Pakistan vs Bangladesh – Match Commentary

I was looking into some old tweets and stumbled upon a bunch of tweets – these tweets present a running commentary of Pakistan vs Bangladesh till Pakistan is out of the World Cup.
Let’s do one thing. Let’s give an over by over update over how many overs left and how much they should score. @peaceforchange, @ImranKhanPTI and @SarfarazA_54 are a bit poor in numbers; we will help them, may be?
251 runs target in 30 overs. Beggars are trying hard.
Haar Gaya, anyways, they have this scoreboard to add to their history textbooks. Only fear is, seven years after 1992 Kargil came and 26 years after, Imm became Prime Minister.

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22 overs 207 runs to have hope, 307 to enter semis.
Will Pakistan celebrate #GhafoorDay today or will it mourn it?
17 overs 163 runs to have hope, 263 to have a chance. Babar left us. Will Hafiz(not Hafiz Saeed or Hafiz the IMF Finance Minister) pick the challenge?
15 overs 153 runs to have hope, 253 to have a chance.
Are apna Abdur bhaag gaya tha kya?
TV ke liye paise nahi, phone tod diya hoga.
TV/phone chhodo..data packs kitne mehenge hai.
Actually, that’s one reason Ghafoor’s Army attrition increased massively. Too much desertions.
13 overs 141 runs to have hope, 241 to have a chance. Looks like Hafiz is trying to achieve the target through singles. He has one option, but there are no trees to help him.

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10 overs 120 runs to have hope, 220 to have a chance. @ImamUlHaq12 still running hard for his century. By the way, what does 12 signify? Was it his age when his uncle said “Boys Played Well” for the first time?
8 overs 104 runs to have hope, 204 to have a chance. Imad finally completed his century after running hard. Hafeez stopped running and is hitting boundaries. And Imad decided to stop running and follow Hafeez. Didn’t work well for him and is out – hit wicket. Karma catches up. Hafeez was supposed to score runs running. And he is out for 27.
Actually, the reason seems different. They want Sarfaraz to live up to his words – Pakistan will score a minimum of 500 runs in this match. You still have sufficient balls to hit every ball for a six and achieve the target.
Ignoring this over, five sixes and a single in the last ball by Sarfaraz will take Pakistan to 412. So, there is still chance.
Another proud Pakistani supporter Xerxes cheering for them. He will be heartbroken if Sarfaraz doesn’t live up to his words.
“Pak requires 250 runs in 6 overs to reach 500…just 42 .5 Runs per Over…come on Pak”
Xerxes, Pakistan has five overs to score 233 runs. What’s your take on this? Is it achievable?
Huge blow for Pakistan. Sarfaraz is out. Isn’t he reminding us of Inzy from the days of his laziness on field? Will they reach 316 now, forget 350 or 450?
Two overs 21 runs needed for the Pakistanis to at least have a reason to come and bowl. They still seem to be in a position to reach 316. What if they get all out at 315?
And a heartbroken Pakistani. Let’s hope the Pakistani batsmen will give him some solace.

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And, as predicted, the Bangladeshis have restricted Pakistan to 315. How sadistic 😂😂😂 The real question now is, will Pakistan come now to bowl or will it go to Ilford to have one last good meal.
Update:
There is a confusion. Is it 316 or 308? They need to bowl out Bangladesh on 7. Need a margin of 308.

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Didn’t you see the Maulana who came to do jadu mantar? Let’s see whether he is a Maulana or a fake Maulana.

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Bangladesh comes to bat.
Scores Level.
Dropped.
Match over. Time for Pakistanis to break their televisions and rest of the world to enjoy the match. By the way, is it a coincidence that Bangladesh wore Bhagwa today?

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Further Updates:
Heard that @TheRealPCB ordered burqas and they didn’t find one for the Maulana who tried to use his Jadu Mantar but failed. Let’s hope the team reaches Pakistan safely. After all, as Inzy used to say, “Boys Played Well!!”

