What Warne and Bhogle have in common



Let’s get some facts out of the way at the outset. Shane Warne is a legend of the game who some experts rate the best of all time. His career highs and occasional lows are well documented. Few players of the modern era have imposed themselves on the game, stamping their presence on proceedings so emphatically.

Off the field the blond maverick has attracted more attention with his antics than your average filmstar. He’s nicknamed Hollywood, plays in multi-million dollar poker tournaments and generally oozes cool in whatever he does.

Harsha Bhogle couldn’t be more different. His career path has been less than glamourous. After doing what many South Indian youngsters aspire for – collecting an MBA from the prestigious IIM Ahmedabad – he then decided do something unconventional.

Years of infrequent stints with All India Radio, usually for modest return, opened the door for live television commentary with the advent of cable television. Solid, dependable, predictable … these are some of the words you’d use to describe Bhogle and his television work. But cool? I don’t think he’s going to be accused of that anytime soon.

What then do Bhogle and Warne have in common? If this was a question on one of those quizzes Bhogle so adroitly hosts, the answer would be the obvious one. Both gents fought back the growing effects of age with a modern hair solution that caused middle-aged, balding pates to turn back time. The effect was unnerving to say the least, but even that’s not why this blog is repeatedly putting the names Warne and Bhogle together.

It was the launch of Bhogle’s book – Out of the Box – that set off a train of thought. At the function, on the dais were a former Test cricketer who has made a double-hundred on foreign soil, a journalist who now owns a television channel, an administrator who has set new standards in how the game can be monetised and the author himself.

In the crowd were the great and good, not just cricketers, but from the media, from big business and from the rest of the sporting fraternity. As the debate warmed up, so did the contestants, each trying to get his point in. Through it all Bhogle did what he does best, calling the action as he saw it without ever trying to bring himself into the foreground.

How often is it that you see something like this in Indian cricket, when a member of the media is the centrepiece of an event and yet has the stature and composure to stay in the background and let the others get on with it?

I’m not going to attempt to review the book, for it’s not really a book but a collection of columns and whatever the Indian media’s faults are we haven’t sunk to the stage where we critique each others’ work in our own columns.

But what does all this have to do with Warne?

Well, when Warne became the spinner he was, it was automatically assumed that his charisma and skill would inspire a generation of Aussie kids to take up the art. As the recent Ashes has shown, the opposite has happened and the Australian spin cupboard is bare. In the world of live television commentary – in some ways the pinnacle someone can hope to reach in the media aspect of the game – Bhogle is the one non-cricketer. In a world where your opinion is often judged on the basis of how many Tests you played, here is a man who has somehow carved a niche for himself. When he did so, the hope was that it would lead to more professionals (basically non-cricketers) getting breaks like the ones Bhogle got. Once again, the trend has been the opposite of what you initially expect, and it’s now next to impossible for the layperson to become a cricket commentator.

And in this Messrs Warne and Bhogle are one. They made a complicated and tricky art appear easy, prompting many imitations, but no true successors.

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  • http://nuclearsupremacyforindiaoverus.blogspot.com Satish Chandra

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    It is folly for India to think that India’s defence or India can get any where without destroying RAW first which means the simultaneous nuclear destruction of New Delhi, Washington and New York. India has already emplaced its nuclear warheads in these three cities. I said above that the warheads have almost certainly been sabotaged by RAW. There remained the possibility that they will work. The fact that CIA kingpin K. Subrahmanyam staged his fake death right after India said its nuclear warheads have been emplaced in a number of cities/countries (he was in Orlando, Florida a couple months ago) makes it more likely that the warheads will work. India also said a few weeks ago that the warheads already emplaced in U. S. cities are way beyond the five or six I have mentioned. India should trigger the warheads in New Delhi, Washington and New York without delay and trigger the warheads in other U. S. cities if there is any retaliation.//

