Most successful year of Indian cricket

Most successful year of Indian cricket

Virat Kohali scores fastest 5000 runs in one day matches. Equals Vivian Richards record. India won six series in a row in ODIs in 2013. Rohit Sharma becomes the first player to hit 16 sixes in one day matches. Captain Dhoni wins the IC people’s choice award. Around 1,88,000 voted for this award. R. Ashwin captures fastest 100 wickets by any Indian bowler. He achieved this feat in just 18 matches.

IPL stung by Spot-fixing menace

IPL stung by Spot-fixing menace

IPL sixth season hit by controversy because of spot-fixing. The controversy sealed the fate of the involved Rajasthan Royals' cricketers, with S Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan getting banned for life, while Amit Singh - a former RR player - and Siddharth Trivedi were handed five- and one-year bans respectively. Ajit Chandila, another player allegedly part of the fixing racket, is still being investigated for his role in the whole fiasco.

God of Cricket ends his innings

God of Cricket ends his innings

Sachin took retirement at the end of year which brings tears in many eyes. Sachin’s decision to take retirement was doing rounds for the last few years and finally he did so this year.

Athletics : India’s success in Asian Championship

Athletics : India’s success in Asian Championship

 The Asian Athletics Championships saw hosts India take home two gold medals, six silvers and nine bronze medals, as the country finished sixth in the medals tally.

Hockey: India qualify for the World Cup

Hockey: India qualify for the World Cup

The Indian women’s junior hockey team made their mark in the hockey world and the country by winning a bronze medal at the Junior Hockey World Cup in Monchengladbach, Germany. In hockey, India did well to qualify for the hockey World Cup.

Leander Paes became the oldest to win Grand Slam

Leander Paes became the oldest to win Grand Slam

Leander Paes continues to sparkle and he became the oldest man to win a Grand Slam title when he and his Czech partner won the the men's doubles crown at the US Open.Leander Paes won the 2013 US Open men's doubles with Radek Stepanek defeating Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares 6-1, 6-3. This is Paes' 3rd US Open men's doubles title and 14th Grand Slam title.

Mixed year for Indian football

Mixed year for Indian football

The national team at least managed to end the year on a high, avenging the SAFF defeat against Nepal in the league stage with a 2-0 win in an international friendly in November. For Indian football, it was a mixed year. India's season started with a defeat by Palestine in an international friendly in February. They even failed to qualify for the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup. India, however, moved 24 places, jumping to 143rd position in the FIFA rankings in March. From there on it was a downhill curve for the national team. It lost to Tajikistan in an international friendly and produced one of its worst performances in the SAFF Championship, going down 0-2 to Afghanistan in the final.

2014 Formula One in Buddh International Circuit is in doubt

2014 Formula One in Buddh International Circuit is in doubt

 Again, the off-circuit machinations conspired in India missing the 2014 Formula One calendar after three successful outings at the Buddh International Circuit. Though organisers Jaypee Group are confident of seeing out the five-year F1 contract from 2015, they would welcome government support needed to make things easier in organising the event for all concerned. F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has made it clear that India needs to relook its tax and bureaucratic structure if it wants to hold the race in the longer run. This year's Indian Grand Prix was the most action-packed of the three editions, culminating with Sebastian Vettel winning his fourth world title at the age of 26.

IOC puts ban on IOA

IOC puts ban on IOA

The IOA eventually gave in earlier this month when the two pulled out. It also amended its constitution as directed by the IOC, barring the charge-sheeted from contesting the elections fixed for Feb 9. It could have been worse as the IOA came perilously close to getting expelled from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). In this brinkmanship, the athletes were the biggest losers as the fight for the control of the country's top sports body heated up. The IOC suspended the IOA for its "failure to comply with the Olympic Charter and its statures, failure to inform the IOC in a timely matter, and as a protective measure against government interference in the IOA's election process".

