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    March 06, 2003


    In quite a bizarre development, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court has ordered an excavation to be done at the disputed Ayodhya site to see if Babar built a mosque after destroying an existing temple. This is bound to cause heartburn to all those involved, Hindus (who REALLY want the temple to be rebuilt) and Muslims (who want the mosque to be rebuilt). Why? Very simple, if the court rules that there was no temple/place of worship before Babar built his mosque, I cannot see the VHP-RSS-BJP-Shiv Sena etc. take the judgement at face value. They have, at no point of time in the past, displayed basic acceptance of court verdicts. Why would they agree in such a case? If the court rules that Babar did build a mosque on top of an existing temple/birth place of Lord Rama, then we're in for a lot of trouble because the Sangh Parivar will do everything to brush aside Muslim concerns on this issue and go ahead with building the mosque. Uttar Pradesh (and by extension a lot of other states in India, like Gujarat, Maharashtra, Bihar etc.) won't be too far away from civil anarchy.


    Nasser Hussain resigned as England captain two days ago. Simon Hughes, in the Daily Telegraph, makes a great case for changing
    the rules of one-day cricket because Nass the Great's hands are tied behind his back. One-day cricket is so stupid, Nass the Great cant place his fielders where he wants, Nass the Great cant bat in one-dayers because stupid fielders give him only singles when he hits them to
    the edge of the 30 yard circle, Nass the Great cant rotate the bowling between his awesome fearsome foursome attack (of Caddick, Harmison, Flintoff, White/Giles) but has to settle for only 10 overs each. I think this is a good opportunity to give back England their veto in the ICC. You can read the relevant article and decide for yourself. Nasser is a total failure, especially at one-day cricket. Well yes, he did bring a bottom ranked English team to the middle of the table. But we forget that along with the wins in Pakistan and Sri Lanka were wins against West Indies and Zimbabwe at home, loss in India and a drawn series at home against India (now how much worse can you get, bring India over and not win a series against them !?) and two thrashings at the hands of Australia. Not a pretty record, eh? I wont even go into Team England's one-day record, which is more pathetic.

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