Sunday, March 13, 2011

The story of MS – the Indian leader

Funny, isn’t it? The moment one reads this article header, one would immediately think of M S Dhoni, the Indian cricket team skipper. In fact, this story is not a story about Mahinder Singh – it’s a short story of Mahinder Singh Dhoni as well as about another Singh – Dr. Manmohan Singh as well as some 1 billion characters.
Today, after the loss against South Africa, M S Dhoni might envy Dr. Manmohan Singh. Just one decision of Dhoni – of giving the final over to Nehra – was criticised so much by the fans. First loss in the tournament and it is brickbats for the cricket team.
Dear Dhoni, it would probably help to consult the numerologists and astrologists to check if changing your name from Mahinder Singh to Manmohan Singh is a good idea. At least you might face less criticism.
What are we, as a nation doing? Why are we so intolerant about cricket and so very tolerant about our politicians? Why are we so sensitive about cricketers, film stars, Sensex and so insensitive about what should matter the most to us?
One over by Ashish Nehra would be remembered more than 2G. One last ball six off Chetan Sharma was remembered longer than the Telecom scam of 1993.
Is it escapism? Loss of a cricket tournament and we demand change in the team, captain, coach, selection committee. We love to hold the selection committee responsible. In politics, WE, the people of India, are the election committee. Are we taking enough responsibility?

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