28th Annual WBO Convention 2015 – Orlando, FL, USA

WBO poised to make moves in India in 2016

Dear Friends,

I have no words to express the joy that I felt when I was introduced during the 28th WBO Convention at Orlando, Florida as the sole representative from India and South Asia representing Indian Professional Boxing Association – IPBA.

The resounding applause and the subsequent warm welcome that I received still reverberates in my ears and speaks volumes for the respect that India commands at such forums.

It gives me immense pleasure to not only share this joy but also share with you my article that has been published in the United States.

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FIGHTNEWS.COM / BOXING NEWS / OCTOBER 30TH, 2015

28th Annual WBO Convention 2015 - Indian Professional Boxing Association (IPBA)

By David Finger

Although all eyes in boxing were on Orlando, Florida this week as the World Boxing Organization held its 28th annual convention, one story jumped out during the convention: the imminent emergence of the WBO in what is perhaps the greatest untapped market in boxing. A new face that created the most excitement on the opening day as Mr. Shahe Ali, President of the Indian Professional Boxing Association (IPBA) was in attendance representing India and South Asia. After being introduced to the President of the WBO, he received a warm welcome from the members in attendance. Mr. Ali has expressed a desire to see professional boxing finally make its mark in India, one of the most lucrative and untapped markets for the sport. Mr. Ali expressed his desire to not only promote professional boxing in India, but to also see the WBO grow in India as well. He reiterated that the values of the IPBA, courage, determination, respect, and a passion for boxing, motivated him to come to Orlando to discuss his plans for the sport of boxing in India He also discussed his plans to host a WBO world title fight as early as next year in India, a move that would be a historic event for the sport of boxing. So far only one professional fight card has taken place in India. 

“Our main aim it to promote and establish professional boxing in India,” Mr. Ali said, “We want the entire nation to fall in love with the sport.”

Although Mr. Ali expressed his view that boxing remains “the world’s second most played sport” he noted that, as of yet it does not command a significant fan following in India. However, he remains confident that the IPBA could soon change that.

“India has a huge population and we have great amateurs,” Mr. Ali said. “But they don’t have the opportunity (to fight professional).”

Although Mr. Ali has expressed a desire to work with all sanctioning bodies, including the WBA, WBC, and IBF, he was excited to hear of some of the plans set forth by the WBO. WBO member Danny Leigh expressed a desire to see professional boxing brought up correctly. He stressed that with the help of Mr. Leigh and WBO Vice President Leon Panoncillo, the Professional Boxing Commission of China (which Panoncillo and Leigh helped establish) will work with all parties in India to see that fights are properly sanctioned and that the commission is brought up correctly.

“Eventually they will work with all of the sanctioning bodies,” Mr. Leigh said of the proposed Indian boxing commission. “But right now they are working on the next show in India. Now that we are succeeding in China, we want to transfer that template to India.”

Mr. Leigh expressed a desire to see the Indian boxing commission follow the template set in China and reach a world standard shortly. He also expressed a desire to see a world class main event brought to India, even indicating a desire to see a WBO world title fight hosted there next year. IPBA promoted one card this year in India which was headlined by a WBC regional belt. The fight exceeded all expectations with over 25,000 fans in attendance.

Mr. Ali also envisioned a boxing league not unlike the “League of Fists” in China, where young Indian fighters would take part in a tournament to crown one of them Indian champion. The League of Fists tournament in China has become a popular event in which Chinese fighters are the exclusive participants. Their popularity in China has helped establish boxing in the country and Mr. Ali recognizes that it is a formula that can help establish boxing in India as well.

IPBA plans to promote events beginning with an emphasis on both building up boxing at a grass root level as well as exposing Indian boxing fans to world class international events: to give the young Indian fighters the exposure while also allowing them to emerge as not only domestic talents, but international talents.

Their aim and endeavor is to bring the sport of boxing in India to be at a level on par with other sports, so that the athletes get the best facilities and opportunities and are able to improve their standard of life.

Mr. Ali personally thanked WBO President Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcarcel, WBO Vice President for Asia-Pacific Leon Panoncillo, and WBO member Danny Leigh for their efforts to bring professional boxing to India.

