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t work, they have been saying with a chuckle since the first Ashes Test Hold onwho should be the laughing stock here The umpires or the DRS On last countthe howler scoreline read: Umpires 5Technology 1 It is a no-contestthe men had failed the machine Unfairlyit was the human error that was giving the DRS a bad name Certainlytechnical flaws needed to be ironed out and implementation of the DRS will be improved Butmost importantlyit was umpires who needed to be trained better to use a system that was doing its share of good to the game At the cost of a few howlers here and theremore correct decisions are being made plus excessive appealing and cases of dissent have gone down As Simon Taufel said at the MCC lecturetechnologylike a geniecant be wished away It will be around The DRSa work in progressneeds regular outing of a cricket turf to grow robust It cant be confined in discussion room in the hope that one day a perfect system will somehow take birth As for the BCCIthey need to grow up Its a country that has moaned the most about errors in pre-review days They forced the ICC to change an umpire Remember Steve Bucknor Forfeited a Test because of an umpiring ruling Remember the Mike Denness affair A country that hasnt had an umpire in the elite panel for about a decade first makes a fuss about human errors and later expresses its reluctance to use a system that has got nearly 95 per cent of the decisions right India needs to review their decision on technology Sandeep is the National Sports Editorbased in New Delhi sandeepdwivedi@expressindiacom For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by RAHUL VERMA Pradeep Chhibber | Updated: April 24 2014 3:23 am Parties are conical spirals with a national leader on top and the main job of a national leader is to hold together this diverse collection of state regional and local elites Related News This election campaign is dominated by individuals rather than ideas Why this is not likely to change come 2019 Commentators are ruing the fact that the electoral contest in 2014 is centred on individuals rather than issues At the heart of the current campaign is the BJP’s Narendra Modi and despite the Congress party’s protestations its leaders Rahul and Sonia Gandhi are also at the core of their campaign pitch Earlier elections in India have also centred on party leaders The elections of 1957 and 1962 revolved around Jawaharlal Nehru the 1971 and 1977 elections were dominated by the personality of Indira Gandhi Indira Gandhi’s assassination overshadowed the 1984 Lok Sabha elections and the BJP focused its campaign from 1996 to 1999 to some extent on Atal Bihari Vajpayee The impact of these leaders is attributed to their charisma oratorical skills and a capability to enthuse the party cadre An overlooked role of national leaders is to build and hold together a coalition of state leaders and local level political and social elites who in turn mobilise votes for them The ethnic heterogeneity of India and the weakly institutionalised nature of the Indian state gives local leaders significant latitude Parties are conical spirals with a national leader on top and the main job of a national leader is to hold together this diverse collection of state regional and local elites Why are local leaders so important in India Citizens in modern electoral democracies interact with the state through three political institutions — bureaucracy civil society associations and political parties The implementation of state policies is dependent on these three institutions However these institutions have a thin presence on the ground especially in the hinterland The Indian state is woefully understaffed to carry out its various functions Not surprisingly citizens report that the bureaucratic apparatus not only fails them but also ridicules and intimidates them Despite more than three million non-profit organisations civil society groups have failed to connect citizens with the state in a sustained manner The government estimates that there are approximately 33 million non-profit associations in India or one for every 400 citizens It is understandable that the presence of so many NGOs is seen as evidence of a vibrant civil society But there is some debate about what these NGOs really do and about whether they are indeed providing individuals with the resources they need to engage meaningfully in democratic politics There are also some doubts about whether so many NGOs are truly active A national survey conducted in 2002 asked respondents whether there were organisations other than those affiliated with the government working in their area Only 10 per cent of the respondents could identify any The Central Statistics Office of the ministry of statistics and programme implementation carried out an audit of non-profit institutions (NPIs) They could locate only 31 per cent of the registered organisations In addition to the data investigators were asked to report their views on data collection from NPIs In virtually all the states NPIs were hard to locate (they had shifted addresses or were simply not found); their accounts were difficult to read and reconcile; and data on membership and volunteers associated with an NPI were sparse Ironically they also found that the highest number of volunteers were in organisations that were linked to international activities and law advocacy and politics Civil society organisations are too limited to have significant influence on how most citizens perceive the quality of democratic politics in India The inability of such organisations (despite their best efforts) to increase turnout in urban Bangalore in the 2014 elections indicates the limits of the reach of NGOs Political parties as organisations have a very thin