And, after three days of the Union home ministry's unsuccessful, low-cost 'India Whining' campaign in the run-up to the Pakistan tour, a few stray thoughts, a few general observations, a few points of view and a few questions..
- Like, why now? Why did it take exactly 112 days after Atal Behari Vajpayee announced a step-by-step process for normalising relations with our "arch rivals" for the security fears to dawn on L.K. Advani's mandarins?
- Like, sure, the attempts on President Musharraf's life may have weighed on their minds. But the PM himself visited the country in January. Could it be that, after he left, some ally of the ruling alliance in Pakistan dug up pitches or threatened to unleash snakes among spectators to disrupt the series?
- Like, everybody is hissing about the feelgood balloon being punctured by an adverse showing, thus affecting the bjp's fortunes. But if feelgood is for real, why is it so fragile? And is there any correlation between cricket results, voter mood and poll outcome?
- Like, to blame cricket...