Their aim and endeavor is to bring the sport of boxing in India to be at a level on par with other sports, so that the athletes get the best facilities and opportunities and are able to improve their standard of life.

Mr. Ali personally thanked WBO President Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcarcel, WBO Vice President for Asia-Pacific Leon Panoncillo, and WBO member Danny Leigh for their efforts to bring professional boxing to India.

Kashmir — The Paradise on Earth

To experience the ambiance of heaven on earth and to be enthralled by the beauty of nature, come to Kashmir. Kashmir is one of the most sought after travel destinations not only in India but in the world. It is amazingly beautiful and is blessed with awesome beauty of nature, lovely waterfalls, snow capped mountain peaks, lush green surrounding, fruit laden orchards, green meadows with blossoming flowers and many other exciting and fascinating as such.

Situated between your Pir Panjal hill variety and also the Himalayas, Kashmir is actually elegance personified. Kashmir, dazzling with alluring sight scenes presents a real treat for tourists. It is a real paradise on earth lying on the lap of Himalayas beholding a fabulous collection of tourist places. This wonderland enclosed in the blanket of snow is a perfect choice for your summer holiday trip. Journey through the mist covered hills of Kashmir offers you an adventurous and thrilling experience. Beautiful landscape with versatile diversities makes your dream vacation real. Shanti Stupa, Pahalgam, Ragunath temple and Dal Lake are some of the hot tourist places included under the list of Kashmir attractions.

For honeymoon couples, this is a perfect place. The feeling of going to Kashmir is so exciting that it cannot be expressed in words. Kashmir is blessed with tranquil lakes, alpine pastures and also snow capped hills. Going to Kashmir for honeymoon is a blissful experience. There are varieties of Kashmir honeymoon packages. The honeymoon couple may start their ideal life by planning their honeymoon in Kashmir.

Kashmir is also renowned for its spiritual centre for Hindu devotees. It nestles various revered holy shrines. The caves of Amarnath, devoted to Lord Shiva, are one of the most eminent pilgrimage sites for Hindu worshippers in Kashmir. The caves are speculated to be 5000 years old and during the months of May to August, an ice Lingam is being formulated. This is the time when tourists from the entire world visit Kashmir to see the sanctified Lingam personifying God Shiva.

Kashmir can also be house to a lot of sanctuaries, nationwide recreational areas as well as biosphere supplies. Dachigam Nationwide Recreation area, Gulmarg Biosphere Book, Hemis Thin air Animals Refuge as well as Overa Nationwide Recreation area tend to be a few of the locations which emphasize the actual wealthy plants and creatures associated with Kashmir.

Dal Lake is a popular tourist place located at the east of Srinagar city. This enchanting spot in Kashmir is a composition of a series of lakes. House boat riding through alluring Dal Lake dedicates an exotic view of landscape for tourists. Mughal gardens lying on the lake shore add glitters to the beauty of Dal Lake. These beautiful gardens were built during the ruling period of Jahangir, the great son of Mughal Emperor Akbar.

Luxury house boating facilities, multi cuisine restaurants with traditional dishes and alluring valleys enhance Kashmir tourism to a maximum level. Huge glaciers, sky blue lakes and snow capped Himalayas highlight the beauty of Kashmir. October to March is considered as the best months for visiting Kashmir.

About Dubai from the Independent

A snippet of an article about Dubai from the Independent
About Dubai from the Independent
There are three different Dubais, all swirling around each other. There are the expats, there are the Emiratis, headed by Sheikh Mohammed; and then there is the foreign underclass who built the city, and are trapped here. They are hidden in plain view. You see them everywhere, in dirt-caked blue uniforms, being shouted at by their superiors, like a chain gang – but you are trained not to look. It is like a mantra: the Sheikh built the city. The Sheikh built the city. Workers? What workers?

Every evening, the hundreds of thousands of young men who build Dubai are bussed from their sites to a vast concrete wasteland an hour out of town, where they are quarantined away. Until a few years ago they were shuttled back and forth on cattle trucks, but the expats complained this was unsightly, so now they are shunted on small metal buses that function like greenhouses in the desert heat. They sweat like sponges being slowly wrung out.

