LIVERPOOL, England (AP):James Milner’s perfect record from the penalty spot ended at a crucial time in the English Premier League season for Liverpool in a 0-0 draw against Southampton yesterday, damaging his team’s quest for Champions League qualification.The left back scored from his first seven spot kicks this season, but his eighth attempt was saved by Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster in the 66th minute of a lacklustre game at Anfield.”I can’t do more than hold my hands up and apologise to the boys,” said Milner, whose last penalty miss in the Premier League was in 2009.MISSED OPPORTUNITYThe point lifted Liverpool back into third place above Manchester City, but this was a missed opportunity in its bid to finish in the top four and return to Europe’s elite competition next season.Southampton defended deep and in numbers, and barely ceded a chance to a Liverpool side that played too narrow and was predictable going forward.Liverpool have picked up only two points from its last three games at Anfield and are struggling without injured top scorer Sadio Mane.The Reds have two games left, away to West Ham and at home to Middlesbrough, but can still be caught by City, Manchester United and Arsenal.
The Tigers edged past USC in the AP top 25 on Sunday, even though the Trojans remained undefeated. On a wild weekend in college football, when half the top 10 lost, USC avoided the upset bug that struck Oklahoma, Florida, Texas and Rutgers. But a sloppy 27-24 victory at Washington on Saturday night cost the Trojans the No. 1 ranking they’ve held all season. USC is the first team to lose the No. 1 ranking after a victory since Nov. 3, 2002, when top-ranked Miami dropped after beating Rutgers, 42-17, and No. 2 Oklahoma moved up after a 27-11 victory over No. 13 Colorado. “I have no idea how the points work and how it all adds up,” USC coach Pete Carroll said Sunday night. “It has no bearing on anything for us. It didn’t before and it doesn’t now. “The reason it happened is the way we played, I guess.” COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Despite a win by USC, LSU is AP’s new No. 1. By Ralph D. Russo THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – LSU reached No. 1 the hard way. LSU, which recovered from its own first-half malaise to beat Tulane, 34-9, Saturday, received 33 first-place votes from the media panel and 1,593 points. USC got 32 first-place votes, 11 fewer than last week, and 1,591 points. LSU coach Les Miles said the voters didn’t get up early enough to watch the first half of the Tigers’ victory against Tulane, when they led, 10-9, at the break. “They kind of slept in and got kind of caught up on the score later in the day,” he said Sunday. “We can’t afford to play like that anymore for any length of time, whether it is a half or whatever. We played without the focus or intensity we are capable of.” The voting was the closest since the second poll of the 2002 season, when Miami and Oklahoma tied for No. 1 and each received 27 first-place votes. Twelve voters switched off USC to LSU this week to swing the vote, though one voter, Jon Wilner of The San Jose Mercury News, voted USC No. 1 after having LSU last week. “The main reason I did was because I look at LSU and USC and feel that the Trojans have two quality wins on the road and that tipped the scales toward SC,” Wilner said. “Winning in Lincoln and in Seattle gives them an edge over LSU’s two big home wins (over South Carolina and Virginia Tech).” In the USA Today coaches’ poll and the Harris rankings, USC held on to No. 1, with LSU, Cal, Ohio State and Wisconsin in the top five. The Harris and coaches’ polls are used in the Bowl Championship Series standings to determine which teams play in the national title game. The first BCS standings will be released Oct. 14. The other two top-10 teams to lose this weekend took the largest tumbles in the new rankings. Texas dropped 12 spots to No. 19. Rutgers fell 11 spots to No. 21. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsIt was a dirty job, but somebody had to do it. He’d stick around after they were gone to turn out the lights. This is the way our national treasures joke around when they get together. They cheated death at Pearl Harbor 66 years ago today, but they can’t hold the Grim Reaper off forever, they know. From a peak membership of almost 20,000, the association is now down to less than 5,000 nationally, and many of them are too sick or infirm to make the meetings anymore. There were once 180 vibrant chapters nationally. Now it’s down to a little more than 100, and many of them really exist only on paper, the guys say. Their chapter used to rent halls for the local Pearl Harbor Day dinner. Now they rent a room – and it doesn’t have to be very large. Art Herriford pulled rank Thursday as national vice president – and soon to be president – of the rapidly shrinking Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. “I’ve been officially designated to turn off the lights,” the 85-year-old Van Nuys man said, smiling at his buddies. Herriford volunteered to be the last Pearl Harbor survivor standing. Joe Ceo, 87, George