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Cricket: Bishan Bedi quits DDCA; Wants his name be removed from Stadium Stand

Harpal Singh Bedi

I can’t be part of the stadium that has got its priorities so wrong and where administrators get precedence over the cricketers. Please bring down my name from the stand with immediate effect… I don’t want my legacy to be maligned by my silence or association to this unsporting act. Bishan Singh Bedi on the decision  to install the  statue of former president  of Delhi District Cricket Association, Arun Jaitley, at the stadium (Arun Jaitley Stadium formerly known as Feroz Shah Kotla Ground)

New Delhi: Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi  on Wednesday 23 December 2020 announced that he has quit the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) and asked the committee to  remove his name from the  stadium stand  with immediate effect .

Bedi, a former DDCA sports secretary, took this decision to protest  the decision  to install the  statue of former president  of the  association, Arun Jaitley, at the stadium.

Two stands at the Kotla were named after Bedi and Mohinder Amarnath in 2017 to recognise their contribution to Indian, and Delhi  cricket.

Arun Jaitley was DDCA president for 14 years, from 1999 to 2013, before quitting cricket administration. The association plans to have a six-foot statue of him installed at the Kotla to honour his memory.

The legendary spinner in a scathing letter to DDCA president Rohan Jaitely wrote “After the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium was named hurriedly and most undeservingly after Late Arun Jaitley, my reaction then was maybe somehow good sense might prevail to keep Kotla sacrosanct. How wrong I was”.

“I now gather a statue of Late Arun Jaitley is going to be installed at the Kotla.  I’m not at all enamoured with the thought of a statue of coming up ” Bedi said since the late administrator was primarily a politician, it’s the Parliament which needs to “remember him for posterity.”

The former Delhi captain  pointed out that in almost every great cricket venue around the world, it’s eminent players who are honoured with statues, busts and stands named after them.

“It’s WG Grace and not some former president whose statue is at Lord’s. There’s also Sir Garry Sobers at Barbados and Sir Don Bradman at SCG, Shane Warne at MCG. The list is endless. So when kids walk to these stadiums, these majestic statues enhance and enliven the inspiring stories of these past heroes that their elders tell them. 

Sporting arenas need sporting role models. The place of administrators is only in their glass cabins. There was no stopping Bedi as he  said: “A mere Google search would have helped to know that Late Arun Jaitley’s tenure at DDCA was riddled with corruption. He might have been a good cricket fan too, but his dalliance with cricket administration was dubious and left much to be desired. This is not a rhetorical assessment but a factual appraisal of his time at DDCA.”

Admitting that  he was never a fan of Arun Jaitley’s working style and always opposed any decision that he did not agree with. “My reservations about the choice of people he hand-picked to run the day to day affairs of DDCA is well known. I remember walking out from a meeting at his residence when he was unable to throw out a rowdy element using terribly foul language.

Asserting  that he was not talking ill of the dead, Bedi said he had to stick to his principles. “I was not raised to carry on a fight to the next generation but then I was also taught, and I firmly believe, to stick to the stand I take.

“I’ve taken this decision with sufficient deliberations. I’m not prone to disregard the honour that was bestowed upon me. But as we all know with honour comes responsibility. They feted me for the total respect and integrity with which I played the game.

And now I’m returning the honour just to assure them all that four decades after my retirement, I still retain those values.” 

Since DDCA doesn’t understand this universal sporting culture, I need to walk out of it. I can’t be part of the stadium that has got its priorities so wrong and where administrators get precedence over the cricketers. Please bring down my name from the stand with immediate effect… I don’t want my legacy to be maligned by my silence or association to this unsporting act’  He wrote. He  also had a word of advice for  DDCA president. “These are the ills of nepotism – you get blamed for decisions you weren’t part of and you can’t even give the excuse of absence.”

“So Mr President, I request you to remove my name from the stand that was named after me with immediate effect. I also hereby renounce my DDCA membership… . Take my word, failures don’t need to be celebrated with plaques & busts. They need to be forgotten.”


