Cheerup our Indian players in Olympics

​Yesterday Shobha De tweeted – “Goal of Team India at the Olympics: Rio jao. Selfies lo. Khaali haat wapas aao. What a waste of money and opportunity.”
When I read it I thought she might not be serious. It might be a her famous sarcasm at work. But today she declared she stands by her tweet about Indian athletes. That to me is shocking and shameful.
I am not sure if she saw the women’s archery team who lost by a whisker in the quarters. They scored a 28 in their last round with scores of 10, 9 and 9 and tied the match. Ultimately they lost in a tie breaker. All the three girls have come from poor backgrounds in tribal areas. De won’t even be able to pronounce their names or the places they come from. How could she? For her, India starts at Nariman Point and ends at Worli Seaface.
Did she see the men’s hockey match which India lost in the last 3 seconds? They played amazing hockey against world leaders Germany. Or Abhinav Bindra who was appearing in Olympics final for the third straight time and came an agonising fourth? Did she see the dejection on his face?
Yes, we have not yet won a medal. And I would put the entire blame on the Sports Ministry rather than the athletes. With the abysmal quality of sports infrastructure and the piddly sports budgets, it is a miracle that we are able to produce the talent we do.
Abhinav Bindra won gold not because of the Sports Ministry, it is because he could afford to invest crores in his personal shooting range and gear. We produce world class cricketers because BCCI spends billions on grassroots talent and training, hosting IPL and paying cricketing talent handsomely. Let’s do that to our athletes and see what happens.
Did Shobha De watch the grit of Dipa Karmakar when she boldly did a Produnova – The vault of death, to reach the finals. Produnova can break your neck or back and cause instant death. But Dipa went ahead and did it anyways. She did it for India, not for a bloody selfie.
It’s Dipa’s birthday today, but her coach has taken off her SIM card so that nobody disturbs her and she can focus on the finals. Even if she takes selfies, as Shobha De fears, she won’t be able to post them on social media.
My advice to Shobha De is this –
With so much money and literary networks and high profile contacts at your disposal I feel ashamed you produce such abysmal quality of literature in India. I dare you to try and get nominated for a Booker prize, which is the Olympics of Literature. Try doing it and you will realise how incompetent you are to even reach their first round of selection. 
Our athletes are atleast better than you. They have nominated themselves on the Olympics cut offs through sheer hard work, commitment, perseverance, and talent. You have no such qualities and therefore you try to compensate it with loads of sarcasm to get attention. This is the truth and somebody needs to tell you in no uncertain teams.
As for our athletes – I respect them and adore them. I would go ahead and take selfies with them even if they come back Khali Haath (empty handed). 
Sorry for the derogatory language in the attached meme. But this exactly sums up my rage at your blatant insensitivity towards our sportsmen who are giving their heart and soul for the country in Rio.


19 thoughts on “Cheerup our Indian players in Olympics

  1. lizzie says:

    She is an elite but her thoughts are so cheap. Never expected Team India will be criticised. They are representing India in such a platform still people have the guts to criticise them.

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  2. Asha Seth says:

    This is so worth the read and post. I loved the ranting so deserved by her. Ive never much understood her works or what she tries with her writing; they’re primitive. But as a citizen, the simplest and easiest thing to do is support fellow citizens. Someone lacking that fails to have my respect.


    • kiranmag says:

      I am not on twitter actually one of my classmate had shown this to me…I just can’t understand why is she doing this instead of cheering up our fellow Indian players this is what i would like to say in short.

      Hows you dear Asha? Have you slowed down writing? Missing your presence.

      Have a nice day ☺

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      • Asha Seth says:

        I post once a week. Rest of the week I enjoy what other bloggers share.😍 But am I happy to know l’m being missed. 😜I’ve been super. Made major progress with a short story. How about you? How are college days?


      • kiranmag says:

        Ohh i c ☺ …thats too good.

        Curiously waiting for your short story.

        Days are going on well with 2 hrs of every travel to college ..lectures and practicals Me too getting involved in an biomedical project ..i spend most of the time in reasearch centre with my guide when free.

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  3. vicky says:

    you can’t always blame the sports ministry always .. as an individual do we let our children play ? join a team ? how many of us are ready to let our children choose a career in sports other than cricket. We all force them to study when they should play. Most of the schools near me don’t have a play ground and when I ask my neighbor which team are you in he says his school doesn’t have any team and it is one of the best schools in the city . Who should we blame now ? individuals or the sports ministry. when we ourselves are not cooperating we should not blame the government


  4. MsMeehnia says:

    I can’t believe she said that! It is so easy to criticise. Most of them just see the end result and comment. They don’t see the nerve-wracking game, the neck and neck situation. Do they even understand the meaning of sportsmanship? If you don’t get the medal in the end, do you not deserve the “Well played” tag? I don’t think so.

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