Keene, 84, and Joe Mariani, 88 – a few of his pals in the San Fernando Valley chapter of the association – had all volunteered for the job, too, but Art reminded them that rank has its privileges. There are only 14 members left in the San Fernando Valley chapter from a high of more than 80 less than two decades ago. Their time is running out, our national treasures say, but one thing they don’t want to ever run out of is our memory of what Dec. 7, 1941, meant to this country. So they still hit the road during the year in their wheelchairs, walkers and on legs that have a hard time making it across a parking lot to keep Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day alive. Ceo is at his daughter’s Newhall elementary school today talking to her class of sixth-graders about what he was doing 66 years ago. Keene has a stack of letters in his den from school kids thanking him for stopping by their classrooms to open their eyes. Herriford – the designated last man standing – recently spent more than an hour after a talk at one school signing autographs. “Imagine that,” he said. “Autographs, like I was a movie star or something.” You guys were bigger than movie stars, Art. You weren’t acting. You were the real thing. “Tell him about the telegraph your parents got a few days after the attack, honey,” said Thelma Mariani, Ceo’s wife. He was on the starboard side of the USS California firing an anti-aircraft gun that kept jamming on him when a torpedo made a direct hit on the battleship’s port side. “We lost 87 men that day, and my father got a telegraph saying I was one of them,” Ceo said. “On New Year’s Day, my parents got another telegraph saying I was alive. “In all the years afterward, they never talked to me about those three weeks they thought I was dead. They couldn’t bring themselves to, and neither could I.” To all the proud men of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, this is your day, gentlemen. Thank you from a grateful country. firstname.lastname@example.org, 818-713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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When we think of ourselves, “sex” is not the first characteristic that comes to mind. Italians and Brazilians are clearly identified as sexual, but not Indians. Exotic perhaps, but certainly not sexy or sexual.But we are sexual beings. After all, we must engage in it more often than the average global citizen. We don’t believe in immaculate conception or divine intervention on a daily basis, so it must be the increased activity of sex that has procreated a population of a billion. When we arrive here from the place that shaped our sexual identity, we are in conflict with several worlds, including our own. From the moment we step out of India, our conscious pursuits may be for money or knowledge, but our existence holds an intensely sexual dimension to it. One constant refrain at “foreign” student offices in universities around the country during orientation programs is that the “foreigners” should not mis-interpret the friendliness of American women as anything more than that, an expression of casual friendliness.We migrate, or return home, in the Indian purushartha tradition – in pursuit of Artha (money) or Moksha (liberation), or with a grave sense of Dharma (duty) to self or family. The pursuit of the fourth Hindu life principle, Kama (sensuality), is rarely touted. That is strange considering that we come from one of the most fertile lands in procreation. We bring with us a heritage of nude and erotic sculptures and that great text Kamasutra, which preceded our arrival and introduced us to the West.We immigrants straddle many worlds, two of which form our frontiers of where we come from and where we are. The realm of sexuality – sex, sensuality and all things sexual – is not that pronounced, But the codes and conflict of these worlds are at play in our family relations, our new social networks, perceptions in the media, as well as in the motivation to make sense of it all.Our sexual identity is a mix of many worlds. It is a challenge that would have even befuddled Freud. The great Dean of sexuality could comprehend a nuclear, patriarchal family, stable in a culture where patterns are predictable and desires are unchallenged beyond their norms. But is it possible to understand the various manifestations, reactions, implications and narratives of sexuality for immigrants, the people who oscillate between boundaries?India is a puzzle for those willing to think and a simple riddle for those bent on forming an opinion. The culture of sex and sexuality in India is far too difficult to be understood in all its dimensions. There is the age-old conflict between tradition and modernity or the nativist and the commercial culture in India. We are coded in our sexual behavior. We shy away from pre-marital sex and sex education is taboo in schools. We seem to keep our distance from the other gender and that too, by limiting the movements and gestures of women in the family and the public space. We are a prudish society that does not seem to know how to be comfortable with sex and sexuality, mutual gender