Thursday, July 19, 2012
Cricket Politics Or Are We Shameless?
In reply to a Tweet of mine Rajdeep Sardesai scribed – “I support India Vs Pakistan cricket series but let’s not expect it to solve political differences”. I agree as a cricket lover myself to see the old rivalry reigniting in the park like any other cricket enthusiast. What else one as a diehard fan of the game can ask for than the regular encounters involving these two great cricketing nations? No two ways about what Rajdeep said as long as you don’t look beyond the semantics of the game for the heck of it. The moment you look beyond those fours and sixes or the occasional Kangaroo jumps of Javed Miandad to mock the opponent, it is all shoddy. Shoddy not because we are planning to play against the national team of our perpetual enemy number-1 but because the environment that is surrounding us as neighbors is not at all conducive for anything; let alone playing a game of cricket.
Now here is the thing. Most of the nations across the globe have some differences or the other with their neighboring countries. Differences are at times of minimal magnitude like that the Germans and the French enjoy. While at other instances the differences are too wide for comfort, like that between Iran and Israel. A quick glance at the last half a century relationship that we enjoy with Pakistan, it requires no Nobel laureate’s intellect to realize that it belongs to the latter category than the former. In just a span of sixty odd years since we were separated we have already fought two major wars with a third one like the Kargil which Islamabad is vehemently denying of having any hand till date. The diplomatic relationships are no rosy either. In an attempt at garnering the zonal supremacy, it always was a cat fight among the diplomats of both the sides every time they met. There seems to be a long list of issues between the two countries which no one is sure if it could be resolved someday. From Kashmir to international water dispute; from Line Of Control to the Indus Water treaty; it is only hostility that is all over the place. We two countries are so poles apart that we are not even approachable to amicably agree to disagree. Millions of bilateral discussions to bridge the differences not only have failed miserably but rather have widened the differences further.
Does anything on the above paragraph suggest that we should get into a game of cricket fro logging everything else? Of course we can in the name of the so called goodwill gesture but is that what we Indians really wish to do or need to do? Attempt at establishing peace is futile if both the parties don’t accept the mutuality and agree to take a step forward. Nothing would be achieved if we commit ourselves to mend our ways for the sake of peace in the region while the other party remains as stubborn and rogue as they were to begin with. I mean after such bitterness which further is kept bitter by design through hundreds of terror attacks on our soil in disguise of a proxy war, do we still believe it is only obligatory on our part to walk that extra mile just because we are a bigger and more responsible nation? Can we really forget the innocents who were killed by the Zihadis from that side and go on a hugging spree on a cricket pitch? Can we just ignore the fact that it is the terror organizations like LeT, JuD, Harkat-Ul-Mujahideen in connivance with their state owned institutions like ISI plan, design and execute terror attacks on our soil with a sole motto to kill our own brothers and sisters? Can we really forget the bloodshed and go ahead playing games with them as if nothing has ever happened and yet not become a laughing stock and termed as outright shameless?
Let’s see why we shelved any cricketing ties with Pakistan at the first place. Once the involvement of Pakistan as a state in 26/11 was cleared beyond doubt we thought ‘enough is enough’. We can’t just tolerate someone backstabbing us every time we wave an Olive branch. Along with many things the cricketing relationship also got hit post that unfortunate incident. That was a day and yesterday was another day when we conveniently decided to end the proxy apathy and have a game of cricket sooner than later. Now the question is – What significant that happened in-between for such change of hearts? Perhaps nothing. Then why such a questionable U-turn? All this while our conviction was they not only instigated it but also tried their best to safeguard the rascals who perpetrated such inhuman act on our soil. While we were busy writing dossier after dossier they were engaged with their full time activity of denying everything that we had to offer. All this while we were all but licking our wounds for the death of two hundred odd innocents and they were covering up an unpardonable act officially. From scientific evidence to eyewitness accounts, everything was one by one thrown to the dustbin as if we as a nation are full with idiots to cry foul for an entirely nonexistent phenomenon. Even the self-confession of the apprehended joker didn’t found any takers at their end. The confession of many, starting with Headly to Jundal were out rightly rejected as piece of rubbish. The overture was in fact so much flabbergasting that their external affairs secretary went ahead terming the proofs supplied by us are nothing but piece of literature. Now the question arises again – are these the kind of guys with whom one would want to play a game at the international level?
When we see the culprits of humanity are still at large and enjoying a state security it hurts at times to realize how oblivious can a sovereign nation having a so called democratically elected government can be for the plight of the innocents. More than India, Pakistan largely is an enemy of humanity, if I may say so. The issue has got nothing to do with that it happened in India but the fact that it was an attempt at massacring humanity and peace. What matters really are the deaths of those innocents and yet the nation, whose citizens are perpetrators of such heinous crime, is as indifferent as Mika Singh to music. And it certainly is not acceptable. For God’s sake, how can we so easily forget the death of our own brothers and sisters and get padded up for a game? Are we that impotent and shameless?
If not for anything, we at least need to have some sympathy for all those who died because few lampoon elements think the entire planet is against their bloody religion and it is they who are the last men standing and defending it. In the name of religion these buffoons go on killing innocents while their nation which is anything but rogue, defends the act by best of their abilities. Bastards are at the helm of merrymaking and a so called rubbish nation keeps on defending such creatures even though they call themselves sovereign. Filthy, sounds like an outright understatement. Can we really be party to such nations and conveniently forget the atrocity meted out on humanity? Perhaps, we shouldn’t.
Now it is for the gray heads at our external affairs ministry as well as BCCI to elaborate the reasons they feel are good enough to resume cricketing ties. What is that specifically improved on the points for which we stopped playing at the first place that we all of a sudden decided to revisit our decision? The same attitude in defending the culprits. The same arrogance in admitting their mistakes. The same nonchalant response to whatever we have to share. No action whatsoever against those who were directly responsible and last but not the least, the thugs are allowed to spew venom against India and claim to inflict injury to us by thousand cuts. So why such generosity from our side without gaining anything? What is that we are going to get at the end of the day for such shameless display of hospitality?The country needs answers since we deny to be taken for a ride just because few jokers at our end has a sudden change of hearts for reasons best known to them. Answers are needed because the thing is one can’t be right always. Either the decision to shelve cricketing ties at the first place was wrong or this latest shameless decision of resuming it soon. It can’t be right on both the instances and it is time that those who took such childish decisions both the times must stand up and answer. To hell with your ‘Aaman Ki Asha’; had enough - Let’s deliver justice to the innocent dead first.