The much respected cricket commentator Mr. Tony Cozier from the West Indies is no more. He was the voice of West Indies cricket and was always a delight to hear, crisp and to the point. Cricket tours to the West Indies were much looked forward to – for the scenery, music and celebrations at the grounds and for some of us just to to listen to Tony’s commentary.
Cricket commentary is nowadays like any commercial business with every retired national or international cricketer making a beeline to be on the air. But none will have the flair and indepth knowledge as the commentators of yesteryears like Tony Greig and Tony Cozier.
Rest in peace Mr. Tony Cozier, cricket will miss you 🙏🏏
PM Modi compared Kerala to Somalia during his visit to the state yesterday. This has raised a hue and cry across the state and outside and Malayalees feel let down by this statement made by our very own PM.
Two ways to look at it.
PM Modi has been travelling around the world every month and has lost track of how states in his country look like. Any state north of Gujarat looks like his favourite destination USA while any state south of Gujarat looks like Somalia ! Wish he would spend more time in India learning a bit about Indian geography and culture rather than jetset around the world.
Malayalis have themselves to blame for the current state of affairs. Both the times PM Modi visited the state in the last couple of months there were two big issues relating to Kerala grabbing headlines in the country – The temple fire in Kollam which killed more than a hundred people and more recently the guesome rape and murder of a law student. When a person comes with these two things burning at the back of his mind, he’s sure to lash out – no wonder the Somalia statement.
Turn on any Malayalam news channel nowadays and its the same crap doing the rounds day in and day out – Politics (Left, Right & Centre), Rapes and Alcohol ban. Feel like thrashing the guy/s who coined the slogan “God’s Own Country”. Its a shame how the state is projected at every damn travel fair but the true ground reality is so different. Probably just like Modi thought Kerala was similar to Somalia, the guy who coined the slogan must have thought Kerala = Heaven.
No point blaming the PM. Unless the mindset changes, Kerala will always be “God’s own Somalia” !
Pictured is IAS officer Jagdish Sonkar visiting a hospital in Chhattisgarh. It speaks volumes of how much our bureaucrats respect the common man ! Is this the message that needs to be conveyed to the family he’s visiting ? Also notice the scared child looking at his shoe.
Gone are the days when IAS officials were humble and were looked upon. They were respected for the hard work they had put in to reach that post. Very few of today’s bureaucrats are sincere and work for the common man. More important are ways and means to fill their pockets.
Jagdish Sonkar may have issued an apology on Facebook to cover up the incident. But I’m sure he’s one among hundreds of such officials misusing their high posts to display their power and scare away people. Does anyone care about the downtrodden nowadays anyway ?