presence on the ground in many parts of India The National Election Studies (NES) data indicate that despite a tremendous proliferation in number of political parties (currently over 1600) and intensification of electoral contests in past few decades party identification (or closeness to a political party) and party membership have remained low (See Table 1) Not surprisingly party loyalty at the local level is weak and candidates often crossover to other parties At the local level then electoral contests are more candidate-centred than party-centred This thin party penetration at the local level along with the failure of civil society associations and the bureaucratic apparatus ensures that local level leaders continue to play an important role in the social and political life of most citizens Anirudh Krishna in an influential study noted the critical role of leaders (naya netas) at the local level as providing the conduit between the citizens and the state His findings are buttressed by data from NES 2009 In NES 2009 citizens were asked if anyone influenced their vote Ten per cent said that local leaders influenced how they voted Those who were influenced by local leaders were also more likely to have benefited from government policies (See Figure 1) such as MGNREGA farm loan waivers and the midday meal scheme for school children Those who were influenced by local leaders were more likely to be the members of political party organisations caste and religious associations and other civil society groups These respondents were also more likely to approach state (politicians and government officials) than those who were either influenced by their family and friends or voted on their own To retain their influence local leaders align themselves with a regional leader who may represent the interests of their community within a particular party This regional coalition of elites of a particular community exhibits more loyalty to the leader (unless another power centre within the coalition has emerged) than the party For example the Lingayats in northern Karnataka seemed to be firmly behind BS Yeddyurappa The Reddys in Seemandhra are with Jaganmohan Reddy the Marathas in western Maharashtra moved out of the Congress with Sharad Pawar the Lodhs in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh with Kalyan Singh and Uma Bharti and a large chunk of Kurmi politicians moved out of the BSP along with Sonelal Patel to Apna Dal These regional leaders are associated with state leaders of particular parties who tie the region to the national polity Given the institutional weakness of the state the thinness of civil society and the geographically limited organisational presence of parties the role of local elites is unlikely to fade in coming years As long as electoral and party politics at the local and regional levels remain the domain of local leaders whose allegiance to parties is tenuous the main job of a national leader will be to hold together this coalition elites The main function of state leaders will remain ensuring that regional and local leaders are loyal to a party The imperative to hold a coalition together gives dynasties their predominant role in Indian party politics In the Congress the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty serves as a glue to hold the Congress umbrella Similarly the heir apparent — either members from the political leader’s family or someone appointed by the leader in most centrist parties like the SP BSP RJD TDP DMK AIADMK Trinamool Congress NCP etc — is best placed to hold the coalition of elites supporting these parties The primacy of leaders in the current campaign to the 2014 Lok Sabha election is therefore just another instalment in the theatre of leader-centred politics The Congress is rallying behind the members of the Nehru-Gandhi family and not the prime minister who headed its government for 10 years The BJP cadre is not demanding that Narendra Modi turn moderate The scions or acolytes of their founders lead regional parties Come 2019 we expect this pattern to continue The writers are with Lokniti-CSDS Delhi and the Travers Department of Political Science University of California Berkeley US For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: February 26 2017 7:13 pm Actor Taapsee Pannu unveiled the dubbed trailers of Naam Shabana Related News Taapsee Pannu on Sunday unveiled the trailers of the Tamil and Telugu dubbed versions of her upcoming Bollywood film Naam Shabana The Tamil version has been titled Nathaan Shabhana while the Telugu version is calledNene Shabana It is a spin-off on her cameo character in Neeraj Pandey’s 2015 film Baby which had Akshay Kumar in the lead role Naam Shabana is a special movie for a few reasons It is touted to be Bollywood’s first spin-off and recognises the contributions of female spies of our country who are chiefly sidelined in Indian movies Watch |Akshay Kumar Taapsee Pannu on Naam Shabana Action And More While for years we have seen spy movies They have almost always showed the sacrifices made by the male secret agents on the line of their duty to protect the country from internal and external threats Indian films have rarely paid any attention to the service and contributions of women towards national security Naam Shabana follows the making of a dynamic woman spy and her secret missions Going by the trailer Taapsee is set to impress the audience with her performance in this espionage thriller after her critically acclaimed film Pink The filmmakers are trying to cash in on her popularity down south too where Taapsee kick started her acting career before making it big in Bollywood Check out Taapsee Pannu’s tweets about the Tamil and Telugu trailers of Naam Shabana Ennaku innoru paeru irukku “Nathaan Shabhana” Vandhu sandhikraen #NaanthaanShabana http://tco/5F1LO3hNs6 — taapsee pannu (@taapsee) February 26 2017 Mee andhari kosam #NeneShabana Vasthundhihttp://tco/axSy6VmtmF — taapsee pannu (@taapsee) February 26 2017 The film directed by Shivam Nair stars Taapsee Pannu Prithviraj Sukumaran Manoj Bajpayee and Anupam Kher Akshay Kumar will be reprising his role as Ajay Singh Rajput yet again for a special appearance Manoj Bajpayee is cast as Shabana’s handler while Anupam Kher has been recast as Om Prakash Shukla Prithviraj is playing the high-value target that seems to be Shabana’s first mission Watch |Naam Shabana Official Theatrical Trailer Naam Shabana releases on March 31 this year along with its Tamil and Telugu dubbed versions For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Published: February 1 2017 6:27 pm Ajith’s Thala 57 first look poster to release on Thursday Top News In a few hours the fans will get to see the first official glimpse of Thala Ajith’s highly-anticipated film The makers of the espionage thriller are expected to unveil the first look poster of the film which is tentatively called Thala 57 or AK 57 along with its official title Meanwhile Thala 57 is said to be the first film of the three-part franchise in which Ajith plays a spy Reportedly the filmmakers have already developed storylines for the second and third part too Ever since the picture from the sets of Thala 57 in Carinthia Austria was leaked online last year the film has become one of the most discussed topics among Kollywood fans on social media Although the filmmakers have been unhappy about it the on-set pictures that leaked online have done more good than harm for the film One of the major attraction of the film is Ajith’s physical transformation The actor is not known for taking his workouts seriously But he has lost a lot of weight and gained a lot of muscle to look the part for his forthcoming film in which he plays an international spy More from the world of Entertainment: Thala 57 is said to be director Siva’s attempt to make a James Bond-esque film in Kollywood A host of on-set pictures were leaked recently revealing an important action sequence shot in a European location with a group of foreign actors adding to the fan frenzy around the film The film has Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi who is playing the antagonist in the film which also marks his debut in Tamil Actor Kamal Haasan’s youngest daughter Akshara Haasan is also making her debut in Kollywood with the film Actor Kajal Agrawal is also a part of the film This film marks Siva’s third collaboration with Ajith Previously the actor-director duo has delivered hit films like Veeram and Vedalam The film is being produced by Sathya Jyothi Films and has music by Anirudh Ravichander For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: July 13 2017 2:14 am Watch some of the best performances at awards and other shows of Katrina Kaif Related News Katrina Kaif is one of the most beautiful actors working in Bollywood today She is often regarded as one of the sexiest woman in Asia too From appearing on the cover of magazines to endorsing multiple brands Katrina has done it all Her dancing skills and beauty are often talked about Despite being born outside India Katrina has worked very hard to make herself a bankable star in the film industry here She has set an example for other young actors too Besides doing films Katrina actively participates in world tours and award functions The actor recently joined Instagram from where we often get hints that she loves to get clicked and is even a fitness freak and her daily photo updates are a proof Katrina’s relationship with Ranbir Kapoor was the talk of the town till recently The duo broke up in 2015 However that seems to have little affect on Katrina’s career The actor is all set to star with him in Jagga Jasoos While managing her upcoming film she is also shooting for Ek Tha Tiger sequel titled Tiger Zinda Hai starring Salman Khan She has also signed for two other films with Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan She will be working with Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan in Thugs of Hindostan and recently her team also announced that she will be getting back to her Jab Tak Hai Jaan co-stars Anushka Sharma and Shah Rukh Khan for the second time in the Aanand L Rai directorial whose title has not yet been decided See some of the performances of Katrina Kaif at award shows? the I-T department will take actions against them.Board Bachchan worked in another love story opposite a relatively younger Tabu in R. Sector 33, The principal, Chien-Ying Le and Shih-Chia Lin won by four points to take a 2-0 lead in the first set.An improved show in the second which had two perfect 10s along with three 9s ensured that the Indians stayed alive to win by two points and level at 2-2 Next up the Indians shot three perfect 10s but a five and eight jeopardised their chance of a comeback in the crucial third set with Chinese Taipei shooting four 10s for a handsome 4-2 lead going into the decider? massing on beaches and hoping to cross the Naf River before their food runs out.s intellect and the fact that I have cerebral palsy is wholly irrelevant to my CGPA. Avtansh says His mother Vandana Behal said?s economic reforms story is that successive governments have postponed the politically difficult part of economic reforms and virtually ignored the agriculture sector where growth has stagnated in the past 15 years or so. of course.

2016 3:55 pm The filmmakers have fully relied on the popularity of Vishnuvardhan with Kannada fans for the success of Nagarahavu. 2015 8:37 am ‘Rustom’ will be Akshay’s third collboration with Neeraj post ‘Special 26’ and ‘Baby’.

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