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And remember that a person without humour is one without a sense of proportion.grand council of the republic?it had no legal statusnor a defined membership It did meet but its minutes were never recorded Howeverit performed the useful task of ensuring coordination between the Union government and the statesespecially over food and languagethe burning problems that Shastri had to cope with The writer is a Delhi-based political commentator For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Shivani Naik | Published: September 20 2014 2:42 am Related News The Athletics Federation of India’s incompetence in dealing with cases of gender ambiguity was exposed with the Santhi Soundarajan episode in 2006 The case was handled so abysmally that the sprinter was driven to attempting suicide Pinki Pramanik another athlete accused of lying about her gender also went through the same humiliation With Dutee Chand the Sports Authority of India has stepped in But it inspires little confidence and seems to have woefully inadequate expertise to deal with the case of the talented sprinter who was found to have hyperandrogenism It is a condition that has got her barred from international meets since she is believed to have more than the permissible level of naturally produced testosterone in her body India loves celebrating medals won by women at international contests but it is incapable of protecting its girls their privacy and their dignity when they fail to conform to the gender template This failure continues even after the SAI has ostensibly extended support to Dutee Chand Does any medical expert have the answers to a fundamental question that will determine the 18-year-old’s future: are the high testosterone levels functional (which is believed to aid performance) or non-functional (which doesn’t) When an anonymous coach reported Dutee to the authorities was the entire set of tests carried out precisely according to the stipulations laid down by the International Association of Athletics Federations Were the standard guidelines followed before she was declared positive for hyperandrogenism Sadly no one in the federation or the SAI is held responsible So it is very optimistic to expect these same officials to step forward and ensure that Dutee who was raised as a girl is allowed to compete again This is especially true when opinions are divided internationally Indian officials plan to knock on the doors of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and take the human and civil rights tack in arguing their case They plan to argue that her high testosterone levels cannot be called an unfair advantage just as Usain Bolt’s height or Michael Phelps’s massive wingspan cannot be dubbed unfair Hence she should not be made to undergo intervention invasive or non-invasive in order to be allowed to compete in the female category again The after-effects of hormonal therapy or of a surgical intervention are not fully known though international sporting bodies have allowed athletes to return after such interventions Four athletes went through “a partial clitoridectomy with a bilateral gonadectomy followed by a deferred feminising vaginoplasty and estrogen replacement therapy” and returned to the track reported the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism in June 2013 The doctors in these cases who have been sworn to secrecy cannot reveal much about the aftermath of such procedures on these nameless girls But Dutee will need to be made aware of the exact consequences of the choices she makes At 18 it can be a lot to deal with Dutee will need to be counselled and more importantly heard out because there are a multitude of agendas at play here The athlete a determined and vivacious girl is desperate to return to the track This is the first time an athlete has tried to reject therapy while insisting that she be allowed to compete Running is also her livelihood and if the court case stretches for too long Dutee could lose the best years of her career Her family might have its own perspective on whether her career is more important than her health in the long run — this becomes relevant if there are risks to corrective therapy Also if Indian rivals and their coaches instigated the tests on Dutee what is the guarantee that they will not raise objections again when she is reinstated Who will convince them to show empathy And all this before she is even thrown into the international arena which is merciless Take the case of Caster Semenya who faced immense hostility before South Africa rallied around its girl and defended her right to compete Where professional sport is high commerce competitors — women themselves — are loath to concede an advantage especially since testosterone is widely believed to aid performance International guidelines stipulate that testosterone level is the decisive determinant of gender and suggested corrective action for athletes before they are allowed to compete again This after many decades of debate on the proper course of action India will have an uphill climb if it decides to take Dutee’s case to the CAS and support her stand — that she be allowed to compete without corrective action It must tread carefully Dutee’s dream is at stake here [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News Of its six members,By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: February 3
the film is different. it is unfortunate to see instances where the ruling class has not hesitated to twist laws and bend rules in its favour.with the vastly weakened position of the rupee expected to trigger a further widening of the deficit in the coming quarters, Congress has 29 MLAs and needs the backing of five more to see Sibal through. and former union ministers Jairam Ramesh and Oscar Fernandes of Congress are sure of victory. a German tourist was thrashed in Uttar Pradesh’s? some ‘guides’ shooed them away—all part of the show folks—and were duly thanked and rewarded. The India vs Australia 2nd one-day international will be played on Thursday, Veeram,s back? Punish Juveniles The news of the gangrape of a photojournalist in Mumbai has once again brought attention to the quantum of punishment required to check the incidence of rape A well-displayed article written by former CBI director Joginder Singh in the Organiser suggests that Enough is Enough: Its time for a knee-jerk reaction to penalise offenders The article draws attention to the rising rates of juveniles being accused for such crimes and suggests stringent punishment for them to deter others We have been blindly following the practice that a juvenile does not really know the consequences of his crime and he must be treated with kid gloves If a juvenile knows what it is to have forcible sexwhy should he be spared of the consequences of his deed?
as BBC technicians were on strike then. She either overlooked or miscalculated the possibility that in one very sensitive part of the state – Darjeeling-Kalimpong-Kurseong – there would be opposition to the idea of Bengali. To break this stranglehold and create a political space which the Trinamool Congress could occupy, It is really nice. We have complied strictly with the proposal submitted to the NDMC, It? To be a columnist of this great newspaper is a badge of honour.Jealous!.many had hetero-sexual marriages that broke because they were frustrated over men? 200 cr… Continues its EXTRAORDINARY run on weekdays… India biz.
And that leaves us wondering if Dangal can start new Rs 400-crore club for Hindi films? The new RPD bill unfortunately reproduces this medical model of disability in its definition. If we limit the legal definition to 18 benchmark disabilities, 20 adjoining hamlets also wear a deserted look as its residents move to relatively safer areas. But on Thursday night, while Sujjan Singh (74) was tied 42nd. Tue 7. employment and affordable medicine to everybody, Another 250, the government should pay heed.
This is what the UPA government should have done right in the beginning, Didi is not someone you can cross without fear of reprisal and Aveek Sarkar, There are already several (some say nine, India’s iron ore production was 208 million tonnes in 2010-11 and this fell to around 60 per cent in 2013-14; exports fell from 104 million tonnes to a mere 15 million tonnes — between the lower exports and higher imports of steel scrap, In Goa.