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Friday, July 29 2016 | Vol. 35, No. 31


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Spectacle of Universal Love Conceived by a Master of Kathak Dance


HOUSTON: The opening scene

was grand, but simple. A man walks to the posts, lighting street lamps and the plaza in front of the two-story house with the large steps and the balcony with the balustrade starts to come alive with people, first in ones and two and then in groups. Soon it is a bustling bazar scene with vendors and women haggling over wares. The colors of their dresses are brilliant, as are the short tunics and Peshawari salwars of the men. With meaningful short steps, stylized dance movements take shape and then burst out all over the stage. Three men begin a routine, more join in; a couple comes down the steps and mingles in. A menacing figure emerges and a street brawl begins between sworn enemies with stout bamboo sticks, broken up by the Prince himself. This was the imagination of Padamavibhushan Pandit Birju Maharaj and Saswati Sen on display in their version of Shakespeare’s classic tale of love, Romeo and Juliet, set to the music and steps of the Kathak classical Indian dance style, with a fusion of other western influences of Flamenco and vintage ballroom steps. The results were brilliant both in the exquisite choreography and the attention paid to the style and rich colors of the garments of the actors. And among the actors were 45 students from area dance schools who had trained for three-days in intensive workshops to perform on the stage of Brown Theatre at The Wortham Center. These dance students of several Houston GurusUma Nagarsheth, Rathna Kumar, Shiva Mathur, Lavanya Rajagopalan, Supradipta Dutta- had the rare opportunity to learn Kathak

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from a Master who is considered the living God of Kathak, Birju Maharaj, as well as some of his disciples Guru Saswati Sen, Mamta Maharaj, and others. The workshops were offered by the Indo American Association as part of its educational outreach program and there was such a tremendous response that many aspirants had to be disappointed. Of the 76 students enrolled, 45 advanced students trained under the watchful eyes of the Master and then danced with all their hearts with the touring Romeo & Juliet ballet in Kathak performance group on Friday, July 22.

Birju Maharaj is a leading exponent and legend in Lucknow gharana of Kathak dance and comes from seven generations of dancers. His father, Jagannath Maharaj, served as the court dancer in the princely Rajgarh state and Birju was trained by him and his uncles Lachhu Maharaja and Shambhu Maharaj, giving his first recital at the age of seven. Birju was head of his uncle’s Kathak Kendra school in New Delhi and later opened his own dance school, Kalashram, also in Delhi. Saswati Sen, also a leading exponent of Kathak and a senior disciple of Pt. Birju, achieved early fame by dancing in legendary Indian film director Satyajit Ray’s film Shatranj ke Khilari (1971). Born to a family of legal and medical professionals, Saswati took to dance at an early age and brought all her skills to the set of Romeo and Juliet, playing out the role of the young forlorn Juliet

with grace and agility against the much younger Deepak Maharaj (Birju’s son) who played the role of Romeo. Six other dancers from India, including Mamta Maharaj (Birju’s daughter), filled out the rest of the cast of the 90-minute long ballet. The music and unique choreography were a testimony to the imagination and vision of Birju and Saswati as they took 70 performers on stage through to tell the story of lost love. Birju Maharaj collaborated with the Indian film composer, jazz musician and singer Louis Banks to set the unique musical score that wound through the production. The result was a stunningly appealing production of Romeo and Juliet in the unexpected style of Kathak. To set off the mood for the ballet that was to follow, the audience got a special treat in witnessing a 40-minute solo by the 78 year-old


Master Pandit Birju Maharaj himself, as he explained the idioms of Kathak. He was accompanied by Chitrachur Bhattacharjee on sitar, Deepak Maharaj on harmonium and vocals, and on tabla by Gauri Sankar. Birju Maharaj mesmerized the audience with his command of the art. It was inspiring to see that even in his advanced age he can still do vigorous routines including hops and jumps while explaining the taals; even breaking into a jugalbandi with the tabla. The Indo-American Association has brought quality performances to mainstream venues in Houston for 23 years in its mission to promote the cultural arts of India and raise awareness and appreciation among Texans. The IAA has sought educational outreach by incorporating local talent into the performances of internationally renowned artists on a grand stage.


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July 29, 2016 COMMUNITY Gauri Siddhivinayak Temple Hosts the First Ever 84 Randal Mataji na Lota



For the first time in Houston, a 84 Randal Mataji na Lota and Jagran were hosted on a grand scale, at the Gauri Siddhivinayak Temple of Greater Houston. Ravi Randal Maa is a Hindu Goddess and Kuldevi, whose main temple is located in Dadva, Gujarat. She is thought to be the consort of the Sun Deity: Ravi/Surya and Randal Mataji is mainly worshipped by the Gujarati people of India. Randal Maa Na lota is a ceremony where people invite Goddess Ravi Randal to their homes during grand occasions such as weddings, baby showers, housewarmings, or simply

for the joy and love for Randal Mataji. This ceremony, performed on July 17, was attended by over 500 devotees who rejoiced through the night with ras garba and bhajans. The temple echoed with soul-soothing prayers, chantings of shlokas, and devotional songs. Devotees witnessed two hours of modern guitar-accompanied by Krishna Das-style bhajans played and sung by Ramnath Subramuniam, an American born musician, native of Alvin, Texas who has been a devotee of Devi and Shiva for 20 years. The new board member of Gauri Siddhivinayak Temple,

the western Hindu scholar and priest Srinath V. Mahadevan was also present at the temple. He was accompanied with his wife Jessica, a Houston native. Both of them are members of the Aradhya Srouta Saiva Sampradaya and disciple of Satguru Sivanandamurthy Garu and Sri Attaluri Mrtyunjaya Sharma Garu. Alongside the enchanting and soul-touching music, maha prasad was served to all devotees. The credit for hosting this event goes to the main priest of Gauri Siddhivinayak Temple Houston, Pandit Pradip Pandya and his wife Puja. For the past 11 years the cheerful and generous Pan-

dit has worked tirelessly for the Hindu community. The mission of this temple is to help people, ir-respective of their culture or financial status. The temple committee has been looking for a new land for a much larger facility, in order to facilitate programs at a larger scale. There are plans in place for multiple satsang groups for adults, youth education, weekly meditation and bhajan programs, and discourses by learned saints from across India. The temple plans to host programs in a variety of Indian languages, thereby representing the various traditions and interpretations of Hindu religion and standing up for ‘Ek Bharat’ or ‘One India’, regardless of sectarian and denominational division. At present the temple is laying the foundation stone to these planned activities, with the vision of being well connected and networked with other international non-profit humanitarian organizations, so as


to reach the ultimate goal of helping orphans and the underprivileged. Pandit Pradip Pandya, would like to thank Indo-American News, India Herald, Geetanjali Radio, Sulekha.com, and HumTumDesi. com who helped him to widen the reach of this event, to devotees across Houston and beyond. The sponsors of this successful event were Yajaman Vipulbhai and Dipalbhen Kalani along with the Kalani family, as well as Dr. Deepak Kotecha and his wife Smitabhaen Kotecha in addition to Pushpabhaen and the Kotecha family. The Gauri Siddhivinayak Temple is a 501 ( c ) Organization and all donations are tax deductible. It is located on 5645 Hillcroft Avenue, Suite 701 Houston, TX 77036. For further details call them at 832-466-9868

