Friday, June 18, 2010

40. Gotta have it in you to kick the ball

Would India have played the first post-war soccer world cup in 1950 had it been permitted to play barefoot will remain a historical conjecture? That it never matched the power and prowess of the south americans, europeans and east asian countries even when it had acquired resources to equip the players with sports wardrobe is no less enigmatic! Isn't our colonial past playing too heavily on our choice to pick cricket as our national game?

Interestingly, Mahatma Gandhi had chosen football over cricket. Unlike our present-day politicians, Gandhi promoted football clubs in Jo'berg and Pretoria and used the game to promote his political philosophy of non-violent resistance for social upliftment. Unlike cricket that promotes divisive agenda and lifts an elite class, Gandhi used football games as popular venues for political rallies to converse with players and fans.

As it reflects glib, glamour and glitter, cricket finds favour with politicians of all hues as it confirms to their ideological dubiousness. With little regard for the poor and every effort towards enhancing inequality, promoting poor man's game of football doesn't interest the politicians. Since it promotes collective action and brings the best out of people, politicians dread promoting the ball game. Someone had rightly commented `one needs to have balls to kick the ball'. Anybody listening!

9 comments:

Vijay Rai said...

I think we have been too much influenced by Kabaddi, with chaddi and bare-feet.

Vijay Rai said...

I think we have been too much influenced by Kabaddi, with chaddi and bare-feet.

李哲維 said...

Quality is better than quantity.....................................................................

貴寶 said...

一個人的價值,應該看他貢獻了什麼,而不是他取得了什麼....................................................................

于庭 said...

成熟,就是有能力適應生活中的模糊。.................................................................

韓秀美 said...

當一個人內心能容納兩樣相互衝突的東西,這個人便開始變得有價值了。............................................................

琇白 said...

blog不錯唷~我會常常來看的~加油~!! ..................................................................

峻帆峻帆峻帆 said...

憤怒,是片刻的瘋狂。..................................................

謝佩雨 said...

看到大家都留言-我也忍不住說聲---加油..................................................................