Thursday, July 19, 2012

Caught At The Silly-Point

Disclaimer:  It is hereby certified that the writer is not a religious fanatic or a jingoist. He is not a RSS agent [In case Digvijay Singh reads this!] and doesn’t support Shivsena. He’s just a common man who loves cricket and is giving vent to his thoughts, after being annoyed by the continuous torrents of arguments on the topic. He’s, in fact, an admirer of the movie ‘Mein Hun Na’ and believes that real life can also have the same happy ending. So, it’s advisable to leave your prejudices and read along.

Recently, the BCCI proposed a cricket series between India and Pakistan in December this year. As it was expected, this news went viral and many people came forward to support or condemn this step. Sunil Gavaskar reproached this step while Bishan Singh Bedi supported it. Political parties are also divided on this issue. The striking point in the arguments of these people, including both supporters and protestors, is that their arguments are purely based on emotions and sentiments. Your support makes you a traitor in the eyes of the protestors and a real ‘Human Being’ according to the supporters. 
Personally, I’m against this move. I believe there is no need of reviving any mutual relations with Pakistan at the moment. So here are some practical reasons and facts which I believe will suffice for my statement.

·  The only reason Pakistan Cricket Board [PCB] and Pakistan government is desperate for this series is their financial instability and not any change of heart towards our country. They know that they would earn huge amount of money in the form of gate-money, just by hosting the series either in India or a neutral venue. Profits from various other sources come along. Also, other teams won’t play in Pakistan due to the fear of terrorists, which are again prepared by Pakistan only.

·        It’s not that only they will benefit from this; BCCI will also get its share of profit. However, there are some things far above than just the monetary profits!

·       Pakistan is still not cooperating with India on the 26/11 terrorist attack. Despite the confessions of Abu Jindal & Ajmal Kasab and various other proofs, the Pakistani officials are adamant and not accepting the fact that ISI has been the mastermind behind these attacks all along. They are just beating around the bush.

·     Politics and Cricket are deeply intertwined in Pakistan. The chairman is always appointed by the President, who then nominates the other members. Muhammad Zaka Ashraf, the present chairman, is also a member of Central Executive Committee of Pakistan People’s party (the ruling party). As the custom, he was appointed by President Zardari from the same party. One doesn’t need to have the I.Q. level of Einstein to understand how the monetary profits of PCB would be supporting the ruling party and, in turn, ISI itself.

·        Indian cricket team is already facing fitness problems due to the tight schedule, and forcing this series in between will only be a burden, leading to increased pressure on the players.

·     Pakistani court has declared Dr. Shakil Afridi as a traitor for helping CIA forces in killing the terrorist Osama bin laden by obtaining DNA samples and sentenced him to 33 years imprisonment. On the other hand, in spite of the US, UK and Indian declaration of Hafiz Saeed, leader of terrorist organizations Jam’at-ud-Da’wah and  Lashkar-e-Taiba, as a most wanted terrorist, the Pakistani government is protecting him. He has been giving public speeches and demonstrations on a large scale. He is connected with most of the terrorist attacks in India.

Other than the above-mentioned facts, I would like to comment on some ‘myths’ spread by the supporters of this move.

·    Myth: This would lead to better understanding between the two nations and would improve their relations.

Truth: It’s been 65 years after independence and all sorts of efforts, talks, meetings and even the past attempts of reviving the cricket ties just went in vain. So this would be just another fruitless attempt. Also, what sort of understanding are we talking about? Is it - "Come and play cricket with us, earn profits, and after being silent for a year or two attack on us?"

·        Myth: Cricket and politics shouldn’t be mixed. Not playing with Pakistan would be an injustice to the Pakistani players.

Truth: Cricket and politics are deeply woven together in Pakistan, as mentioned in the facts. Also, the Pakistani players are playing with all other International members of ICC, and they don’t need to play with India for their bread and butter.

·        Myth: Due to International pressure, India has to maintain its relations with the neighbor. So, BCCI is just providing a platform for the government to do so.

Truth: India is obeying international regulations by NOT attacking Pakistan. Even a fool knows what would have been the results if the USA was in place of India, and New York was the victim rather than Mumbai. Pakistan would be swiped out of the world map! There is no need of any fucking platform.

·    Myth: We should not let the past incidents interfere with this. They may be solved later too. Those who are against this are against humanity.

Truth: Well, ‘Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.’ Do I need to say more? And, for those talking about humanity, I would just like them to meet the family members of those who died or were injured in Mumbai attacks or any other attacks. Then, they will know what ‘humans’ they are supporting.

·        Myth: The people living across the border in Pakistan are just like us. They hear the same songs and watch same movies which we do. Then why because of certain people we should boycott every one of them?

Truth: They are NOT like us!! I’m not saying we should hate them; I even like them. Well, to be honest, I accept that I like to see some Pakistani cricketers playing like Shahid Afridi, but hearing them praising their country is just unbearable. These people support and praise their officials and the ISI. I know everyone loves his/her country and there’s nothing wrong in that, but I know for sure that somewhere deep inside their heart even they know that they are wrong. What their country is doing, is wrong. Moreover, most of the people support and believe in Hafiz Saeed, who has openly said, “There cannot be any peace while India remains intact. Cut them, cut them so much that they kneel before you and ask for mercy.” How can anyone expect me to maintain friendly relations with these people.!

I believe true redemption is when guilt leads to good. This problem could be solved only when these people of Pakistan realize their mistake and would condemn their officials and stop supporting them. This could be achieved only when they themselves suffer; suffering not from any attacks, but from a simple boycott by us. Until and unless these people change, India should totally abstain from observing any sort of connection with them.

