Thursday, August 14, 2008

'Gold'en India???

This was going in my mind since Abhinav Bindra won the Gold for India. Bharat actually wrote exactly what I had in mind. Just adding on to him..
It is a major major feat that the young lad has achieved.. The headline in China Daily read “One day in the life of 1.1 Billion people”. No doubt The G-Talk statuses were changed.. you tube videos were shared.. news clipping links were mailed across.
There was some difference of opinions among my roomies here. Some, including me, felt there was that hint of sarcasm especially when the article said, “The ace shooter became the first Indian - from 1.1 billion people - to win an individual gold at the Olympics”. The others felt it was a matter of pride for Indians. The arguments in a ‘MBA Household’ are bound to happen. But the important thing is to sit back and think if we should be really proud of India or Indians? What contribution did India or being an Indian really had in this feat? Infrastructure? Financial motivation? Physiological support? Incentive to play for the nation?
Considering it from the player’s perspective. Do they really feel like they are fighting it out for the nation? Do they have that strong feeling of patriotism? Doesn’t seem like this being the case when you see the face of Indian Tennis – Sania Mirza walking in a bloody tracking suit in one of the grandest event of the world!! OK. It’s alright being non-patriotic; it’s alright playing for your self – for the sake of a medal. But still doesn’t one connect to the country when you see the national flag up there. Such a faux pas is a sin, especially when you have done so many ads and TV/public appearances.
Strange the ways are, we have a habit of showering every praise, penny and (railway) pass at the winners! I guess the people responsible need to learn some lessons in finance where we have a concept called Investment. Like many times in stock market, it’s the sentiments that rule here. Once a stock becomes popular, it’s the sentiments that take its price to unrealistic levels. Not surprisingly, the same stock soon crashes because it was never valued correctly. A smart person always does his valuations properly when he invests – hence the need for good investments.

All said and done, I sincerely (but pessimistically) hope that Bindra’s Gold winning shot was the one that Sports in India need it in their arm and the kids who are on a gun buying spree in Punjab for the past couple of days don’t regret their decision few years down the line.

14 comments:

Cuckoo said...

Arrey, I thought your this post would have invited many comments !! Looks like nobody wants to face the reality. :)

Well, I couldn't have agreed more. You know how I get angry & upset on these issues.
We should be ashamed to even come forward and say 'we did it'.

Anyway, have scheduled your post on Blogbharti. You can see it tomorrow.
http://www.blogbharti.com/

Indian Home Maker said...

Here via Blog Bharti. I Agree with the bit about the feat belonging to an Indian, because what did India do to help him achieve this?
I think the feeling of patriotism comes from feeling like a part of the team called India, if a sports person does not feel that then it's really sad and we need to learn WHY don't they?

SiD said...

@cuckoo: firstly, thanks for putting up the link on blog bharti..
and ya.. may be sachai kadvi hoti hai.... so not many comments here :)

@indian home maker: really.. there is a need to understand.. what i think is that what they experience at the hands of Govt of India... makes them India averse!!

50scent said...

"Ask no what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country". That is what has been shown by recent Indian medal winners.

A sport is an activity of passion. Once on the road to excellence of a game, players are driven by thought of representing their country.

It could be complacency or failed expectation after a face off at grand events that could invoke desperation in players but otherwise, every player's motivation is the pride for their town/city/state/country.

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