12 June, 2021

The Disgracing Of India

Black Wednesday was not just Bengal's shame, the whole country needs to introspect

The Disgracing Of India

I am always amazed when I hear people saying that sports creates goodwill between the nations, and that if only the common peoples of the world could meet one another at football or cricket, they would have no inclination to meet in the battlefield.... International sporting contests lead to orgies of hatred.
-George Orwell

Fourteen hours after the incendiary fires were put out at Eden Gardens, this magazine's office in south Delhi received an agitated telephone call from Lahore. Was it true that Mohammad Azharuddin had been murdered? The 'news', it seems, was buzzing in Pakistan and, given the previous day's happenings in Calcutta, had acquired a degree of credibility. Happily, Mr Azharuddin is still with us but, considering the vicious partisanship the match aroused, it was not such an outrageous rumour. "Outside my hotel, groups of youths carrying sticks and other missiles commandeered cars to take them in search of the Indian players whose hotel was already ringed by riot police and soldiers in full battle gear," wrote a British journalist from...

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