The Hindu has published a photo of Dhoni’s house being attacked in the wake of Indias’ loss to Bangladesh. This is a sad reflection of passionate fans assuming the right to invade the privacy of a players’ home just because the national team lost a cricket game!
As I have said before, Indian fans are known for their passionate support. I know that Indian fans go to ridiculous extents to support the team. We heard of a fan building a cricket Ganesha temple that continues to draw huge crowds. A fan is looking at selling/donating his kidney to fund his trip to the West Indies to see the World Cup!
Such is the passion for the game in India.
I find this simultaneously wonderous as well as frightening. It is in fact this very aspect that makes the life of a die-hard Indian fan, most difficult.
But there ought to be a modicum of decency here. We have to learn to respect the fundamental right of individuals; a right to their privacy; a right to protect their home and their security. Unfortunately, Indian cricket fans have not learned to treat this as a game. To most fans, cricket is more than a game!
Indian fans teeter between “chop his head off” and “create a statue for this legend” — sometimes all it takes is one game for the pendulum to swing from one extreme to another without even a contemplation of a resting point along the journey! We don’t seem to have a balance (forget even a resting point) for this wildly swinging, erratic pendulum.
This is a truly sad reflection of a society that is bursting to be recognised a modern and a civilised one…