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Philanthropy is the Spice of Riches

Philanthropy is the Spice of Riches

It’s a strange encounter altogether. Two mighty people of different backgrounds met to share their works on social cause. One is the perfectionist of Indian cinema who is known for trying his hand on different departments of movie making, turning every stone he touched into gold and the other was a  supreme personality who created personal computer revolution in the world and who is also known for his Philanthropic work. Yes, it is the Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates met Aamir Khan of Bollywood during his visit to India on May 30th, 2013.

Aamir Khan other than as a Bollywood actor is known as a brand Ambassador of UNICEF for child nutrition and for his show “Satyameva Jayathe”. This reputation of the actor cum activist instigated Bill Gates to meet him and they discussed issues regarding better sanitation facilities and how satellites help fight disease. This entire episode was telecasted on New Delhi Television, one of India’s largest news networks. Prannoy Lal Roy was the host of the show and there was question-and-answer segment in front of a studio audience.

Bill Gates was more than happy to discuss about his favorite topics Philanthropy, health and India’s Development. Bill gates posted in his blog saying that “India is an ideal place for understanding both the problems and the solutions in areas that the foundation focuses on”.

The New Indian Youth

It is said that ‘it is the youth of today who would decide the country’s tomorrow.’ If so, what kind of future could be decided by a youth who are becoming increasingly self-centered? Every decision taken by them is pre-calculated, carefully weighing the gains that could be got out of it. Today’s Indian youth have started living for their selfish desires. So where have the days gone when the youth thought love and kindness greater assets than monetary gains.

Gone are the days when education was given and received to enhance and broaden our perspective of life. Earlier the Indian youth chose a job because they loved it and were passionate about it, but nowadays they choose a job keeping in mind the money they could make out of it. Today successful person is seen as the one who has lots of money and not as someone who has worked hard to reach his goal. Today’s youth don’t see education as a chance to broaden their knowledge but as a necessity to get a job with a high salary. With the coming of globalization in India, the Indian youth’s thirst for a comfortable life endowed with riches has increased. Even the educational institutes of today have become more business minded. These institutes have become just another money making business. If the educational institutes themselves have forgotten the true meaning of education how can we expect the students to be any different. From childhood, the youth have been taught that life is a race and those who are the fastest can be the only ones who would reach the top. But in their hunger to reach the top they forget the ones who helped them to reach their goals.

There was a time when family’s love was all that was needed for a happy life.  But today’s generation is becoming increasingly materialistic. They are never satisfied no matter how much money they have. Their sole goal is to hoard more and more money. To lead a comfortable life they have started to undermine the more important things in life such as family ties. Even when helping others they think of what they could from it. They don’t care if their actions hurt someone as long as they benefit from it. For them theirs is the only feeling that matters and not that of others. Rather than helping the unfortunate they seek to use them as steps to reach the top. Most have started to put on a fake persona just to win more friends and popularity.

Youth are an indispensable part of a democracy. India’s development can only be possible through the youth , but if today’s youth don’t stop behaving the way they are the future ahead is a dreary one, a future in which only a select few control the power .Technological and developmental growth is not enough for the eradication of poverty and disparity from our country. The youth have to learn to care about others. They should learn never to tread upon anyone to reach the top but rather work together. A better work force is only possible when the youth are passionate about the job they choose, rather than being only interested in money-making. The youth should remember that happiness and satisfaction is not gained through money but through simple pleasures of life.

Reading through the article you may think that I have just focused on the negative aspects of today’s youth but maybe the feeling of anger, the rebelliousness that rises in them to defend their position is important to move them away from their complacency that they live in today. Yes, they rebel, but rarely for a larger, dissociated cause. I will be a hypocrite if I say I am not like the youth that I described in my article. I am one of them. I don’t claim to all know, in fact I am far from it. I have a lot to learn and a lot to experience.

A View on Match Fixing in Cricket

Fixing is not a new word in the world of sports. Accepting huge amounts of money, expensive accessories, and gifts from match fixers (bookies) to perform poorly which leads to their team’s defeat is regarded as fixing in Sports. Commitment towards nation, towards people who believe them to be their super heroes, who believe that these sportsmen will make them proud by winning, that belief that commitment that feeling disappears, nullifies because of fixing.

What makes life even more beautiful, exciting is its unpredictability. We never know what’s in stake for us the next moment. Fixing in sports takes away that excitement. Fixing in sports is like fooling people. Cheating millions of people just for money is a no good thing. But why do they do that, why the money, the wealth becomes more than respect towards nation, love they get from the people. Well there are some reasons.