Sindhu wins bronze in World Championship

Sindhu wins bronze in World Championship

Indian badminton had a mixed year. P V Sindhu hit the headlines by becoming the country's first woman to win a singles medal - a bronze - at the World Championships in August. In contrast, Sindhu has won two Grand Prix Gold titles -- Malaysia Open (May) and the Macau Open (December) and was also conferred the Arjuna Award. Sindhu brings hope in Indian badminton by his unique feat. On the other hand Saina Nehwal struggled to maintain her form and World ranking. It has overall been a positive year for Indian male shuttlers too. As many as eight players were listed among the top-50, with Kidambi Srikanth surprising everyone by claiming the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold in June.

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Vivid manifestations of Hindutva thought were seen in 2013: Bhaiyyaji Joshi

Abhijit Mulye
Nashik, December 30 : 


undefinedThe passing year put before us vivid manifestations and acceptability of the Hindutva thought amongst the intelligentsia of our society, SarKaryavah (General Secretary) of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha (RSS) Shri. Suresh (Bhaiyaji) Joshi told NewsBharati here today.  

Vivekananda 150th birth anniversary:growing acceptance of Hindutva  

Vivekananda Saardhashati (150th birth anniversary) celebrations started on 12th January 2013 got overwhelming response from all cross sections of the society. Through various symposia, lectures, seminars and other similar kind of events, efforts were made to reach out to the thought leaders of the society. These efforts were received very well and we could see a broader, brighter manifestation of the Hindutva thought through such interactions. We realized that the thought leaders of the society have a much more acceptance to Hindutva than what was perceived earlier, Joshi elaborated.

Rise of AAP is a clear signal to all political parties

In a special interview for the ‘Recap 2013’ section of NewsBharati, Shri. Joshi elaborated on various topics that made news in 2013. When asked about the much talked of success of Aam Aadami Party in Delhi assembly elections and the discussions regarding the new political culture that followed it, Joshi said that this is a clear signal for all the political parties that they should be more careful in choosing candidates.

Dignity of women: Not by law alone: it is a social responsibility

While speaking about the crime against women in our society, Joshi said that, these crimes are an outcome of ill, degraded minds. We, as a society, need to look into the ‘Samsakara’ factor or the values that are inculcated through our societal institutions like family, educational institutions, and media. We will have to ensure that right values are inculcated into the society and this won’t be possible merely by passing some legislation. He said, “Legislation is not an alternative to value system.” Joshi also expressed concern over the demands to nullify recent Supreme Court verdict regarding article 377. He said, homosexuality does not have social sanction in India and does not have any standing in Indian culture. Hence, any attempts to get legal status for that “would not be acceptable”.

Safety and security of Hindus all over the world is responsibility of Bharat 

When asked about the attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh and Pakistan, Joshi said that, it has always been our demand that Indian government should ensure safety and security of Hindus world over. Indian government should convey its concern over such cases to the respective country.

Weak and meek foreign policy towards neighbors

While speaking about the Chinese and Pakistani aggression on the borders along India during the year, Joshi said, such incidences are not new to us, in the sense that they are obvious side effects of the weak external affairs policy which our government has adopted. If we feel that such incidences should not repeat in future, we will have to have our foreign policy corrected. “Any lapse in internal or external security is always a danger. India should take all such actions by Pakistan and China very seriously. India should not bow to any kind of pressure from any international forces or groups. And our external policy needs to have correction in this regard”, he said.Joshi appreciated Indian government’s tough stand in the Devyani Khobragade case and said, this might be an effort to weaken and demoralize India. Government should ensure that nobody dares any such attempt in future.

Government machinery should be more trained to handle natural disasters

Joshi expressed deep condolences towards the lives lost in the natural calamity that hit the state of Uttarakhand earlier this year and said, “We need to ensure that the development plans are made after a due consideration to the geological and geographical factors and are implemented flawlessly”. He praised Indian military forces for their efforts during the calamity and also commended the way in which the voluntary organizations across the nation started relief and rehabilitation operations in the region. He expressed displeasure over the response of the government machinery and said government machinery should ensure proper and complete training in disaster management.