13 June, 2021

The Song Of Hysteria

The defeat at Bangalore throws Pakistan out of stride, and a thousand wild theories bloom

The Song Of Hysteria

For Pakistan, the loss at Bangalore was more than a national disgrace. It was the victory of the 'cultural invasion' launched by the 'Hindus and Jews'. This was the conclusion drawn by Maulana Samiul Haq, who heads his own faction of the Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam (JUI). Andhe minced no words while voicing his opinion in the National Assembly soon after the stunning defeat. So strongly did the Maulana feel about the subject, that he used words that had never been heard in the House before. To criticise one wrong, he was committing another.

For the last one month, cricket has been the common topic in Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka. But in Pakistan, there was little expectation that domestic political battles would also be fought over a purely sporting issue.

The religious parties have done just that. Their main target has been the cultural and musical programmes which the government and the Pakistan Cricket Board organised in various cities to promote the event. They feel that these musical programmes, which were aired by Pakistan Television (PTV), were not only...

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