2012 London Olympics Fever Grips India And China:
Should India Celebrate?
As if contented with being the biggest consumer of gold - any way, and the
definer of world gold price, India said ‘no’ to gold medals in the London Olympics
2012. As if preferring spiritual than mundane bliss, this country that ‘balances’
globalisation by exporting yoga and meditation to the West even dint mind the
few pieces of bronze and silver posted to it.
In fact, although cricket is a religion there, as if suggesting ‘even a dog has its
day’, but more than not reminding conversion of religion that Hindus frown so
much, even the bronze and silver bringing Olympians saw religion momentarily
changed from cricket to Olympics. In fact, tormented less for a lesser gender,
more for lesser in number in the race conscious nation, the Mongolian lady
boxer, Mary Kom from media remote Tripura who saw derision alone before, now
Furthermore, already united in territory to disprove American theory that it would
disintegrate after liberation, now transcending divisions in culture, faith, ethnicity,
gender and language it suddenly stood united in euphoria.
More was to come...
Sensing gold, the sports minister from the state capital Delhi, made Tripura the
sports capital. Almost tallying with its multiple paths to God, he included sports in
multiple paths to ICS officer. Sports suddenly became an undying career. Those
less keen on schools, who refused to aim for doc or engineer as demanded by
parents, suddenly had a good reason to do so - if only they chased sports instead
However, in shifting focus and using lesser telescope to include China, the view
desplays sadness and ‘Should India really be proud?’ climbs. Although playing a
hide and seek in numbers of population, economic growth and future leadership,
the mismatch in the medals tally brings more pain to India in showing than hiding.
Although the inference ‘It’s better to work than talk’ almost sides with ‘Single
party system is better than multiparty’, the primary pathology seems to be the
lack of intension in the triangle below the Himalayas.
That almost brings us to this...
If India is thinking of being the future leader, it has to begin with the realisation
that the present achievement is a failure and the euphoria misplaced. That,
however, constitutes just one step. It has to go for a long march. But then, does
that not remind one of what Mao said about the need of first step in a long
march? With India ruling over China for the last 2000 years without sending a
single soldier – as a Chinese embassador candidly put, it’s probably a payback
time in terms of learning!
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