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On a day which saw Bangalore boss Dr. Mallya’s purse lighten by Rs 20 Crores, figures were going bonkers. The iconic Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar earns 60 lakh a year from the BCCI for the regular cricket he plays. Consider that a benchmark? Yeah right. Now hear this. On Feb 20, the day players were auctioned off to various teams that would play a maximum of 44 matches over a span of 3 months as part of the IPL, the lowest bid Indian was Ramesh Powar at a price of 68 lakhs!
That’s the lowest. The highest is even crazier. With 6 crores in my wallet, I could buy a sea-side facing mansion on the Marine Drive, Mumbai and a Rolls-Royce Phantom on my porch. But no, Chennai team owner India Cements blew it just to buy dashing W’keeper-batsman M S Dhoni! Rs 6 Crores (USD 1,500,000) for a span of 3 months is insane to say the least. But its a cricket crazy country and no paycheck is crazy enough.
The surprise package was India’s 19 yr old quickie Ishant Sharma who was sold for a staggering USD 950,000. Relatively, at 400,000 US$ Australia’s Ricky ‘Punter’ Ponting was sold for peanuts (country full of peanuts, actually). While legendary spinners Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan were sold for Rs 1.8 Crore and Rs 2.4 Crore respectively, Harbhajan Singh takes home Rs 4.3 Crores!
Generally when a man and his missus are out shopping, the wife is seen poking elbows into her man’s ribs trying to scale down expenses. But the missus we are talking of is Gauri Khan, wife of Shah Rukh Khan who makes sure whatever he does is large. Together that ended up spending 24.1 crores, but have sunk their teeth deep into a very strong side. The Kolkata side will be my team to look out for!
Sourav Ganguly (Ind)
Ishant Sharma (Ind)
Chris Gayle (WI)
Brendon McCullum (NZ)
David Hussey (Aus)
Shoaib Akhtar (Pak)
Murali Karthik (Ind)
Ricky Ponting (Aus)
Ajit Agarkar (Ind)
Umar Gul (Pak)
Tatenda Taibu (Zim)
In an attempt to buy precious manpower, 8 teams bid for 78 players for a whopping Rs 128 Crores (USD 32,000,000). All my childhood I wrote in my Geography papers that manpower in India was cheap. No wonder I always got low marks in Geography!!
Did the Father of the Nation actually utter “Hey Ram” before he fell to assassin Nathuram Godse’s bullets exactly 60 years ago?Well, a new book Mahatma Gandhi: Bramhacharya Ke Prayog (Mahatma Gandhi: Experiment with celibacy) does not seem to think so. Its author Dayashankar Shukla ‘Sagar’, a journalist with a well-known Hindi daily in Lucknow, questions the widely held belief and contends that the Mahatma’s granddaughter Manu only heard him utter: “Hey Ra…”.He goes on to claim that Godse had also said Gandhi had uttered “aah..” and not “Hey Ram” when he shot him on January 30, 1948.
The author dwells in detail about the “experiments” by Gandhi with bramhacharya (celibacy) and says these and the controversies arising from them had “an effect on Gandhi’s views on the freedom struggle”.
“With his experiments on celibacy, Gandhi had opened a new front in addition to the objective of freedom which was unnecessary,” the book says.
The book, published by Vani Prakashan, is to be released by senior journalist and Gandhian thinker Prabhash Joshi at the International Book Fair in New Delhi on February 7.
SOURCE: Press Trust Of India
Did Gandhiji actually not utter ‘Hey Ram’?? Well, how does it matter at all!! What an issue this has been blown into! Do we only respect him only because he remembered the Lord just after he was shot at? Is that the only reason there’s a photo of Gandhiji on every single note of currency ever printed in India?
We all respect Gandhiji because he taught not just India, but the whole world the power of satyagraha. Every kid in India is told tales of Gandhiji’s discipline, honesty, how he single handedly won independence for us.
For me, it doesn’t matter even if these claims, made by someone just trying to get famous, are true. The ‘Father of the Nation’ will always live in our hearts no matter what!