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Translatability of Gods – If it doesn’t exist?

A simple Venn Diagram.

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A ∩ B exists only when there is something common between the both. Building upon Assmann, who says two of the major advantages of ancient polytheistic religions were religious tolerance and international law, this intersection exists there because though everyone has got their own religions, there is an equivalent god for every thing. When an Egyptian takes an oath on Amun-Ra, a Babylon takes his oath on El. That translatability of religion ensured that at least on the religious plane, fights were not that great and in return, religion helped in ironing out the differences – a peace pact is signed, one takes oath on Amun-Ra and the other on Zeus or El, they won’t break the oath.
Enter Judaism as a spin off of the Aten Cult. Judaism is the first religious cult which violated that principle of translatability. After all, Yehovah is the greatest and had no equal. How can a Jew consider any other god as an equal to him? This irascible attitude was more pronounced when Judaism transmorphed into it’s more powerful brethren – Christianity and Islam. A civil dispute can be sorted out somehow. But, if it is a clash of religion? There is no middle ground whatsoever. It’s an end to the fight. What better examples can we have than the Crusades in Baltic and Russia or the Islamic advances into Persia? Or the current situation in India where religion becomes more important than the law of the land?
Meaning, when there is a debate over ascendancy of a god, a non-Abrahamic may yield an inch. But an Abrahamic? It is going to be a wave after a wave till the non-Abrahamic is destroyed. Again, that’s not the end of the story. If two Abrahamic subsects clash with each other? Is Allah superior or Yehovah superior? May be, because a non-Abrahamic is a bigger threat, the Abrahamics close ranks as children of the book. But when he doesn’t exist? It’s Yehovah vs Allah.
The sad reality is, we are seeing this all over the world – either Allah vs Yehovah or Allah+Yehovah vs someone else. And the fight is going to be eternal.

The New India – Deliberate Provocation or Government Inaction?

