Going through several MSM articles, blog-posts, newsgroup rants etc over the recent cricket-related brouhaha, one underlying theme emerged: most people in the ‘western countries’ like England or Australia view Indians as constant whiners. They also think Indian are hypocrites because we are always complaining about racism against us, while trying to champion Harbhajan against a racist accusation.
Of course with all the rhetoric going around, it is tough to get in the word edgewise that most Indians are not trying to defend Harbhajan’s action per se, but defending his right to a proper and fair trial. Also, we can argue all night about the western hypocrisy and about how they are unable to reconcile with a changing world and an emerging, self-confident India.
But eventually there is some truth to the suggestion of whining Indians. Indians have a penchant of shouting racism, colonialism etc. and complain about our National Pride being hurt and insulted at the mere drop of a hat. Unfortunately, while the Indian media has found that whipping up hysterical nationalism in this manner sells well, quite a few personal and group bloggers – not naming names – also carry this out to the extreme. As has been more eloquently argued before (or briefly ranted about here), this cry-wolf syndrome hurts us in the long term. The old saying of ‘pick battles small enough to win, but big enough to matter’ may sound corny, but is absolutely true.
In other good news, finally some cricket is being played.