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Jvalanthi Prasad: Arangetram Review A performance par excellence


HOUSTON: On the hot, humid sum-

mer evening of July 16, the audience at the Bayou Theater in Clearlake, got to witness the magnificent Arangetram (solo dance debut) of 14 year old Jvalanti Prasad, daughter of Surekha and Venkat Prasad, who, at the young age of five, began learning the ancient and revered form of Bharatanatyam in the Vazhuvoor style from Dr. Rathna Kumar, Founder-Director of Anjali Center of Performing Arts. The audience at Bayou Theater were treated to a spell-binding performance, a perfect confluence of grace, talent and a deep understanding of the traditional dance form. This was clearly a result of mentorship from a guru par excellence, whose creativity and artistic genius was visible throughout the program. Jvalanti commenced her recital with a homage

to Ganesha, Sri Mahaganapathe, whose unique choreography incorporated the Alarippu into the dance.

This was followed by an unusual specially composed Jatiswaram in 5 beats instead of the traditional 6 or 8 beats. This purely rhythmic dance perfectly showcased Jvalanti’s command over her footwork and technique. Jvalanti’s very expressive depiction of Gajendra the elephant falling victim to

Makari the crocodile, coupled with the talented percussionist N. K. Kesavan’s magic with the percussion, kept the audience at the edge of their seats in the ‘Mandooka Sabdam’. The central piece of the program, the Varnam (Rama Neeve) comprised several stories from the Ramayana. Jvalanti executed this piece with grace and depth of feeling, moving the audience to experience rasa (aesthetic flavor). From the highly energetic ‘Ananda Pongum’, illustrating the joyous dance of Nataraja, Jvalanti smoothly transitioned to the graceful Alamelu Manga in Alarulu Kuriyaga. As Jvalanti brought her recital to a rousing close with a Tillana and Mangalam, I watched with growing wonder her skill, maturity, stamina and sheer immersion into the spirit of the dance. I knew then why we associate youth with hope and promise for the future. The striking aspects of Jvalanti’s recital were her perfect posture, tremendous stamina, dynamic jumps, strong footwork, evocative facial expressions and a great stage presence, plus the presence of a highly accomplished and fabulous orchestra. J. Ramesh and Shraddha Mohan’s beautiful voices brought every character to life. Maestro N.K.Kesavan’s bold and imaginative beats made each piece unique and powerful. Muthukumar’s mellifluous flute and Abhishek Balakrishnan’s soulful violin wove magical strains. Madhavi Joysula added depth to select pieces on the ela talam. Jvalanti’s Arangetram was graced by her Band Director Christopher Bennett and Silambam Houston’s Artistic Director Dr. Lavanya Rajagopalan. Both of them gave us a glimpse into Jvalanti’s accomplishments, both as a dancer and as an accomplished student and musician. Her guru Dr. Rathna Kumar was ob-

viously proud of how far student had come and could not contain her happiness while presenting her with a diploma. While the Prasads expressed their heartfelt thanks to family and friends that helped with making this event a success, Meera and Sinthuja Devarajan shared their experience about their guru Dr. Rathna Kumar. Jvalanti’s sister, Pragati Prasad, herself an excellent dancer, served as Mistress of Ceremonies. Venugopal Joysula, Assistant Director of the Anjali Center, did a wonderful job with stage lighting. As Christopher Bennett rightly said – “Jvalanti’s dedication and hard work are an inspiration to all and her commitment to the arts is a foundation for her future success”. The future definitely looks bright for this shining star.


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HOUSTON: Houston saw some

action from a frenzied crowd, last week. The occasion was the release of Kabali, the latest film starring the SuperStar Rajnikant. Die-hard Thalaiva fans had queued outside theatres to watch their beloved larger-than-life star. To many, Rajnikant is not just an actor or a SuperStar; he is a Phenomenon. And it has been a while since his fans have seen Rajni appear in a Don avatar. Kabali teasers had stormed all across the globe and become a rage. On the evening of last Thursday, July 21, Houston Desi Friends, US Desi Gals, along with Sridhar Dadi of Radio Hungama, organised a ‘Kabali Houston Flashmob’ at CarmikeYorktown. Houston Desi Friends and US Desi Gals are two unique WhatsApp groups in Houston, serving as a platform to share information on events, deals, job opportunities, motivating people to adopt a healthier lifestyle and many more. Houston Desi Friends, the brainchild of Kishore Ramaraju was founded in November 2014 and has over 3000 members on WhatsApp and Facebook. The motto of this group is to bring together all Indians in Houston on a common platform. This nonprofit group conducts seminars on immigration, finance, digital marketing, and college education on a monthly basis. US Desi Gals is a WhatsApp group founded by

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Kavitha Vijay. The mission of this group is to serve as a platform for the Indian women community and share information on deals and events, in and around Houston. The response to Kabali Houston

Flashmob was so phenomenal that several hundreds of Thalaiva fans had gathered to bring out the Rajni in them. The event was sponsored by Umang Mehta of Deep Foods, Cinegalaxy Inc and Fun Asia, Car-

mike Theatres, Radio Hungama, Hot Breads Houston, United Real Estates, Pepon Inc., TV9 & NTV. To stay true to the ‘festive’ spirit of a Rajni movie, the hosts had ensured that the program had all it takes to create a memorable experience. There were fun games and contests sweepstakes where some of the lucky Thalaiva fans won Kabali merchandises like Tshirts and gift hampers from Deep Foods. The stunning act of the evening was a dance performance by the members of US DESI GALS dance team, who swayed to the tunes of some famous Rajni songs. The dance, well choreographed in a short notice of time, was performed by a troupe who inspite of not being professional


dancers have a tremendous passion for dancing. With so much of excitement in the air, some Thalaiva fans also boogied, swirled and shimmered to the tunes of “Neruppu da”, along with this dance team. Sridhar Dadi, owner of Radio Hungama enthralled the whole crowd with his witty eloquent. A Delicious Kabali theme cake was designed specially for this event by Hot breads Houston and the event ended by the cake cutting ceremony and an open flash mob. The experience was truly earth shattering for the SuperStar’s fans in Houston and as far the reviews for the movie, so far it has broken all records at the box-office.