    K. Subrahmanyam’s staging his fake death and fleeing to the United States does not necessarily mean that the warheads have not been sabotaged; India’s adoption of what I urged — pre-positioning nuclear warheads in U. S. cities — meant that RAW’s sabotage of India’s defence by sabotaging the development of delivery vehicles had ended and he faced punishment for his crimes against me and sabotage of India’s defence. But RAW continues its crimes against me and sabotage of India’s defence. Aside from the sabotage of the warheads themselves, there is the possibility — which is a virtual certainty — of RAW or other traitors informing the U. S. of the exact locations of the warheads in U. S. cities. These risks can be cleared by triggering the warheads right away; the longer India waits to trigger them, the greater the risks while there are no benefits from waiting.//

    There is a lot of bamboozlement about “sanctions” if India tests the warheads at Pokhran. I have shown in my blog that the things that the U. S. and other countries will stop selling India should not be buying in the first place even if they are offered on a platter and free of charge, how exports to our enemies are unnecessary and harmful and how India’s economy can grow 30% per year or more.//

    September 13, 2011: A PTI report says “Army, IAF should reconcile differences on assets: Antony: … The army contends that it should control [the Mi-35 attack helicopters] … whereas the IAF doesn’t want to lose them … This effort should be among yourselves … He said if the forces wanted, the Ministry “could also play a limited role” in the reconciliation process.” What he is saying is that the forces can test India’s nuclear warheads as a routine matter at Pokhran without reference to any one in New Delhi — as I said above should be done — and don’t have to test them by triggering them in New Delhi, Washington and New York. This does not end the sabotage of India’s defence. So long as RAW exists, neither India’s defence nor India can get anywhere. RAW has to be rubbed out, that is, all its present and past employees killed (see ‘What You Should Know About RAW’ above). This still requires the simultaneous nuclear destruction of New Delhi, Washington and New York.//

    The destruction of RAW will be just a way station to the destruction of other criminals. Later, all present and past CIA employees will have to be killed. All present and past American presidents have participated in the CIA’s crimes against India and after a trial in India — a wave of my hand will be trial enough — they will be impaled on “shoolis” in a stadium full of people. How about the crimes of the Jews and Americans in general (see my blog)? Ah, you just wait and see.//

    September 14, 2011: With the ability to destroy New Delhi, Washington and New York, India’s forces should be reporting directly and openly to me instead of saying “We have a set of advisers” and it is “dangerous territory” to refer to me or what I say. A nuclear warhead of the type emplaced in U. S. cities has to be tested and RAW has to be destroyed without delay.//

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    RAW is removing my posted comments. The content above is the second part of a comment posted in two parts because of its length. The first part, necessary to understand the second part, has been removed by RAW. In its place, see my blog titled ‘Nuclear Supremacy for India Over U. S.’ which can be found by a Yahoo search with the title.

