Thursday, January 21, 2010

Blog: Indian hockey - where the loophole exactly lies?

Indian hockey - where the loophole exactly lies?

Hockey – the national sports of India has just overcame one of its worst deadlocks. After a long traumatic ruckus between the players and Hockey India, the players agreed to go for practice session, after a long 6 days break. The deadlock ended as Sahara, who is also the sponsor of Indian hockey team, proclaimed to immediately release Rs1 crore for the team. The impasse was regarding the payment and incentives of players, which the administration hadn't made to the players for their performance in 2009. Negotiations were on and off several times but every time it ended with no result. Sometimes the players got ready to attend the practice session but the next day again they were seen angry. Eventually it ended up with a solution, to which both the sides agreed.

Now the question which comes out here is that, is it the mismanagement or the players' fault, which is responsible for all this? These issues are not of that much importance actually. The most important thing to be considered is that was it really necessary to create a disturbance when the world cup is just to begin. Are the players right at their end to do so or were they be completely blamed for all what has happened? Would it not affect the teams performance in the world cup? Why the management didn't pay the dues to the players, even when the next year has arrived. Is the board out of finances, and if that's the matter then what the government is there for? The all disputed episode seems like a puerile act. They all acted like a tyro country or team, making their debut in sports.

Staying away from the practice sessions just before the world cup will definitely affect the players' performance. On one hand the players seems to be correct for what they did, but it was not the right time to do so. On the other hand the management needs to pull up its socks and manage things in a much better way.

The whole episode will ruin the image of Indian sports and the management, at the world stage. It must have created a negative impact of Indian system and administration. The national game is not promoted upto the extent, to which it should be exactly promoted. When the cricket team can make it to the world cup final, can bag the world cup, why can't the hockey team. Though its our national game but it remains unpopular. Infact a few people know and remember the hockey players' names. And above all that they are not being paid their match fees, which added fuel to the flame.

A popular saying exactly fits here “It takes two to make a tango”. Both the players and management were equally responsible for the impasse. The management didn't function well, as well as the team didn't choose the right time create the ruckus.

Indian hockey is not that much popular like cricket. Players are far away from brand endorsements, not getting that much facilities. In precise the hockey players are not financially sound. A few months back our women national hockey team was made to return back to their homes by autorikshaw. There was no one to take care of the players, who represent our country. One could not even imagine in the wildest dream about such a condition of a national team. It happened in a country where the cricket board is the richest sports body in the world. Our cricket team make records and histories every now and then but I don't remember any such great achievement or such a big history created by Indian hockey players.

The reason is crystal clear, no one pays that much heed to the game. We create history in cricket because the players are getting N number of facilities and financial backup. It is believed that cricket is the only lucrative game in India. And due to the low and pathetic situation of hockey no one even dares to think about making a career in hockey. Most of the people and players are inclined towards cricket, tennis and other games, in which they see a bright future.

An unstable future is the biggest aghast for people who dare to think about stepping into hockey. I hardly remember any hockey player becoming DSP or getting any honourable government postion. But in cricket there are a lot of names. It can happen in hockey too, we can create history in hockey also, all we need is financial support and an assurance of a bright future. Above all the national sports needs a backup and promotion. The sports board should understand “ money makes the mare go”. And after that the players will play for money as well as for their country from within.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Blog - The monster year 2009 is a yesteryear now...

The monster year 2009 is a yesteryear now...

The noose for most of the people seems to be far away now as the year 2009 is over and 2010 has brought with it a lot of rays of hope. Many people, including me will become nostalgic about the most crushing year of the century. Now it seems like the whole year was beforehand prepared that it will remain low and disturbing throughout the 12 months. The whole year remained at its lowest, keeping all the human beings frightened and worried about their future and careers.

The problem was born and brought up in US, which further destabilised the whole world. The financial crisis was linked to reckless and unsustainable lending practices resulting from the deregulation and securitization of real estate mortgages in US. All the ruckus was created due to the various imbalances which includes excessive money creation, leading to negative household savings and a huge US trade deficit, dollar volatility and public deficits. In precise it was sheerly a financial imbalance of money, which virtually paralysed each nation.

The blight began, when 2008 was just bidding adieu and handing over its charge to 2009. As the year 2009 took charge, the former year had already vested 2009 with confusions and problems. So it didn't get any chance to escape or to cope up with the circumstances. Contrary to what a famous saying goes “charity begins at home” the recession started abroad. Everything has now become global. As the scenario has completely taken a 'U' turn in the past few years, so it was obvious to affect the other nations too.

2009, a hurricane which destroyed many global giants and Lehman brothers was at the top of the list makers. The global recession made life a hell. People lost their jobs in bulk. The fear of loosing job gave rise to office politics. Employees were fired, some due to some reasons and some without any reason. Companies stopped employees' salaries, reduced salaries to half and many more... Multinationals, which were believed to be the strongest of all times went bankrupt. The turbulent year made life the toughest. Everyone was bound to compromise with whatever was provided to them. Their hopes, passions, enthusiasm and principals were all ruined.

Some companies have had genuine reasons to fire employees but on the other hand amid all this hysteria some companies also made profits in the guise of recession. Particularly if we talk about India, all the major news channels and newspapers have had a regular story regarding recession. India – the strongest nation during recession, India – the country least affected by recession, were the most common headlines. But inspite of all these news it affected Indians on a large scale.

But now when a new year 2010 has arrived, the things seems to wax. The scenario is changing, astrologers are back at work with positive outcomes and predictions. Job seekers are in a jolly mood, consultancies are back with a busy schedule, calling job seekers. Signs of positivity have been received from all the four directions.

So, no need to worry now as the monster 2009 is done with its bit. 2010 brings with it a busy and ebullient time for people who have been longing for a stable time and career, for last few months. Just welcome life with your fullest in the last year of the decade and stay assured from within. The dawn of the year of hope and life has arisen to bring light to all the creatures. So move on with this saying “ Everyday is a new start”.