He has been called the “Hindu Hriday Samrat”, “Maut Ka Saudagar” (Merchant of Death), Great Dictator and a “Polarising Politician” and yet Narendra Modi’s election victories continue to pile up. The latest sweep in Gujarat by-elections has also bolstered his image as the supreme vote catcher – he won in 2002, in 2007 and won again in 2012.
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And yet the Gujarat riots of 2002 shadow his footsteps so doggedly that he fights them every day. However, he refuses to answer questions on the riots.
“The ones who run the Gujarat government are merchants of death,” Sonia Gandhi, Congress President, had said.
Thousands of Sangh Parivar activists have been accused in Gujarat riot cases. The law has reached senior ministers like Maya Kodnani in Modi’s own government. His own Sangh Parivar reportedly turned against him for failing to protect them, but he has kept winning popularity.
He sees himself as a victim; someone unfairly painted as communal by the media, misjudged by pundits, and persecuted by NGOs. His senior police officers are also in jail for encounter killings and he himself faces charges over his role in the riots.
His answer to the accusations has been unleashing an armoury of development in his state – Gujarat. He believes development will wipe out the riots of 2002 from history and memory.
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Narayanaswami Srinivasan, a 67-year-old industrialist from Chennai, heads the world’s richest cricket body, the Board of Control for Cricket in India. He was the BCCI Secretary till September 2011 and before that a BCCI Treasurer.
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Srinivasan became the cricket body’s 30th President in September 2011 after Shashank Manohar’s term ended.Srinivasan’s term as President extends till 2014. He owns the India Cements Ltd ICL, a major corporate entity in the south, with a turnover of around Rs 3,500 crores.
His company – founded by his father in 1946 – sponsors several local clubs in Chennai and Hyderabad.Srinivasan took over as Vice Chairman and Managing Director of India Cements Limited in 1989.
In 2008, during the first auction for IPL teams in India, Srinivasan’s company bought the Chennai franchise for 91 million dollars or Rs 480 crore.
via N Srinivasan: Chennai industrialist, head of world’s richest cricket body.
Until two days ago, the impression Gurunath Meiyappan gave was that of one of the few IPL team owners who behaved normally and in a dignified manner. Now he is not the team owner anymore and, it can be surmised given his current location, lacks some of that dignity. After Mumbai Police sent him summons to appear for interrogation for his alleged involvement in illegal cricket betting, his franchise, Chennai Super Kings, was quick to wash its hands off him; he is no longer the team principal nor does he have to do anything with India Cements, the company that owns Super Kings.
via IPL fixing allegations : Who is Gurunath Meiyappan? | Cricket Features | Indian Premier League | ESPN Cricinfo.
The only way David Beckham could possibly be more successful is if he found a cure for cancer and developed a method of space travel using an empty bottle of wine and some orange peel. Throughout his soccer career he’s achieved more than most players could ever dream of, winning a whopping six Premier League titles, two FA Cups, a Champions League crown with Manchester United, and a La Liga title with Real Madrid. Though he’s never led England to major international glory, he’s their all-time leading captain with 59 caps, and is the only English player to score in three separate World Cups. That was certainly enough for the Queen, who made Beckham an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2003. The two-time runner-up for the FIFA World Player of the Year is also a member of the English Football Hall of Fame, and was named to Time magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2008. Add to that the two MLS cups he’s taken home in the last two years and Becks has quite the resume. Now, set to move to Paris, he might just take home another championship in his third country.
via David Beckham – AskMen.
The twice-born, middle-class Brahmin boy from Malleswaram, Bangalore has now twice fallen for the same vice: sexual misconduct with women at the workplace. By his sheer star-wattage and brilliance, he managed to resurrect his career after he was fired by Infosys in 2002. However, after the current sex scandal, it’s hard to see a second comeback for Phaneesh Murthy.
via All about sacked iGate CEO Murthy – Times Of India.