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    Tuesday, August 26, 2008What You Should Know About RAW I have written (for example in my article titled ‘India’s Technological and Economic Emancipation’ in my blog titled ‘Nuclear Supremacy For India Over U.S.’) about the continued control of Indian intelligence agencies by British and later American intelligence agencies after 1947. India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) was split off from the Intelligence Bureau which had continued after 1947 to be loyal to the British. Later the Americans supplanted the British and RAW functions as a branch of the CIA against India. As part of this relationship, CIA-RAW exercises extensive control over the Indian media and, among its various activities, engages in sabotage of indigenous research and development to keep India dependent on other countries for defence and other equipment (the nuclear deal is just another CIA-RAW operation of that kind, though of a scope and with consequences far graver than any such operation till now).An example of this is a Bharat-Rakshak discussion thread about a black box installed by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) in the indigenously developed Arjun tank that documented the sabotage of its engines during trials by the Army; such sabotage has been the basis of the Army’s rejection, on RAW’s prompting, of the Arjun tank in favour of imports (as I said in the above article, India‘s Army is the collaborator Army that helped the British rule India and, even after Independence, all its regiments and units have retained their former identities and regularly celebrate the anniversaries of their founding by the British). A CIA-RAW operative, who serves as a moderator on Bharat-Rakshak and controls the forum, recently locked away this discussion thread so that numerous posts that had appeared documenting the sabotage of the Arjun tank were covered up. The major metropolitan newspapers, on most of which CIA-RAW exercises extensive control, have made no mention of the black box — which was like the flight data recorder in aircraft — installed by DRDO in Arjun tanks and the shocking findings about the sabotage even though a report on this was provided to them by the Indo Asian News Service (IANS).There is across the board sabotage by various means by CIA-RAW to keep India down technologically, economically and militarily. RAW’s grip over India is comparable to the old KGB’s grip over the Soviet Union, with the difference that whereas the KGB worked for the good of the Soviet Union, except toward the end, RAW has always worked for its imperialist paymasters. The role of politicians in governing India is insignificant compared to that of CIA-RAW but RAW has no place in the public’s consciousness or in discussions of public affairs in India. An important point about the sabotage of Arjun is that people on the Arjun discussion thread on Bharat-Rakshak were aghast at the Army’s behavior and calling for Army brass being tried for treason, etc. but it will be a mistake to stop with the Army; it is RAW which is behind such sabotage not just of Arjun but of India’s interests, technological, economic and other, in a lot of areas. RAW has operatives in the Army at various levels but it is necessary to go to the root of the problem. RAW has to be destroyed and I have suggested that a brand new external intelligence agency be formed with the help of military intelligence (RAW is supposed to be India’s external intelligence agency but at least 90% of its activities are within India, against India). The destruction of RAW does not mean simply disbanding the agency and letting its employees continue their service to the CIA through other organisations, old or new, or in other roles. It is a mammoth agency with just the number of joint secretaries in the hundreds. It is India’s real ‘government’ and the politicians and civil servants largely obey its dictates. It puts the words in the mouths of cabinet ministers, etc., and determines most policies that are, erroneously, attributed to them. Any one, even a prime minister, whom CIA-RAW considers inconvenient is eliminated, if necessary by death, as I have said regarding the deaths of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and, later, Rajiv Gandhi in my article titled ‘How India‘s economy can grow 30% per year‘ in my blog titled ‘Nuclear Supremacy For India Over US’ on blogspot which can be found by doing a Google search with the words: nuclear supremacy India Satish.Over the past many years, I have shown how almost all terrorist incidents in India since 1983 have been carried out by outfits controlled by the CIA either directly or through intelligence agencies in the region, including India’s RAW. The Jain Commision of Inquiry, which went into Rajiv Gandhi’s death, acknowledged that the LTTE, which carried out his assassination, was created and controlled by RAW. It was an open secret that MQM, in Pakistan’s Sindh province, when it was known as a terrorist organization, was a creation of RAW. But the same is true of many terrorist outfits that operate in India.Another example of RAW’s multifarious activities, that I have described in press releases, articles and letters to the press since 1987, is its spreading heroin addiction and AIDS first in India’s Northeast then elsewhere to provide the United States with a population to use as guinea pigs for AIDS vaccine development, after the CIA was assigned the task of roping in a population for this purpose. I have described how Both Rajiv Gandhi (after being blackmailed with threats of exposure of the Bofors and HDW kickbacks by Swedish and German media at the CIA‘s instigation) and Vajpayee cooperated in this. But terrorism, etc., are the least of its activities; I mentioned those only because the existence of terrorism is publicly known. Its sabotage of India’s research and development activities, of which the sabotage of the Arjun tank is just one example, is among the deadliest of its activities.The nuclear deal and its various aspects — replacing indigenous production of uranium and reactors with imports, the capping, rollback and elimination of India’s nuclear weapons program, media control and buying up politicians, scientists, etc. for this purpose — is just the largest and deadliest of such activities, leaving out the 24-hour satellite surveillance and all the crimes, at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars per year for the past 31 years, against India’s greatest scientist, described in my article titled ‘How India‘s economy can grow 30% per year‘. The point is that all the tens of thousands of RAW employees are guilty of the gravest treason and deserve the death penalty. So do all those — politicians, civil servants and others — who are willing collaborators of CIA-RAW.