Padma Vibhushan for George Fernandes, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj

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New Delhi: This year the President has approved conferment of 141 Padma Awards, including 7 Padma Vibhushan, 16 Padma Bhushan and 118 Padma Shri Awards. 34 of the awardees are women and the list also includes 18 persons from the category of Foreigners/NRI/PIO/OCI and 12 Posthumous awardees.

Padma Awards – one of the highest civilian Awards of the country, are conferred in
three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The Awards are given in various disciplines/ fields of activities, viz.- art, social work, public affairs,science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc. ‘Padma Vibhushan’ is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service; ‘Padma Bhushan’ for distinguished service of high order and ‘Padma Shri’ for distinguished service in any field. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year.

These awards are conferred by the President of India at ceremonial functions which are held at Rashtrapati Bhawan usually around March/ April every year.

Padma Vibhushan (7)

Shri George Fernandes
Public Affairs Bihar

Shri Arun Jaitley
Public Affairs Delhi

Sir Anerood Jugnauth GCSK Public Affairs Mauritius

Smt. M. C. Mary Kom Sports Manipur

Shri Chhannulal Mishra Art Uttar Pradesh

Smt. Sushma Swaraj
Public Affairs Delhi

Sri Vishveshateertha Swamiji Sri
Pejavara Adhokhaja Matha
Udupi (Posthumous)
Others-Spiritualism Karnataka

Padma Bhushan (16)

Shri M. Mumtaz Ali (Sri M) Others-Spiritualism Kerala

Shri Syed Muazzem Ali
Public Affairs Bangladesh

Shri Muzaffar Hussain Baig Public Affairs Jammu and

Shri Ajoy Chakravorty Art West Bengal

Shri Manoj Das Literature and

Shri Balkrishna Doshi Others-Architecture Gujarat

Ms. Krishnammal Jagannathan Social Work Tamil Nadu

Shri S. C. Jamir Public Affairs Nagaland

Shri Anil Prakash Joshi Social Work Uttarakhand

Dr. Tsering Landol Medicine Ladakh

Shri Anand Mahindra Trade and Industry Maharashtra

Shri Neelakanta Ramakrishna
Madhava Menon (Posthumous)
Public Affairs Kerala

Shri Manohar Gopalkrishna
Prabhu Parrikar (Posthumous)
Public Affairs Goa

Prof. Jagdish Sheth Literature and

Ms. P. V. Sindhu Sports Telangana

Shri Venu Srinivasan Trade and Industry Tamil Nadu

Padma Shri (118)