or in shaping our desires into elegant or respectful gestures in public. The boundaries between sexes are marked and the rights of puberty are masked by either religious rituals or glossed over by parents and family. Since most Indians live in joint families, this is even harder as we see around us clear expressions of “sexiness” and fully sexual beings. Families that live in smaller living space have to be very cautious and considerate, often talking about sex in coded terms, mostly in hushed tones.Courtship in India is remarkably un-natural. We talk to girls from fifteen feet, rarely breaking the unspoken codes of restraint and respect with purer, freer expressions of feelings. We are indeed devoid of languages for courtship. In a very odd manifestation, we sing Hindi film songs or quote poetry to make our feelings known, in rich metaphors with hardly a connection to the heart of the man or a woman we are approaching. I have observed more than once incidents of the fresh grooms asking for appropriate verses to use in the closely observed courtship rituals and even on the first night of their lives. We have a mythology of sexuality in Indian cinema, which assumes that the culture is prudish, reserved and quite harsh on itself. Expressions of sexuality and true awakening of sexuality are always taboo; we think speaking of it will make us all dirty or violate our divine command of chastity and purity.As we look back on the life we left behind, sexual awakenings appear to be fugue, a cloudy mish-mash of missed opportunity, encounters with codes and the authorities that imposed them. Very few of us, particularly in the middle class, broke open those boundaries and enjoyed ourselves.Things have altered a bit for the newer urban middle class. Their proximity and Western style consumerism has brought them closer, physically and perhaps sexually. The path of their lives is not that liberated or clear. While they do enjoy somewhat of a clearer encounter with things sexual, their later rituals, marriage and family life allow them to lapse into the Indian prudishness toward sexuality. You must be careful about sex, not appear sexy; sex is not a public topic and one does not talk about one’s sexual desires or experiences in public.Reserved as we are in engaging with matters of sex and sexuality in expressive form, there are part of our lives that are intensely sexual. Indian clothing, particularly that of women, has been seen as sexy (also elegant, respectful, etc.). The calculated exposure of the blouse design and the curves that make a sari, revealing what has only just become fashionable in the West, the mid-riff, all speak of intentions to move the body in front of others, defining what is sexy and how artful that sexiness can be. Other forms of dresses, including skirts, salwaar-khameez, etc. have their own distinct, inviting features that are pleasing to the eye and in their variety, unmatched anywhere. Contrast that with mini skirts or tank tops, jeans with ever widening mid-riffs. Western clothing is less colorful, less charming and hardly artful. This in-your-face sexuality is not something Indian clothing practices and that is something very sexy indeed.We clothe our prudishness in seductive, colorful and distinctive clothing. That may well be a metaphor for how we see sex and sexuality in India, because after all, that is where our sensibilities are shaped.Outside of the limits of the personal or the familial, our streets are exploding with sex. There are billboards with giant breasts, gyrating hips posed to eternity, and a combination of animalistic roughness in our heroes and villains, surrounded by voluptuous and inviting beauties. In films, sex is not simply an expression; it is an underlying theme, a reward for the victories of men and a feast for those who pay for the tickets. There is hardly graphic sex in Indian movies, but its underlying tenor is obvious. There are aggressive courtship gestures and incredibly loaded language to suggest sexual unions, elevated to the poetic, but erotic nevertheless. The explosion of commercial culture during the past 15 years has exacerbated these trends. What was once the province of Bollywood, has been taken over by the commercial industry, which has cashed in all the repressed sensibilities of Indians. It is so much in your face that even children are now aware of the parts of women’s bodies and their personal rituals. It is hard to imagine that you are in a culture that is reserved about matters of sexuality.Bollywood and commercial culture are deepening the fantasies of a prudish nation. As cultural norms persist, they fantasize about their sexuality through a sexy Zeenat Aman or Dimple, perhaps Aishwarya Rai or Madhuri Dixit, but they return to their own reality, which holds an enormous weight in matters of the flesh. The key here is the moment of wedding, either in the film or in the lives of these Bollywood babes. Since most Bollywood narratives end in marriage, there is no life to these real life sexy divas after marriage. We see a return to classical prudishness. It is now simple clothing, family life and press briefings without