The ecosystem believed BJP is a passing phase. So, it was silent for the first five years. But, by winning with an even bigger mandate, BJP clearly asserted it’s here to stay. What will the reaction be, if you are seeing your world slipping beneath your feet? After it became clear that BJP is coming back to power, there is a sudden rise of communal violence in India. The pattern is simple. Provoke, invite a reaction, use counter-force to crush them. If you are not able to, cry victim. Let me take two examples.
Jharkhand. It was forest land onto which the Muslims encroached upon. They were attacked by the tribals which resulted in some fatalities. What’s the situation now? The tribals who attacked are arrested. How did the media respond? Outrage on attacking the Muslims.
Delhi. A few ruffians were asked not to drink. They went back and brought back a mob which destroyed the local temple. How did this become a religious issue? Or is it a new trend? How did the media respond to this? Deafening silence. And what happened there? The local Muslim community offered to reconstruct the temple.
Looking at this, there are three different ways in which things are happening –
1. Attack and subdue
2. Provoke, invite a reaction, cry victim
3. Provoke, invite a reaction, use devastating force to counter it
Why is this becoming brazenly open and more violent? It’s the usual four major things – provocation, inaction, publicity and support.
It is an undeniable fact that the government broke the back of illegal funding and tried to contain demographic invasions – especially in Kashmir, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The repercussions are felt elsewhere – repeated provocations and government inaction in handling high visibility crime. With a media ready to bury all the crime and the political ecosystem looking at it as a unified vote bank, we are in a situation where there is deliberate provocation on one side and whitewashing on the other side.
The more dangerous aspect of the game is not law and order breakdown but whitewashing of crimes of certain communities and demonizing some other, leading to a slow and steady poisoning of communal harmony. A crime is to be looked from the angle of the crime. Why are we looking at it from the religion of the criminal? The recent Jharkhand lynching. Why did the media call him a Muslim and not a thief? Same thing from Rajasthan. Is he a Muslim first or is he a repeated cow-thief first? We are seeing a repeated trend here – if the culprit is a Muslim or a christian, stay silent. Even if staying silent is not sufficient, project it as a secular crime – Someone did Something – no religion, no magnitude of the crime whatsoever. But, if a Hindu does something, make a hue and cry all over the world. Isn’t it a fact that India was established as the rape capital of the world with faulty data? Isn’t it a fact that India is projected as a country where minorities are not safe? Isn’t it a fact that Pakistan used Indian media reports to support it’s stand at ICJ? Isn’t it a fact that this selective reporting is polarizing the society even further? Who benefits by this?
Indian Govt is stuck in such sort of a situation where inaction invites the ire of it’s supporters and action invites the ire of the world. And who are these cheerleaders who project India in the bad light? Not foreigners, but Indian media and intelligentsia. And that means the government can’t go all guns blazing into a fight. It needs to plan it’s act properly and it should also note the patience of it’s supporters is also not eternal.
Shivaji’s dealing with Afzal Khan gives us a good lesson to us here. Afzal Khan, a very good commander was sent with one of the finest armies Bijapur can field to tackle Shivaji. Shivaji understood he can’t fight Afzal Khan and retreated into the hills. To entice Shivaji, Afzal Khan desecrated the temple of Goddess Tulja Bhavani. Shivaji didn’t act. People goaded him, people cursed him, he didn’t act. Afzal Khan continued his destruction till he reached Pratapgad where he called for a meeting with Shivaji. In a game of mutual subfertege, Afzal Khan was killed and his army was destroyed – the story is well known. It is said that Shivaji buried Afzal Khan’s head at the feet of Goddess Tulja Bhavani, thus avenging the desecration. Whatever the truth in it, the message to be conveyed is that how much people insulted him, Shivaji never forgot the insult and waited for the right time.
With a government biding for it’s time amidst repeated provocations, there is only a little the supporters of the government can do – demonization of the support ecosystem which is presenting this warped narrative.
1. Create a ranking scale for everything which calls itself a news outlet with scoring at article level for reliability, anti-Indian bias, narrative of appeasement, readability, importance of the news article – aggregated at the news outlet and journalist level.
2. Question the intellectual capabilities of their giants. Irfan Habib presents an interesting case – the stature he had, twitter demolished it by revealing his bias. Audrey Truschke, Devdutt Patnaik and many were demolished thus. What is needed is more publicity on their mistakes and biases.
3. Frequent seminars and other gatherings just to demonize those supporting the narrative/gatecrash their seminars to raise unpalatable questions.
4. Unbiased reporting calling a spade a spade. This has started only in the last two-three years and there is much scope for this to expand.
The fight here is between upholding the idea of India on one side and vested interests – angry over lost funding, conversion ecosystem and political opposition, that too, at the expense of India. It’s time for us to pick our sides wisely.

Keezhadi – Is there a controversy, first of all?

