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News Of The Day – Who only women’s cricket know? 27 Dec 2018
- December 27, 2018
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News Of The Day – Who only women’s cricket know? 27 Dec 2018
What do they know of women’s cricket who only women’s cricket know?
News Of The Day : This consciousness of context gives Fire Burns Blue the feel of a Renaissance painting — there is both depth and detail
Many years ago, when the men were struggling during a Test match at the KSCA Stadium in Bengaluru, a section of the crowd began the chant: “We want Shantha, we want Shantha.” This was Shantha Rangaswamy, the best-known woman player, maker of India’s first Test century. She was (and continues to be) articulate and a beacon for the sport.
At a talk she gave soon after, someone asked: “What’s the difference between men’s and women’s cricket?”
“That’s easy,” she replied, deadpan. “Women don’t need to wear boxes.”
Women needed a sense of humour to survive then. Things are different now — although not quite hunky-dory yet — with the Board of Control for Cricket in India having taken over the administration, and players now under annual contracts.
It is a sign of progress that Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur have the confidence to go public with their grievances. Not so long ago, an Indian captain was slapped by an official for no fault of her own. Another captain, the well-spoken Mamatha Maben was dropped for ten years for missing a catch!
Harmanpreet Kaur’s 171 in the World Cup against Australia has already assumed legendary, even mythical proportions. She had, according toThe Fire Burns Blue, walked out to bat “with a serious expression, a clear mind, an aching shoulder and a borrowed bat.”
The marvellous economy, the telling detail and the research implied in that short sentence make for a wonderful introduction to the book. The qualities are sustained through this, the first history of women’s cricket in India. It is, in fact, the finest book written on cricket history in India, men’s or women’s.
The authors Karunya Keshav and Siddhanta Patnaik might well be asking, “What do they know of women’s cricket who only women’s cricket know?” For women’s cricket needs to be seen in the context of sport, women’s sport, the place of women in society, the challenges of breaking through the hardened cultural and psychological barriers and much more.
“When we started out reporting on women’s cricket,” say the authors, “it was hard to ignore how almost every person of any relevance was single.”
This consciousness of context gives the book the feel of a Renaissance painting – where the background and foreground are both in focus; there is both depth and detail here.
It means when the large issues are discussed, they gain significance in the story of the individual, while an individual’s story illustrates a bigger point.
Story of players great and small
The Fire Burns Blue is the story of the players great and small and the gradual emergence of a sport from the sexist cartoons (“All they want during the drinks break is the make-up kit”) to the back pages to the front pages and live television and the highest sign of acceptance today – social media trolling.
The stories of struggle — “Thoughts of suicide crossed my mind”, confesses one player — and the sacrifices of the pioneers make the turnaround that much more rewarding and heart-warming.
It is a far cry today from when the women travelled in unreserved train compartments, learnt how to pull the chain without getting caught (to help those who rushed in late where the train stopped for a very short while) and time their run to the food carts on the platforms so they didn’t have to get a teammate to pull the chain. There was little administrative interest, hardly any money, few matches, fewer international engagements, but as one official said, “The girls just wanted to play.” Still the fire burned.
At one point in the book, former captain Purnima Rau says, “Initially we had great individuals: Shantha, Shubhangi (Kulkarni), Diana (Eduljee), but India never gelled as a team.” That could have been taken straight from a history of men’s cricket, when despite some great players: C K Nayudu, Amar Singh, Vijay Merchant, Vijay Hazare, Lala Amarnath, “India never jelled as a team.”
Perhaps that is the Indian way. Perhaps that is the burden pioneers have to bear. A reading of the history of women’s cricket informs our understanding of men’s cricket too.
The Fire Burns Blueis a book of unexpected gifts. Virginia Woolf puts in an appearance, as does Emily Dickinson. Mandira’s Bedi’s role and women’s issues seldom spoken about are discussed intelligently: menstruation, pregnancy, sexual harassment, sexual preferences. There is a plea for a progressive pregnancy policy. Post-career counseling is crucial too, as another former captain Pramila Bhatt says.
