March 25, 2016, ICC World T20, India.

Srinivas Nyapathy Writes,

See how close the bat is to the ball…This is how close Bangladesh came to beat India that night. If the batsman had gotten even a faint edge, the ball would have raced to the boundry.

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Congress’s desparate “Telengana Tamasha”

                                                Srinivas Nyapathy Writes:

Inspite of lakhs of people taking to the streets across Seemandhra, genuinely disgusted with the centre’s move to go ahead with the ill planned process  for  creating Telengana,  which these people feel is a decision riddled with injustice all over it for their region, the centre, refers to the letters given in support of the state’s division by majority of opposition parties in  Andhra , as a excuse to get away from the criticism of a decision taken by them. This despite, the parties reiterating that this is not the way to divide a state..!

The centre wishes to shove the Sri Krishna Committee recommendations under the carpet, a committe that was constituted by the UPA itself, as the recommendations do not suit its plans. The centre  hides itself away from the fact that their own state Congress ministers have quit the party against the bifurcation, Central ministers also decided to resign from their posts for all the injustice being meted out to the people of seemandhra. Among many embrassments for the UPA-2 under the muted, remote controlled, “un”able Prime Ministership of Mr Manmohan Singh, this Telengana Tamasha takes the cake with none other than the Andhra Pradesh Chief minister, a congress leader himself,  going up against the decision of bifurcation. The CM surprised everyone and members of his own party by going to the extent of giving interviews to the media as to how  Seemandhra will suffer with this decision. He cautioned that many irksome issues would  crop up because of the bifurcation,  and they need to be addressed before any announcement of bifurcation, if at all.

But the High command tries to ignore  all this and shamelessly puts the onus on the opposition parties’ letters. If at all UPA is so keen to act on opposition letters, there are many asking the PM to answer the letters with questions regarding Coal Scam, Many letters  regarding the weak foreign policy. Letters regarding other states asking about bifurcations in their states. Why harp only about the YSRCP and TDP letters ??  Because, those letters suit the music UPA wants to play and what it wants people to hear.

The Congress and its high command should find better ways than stooping to dividing states to get ahead in the 2014 elections.

The challenge for Congress to win elections in the future, and form a Government, will be to find leaders who know politics and who can “play” it well. Today UPA is “playing” into the hands of the opposition. One recent example is the dramatic development of Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi strongly criticizing his own government’s decision to pass an ordinance to allow convicted politicians to contest elections and said it is nonsense and that it should be “torn up”.  This is only a small example of panic and confusion in party with 2014 elections round the corner.

The Seemandhra Agitation failed to make the Central Government react in its favour. The softness of the Samaikya agitation only seemed to egg the pro Telengana lobby on to push ahead with the tabling of the T note and march towards the creation of Telengana.

Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul, both have not spoken publicly about the crisis in Andhra.  The Congress team, handling the Telengana and Seemandhra issue seems to lack the experience and the understanding to handle a crisis as serious as this. The party High Command  is finding it hard to keep its folk together in Andhra’s  3 regions and make them speak in one tone. UPA’s strategy is its much talked about merger with TRS in Telengana and YSRCP in Seemandhra to ride it back to power in 2014, than focussing on welfare schemes like did Late Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy.

The Congress’s eyes are fixed on the fringe benefits. Telangana has 17 Lok Sabha seats and 119 assembly seats. Should there be a Telangana Rashtra Samithi-Congress coalition/merger, it can aspire to the  figure of 60 assembly seats and 12-14 LS seats. TRS chief , however, has reportedly not only ruled out a merger but is non-committal even on an alliance with the Congress.  The gamble taken by the Congress  might cost them heavily  in Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema. Congress fortunes are in absolute tatters,  owing to the  anti-Centre mood, anti-Telangana mood,  the Jagan factor.  And in Seemandhra, which has 25 LS seats and 175 assembly seats,  The Congress currently holds 97 seats, where as the the simple majority is 80, but with a strong Jaganmohan Reddy wave forecast, it would need to have a post-poll alliance with YSR Congress.

It can be understood that the  Congress believes having TRS and YSRCP on its side will help it almost neutralise the TDP. Without a TRS alliance, the Congress would be vulnerable in the Telangana region.

It was very evident when asked on the day CWC took a step forward on Telengana Mr Digvijay Singh is on record saying , he is expecting the TRS to merge with Congress. Unless desparate, and trying to send a signal to TRS, why say it on National TV that too on that very day ?

