One Nation Two Woman Two Medals : P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal

What is the news?

  • V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal continue Indian badminton’s dream run by winning Silver and Bronze medals respectively.

Which tournament the news belongs to?

  • The news belongs to “World Badminton Championship”, and it stood out as the finest advertisement for the women’s game.
  • V. Sindhu may not have come out victorious against the eventual champion, Nozomi Okuhara of Japan, but she won more hearts for her gallant display of endurance.

What are the medals won?

  • A silver medal for Sindhu and a bronze for Saina Nehwal make this the most rewarding Indian campaign in the premier championship.

How the rivalry between Nehwal-Sindhu started paying for India?

  • Nehwal, the silver medallist in 2015, and Sindhu, the bronze medallist in 2013 and 2014 in the high-profile tournament, have been engaged in a silent battle of their own.
  • This rivalry is proving to be extremely beneficial for Indian badminton, which is vital for any sport to flourish in a country.

How the two performed at big stages in recent times?

  • Sindhu won silver at Rio Olympics silver last year
  • Nehwal had carried an injury to Rio and returned for an unavoidable knee surgery.

Who has won the games against both the Indians?

  • Both Sindhu and Nehwal were tamed by the far-fitter Okuhara. The Japanese shuttler rallied from a game down to stop Nehwal in the semi-final, and she also ended Sindhu’s quest for the title in the final.
  • This explains why Nehwal and Sindhu stayed regretfully on missed opportunities instead of celebrating their extraordinary show of strength on the finals stage.

How we can get inspired from the two woman?

  • The two women are very different personalities. If Nehwal is driven by a wounded pride to establish her credentials, Sindhu, at just 22, is a sunny character looking to make the most of the time on her side.
  • Both owe a lot to their respective coaches, U. Vimal Kumar and Pullela Gopi Chand.

How the two will bring more woman shutlers?

  • Their combined achievements also bring into focus the fact that the next best woman shuttler in India is nowhere close to them in potential
  • Their heroics will, hopefully, in time draw more talent to the sport, but currently the lack of other women badminton players in their class deprives India of a fighting chance at team titles.

For now, however, it is time to celebrate these two exceptional women who have enriched the game.



Doklam Stand off comes to an End – 9 takeaways from THE HINDU Editorial

What is the news?

The separate announcements by India and China that the Doklam military stand-off has ended are a welcome sign that diplomacy has prevailed over the harsh rhetoric of the past 10 weeks.

What is India’s Stand?

The measured tone of the statement from New Delhi, referring to the “expeditious disengagement (prompt detachment) of border personnel” as part of the understanding between the two countries, shows that the government’s policy of pursuing diplomatic measures in the face of China’s angry rhetoric was wise.

How China reacted at last?

In turn, China’s statement, which said that Indian troops had withdrawn from the disputed Doklam plateau while Chinese troops continue to patrol the area, gives Beijing the latitude it requires to end the stand-off peacefully.

Why the statements comes in differing versions?

The differing versions and the lack of further information leave several questions unanswered about the terms of the disengagement. But the very fact that both countries have been able to issue statements — even if they were designed to satisfy their domestic audiences — suggests that in diplomatic negotiations, each took into account the other’s constraints.

How the leaders have decided to mute the Doklam Stand off?

In issuing statements that were inconsistent with each other, both sides seem to have agreed to disagree.

To that end, the importance lies less in the detail but in the détente (the easing of hostility or strained relations, especially between countries) itself, in the decision by the leaderships of both countries to pull back from what some feared could escalate into a full-blown conflict.

In this, it must be noted that New Delhi and Beijing have respected the wishes of the Bhutanese government, which wanted an early end to the crisis before the bitter winter set in.

How important is this by looking at upcoming Modi’s visit to China?

Many are hoping that the decision on Doklam, which comes a week before Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to go to China, will guide the bilateral spirit beyond the September 3-5 BRICS summit to be held in Xiamen.

Once Mr. Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping have met, diplomats must begin the heavy lifting required to repair the rupture in ties over the past few months, beginning with the cancellation of the Nathu La route for Kailash-Mansarovar pilgrims.

What can be interfered from China’s statements over past 10 weeks?

Statements from China during the stand-off indicate that it no longer recognises the gains made in the Special Representative talks in 2012. Nor does it regard the India-Bhutan-China tri-junction near Batang-La to have been settled.

What is India’s stand on boundaries?

India has made it clear that it does not consider the Sikkim boundary settled either, and both sides will have to walk swiftly to come back to some semblance of an accord on such basic issues before they can move further.

India and China must revert to the spirit of the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement of 2013, which laid down specific guidelines on tackling future developments along the 3,488-km boundary the two countries share.

What are the lessons from the issue?

The past two and a half months are also a lesson that India cannot be unprepared for “another Doklam”, as Chief of the Army Staff Bipin Rawat said on Sunday.

India must necessarily “hope for the best, and prepare for the worst”, when it comes to tensions with its northern neighbour.

Diplomacy has paid off in ending the Doklam stand-off, but India and China must look forward to build the relationship better.



Yet Another Inspirational moment by M S Dhoni at Asia Cup 2016

In spite of injury Dhoni’s resolve came to the front and he was ready for the crucial game against Pakistan in the Last year’s Asia Cup.

National chief selector M.S.K. Prasad’s recent comments on M.S. Dhoni is yet again proved Dhoni is an inspiration to everyone who are facing obstacles at their life.