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Sri Meenakshi Temple Society Corner Temple Renovation Project (CTRP) Reaches a Milestone


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in the late’90s. Fund raising (FR) co-chair Dr. Appan, who had conceived the idea to hold the Fund raising event and had worked tirelessly on its planning for this evening, explained the nexus between the three religious area upgrades, which includes the current Corner Temple Renovation project, CTRP being the third phase; as well as the recent past projects (Ganesh Temple Renovation, GTRP; Main Temple Renovation Project, MTRP). Dr. Venugopal Menon then joined the stage and in his inimitable style encouraged all to participate in the Upgrade, with many witty comments. Two of the FR team members that have been instrumental in bringing many donors to join, Dr T. Dorairajan and Kumar Bhashyam covered the significance of Nayanmars and Alwars. Construction details was presented by Vinod Kaila and Ashok Mungara. This was followed with the individual acknowledgement by the FR team members who read the

names of all upgrade donors, individually recognizing them. There were also many new upgrades from those gathered including the FR team’s Dhani Kannan ($ 25,000) and Sundar Arun ($ 15,000). As the evening progressed MTS chairman Narayanan and his wife Malar completely floored those gathered by announcing an unprecedented level of upgrade to the Grand Sponsor level donor with a pledge of $ 100,000. Chairman Narayanan and his wife Malar deserve our appreciation for setting the bar high with their generosity. The great support from the donors easily allowed the target of $ 500,000 total to be exceeded. When the final tally was announced the

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Fund raising total stood at close to $ 630,000, which exceeded by far the goal to reach $ 500,000. All this accomplished by the Grace of almighty in fewer than 110 days and bodes well to strive to reach the $ 750,000 target on the MTS annual gala event on August 28. The supporters gathered were treated to a sumptuous delight served by Rajan Radhakrishnan of MP; the dinner was sponsored by the Fund raising team. MTS’s Asthana photographers included Srini Sundarrajan , whose handiwork graces recent MTS calendars and the great volunteer/original MTS photographer and current Board member Shetty uncle. As the event was concluded Secretary INDO-AMERICAN NEWS • FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2016 • ONLINE EDITION: WWW.INDOAMERICAN-NEWS.COM

Prasad thanked all the Fund raising team members including AVN Reddy, Tupil Narasiman, Padmini Nathan, Somarajan Nair, Parthiban Dhanabalan, Ganesh Rajamani, Bhaskara Rao Mutyala, Narayan Dave, Vinay Kumar, Chandrakala Gupta and C. Vijayarajan. MTS staff present included Silpi Ramanathan whose handiwork had created the beautiful MTS model on display, and administrator Venkat and Vimal of MTS. Among the FR team young volunteer Muthuraman deserves special thank you for running the projection and preparing the Pledge list. Indeed it was a special evening for all to savor the milestone reached on this special summer day !


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Swami Ramdev to Visit Houston in August

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HOUSTON: Yoga is an ancient

science given to the world by Indian sages and is practiced by millions of people in parks, living rooms and exercise studios around the world. What makes it unique is that it needs no fancy equipment or machines, not only burns calories but also clears the mind and is practiced by saints and the common man alike. Today it is a global phenomenon and India’s most famous export. A great deal of the credit for making yoga a worldwide movement goes to Yogrishi Swami Ramdev Baba, India’s most renowned yoga proponent. Yoga camps and televised yoga sessions led by him throughout the country won him legions of followers who strongly believe he turned their health around by teaching them a range of yoga postures (asanas) and breathing techniques (pranayama). In short, he spearheaded a revolution that advocated the use of an ancient holistic technique for modern mind-body ailments. At this year’s International Day of

Yoga, he helped lead over 100,000 people in a mass yoga session at Faridabad, India. Swami Ramdev Baba has been invited by the Federation of Indian Association (FIA) to be the Chief Guest and bless their 70th Independence Day Parade in New York on August 21. As part of his North American tour, he will also be visiting Toronto on 19 and 20 August and Houston on 23 August to address yoga teachers, Patanjali Yogpeeth members and yoga practitioners. A farmer’s son, Swami Ramdev was drawn towards spirituality from an early age and spent several years in the Himalayas practicing meditation and yoga. He started the Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust in 2006, named after the first compiler of the Yoga Sutras in Indian history. Along with encouraging the practice of yoga, the Trust runs several charitable hospitals, Ayurvedic schools and research centers to propagate natural foods and remedies. Patanjali Ayurved Ltd. manufactures and markets more than 700 products ranging from herbal toothpastes to

foodstuff and is startling business pundits by giving multinational companies like Colgate and Unilever a run for their money. The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times also profiled him for his notable success in encouraging consumers to opt for a chemical free lifestyle in all strata of people in India His visits unfailingly draw huge crowds of people eager to listen to the man who has not only done more to spread the practice of Yoga than any other human being but also passionately espoused the cause for a corruption free India. Not least, he electrifies audiences with his mindboggling yoga postures and abdominal exercises. For more information and registration details, visit pyptusa.org. The event in Houston will address Yoga and Inner Peace and will be held at VPSS Haveli from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm on August 23. The event is free, seating is limited and registration is required.


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Judge Jimmie L. Benton Joins Willy, Nanayakkara & Associates


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The Extraordinary Life and Times of Mahatma Gandhi - Part 9


Gandhi invites untouchable family to ashram

he story thus far….Gandhi went to Rajkot and Porbandar to meet his relatives and then went on to Shantiniketan. There Gandhi met poet laureate Rabindranath Tagore for the first time, as well as C. F. Andrews. Andrews, who came to India as an Anglican priest in 1904, was one of the very few people respected both within Indian nationalist circles and official British ones. A close friend of Gandhi, Tagore and other eminent Indians of the time, Andrews never ceased to champion the Indian cause for independence and, in a broader sense, the cause of all the downtrodden. 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. Andrews asked Gandhi whether India would ever experience satyagraha, and when. “It is difficult to say,” replied Gandhi. “For one year I am to do nothing. Gokhale made me promise that I would travel in India for one year to gain experience, and that I would express no opinion until I had finished this period of probation. So I do not think there will be any occasion for satyagraha for five years.” After attending the shraddha ceremonies for Gokhale, Gandhi met the leaders of the Servants of India Society. Out of respect for Gokhale he would have joined the Society, but there was opposition from some members. Gandhi visited Rangoon, in Burma, for a short period and on his return he went to Hardwar during the time of the Kumbha Mela. About 1.7 million people attended the festival. Volunteer corps from different organizations had gone to Hardwar to be of service to the big crowds that thronged the riverbanks. Gandhi was invited to join the Phoenix party to help the volunteers. Gandhi was deeply disappointed at the many happenings and shortcomings at the great religious fair. There was corruption, cheating and many other unsocial activities. Scant care was taken about sanitary arrangements. All this saddened Gandhi. He thought a great deal about the problem of how to improve the Indian character. In May 1915 an ashram was established in a village near Ahmedabad. The city was an ancient centre of handloom weaving and Gandhi thought the place was suited for the revival of the cottage industry of hand- weaving. Gandhi named the new institution Satyagraha Ashram. “Our creed is devotion to truth, and our business is the search for and insist on truth,” he said. A simple uniform style of clothing was worn by all who worked together in a common kitchen as all strove to live as one family. “If you want to serve the people, it is essential to observe the vows of truth, ahimsa, celibacy, non-stealing, non-possession, and control of the

