a representative from HISD suggested she go south. And Kelly agreed, as if Fate was pointing her in the direction of Arun, who had volunteered in a Teach For America program after his undergraduate degree and was sent to the same high school. Their first meeting happened in the Fall of 2010. After Arun had spotted Kelly teaching in her classroom, he would purposely go to the copier at the furthest end of the corridor from his own classroom to sneak a peek at her. A week later, her plucked up enough courage to talk to her. He asked her out for a Friday night date and the romance was kindled! Almost six years later, Kelly and Arun were married on June 18, 2016 in Bay Harbor, Michigan, a small idyllic town on the shores of Lake Michigan in a Christian and later a Hindu wedding. This past Saturday, July 16, they held a reception for their family and numerous friends at the Houstonian Hotel on North Post Oak. Arun Kumar Bala, 29, grew up in Houston and graduated from the McCombs Business School at the University of Texas in Austin and then joined the Teach for America program, teaching math at Robert E. Lee High School in Houston. He went on to dental college at Columbia University’s College of Dental Medicine and graduated in May 2016. In July, he started a three residency program in orthodontics at Baylor Dental College in Dallas. Arun’s parents, Dr. Nat and Anu Bala have lived in Houston for more than 30 years. Nat is a gastroenterologist in Houston and practices in the Clear Lake area and Anu is very active in community affairs and in helping her daughter, Meera, a third-year resident in internal medicine, and son-in-law NateAvila, who just started his fellowship in gastroenterology, with their four-year old son Jayden. Kelly Ann Pfister, 27, received her Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Kelly wanted to teach

in an underserved school away from home when she was offered a job in Houston ISD. Kelly is passionate about teaching and continued to teach in Houston while Arun moved to New York to go to dental school. After Lee High School she taught at Kipp Academy – a magnet school for the underserved. She was the winner of the Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015. Kelly’s parents, Paul, a practicing attorney and Katherine Pfister both live in Michigan. After a brief honeymoon in Banff, Canada, the couple will live in Dallas where Arun will finish his residency.

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Arun Bala and Kelly Pfister after their wedding in Bay Harbor, Michigan on June 18, 2016.


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Mama’s Punjabi Recipes

Baingan Di Dip (Eggplant Dip)

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thoughts turn to ways to cool yourself down. Though there are many Indian comfort foods to do that, like gol gappe or pani puri (wafer puffs in spicy water), chaat (spicy cubed potato salad), bhalle (lentil cakes in yogurt), rooh afza (a drink of fruits and herbs), mango ice cream and cool hindwana (watermelon); there are few salty snacks like dips that will do the trick, especially as Indians don’t have things like pita chips to dip with!! Dips and chips aren’t very popular in the Punjab, as they are in the US where Indians of all types easily rush to them. Mediterranean like dips Baba Ghanoush and hummus are popular; just as salsa and guacamole are in the southern US. The closest Indians get are chutneys like pudina (mint) and imbli (tamarind) but these are condiments and not dips or raitas (yogurt sauce) which are usually eaten with rice or paranthas. But the plump baingan (eggplant) is just the right versatile vegetable to turn into a spicy dip with an Indian twist to it. Baingans are very popular in North India where they are often cooked as baingan bhartha with lots of onions and oil. And this same vegetable can be made into a succulent dip that can be eaten with pita chips or small pieces of Italian bread. Baingan dip is a very easy concoc-

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tion of eggplant, onions and garlic with many herbs and spices. When left to cool in the fridge and served, it is a surprisingly popular addition to the appetizer table and really a hit on hot summer days! Ingredients: • 1 large baingan (eggplant) • 1 medium piyaaz (onion) • 4 tbsp tael (vegetable or olive oil) • 2 cloves lassan (garlic) • Spices to taste: namak (salt), mirch (red pepper), fresh dhania (coriander) Directions: 1. Remove the top dandal (stem) off the eggplant, peel it and then cut it lengthwise into slices. Cut the slices into smaller 1.5 inch pieces. 2. Wash the pieces in cold water and let them drain in a strainer. It is very important to wash them otherwise the eggplant will start to turn dark. 3. Put 2 tablespoons of oil in a skillet, wok or kadai over medium heat, place the eggplant in it and mix till

they are coated. Cover and let cook for 10 minutes. Check to see that the eggplant has become tender. If it has, then mash the eggplant with a large spoon. 4. Leave to cook for 2 more minutes, then take off the heat and let it cool for 30 minutes. 5. Peel the onions and garlic and then crush them in a mixer. Put 2 tablespoons of oil in a skillet over medium heat and throw them in till they are brown. Take off the heat and let the mixture cool for 20 minutes. 6. After they are cool to touch, put the eggplant, onions and garlic in a blender and add the spices and coriander. Set to puree and run according to your taste. 7. Pour into a bowl and leave in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes. Serve with pita chips or small garlic bread.

