The decision by the Tamil Nadu state government to prohibit thirteen Sri Lankan players, playing in the IPL, from entering the state, isn’t just shocking but also inexplicable. While the atrocities on Tamils in Sri Lanka are well documented and the anger is justified too, it doesn’t take much to scratch the veneer and figure out that at least this decision is being used to gain political mileage. To begin with, the most obvious question that pops up is that if it’s indeed right to ban the players from playing in Chennai, shouldn’t it be logical to ban them from playing in other Indian cities too? Why has the state been allowed to be autocratic? And if this is indeed the right way to protest, shouldn’t there be a countrywide protest too?
Quite similar is the case with regards to Pakistan. On the one hand, we claim to be snapping all sporting ties with Pakistan (we sent their hockey players back, made their Women’s team feel unwelcomed by not allowing them to play in Mumbai and none of their players are allowed in the IPL), while we conveniently allow their coaches, commentators and other artists to ply their craft. If a Pakistani national can describe the action played out on our screens, and coach an IPL team, share his knowledge of the craft with Indian players, why can’t a Pakistani player come and play too? Aren’t we setting different rules for different people? Either there has to be a blanket ban or everyone should be allowed. It is unfortunate, that the biggest democracy in the world is turning out to be a hypocritical nation by making sports a soft target. We must evolve from being a sport loving nation, to one who abides by the spirit of sportsmanship too.
This entry was posted on Sunday, April 7th, 2013 at 7:35 pm
You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.