palate,” Gandhi told inhabitants of the ashram. One day Gandhi informed the ashram dwellers that he had received a request from an ‘untouchable’ family to move in. He said he had responded favorably. This created quite a stir. Even Kasturbai had her misgivings. Gandhi’s mind was made up, however, and there could be no objection from anyone in the ashram. But the patrons of the ashram did not like the idea and they stopped funding the ashram. The ashram was suddenly faced with an acute financial crisis, but help came from an unexpected source. A rich man came to the ashram and gave Gandhi Rs. 13,000 and urged him to continue running the ashram. In February 1916, Gandhi was invited to speak at the laying of the foundation-stone of the Banaras Hindu University. The Viceroy and many of the most important people of India were there. Gandhi, clad in a Kathiawadi long coat and a turban, rose to speak. The police arrangements, and also the pomp and luxury around him, hurt him deeply. Turning to the audience he said, “I want to think audibly and speak without reservation.” His first words froze the audience. “It is a matter of deep humiliation and shame for us,” he said, “that I am compelled this evening under the shadow of this great college, in this sacred city, to address my countrymen in a language that is foreign to me.” It was a bombshell. Nobody had ever dared to speak against the English language. The British officers, then friends, and the important Indians who had gathered there were

furious. But Gandhi went on, “His Highness the Maharaja who presided yesterday over our deliberations spoke about the poverty of India. But what did we witness? A most gorgeous show, an exhibition of jewelry...” Gandhi gave a long speech that covered many topics. His was outspoken in his criticism. Annie Besant, who was one of the organizers of the function, was horrified and urged Gandhi to sit down. But Gandhi went on. Some people went red with rage, but others listened to Gandhi with great interest. “Here at last is a man telling the truth,” they thought. “He is the man to raise India from the mire.” They applauded him and shouted joyfully. Gandhi turned to them and said, “No amount of speeches will ever make us fit for self-government. It is only our conduct that will make us deserve it.” Gandhi told them that they take up the work of self-government. Finally, Gandhi, the man who had supported the British in their war efforts, said, “If I found it necessary for the salvation of India that the English should retire, that they should be driven out, I would not hesitate to declare that they would have to go, and I hope I would be prepared to die in defense of that belief.” The people were amazed at Gandhi’s frankness. It was Gandhi’s first great political speech in India. Years later, Jawaharlal Nehru described what the coming of Gandhi meant to the Indian people. “We seemed to be helpless in the grip of some all powerful monster; our limbs were paralysed, our minds deadened. What could we do? How could we pull India out of this quagmire of poverty and defeatism which sucked her in. And then Gandhi came. He was like a powerful current of fresh air that made us stretch ourselves and take deep breaths, like a beam of light that pierced the darkness and removed the scales from our eyes, like a whirlwind that upset many things, but most of all the working of people’s minds,” said Nehru. Several conferences demanding home rule were held in India during the latter half of 1916. They marked a new wave of political life under the leadership of Tilak, Mrs. Besant, and Jinnah. — To be Continued next week

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Mending Fences

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s two-day visit to

Kashmir has sent out the message that the Centre wants to talk to the people of the Valley and build an “emotional bond” with them. But he came up against that old problem — who represents the people of Kashmir? Singh met 23 delegations, including retired government officials and representatives of the travel and tourism trade, but prominent civil society and trade representatives stayed away. Those who met him had one message — talk to “all stakeholders”. This is the Kashmirspeak for the Hurriyat. Even the ruling People’s Democratic Party wants the Centre to talk to “all stakeholders”. The PDP told Singh that the Centre should see Kashmir as a political issue and not see it only through a development or security prism. But the Centre’s dialogue with representatives of fruit growers’ unions, and secretariat employees’ unions can only go that far. Monday marked the 17th day since curfew was imposed in Kashmir, from the day after the killing Hizbul Mujahideen “commander” Burhan Wani. The government has to find a better way of breaking the impasse. Lifting the AFSPA in some areas, as Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has suggested, ahead of the more difficult task of amending or repealing it would signal that the government wants to bond with the people of the Valley. Another step to take soon is to replace the use of pellet guns with non-lethal methods of crowd control. The home minister has said such methods are being studied, prompting arguments from some sections of the security forces that if it were not for pellets, the CRPF would be using real bullets against stone throwers. Such case-building should not be allowed to cloud better judgment. Where else in the country have pellets been used to disperse violent mobs? Having reached out to other national parties to forge a united stand against terrorism in Kashmir, it is now time the NDA government seriously considered sending an all party delegation to the Valley to signal the genuine intention of a political engagement. This is among the measures that former Union Home Minister P Chidambaram has suggested in the columns of this newspaper and elsewhere, along with reducing the presence of the armed forces in the Valley. The question that arises is why the UPA government in which Chidambaram held an important position never took any of these steps. This easy ability of the political class to do one thing while in office and say another out of it is one reason that no political initiative on Kashmir has got off the ground and why the Kashmiri people distrust such initiatives. The seriousness of the present situation demands that political parties begin to forge a lasting consensus on how to move forward on Kashmir, which inevitably has to include also talks with Pakistan. -Indian Express



