Let’s learn decent ways to disagree with one another: Bengal Governor

first_imgFreedom to express views is a golden gift of the Constitution and intolerance for it in any form can destroy the democratic fabric of the country, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar said on Sunday. Mr. Dhankar’s comments come close on the heels of State Congress spokesman Samanay Bandopadhyay’s arrest over alleged criticism of the Trinamool Congress government and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on social media.‘Rescued’ Minister The Governor, who has been on a collision course with the State government since he ‘rescued’ Union Minister Babul Supriyo from the grip of agitating students of Jadavpur University here, called for “decent ways” to disagree over a matter. “Expressions of your viewpoint is a golden gift of the Constitution and its intolerance in any form is destructive of democracy. Let’s learn decent ways to disagree with one another. Intolerance by structured mechanism is painfully worrying (sic),” the Governor said without naming anyone.Mr. Dhankar, who took over as the Governor of West Bengal on July 30, had ‘rescued’ Mr. Supriyo last month from a section of agitating students at JU, who tried to stop the Minister from attending an ABVP programme. TMC leaders had alleged that the Governor, who is also the Chancellor of the University, visited the campus without taking the State government into confidence.Security upgrade A fresh war of words erupted last week when TMC Minister Subrata Mukherjee criticised Mr. Dhankar for seeking a security cover upgrade without consulting the State. Mr. Bandopadhyay’s arrest on Thursday sparked outrage among all major opposition parties in Bengal. A section of BJP leaders visited his residence on Saturday to express solidarity with him. Leader of the Congress party in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury had on Friday condemned the TMC government’s move and said, “The arrest of Mr. Bandopadhyay is a classic example of intolerance of the highest order. Samanay was arrested from his home for criticising the State government.” “Such blatant attack on freedom of speech and expression will not stop us from protesting against the ruling dispensation. We condemn such undemocratic assault on freedom of speech,” Mr. Chowdhury had said. Reacting to his allegations, senior TMC leader and party Chief Whip in State Assembly Nirmal Ghosh said, “Mr. Bandopadhyay has been arrested as there are several criminal charges against him. It has nothing to do with criticism of the State government.”last_img read more

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Google Doodle celebrates Ebenezer Cobb Morley, the man who laid down the laws of football

first_imgGoogle Doodle is celebrating the father of modern football Ebenezer Cobb Morley who was born on this day in 1861. He was one of the founding members of the Football Association (FA) and became its first secretary in 1863.He continued as secretary till 1866, after which he became the governing body’s second president till 1874. Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the birthday of Ebenezer Cobb Morley.Without FA, the worlds oldest football association, the modern rules of football would not have existed. Prior to these rules, football was not so orderly and players used to wear projecting nails, iron plates, or gutta percha on the soles or heels of his boots.Morleys 13th law of football specifically prohibited this.Moreover, Morley also made the offsides rule formal, which doesn’t allow players from positioning themselves behind the opponents defensive line permanently. Ebenezer Cobb Morley is known as the ‘father of modern football’.About the life of Morley, the ‘father of modern football’:1Ebenezer Cobb Morley was born in the city of Hull, UK, on August 16, 1831.2Morley was the son of a minister and had been enthusiastic about sports since he was a child.3He studied law and was a solicitor by profession before he left East Yorkshire and went to London when he was 27 years old.4Morley then moved to Barnes in 1858 and founded the Barnes Football Club that same year.5The Football Association was founded by him after he started playing for the club as captain and he was elected as the Honorary Secretary of the FA in 1863.6On March 31, 1866, Ebenezer Cobb Morley played in the first representative match between the clubs of London and Sheffield, and scored in the game. He was made FA president the very next year.7The Barnes and Mortlake Regatta was established by Morley for which he was also secretary (1862-80). He served on the Surrey County Council for Barnes (1903-19) and was a Justice of the Peace.8Ebenezer Cobb Morley passed away in 1924. Ebenezer Cobb Morley played for the Barnes Football Club.Source: piensoluegorio.blogspot.comHow the Football Association was formedWhile he was the captain of the Barnes Football Club, he realised the need for a governing body to lay down the laws of football that would make the game regulated and structured. Ebenezer Cobb Morley sees the lack of regulated rules in the game of football.Thus, he wrote a letter to the Bells Life sports newspaper proposing a governing body for the same.After the newspaper ran the story, football clubs all over England met up at the Freemasons Taven in October 1863, and FA was created.The aim of the FA meeting was to create a single code for football which will unify the game across EnglandadvertisementThe 13 laws of football were created after inputs from all the football clubs.The rules, which were later followed by all English football clubs, were framed over discussions at six meetings at the Freemason’s Tavern and were charted right at the home of Ebenezer Cobb Morley.Controversy regarding new football rules by the Football AssociationThe draft set of 23 rules introduced by Morley in the November 1863 meeting was based on rules collected from schools, universities and football clubs.A couple of rules which included provisions of running with the ball in their hands and “hack the front of the leg” caused a lot of controversy. Source: piensoluegorio.blogspot.comOne of the main football rules Ebenezer Cobb Morley introduced was the 10th rule: If any player shall run with the ball towards his adversaries’ goal, any player on the opposite side shall be at liberty to charge, hold, trip or hack him, or to wrest the ball from him, but no player shall be held and hacked at the same time.This was considered as uncivilised by many but one supporter said that without it “you will do away with the courage and pluck of the game, and it will be bound to bring over a lot of Frenchmen who would beat you with a week’s practice.” Ebenezer Cobb Morley was the man who made football far for organised and structured as seen in this image.Though many other contributions have been made to football by other people, it is all thanks to Ebenezer Cobb Morley that football is less brutal and is played the way it is today.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to [email protected]last_img read more

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