Blessed is the nation that has a Mahatma as its cricket team captain.
Blessed is the nation that has a Mahatma as its most elegant bastman.
What a storm the Indian media has created? Arrogance, Disrespect, Irreverence, Uncivilized - these are some of the harsh words used to describe the actions of these saints. The descendants of the original Mahatma have forgotten his teachings. Arrogant, irreverent and uncivilized are those people who use harsh words against saints and mahatmas.
Why can’t the Indian public see the reverence and affection that the Australian team has got for Pawar. They try to help him. And they get fried in the press. Life as a Mahatma is tough.
Mahatma Martyn had to come out with a statement. “There was nothing in it other than me trying to help him out as there was a crush of people“. Why couldn’t the Indian public understand this?
And Mahatma Ponting was also only trying to help Pawar. Sharad Pawar is the President of BCCI - the richest cricket board in the world, he is a union minister. And to add to all these burdens, he is old. Mahtama Ponting is compassionate. He realized that Pawar, who was already overburdened with responsibilities and old age, doesn’t deserve the added burden of the heavy Champions Trophy in his hands. Out of his compassion, he tried to relieve Pawar’s burden by taking on the burden himself. And what does he get from the Indian public and the Indian press? He gets portrayed as a villain who demanded that the trophy be handed over immediately.
The Indian public should read the Australian newspapers. “Martyn guided him away with his hand.” “Damien Martyn has offered an apology for nudging Pawar“. They report it as it is. Not in the biased manner in which the Indian media reports. Martyn nudged Pawar and guided him with his hand. And if you read Indian newspapers, you would think that Martyn pushed Pawar from the presentation area.
The Indian public and press don’t have any idea about the way the Australian Mahathmas and saints protect the dignity of the game. Wasn’t it just 5 years back when Steve Waugh and the Australian press taught us the how the dignity of the game has to be upheld? How can the Indian public forget the newspaper columns in which Steve Waugh and the Australian media guided and advised Sourav Ganguly (just as good school teachers would do) that wearing unofficial attire for toss and being late for the toss show him to be disrespectful towards the institution of cricket. These are indicators of how much the Aussies respect the tradition of cricket and to what length they will go to uphold its dignity.
But then, the land of THE Mahatma has forgotten how to recognise Mahatma-ness in others. Just watching Lage Raho Munnabhai won’t do.