News Analysis: Why Vidyasagar is important to the hoi polloi of Bengal

first_img| Photo Credit: Rajeev Bhatt  One of his key achievements was to push the British Legislative Council on widow remarriage, opposed by the bhadralok ruling class and religious bodies. He advocated education for all – especially women– and raising of the marriageable age of the girl child, which too was challenged by the ruling class. He also campaigned against polygamy. Modern Indian laws, pertaining to the subjects, are shaped partly on discourses first underscored in public space by Vidyasagar for which he was isolated.Tormented by bhadralokBeing severely tormented by the English-speaking bhadrolok of the 19th century, he left Kolkata in his declining years. In an interview, published in a book, Puratan Prasanga [past subjects], Vidyasagar concluded that he would never “teach English to children” in perhaps next life.“The attack on Vidyasagar indicates two things. One, that women’s emancipation lost its meaning in today’s Bengal and two that the bell has tolled for the Bengali language, which evolved with him, indicating its death,” said Shibaji Bandopadhyay, an eminent Kolkata-based scholar.Throughout the day, the issue of bust demolition dominated the social media. On ground, political parties and the civil society staged demonstrations and rallies and BJP leaders sounded apologetic, off record.But it may not affect BJP in all the nine seats that go to the polls on May 19, as the event is not commanded by its leadership. While the party can be critically examined for staging an unimaginably big rally on a not so wide lane, the police can also be questioned for not managing to keep the students and the TMC’s black flag waving supporters inside, triggering the incident.The TMC, however, argued that they “have the right to protest democratically” while the BJP said “TMC triggered the violence.”The results in three Kolkata seats would indicate who gained and who did not, once the results are out on May 23.“The question, however, is whether Bengal will forgive the perpetrators. Bengal never forgave the Naxals for similar action,” said Partha Sengupta, a former Communist Party of India activist.Mr. Sengupta organised the civil society to place Vidyasagar’s head on the pedestal after it was chopped off by ultra-left activists in 1970, albeit to underscore a completely different political thought. Burnt motorcycle near the Vidyasagar College in Kolkata on May 14, 2019.center_img On May 14, Tuesday, a few men clad in saffron shirts broke away from a mega rally of BJP president Amit Shah and entered a nondescript building in central Kolkata. They attacked the building, smashing the bust of 19th century educationist and reformer Ishwar Chandra Bandopadhyay, who was conferred with the title Vidyasagar – the ocean of education.As the BJP denied that its cadre indulged in the vandalism, the civil society was furious and the entire social media space was flooded with responses. The reason lies in Vidyasagar’s – as he is usually referred to – contribution to the making of the modern Bengali society. He was not just a formidable intellectual but reformed a community in 19th century, much like Periyar Erode Venkatappa Ramasamy or Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar.Bengalis mostly remember him for his pioneering work, Barna Parichay, a book to introduce Bengali to beginners. But the range of his work is vast — from developing the language, especially its modern prose form, to sustained campaigns against various social menaces.last_img read more

John Wall on Wizards’ playoff downfall: ‘Our bench got outplayed’

first_img“I think Kelly Oubre could’ve played a little bit more, but coach makes the decision, and we stick behind him 100 percent,” he added.Wall was instrumental throughout the Wizards’ playoff push, but appeared to have ran out of steam in the deciding game after missing his last 11 shots from the field.Oubre, on the other hand, was suspended for one-game of the series for his altercation with Kelly Olynyk, but managed to produce 6.5 points per game on 51.6 percent shooting.Earlier, Wall’s backcourt mate Bradley Beal made headlines after proclaiming that “Cleveland didn’t want to see us.” Khristian Ibarrola/JBRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENT The Wizards were one win away from challenging the Cavs, but lost a pivotal game 7 against the Celtics.Over the weekend, the Wizards’ best player, John Wall, shared why he believes his team failed to set up a date with the perennial Eastern conference powerhouse.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“We need to help our bench,” the four-time NBA All-Star told CSN’s Chase Hughes. “Just to be honest, that was our downfall in each series that we had in the [Eastern Conference] semifinals, our bench got out played.”He also wished that the team’s young role player, Kelly Oubre, could have gotten more playing time, but refused to throw his coach Scott Brooks under the bus. LATEST STORIES Cavs arrange 3rd Finals showdown with Warriors, eliminate CelticsSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Washington Wizards guard John Wall (AP/Alex Brandon)The reigning NBA champions Cleveland Cavaliers are set for a finals rematch against the Golden State Warriors, after dispatching the Boston Celtics in five games of the Eastern Conference Finals.Still, both fans and pundits alike are still left wondering if the Washington Wizards would have posted a better challenge to the LeBron James-led squad.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Koy Banal makes coaching return as Seafarers face Batangas Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View commentslast_img read more

Pocari Sweat averts meltdown, closes in on PVL crown

first_imgPocari Sweat blew a huge lead but that only paved the way for a wild finish in Game 1 of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Finals Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Star douses late San Miguel rally, grabs 1-0 semis lead Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIEScenter_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire MOST READ The Lady Warriors lost a 19-12 lead and even trailed, 24-22, before Rivers, Jessey de Leon and Gyzelle Sy spearheaded the defending champions’ spirited comeback.“We don’t have problems getting leads but we have problems in sustaining them,” said Abella. “We just have to address that through our mental toughness”Sy completed Pocari’s rally with a service ace after Rivers and de Leon anchored the Lady Warriors’ net defense and came up with two crucial blocks against Jeng Bualee and Jennifer Keddy, respectively.Michelle Strizak added 18 for Pocari while Myla Pablo had 16 and Jeannette Panaga finished with 12 points for the Lady Warriors, who also overcame 31 errors.Soltones paced the Water Defenders with 17 while Bualee wound up with 16. ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Lady Warriors proved to be the steadier team as they eked out a 22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 26-24 win over Bali Pure to inch closer to another title.Pocari shoots for a second straight championship on Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKrystal Rivers shone in her first game as replacement import with a game-high 20 points for the Lady Warriors.“We were just too tense because everyone’s pumped up knowing Krystal is going to play for the first time so I just told them to settle down,” said Pocari head coach Rommel Abella. What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickenlast_img read more

‘My name is Lou Vincent and I am a cheat’

first_imgThe full text of Lou Vincent’s statement to the NZ Herald:My name is Lou Vincent and I am a cheat.I have abused my position as a professional sportsman on a number of occasions by choosing to accept money through fixing.I have lived with this dark secret for many years, but just months ago I reached the point where I decided I had to come forward and tell the truth.It’s a truth that has rightly caused uproar and controversy in New Zealand and around the world.I have shamed my country. I have shamed my sport. I have shamed those close to me. For that I am not proud.I lost faith in myself and the game. I abused the game I love. I had to put things right. Speaking out. Exposing the truth. Laying bare the things I have done wrong is the only way I can find to begin to put things right.The time has come for me to now face them like a man and accept the consequences, whatever they may be.I could not live with my wrongdoing any longer, and after meeting my future wife Susie, after learning what unconditional love really is, I felt strong enough to tell her what I’d done, and she has helped me take the painful steps to telling my parents, my wider family, and then the authorities.I am proud of those I love. Especially my immediate family and friends. Their strength, support and forgiveness has enabled me to address some deep and uncomfortable issues in my life.advertisementI can finally look my children in the eyes and tell them that honesty is the best policy, even if it feels like the hardest thing to do at times.I now believe in myself as a person again and do not wake up every morning hating myself.Today is the day I offer my deepest apologies to the public and the cricketing world, to the loyal fans, to the dedicated coaches, staff and all players past and present.I apologise to the and thank the ACSU [Anti-Corruption and Security Unit] for their help and support, which is out there for all players and it has helped me a great deal. Chris Morris and his legal team, and all associations that have handled this sensitive situation with professionalism and respect.The people who know me know I am vulnerable. But they also know I am not stupid and that I know what is right and what is wrong.I do suffer from depression but it is absolutely no reason or excuse for all that I have done wrong.I used to think mistakes were the actions of bad people. I now know even good people can make the worst of mistakes. My actions, I will regret for the rest of my life.For sport to prosper, it is up to the players to police the game, because they are the ones that will ultimately lose out if they allow themselves to be used as pawns to make money.No one should ever be put in that position. And no one should ever allow themselves to forget what sport is about and let money rule their decisions.The decisions I made were wrong. Players must be better than that. Above reproach. For the fans. For the sport.For the first time in a very long time I feel positive about the future because I am finally becoming the man I wanted to be. I have to face up to my wrongs to make them right.I have kept my head down for too long now. This is my time to man up to my mistakes and today I can stand with a better conscience because I know I’m doing the right thing.It is entirely my fault that I will never be able to stand in front of a game again. It is entirely my fault that I will not be able to apply my skills in a positive way to help future cricketers.But it is entirely possible that I can use this moment to convince others not to be tempted by wrongdoing. To do the right thing for themselves, for their families and friends, and for the sport they love.I accept my punishment and I thank you for [reading] my statement.last_img read more

TNEA Rank List 2019 to be out shortly at tneaonline.in

first_imgTNEA Rank List 2019: The Tamil Nadu Directorate of Technical Education (TNDTE) will release the TNEA Rank List 2019 shortly on the official website. The TNEA Engineering 2019 Rank List will be released today June 20 by the TNDTE at around 11 am. This year 1.33 lakh candidates have registered for TNEA out of which 1.04 lakh candidates took part in the certificate verification process. The candidates who appeared for the exam can check result at the tneaonline.in after release.Earlier the rank list was scheduled to be released on June 17, 2019, which was postponed. As per near sources, the TNEA 2019 Rank List is expected to release at today. Once the rank list is released, candidates would be required to apply for admission based on the seat allotted. The counseling for admission will start from July 2.TNDTE Diploma Result 2019: Important DetailsName of the organizer: Directorate of Technical Education, Government of Tamil NaduName of Exam: TNDTE Diploma April Exam 2019Date of Result declaration: June 20, 2019Official Website: tndte.gov.inTNEA Rank List 2019: How to checkStep 1: Visit official website of Tamil Nadu Directorate of Technical Education (TNDTE) tndte.gov.in or click tneaonline.inStep 2: Click on the given link on homepageStep 3: Enter the Id, password, and captchaStep 4: Submit the detailsStep 5: The TNEA Rank List 2019, TNEA Engineering 2019 Rank List will appear on the screenStep 6: Download the PDF and take a printout of it for future useTNEA 2019 rank list: Important datesCommencement of online registration and filling of applications: May 2, 2019Last date for Registration of Online Applications: May 31, 2019Assigning Random Number: June 3, 2019Certificates verification at TFC’s: June 6 – 11, 2019Publication of Rank list: June 20, 2019Counseling for Differently Abled: June 20, 2019Counseling for Ex-Servicemen: June 21, 2019Counseling for sports: June 22, 2019Commencement of counseling academic: July 3 to 28, 2019Commencement of counseling vocational: June 25 to 28Supplementary counseling in person: July 29, 2019SCA to SC counseling (In person): July 30, 2019End of counselling: July 30, 2019advertisementREAD:SSC GD Constable Result 2019 to be out tomorrow @ ssc.nic.in: Direct link to check SSC GD Constable scoresREAD:No access to menstrual hygiene is the fifth biggest killer of women in the worldlast_img read more