make-up. Perhaps all this sex and sexiness in Indian culture is at the level of fantasy. But it allows us, in fact, forces us to live in two worlds. We live cautiously to explore and practice sexuality, to talk about it or even learn about it (sex education is not possible in many states). And yet, we watch our public world explode with sexual images, narratives and fantasies. The visual character of Indian street, among other things, is intensely sexual. But it is a street of a culture that practices sexuality as if it is the last caution against the human body.We immigrants carry it all here. Our perceptions of sex and sexuality in this culture are shaped by Hollywood movies, TV shows, gossip programs and the vast publicity machine that creates America for immigrants even before they arrive here.On the face of it, America is very open and free. Sex, we are told, is like money, you will find it anywhere if you look for it. Issues like premarital sex, sex education in schools are quite common in public life. The status of relationships, even that of family, is fluid. One can have many partners, some official, some not. There are fewer taboos in terms of the interpersonal practice of sex. Sexuality is still the currency that drives consumer culture. Everything is sexual. It is hard to take your 5-year-old to a mall and let her think that it is all a display of things that can be sold. But it is a society that lives with a relatively open public exchange about sex. Homosexuality is a common, public subject. If you listen to a fanatic right winger, you might find that in his rage-ridden commentary, he takes interest in describing gay sex. Practitioners are not obsessed with it, so they do not describe it. This culture does not have a grip on simplicity when it comes to sex and sexuality. It is also, much like ours, a deeply ambivalent culture. It is beset with contradictions that are less rich and verge on hypocrisy. Remember the brouhaha over the exposed 40-year old breasts of Janet Jackson during Super Bowl half time? No one seemed to balk over commercials on the same show for drugs for overcoming erection problems. This culture is ridden with such contradictions. There is Hollywood, along with the largest pornographic industry and a highly charged consumer culture where advertisers like Tom Ford, shamelessly cross the boundaries of sexual humiliation of women. The right screams and schemes about constraining sexuality in this country, spending millions teaching teenagers to retain their virginity. The schisms are so deep that they seem to drive the psyche of the nation. We arrive here and make this our new home. We bring with us our own contradictions that would be inexplicable to outsiders and even to ourselves. But we land in an equally deep morass of confusion and duplicitous practices about sex and sexuality. This encounter, unique and distinct, has its challenges, generating crises and confusions.Just as we think Americans are open and free about sexuality, Americans seem to think of us as sexually rich and even complicated. For outsiders, we are the inheritors of Kamasutra clearly the best known text on sex and sexuality. When in India, we did not read it or live by it, but now, we have to confront it. There are many misconceptions about it, but it still remains a text from India which the publishing industry has made its own. We are misunderstood by Kamasutra as much as Kamasutra is misunderstood by us. As we navigate through the contradictions, we have to also live with representations of ourselves. From The Simpsons to Sex and the City, there are references, jokes, and hyperboles about the incredible prowess of Indians in matters sexual – the 14-hour orgasms, umpteen numbers of acrobatic sexual positions, etc. We may be dunces in popular culture and The Simpson’s Apu may have made himself quintessentially Indian, but in matters of sexuality we have Herculean capacities. All fiction, all fantasy, but we live with their realities.We have to raise families in a culture that is so diametrically contradictory and very loud about those contradictions. Our daughters have to date in this culture – an idea that evokes nightmares in the minds of most immigrant parents. Our sons bring home their American girlfriends and we worry if she might spoil the well-kept prudish character that marches as tradition. Our wives, who hardly engaged in public conversations with men back home, have to work in public spaces. Men meet women in their workplace. How do you finesse manners that you did not learn before? Shah Rukh Khan, his glasses and jackets helped you a little in India. That role playing made moments pass. But now, simple encounters and courtship in a culture that has its own neurotic contradictions are not easy. This is where theory collapses. We now have to figure out new modes and strategies of living.If it is not this or that person, then it is the entire culture that is out to teach you how they view sexuality, how they practice it, market it, condone it and condemn it. Sex, more than money, makes us who we are. It informs our psyche, generates conflicts, sleepless nights and also postures of