he Brexit vote may not be the last nail in globalisation’s coffin, but it has ensured that the pallbearers have been set on high alert. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, a despondent America considers a vision of the country modelled on a gilt-edged and inaccessible penthouse apartment on New York’s Fifth Avenue. After all, the promise comes from the owner of such a penthouse; Donald Trump intends to impose punitive tariffs, deny entry to Muslims and others deemed undesirable, while dismantling trade deals and security alliances. What is more, his rhetoric has struck a chord in America and beyond. Nativists sentiments, growing inequalities and a sense of insecurity about the disappearing middle-class dream is a dangerous mix when there are politicians who — to use my favourite example of madly mixed metaphors — are prepared to lead their countries off the edge of a precipice with their heads in the sand. Is globalisation giving way to globa-tribalisation aided by opportunistic leaders? The nativist sentiments are not limited to the UK and the US. China is rattling sabres along its maritime borders. Russia has settled into its role as the world’s outcaste. Japan and Europe have become the world’s standstill societies, hostile to immigrants. Even emerging markets that once offered the world dynamism are slowing; recessions and horrendous governance across Brazil, Russia and South Africa and Turkey’s failed coup followed by repression have cooled the enthusiasm of global investors. The so-called “last frontier”, Africa, that only recently enjoyed a short-lived “Africa rising” moment, now struggles with drought, dropping demand for its commodities and multinationals headed for the exits: Nestlé is cutting 15% of its workforce, while Barclays is out altogether. On the geopolitical front, the ISIS is intent on driving a wedge between the Muslim world and the world, and even among Muslims them-

selves. On the technological front, the angels of automation in Silicon Valley and Cambridge, Massachusetts, are talking up the “second machine age”, where technology will displace the helping hands from overseas. Across the world, social media algorithms are tracking our past and feeding us what they think we like based on our click-trails — a self-reinforcing closed loop. Troubled by this giant “selfie” moment for human civilisation, I have been spending the summer looking for signs of hope. I note, with some pleasure, that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a standout among the world’s politicians. Despite several contradictory actions — running an internationally respected RBI governor out of town — he has made international outreach a key policy pillar. With the intelligentsia generally is a reliable booster of globalisation and seamless connectivity, I checked to see where they stood in the midst of this globa-tribalisation wave. I am happy to report that despite being ignored by the Brexiteers, Trumpeteers and exiteers of all stripes their high-minded commentaries fill airport bookstores, opinion columns and digital soapboxes. I picked up three recent books that have a common theme: The importance and inevitability of global connectivity. Singapore-based intellectual, Parag Khanna’s new book, Connectography, argues: “Competitive connectivity is the arms race of the twenty-first century”. I agree. As if sensing that the global citizenry is not buying this for now, Khanna goes to great lengths to drive the point home. Consider: “Globalisation has become a multidirectional series of tsunamis that surges across


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the oceans and undertows continents into the collective currents.” I am left practically speechless by that one. But here is a recommendation I would repeat: “We expend huge effort to measure the value of activity within borders; it is time to devote equal effort to the benefits of connectivity across them.” A second book, by Wired magazine’s founding executive editor, Kevin Kelly, The Inevitable, pushes back against the promoters of the second machine age, who suggest that technology will displace human hands, Kelly says, “This is not a race against the machines. This is a race with the machines.” This ode to connectivity is both perfectly zen and apt for tweetability. Consider three favourite samples: ”Everything had to flow into the stream of now.” “Once something, like music, becomes digitised, it becomes a liquid that can be flexed and linked.” “Soon a book outside the universal library of all will be like a web page outside the web, gasping for air.” The third book on my list is by Joshua Cooper Ramo, CEO of Kissinger Associates. Ramo finds a single thread running through disparate rising phenomena: ISIS, China, Airbnb. He calls for a need to invoke the “seventh sense” — also the title of his book — the ability to look at any object and see the way it is changed by connection. He claims this sense will divide those who master the age ahead from those who will be mastered by it. Saving globalisation from the globa-tribals requires leaders with courage to emote with and yet challenge populist sentiment, vision to connect the theory with the reality and pragmatic ideas to help those who have lost jobs due to globalisation . Today’s adversities present opportunities to re-use fallow resources and under-employed human capital to start-up the next industry, with the whole world as its marketplace. The writer is senior associate dean for international business and finance at The Fletcher School, Tufts University and founding executive director of Fletcher’s Institute for Business in the Global Context.

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54 Indians Deported Back from US to India

ASHINGTON: Fifty-four Indians were deported back from the US in April and another set of Indians from the country will be sent back to India this month, a top US official said. “India has improved its timeliness in issuing travel documents to its citizens under final orders of removal,” Michele Thoren Bond, assistant secretary of state for consular affairs, told lawmakers during a Congressional hearing on repatriation of convicted criminal aliens. “Fifty-four Indian citizens returned home on an ICE charter flight in April 2016, and the Government of India is scheduling a July, 2016 charter as well,” Bond said. ICE stands for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “We are encouraged that India is on a positive trajectory, and we intend to remain engaged on this issue with India through newly established quarterly meetings to address difficult cases and ensure processes are smooth and efficient,” Bond said. Last month, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson that as many as 23 countries, including India and China, are non-cooperative in not taking back illegal immigrants from the US and asked the Obama Administration to initiate action against them by discontinuing to issue immigrant and non-immigrant visas to them. Bond said the State Department


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and the Department of Homeland Security are working closely with the Indian government to maintain and build on this progress. “We will continue to raise this issue with Indian officials at appropriate levels, including at the upcoming USIndia Homeland Security Dialogue, which is scheduled to take place in Washington in late July 2016,” he said. Bond said he would travel to New Delhi in August for the annual consular bilateral dialogue. “As in past years, I will raise this issue with the Indians, and press for immediate action on the part of the Indian government to issue travel documents and accept the return of its citizens under final orders of removal,” he said. “While there has been some progress on removals since the November 2015 US-India Consular Dialogue, during which State and DHS jointly

highlighted the urgency of resolving this issue, it has not been enough,” he said. “Following this and subsequent discussions, and many other interventions on this issue at different levels with the Government of India and with its diplomatic mission in the US, India has improved its timeliness in issuing travel documents to its citizens under final orders of removal,” Bond said. “According to ICE, more than 950,000 foreign nationals with final orders of removal remain in the US,” National Security Subcommittee Chairman Ron DeSantis said. “It is not unreasonable to say that if someone comes into the country illegally and then gets convicted of attempted murder, that it should be a very high priority of the government to get that person out of our country,” he said. -business-standard.com

denied visas to thousands of Indian students after immigration authorities determined that most of the applicants from the country were not “really coming for studies”. According to figures provided under the Official Information Act, 51 institutions, including half of the country’s polytechnics, have visa decline rates for Indian students of more than 30 per cent. At most of the institutions more than half of applications are being turned down and at one the decline rate is 86 per cent. The figures covered the six months from the start of December 2015 to the end of May 2016 and were only for institutions with at least 10 visa applications from Indian students. TheyshowedthatImmigrationNew Zealand turned down 3,864 visa applications for the institutions, and approved 3,176 during that time. Immigration New Zealand said Insight programme that most of the declined applications in the first four months of this year were because it did not believe the applicant was really coming to study, or because it did not believe they had enough money to support themselves. In 2014, Immigration New Zealand warned New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) that high refusal rates could indicate problems with tertiary institutions.