I was looking into Keezhadi excavations and it looks as if the whole controversy created around it is just a controversy and nothing more. A quick reading tells that this is presented as a Brahminical conspiracy to suppress the glorious Tamil civilization and a whole narrative is built around it. First of all, a few important finds regarding Keezhadi
1. An advanced city dating to around 300 BC is unearthed at Keezhadi, raising the speculation that this is the Pandyan capital city. The finding of artifacts with Tamil Brahmi script on them further confirms the date as to be between 300 BC and 100 BC.
2. Idols are not found. That is contused by the Tamil lobby as that of something very different from Brahminic Aryan religions. However, the important point to note here is, idols of prayer that old are rare to find anywhere in India.
3. The argument that Tamil Civilization is as advanced as SSC/IVC and hence the Brahminic lobby doesn’t want the data to be revealed – SSC/IVC is not the only civilization in India. There are many contemporareous ones in India – Kashmir Valley, Painted Greyware in Ganga Belt, Ahir Culture in Rajasthan, Narmada Valley Civilization and others. Instead of seeing two civilizations separated by 2000 km, we are seeing urban/rural/pastoral agglomerations everywhere. How exactly is finding a fully developed city somewhere in Tamil Nadu harm the interests of someone? The only someones whose interests are harmed are the Leftist lobby of Romila Thapar, Irfan Habib and the others whose careers depend on the legitimacy of Aryan Invasion Theory.
“The Hindu extremists currently in power portray India as the land of Vedas and Vedic culture as the Indian culture, shoving their Aryan brahmanical culture upon the people. But, prior to the Aryans there were Dravidians, who were more advanced as a society, in arts, literature and culture, living in this land. This is already well established from the linguistic research by Caldwell and others, from the Sangam literature and from Indus valley excavations.
Recently the ongoing excavations at Keezhadi has also given us proof for this statement, by confirming the existence of a pre-vedic urban civilization in Tamil Nadu as described in the Sangam literature. Trying to suppress this important finding which goes against the false stories spun by Hindu fundamentalists, the central government run by the RSS-BJP had tried to block this excavation. After this skulduggery by the central government was condemned by intellectuals, political parties, democratic forces and many others in Tamil Nadu, the centre backtracked saying that the excavation in Keezhadi will continue.”
All the court cases and everything is just publicity tomtoming BJP-RSS(not India) doesn’t want the glory of Tamil Civilization to be noticed by the world.
And here comes the ringleader in person.
“In the Indian History Congreess held last December at Thiruvananthapuram, a resolution was passed that the excavation at Keezhadi should continue. The renowned historian Romila Thapar who presided over that session has said that Keezhadi is a very important discovery in Tamil Nadu and that this excavation calls for a rewriting of Tamil Nadu’s history.”
And rhetoric with no proof.
“It is to be noted that none of the artefacts found at Keezhadi till now has any religious connection. The ancient Tamil culture was based on ancestor worship and Nadukal (hero stone) worship and religions were only a later phenomenon.” The earliest Hero Stone found is actually no older than 500-600 AD and is NOT a Tamil tradition. The earliest are seen in Kongunadu which was under the Ganga rule and not under any Tamil kingdoms.
And the blind hatred is seen again and again.
“While the saffron forces running the government spend crores and crores of money to find the non-existent Saraswati river claiming that it was the origin of Indus valley civilization, it looks at the scientifically happening excavations happening at Keezhadi with disregard. Whereas 151 crore rupeess is alloted for Ramayana museum at Ayodhi by the central government for its own political agenda, it allotted just 1 lakh rupees to spend on sending samples from Keezhadi for carbon dating.”
From a different article.
“Last September when the ASI decided to take Keeladi antiquities to Mysore, Progressive forces in Tamilnadu objected to it strongly. When they went to court to stop the shift to Mysore, the court allowed the shift to Dehradun. They asked the Tamilnadu government to safeguard them in Tamilnadu itself by creating a museum and protecting them, to continue the dig and thus spread the greatness of Tamil antiquity worldwide. But, the corrupt government of Jaya-Sasi-OPS-ADMK disregarded them. There is no doubt that the antiquities once taken to Dehradun or Mysore will be put aside unceremoniously and left to rot. The digs that were happening at the site were ground to halt by Modi’s government on purpose.”
But, this is what Mafoi Pandiarajan, Tamil Language Minister said.
“Over 39 excavations have been done in Tamil Nadu post independence. There is no substance to the claim that the Centre is withholding funds”
The linking of Pattinam(which was supposed to be identified with Muziris) and Keezhadi was supposed to serve the purpose of a sea based civilization which is not a part of Indian narrative. It is interested to note that the lobby which tried to stop the transfer of Amarnath Ramakrishna, which is nothing more than an administrative exercise also demanded that the artifacts found in Keezhadi shouldn’t be taken out of Tamil Nadu in spite of the fact that report writing facilities are available only at Bangalore.
