The IPL Twenty20 cricket matches in 2013 have given us both the memorable and the forgettable. The memorable part in the 2013 edition has been the awesome West Indian talent on display. No wonder West Indies is the current holder of the World Cup in the shortest format of the game. The IPL’s orange cap holder for highest runs at the time of going to press has been the powerful and big-hitting Jamaican Chris Gayle. He’s now dominated bowlers for three successive IPL editions. The purple cap holder with highest wickets has also been Trinidad and Tobago’s Dwayne Bravo, followed closely by fellow countryman Sunil Narine. Besides Gayle, some of the other power striking has come from Kieron Pollard, another Trinidadian. Some of the better fast bowling on display has been from Jason Holder from Barbados. Fellow Barbadian Dwayne Smith is always a danger man with the bat. With such world class talent, it augurs well for the Caribbean islands. The flip side has been the arrests of three cricketers from the Rajasthan Royals franchise on charges of spot-fixing. That big money which the players receive to play IPL is not enough to satisfy desires, and that greed has eaten into the vitals of the game in spite of so much anti-corruption activity, is amply demonstrated by the arrests. There is a non-seriousness attached to club cricket, with practically no franchise loyalty whatsoever. That is what the bookies have exploited to the hilt with the help of some cash-loving cricketers, of course.
It is the willingness of the Malaysian PIO families to invest in quality education on their children, often in spite of their hard economic background—Indians in Malaysia started out mostly as indentured labour—that has created a very strong medical community in Malaysia. Over 28 per cent of the doctors in Malaysia are of Indian origin. Dr Kamalanathan Sappani, one of the most-known and respected medical doctors from the PIO community in Malaysia, sees this as a deep desire on the part of the PIOs to keep the connection with Mother India alive. For the past nearly four decades, hundreds of Malaysian PIOs have come to study in medical colleges in India, mostly in southern India, especially in places like Chennai, Manipal, Mysore, Belgaum, Gulbarga. The Indian Government has been supportive of PIOs who’ve come to study medicine in India. The PIOs in turn have turned into role models for the next generation that has followed suit. This has been a truly fantastic way of keeping one’s links with the ancestral land alive. No doctor could have prescribed
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