Immigration said it had increased its audits of providers with high decline rates and was now assessing information obtained from the 10 establishments it had visited so far. It also had other tools, such as extra verification of visas applications for providers with high decline rates. Auckland International Education Group spokesperson Paul Chalmers said the vast majority of the declined applications were not cases of fraud, but were simply not up to Immigration’s specifications. The international education spokesperson for the private sector body, Independent Tertiary Education, Richard Goodall, said immigration was being tougher on applications from India, but visa decline rates above 50 per cent were questionable. “You’re getting more declined than accepted, something’s wrong along the way.” “Some of it is a real necessary crack down on fraudulent activities and we support that. We have had rejections to student visa applications based on fraudulent activities. Working in Indian market you are going to be affected by that,” Ashish Trivedi (Chief Executive) said. Imperial College of New Zealand, which had the highest rate of refused applications at 86 per cent, did not comment on the report. -outlookindia.com


July 29, 2016

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reographer and living legend Indravadan Trivedi, known as “Masterji” of Houston, brings a unique unheard phenomena – the spectacular stage show “HAR HAR MAHADEV”. The show has a combination of new vision, new story, new music, songs, practical shlokas and extraordinary side effects. It is visually opulent, hot-blooded melodramatic entertainer with exquisite classical dance sequences including Pralay Tandav. Selected professional local artists will perform the power packed show with special effects. “Har Har Mahadev” stage show will convey the message of unity and brotherhood following the righteous path. It will bridge the new generation with sanskruti and new era sangham yog. In this scientific age, no one wants to believe blindly unless and until proven by practical knowledge and personal experience. This powerful drama aims to touch many hearts with purity of love and by spreading culture and sanskars. Har Har Mahadev means “Har Koi Mahadev” – that everyone is capable of being Mahadev with the right action since God resides in every person. The stage show is being organized by Shri Madan Dham Center and Indravadan Trivedi (Masterji) on October 14. For further details contact Indravadan Trivedi at 832-434-7954.



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because the cooked rice comes out looking brown, though it is not made with brown rice. The rice still has the distinct taste and aroma of regular basmati rice and because of the way it is made, the pulao has the additional taste of spiced onions. It is a very Punjabi dish made on parties and other special occasions. Chawal (rice) is a basic ingredient that accompanies many Indian cuisines, irrespective of the part of the country, but for special occasions like weddings, it is usually prepared as a pulao (pilaf), which can include vegetables or various meats and can even include nuts and raisins; saffron and black cloves, depending on the rest of the dishes you wish to complement. Pulao is a method of cooking adopted from the Persians in which rice is cooked in a seasoned broth with meat or vegetables. A variation of it can be found in the Middle East, Central and South Asia, East Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. In this recipe, the rice will become

brown because of the color of the browned onions and a mix of spices. This is why I call this “brown onion rice” when served with garam masala. There is no need to add haldi (turmeric) or mirch (pepper) to the rice. Ingredients: • 2 cups chawal (rice) - preferably white Basmati • 2 medium pyaaz (onion) • 4 cups pani (water) • 2 tbsp olive oil or any other oil you prefer • 2 kali illachi (large black cardamom) • 4 loung (cloves) • 2daalchinni(cinnamonsticks) – break into large pieces • 1 teaspoon garam masala (black pepper mix) • Namak (salt) to taste Directions: 1. Wash the rice thoroughly in cold water and then let it soak for 30 minutes.

2. Peel the onion and cut into thin, long slices. 3. Pour the oil in a medium sized pot over medium heat. Throw in the sliced onion and stir till they are dark brown. 4. Add the water and then the salt, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon and garam masala. Stir and bring to a boil. 5. Drain the soaking rice, then add to the pot and bring to a boil again. Now cover the pot and reduce the heat to very low for 10 minutes. 6. When the rice fills the pot, check with a fork that there is no more water on the bottom and the rice is tender. 7. Turn the heat off; cover the rice with a clean piece of cloth and then place the cover back on so that condensation will not wet the rice. Leave the pot covered for 10 minutes. 8. Serve warm with plain yogurt, daal or rajmah (red beans) or eat simply with Indian pickles.

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of talented actors, you can make a good movie, right? Wrong. Despite a well-intentioned and intriguing story on vigilante justice and actors like Irrfan Khan and Jimmy Shergill, Madaari comes across as a rather vague, stretched and cliched film. Madaari begins with Irrfan Khan’s voiceover saying, “Baaz chuhe pe jhapta, use utha le gaya. Kahaani sacchi lagti hai magar acchi nahi lagti. Baaz pe palatwaar hua, kahaani sacchi nahi lagti magar acchi lagti hai.” It almost sounds like a promise of a gripping social thriller. Yet with all the ingredients for an intriguing thriller, Madaari is the perfect example of how to spoil the perfect recipe, with director Nishikant Kamat as its master chef. Madaari, that hit theatres on Friday, is the story of a common man Nirmal Kumar (Irrfan) who loses his son in a tragedy caused by corruption, and decides to seek justice by kidnapping the son of the country’s home minister (Tushar Dalvi). Jimmy plays the celebrated cop who heads the search operation. The film starts well with the scene being set up for a massive hunt for the kidnapped son. Irrfan’s preparations, especially the technical set-up to ensure he isn’t tracked down, is reminiscent of Neeraj Pandey’s national award-winning film A Wednesday (2008). In fact, there are similarities throughout the film to A Wednesday. The pace at which writer Ritesh Shah

Madaari gets dragged in the second half.

tells the story is more troublesome; & slow. What’s worse is Shailja Kejriwal, who wrote the film’s story, offers a potentially good thriller. But stretched for over two hours, Madaari is at least an hour too long. And the reason the movie goes on and on is because the makers touch upon way too many issues– price hike, the police system, corrupt politicians, farmer suicides, infrastructure, etc. What we’re left with is an unfocused narrative that mars its impact. While Irrfan conveys the angst of losing a child so well, Jimmy revisits his cop act with nuance. But the script burdens them with clichés, constricting their acting and failing them in the process. But that isn’t to say the film is a complete disappointment. It has its moments. There are sparks of brilliance: The song Massom Sa, sung by Sukhwinder Singh and composed by Sunny