Guru Shashadhar Acharya Art Jharkhand

Dr. Yogi Aeron Medicine Uttarakhand

Shri Jai Prakash Agarwal Trade and Industry Delhi

Shri Jagdish Lal Ahuja Social Work Punjab

Kazi Masum Akhtar Literature and Education West Bengal

Ms. Gloria Arieira Literature and Education Brazil

Khan Zaheerkhan Bakhtiyarkhan Sports Maharashtra

Dr. Padmavathy Bandopadhyay Medicine Uttar Pradesh

Dr. Sushovan Banerjee Medicine West Bengal

Dr. Digambar Behera Medicine Chandigarh

Dr. Damayanti Beshra Literature and Education Odisha

Shri Pawar Popatrao Bhaguji Social Work Maharashtra

Shri Himmata Ram Bhambhu Social Work Rajasthan

Shri Sanjeev Bikhchandani Trade and Industry Uttar Pradesh

Shri Gafurbhai M. Bilakhia Trade and Industry Gujarat

Shri Bob Blackman Public Affairs United Kingdom

Ms. Indira P. P. Bora Art Assam

Shri Madan Singh Chauhan Art Chhattisgarh

Ms. Usha Chaumar Social Work Rajasthan

Shri Lil Bahadur Chettri Literature and Education Assam

Ms. Lalitha & Ms. Saroja
Chidambaram (Duo)*
Art Tamil Nadu

Dr. Vajira Chitrasena Art Sri Lanka

Dr. Purushottam Dadheech Art Madhya Pradesh

Shri Utsav Charan Das Art Odisha

Prof. Indra Dassanayake
Literature and Education Sri Lanka

Shri H. M. Desai Literature and Education Gujarat

Shri Manohar Devadoss Art Tamil Nadu

Ms. Oinam Bembem Devi Sports Manipur

Ms. Lia Diskin Social Work Brazil

Shri M. P. Ganesh Sports Karnataka

Dr. Bangalore Gangadhar Medicine Karnataka

Dr. Raman Gangakhedkar Science and Engineering Maharashtra

Shri Barry Gardiner Public Affairs United Kingdom

Shri Chewang Motup Goba Trade and Industry Ladakh

Shri Bharat Goenka Trade and Industry Karnataka

Shri Yadla Gopalarao Art Andhra Pradesh

Shri Mitrabhanu Gountia Art Odisha

Ms. Tulasi Gowda Social Work Karnataka

Shri Sujoy K. Guha Science and Engineering Bihar

Ms. Harekala Hajabba Social Work Karnataka

Shri Enamul Haque Others-Archaeology Bangladesh

Shri Madhu Mansuri Hasmukh Art Jharkhand

Shri Abdul Jabbar
Social Work Madhya Pradesh

Shri Bimal Kumar Jain Social Work Bihar

Ms. Meenakshi Jain Literature and Education Delhi

Shri Nemnath Jain Trade and Industry Madhya Pradesh

Ms. Shanti Jain Art Bihar

Shri Sudhir Jain Science and Engineering Gujarat

Shri Benichandra Jamatia Literature and Education Tripura

Shri K. V. Sampath Kumar &
Ms. Vidushi Jayalakshmi K.S.
Literature and

Shri Karan Johar Art Maharashtra

Dr. Leela Joshi Medicine Madhya Pradesh

Ms. Sarita Joshi Art Maharashtra

Shri C. Kamlova Literature and Education Mizoram

Dr. Ravi Kannan R. Medicine Assam

Ms. Ekta Kapoor Art Maharashtra

Shri Yazdi Naoshirwan Karanjia Art Gujarat

Shri Narayan J. Joshi Karayal Literature and Education Gujarat

Dr. Narindar Nath Khanna Medicine Uttar Pradesh

Shri Naveen Khanna Science and Engineering Delhi

Shri S. P. Kothari Literature and Education USA

Shri V. K. Munusamy
Art Puducherry

Shri M. K. Kunjol Social Work Kerala

Shri Manmohan Mahapatra
Art Odisha

Ustad Anwar Khan Mangniyar Art Rajasthan

Shri Kattungal Subramaniam
Science and Engineering Kerala

Shri Munna Master Art Rajasthan

Prof. Abhiraj Rajendra Mishra Literature and Education Himachal Pradesh

Ms. Binapani Mohanty Literature and Education Odisha

Dr. Arunoday Mondal Medicine West Bengal

Dr. Prithwindra Mukherjee Literature and Education France

Shri Sathyanarayan Mundayoor Social Work Arunachal Pradesh

Shri Manilal Nag Art West Bengal

Shri N. Chandrasekharan Nair Literature and Education Kerala

Dr. Tetsu Nakamura
Social Work Afghanistan

Shri Shiv Datt Nirmohi Literature and Education Jammu and

Shri Pu Lalbiakthanga Pachuau Literature and

Ms. Moozhikkal Pankajakshi Art Kerala

Dr. Prasanta Kumar Pattanaik Literature and Education USA

Shri Jogendra Nath Phukan Literature and Education Assam

Ms. Rahibai Soma Popere Others-Agriculture Maharashtra