  • We are living in the 21st century where money and only money is most important. Desire to be rich is not wrong but taking shortcuts to achieve what u want, to fulfill your desires is certainly wrong. People who fall prey to match fixing are basically the one who want to be rich overnight. Values morals doesn’t matter, the only things that they think about is being rich and hence involve in match fixing.

Cricket being an obsession in our country is certainly the most talked about sport. Over the past decade, Indian cricket has been rocked by scandals related to match fixing. What is significant here is that most of the cricket match-fixing scandals that have occurred in the last decade have had to do with the Indian subcontinent. In the year 2000, the whole nation was startled to hear the names of well known cricketers like Salim Malik, Mohammad Azharuddin, Ajay Jadeja and Manoj Prabhakar’s involvement in match fixing. While Ajay Jadeja faced a ban from cricket for five years, Manoj Prabhakar was disqualified from holding any post in the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India), and Azharuddin, Malik were awarded life time banishment from cricket. It’s not only our cricketers but also crickets from countries like Pakistan, South Africa, and Sri Lanka, Australia have been involved in fixing scandals.

Latest fixing scandal is IPL. With several players already being punished, we can expect many more shocks. So there is a need to curb, stop this match fixing, and make the sport pure in all aspects. The era when we had Sachin, Ganguly, Dravid, Laxman was the golden era for Indian cricket. There is no dearth of talent in our country, but sportsmen need to get inspired from our cricketing greats, follow their values, and learn from them.

  • Self realization is important. Young cricketers need to realize the importance of commitment towards the people who believe them and the nation. They must understand the fact that money is not everything. Respect is what matters.”Let your conscience be your guide”.

  • Betting in our country is Illegal. But in the UK, where sport betting is regulated and a thriving industry, there are rare instances of player involvement in match fixing or even scandals of this nature. To tackle the problem, experts have suggested that legalization and regulation of gambling is probably the best solution. Banning is not going to help, as it will only motivate the industry to operate underground, as is the case with India, where the illegal gambling industry is worth almost 2,000 crore rupees. However, the public should demand solutions to match fixing.

  • Law makers of our country are very keen to bring out new a law which strictly punishes the people who indulge in match fixing. As viewers all we can do is hope.

IPL Spot Fixing Scandal : More To It Than Meets The Eye

The past few days have been nothing but heart breaking for  all the cricket fans around the world, more so in India were cricket is more than a sport it’s a religion .Match fixing is pretty synonymous with the Indian cricket . In the year 1999, that people we made aware of the match fixing scandal and  Mohammad Azharuddin and Ajay Jadeja faced allegations of match fixing .But the first thing that BCCI did was ban them for life the decision was however overturned which is another matter. But back then atleasttheBCCI acted swiftly.Fast forward to 2013 what does the BCCI do when the spot fixing scandal comes out to the public they try to downplay the whole scandal and what more the IPL continues even though there might be a possibility that the competition may be rigged.

Clearly there’s lack of leadership in the BCCI or is it because even the governing body might have been involved in this match fixing scandal. The first thing that the BCCI should have done is to stop the competition when the scandal broke and  an internal probe should have been conducted to find the root of this cancer called match fixing. Because even the IPL is a limited company unless the probe is conducted and the guilty are brought to justice the IPL can’t and shouldn’t take place next year. Unless u can be sure that the competition is not rigged how can one conduct a competition. It’s like taking part in a running race knowing the winner is gonna be the organizer’s relative.

The sponsors have to put pressure on the BCCI to clean up this mess because the sponsors are huge global brands with their reputation at stake. SAHARA INDIA group have taken a bold step to stand up to the BCCI and they ought to be commended for their act. More of the franchisees and sponsors have to follow this lead. Just remember  how Tiger Woods was treated because of his illicit relationship, match fixing is far worse than a casual fling. JUVENTUS F.C an Italian football club were stripped of their 3 titles and were removed from the first division of the Italian league.

The main stumbling block for the police is that BCCI is an independent body which is not accountable to any higher authority. Over the years BCCI has become too  powerful so the board members can do anything and not be responsible or accountable for anything because of the lack of transparency in the system. But I guess no cricket fan in India wants to see the IPL not carrying on , but people have got to look at the bigger picture unless the whole organisation is ripped apart we can make a clean start.

The BCCI has become too powerful because no other sport in India has got such following like cricket has got. Is it time that us Indians start turning our loyalty towards other sports?