Inder-Bawra, adds to the pathos when played in the background. Irrfan, of course, also shines in bits. As a single parent avenging his son’s death, he really moves the audience. The sequence where the kidnapped kid hints at sexual abuse is sensitively played out. If only the makers didn’t get carried away by ambition, and let Irrfan explore more of his character, Madaari could’ve been a different movie. At one point, Jimmy even says, “People don’t expect rulers to have commoners’ fate,” – a tell-tale sign of what the makers wanted to convey. Ultimately though, Madaari crumbles under its own lofty ideals and ambition. The slow pace makes the fall even more painful and enduring. And that it had two brilliant actors in Irrfan and Jimmy, who were grossly under-used, only adds to injury. - hindustantimes.com

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Rajni Leaves the Khans Behind: Kabali is the Biggest Opener of all Times


oppling the three Khans of Bollywood, Rajinikanth emerged as the winner on Saturday when the makers of Kabali announced that the film had made an opening collection of Rs 250 crore in the domestic market alone. With figures like that, Kabali is now the all-time biggest opener in India. Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Happy New Year (2014) lags behind by a huge margin with Rs 44.97 crore as its opening collection. Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015) is a distant third with Rs 40.35 crore in its kitty on day one of the release. The Salman Khan-Anushka Sharma-starrer Sultan made an opening collection of Rs 36.54 crore which made it the biggest opener of 2016 and the fourth biggest on the list of all-time top openers. Aamir Khan’s Dhoom 3 (2013) is close behind with Rs 36.22 crore followed by Chennai Express (2013)


with Rs 33.12 crore, occupying the fifth and sixth slots respectively. Salman’s Ek Tha Tiger (2012) earned Rs 32.93 crore making it the seventh in the pecking order while Ajay Devgn-starrer Singham Returns (2014) is ranked eighth with Rs 32.09 crore. Hrithik Roshan-Katrina Kaif-starrer Bang Bang (2014) made an opening collection of Rs 27.54 crore while Salman Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) earned Rs 27.25 crore. The large gap between Kabali and other big films can be attributed to the fact that many of the Hindi films released in one language while Kabali released in Tamil as well as in Telugu and Hindi in their dubbed versions.Also, Kabali released in approximately 8000-10000 screens all over the world, which includes 480 screens in the US, 490 in Malaysia and above 500 in Gulf countries. -hindustantimes.com

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Loose West Indies Succumb to Ashwin’s Wiles



(ESPN Cricinfo): One after another, the hosts’ batsmen attempted questionable flicks and drives in their second innings, disregarding the drift and dip the offspinner was generating. Ever since India’s tour of Sri Lanka last year, R Ashwin has regularly bowled without a fielder at cover against right-hand batsmen in Tests. He has tried to tempt them to hit against the break, into that gap, and bowl them through the gate. Wary of his dip and command of length, the batsmen have ignored the bait and played him with caution. Not so Rajendra Chandrika, against Ashwin’s first ball in Antigua. Chandrika went for the drive, connected sweetly, and picked up four runs. He tried the same shot three balls later; this time the ball dipped on him and turned past his inside edge. Instead of crashing into the stumps, the ball bounced over them. Later in West Indies’ first innings, Ashwin bowled a similar delivery to Shane Dowrich, with near-identical consequences. Near-identical, because this ball spun past leg stump rather than bouncing over the stumps. It beat the keeper and went for four byes. For his first 24 overs of the match, Ashwin was wicketless. The closest he came was when Dowrich edged him, and Ajinkya Rahane claimed a low catch diving forward at slip. The decision went to the third umpire, who ruled it not out when replays seemed to show the ball dying a couple of centimeters short of Rahane’s fingers. For some reason, perhaps because he was bowling unusually short spells - in the first innings, they lasted three, five, three and six overs - he took time to achieve rhythm, and dropped short far more frequently than he has done in recent months. Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo and Dowrich cut him for fours in the first innings, and his second innings seemed to be going the same way when Marlon Samuels punished a short, wide ball in his fifth over. Samuels hit him for two more

R Ashwin delivers to Jason Holder, West Indies v India, 1st Test, Antigua, 4th day, July 24, 2016.

fours in the same over, through the covers and over mid-off. Ashwin had scored a century in India’s innings; it looked like he wouldn’t have too much to celebrate with the ball. His struggle, though, had little to do with how the West Indies batsmen were playing him. There always seemed a hint of insecurity in their defence, a sense that they weren’t quite at ease with his drift and dip. It felt like one good spell could change Ashwin’s fortunes. But no one could have predicted how drastically they would change. When the players returned after an early lunch forced by a brief shower, Ashwin began to worry Samuels. Three times in the same over, the ball dipped and landed shorter than Samuels expected, and his forward press left him a long way from the pitch of the ball. Twice the ball beat his inside edge and hit front pad. Once it brushed his outside edge and rolled away wide of slip. A greater reliance on the offbreak has often been heralded as the reason for Ashwin’s renaissance over the last year and a half. That is only half the story, and doesn’t acknowledge that his offbreak is also far more potent than it used to be

Apart from the two runs that accrued from that edge, Ashwin didn’t concede a run in his first two overs after lunch. In his third, he seemed to drop another ball just a tad short. Chandrika rose to cut, but the ball jumped at him, and a thick edge flew wide of slip. Two balls later, Ashwin broke through. The front-foot flick is a hazardous shot against an offspinner when he’s getting the ball to dip, particularly when he has a packed leg-side field, as Ashwin did right through the match, and when those leg-side fielders include a short leg for the inside-edge onto pad and a short midwicket for the uppish, early flick. Chandrika’s flick didn’t end up in the hands of short leg or short midwicket. It merely grazed - or perhaps didn’t, so inconclusive were replays - his inside edge, and ballooned to the wicketkeeper off his pad. At any rate, Chandrika didn’t protest. In Ashwin’s next over, another batsman paid the price for that loose front-foot flick. Jermaine Blackwood’s Test match ended with no runs from ten balls faced. His stay could have been even shorter. The first ball of the same over, he had groped forward to defend a flighted ball outside off

stump, and had found himself playing down the wrong line. The ball had curled away from him in the air, and turned back just a touch and narrowly missed his outside edge. A greater reliance on the offbreak has often been heralded as the reason for Ashwin’s renaissance as a bowler over the last year and a half. That is only half the story, and doesn’t acknowledge that his offbreak is also far more potent than it used to be. After Ashwin ironed out a few technical kinks in his action, the ball now comes out of his hand exactly as he wants it to, more often than not, and does more in the air and off the pitch than it used to. Thanks to the amount of dip he gets, he has that much more chance of beating the inside edge when he turns it big. And thanks to the away-drift he can achieve aided on the fourth day in Antigua by a strong breeze blowing across the ground, from east to west - he can also beat the outside edge with his offbreak. Two overs after he had beaten Blackwood’s bat with drift, he bowled a similar delivery to Samuels. This time the line was just a little straighter, and when the ball curled away just enough to make Samuels play down the wrong line, and turned minimally enough to beat his outside edge, the only thing that remained in its path was the top of off stump. Just like that, Ashwin had three wickets. It only took him six more overs to complete his 17th Testmatch five-for. It seemed all too easy, and, truth be told, it was. West Indies’ batsmen kept making the same mistakes. Just like Chandrika and Blackwood before him, Roston Chase pushed at the ball, playing far out in front of his body. And then, ignoring the dip Ashwin was getting nearly every ball, Jason Holder drove against the turn, and left a big gap between bat and pad. Just like they had done against Mohammed Shami in the first innings, West Indies had collapsed at the first sign of sustained pressure. Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo.