Shakuntla Malhotra is a skilled cook of Punjabi dishes made in the oldfashioned style that she learnt as a young woman in her ancestral home in Lyallpur (since renamed Faisalabad), India before it became part of Pakistan after the Partition. People have often admired her cooking for its simplicity and taste that comes with each mouthful. Even in her late-eighties, she continues to cook daily and agreed to share some of her delectable recipes.



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Kasaba: This Mammootty Film Revives a Dangerous Trend

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This Offensively Unfunny, Grating Thing’s not a Film

hose who have been following the escapades of the ‘Masti’ boys will know that they have been stuck in a limbo: between ‘biwis’ who will not put out and other women who are dying to, between pills that stiffen male private parts and receptacles to insert said parts into, between… I could go on, but I can see you cringe. So did I, in this offensively unfunny, grating thing (nothing ‘great’about it) which should not be allowed to call itself a film. The trio has been sending its sexstarved status up for laughs ever since we met them first, in 2004 (Masti). We got more of the same in 2013 (Grand Masti). This time around, even the occasional snigger has dried up completely. To spice up the by now wrungout-to-dry formula of sex-starved husbands and stand-offish wives, the script has added on a female ghost who died a virgin, and who is bent

upon making up for the lost time by having at not just one, but all three. The ‘bhootni’ ( Rautela) gets maximum play. She has an extensive wardrobe, clearly, so she is to be seen in flowing gowns and stringy ‘cholis’ barely able to contain her bosom. She clearly also has a beauty parlour in easy reach because her hair is immaculately curled, and her lips made up in red and pink. Rautela is made to rant, shimmy and shake in old-Bollywood vamp style. At least she has something to do, poor thing. As opposed to Deshmukh, Oberoi and Shivdasani, who are handed out such deathless lines as: “baahar ki biryani aur ghar ki daal bhi nahin milti.” A village they fetch up in is called ‘Doodhawadi’, and one of them comes up with ‘let’s milk this opportunity’, not once but twice. A dish of chicken is divided into ‘breast pieces’ and ‘leg pieces’. And so on, and on. - indianexpress.com

ty grabs the belt of a female police officer and says that he is capable of breaking her menstruation cycle if he wants to. Almost immediately, the theatre resounds with testosterone-fuelled whistles and claps. It just shows how a majority of men think in this country and how several filmmakers are gladly catering to their audience’s perverted mindset. Except for the treatment, Kasaba does not offer anything new. The film offers the Stone Age concept of man being the saviour of hapless creatures called women and a rogue cop who is glorified for not following the law of the land. As for the treatment and craft, the film reminds one of Salman Khan’s blockbuster Dabangg, owing to its rich and attractive frames and striking similarities between the two lead characters. Kasaba, a name given to suburban police stations in India, tells the story of a police officer Zakriah (Mammootty), who is investigating the murder of a couple very close to his senior officer. Zakriah reaches Kalipuram, a village situated on Kerala and Karnataka’s border, to investigate the murder of his superior’s son and his fiancé. At Kalipuram, the police officer

has to deal with a corrupt politician Paremeshwar Nambiar (Sampath Raj) and his girlfriend Kamla (Varalakshmi Sharthkumar), who run a brothel. The film then becomes a mish-mash of various threads — college activism, power politics, brutalities inside a brothel and an omnipresent Maoist connection. Once the antagonist Nambiar arrives on the screen, no scope is left for unpredictability and excitement in this revenge story. The only difference between film’s director-scriptwriter Nithin and his father Renji Panicker’s super-hero police officers is that Nithin’s cops don’t speak long, breathless English dialogues. Other than that, the debutante director stays faithful to the ‘Bharathchandran’ mould of a rebel police officer created by his father,