Of India’s narrow defeat in the final of the 2017 World Cup, the authors say, “The Japanese art form of kingtsugi repairs broken and flawed pottery with gold, silver or platinum. It doesn’t hide the cracks, but embraces them, seeing them as integral to the object’s history, and rebuilds something new. (Had India won), the cracks would have remained unexposed. The margin (nine runs) is the perfect mirror to look back at the gains, learnings and areas that still need work.”
It is an unusual but thought-provoking take from the two finest writers on women’s cricket in the country. It puts that 171 in perspective.
Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to have separate HCs
President notifies the bifurcation
Following a Supreme Court order to the Centre to notify the bifurcation of the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana High Courts by January 1, President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday ordered the separation of the “common” Hyderabad High Court into the two separate High Courts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Both will function separately from January 1, 2019.
The principal seat of the Andhra Pradesh High Court is Amaravati, the capital of the State. The High Court in Hyderabad will function separately as the High Court of the State of Telangana.
16 judges for A.P.
Sixteen HC judges, including Justice Ramesh Ranganathan, who is now the Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand High Court, shall become judges of the Andhra Pradesh High Court from January 1.
The other judges of the Andhra Pradesh High Court are Justices Chagari Praveen Kumar, Sarasa Venkatanarayana Bhatti, Akula Venkata Sesha Sai, Dama Seshadri Naidu (now working on transfer as a Kerala High Court judge), Mandhata Seetharama Murti, Upmaka Durga Prasad Rao, Talluri Sunil Chowdary, Mallavolu Satyanarayana Murthy, Gudiseva Shyam Prasad, Kumari Javalakar Uma Devi, Nakka Balayogi, Telaprolu Rajani, Durvasula Venkata Subramanya Suryanarayana Somayajulu, Kongara Vijaya Lakshmi and Manthoj Ganga Rao.
Precise details of new HCs yet to emerge
The new Telangana High Court will have a strength of 10 judges. They are Justices Puligoru Venkata Sanjay Kumar, Mamidanna Satya Ratna Sri Ramachandra Rao, Adavalli Rajasheker Reddy, Ponugoti Naveen Rao, Challa Kodandaram Chowdary, Bulusu Siva Sankara Rao, Dr. Shameem Akther, Potlapalli Keshava Rao, Abhinand Kumar Shavili and Todupunuri Amarnath Goud.The Presidential notification quoted Article 214 of the Constitution which provides that there shall be a High Court for each State. It pointed out that under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014, both States were to have a common high court, till separate ones were formed.
The notification mentioned the Supreme Court order that there was “no embargo for the Competent Authority to issue a notification bifurcating the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad into the High Court of Telangana and the High Court of Andhra Pradesh, respectively, and such a notification to be issued by the 1st day of January, 2019 so that the two High Courts start functioning separately and the High Court of Andhra Pradesh also starts functioning in the new building at the earliest.”
It mentioned that Justice R. Subhash Reddy, now a Supreme Court judge and formerly a judge of the common High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad, “had exercised the option for allocation to High Court for the State of Telangana.”
In November, senior advocate Fali Nariman for Andhra Pradesh had informed a Supreme Court Bench led by Justice A.K. Sikri that the judges, who would preside over the courtrooms of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh, were satisfied with the facilities at an interim building complex which would house the High Court till a permanent building was constructed.
Mr. Nariman had submitted that a Full Court of the High Court approved the proposal after the inspection committee of judges submitted a report. He had made a statement that the government would be hiring villas to take care of the residential needs of the judges at Amaravati.
The court had taken on record the submissions made by the Andhra Pradesh government that a “very big complex known as ‘Justice City’ is under construction” in Amaravati. This complex would house the High Court, subordinate courts and even some tribunals. It would also have a provision for construction of a residential complex for the High Court and lower courts’ judges.
Source: The Hindu
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