Sonapur is a rubble-strewn patchwork of miles and miles of identical concrete buildings. Some 300,000 men live piled up here, in a place whose name in Hindi means “City of Gold”. In the first camp I stop at – riven with the smell of sewage and sweat – the men huddle around, eager to tell someone, anyone, what is happening to them.

Sahinal Monir, a slim 24-year-old from the deltas of Bangladesh. “To get you here, they tell you Dubai is heaven. Then you get here and realise it is hell,” he says. Four years ago, an employment agent arrived in Sahinal’s village in Southern Bangladesh. He told the men of the village that there was a place where they could earn 40,000 takka a month (£400) just for working nine-to-five on construction projects. It was a place where they would be given great accommodation, great food, and treated well. All they had to do was pay an up-front fee of 220,000 takka (£2,300) for the work visa – a fee they’d pay off in the first six months, easy. So Sahinal sold his family land, and took out a loan from the local lender, to head to this paradise.

As soon as he arrived at Dubai airport, his passport was taken from him by his construction company. He has not seen it since. He was told brusquely that from now on he would be working 14-hour days in the desert heat – where western tourists are advised not to stay outside for even five minutes in summer, when it hits 55 degrees – for 500 dirhams a month (£90), less than a quarter of the wage he was promised. If you don’t like it, the company told him, go home. “But how can I go home? You have my passport, and I have no money for the ticket,” he said. “Well, then you’d better get to work,” they replied.

Sahinal was in a panic. His family back home – his son, daughter, wife and parents – were waiting for money, excited that their boy had finally made it. But he was going to have to work for more than two years just to pay for the cost of getting here – and all to earn less than he did in Bangladesh.
He shows me his room. It is a tiny, poky, concrete cell with triple-decker bunk-beds, where he lives with 11 other men. All his belongings are piled onto his bunk: three shirts, a spare pair of trousers, and a cellphone. The room stinks, because the lavatories in the corner of the camp – holes in the ground – are backed up with excrement and clouds of black flies. There is no air conditioning or fans, so the heat is “unbearable. You cannot sleep. All you do is sweat and scratch all night.” At the height of summer, people sleep on the floor, on the roof, anywhere where they can pray for a moment of breeze.

The water delivered to the camp in huge white containers isn’t properly desalinated: it tastes of salt. “It makes us sick, but we have nothing else to drink,” he says.
The work is “the worst in the world,” he says. “You have to carry 50kg bricks and blocks of cement in the worst heat imaginable … This heat – it is like nothing else. You sweat so much you can’t pee, not for days or weeks. It’s like all the liquid comes out through your skin and you stink. You become dizzy and sick but you aren’t allowed to stop, except for an hour in the afternoon. You know if you drop anything or slip, you could die. If you take time off sick, your wages are docked, and you are trapped here even longer.”

He is currently working on the 67th floor of a shiny new tower, where he builds upwards, into the sky, into the heat. He doesn’t know its name. In his four years here, he has never seen the Dubai of tourist-fame, except as he constructs it floor-by-floor.

Is he angry? He is quiet for a long time. “Here, nobody shows their anger. You can’t. You get put in jail for a long time, then deported.” Last year, some workers went on strike after they were not given their wages for four months. The Dubai police surrounded their camps with razor-wire and water-cannons and blasted them out and back to work.

The “ringleaders” were imprisoned. I try a different question: does Sohinal regret coming? All the men look down, awkwardly. “How can we think about that? We are trapped. If we start to think about regrets…” He lets the sentence trail off. Eventually, another worker breaks the silence by adding: “I miss my country, my family and my land. We can grow food in Bangladesh. Here, nothing grows. Just oil and buildings.”

Since the recession hit, they say, the electricity has been cut off in dozens of the camps, and the men have not been paid for months. Their companies have disappeared with their passports and their pay. “We have been robbed of everything. Even if somehow we get back to Bangladesh, the loan sharks will demand we repay our loans immediately, and when we can’t, we’ll be sent to prison.”