along with Shaji Kailas. From the opening sequence where a sex worker admires Zakriah’s manliness to how the cop helps Kamla wreck vengeance, the director fails to break free from the framework of chauvinism his father created in his cinema. Mammootty’s Zakriah is exactly like the role of cops he has played in the past. The actor’s much-admired carefree walk looks clumsy and the signs of ageing cannot be hid by cosmetics any more. Rest of the cast — especially Sampath,Alancier Lopez, Jagadeesh and Varalaxmi — has done justice to their roles. The only song in the movie, an item number, was absurd to say the least. Kasaba is meant for you only if you are a Mammootty fan or if you want to watch yet another cop-on-arevenge drama.- indianexpress.com

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24 July 22, 2016 Yasir’s Ten-for Seals Thrilling Pakistan Win at Lord’s BY ALAN GARDNER


ONDON (ESPN Cricinfo): Pakistan 339 (Misbah 114, Shafiq 73, Woakes 6-70) and 215 (Shafiq 49, Sarfraz 45, Woakes 5-32) beat England 272 (Cook 81, Yasir 6-72) and 207 (Bairstow 48, Yasir 4-69, Rahat 3-47) by 75 runs Pakistan took a 1-0 lead in the series after beating England by 75 runs at Lord’s. That is the simple version but there were multitudes contained within as Misbah-ulHaq’s irrepressible side took the ten wickets they required for victory on the fourth day, four of them going to the talismanic Yasir Shah on the way to match figures of 10 for 141 in his first Test match outside of Asia. Set 283 to win - a target only one side had previously achieved on the ground - after dismissing Pakistan inside the first ten minutes of the morning session, England’s batsmen struggled to build partnerships. Only when Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes were putting together a stand of 56 over 31.4 gruelling overs did Misbah have to seriously ponder where a wicket was coming from. The breakthrough came from Yasir, although there was little sleight of hand about a long hop that Bairstow simply missed attempting to swat through the leg side. His distraught reaction, head bowed over his bat as the Pakistan players celebrated around him, provided an illustration of England’s disappointment at losing a match in which they were always slightly behind but refused to abandon as beyond their powers of recovery. Yasir’s tenth wicket practically sparked a playground bundle as Woakes was taken at slip trying to hit out with the No. 10, Steven Finn, for company and 79 still required. Mohammad Amir rattled Jake Ball’s stumps an over later to put the final seal on an emotional comeback six years after his previous Test appearance. This was a gripping encounter, fought in excellent spirit and holding the attention of a packed crowd throughout. A sizeable contingent of Pakistan supporters cheered

Yasir Shah burrowed through England’s middle order, England v Pakistan, 1st Investec Test, Lord’s, 2nd day, July 15, 2016.

every wicket as their side pushed for a first Test triumph at Lord’s since Waqar Younis and Mushtaq Ahmed’s exploits in 1996. When the Pakistan team lined up afterwards to do a series of celebratory push-ups in front of the pavilion - a salute to the military fitness camp undergone by the players before the tour - the whole ground was in raptures. England may have been primed to the threat posed by Yasir and Amir but it was Rahat Ali who gave Pakistan the early advantage. England lost their top three in little more than an hour of batting and although the rejigged middle order that had been considered a weakness resisted admirably there was too much left for them to do against a constantly probing attack. Yet while Bairstow remained in the company of Woakes - a man with nine first-class centuries, not to mention 11 wickets in the match - England could imagine that the improbable was still possible. With the bowling tight and scoring opportunities scarce, the seventhwicket pair resolved to soak up the pressure and fight for every inch. Nothing seemed to be happening in the middle, yet at the same time, everything was happening. Wahab Riaz threw himself into a five-over spell after tea that yielded 0 for 8 but saw the ball repeatedly swerve late past the outside edge. Both batsmen edged short of catchers in the cordon - Woakes a matter of millimetres in front of Asad Shafiq