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    The Delhi High Court blast was carried out by RAW within a couple of hours of my pointing to RAW’S sabotage of India’s nuclear warheads, to divert attention from it. See ‘What You Should Know About RAW’ below.//

    Just as RAW-induced cricket fever sweeps India and does no good and a lot of harm to India, replacing real victory and supremacy over white countries, for example, with fake ‘victories’ and ’supremacy’ over enemies, Hazare’s fake fast was entertainment — the arrests and conflicts with government are meant to generate support and make/keep him a hero — sponsored by CIA-RAW to keep India ‘Gandhian’ — and so poor, weak and enslaved — due to the recent disclosure that M. K. Gandhi, a lifelong British agent, was a homosexual who wrote to the white man “How completely you have taken possession of my body. It is slavery with a vengeance”. Nehru admitted to U.S. ambassador Galbraith that he was a lifelong British agent. In my press release dated May 31, 2011 I said “In a letter which appeared in Indian Express, Delhi, under the heading “The Organ and the Keys” two decades ago, I described how RAW was supporting the half dozen terrorist groups in Sri Lanka against one another, playing them like the keys of an organ, bringing them all under its control to produce whatever music it wanted. I have said Anna Hazare’s fast was sponsored by CIA-RAW (see my blog below) but now RAW is also supporting Baba Ram Dev and if it makes him prime minister, will keep the threat of bringing his office under Lok Pal and, with true or false charges of corruption against him, keep him under its control. The Intelligence Bureau, out of which RAW was created, did this for half a century under the British — instigating Hindu-Muslim conflicts and partition of India, etc. — and continues the tactic to this day. Other activities of CIA-RAW, the real ruler of India, are deadlier, such as sabotaging its defence and economy. … In the same letter in Indian Express I pointed out that a New York Times report shortly before the 1991 General Elections and Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination said that Rajiv Gandhi told the foreign media in New Delhi that the Indian armed forces had “gone berserk in Kashmir. Human rights have been violated in Kashmir”, that this comment of his was directed at U.S. lawmakers who control the CIA money which elects and keeps India’s prime ministers in office and that the Indian press had failed to report this comment, controlled as it is by the CIA. His assassination followed within days of the publication of this letter of mine.” The entire so-called freedom struggle under M. K. Gandhi consisted of such fake struggle with the government managed by the Intelligence Bureau after the British set up the Indian National Congress through the Britisher A. O. Hume after they had killed over ten million Indians in just the ten years after 1857, depopulating entire regions so there were not enough men left to till the land: The Guardian (August 24, 2007, Internet, report by Randeep Ramesh): “India’s secret history: ‘A holocaust, one where millions disappeared…’: Author says British reprisals involved the killing of 10 m, spread over 10 years:…”; see my blog below.//

    Now for India’s real war of Independence. India has said that its nuclear warheads have been emplaced in various cities/countries such as New Delhi, Washington and New York. The nuclear destruction of these three cities, with a warning that additional U.S. cities will be destroyed if there is any retaliation, is the first step in the implementation of India’s National Security Doctrine. The only way the United States will be able to keep two to three additional cities from being destroyed is by doing nothing in return. Five years later India can finish the job with its coast-to-coast destruction. With the impending nuclear destruction of New Delhi, Washington and New York, nothing else matters. I am India’s expert in strategic defence, the father of India’s strategic program including the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program, the world’s greatest scientist (my biography is in Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World, 2011 and earlier editions) and India’s legitimate ruler and my blog titled ‘Nuclear Supremacy For India Over U. S.’, which can be found by a Yahoo search with the title, answers all questions.

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  • Leon

    I thoroughly enjoyed your writing! Thank you!

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