thinking. As we venture out of our cocoons, there is world to see, to meet and even to live with. There is a world to be made love to. We have to understand where we are, who we are meeting, what shapes their attitudes and what we and they bring to encounters. This requires effort at thinking for ourselves, for others and also for what we have brought with us. Sex and sexuality are not all consuming desires, but they are fundamental to our existence.But it is easy to prescribe than to practice. The close encounter of the world of the immigrant, who has brought the conflicting world of prudish, restrictive values, with the rich heritage of pioneering sexuality and a public exhibition of sexuality from home has to confront another chasm here: that between the apparent openness and freedom on the one hand and the restrictive moralistic orthodoxy on the other. Even Freud would find this impossible to navigate.Before we contemplate what insights our own tradition can provide, let us also think about how deeply pathological our orientation in this world could be when it comes to sex and sexuality. We own an imaginary heritage in India without knowing how complex and challenging and fluid it has been all along. Given the rigidity of contemporary Indian thought, we forget that India’s greatness lay in its plurality and its eternal flexibility in everything. We are not a dogmatic people. We cannot impose our selective morality upon the next generation. Theirs is a world of their own. Our spouses, brothers and sisters may all be charting their paths in something that is fundamentally natural. In fact, there is no guilt associated with sex in Indian tradition and sex is not performed in the name of some divine powers. So we must be less pathological and restrictive. We ought to be aware that our regressive reactions may well be caused by the conflicts of values that are playing out in our minds. We moved from one set of dubious commitments to another when we transplanted ourselves into this culture. Our confusions and bewilderments are richer than any one else’s. There are more fundamental problems that affect our personal lives, such as the sexual mores and perceptions. There is your daughter’s dating plans or your marriage to a woman from another culture. There is always a clash, a conflict, but always an opportunity to make things more complicated than what may have been.When we walk around in this culture, we are instantly Indian, of course. But we are also rich in our sexuality. After all, we wrote Kamasutra, one of the best selling book about sexuality. The 1960s sexual liberation was as much about the “awakening” of sexuality catalyzed by the encounter with India as it was about finding one’s self in a rigid and traditional culture. Confronted with all this, we Indians are not quite open in aligning ourselves with our own history. Kamasutra or not, India has a tradition of sexuality that is integrated in ways of life, culture and even religion. After all, Kama is one of the paths of life. It does not carry guilt. It is not pursued because we are answering the call of some divine powers. It is pursued because you are born for it. It is an essential activity that gives meaning to who you are and what you want to be. It is a path of life that requires dedication as much as pursuit of money and enlightenment needs your well-defined commitments.As messengers of a culture that is richer and one that placed sex, passion and sensuality on the same level of worship of divinity, we ought to understand Kamasutra better.The gift and insight Indians bring to this world of hypocrisies and contradictions is the understanding that sex is a part of sensuality and that itself is our orientation in the world. It is this understanding that makes sex so rich, and not just pure bodily pleasure. The West is caught up in this dilemma as it separated the categories of pleasures that bodies can have and those that minds can articulate or experience. When the Indian tradition put Kama in the middle of all the other human paths, it showed how passion and sensuality are not about bodily pleasures, not about here-and-now and certainly not about acrobatic sex or genital pleasures. It is about embracing an ethic to approach everything.It is time to claim that richness and not be embarrassed by the sexual insights that the Indian tradition offers. For the greatest gift we have that separates our existence from now until later, after death, in another form, is that we have senses with which we experience the world. Without senses, we would not know we are alive. And with senses, we know how to live. We cannot squander away these opportunities, but instead should embrace and understand them.One way to recognize the capacity of the senses and then to unleash their potential to establish ourselves in the world, is the embrace of another. It could well be a woman, a man or animals, objects around us, the ray of the sun, the comfort of the moon and the trickle of the rain. It takes effort to appreciate the great, intrinsic values of these fleeting moments. Despite the foolish ways we count time, there isn’t much of it we have until