first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Walter Mazzarri hit out at Torino ahead of a crunch encounter with Cagliari. “If players aren’t happy, talk to me, but don’t contaminate the group with negativity.” It kicks off at 14.00 GMT, click here for a match preview. The Granata have hit a rough patch after their Europa League playoff defeat to Wolves, losing four of their last six Serie A games, leading to reports the coach could be under pressure. “If we do a series of things and are at the top of our game in terms of physical and mental ferocity, we can put in some excellent performances,” said Mazzarri in his press conference. “That is what we must seek to achieve. The opponent is to be respected, but we need to focus only on ourselves and doing better than in recent games. I pressed my staff so we got to work individually with every player and get them back on top in physical and mental conditioning. We’ve lacked courage and positivity of late, so that’s what I want to see. “We started from scratch this week and I saw improvements in training, but now I have to see them replicated in a match situation. We must overcome this difficult moment, all together.” Yet Mazzarri had some harsh words for certain unnamed players, hinting at a January cull. “Those who don’t play must be professional without contaminating the group with their negativity. Everyone gets along, I see no problems there, but this is the squad right now and in January if someone isn’t happy, we’ll find them a new destination. “The players are paid also to accept the decisions of the coach. Unfortunately, our Europa League elimination caused us to have too many players in the squad for our fixture list. I have two phones, the players can talk to me if they are unhappy, but the important thing is not to contaminate the others. The same goes for you in the media, you have to report what I said here properly. “That also goes for my rapport with President Urbano Cairo, as we speak twice a day. I keep in touch with the man who pays me. He always says: ‘Do what you think is best.’ Players must be looked after, but not coddled, because they are the ones who have to get us out of this situation.” Kevin Bonifazi fractured his hand in training and will not be available for this game, missing out along with Alex Berenguer. Torino squad for Cagliari: Rosati, Sirigu, Ujkani; Aina, Ansaldi, Bonifazi, Bremer, De Silvestri, Djidji, Izzo, Laxalt, Lyanco, Nkoulou; Baselli, Lukic, Meite, Rincon; Belotti, Edera, Falque, Millico, Verdi, Zazalast_img read more

first_imgThe Cricket Board has convened a Special General Meeting (SGM) in Mumbai on July 3 to decide the fate of embattled Lalit Modi amidst speculation that the suspended IPL Commissioner may be expelled from the BCCI.The SGM has been mainly convened to discuss replies of Modi to the three show-cause notices slapped on him by BCCI in the wake of the IPL controversies.”The Board’s SGM has been convened on July 3 in Mumbai to discuss the replies sent by Mr Modi,” BCCI sources said on Saturday.Speculation was rife that a resolution to expel Modi from the BCCI would be moved at the meeting. No Board official was willing to confirm it.As per BCCI’s Memorandum of Rules and Regulations, a three-fourth majority would decide the fate of Modi at the SGM.”The Board shall, at the Special General Meeting specially convened, take appropriate decision by majority of three-fourth members present and voting at the said meetings,” according to the memorandum.If the SGM decides to expel Modi through a three-fourth majority, he will not be entitled to hold any position or office or be admitted in any committee or any member or associate member of the Board.The expulsion, if it takes place, would be for three years at the minimum after which the expelled administrator can be readmitted by the Board at a General Meeting again by the same three-fourth majority present and voting, as per the memorandum.Modi was slapped a show-cause notice and suspended from all positions in the BCCI, including as chairman and commissioner of its sub-committee IPL, on April 25 soon after the conclusion of the final of the Twenty20 league.advertisementModi was accused of financial irregularities in the conduct of the league as well as rigging the bids for franchisees and he responded to the notice with a staggering reply running over 15,000 pages.The Board issued him a second show cause notice — based on an email from England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke — which accused him of trying to destroy the structure of world and Indian cricket on the day he replied to the first and he retorted with a 24-page reply.The third and last notice issued to him related to alleged irregularities in the awarding of theatrical rights and 150-second commercial slot in between balls during the telecast of IPL III matches.He responded to the third show cause notice a few days ago with a 50-page reply with supporting documents.last_img read more

first_imgNewly-married Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is celebrating his 29th birthday on Wednesday, arrived in the city with his wife Sakshi to a rousing reception from enthusiastic fans. Watch video | Read commentsDhoni and Sakshi greeted scores of fans from the balcony of their house here.Dhoni married Sakshi in a low key ceremony in Dehradun on July 5 with only four of his teammates among the exclusive guests.Dhoni’s brother-in-law Goutam Gupta, who had on Monday said they would throw a party at Ranchi very soon, and other friends and relatives were present at the airport amid tight security.Dhoni once again dodged the media when he and his wife boarded a becon-fitted car from the Tarmac and left the airport while cameramen ran from one gate to another.Meanwhile, hundreds of fans and wellwishers, who gathered near Dhoni’s house from morning, cheered and wished him happy birthday when the cricketer and his wife came to the balcony to wave at them. .Fans celebrated Dhoni’s birthday in his home town, cutting cake and dancing to the tunes of the latest bollywood songs.”It is a double treat for us. Dhoni got married four days ago and today being his birthday,” said a fan, Atul while stuffing a piece of cake into a scribe’s mouth.Dhoni surprised his followers by getting married within 24 hours of his engagement to Sakshi Singh Rawat.Meanwhile, Deputy Superintendent of Police Rajiv Ranjan, who supervised the security at the airport, said tight security has been arranged for the couple.advertisement”Security has been deployed in adequate…women police have also been drafted in as part of the security to the couple,” Ranjan told newsmen at the airport.”I don’t know which category he is in now,” the police officer said when asked whether the cricketer was under Z or Z-plus category.Queenstown invites Dhoni, Sakshi for honeymoonDhoni and his wife Sakshi were invited by the Tourism Board of Queenstown to honeymoon in New Zealand’s adventure capital.”We are thrilled to invite Mr and Mrs Dhoni to Queenstown to spend their honeymoon with us. I’m sure this will be the perfect romantic getaway for them,” Chief Executive of Destination Queenstown Tony Everitt said in a statement in New Delhi.Destination Queenstown decided to invite Dhoni following his remarks, during the Indian cricket team’s tour of New Zealand last year, that the country is perfect for a honeymoon.”New Zealand is one of the most beautiful places, where people are friendly and very warm. It’s definitely a place you want to visit once in a lifetime…if not for cricket, then may be a honeymoon. Whatever it is, take some time off and come to New Zealand,” Dhoni had said.Taking a cue from this, Destination Queenstown extended this open invitation to Dhoni and Sakshi to visit them.”M S Dhoni and Sakshi will find that a luxury lodge stay is the ultimate luxury statement in New Zealand. Luxury lodge stays are about experiencing the finest accommodation in the most comfortable, exclusive private surroundings and choosing from a wide range of activities like golf, fishing, sampling exotic wine and lip-smacking cuisines or plain soul searching to snow-capped peaks, jewel-like lakes and lush green forests,” Everitt said.last_img read more

first_imgAfter the Madurai bench of Madras High Court recently gave its green signal to the controversial traditional sport Jallikattu, the first event of bull taming was held in Avaniyapuram village in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai district on Sunday.Another event is planned for Monday in Palamedu.Jallikattu, which is part of the Pongal harvest festival, is a huge draw in rural parts of Tamil Nadu. The event in Avaniyapuram saw hundreds of bull tamers take on 230 bulls. Spectators too thronged the arena to watch the event.The event left more than 20 people injured as the animals tried to gore the tamers on the first day. A few of the injured had to be admitted to a government hospital in Madurai.After the court orders, authorities put in place necessary arrangement to meet any kind of medical emergency.last_img read more

first_imgA week is said to be a long time in politics. But the adage seems to hold true in Indian sports as well.If you thought Indian hockey’s travails had ended and the team would be in the best state of mind in preparation for the London Olympics, you are wrong.A week after Michael Nobbs’s men defeated France 8-1 in the Olympic qualifiers in the Capital and celebrations were short and sweet, comes the bad news that the national camp in Bangalore has not been sanctioned by the sports ministry.It is well known that Hockey India, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the sports ministry had discussed the LTDP (long-term development programme) well before the outcome of the qualifiers was known.However, a whole week after the qualifiers ended, babus in the ministry have been sleeping over the files and not sent a letter to the SAI centre in Bangalore where the camp was to start on March 5.According to highly-places sources, the national camp can be held only in Bangalore at this point of time as other centres are busy hosting the World Series Hockey (WSH).Sports Minister Ajay Maken needs to address this issue at the earliest.Insiders also pointed out that Bangalore has been a traditional centre for the hockey camp as it provides the right ambience and atmosphere for training.An official at SAI centre, Bangalore, said they have not heard from the ministry in this regard.One of the team members was very angry.advertisement”We were told to cut short our trips home and report to Bangalore. However, it is shocking we have been asked to cool our heels as sanction for the camp hasn’t come,” he said.Another player questioned the motives of the ministry.”Has the WSH become so important today that the sports minister Ajay Maken goes there and cheers old players playing in it? Why can’t our camp be cleared? Is that asking for too much?”Apart from training facilities, the SAI hostel also provides boarding and lodging. However, in the absence of a sanctioning letter from the sports ministry, the camp cannot begin as SAI Bangalore will not allow the players to assemble there.Time is precious, said the golden oldies when India qualified. A week is gone and with more holidays coming next week with Holi round the corner, the fear is that time will be wasted and Indian hockey will suffer.The ministry’s inaction is all the more galling as India’s top players have refused to fall for the WSH bait and are not turning out for the various franchises in the league which started just three days after the Olympic qualifier. They have foregone big amounts that they could have earned by playing in the event, organised by the Indian Hockey Federation and Nimbus Sport.The league is not sanctioned by the International Hockey Federation and hence it was strange to see Maken in the stands for a WSH match at the National Stadium.The Sports Minister even lavished praise on the WSH organisers and said it was a novel concept which would benefit both the game and the players.One would have thought that after suffering the heartbreak in Chile (2008) which resulted in India missing out on the Olympics for the first time in 80 years, it was time for all hands at the deck to ensure that Indian hockey moves in the direction of regaining some of its past glory. Nobbs’s team captured the country’s imagination with their attacking display at the qualifier but experts in the game know that there is no time to waste if the team has to prepare itself to take on the big guns in world hockey such as Australia, Germany and the Netherlands.Sandeep Singh may have scored a handful of goals against the likes of France, Poland, Canada and Italy, but the top teams will not be so generous.”We have crossed the first hurdle of qualifying for the London Olympics. Now, we have to prepare hard to make our presence count among the best in the world,” former India captain Zafar Iqbal, who was a member of the gold medal winning team at the 1980 Moscow Games, had said after the win.Former India goalkeeper and now selector AB Subbaiah was also of the view that much hard work remains to be done.”Having qualified for the Olympics, we now need to get ready for the real challenge in London. This team is capable of doing well,” he felt.advertisementHowever, it seems that mandarins in the sports ministry couldn’t care less. Promises of all out support to Indian hockey need to begin with the government. Is someone listening?last_img read more

first_imgHe might have left his Olympic qualification till the last possible moment, but since then, Manavjit Singh Sandhu has not rested on his laurels.The shotgun ace has decided to skip the first World Cup of the year in Tucson, USA, in order to concentrate on training in Italy, ahead of the July-August mega event in London.Sandhu had shot an excellent men’s trap match at the Asian Shooting Championships (ASC) at Doha in January to qualify, despite pressure and adverse conditions.”After the ASC, there were the national championships in India and then the two trials, which were held virtually backto-back. By the end of it all, I had had enough of competing and decided to concentrate on pacing myself and training privately. As far as the participation at the Tucson World Cup is concerned, I realised that the commute to and from there would be a little taxing and I wouldn’t gain much, so I decided to stay back and train in Italy,” Sandhu told Mail Today from Italy.”The Olympics is the ultimate goal, and I need to do some homework for it. Match practice won’t help much when you are this far away from the Olympics. If you see my record, I almost never shoot all the World Cups in a year, because it is difficult to peak again and again and keep your form going.”Sandhu will, however, participate in the combined rifle/pistol/shotgun World Cup in London next month, which will be the first time the Olympicbound athletes get a look at the designated range for the Games. He said his focus over there will be to get a feel of the conditions.advertisement”My target at the London World Cup would be to avoid a bad result, since that affects your confidence a bit. Having said that, you don’t want to shoot your best score at a pre-Olympic event, because it isn’t really required. They are not opening the range for too long, so probably we’ll only get a day’s training and two days’ competition in which to acclimatise to the surroundings and the machines. I will be looking to check whether the range suits my technique or not, in order to make the necessary changes,” the former world champion said.Asked what specific aspects he was concentrating on in training, Sandhu said: “I am working on my technique, because you can never really achieve perfection in that regard. Also, I’m spending some time optimising my stance, and this is the best time to do it so that by the time I get to London, I can be in competition mode, not in the mode for experimentation.”Fitness is also a major focus for me, because I believe there are many aspects that need to be fine-tuned in order to reach the Olympics in good form. Not just physical training, but mental fitness is also most essential in a sport like shooting which is largely in the mind.”Hopefully, I will be able to achieve the goals I’ve set myself and get to London in peak shape.”last_img read more

first_imgIndia’s female discus thrower Seema Antil qualified for the 2012 London Olympics after she achieved the ‘A’ qualifying standard with a throw of 62.60 metres at the University of California (Irvine) Open Championships.According to information received here Sunday, Seema achieved the mark in her first attempt. Seema has been training in California for the last six months with coach Tony Ciarelli.After achieving the qualifying target, Ciarelli didn’t allow Seema to make any more attempts since she achieved the target in her first competition of the season.”I am feeling very good, I feel I could have thrown the discus over 64m today but coach would like me to save those throws for the Olympic Games. I am now looking to keep improving and achieve my target of a medal at the Olympics,” said Seema in a statement.Seema, who is supported by Mittal Champions Trust, also thanked her sponsors.”I am thankful to the Mittal Champions Trust for having faith in me and giving me the opportunity to train with the best coach in the world. It is because of them I have managed to hit a distance of 62m after seven years,” she said.Ciarelli was also happy with Seema’s performance.”I am happy that this (qualification) is over with and we can go into the next phase of our training programme,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Still, this opener was a far cry for the forgettable 129-100 defeat at home to San Antonio in Durant’s Warriors debut a year ago when Golden State came off a record 73-win season and runner-up finish to Cleveland in the 2016 Finals.“I just remember the last game of the season we played,” Durant said of the Game 5 Finals clincher in June.Young found his stroke right away, hitting his first four 3s and five shots overall. It’s exactly what the Warriors want him to do: shoot every time he has a good look. His six 3-pointers set a franchise record for anyone in their Warriors debut and also in a season opener.Durant had one spectacular sequence in the third when he blocked Anderson’s shot on one end then converted a three-point play moments later on the other, slapping hands with a lucky boy fan on the baseline.Houston acquired Paul from the Clippers to give them a 1-2 backcourt punch to try to gain ground on GoldenState in the Western Conference.RING CEREMONYCoach Steve Kerr planned to pay extra attention as veterans Durant, Zaza Pachulia and David West each received a championship ring for the first time in their careers.ADVERTISEMENT Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Cavaliers hold off Celtics in NBA opener MOST READ Rockets: At Kings on Wednesday night in Sacramento’s season opener.Warriors: At New Orleans on Friday to start a three-game road trip.___More AP NBA coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketballSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Houston Rockets’ James Harden, right, drives the ball against Golden State Warriors’ Zaza Pachulia during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, California — Kevin Durant’s baseline jumper swished through the net just barely too late, and the Houston Rockets rallied in the fourth to beat Golden State 122-121 Tuesday on the night the Warriors received their championship rings.The Warriors had one last chance with 10.6 seconds left and Durant came up with the ball after Stephen Curry had missed. Durant and the Warriors thought they’d won and confetti began to fall when the two remaining officials — the third got hurt in the fourth quarter — reviewed the play and said Durant’s shot was after the buzzer.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims “Basketball accomplishments to me now are just what they are,” Durant said after morning shootaround. “I can kind of separate the two now. I feel like it’s more so just cool as hell more than anything. It’s like getting a prize possession that you’re just really excited about versus getting something that’s going to change your life. … I’ll be more so just really giddy and happy more so than emotional. I won’t be a mess.”Pachulia had a new one to share his title with — 5-week-old daughter, Nutsa joined her mom and three older siblings, two brothers and a sister.“I’ve heard some actors, actresses, when they get some kind of award, say without the family. I always think, ‘What exactly my family is doing?’ I feel it now, all the support and help.”Kerr took part in the 2015 ring ceremony, but didn’t coach as he was sidelined the initial 43 games following complications from back surgery.BEAT-UP DUBSKey backup and 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala missed the game with a back strain, while Omri Casspi — who had been questionable with a mild right ankle sprain — appeared in his 500th career game making his debut with the Warriors. He then tweaked the ankle again.Draymond Green exited in the second half with a strained left knee.Iguodala is expected to return for the upcoming road trip.INJURED OFFICIALOfficial Tre Maddox, accompanied by medical personnel, left midway through the fourth quarter after a collision with David West and hard hit to the chest area. That left two officials the rest of the way.UP NEXT Trevor Ariza’s 3-pointer with 2:09 remaining pulled Houston within 119-118 then Patrick McCaw hit a baseline jumper immediately after Golden State’s timeout. James Harden made a layup and PJ Tucker hit two free throws with 44.1 to make it 122-121.Nick Young came off the bench to hit six 3-pointers and score 23 points in a brilliant Warriors debut, Curry scored 22 points and Durant had 20 after a slow start. Klay Thompson added 16 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingChris Paul had four points on 2-for-9 shooting in his Rockets debut, while Harden scored 27 points and Eric Gordon 24 for the Rockets. Houston opened the fourth with a 9-0 run to get back in it.The Warriors found their rhythm early but couldn’t close it out after an abbreviated preseason in terms of practice time given their recent trip to China for a pair of games against Minnesota. View commentslast_img read more

first_img‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MMA fighter after collapse: ‘I died tonight in the cage’ View comments MOST READ The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES “I’m excited because all of us there are Visayans,” Tallo said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Malditas save PH from shutout Mac Tallo was picked 10th by TNT in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMac Tallo will be the first to admit that entering the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft was nothing short of a leap of faith.Coming off a stellar run with Southwestern University in Cebu, the 23-year-old could not sustain his groove when he took his act in the PBA D-League, posting pedestrian numbers in the lone conference he played in with Racal.ADVERTISEMENT But little did he know that his skillset alone will be his ticket on his way to being drafted by TNT as the 10th overall selection.“The risk was worth it,” Tallo shared in Filipino. “I didn’t expect to be picked in the first round. I was just praying that I get drafted. I felt I’ll end up in the second round, but when my name was called, I couldn’t believe it. I’m really happy that I made my dreams come true.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIt may be a shocking pick for many but KaTropa coach Nash Racela said Tallo has always been high on their list as the team looks to reinforce their guard rotation and find another playmaker.“Ever since when we draft, we always look into consideration someone who could back up for Jayson Castro. So the process has been continuous for us,” he said. Racela also joked that the surprise selection did seem like an “unconventional move” for them, taking a swipe at Kia’s unique style.But he made it clear that the TNT brass liked Tallo’s qualities dating back to his days in CESAFI.“People were expecting somebody else, but we saw a lot of potential in him. We followed him since his days in Cebu. We liked his point guard qualities, and I think that’s something that we could develop more when he stays with TNT,” Racela said.Tallo knows the things TNT needs from him, and he’s looking forward to linking up with the team’s veterans, with Castro and Ryan Reyes set to serve his mentors.But more than anything, what the 6-foot guard relishes the most will be his chance to reunite with his fellow Cebuanos Roger Pogoy and Alfrancis Tamsi.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_imgAssam: In Assam, the present rumpus over “foreigners” (India Today, December 1-15) has a long tradition. The Assamese-speaking people of the state – constituting over 60 per cent of the population had never been reconciled to a polyglot society.Violent riots over language erupted in 1960 and also in 1974. The,Assam: In Assam, the present rumpus over “foreigners” (India Today, December 1-15) has a long tradition. The Assamese-speaking people of the state – constituting over 60 per cent of the population had never been reconciled to a polyglot society.Violent riots over language erupted in 1960 and also in 1974. The “foreigner” in Assam has a local habitation and a name: he speaks Bengali, no matter if he comes from Bangladesh or West Bengal. An organisation called Purbanchaliya Loka Parishad now holds the reins of a movement which has claimed 20 lives and uprooted 500 families from their homes.The professed reasons for the Assam movement are only partially true. It is true that slow infiltration from neighbouring Bangladesh has caused a demographic imbalance in Assam, increasing pressure on land and depressing wages. But the deep resentment, including flashes of open hatred, is directed more towards Bengalis of West Bengal origin who actually represent the bulk of linguistic minorities in Assam.The Assamese fear that their jobs,, homes and even culture are somehow threatened by the Bengalis in their midst. ”Outsiders Out’ is splashed in ornate graffiti across public walls in Bengali-dominated areas of Gauhati. However, there are early indications of the anti-Bengali movement attaining a parochial twist.”We have seven stars on our party flag,” says Pabindra Deka, general secretary of the Parishad, “because the seven states and union territories in the north-east are like seven sisters. We must come together and fight for our rights.”Intellectuals in Gauhati, including educationists, now talk of the state having enough natural resources, including oil, coal and tea, to support itself. As its adjunct, a revivalist and militant body, called Lachit Sena has reared its head. Lachit was an Ahom general who routed the Mughal army from Brahmaputra valley.advertisementMeghalaya: Sporting a three-piece suit, and seated in his car, Martin Narayan Majaw said that the tribal people of Meghalaya would not stop their movement until “non-tribals are put to their proper places”. To ram home his point, Majaw, the rapid-speaking, half-Khasi chief of People’s Demands Implementation Committee (Pdic), gesticulated with his hand with telling effect.Armed rebels in a jungle: No return to peaceMajaw, whose Pdic has become very well-known within a short period, wholeheartedly supports the current spate of Khasi “resistance” against “foreigners and assorted outsiders”. Both Majaw, and the fire-eating chief of a faction of All Parties’ Hill Leaders’ Conference (Aphlc), Ripple Kyndia, a violinist-turned-politician, are a little less hypocritical in the sense that they do not say “foreigners” when all they mean is to kick the non-tribals.The 58,213 sq km spread of Meghalaya is already protected under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution, which means that outsiders cannot buy or sell land in the state, nor can they take up permanent residence.But politicians of the tribe of Majaw and Kyndia, like Oliver Twist, ask for more. “Why should the non-tribals barge into our Assembly as members? Why must they harbour political ambitions in this land of ours?” says Majaw. Pressed by Kyndia, the Meghalaya Assembly has taken up for discussion a bill that would even restrict entry of Indian citizens belonging to other states into Meghalaya.Except B.B. Lyngdoh, the conscientious 60-year-old chief minister who rules Meghalaya by a precarious majority (34 in a House of 60), no other political leader seemed worried about the wave of violent incidents in Shillong. Over 200 families have now taken shelter in refugee camps.Nagaland: Four years have gone by, and yet the Shillong Accord of 1975 between the Union Government and representatives of the Naga underground has not been fulfilled in its totality. The snag is in the third and final clause of the accord, which states that other issues related to a lasting peace in Nagaland would be formulated by the underground.The two earlier clauses, calling for acceptance of the Indian Constitution and surrender of arms, have been partially met. Arms have reluctantly been dumped on the Indian side of the Naga Hills but their extent is negligible compared to the huge caches of arms hoarded by the more refractory elements camping across the international border in thinly-policed Burmese territory.It is now becoming increasingly clear that those who had led the peace talks in 1975 lacked the proper mandate from the underground set-up whose key is still firmly held by Phizo, now an expatriate living outside London. Phizo is in no hurry to accept the Indian Constitution and, therefore, there is hardly any chance of the “other issues” ever being formulated.While the deadlock continues, there are disturbing reports of radical changes in the underground set-up. Of the one million Nagas, nearly 100,000 stay in Burma. The Burmese Nagas have suddenly surfaced in the leadership, overwhelming their comrades from the Indian Naga Hills.advertisementThe Burmese Nagas are far worse off than their Indian brothers. They are believed to be trying to inject into the Naga movement a demand for a “greater Nagaland” comprising adjoining Naga areas in Manipur, Nagaland, and Burma. “It may give rise to a knotty problem,” observed L.P. Singh, the Governor of Nagaland, “because we can’t perhaps talk peace with Burmese citizens in that way.”Manipur: Imphal, the quiet capital of Manipur where peace-loving Vaishnavas throng the streets, is currently the focal point of violence in north-east India. The most strident of the separatist movements of the region is led by the Meiteis of Manipur, or the tribal plainsmen who represent two-thirds of the state’s 1.3 million population.The Meiteis’ is an archetypal, China-inspired movement borrowing the jaded phraseology of Cultural Revolution. The elusive leader of the movement is Bisheswar Singh, 40, who had led a gang to Tibet in 1976 to receive arms and training. Singh returned to India last year, defeated moderate-liners in the movement, and launched a pocket-size “People’s Liberation Army”.The Meiteis certainly deserve a better deal. Though accounting for two-thirds of the state’s population, they are huddled in just two of the six districts. They are discriminated against in jobs in a situation of mounting unemployment. And Manipur was unfortunate to have had an extremely corrupt state administration.The Manipur state Cabinet, headed by Yangmasho Shaiza, a Naga, was dissolved last month and fresh elections were ordered. But will a set of new-look leaders, more democratic and less corrupt than their predecessors, be able to defuse secessionism?Mizoram and Tripura: Peace has not been restored in the hilly, 20,979 sq km union territory of Mizoram even though in July the Centre banned the underground Mizo organisation – Mizo National Front – and arrested Laldenga, its president. Aizawl, the capital, is still a disturbed town with a war-torn look. The flourishing bazar of smuggled foreign goods in Aizawl is now in a shambles. Curfew is still in force.The ruling People’s Conference thinks that peace talks between the Centre and the Mizo National Front, chilled since 1978, can resume even without Laldenga. But the Centre is not sure. Nor is it sure of Laldenga’s intentions.While the talks are held in limbo, the Mizo insurgents, camping in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, are forging links with the disaffected tribesmen of Tripura. A section of the 600,000 Tripura tribals, led by their mercurial leader, B.K. Rankhal, is now carrying on a crusade against the 1.2 million non-tribals of Tripura, mostly Bengali settlers from erstwhile East Pakistan, who dominate the state’s political and economic life.The Marxist Government of Tripura has taken several measures to defuse the tribal anger. By a recent legislation, the Tripura Autonomous District Council Act, it has made tribal land inalienable and has given wide power of self-government to them, But the tribals are not happy.advertisementArunachal Pradesh: This Union territory, which straddles over northeast India covering an area of 81,424 sq km, has fortunately eluded the contagion of rebellion so far. It has an unstable polity, 25 per cent of its legislators having defected thrice between September and November. But its half-a-million people have never taken to arms. “Praise Him for such small mercy!” exclaimed an Indian Army official.last_img read more