How shameful can it get for the Congress when political experts  feel , even the timely release of Jagan Mohan Reddy and all the drama associated with it, is part of a script for 2014 elections. Shameful because, while YSR was at the helm in Andhra, things were under control. With guidance of Pranab Mukherjee also missing now, Congress under Sonia Gandhi, is at a complete loss and at its wits end  to garner maximum number of seats from Telugus of the 3 regions. The only way to achieve that is to burn Seemandhra, while posing as if doing justice to telengana’s fight for, well, once the fight was for development, now….pride ??!!  The people of Seemandhra are at loss to understand if the UPA even realises that in creating Telengana, they are actually creating another state in the form of this kicked out Seemandhra with a new Capital , and  a new assembly and relegated to using Hyderabad once its capital , only as a unwanted tenent for 10 painful years ? May be the people of Seemenadhra should wait for some other political compulsion for the Congress which would force it  to do justice for them. I conclude this by putting forth the opening paragraph of an article in Frontline by Mr. S Nagesh Kumar  “ The Congress is clearly eyeing a pre-poll alliance with the TRS in Telangana and a post-poll alliance with the YSR Congress in Seemandhra. In this cynical game, it is dividing not only Andhra Pradesh politically but also the eight crore Telugu-speaking people in their minds and hearts.  NEVER in the past three decades has a ruling party in Andhra Pradesh attracted so much public ire as the Congress after its July 30 announcement to carve out a separate Telangana State.  Such is the Congress’ political ambition that votes come first and the people next. This has driven the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre so much out of sync with the ground realities in Andhra Pradesh that it has reduced the raging political storm to a game of chess. If the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and the YSR Congress are the major pieces on this chequered board and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president N. Chandrababu Naidu is the adversary, the people are the pawns in its political game.”

The Rajiv Gandhi Assasination Verdict: Spare them from the gallows

Srinivas Nyapathy Writes                                                          August 31, 2011       

The resolution passed by the Tamil Nadu Assembly against the scheduled hanging of three convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case and the Madras High Court’s stay on their executions have started off  raging debates on the death sentences and the long delays in deciding the mercy petitions.

The three convicts , Murugan, Santhan and Arivu —got a reprieve for 8 weeks from the Madras High Court yesterday by contending that their death sentences should be commuted to life in prison due to the 11 years of delay in rejecting  their mercy petitions.
 Of the three, Murugan and Santhan are Sri Lankan Tamils. They were core members of the LTTE team that carried out the ground work for the assassination and Perarivalan ( alias Arivu), an Indian, was charged with buying the battery cells used in the belt bomb worn by the suicide bomber, who carried out the assassination. 
All three were convicted and sentenced to death for murder and criminal conspiracy. The assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, shook India, coming as it did, days before the country was going to the polls and during the heat of the Election campaigning. 
This gruesome, coldblooded crime, deserves the harshest punishment. Having said that, sending the convicts to the gallows is not a solution, serves no purpose, it doesn’t in anyway help in minimizing or lightening the cruelty of taking another person’s life, in this case, a former Indian Prime Minister himself. Today , in a modern system of criminal justice,  Capital Punishment has no place.
In the proceedings at the Madras High Court, The argument from the convicts side has been that, if the delay in deciding the mercy petition was excessive or unjustified then, the execution of death sentence would amount to harsh and inhuman punishment violating Article 21 and that the court should commute the death sentence.
Two similar pleas made by Afzal Guru, sentenced to death for the December 13, 2001, terror attack on Parliament, and Devender Pal Singh Bhullar,  facing gallows for the 1993 bomb attack on the then Youth Congress leader MS Bitta are a case in point, All these death row convicts have cited apex court  verdicts which said delays over mercy pleas would entail commutation of the death sentences. However, the Supreme Court has not specified the period of delay.
Only 52 people ( Official figures ) have been executed since Independence. There have hardly been any executions in the recent past, as almost 18 mercy petitions are still pending with the Union Home Ministry or the President. Other than “Auto”Shankar’s  execution in Salem in 1995, there has only been One execution , that of Dhananjoy Chatterjee in 2004.
Senior advocates representing the three death row convicts, at Madras HC, contended that the delay rendered the death penalty imposed on them illegal and unconstitutional. Ram Jethmalani, senior counsel, arguing for Murugan, submitted that every country in Europe was free from death penalty. Colin Gonsalves, counsel for Perarivalan, said as per Article 21, no person should be deprived of his life or personal liberty except according to procedure established by law. Taking 11 years for disposing of the mercy petition was not a procedure established by law.
The Hindu in an editorial said , “Globally, an increasing number of countries are tending towards abolition of the death penalty. Ninety-six have done away with it, and 34 are abolitionist in practice by observing official or unofficial moratoria on executions. India too has not carried out any legal execution since 2004, though every year the courts add substantially to the numbers who face the threat of execution. That the government is suddenly eager to fast-track death penalties that it has sat on for years may be no coincidence. But hanging a few condemned prisoners is not going to redeem the UPA in the eyes of the nation. The case of the three LTTE operatives on death row at Vellore offers an opportunity to put an end to the death penalty without in any way going soft on their crimes. The government must seize it by commuting their sentences to life, extending this to all other death row prisoners as well.”
As it stands now, the three convicts  got a reprieve on Tuesday, with the Madras High Court staying their execution, which was due to be carried out on September 9.
The Division Bench said, as the matter involved the consideration of a question of law, the petitions were being admitted and there would be an interim injunction. The Bench said the counter should be filed in eight weeks.
As soon as the order was dictated in the court hall, there were joyous shouts inside and outside. Slogans were raised on the court premises. Crackers were burst in front of the court.
The accused, is going through unbearable mental agony when the mercy petition is kept aside in cold storage. The convict and his family die each minute  and every minute, as the decision is delayed and  prolonged.. Capital punishment should be  done away with, as early as it can be. 
Abandon those gallows for good.

