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Terror threat no dampener here

india Updated: Feb 21, 2010 23:39 IST
Subhash Rajta

It is madness to gleefully walk into a situation fraught with danger, especially when it can be avoided. On Sunday, much of the Pink City was gripped by this madness as it packed the Sawai Man Singh Stadium to near capacity despite the looming terror threat.

There wasn't even the slightest hint of fear among the cricket-crazy fans as they jostled their way through several security checks into the stadium. "What threat are you talking about? We aren't worried. How can we not come when the match is happening in our city," said a group of college students.

Didn't your parents convince you to watch it on TV. "No, they aren't worried. Besides, watching the game on TV is no match to the fun you have in the stadium," said Ankit Jain, one of the students.

Given that people travelled from other cities, shows how little they care for the threat. "There are thousands of people in the stadium and players out there. If it's safe for them, it's safe for me as well," said Amit Goyal, who had come from Hisar.

For a city that was rocked by blasts in 2008, the attitude of its residents is indeed praiseworthy.

Most people here, chose not to remember the unfortunate episode. "That horrific incident did cross the mind, but it's something that has happened. We cannot sit back in fear of the past. Life has to move on in the manner that it always has," said Rahul Bajaj, a local businessman.

Once the game started, it was business as usual for the crowd, cheering every stroke and moaning the fall of every India wicket. The terror threat was farthest on the mind.