England’s 330 Run Win with Joe Root ‘s Attacks

OLD TRAFFORD: Just as nobody wanted to ask Usain Bolt how much quicker he might have gone had he not slowed down before the line in the 2008 Olympics, so it seems churlish to pick holes in England’s performance. England have, after all, just completed the fifth-largest victory - in terms of runs - in their Test history. Joe Root showed that he is continuing to develop as a batsman and has the skill and intelligence to adapt his game to the situation. Alastair Cook, whose decision not to enforce the follow-on was vindicated, continues to produce at the top of the order and Chris Woakes’ emergence as an international-quality bowler provides the strength in depth that England have been searching for in the seam department. This is a more than respectable Pakistan team and they were hammered. It is 1-1 with two to play and the Edgbaston pitch may well suit England better than any other in the series. But the fact is that England came into the summer with questions to answer about several areas in their side. Notably, they were unclear over the identity of the most suitable partner for Cook at the top of the order, unclear about at least one of the middle-order positions, unsure about their keeper, their spinner and their first-change bowler. So, five Tests later, how much progress have they made? The answer is a little. But whether they are improving as a side or being dragged along by the improvement in their best young player is open to debate. It remains entirely possible that England will go to India later this year with a new opening batsman, a new firstchoice spinner and a new face in the middle order.

Joe Root struck with his second ball to remove Wahab Riaz, England v Pakistan, 2nd Investec Test, Old Trafford, 4th day, July 25, 2016.

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Boeing Co. will deliver two Dreamliners to Air India (AI) this year and four more next year to complete the airline’s order of 27 of these aircraft, even as the national carrier grapples with glitches in its fleet of 787-8 planes. Once described as a “game changer,” AI was one of the launch customers of the Boeing 787-8 and had started inducting them in its fleet about four years ago. Since then, the airline has allegedly been facing a series of technical glitches and other malfunction issues with regard to the Dreamliner fleet. Boeing senior vice-president of sales (Asia Pacific and India) Dinesh Keskar said two Dreamliners would be delivered this year. “The delivery of Dreamliners start in November this year... It (delivery) is on schedule. First plane in November and the next in December. Four more in 2017,” he told PTI in an interview. Air India currently has 21 Boeing 787-8 in the fleet. It has not taken delivery of these planes since May 2015. In January 2006, it had placed orders for 68 Boeing aircraft, including 27 Dreamliners and 41 B-777 and B-737-800. Occasional glitches have forced

Air India to ground these planes multiple times, causing long flight delays and significant loss of revenue. Playing down instances of operational woes faced by some planes, Keskar asserted there was no delay in the delivery schedule for Air India. “You don’t hear about it. So they have been taken care of. The aeroplane (Dreamliner) has stabilised. That is the thing now,” Keskar said. On whether Boeing was in discussions with no-frills airline SpiceJet for plane orders, Keskar indicated they were in talks. “The answer is very simple. They have already ordered Boeing 737MAX planes. They have been operating Boeing planes from day one. All they are looking at now is what kind of price Boeing will offer or what benefits Airbus will offer. When the time is right, they will make their decision,” he said. The Boeing 737 MAX is a narrow-body, single-aisle jetliner series being developed by Boeing as a successor to the Boeing 737 Next Generation series. It is scheduled for first delivery in 2017. Air India, Jet Airways and SpiceJet have Boeing planes in their fleet. -livemint.com

rea’s Kia Motors Corp is expected to pick a site next month for its first factory in India, stepping up plans to start making cars in one of the world’s fastgrowing auto markets, two people familiar with the matter said. The move would enable Kia to leverage the existing supplier base of its affiliate Hyundai Motor Co, India’s second-biggest automaker by sales. The proposed factory would start production in 2019 and eventually have capacity to make 300,000 Kia vehicles a year, one of the people told Reuters — a major bet for a firm that sold 3.05 million vehicles last year. The Korean pair, jointly the world’s No.5 carmaker, are chasing new business after missing annual targets in 2015 for the first time since the 2008 global financial crisis. Their combined sales fell 2%t in first-half 2016, hit by weakness in markets like China, Russia and Brazil. India is likely to become the world’s third-largest car market by 2020, according to IHS, up from fifth place now, with annual sales nearly doubling to about 5 million vehicles from 2.7 million in 2015. The size of Kia’s investment has yet to be decided, one of the people said, declining to identify which models will be produced at the factory. Kia is best known as a maker of relatively inexpensive cars, like the Rio subcompact. Three sites are under consideration for the plant, and Kia may announce the plan in September after deciding on a location in August, the second person said. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the project was confidential. The states of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat have all been

Kia is best known as a maker of relatively inexpensive cars, like the Rio sub-compact.

wooing Kia, according to two other people with knowledge of the matter. One of the two, an official with the Andhra Pradesh administration, said the state — which neighbours Tamil Nadu, home of Hyundai’s existing plants near Chennai — is the frontrunner. Kia said in a statement to Reuters on Thursday that it was “continually evaluating potential locations for overseas manufacturing facilities, including India, to secure additional engines for future growth. However, as of now no concrete plans have been finalised.” Maruti challenge? Hyundai started India production nearly two decades ago and has two factories in India that make cars for the domestic market and for export to Europe and elsewhere. The firm trails only Maruti Suzuki India Ltd in sales in India, and has an extensive service and dealer network that gives it an advantage over


global rivals that have struggled to build market share including General Motors, Toyota Motor Corp and Volkswagen. Kia’s South Korea factories accounted for 57% of its sales last year. It also has plants in China, the United States and Slovakia, and its first Mexico factory began production earlier this year. For the time being most cars sold in India are small. Hyundai sells several low-priced vehicles in the country, which could present a challenge in terms of market positioning for Kia, which would not want to cannibalise Hyundai sales. Hyundai shares parts and vehicle underpinnings with Kia, which Hyundai bought at the height of the Asian financial crisis in 1998. Differentiating their brands has been a challenge, as they compete in similar segments and markets. - livemint.com


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