we can appreciate the capacity of our senses.It is for this reason that we immerse ourselves into what we have and in this case, it is sex. But it is also courtship, friendship, sound, and vision, everything that opens up as we meet others. Any distractions from this create confusion, reductive life styles and manuals that speak of means to illusory ends and abuse the human body. It is time to claim this heritage of our lives, our traditions, our temples and erotic sculptures. For Westerners, these are matters of flesh. For us, these are matters of spirit, thought, soul, all enabled by the body, which is the seat of the senses. Tantalizing ReadSex surveys help you understand better much the same way, a car crash on the other side of the road makes you concern yourself with how you are driving.Over the past few years, there have been several global surveys on the sex habits of Indians. The results are not all that impressive. But then again, did they really ask us? Indians are less satisfied, men report having fewer orgasms (46% for men and 26% for women). Their frequency of sex per year is only 76 against a global average of 97. They average three partners a year, while the rest of the world boasts 7.7. We get started at the age of 20.3 while the world seems to begin sexual activity at 18.Greeks have sex most frequently – 138 times a year, approximately once every three days – but they must not intend it for procreation. They likely are good clients of the condom manufacturer, Durex, which conducts the most widely reported survey. Europeans must love these condoms or they lack virility, because the frequency of sex has not alleviated the growing concern over their shrinking population. On the other hand, Indian men, perennially shy about using a condom, must have a good delivery system as they average sex only half as frequently as their European counterparts.A few months ago a news story bemoaned the fact that international condoms were too large for Indian men. The humiliating news did not spark a national outrage. The price of rice and dal did.Global Sex SurveyCountryFrequencyNo of Partners Age of First SexGlobal977.718USA12414.316Greece11713.216.6Croatia1161116.7South Africa11610.616.9New Zealand11510.516.9Italy11110.217.2France11010.217.2Israel1109.717.2Russia1109.517.3Britain1078.817.3Germany1058.517.4Hungary1058.517.5Turkey1058.217.6Canada998.217.6Thailand998.117.7Spain98718Holland946.918Nigeria946.618.1Mexico936.518.2Poland936.318.2Czech Republic894.518.3Malaysia884.2 Related ItemsLeave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *CommentName * Email * Website Bigger India Chetna Kapoor | February 28, 2019Virginia Brewery Apologizes For Beer Sharing Name With Hindu DeityA Virginia brewery has apologized for a beer that shares its name with a Hindu deity. 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A U.P. police inspector in Bareilly district has threatened a law student of invoking the National Security Act and Gangsters Act against him for tweeting against stubble burning in his area. In a telephonic conversation that went viral on Friday, Surendra Singh Pachauri, SHO, Sheeshgarh, could be heard asking Ishaq Khan, a student of law, how he dared tweet about stubble burning without his permission. “Come to the police station immediately, else the NSA and Gangsters Act will be invoked against you,” Mr Pauchauri could be heard saying in the audio clip.When Mr Khan pleaded that he only pointed out about pollution in his neighbourhood and that he was a differently-abled person, Mr Pachauri said he would correct his disability.In a statement, the Bareilly police responded that Mr Khan tweeted on November 9 and an FIR was registered against Chandrasen for burning stubble under Sections 278, 290 and 291 of the IPC. The Circle Officer of Baheri had been asked to conduct an inquiry into the behaviour of the SHO.Ramanand Rai, CO, Baheri told The Hindu that he found the audio clip to be authentic. “The language used was not something that we expect from a public servant. The SHO seemed to be under pressure because of the Ayodhya verdict. As the charge was made by a Muslim against a Hindu, he thought it could snowball into a major issue. That’s why he was unusually harsh.”SP (Rural) Sansar Singh said the report has been submitted and soon action will be taken against the erring official.
Mary Kom spent just about ten minutes in the Excel Arena ring during her semi-final loss against Nicola Adams, but needed more than three hours to finish TV interviews after that.From Manipur to New Delhi and London, and on social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter, Mary Kom is the hottest topic of discussion.I tried something different on Wednesday, deciding to listen to the live Mary Kom interviews when allowed rather than just becoming an interviewer myself. It was simply fascinating. Despite being asked the same questions repeatedly, Mary Kom did not get tired of replying.To me, it was like her coach Charles Atkinson drilling her in training sessions and she had to keep punching. I must admit that while some of the questions she had to answer were banal, not many