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The donkeys and the monkeys

In the cricketing world, a controversy has been again created by Nasser Hussain by describing some of the Indian fielders as donkeys on the field. I am not sure whether he really meant the same – most probably not. But what I liked was how the Indian cricket team reacted – basically, they did not react at all. I think that is an example of maturity, unlike what we are normally used to see from countries like Australia or England.

But let’s do a role reversal, even if it is hypothetical. If Ravi Shastri or any other Indian described the fatty Patel playing for England as a “fatso” on the field, or Broad as a “dog” when he brings out his tongue after being hit for a four or a six, then what would have been the reaction ? Maybe allegations would be thick and fast of being ‘racist’, demands for immediate apology, with proposals of banning the individual ? Most probably yes !

Why the difference in this hypothetical behaviour ? Because in England, you can very often call someone a donkey if he is messing up things and you never ‘mean’ that. However, if similar reasoning is given by India, there will be so many surprised faces with “you are lying, you meant that” all written on those faces. Why ? Because normally countries like US, UK, Australia always knows better and the rest of the countries ‘just shut up’.

This reminds be of the famous “monkey” spat between Harbhajan and Andrew Symonds in Australia. Monkey can be a racial world, while abusing somebody else’s father or mother are just the way of life. That’s exactly what the Aussies do during sledging – but when the same medicine is given back with a hint of hot Indian spice, it becomes all racial.

I think those days are over now. People should have the heart and spirit to accept a behaviour which they in turn gives to others. Because that’s exactly what you will get back. Because that’s exactly what Newton’s third law states ‘to every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction’.

And as experts say, Newton’s laws are never proved wrong !

But there’s an alternate option as well – don’t say anything that can potentially hurt someone, just play the gentleman’s game like a gentleman and not like a rogue on or off the field.

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