Chak De India

Now that the Indian media has branded this as the worst ever day for Indian hockey, for once something other than cricket is on every Indian’s mind. Pargat Singh and Dhanraj Pillai have been calling for a management overhaul at IHF since the news broke out that we will not be going to Beijing for the Olympics.

For a second, let’s stop reading the headlines which are so colorful and appealing from “National Game or National Shame” to “Black Day!!!” Let’s forget for a minute that KPS Gill is a “Good Cop Gone Bad” or that Mani Shankar Aiyer has expressed his inability to interfere in the affairs of IHF. Can the players and the public breathe and relax for a few dyas, please?

My wife summed it up well. Indian media does not care when we do well in Indian hockey, but that’s all the news is when the Indian hockey team sucks. The media suddenly realizes the importance of our “National Game”. Oh well, what happened today is almost like singing National Anthem backwards…please!!!

I am very sad too. I always knew “Chak De” was just a movie. We are an emotional bunch and sometimes we go too far and assume that reel life is almost the same as real life.

Sure, bring in the bricks and let there be a top level overhaul in Indian hockey. But, do it with some sense, respect and decency. More than the Indian Hockey Federation, the Indian media should be ashamed at the way in which the whole episode has turned out. Whatever happened to responsible journalism?

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6 Comments on “Chak De India”

  1. sunaath Says:

    Indian jornalism is blind to sports other than cricket, like Indian people. The present day journalists are as irresponsible in their profession like other Indians! They want to exploit the cricket mania of Indians.
    Cricket is eating into the vitals of athletics and other sports. You may know that our state level bicycle champions do not own a racing bicyle. The BCCI should be forced to donate 50% of the spoils to other sports.

  2. Srik Says:

    responsible journalism?

    The DD and Akashavani days are gone man!!

  3. Aram Says:

    @sunaath:
    “The BCCI should be forced to donate 50% of the spoils to other sports.”

    Good idea, Sunaath!!

    Wonder which all sports should receive how much percentage and on what basis.


  4. Hockey’s designation as the national game is an historical accident, based on the fact that the Indian hockey team was doing well circa 1947 and that around the same time, our netas were casting about for a game that did not have British or royal roots.

    Cricket has now become the people’s game. Let’s accept reality and change the national game to cricket.

  5. neela Says:

    The romance associted with the game has evaporated gradually…The past glory and glint of medals
    reminds me of a saying in Hindi..mere daada ne ghee khaayaa tha,meri hatheli soongh lo..

    Rohit Brijnath has summed up the mood very well here :

    http://www.hindu.com/2008/03/12/stories/2008031256722200.htm

  6. Harsha Says:

    Journalism has always been unfair to Hockey.. 😦 Cricket and BCCI are making conditon of hockey even more worse..


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