at third slip - and Wahab ended up lying in the dust as he strained for a breakthrough. He was also warned twice by the umpires for running on the pitch. England had initially recovered through a 49-run partnership between Ballance and James Vince, who made his best Test score before being dismissed by Wahab, flinging his hands at a drive shortly after lunch. Wahab had begun to make the ball reverse away down the slope and a thick edge flew to Younis Khan at second slip, who this time held on to the catch at the second attempt, having unsuccessfully juggled a much tougher chance with Vince on 9. Ballance, in the second innings of his comeback Test, seemed to grow in confidence, totting up runs with nudges and nurdles. He was vulnerable to Wahab’s probing outside off stump but generally played the ball softly and late, other than when slashing a four over the slips. He and Bairstow added another 39 runs in 13 overs of careful batting when Yasir, having changed to bowling from the Nursery End, struck for the first time. The man identified as Pakistan’s likeliest match-winner had to wait until his 13th over but, for aficionados of legspin, it was undoubtedly worth it. Ballance had just pulled a sharply turning delivery through square leg for his sixth

boundary; the next ball was a little fuller, spun a little harder down the slope and darted like a swallow past Ballance’s attempted flick to hit leg stump. If the shot was questionable, the overall effect was reminiscent Shane Warne’s dismissal of Andrew Strauss at Edgbaston in 2005. Moeen Ali did not last long, waltzing out of his ground and aiming a heave across the line at Yasir, only for the ball to spin between bat and pad to hit the top of middle. At 139 for 6, England were still less than halfway to their target; Pakistan were more than halfway to theirs. After the third day’s play, Pakistan’s coach Mickey Arthur was hoping his side could “sneak another 19-20” more runs. They managed just a single from Amir as England took the last two wickets in 13 balls, though that was enough to push the requirement up above the 282 achieved by Michael Vaughan’s side against New Zealand in 2004. Stuart Broad picked up both, Yasir and Amir caught behind, to become the third England bowler to pass 350 Test wickets. Adrenaline coursed through initial stages of England’s assault. Cook chopped the opening delivery for four through point as England raced to 19 for 0 from three overs before hitting their first speed bump: Rahat found his line and the tiniest contact with Cook’s outside edge, a kiss goodbye for the England captain who turned away ruefully as Kumar Dharmasena’s finger went up. Rahat bagged and tagged the next two as well. Alex Hales attempted to force a cut, a thick top edge flying quickly to be well held by Mohammad Hafeez at first slip; then a misbegotten pull from Joe Root sent a top edge out to the grateful Yasir. It was just one of a multitude of joyous individual and collective moments for Pakistan on a ground where they experienced such pain when the spot-fixing scandal erupted six years ago. They have fresh memories now. Alan Gardner is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @alanroderick



Indians Preach Patience, Ponder Matchups vs WI

ANTIGUA: Towards the end of

India’s practice session at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Monday, Rohit Sharma ignored a teasing legbreak outside his off stump. Cheteshwar Pujara, the deliverer of that legbreak, grinned. Someone behind him - possibly R Ashwin - yelled out: “Bowled, Yasir!” In the first half of 2015, Pujara versus Rohit was a batsman-against-batsman contest, a selection headache for India’s Test-match team management. Now, things were a little different. Pujara was bowling to Rohit. No matter what Rohit did, Pujara was yelping excitedly, whether it was a defensive push into the off side - “caught at silly point!” - or a legside slog - “caught at midwicket!” It also looked like India were planning to play five bowlers - or four specialists and an allrounder - leaving them two major calls to make on the eve of the match: whether to pick Dhawan or Rahul to partner Vijay at the top of the order; and whether to pick a seam-bowling allrounder in Binny, a spin-bowling allrounder in Jadeja, or to pick both and leave out Mishra. With three days to go for the Test match, not too much could be gleaned from looking at the pitch, straw-coloured and glowing in the afternoon sun, except that there was hardly any grass on it. The pitches in St. Kitts, where India played their two warm-up matches, were on the slow side, and Ashwin had reckoned his team would need to be patient in order to take 20 wickets given similar conditions in the Test series.

Anil Kumble and Amit Mishra at a training session before start of play, WICB President’s XI v Indians, Basseterre, 1st day, July 14, 2016.