This is all supposed to be illegal. Employers are meant to pay on time, never take your passport, give you breaks in the heat – but I met nobody who said it happens. Not one. These men are conned into coming and trapped into staying, with the complicity of the Dubai authorities.

Sahinal could well die out here. A British man who used to work on construction projects told me: “There’s a huge number of suicides in the camps and on the construction sites, but they’re not reported. They’re described as ‘accidents’.” Even then, their families aren’t free: they simply inherit the debts. A Human Rights Watch study found there is a “cover-up of the true extent” of deaths from heat exhaustion, overwork and suicide, but the Indian consulate registered 971 deaths of their nationals in 2005 alone. After this figure was leaked, the consulates were told to stop counting.
At night, in the dusk, I sit in the camp with Sohinal and his friends as they scrape together what they have left to buy a cheap bottle of spirits. They down it in one ferocious gulp. “It helps you to feel numb”, Sohinal says through a stinging throat. In the distance, the glistening Dubai skyline he built stands, oblivious.

 

Delhi Election 2015

There were enough signs to indicate what you see in Delhi may not be true at all. There were lot of things going on behind closed doors and was not known outside a tiny group in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). BJP is a very well organized outfit with sympathizers in every layer of government, judiciary, media, commerce and industry. It is unlikely all this is happening due to poor management. Then is all this ‘bad management’ part of a deliberate plan to lose Delhi? A lot actually.
 
Here are some reasons why:
 
1: BJP inducted three rejects of India Against Corruption movement and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) into its fold — Kiran Bedi projected as BJP’s chief ministerial candidate, Shazia Ilmi and Vinod Kumar Binni. As per plans Bedi is BJP’s scapegoat to save Modi’s image.
2: Kejriwal’s Delhi WIN will be projected as a victory of a mass movement, media will eulogize Kejriwal, hail him as a hero and will dissect AAP’s campaign for days. Also this will divert attention of the people who are getting restless from Modi’s inability to deliver on his election promises.
3: Kejriwal will have no honeymoon period, both media and voters will demand immediate results, at least on corruption, power tariffs, VAT (value added tax), health hotline and WiFi. A hostile government at the Centre will not help him either. This spotlight on Kejriwal will come as a huge relief for Modi.
4: Sangh Parivar machinery can now unleash its foot soldiers to polarize voters with low-intensity disturbances ahead of the two big battles — Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Bihar.
5: BJP’s top brass is aware that if the party plans to win Delhi, the state will remain a headache — partly due to Kejriwal in opposition and partly because of impatient voters who expect immediate results and good governance, something the BJP is unsure of delivering. Proving that losing Delhi isn’t such a bad idea!
6: Now BJP can deploy numerous tactics to not let Kejriwal do what he want’s thus proving him a failure in Delhi. BJP team knows that many of the promises by kejriwal are impractical and cannot be fulfilled and this will snatch his ‘Nayak'(Hero) image.
7: This undeliverable performance of Kejriwal will surely break his image through out the country making him unpopular in other states limiting his scope in next Lok Sabha Elections.
8: Now the One-Man-Army AAP will not be able to spread itself in other states nationwide because the face(Kejriwal) of party will be busy managing Delhi for next 5 years. And there is no other mob-attractor face in AAP.
9: BJP knows that if they win Delhi, Kejriwal in Opposition will make their life hell and will criticize their every action if its not the best one.
10: Now the media houses have 2 faces Modi and Kejriwal to criticize. BJP knows this will surely save Modi from being the only target of media & mass criticism.
 
Though personally I believe Arvind Kejriwal can do his magic and can change the fate of Delhi. I wish him all the best. Hope you set an example for other politician’s!!

Delhi — Dubai — Delhi (30:01:2005 — 30:01:2015)

✽ Delhi — Dubai — Delhi (30:01:2005 — 30:01:2015) ✽
Today is 30th January, this date is really very important in my Life. I still remember it was Sunday and I was on IGI Airport Delhi, going to Dubai to start New Journey of my Life. My All Family Members, Friends and Relatives ‘re there to see me before going to Dubai. Now 10 years have been completed and I am missing those special moments which I have spent together with my Friends. I Miss You Always!