N Ram of THE HINDU visits to Rajahmundry barrage

Shri N Ram’s Visit to Rajahmundry
Photos of his visit to the barrage
 Nyapathy Srinivas, Shri JRK Sarma, Shri Narasimha Rao, 
and BVS Bhaskar of The Hindu sharing a lighter moment 
with Shri N Ram
Pic by Shri Deepak of  The Hindu

The Indian Rupee symbol

 I had presented my designs for the Indian Rupee to the finance ministry, and missed it all by  just a whisker, it seems.

The design as shown below is very close to the one the ministry has chosen,in terms of the concept and look.

I am extremely happy that i had this great opportunity of working on something as historic as the Indian Rupee Symbol. And to see that the panel has chosen a similar concept and design is thrilling.







The design that i had presented, represents the indian ethos and culture , which is one among others that  finance ministry wanted to see in the symbol , through the use of ancient indian script in the form of letter “Ra”

The significance of using the the letter “ra” is the fact that Rupee or Rupiya start with “R”.

Rs. is already accepted symbol for Indian rupee worldwide, this symbol that i had created takes that into account, as it resembles the english “R” without the vertical line.

This design has to be scribbled quickly and in small sizes in banks , financial institutions
many times each day , it will be scribbled by the  common man every now and then, so it cannot be a complex design, just like a dollar symbol, Or the Euro or the has to be very simple.

All these currencies worlwide that i mentioned, have a english letter.
As this currency symbol would not  be used only in india..but all over the world, should also be taken into consideration how comfortable rest of the world will be, scribbling  this symbol. Just like it would  be difficult to memorise a chinese or japanese script for us who are not familiar with that language and use it when ever needed.

Hence, I felt that a R without the vertical line would do the task  of keeping the english element in the design at the same time looking as the “Ra”  in our ancient indian script.

The 2 horizantal lines on top connotes the steadiness and stability of the currency.  The line below also helps to complete the shape of the “Ra” in ancient script.

As far as the Symbol chosen by the ministry is concerned , but for a little more clarity with the “English R  alphabet ” in the design, which might make it tough for non indians to use it, they have made a good choise in choosing a symbol that connotes the country’s ethos and currency stability.


Joining the club of other major currencies of the world like the US dollar, 
the pound sterling, the yen and the euro among others, the Indian 
rupee too is set to get its unique identification symbol that is 
recognisable worldwide.

In February 2009, the Finance Ministry had invited Indian residents

to participate in a competition for designing a ‘symbol for the Indian 

rupee’, the results of which are to be announced today.  

Five designs have been shortlisted by the government after this 

all-India contest, of which one will be denoted as the symbol for 

the rupee. These signs are easy to write and are specially designed

to appeal to Indian and international community.  

A symbol reflecting the Hindi alphabet ‘R’ is likely to be approved.

As a designer i had submitted a few designs for the finance ministry’s persual in the all-India contest. One of which in concept and look is similar  to the 4th one in the above approved designs, My work which was submitted is below. May be a case of so near yet…