‘When I entered the ground the only thought came in my mind was that we have to win this and we can win this. I had the intuition that it will be our day and we will create history,’ Sreejesh told PTI Bhasha from Incheon, South Korea.A spirited India edged past defending champions Pakistan 4-2 in a nerve-wracking shoot-out to regain the Asiad men’s hockey gold after a gap of 16 years and also sealed a direct entry into the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.Hero of the match Sreejesh, who excelled in regulation time and shoot out as well, said that handling pressure is always key.‘There was pressure as it was a match against Pakistan but I took it as any other normal match. Everyone including me did not let emotions dominate us and we played with passion. That was our key to success,’ he said.It was not an easy task to cope up with additional pressure while playing the final against a side which had also beaten them in the league phase, but Sreejesh opined that the first loss was an eye opener.‘The loss against Pakistan in pool phase was an eye opener . After that we worked harder and were more focused that resulted in semifinal win against strong team like Korea,’ he said.Asked about the heart-breaking 1-7 Asiad final loss against Pakistan in 1982, Sreejesh said that the present win will wipe out all the bad memories.‘Ofcourse, people like to remember good things, good memories. I am sure that they will now remember this win and forget past losses. It is the beginning of a new era,’ he said.Sreejesh also admitted that the expectations will be higher now and said that the team is ready to deliver.‘We know that people will expect us to win more. They want us to do well in Rio Olympic and we are ready to deliver. We have defeated Pakistan, won Asiad gold and qualified for Olympics so this is a 3-in-1 victory for us. We have enough time to prepare for Olympic and won’t let our countrymen down,’ he said.When asked about how they celebrated the win, he said that actual celebration will happen in India.‘We went out for dinner on Thursday but actual celebration will happen in India . May be in our next camp,’ he said.
KOLKATA: The draft Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ), 2018, released by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) will have an adverse impact on the fisherfolk community in the state, feel the environmentalists. According to the environment experts, the draft has potential to change the way coastal stretches in India are governed. It also advocates the further opening of the coastal natural resources to corporate and business houses as it proposed to develop tourism in the ecologically sensitive areas. India’s coastline runs over a stretch of 7,500 km. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsVarious organisations of fishermen in the state have already opposed the move by the Centre. The National Fish Workers’ Forum and Dakshinbanga Matsyajibi Forum have decided to write a letter to the Ministry of Environment and Forests urging them not to implement the draft as it would affect the small scale fishermen. The organisations also claimed that the draft has opened up fragile inter-tidal areas to real estate agents and it will also favour large-scale industry at the cost of fishing communities. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedA major change in the new draft pertains to the CRZ limits on land along “tidal influenced water bodies”. The proposed limit has been reduced from 100 m to 50 m or the width of the creek, whichever is less.The Dakshinbanga Matsyajibi Forum (DMF) organised a two-day seminar in the state on 6 and 7 May in collaboration with DISHA, which was attended by fishing community representatives from Bengal and Andhra Pradesh along with social activists and representatives from organisations like Dakshin Foundation, LIFE and PSA. The workshop considered the history of preparation, publication, contents and implementation of successive CRZs like CRZ 1991 and CRZ 2011 as well as the preparation, publication and contents of Draft CRZ 2018.The workshop also considered the scientific, environmental and social needs for conservation of the coast and coastal resources and the rights of small and traditional fishing communities. The small and traditional fishing communities are by far the largest primary stakeholders and natural custodians of our coastal resources.”The draft notification has misused the power conferred on the ministry. The Environment Protection Act of 1986, under its section 3, provides the Center with the provision to take measures ‘for the purpose of protecting and improving the quality of the environment and preventing, controlling and abating environmental pollution ‘. But the Centre has used it to further open up the coast for exploitation and plunder by business and corporate houses,” Debasis Shyamal, secretary of the National Fish Workers’ Forum said.He added that the small and traditional coastal fishing communities, who are by far the largest stakeholders and natural custodians of our coastal resources, were not consulted by the ministry before rolling out the new draft. Fishermen organisations demanded that a law must be promulgated that will ensure the livelihood of the fishermen and also maintain the ecological balance of the coastal areas.DMF general-secretary Milan Das said: “The scale of the dilutions in the draft notification makes it more of an instructional manual for coastal development than a tool to protect the environment and the fishing communities.”
Kolkata: The body of an elderly person was found inside a train compartment at Sealdah railway station on Monday afternoon.Till night, his identity could not be established. According to Eastern Railway (ER) spokesperson, on Monday, the Down Naihati-Sealdah local entered the platform number 1 at Sealdah railway station around 3:55 pm. During checking of the compartments, a Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel spotted a half-naked body of an elderly person on the floor of a compartment of the local train. After taking a close look at the body, the RPF personnel suspected that the man could be dead. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHe immediately informed the Sealdah railway station authorities. A doctor from ER’s B R Singh Hospital was called for a quick check up. While the doctor was on his way, RPF personnel removed the body from train and placed it on a bench at the platform. After examination, the doctor declared the person dead on arrival. Later, Government Railway Police (GRP) at the Sealdah railway station was informed. Sleuths took charge of the body and sent it for autopsy examination. Police sources said the elderly person could have died due to some illness as there were no injury marks on the body.
Gallery SKE’s Sunitha Emmart always keeps me guessing about what she will unravel by Sudarshan Shetty in many of her avant-garde unveilings. At the ‘AD Design Show’ in Mumbai, Sudarshan’s ceramic and wood ensembles open the door to multiple interpretations and makes us think about the mystery of the familiar object.The blue and white China mementoes look like poetic constructions that blend the merging of Indian and Western traditions even as it explores domestic dynamics. Kept neatly on a wooden ledge, it offers a subtle way of looking at the relationship between an object and consciousness. The quaint installation of hybrid crockery; broken China vases that have been put back together with fragments of reclaimed teak, speak to us about symbolic representations as well the role of the vessel that carries both memories and the past. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”I have often created works that are an exploration of the internal states of being through memory and the familiar world of domestic objects,” adds Sudarshan whose critical notes often quote Nirgun poets. These nine vases raise questions of the fragility of familiar objects and age-old customs, even as the artist explores possibilities of syncretism as applied to the private sphere. “There is an old saying that broken ceramic can never be mended,” said Sudarshan when he had his solo show at Gallery SKE in Delhi in 2014. ” It’s futile trying to redo it, but I attempt this extreme situation of bringing something back to life. And when I do it, new forms emerge. My signature style shouldn’t be read into the scale of the work but what it represents.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThen you realise that the nine vases actually talk to us about varied subjects like mortality, sense of loss and broken structures. Ceramics is at the core of the concept. What Sudarshan does is invite responses from viewers, there is always a charge of joy and anticipation of encountering the visual kinetics, the poetry with materials and worker’s pride in the process. While these pieces would engage without an agenda, their presence and tactile qualities are somewhat seductive on a softer side. He has often described himself as an information gatherer and often spoken of curating his art rather than making drawings from Mumbai itself and “from my day-to-day negotiation with this city.” This activity is lubricated in the hybrid ensemble of fine china and reclaimed wood. The single shelf of nine vases transforms the white cube into the interior of a home. Sudarshan gently queries the fundamental ontology of objects through his exploration of the idea of ‘nakli’ or ‘fake.’ Material translations of found objects, often with reclaimed teak wood sourced from old houses coming down in Mumbai, play on the notion that objects are always already referential. The workmanship and time embodied in these quaintly handcrafted forms draws attention to the creation of an artifice, reflecting on our inherent value systems, when perceiving the works in a museum or gallery context.