Shri Yogesh Praveen Literature and Education Uttar Pradesh

Shri Jitu Rai Sports Uttar Pradesh

Shri Tarundeep Rai Sports Sikkim

Shri S. Ramakrishnan Social Work Tamil Nadu

Ms. Rani Rampal Sports Haryana

Ms. Kangana Ranaut Art Maharashtra

Shri Dalavai Chalapathi Rao Art Andhra Pradesh

Shri Shahbuddin Rathod Literature and Education Gujarat

Shri Kalyan Singh Rawat Social Work Uttarakhand

Shri Chintala Venkat Reddy Others-Agriculture Telangana

Smt. (Dr.) Shanti Roy Medicine Bihar

Shri Radhammohan & Ms.
Sabarmatee (Duo)*
Others-Agriculture Odisha

Shri Batakrushna Sahoo Others-Animal

Ms. Trinity Saioo Others-Agriculture Meghalaya

Shri Adnan Sami Art Maharashtra

Shri Vijay Sankeshwar Trade and Industry Karnataka

Dr. Kushal Konwar Sarma Medicine Assam

Shri Sayed Mehboob Shah Qadri
alias Sayedbhai
Social Work Maharashtra

Shri Mohammed Sharif Social Work Uttar Pradesh

Shri Shyam Sunder Sharma Art Bihar

Dr. Gurdip Singh Medicine Gujarat

Shri Ramjee Singh Social Work Bihar

Shri Vashishtha Narayan Singh
Science and Engineering Bihar

Shri Daya Prakash Sinha Art Uttar Pradesh

Dr. Sandra Desa Souza Medicine Maharashtra

Shri Vijayasarathi Sribhashyam Literature and Education Telangana

Smt. Kalee Shabi Mahaboob &
Shri Sheik Mahaboob Subani
Art Tamil Nadu

Shri Javed Ahmad Tak Social Work Jammu and

Shri Pradeep Thalappil Science and Engineering Tamil Nadu

Shri Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi Literature and Education Arunachal Pradesh

Shri Robert Thurman Literature and Education USA

Shri Agus Indra Udayana Social Work Indonesia

Shri Harish Chandra Verma Science and Engineering Uttar Pradesh

Shri Sundaram Verma Social Work Rajasthan

Dr. Romesh Tekchand
Trade and Industry USA

Shri Suresh Wadkar Art Maharashtra

Shri Prem Watsa Trade and Industry Canada

Tributes to a towering leader and legal luminary

Shivani Bhardwaj

I am deeply saddened by the untimely demise of the stalwart leader, former Union Minister and brilliant lawyer Arun Jaitley Sir.

I consider myself fortunate that immediately after passing out from the National Law Institute (NLIU), Bhopal, I had got the opportunity to work under him and learn the nuances of the legal profession directly from the luminary that Mr Jaitley was. He helped me in understanding how to build the arguments and win a case on the basis of logic, reasoning and law points. I have been there during his endless conferences with clients and representing councils – conferences that didn’t conclude till all points were discussed threadbare in each and every case – and this only shows how thorough he was with the cases he took and the clients he represented.

I worked under him in the year 2005 and dealt with matters listed both in the Supreme Court of India and the Delhi High Court.

I pray for peace to the departed soul and strength to his family, friends and followers to bear the irreparable loss.

After working with Arun Jaitley, Shivani Bhardwaj became a corporate lawyer with Isolax Corsan. Now she is a Legal Consultant based in Mumbai. Her forte and area of specialisation is the Energy Sector. She writes regularly on legal matters and can be contacted at editor@newsroom.com

Arun Jaitley passes away at 66

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New Delhi: Towering BJP leader and former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley (66) died on Saturday at AIIMS here.

In a brief statement, the hospital said Jaitley died at 12.07 pm.

It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of Arun Jaitley, former Finance Minister of Government of India, at 12.07 pm on August 24, the AIIMS said.

Jaitley was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on August 9 and was treated by a multi-disciplinary team of senior doctors.