Reading the scores of news articles on how the Indian fans are enraged at the team's exit from World Cup makes me repulsive.
I might be cynical, but in my world view cricket fans take out their frustrations, their losses and their own failures - and somehow see that in the failure of the Indian cricket team. I have one thing to say - grow up! Own up to your life - if the Indian team does well there is no reason to take national pride for that and make your own life seem colorful. If they don't do well - let it go! It is just a game.
If we as a country are relying on something so mundane as a cricket match to resurrect our national pride, we are in dire straits! Media has its own share in this whole thing - showing a scantily clad poverty stricken kid waving the Indian flag and cheering for India ! Is that how you generate positive feelings ?!
I feel utterly disgusted when people tell me that thousands are inspired by our team's performance - inspired to what ? To work harder in their life ? To be moral? To be sympathetic ? I don't see any of these happening. A warm fuzzy feeling, at best, which is lost in a day or maybe two.
We live in troubled times. India is on the verge of a system wide break down due to an impending AIDS epidemic. Millions of Indian children are impoverished, receive little or no education, women are abused in the name of marriage, and age old social customs stand in the way of a free and open society. There are more important things than burning down Dhoni's house .
I hope times change. I always wanted India to lose, so that millions lose their stupid obsession with the game and get on with their lives. It is high time, we realize what we are doing to ourselves.