Hollow symbolism


Sachin Tendulkar has landed in a controversy over cutting a cake that had the India tri-colours. Apparently he has defiled the Indian flag and hurt peoples sentiments

In another incident, Narayana Murthy of Infosys has been accused of disrespecting the National anthem by not singing it.

What do these incidents tell us?

To me both Tendulkar and Murthy are the real ambassadors of India, the real geniuses and the true patriots.

My heart swells with pride when people talk highly about Infosys in the same breadth as IBM, Microsoft and Oracle. Murthy did not sing the anthem because it may put his international employees in an awkward position. This is not being disrespectful but on the contrary very respectful and sensitive.

We often read in the papers that some sections of the society take offence to defiling statues and idols. But then the same junta look the other way when real atrocities happen to real people.

My point is, this misplaced values and hypocrisy is carried through to sports as well and that is one of the root causes of India’s collective under achievement. When some one achieves something great, there are a thousand prying eyes to find fault. The media is to be faulted as well for giving them undeserved importance.

Imagine the pressure on a player like Kaif and Dhoni whose effigies have been burnt and houses stoned.

‘Indianness’ is about tolerance, co-existance and secularism. As long as these sections of the society are allowed to get away with it, and the politicians stand by it progress can never happen.

Mohan Krishnamoorthy in an earlier post aptly wrote that “this is a truly sad reflection of a society that is bursting to be recognised a modern and a civilised one…”

It is time that the law comes down hard on these elements.

– Vish

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2 responses to “Hollow symbolism

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  2. From the news reports, it is gaffe of the Indian High Commissioner at WI – a tri coloured Cake. Tendulkar did cut that cake. I guess,

    As you say – “if they are ambassadors of India, they will be held to a different standard”. If there is a “somu” in Nannilam, smoking a cigarette when then national anthem is played, does anyone care ? In movie theatres, they stopped playing the National Anthem, before the movie, since no one stood up during that song.

    All this attention is part of being a celebrity. They have to deal with this – all the bouquets and brickbats with the same equnimity.
    BTW, if Tendular had scored 3 centuries, then these things would have not been brought up.
    Sachin got a imported Ferari Tax free ? Dhoni was alloted land by the government ?

    Tendulkar has gone down a notch in my book, after all this WC – not because of his poor performance, but due to the internal team politiking, for which he became the spokesman”

    In my view, the real heros of India are not the cricketers, but the soldiers fighting battle and losing lifes in Kashmir, Assam, …. or the software professional churning up the net positive revenue flowing in to India.

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