Dalit leader and Independent MLA from Gujarat Jignesh Mevani was stopped at the Sanganer international airport here on Sunday and prevented from travelling to Nagaur district. Mr. Mevani was scheduled to address a Dalit rally as part of the B.R. Ambedkar birth anniversary celebrations.While the Nagaur district administration restricted Mr. Mevani’s visit, the Jaipur police stopped him at the airport to inform him of the order, and asked him not to address any public meeting in the State capital as well till April 30, in view of the prohibitory orders in force here.Mr. Mevani termed his detention “absolutely unconstitutional” and violative of his fundamental rights. Questions Raje rule“If they can do this with an elected representative, what would be the condition of ordinary citizens and Dalits in the Vasundhara Raje rule?” he asked in a statement.The activist-turned-politician, who had flown in from Ahmedabad, went to the house of a local activist and member of his “Team Rajasthan” in the city, where the police force was deployed to keep a watch on his movements. However, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Jaipur East) Kunwar Rashtradeep said Mr. Mevani had “neither been detained nor arrested”.The Dalit leader warned Chief Minister Ms. Raje of an electoral setback and tweeted: “Vasundhara Ji, hamara bhi vada raha. Chunav me maza ayega [I promise you, Ms. Raje, you will face the music in elections].”
With almost two-thirds of the events over in the Commonwealth Games and India adding to the medals tally, one thing which has not been spoken about is dope.Less than a month before the Games began, Indian athletes were in the news for the wrong reasons as almost a dozen of them from various disciplines has tested positive for MHA (Methylhexanamine).Few knew what this stuff was all about since it was added on the list of banned substances by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) only in January this year.At home, when wrestlers like Rajiv Tomar, swimmer Richa Mishra and even shot putter Saurabh Vij tested positive for MHA, the feeling was disgusting. The world of sports is made ugly by any form of doping and for the host nation to be caught before the Games was distressing.On Sunday, Commonwealth Games Federation boss Mike Fennell answered questions on dope tests being conducted during the Games.He said approximately 850 random tests have been conducted at the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL), a WADA-accredited lab in the Capital, and 600 results have come out. The surprising part is, not one test has been reported positive.At a time when people are still critical of the Games, and rightly so, because of the ticketing, transportation and food problems for volunteers, people are not aware how the people in the lab are also working overtime.India has a dubious history of sorts in the Commonwealth Games and as far back as 1990 in Auckland, a weightlifter called Subrata Kumar Paul had flunked a dope test.advertisementIndia athletes also shamed the nation during the 2004 Athens Olympics when women weightlifters were caught in tests just before the Games. I was scared that in a sport like weightlifting, the Indians would be under the scanner because of their dubious past.To have been penalised $500,000 by the International Weightlifting Federation was shocking. The Indian body had to virtually beg, borrow and steal before paying a sizeable portion so that India could compete in the Games.Obviously, nobody in India wanted to take a chance with dope and athletes were subjected to stringent testing.However, there was a school of thought which said that a WADA-accredited lab being used for checking athletes was wrong. As the hosts celebrate the rich medal haul, what needs to be highlighted is how the Indians have been fair while competing. At least till now.
Harry Kane’s four-goal salvo on Thursday catapulted him to the top of the Premier League scorers charts, but hot on his heels are two players with contrasting styles who go head-to-head when Arsenal host Everton on the final day of the season on Sunday.Kane’s goals came as Tottenham Hotspur thrashed Leicester City 6-1 to take his tally for the campaign to 26, one more than he managed as the Premier League’s leading marksman last season.That moved him past Everton forward Romelu Lukaku and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, who if paper talk is to be believed could both be playing their final league matches for their respective clubs.Lukaku has 24 league goals this term, the most for Everton in a top-flight season since Gary Lineker struck 30 in 1985-86, but has not scored in his last four appearances.Sanchez’s recent burst of four goals in three games has lifted his total to 23, the best scoring season of his career.Belgian international Lukaku is big and powerful, and when in the mood bounces off defenders with rampaging runs. He has a rocket shot, but can also apply a deft touch and is a real threat in the air.Six of his 24 goals have been scored with his head, while he has also shown his proficiency with both feet as 11 strikes have been with his left and seven with his right.Those goals have come from 104 efforts on goal, hitting the back of the net with almost one in four efforts. He has also provided six assists.advertisementA criticism of his game has been his strike-rate against this season’s top six, with just three goals scored, two against Manchester City and one versus Tottenham.Everton will be keen to keep Sanchez off his right foot. Sixteen of his 23 goals have come with that foot, four with the left and three with his head.His game is built around creativity, guile and a high work-rate, and his versatility means he has been shifted around the pitch during a career in which he spent three seasons with Barcelona before signing for Arsenal in 2014.He has needed 125 shots for his goals this campaign, but has contributed 10 assists for his team.