grilled her about the tough life in Manipur.Considering that her mother and husband are in London, she decided to spend quality time with them on Thursday. She also had several interviews to give and attend meetings with people as there is a sizeable Manipuri population in London. In fact, one of the international wire service correspondents is from Manipur and she seemed to have more access to Mary Kom — or so I thought.But what has impressed me the most is that Mary Kom is answering with a degree of caution and not making any wrong statement. I had noticed in her earlier interviews in London, or when she was talking to people close to her, she made it a point to thank god. She believes firmly in Jesus Christ and has no hesitation in invoking Him before any bout.advertisementBut after the semi-final, Mary Kom made sure to thank each person. She mentioned how it was not just Manipuris but each Indian from every religion who prayed for her. “I am touched by this gesture, to know so many people prayed for me,” an emotional Mary Kom told me.Even though her Hindi is not fluent, she still doesn’t mind giving TV interviews to them. It’s so very different from the other Indian sporting stars who shoo away young reporters. But this is Mary Kom, a lady who knows what struggles in life are about and how to reach the top.It was close to 14 years ago that Mary Kom saw Dingko Singh being treated like a hero after winning gold at the Bangkok Asian Games. Dingko was taken in an open jeep back like a true hero and Mary Kom decided that she would take up boxing, a rather unglamorous sport.To be away from her family and train hard has meant that she has had to make huge sacrifices. But what has helped Mary Kom keep her head on her shoulders, as I have seen, is the background she comes from.In India, from politicians to average citizens like you and me, we have only heard about the hardships that Manipuris face in their own state. There are power cuts, rations are in short supply and you pay as much as Rs 1,500 for a gas cylinder! I am also aware that buying petrol at close to Rs 140 per litre is such a difficult thing.But Mary Kom did not speak about how people in Manipur suffer because of electricity short supply. She did, however, mention how fans at home had to travel to distant places to catch the TV signal in order to watch her bout.When Mary Kom returns to India, there will be huge celebrations. She is a role model for people from her state and politicians will also want to meet her.How badly neglected North East India is we all know, but if one big Olympic medal can come from Manipur, we ought to tap the latent sporting potential there. There is no point in setting up sports centres in metros. Natural talent like Mary Kom comes from Manipur and before he we also had star hockey player Thoiba Singh.The medal celebrations will continue for a while but not many would know that even before retirement Mary Kom has already set up a boxing training centre in Manipur.What began as a passion for excelling as an athlete has been realised. An Olympic medal is the ultimate glory and I haven’t got tired hearing or reading her interviews.Like her punches in the ring, it’s all so natural.
Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar was supposed to speak in the Parliament on Thursday but he wasn’t allowed to deliver his speech by Congress MPs, who kept shouting slogans of ‘pradhan mantri sabha mein aao (PM come to the Rajya Sabha)’.Tendulkar, who has played a record 200 Test matches for India, was to make his debut speech in the Rajya Sabha before it was interrupted by the opposition party. But the incident didn’t the Master Blaster from speaking his heart out.A day after the incident, the 44-year-old took to social media to deliver his speech as he posted a video of the same on youtube and shared it across various social media platforms.”Namaste to my fellow Indians. Yesterday there were a few things which I wanted to convey to you all but couldn’t do it. So I will try to do that today.”I often wonder what brought me here. Little that I realise that those baby steps in cricket would lead me to a great lifetime of memories. I always loved playing sport and cricket was my life. My father, Professor Ramesh Tendulkar, was a poet and a writer. He always supported me and encouraged me to be what I wanted to be in life. The greatest gift I got from him was the freedom to play. The right to play. And I would always be grateful to him for that.”There are many pressing matters in our country which requires our attention. Economic growth, poverty, food security, healthcare among many others. Being a sportsman I’m going to talk on sports, health and fitness of India. For it has a telling impact on our economy. My vision is a healthy and fit India. ‘Jab swasthya hai yuva, tab desh mein kuch hua (when the youth is healthy, then the only the country can progress)’. India is set to emerge as the youngest average age nation in the world by 2020. So the assumption is, ‘yeh young hai to fit hai (they are young so they must be fit)’.advertisement”But we are wrong. We are the diabetic capital of the world with over 75 million