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Friday, November 18, 2005

Indo-Pak bhai-bhai

From the Financial Times (the UK version), this story of Indo-Pak cricket as a vehicle of peace.
he Indian and Pakistani cricket teams have long been chummy, writes Simon Kuper. Used to playing each other around the world, the Pakistanis often visit the Indians’ hotel rooms for a chat. It’s even been known for a host to sneak a guest a glass of alcohol.
The next time they meet they’ll have something to toast – the United Nations has named both teams “spokespersons for the international year of sport and physical education 2005”. This rewards their recent tours of each other’s countries, which have supposedly helped bring peace to the subcontinent. The United Nations and non-governmental organisations everywhere are seizing on a new idea – that sport can encourage peace and development. You see the offshoots everywhere now, from NGO workers dressed as condoms parading around African football matches, to Palestinian and Israeli kids being made to play football together.

5 Comments:

  • I've read a similar article on the same topic. It's wonderful to see something like a sport bringing people together.

    By Blogger sexierexie, at 13:38  

  • NGO workers dressed as condoms?
    LMAO! Is that 99% effective as well?

    By Blogger Sahir, at 13:41  

  • