NEW DELHI: Defending champions India beat Syria 5-4 in the penalty shootouts to lift their second successive Nehru Cup title at the Ambedkar Stadium on Monday.
Goal-keeper Subroto Paul, who saved three penalties to become Indiaâ€™s saviour, was awarded the man of the match.
Climax scored the first goal for India in the penalty shootouts. Renedy took the second penalty and missed as he hit the pole. India goal-keeper paul revived the home team’s hopes as he stopped the second penalty diving to his left. Sunil Chhetri again gave India the lead by scoring in the third penalty. Again Indian goal-keeper stopped the Syrian penalty to retain the lead. Mehraj missed the penalty would have given India the title. Syria again levelled again by scoring in the fourth penalty. Sukumar Singh again scored to give India the lead.
Feel vindicated to quite an extent since some of us had been discussing in much the same vein at NG . Great analysis.
“Middle India is cock-a-hoop over its surrogate triumph at the Academy Awards. The eight Oscars for Slumdog Millionaire — three of these going to a couple of true blue Indians — for a romanticised Dickensian tale of a vile Fagin, exploited children and an uncaring system comes as the perfect stardust for a country seeking to gloss over the cruel realities of its 21st-century poverty and joblessness, a predicament made worse by the deepening global recession.
Thus, entire front pages have been given over to the delirium of watching the Indian slumdog arrive on the international stage, never mind that the portrayal is as savage as you can get in an oddly prettified plot.
That it hasn’t touched a national raw nerve is because middle class Indians have begun to take such things in their stride; they are no longer affronted by the outside view of the degrading poverty that afflicts the overwhelming majority of their countrymen. Continue reading
An article by Khalid Hassan, USA based Pakistani writer who seems to have successfully shorn off traditional prejudices born from religion and propoganda. Well articulated, heartfelt lament..must read. ‘Thinkers’ on the other side are not lost yet. If bi-lateral relations were to gain any sort of momentum it could only occur with such analytical minds, on both sides, playing a frontal role.
How India Can Close Olympic Gap with China
To match Beijing’s glory, New Delhi is gunning to snag the 2020 Games, but India has a ways to go in infrastructure and athlete training
by Gunjan Bagla
Across Asia, hosting the Olympic Games is treated as a sign that a developing country has arrived. Tokyo became the first Asian city to host the Olympics, in 1964, within two decades of Japan’s defeat in World War II. South Korea announced its economic ascendancy by hosting the Games in Seoul in 1988. Continue reading
Just returned from a trip to Mussoorie and reckoned our NG friends might need a respite from the mind boggling BO figures. A reminder to life beyond movies..quite as exciting and fulfilling and so peaceful, nurturing the inner spirit and reinvigorating our core. Man is part of nature, a component in its completion.. after all. I guess we need to loop it in periodically. Continue reading