people being affected by this disease. And when it comes obesity, we are sitting at No. 3 spot in the world. The economic burden of these diseases will not allow our nation to progress. According to a UN report, the impact on the Indian economy of non-communicable diseases from 2012 to 2030 will be USD 6.3 trillion. But we all can bring this figure down together. If we all work towards taking care of our health and fitness. If we can exercise, play some sport then a lot can change for us. But I feel for that to happen we need a plan to help us become a sporting nation to change our sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy mindset.”Our fitness sessions are getting lighter and eating sessions are getting heavier. We need to change this habit. I feel that in this mobile-phone generation we are all turning immobile.”Many of us only discuss but we don’t play at all. We need to transform India from a sport loving nation to a sport playing nation. Make everyone more active and participative. Inculcate and develop a sporting culture in our country. The northeast of India which has only 4% population of India has a vibrant sporting culture. It has produced many sporting heroes including our boxing icon Mary Kom, recently-crowned champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu, Dipa Karmakar, Bhaichung Bhutia, Sarita Devi, Sanjita Chanu and many many more.”Sport promotes social harmony. President Nelson Mendela’s efforts to use the Rugby World Cup in South Africa’s journey to become an inclusive state is legendary. Sport has a unique way of building a nation. It builds character for individuals. And character for individuals means character for India. From being a naughty child to chasing the dream to win the World Cup for India, I became more disciplined and more focussed. I had a goal and I started planning for it. But the most important aspect was the execution of those plans. Not always did I succeed, there were occasions where I failed. But sports taught me to get back on my feet again and compete in the fairest possible manner.”Here is the rest of the speech:
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Bills new coach Rex Ryan’s staff in Buffalo will have a familiar New York Jets resemblance.All eight assistants hired by the Bills on Jan. 15 previously worked with the Jets under Ryan, including Dennis Thurman who takes over as Buffalo’s defensive coordinator.Thurman held the same job the past two seasons in New York and has a lengthy tie to Ryan, who was hired Jan. 12. Thurman and Ryan have worked together since being members of the Baltimore Ravens defensive staff in 2002.Thurman takes over a Bills defense that finished fourth in the NFL in yards allowed, led the league with 54 sacks and produced three Pro Bowl linemen. He replaces Jim Schwartz, whose contract was terminated this week, allowing him to pursue other jobs.Under Thurman, the Jets defense finished sixth in yards allowed in the NFL last season, and 11th in 2013.Ryan spent the past six seasons coaching the Jets before being fired following a 4-12 finish last year. In Buffalo, he replaced Doug Marrone, who stepped down abruptly on Dec. 31 after his second season.Ryan is a defensive specialist, who has an established reputation for an attacking philosophy. During his introductory news conference Jan. 14, Ryan vowed he intended to build the Bills into “bullies.”Karl Dunbar was hired to coach the defensive line, after holding the same role with the Jets the past three years. He has 10 seasons of NFL coaching experience. Dunbar also served as defensive line coach at LSU, where he worked with current Bills tackle Kyle Williams.Dunbar was also an NFL defensive lineman, and played under Ryan’s father, Buddy Ryan, with the Arizona Cardinals in 1994-95.Bobby April III takes over as linebackers coach after holding the same job with the Jets the past two seasons. April is the son of former Bills special teams coach Bobby April Jr.Tim McDonald will coach defensive backs, the same job he had in New York the previous two seasons. He’s a former NFL player who earned six Pro Bowl selections during a 13-year career split between the Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers.Tony Sparano Jr. will coach tight ends after spending last season serving as a Jets offensive assistant. He is the son of former Miami Dolphins and interim Oakland Raiders coach Tony Sparano.The Bills also hired Jeff Weeks (assistant defensive line coach), Eric Smith (special teams assistant) and Jason Oszvart (strength and conditioning assistant).Ryan still has several jobs to fill on his offensive staff, which will be headed by newly hired coordinator Greg Roman.The Bills made two roster moves by signing defensive back Jonte Green and offensive guard Darryl Johnson to reserve/future contracts.Green was selected in the sixth round of the 2012 draft by Detroit and had seven starts in 24 games with the Lions over the 2012 and ’13 seasons.Johnson was an undrafted free agent out of New Mexico, who signed with San Diego last spring before being cut by the Chargers in August.(JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares