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Bangladesh withstood the storm, However, While stating All India Democratic Women’s Association statement, The comparison with Trump certainly reflects they are in awe of the Indian captain.” Sheetal Jain who has battled poverty and sexual abuse to learn drumming.we will have to await clearances as the police station may be in the flight path, said Javed For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsGeneva Switzerland:Fifa’s new chief Gianni Infantino accused "enemies" on Sunday of trying to paint him as greedy and voiced surprise at revelations that his disgraced predecessor and his deputies awarded themselves millions in dubious bonuses "My enemies want to make me out to be greedy That is stupid" Infantino told the Le Matin Dimanche weekly referring to reports that he has clinched an annual salary of two million Swiss francs ($2 million 18 million euros) "I never stole anything Everything I have earned in my life I have worked for" he said He said the contract was still being negotiated and that once signed "I will gladly show all the details and you will see that the amount is not as high as the 20 million francs mentioned in the media" Gianni Infantion AFP Infantino who took the helm of the scandal-plagued body in February vowing to lead world football into a new era of "transparency" and "honesty" also addressed claims by Germany’s Die Welt newspaper Friday that he had improperly ordered the destruction of the minutes of a Fifa executive committee meeting held at last month’s congress in Mexico City in which his salary was discussed The paper alleged Fifa’s independent ethics committee was looking at the issue and could impose a 90-day ban on the new president if the allegation was confirmed but the ethics committee denied that any investigation was ongoing "If there is a destruction operation underway it is targeted against me" Infantinosaid in Sunday’s interview He explained that an illegal copy had been made of the "strategic confidential meeting" and it was this copy he had asked to be destroyed "The original is in good hands and is at the disposal of the competent authorities" he said Infantino also said Fifa investigation findings that former chief Sepp Blatter his number two Jerome Valcke and finance director Markus Kattner plotted "to enrich themselves" and had awarded themselves bonuses and contracts worth $80 million (71 million euros) in the past five years alone were "surprising to say the least" "We have ordered a serious and complete audit" he said adding he expected the results to be released "soon" He would not comment on whether a search carried out by Swiss authorities at the Fifa headquarters on Thursday was linked to the Fifa investigation findings beyond stressing that "it was not my office or that of the new Secretary General that was searched but Kattner’s office" Kattner was sacked on 23 May after Fifa started looking into millions of dollars of payments that the finance director and acting general secretary after Valcke was dismissed last year awarded himself Blatter is already serving a six-year suspension from football over a two million Swiss franc ($2 million 18 million euros) payment to former Fifa vice president Michel Platini Islamabad: Pakistan faced calls for a total overhaul on Monday after slumping to a "shameful defeat" against arch-rivals India at the Champions Trophy in England The highly anticipated match at Edgbaston proved anti-climactic as Pakistan were thrashed by 124 runs extending their winless streak against India to three years While Indian media rejoiced in the "Mother of all Mismatches" Pakistan newspapers held nothing back in their criticism "Pakistan suffers shameful defeat at the hands of India in Champions Trophy Green Shirts fail in every department" said Jang Pakistan’s highest-circulation newspaper Pakistan were beaten comprehensively by their arch-rival India Former captain Shahid Afridi was among several ex-players to call for a major shake-up in the wake of the humiliating defeat "The gap between Indian and Pakistani teams is bigger than ever India has evolved & we are way behind now" he said on his Twitter account "We need to overhaul approach mindset & work on improving our stagnating skills and play with clear minds" Hundreds of millions of fans in the cricket-mad neighbouring countries tuned in to watch Sunday’s game India’s top four batsmen all scored half-centuries — including captain Virat Kohli’s 81 — before Pakistan chasing a rain-revised target of 289 in 41 overs stumbled to 164 in 334 overs India have never lost to Pakistan in 11 World Cup and World Twenty20 meetings over the years They have not succumbed since the Asia Cup in March 2014 The Indian Express called the triumph the "Mother of all Mismatches" while The Times of India said it was an "Opening Statement" by the reigning title-holders The Hindu headlined with "India knocks the stuffing out of Pakistan" and said the recent cricketing rivalry between the two neighbours was "anything but competitive" "India’s batsmen pounded Pakistan into the ground" The Hindu article said Cricket writer Osman Samiuddin slammed Pakistan’s demoralising loss suggesting they were not up to the challenge "India arguably didn’t get out of 3rd gear and still never looked like doing anything other than winning v v comfortably" he wrote on Twitter New Delhi: Changes in the food provided on board its aircraft will help Air India save Rs 20 crore annually the government said on Tuesday Air India had in July decided not to provide non-vegetarian meals to economy class passengers on domestic routes in a move to reduce expenses Representational image PTI "This was started to save costs reduce wastage improve service and also to avoid any chances of mix-up of meals" Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha The airline is expected to save Rs 8-10 crore due to this move he added According to the minister there have been other cost cutting measures too such as meal schedule rationalisation of dry stores and ancillary items Altogether the airline is expected to save Rs 20 crore because of changes made to its catering policy Air India CMD Ashwini Lohani had told PTI that the national carrier is likely to take more such measures in order to rationalise costs Last year Air India replaced veg and non-veg sandwiches with veg hot meals on flights of up to 90 minutes duration It had also decided to strike off both tea and coffee from its lunch and dinner menu The national carrier however has a different strategy for its international flights after it was told by the civil aviation ministry "spend more to fill the aircraft" The airline plans to offer a variety of wines mocktails and regional cuisine There are also plans to offer passengers food of their choice which will be collected from them days ahead of their flight Air India is reeling under a debt of Rs 4887681 crore and the government has in-principle given approval for disinvesting its stakes in the airline and has constituted a group of ministers to look into the modalities Editor’s note: After TM Krishna’s comments with respect to MS Subbulakshmi recently triggered a debate (Krishna had said that MS distanced herself from her devadasi roots and ‘Brahminised’ herself to gain greater acceptance) noted danseuse Nrithya Pilla wrote a columnfor a news portal thatput the spotlight on an overlookedissue — the contribution of the devadasi community to the cultural heritage of India especially the dance-music space Pillaireceived a range of reactions to her thinkpiece including some ‘privileged’ voices that wished to negate the socio-political struggles of the community This is her response Is the Carnatic music and Bharatanatyam kutcheri space an inclusive one Yes we could say so The dance-music scene hosts a vast array of artistes hailing from diverse backgrounds There are for instance a plethora of artistes from foreign lands driven by their passion for “Indian Culture” I know quite a few of them by name Then there are the numerous NRIs and their children who probably want to be an integral part of the fabric of the fabled “Indian Culture” I wouldn’t be wrong in saying that they’re given a red carpet welcome thanks to the dollars the sabhas can then rake in — both through rasikas and artistes who can make handsome donations Many of these artistes quickly establish a rapport (with the people who matter) networking with efficacy to work their way up the hierarchy performing at sabhas of repute within a short span of time Then there are the occasional artistes from other religious backgrounds (the Carnatic world is an all-Hindu domain made up of silk saris pattu veshtis jubbas jasmine flowers — not to forget gold and glittering diamonds) We have embarked on a very liberal phase where one’s sexuality and gender doesn’t matter as much as it used to as in the days gone by We have transgender dancers some of whom have received wondrous acclaim and wide appreciation We have scores of gay men dancing — sometimes sexuality is not a matter that one proclaims but no one is ever questioned or badgered about it Men are as much a part of the art of Bharatanatyam once an exclusive female domain Danseuse Nrithya Pillai Photo courtesy Facebook/@lwsmoments There are these unspoken rules where one’s private life is not scrutinised nor is the nitty-gritty of one’s consensual affairs inquired into Chatter may make its way around the famed canteens of the sabhas but it doesn’t affect one’s life as an artiste nor does it serve as an impediment to success Amid this permissiveness — why are there no (or very few) hereditary artistes from the devadasi and nattuvanar parampara This was a question I raised through an article I wrote for an online news portal after the heated debates on news and social media over the legendary singer MS Subbulakshmi (and whether or not she had ‘Brahminised’ herself as vocalist TM Krishna said at a recent event) My column was appreciated by many — I was told that someone from my community was standing up for themselves for the first time probably after the doyen Balamma Amid this dialogue the devadasi culture came under the spotlight once again after several decades (From the response to my piece) I came to the conclusion that the devadasis and isaivellalars are spoken about with great reverence for being “custodians of art” who imparted their knowledge to whomsoever came seeking it; the latter now hold the same art as their fiefdom Today the devadasis and isaivellalars are spoken about as though they are a species on the brink of extinction or found at exotic zoos They are quoted as having said this or that in the distant past and are fabled as having possessed great zeal and knowledge of the art Their art was and still is good enough; that everyone wants a part of those rare javalis and varnams of the Quartet especially in recent times is proof enough Some want to squat in erotic positions and do ashtapadis padams and javalis in gay abandon in the second half of the margam they present The avid sabha-goer of course appreciates all the srungaram-laden seduction Let’s not forget the fashionable costumes — no davani costumes for the dancers these days; being sexy and sensuous is very cool I believe the hereditary dancers were indeed judged too harshly Coming to this community of dancers and musicians and their great feats in the arts — Did you know Balamma was the only dancer who charged the Madras Music Academy to perform in a kutcheri there Did you know Padma Shri Vazhuvoor Ramiah Pillai was the first to include Bharathiar songs in the Bharatanatyam repertoire when the freedom struggle was at its zenith Did you know that the nattuvanars could sing do the nattuvangam (play the cymbals and recite jathis) sometimes even play the mrudhangam — besides being adept at choreography and creating new dance compositions Such trivia might lead us to think that their progeny could not be anything but good at the arts Luckily for the periyamelam artistes their art is predominantly dominated by their own clan even though there is such a lack of remuneration and want of opportunities They go as asthana vidwans to temples far and near they play the occasional sabha kutcheris and they are often heard (or not amid all the din) at marriage halls These are some of the responses I received after my article raised some important questions These were the questions: Why is it that we have only a handful of artistes especially in the dance-music scenario from these hereditary families And if there are a few why do they not get recognition or opportunities like their counterparts from other backgrounds I also happened to question the way social reforms were conducted further victimising and alienating the women who were already victims of transitional patriarchy of powerful and wealthy men I also asked as to what was the need for them to stop the dancing and the music the community was famed for when stopping the men from their polygamous and amorous relationships could have sufficed These again were some of the responses I received I believe they came from voices of privilege and not just from Brahmins: “Some want us to believe that the community doesn’t want to dance and sing so they have vanished from the scene or better still been vanquished” These kind of retorts wanted to completely not address the case of the isaivellalars and also want us to believe that the dance-music world has no problems with the hereditary artistes; that all is well Some said we (the community) were given the benefit of MBC (Most Backward Class) reservation we resorted to other livelihoods and are now well-heeled and highly educated holding various good offices Some even went so far as quoting the example of a big family that is part of Tamil Nadu politics (who are isaivellalars) Perhaps they felt as though the social injustice meted out to a community was justified by the community’s present day socio-economic status Can there be a comparison between a disenfranchised community with a great art form and one that had to start afresh giving up on the arts and becoming an emergent community with book-taught education and no art to call its own Another common retort was “talent will be recognised no matter what” and that if indeed artistes from the hereditary community in the present had the same kind of “vidwat” they would be recognised and respected I cannot but agree if you asked me whether they were taking a dig at the “talent” and “knowledge” of hereditary artistes There is one ‘favourite’ retort I got that I’d like to mention: A few commentators actually made it look as though I actually subscribed to the ‘dasi culture’ — that I wanted to go back in time and get back to how things were I would like to say that this idea of the culture is itself misconstrued and severely twisted I was told that dasi culture will (and had) lead to sexual exploitation hence it was done away with This is exactly the kind of morally sermonising approach that puts an entire community down and keep us locked up within — where we have been locked for decades The isaivellalars have been in denial about belonging to the exotic zoos that the sabha elites put us in Thanks to the treatment meted out and the frequent moral shaming so many (of us) want no part of belonging to the community There is no pride about who and what they are there is such fear about the arts… a sense of shame and a dire need to hide one’s history ancestry And now I come to the so-called ‘million dollar’ question that I needed to ask the question that has led me into keying this entire article out: Is there no sexual exploitation in the arts now that the community has been put away What was the mysterious case that led to the resignation of the secretary of one of Chennai’s most powerful dance and music organisations How do most of the awards and opportunities work Leave alone the exploitation of the powerless what about the consensual barter and exchange of favours that is very rampant in the spheres of dance and music Most importantly why are these matters never ever discussed Is everything run fair and square If not how about we bring about some legislation to cure the situation — prohibit the present custodians to stop performing art I am sure even the mere suggestion of it makes me seem like a fool But then the Devadasi Act has never been repealed and it is still a criminal offence to dance and sing within a temple precinct I wish to bring this to the notice of every dancer and musician there is I also believe the right steps and measures haven’t been taken even after very relevant questions have been raised ever so often I only observe more browbeating and beating around the bush more talk about communal pride and that I think is because most artistes seem to be in their comfort zones with those who are at the helm of affairs in the world of the arts They get their opportunities and their recognition why even bother about it then Incidentally around the same time Kalakshetra was ‘sanitising’ Bharatanatyam — much to Padma Vibhushan T Balasaraswati’s distress — there was a group of eminent personalities signing the first charter of the Madras Music Academy It included a resolution to have the devadasis and hereditary dancing women perform at the Music Academy which went against the grain of the very act that abolished the devadasi system We need to ponder and reflect as to whether we have moved forward or partially backward after the very progressive first charter of the Madras Music Academy And as an educated liberated and well-read woman — who incidentally happens to be from the isaivellalar community my motive is to remove at least some of the whitewash in our history and have more fitting responses and exposes in the near future Nrithya Pillai is a dancer from the isaivellalar community and has many ancestors among the greats of dance and music Incidentally her great-grandfather Vazhuvoor Natarajasundaram Pillai (from the Vazhuvoor lineage) was an accomplished accompanying mrudhangam vidwan to MS Subbulakshmi prior to the (now much debated) metamorphosis that marriage to a Brahmin brought about in her life Sometimes we have to read not the words of powerful people and institutions but the silences Or we have to interpret the gentle hints that are dropped amid the more noticed words and explanations The decision of global credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s this month has plenty that requires reading between the lines S&P dashed hopes for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s NDA government last week when it stuck to the current sovereign rating for India at BBB (-) with a stable outlook (the lowest investment grade) eliciting a reaction from the government that the agency was unfair in its assessment Economic affairs secretary called for "introspection" among the ratings agencies Reuters Is politics a hidden factor in the assessment It seems so First the government’s upset mood is understandable Modi can claim reasonably that his NDA government ended the so-called "policy paralysis" seen during the UPA’s rule with a slew of measures on everything from coal and spectrum to ease of doing business and then ushering in the goods and services tax (GST) In fact the government expects to close the current fiscal year ending next 31 March wih a respectably low fiscal deficit of 35percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) Inflation is also close to target levels of 5 percent for the year-end So we should not be surprised that the government is surprised in a negative way Now also consider that there were two other surprises in the S&P statement First that there will be no review of the rating for another two years and secondly that low per-capita income is a concern for the agency We need to take both into consideration as we try to read between the lines The agency welcomed the policy stability and improved monetary credibility (which must be a tribute to the discipline enforced by the recently exited RBI governor Raghuram Rajan and a new monetary policy committee) but also spoke of "weak public finances" apart from the low per-capita income A pile-up of bad loans among public sector banks remains a big concern as it needs government money to clean up balance sheets Low per-capita income may be seen as indicator that the aggregate demand in the economy may not be strong enough to sustain growth and therefore tax revenues and hence the underpinnings are weak Or worse still that low income means a potential political problem because this may give rise to social unrest Officially rating agencies like S&P do not talk much of politics — or are not supposed to — but politics is always there in the backroom conversations The important point to remember is that two years down the line when S&P revisits its rating for India we will be only a year or perhaps just a few months away from the next general election I would say that at that point S&P may point to the political atmosphere and buy itself more time The economy is eventually not just about economics but also politics However months before the last election S&P had in September 2014 upgraded India’s rating to ‘stable’ from ‘negative’ We can hope that if the political atmosphere is not too charged S&P may look more at the economic numbers than hidden political factors But do consider the fact that S&P spoke about "strong democratic institutions and a free press" among positive factors on its mind in discussing IndiaIf one were to extrapolate the same issues over a longer period say the two years that S&P speaks of there may be signals to be read S&P’s words indicate that rule of law is not simply the exercise of power by the government to frame policies that are good for the economy but other factors that show a larger deeper social and political stability in an atmosphere in which courts media and civil society function normally Recent actions such as a disciplining of either media entities or non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are bound to be watched keenly by international ratings agencies Sovereign ratings are ultimately not about rating a government but a nation as a whole and the economy at a deeper level This implies some sort of stability that goes beyond a stable government What ratings agencies such as S&P and Moody’s say about factors beyond the economic numbers needs to be keenly watched Lucknow: In music to ruling Samajwadi Party’s ears a Congress member in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly on Thursday charged suspended IPS officer Amitabh Thakur with raising finger at the state legislature and violating service rules Amitabh Thakur PTI Raising the issue Anugrah Narain Singh said the officer and his family members have been continuously filing PILs since the past several years against the government "This official not only extended financial help to the accused in the murder of an advocate in Allahabad on March 17 2015 but also made an appeal to others to do the same through social media" Singh said adding that Thakur also launched a campaign giving statements in newspapers and media against the government His behaviour is violative of certain sections of the All India Service Conduct Rules 1968 and also comes under the ambit of Police Incitements to Dissatisfaction Act 1992 the Congress member said "He (Thakur) has filed around 20 PILs in the recent past in which he has personally appeared in the court without permission from the authorities" he said adding Allahabad High Court has also taken a stern view of this in its judgement in one of the cases on 4 April 2014 "Despite the clear orders of the High Court neither the state government nor the central government took any action because of which administrative anarchy reached to the level when phone calls of senior leaders were taped in violation of the Indian Telegraph Act" he said in an apparent reference to taping of the phone call of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav The state government had suspended Thakur on 13 July hours after he approached the Union Home Ministry seeking a CBI probe into the rape case slapped against him At that time Thakur was posted as IG (Civil Defence) He was served a 200-page charge sheet and a vigilance inquiry was also initiated against him PTI

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