Judgment from the kangaroo court
The Aussies should have, in the spirit of things, handed Mr Pawar the trophy and lifted him up in gratitude. Instead....india Updated: Nov 08, 2006 01:02 IST
It’s puzzling how sections of the Indian media who had detected a grave attack on our national pride on Sunday failed to get a comment from Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee. After all, the charge was deadly serious. BCCI President Sharad Pawar was seen to have been pushed aside by Ricky Ponting and his teammates from the Champions Trophy podium as they posed for photographers. So what if they were ebullient? So what if they were excited about winning the Champions Trophy for the first time? Isn’t there anything called respect for foreign elders anymore?
It is besides the point that Mr Pawar himself didn’t seem to mind being nudged by Ponting and told to get out of the cameramen’s viewfinders. Sachin Tendulkar, who didn’t see the “unpleasant” incident as he was travelling, heard about it (probably from the very mediapersons who asked him for a comment) and stated that it was “unpleasant”. He added that “it’s important to show respect to the person who is so dear to cricketers and is involved with cricket”. The Aussies should have, in the spirit of things, handed Mr Pawar the trophy and lifted him up in gratitude. Instead....
Dilip Vengsarkar, suddenly back from the pavilions as the new chairman of the Indian selection committee, thought that the Australians’ behaviour was “appalling”. Perhaps such a reaction did have something to do with Ponting sympathising with ‘evil’ umpire Darrell Hair. Or perhaps it had something to do with him being extremely fond of Mr Pawar. Whatever be the case, it wouldn’t be unwise now if Mr Mukherjee calls the Australian High Commissioner for an explanation. Or even have India break off all ties with Australian beer companies, as patriots like Vijay Mallya may wish to suggest.