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Nitin Gadkari Again Woos Tesla to Invest in India

Gadkari told Tesla to make India their Asia manufacturing hub and extended support to facilitate exports of their vehicles to South and South East Asian countries. Photo: Ramesh Pathania

NEW DELHI: Transport minister

Nitin Gadkari who is on a visit to US has offered American automotive company Tesla various sops including land parcel to form joint ventures with Indian automobile companies to intorduce pollution free road transportation in India. In a press statement, the transport ministry said that Gadkari along with transport ministry officials visited Tesla factory near San Francisco and asked them to look at collaborations with Indian automobile firms to manufacture electric and solarenergy based automotives. The idea is to have special eco-friendly automobile fleed for commercial and public transportation in India. Gadkari also asked Tesla to outline their proposals for entry into Indian market. Offering land on any of the major ports in India, Gadkari told Tesla’s senior executives to make India their Asia manufacturing hub and extended support to facilitate exports of their vehicles to South and South East Asian countries. Gadkari said the Indian government was

committed to encouraging alternate pollution free transport in the country by providing incentives to bio-fuel, CNG, ethanol and electric vehicles. Replying to specific queries from the transport and highways minister regarding manufacturing of electric trucks, buses and two wheelers, Tesla team said they have future plans for trucks and pick up vans but not buses and two wheelers. They evinced keen interest in knowing whether there was any subsidy on electric vehicles in India. Gadkari was informed that 400,000 advance bookings have been done for Tesla’s model X. and there were some bookings from India as well. Tesla said senior executive admitted that their manufacturing hub has to be outside the US for markets in rest of the world and appreciated the Indian offer of cooperation which they said will certainly be considered at the appropriate time in future. They said India will definitely be a market for their next generation low cost sustainable models. -livemint.com


India’s Sovereign Wealth Fund Identifies First Eight Projects for Investments

MUMBAI: India’s maiden sov-

ereign wealth fund National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) has identified the first eight projects it plans to invest in. These include the Konkan Railways project, a power transmission project in the north region, and a few road projects, said a senior official of India Infrastructure Finance Co. Ltd (IIFCL). There has been a lot of interest from foreign investors for NIIF, but actual cheques are taking longer to come in, IIFCL’s deputy managing director Sanjeev Kaushik told. IIFCL, which was appointed as the interim investment adviser to NIIF in December, has advised investments in a total of eight projects for the fund. Of these, the governing council in its meeting last month approved investment in the existing Konkan Railway project, Kaushik said. “We have also identified and discussed investments in stable private sector projects including a national power transmission project and a few road projects,” he said. “There is a lot of interest from investors globally, who had been waiting all this while for the CEO’s appointment, to see the team and the exact structure.” NIIF in June appointed Sujoy Bose as chief executive officer (CEO), who is currently director and global co-head of infrastructure and natural resources at the International Finance Corporation, based in Washington DC. Bose will formally join NIIF in a couple of months. Bose faces the challenging task of trying to convince foreign investors to invest in NIIF. A number of road shows have been undertaken, and the government has approached investors in the Gulf, Singapore and pension funds in North America. NIIF has so far signed memorandums of understanding with Qatar Investment

Authority (QIA), Russian firm RUSNANO and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority to explore investments, but there have been no formal announcements of financial commitments yet. Apart from private domestic investors such as Life Insurance Corp. of India (LIC), the government has been looking to attract investors from the Middle East, Europe and the US

crore, half of which will come from new investors, who will hold about 50% in NIIF. Earlier, it was believed that private domestic and foreign investors would invest in the umbrella fund or smallersector or project-specific funds within it. But now a new structure is being considered, Kaushik said. “Subsequent to the governing council

The government in December created the Rs.40,000 crore NIIF as an investment vehicle for funding commercially viable greenfield, brownfield and stalled projects.

to make up for 50% of the fund’s corpus. The government in December created the Rs.40,000 crore NIIF as an investment vehicle for funding commercially viable greenfield, brownfield and stalled projects. Currently, it is focusing on investing for stable operational and greenfield projects to lower the risks from stalled assets to investors. The Centre plans to invest an initial corpus of Rs.20,000 crore in NIIF and ultimately expects the corpus size to increase to Rs.40,000


meeting in June, they are looking for the best possible structure for the NIIF... Feedback from global investors is that they want more say and control in the investments and direct stakes. There may be a slimmed down version of the overall fund with schemes underneath in which investors will have a say,” he said. IIFCL is a wholly-owned government of India company set up in 2006 to provide long-term finance to viable infrastructure projects. -livemint.com

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