India was about to face off against arch rivals Pakistan but a serious concern ruined MSK Prasad’s sleep. Indian skipper (then) MS Dhoni suffered an injury whilst training for the game and there was a lot of skepticism surrounding his participation in the game.

“While training at the gym late in the night, Dhoni picked up weights and suddenly there was a catch in his back and fell with the weight. Thankfully, the weight did not fall on him. He could not walk, he was literally crawling. He pressed the alarm bell, and the medical staff immediately came and attended him. He was taken on a stretcher,” Prasad recollected.

No answer to the Journalists

He also said that there was no answer given to the journalists regarding his fitness and that sparked a row on social media. He then revealed what happened between Dhoni and Prasad two days before the big game. A concerned Prasad apparently called up the selection committee chief (then) Sandeep Patil to inform about Dhoni’s vulnerable state and Parthiv Patel landed in Bangladesh the next day.

“So, I went to Dhoni’s room to know what the issue was. He said, ‘don’t worry MSK bhai.’ I even asked him what should I tell the scribes, and the answer again was ‘don’t worry MSK bhai.’ I asked him whether we should call for a replacement, and he again told me not to worry,” Prasad said.

“There was so much pressure before a big match. The next morning I went to his room and he told me not to worry. But I felt things were not right. (As a selector) I couldn’t take Dhoni’s words for granted, so I called up the then chief selector Sandeep Patil and told him the situation. Immediately, Parthiv Patel was sent in as a replacement. By evening, Parthiv had joined the team,” Prasad revealed.

Dhoni walking with great difficulty

He also recalled the moment when Dhoni was walking towards a swimming pool inside the hotel with great difficulty. Prasad said Dhoni was in no condition to play the game, but what transpired later spoke volumes about the legend’s character and he explained why Dhoni is an inspiration to millions.

“Dhoni said he was trying to walk. I was thinking how could he even think of playing when he could barely walk. Dhoni looked at me and said, ‘don’t worry, you have anyway got Parthiv without telling me. So, you are safe.

“Before the team was announced in the afternoon, Dhoni was all dressed up for the game. He called me to his room and asked me why was I worrying so much? Then he said, even if my one leg is not there, I will still play against Pakistan,” Prasad said. He conluded his speech telling that is what Dhoni is made off and great players don’t make excuses no matter what the situation is.

Asking the youngsters to learn about overcoming obstacles from Dhoni’s example, Prasad said: “Dhoni comes from an area where there are no facilities.”

“When there are no facilities, it is your inner power that will take you to the next level.”

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Triple Talaq and Supreme Court Judgement | Current affairs updates


The controversial Muslim divorce law Triple talaq that allows men to leave their wives immediately by uttering the word “talaq” (divorce) three times, has been banned by the Supreme Court, which today called it illegal, retrograde that is backward and unworthy.

A panel of five judges said that triple talaq “is not integral to religious practice and violates constitutional morality”.

The court called triple talaq “bad in law” and said that The court hopes the legislature will consider and take into account Muslim Personal Law while making legislation and asked All parties must keep their politics away and decide this.

Referring to the abolition of the practice in Islamic countries, the court questioned, “Why can’t independent India get rid of it?”

Till now, according to the constitution, Triple talaq is legal for Muslims, but several Muslim women who have been divorced, including by Skype and on WhatsApp, had challenged the 1400-year-old practice.

Five judges of different faiths – Chief Justice JS Khehar (Sikh), Justice Kurian Joseph (Christian), RF Nariman (Parsi), UU Lalit (Hindu) and Justice Abdul Nazeer (Muslim)- heard the case over five days from May 12 to May 18.

Two of the five judges who differed said while triple talaq “may be sinful”, the court can’t interfere in personal laws that are considered a fundamental right by the constitution.

The government had backed the petitioners, declaring triple talaq unconstitutional, and offensive and discriminatory for women. But it had argued that the court should first pronounce its decision on the constitutional validity of triple talaq, only then it would bring a law.

Here is the 8-points to be noted in this news:

1. Three of the five judges hearing the case said it is unconstitutional; the other two wanted it banned for six months till the government introduces new legislation. The majority opinion held that triple talaq “is not integral to religious practice and violates constitutional morality”.

2. The judges in favour of a new law to be formed by the government by taking the concerns of some Muslim organisations who are critical of any attempts to interfere with religious laws, arguing it curtails their constitutional right to govern their affairs.

3. The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), a non-governmental body which oversees the application of Muslim personal law, opposes any ban on triple talaq and argues this is a religious matter and not for the courts.

4. The Supreme Court referred to the fact that several Islamic countries like Pakistan do not allow triple talaq; judges questioned why it should not be abolished in India.

5. The Supreme Court has for the first time reviewed whether triple talaq is fundamental to Islam and therefore legally binding. Three of the five judges held that triple talaq violates the beliefs of the Quran.

6. The verdict was delivered by a panel of five judges from different major faiths – Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and Zoroastrianism. Arguments concluded in May.

7. India allows religious institutions to govern matters of personal law – marriage, divorce and property inheritance – through civil codes; so far, triple talaq has been considered a legal avenue for the country’s nearly 180 million Muslims to end marriages.

8. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has backed the petitioners in this landmark case, declaring triple talaq unconstitutional, and offensive and discriminatory for women. In different public speeches, PM Modi has spoken against the practice, pledging to protect the right to equality of all women.