Stop glorification of Bharat-Pakistan cricket matches !

TV channels, radio and other mass media held lot of discussion programs on 4th June about Bharat-Pakistan cricket match during Champion Trophy. The match was going to draw attention of the whole world. The country playing against us was our enemy country that keeps on fighting with us on some pretext or another; so how many people have thought whether it was right thing to play match with such country ?

The sole purpose of organizers of these matches is to fill up their coffers and channels started showing advertisements about this match. Even if lot of amount had to be spent on advertisements, no economist is required to tell us that the amount so spent, would be returned in its multiples. The need is, however, to go beyond selfishness and Indian cricket fans to think about own country.

On what basis, does the Indian Cricket Control Board (ICCB) think it appropriate to make Bharat play with her enemy country ? Nor did Indian Government feel that the stand taken by ICCB was wrong; therefore, it didn’t interfere in  the decision of playing with enemies. Where was their patriotism ? Have you ever heard of Israel and Palestine playing any kind of games ? You will never hear it now or even in future, Israel can teach an ideal lesson of treating enemy but why doesn’t Bharat teach such lesson though it is more powerful in all fields compared to its enemy ?

Our soldiers are playing dangerous game every day on our borders. They do not shirk from their duties even slightly, and serving for protection of this country. They are fighting against terrorists, Pakistani army, stone-pelting and against those people who are beating up our soldiers. Looking at our enemy, so also at cricket and art as medium of entertainment and on the other hand, expressing regret over loss regularly caused by enemy to this country is double-standard.

True champions for patriotic citizens of this country are our soldiers. If enemy is overcome on cricket- ground, it doesn’t mean something great is achieved. The true bravery is defeating enemy on battle field and eliminate them. The enemy stricken with Bharat-hatred, however, doesn’t know the language of ball and bat but knows only bombs and bullets. The day Bharat realizes the truth, will be the good day for us !

Shri. Rahul Patekar, Mumbai

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