I wish if only those people were sane enough to remember what Dumbledore told us- “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

Monday, July 2, 2012

A Tribute Through The Confessions

I reached home and turned off the bikes engine. She was looking at me, from her coign of vantage. Before I could even start towards the entrance, she ran towards the door to receive me. [Almost like Mrs. Jaya Bacchan running for her son Shahrukh Khan in K3G…!].  She was visibly excited on seeing me. She couldn’t remain away from me for a long time. I caressed her and stroked her hair. She started licking my arms, my legs and my face. I went to my room and she followed me. She always sleeps with me in my room.

Well, before you start having any raunchy ideas, let me make it clear that, here ‘she’ refers to my German shepherd, GRACY..!!

When God created the Homo sapiens cum Humans, he thought that he has created the best animal form. He believed that the humans will live together happily, trust each other and will be honest and faithful to others. But, even God can make errors sometimes. When God realized his mistake, he repented and to compensate that he created the Canis lupus familiaris cum Dogs.

I love dogs. A dog is the most loyal friend, any human can hope for. We can never ever match their irrevocable and unconditional love and care for us.

When I read the morning newspaper, I came to know that two pet dogs from our locality were missing. I was anxious and looked for Gracy, who was lying in her bed, in her peculiar position. Afterwards, even in the college I couldn’t help, but think of the two missing dogs and the condition of their family members. [Yes, Family members..!]. I thought about Gracy, and realized that there were so many things which I wanted to say to her, and about her.

I know that Gracy will not be able to read this, but I can show my feelings to her, in other ways too.

So, here I’m confessing what I feel for you Gracy, and I know you will surely praise this, in your own way. It’s a tribute to the finest creature of god, through some special confessions.

·        I love it when you follow me when I move from one room to another and when you even sit outside the bathroom door, when I go for a bath.

·        I can never comprehend how you are always able to understand my varying moods, when no one else can…! I feel really grateful when you understand my woebegone face and come and sit near me, licking my legs and hands. I know this is your way of showing your love and concern.

·        You are my instant pain-reliever. When I come back home, after a long, boring and frustrating day, just the sight of you running towards the door to receive me mitigates all my worries. Playing with you, allows me to forget every damn tension of this world.

·        It feels great to know that one always has a company, to one’s account, no matter the circumstances. I know for the fact, that you are more entertaining than some people who I know. I specially enjoy her ‘stretching exercises’.

·        I know you become angry when I come to home late at night, and you show your anger by biting my toes in your peculiar manner, and not allowing me to sit for a long time after my entry. I really appreciate your concerns.

·        I know that you are damn active, and you love to roam around, but you have to understand that some people are afraid of you. [I have to accept that, females are way more active than the males, irrespective of the species…!]

·        I just love it, when you curl up around my legs, as soon as I sit on chair. Your different credulous postures just fascinate me, as in, when you put your legs on my legs and sleep, with your tail swaying constantly.

·        I admit that I was tickled pink when you first showed familiarity towards your name, ‘Gracy’. The feeling was something, which can’t be described in mere words. [Now, I can understand the state of parents, when their child recognizes his name, and reacts to it.]

·        I do admit that I envy you sometimes. For instance, when you sleep and lay anytime, as per your wish. Or, when mom calls you a perfect daughter, because you eat each and every vegetable, which I can’t.

·        Though I like the fact that you are a complete ‘Bhukkad’ like me, and I have a companion for the usual rounds of gobbling.

·        I know that you are possessive for me, and you can’t bear when I’m chatting with my friends, outside our house, and you start barking. To be honest, I do love this possessiveness.

·        I also find it really sweet, when in the morning, you leave your bed, come to mine and wake me up by licking my face. This way I have an awesome beginning of my day.

·        It’s really lovely, when you adjust your position in the drawing room in such a way that, you can have an eye on every family member, in different parts of the house. I know you care for every one of us.

As I’m writing these lines, I look towards Gracy and find her staring at me. I also stare in reply, and after few seconds, she withdraws her gaze. I have always wondered about, what the dogs and other jewels of animal kingdom must be thinking about us..? We are not able to understand their language, and so they can’t express their feelings verbally. Though it’s quite difficult to understand what they want to say, but they do express themselves through various actions.

 A dog has four moods- Happy, sad, cross and concentrating. I can deduce her mood, by observing the movement of her eyes. I can always tell if she’s feeling sad, for her eyes say it all.

If Gracy is expecting me to give something to eat, her eyes took the form as of a pauper, who hasn’t got anything to eat for many days. If she is cross for some reason, on her face hangs the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign, and she occupies a peripheral position in the room.

      When she is happy, and wants to go for a walk, she just become restless, and try to attract my attention towards the entrance, by continuously moving between my location and the entrance and making those special shrieks.

We all know that dogs can hear even those sounds, which humans can’t. They can detect a wide range of frequencies, and if I remember correctly, that range is about 20 Hz- 20000 Hz. If she is observing something, I know it by looking at her ears. Whenever Gracy is keen in observation, her ears are erect and, when she’s concentrating on some sound, her erect ears are bent in the direction of the source of the sound.

And the last confession- I used to feel bad just for one big reason, that the life-span of dogs is quite short. I can’t even imagine what would happen to me, if I lose her. But, then again Dumbledore came to my rescue. I came across his quote that, “Do not pity the dead. Pity the living, and above all, those who live without love.” So I have decided that, when that moment will come, I would bite on the bullet, and adopt a new dog, who has been devoid of love and care. I will shower my love on it and I know the lovely creature would reciprocate much more love than I can ever imagine.