The below snippet summarizes the whole issue succinctly.
” In 2015, a team of archeologists from the Archeological Survey of India (ASI), a body under the culture ministry in the central government, began excavations at a coconut-tree farm at Keezhadi, near Madurai, in southern Tamil Nadu. Over the subsequent two years, the archeologists found over 5,500 artefacts. The team found upon investigation that the artefacts were dated to the Sangam era—a period between 400 BCE and 200 CE, which is widely as the crowning point of Tamil art and literature. The discoveries were the first-ever evidence of an urban civilisation from the Sangam era. But the project has been mired in controversy—at first, a tussle between the ASI and political parties in the state took place, with the latter demanding that the former not take any objects from the site to Karnataka for observation, as they belonged to the state. Then, in October 2016, when approvals and funding for the upcoming year was expected to be granted, the central government withheld approval for a third season of excavation at the Keezhadi site. This prompted severe criticism from within Tamil Nadu. Members of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam raised the issue in parliament, and G Ramakrishnan, the general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in the state, alleged that the move was a result of “political design”—that it was in the interest of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and favourable to the ideology it espouses to prevent details of an independent Tamil culture from surfacing. The excavation was subsequently given the green light in February 2017.
In late March 2017, a few weeks before the third phase was due to begin, the ASI issued a transfer order to Amarnath Ramakrishna, the superintendent archeologist at the site. The transfer did not find favour with experts and politicians in Tamil Nadu, who expressed concern that the order would affect the work at the site. “Such transfers are not generally made during ongoing excavations, particularly in the initial phases,” an archeologist told The Hindu.”
From an interview given by Amarnath Ramakrishna
“The existence of burnt brick structures is an important factor to define an urban civilisation. Here in Keezhadi, we have found continuous constructed walls of 10 to 15 metres in length. We haven’t found such lengthy walls in any other site in Tamil Nadu. We have also found structures of open and closed drainage network, which are clear indications of the prevalence of an urban civilisation. Also present at the site were six furnaces, which indicate the possibility of an industrial site—again an evidence to prove urban civilisation. We have also found square and rectangle tanks for which no inlets and outlets can be seen. More excavations will help us find out more evidences. The carbon dating of samples collected from the site has placed it at 200 BC. Only two out of the 20 samples selected were sent to US for carbon dating, though I have written numerous times [to the central government] seeking approval for all 20 samples.”
Why were the samples sent to America when National Physical Laboratory, Ahmedabad is considered one of the top most radio carbon labs in South Asia?
“I wrote for the extension of the excavation even during the month of May [2016]. The approval was expected in October, along with the approval of other sites [in India] where excavation was being carried out simultaneously. But Keezhadi wasn’t [approved]. I met the director general [of the ASI] in November, seeking extension, and explaining the importance of the site. But I was asked to submit a report on the site [to the ASI]. Usually, a report on a site is submitted only at the end of excavation or when substantial work has been done. Anyway, I submitted a preliminary report in the month of January [2017]. But I was told the report didn’t have enough details. So, I gave an interim report in February. The approval was given in March, and a fund of Rs 50 lakh has been alloted. But no such report was warranted for the other sites for which permission was granted in October. “
This is no case basis for a conspiracy. But it is considered as such.
“Twenty-five officers including me were transferred according to a newly introduced policy—which said that field officers who have been working for more than two years need to be transferred. But even that policy was not adhered to strictly. There are officers [working on the site] with less than two years’ experience who have been transferred, and also there are those working in a site for more than two years who have not been transferred. We are a research team and not an administrative team.”
Again, this is no conspiracy. Why exactly should centre create an elaborate country level policy to suppress a single excavation?
The article below presents a background over the people and what happened with regard to KCHR’s excavations at Pattanam and why the conduct of both Amarnath Ramakrishna and R Sivanantham who headed Keezhadi excavations is subject to discussion.
http://www.vijayvaani.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?aid=4857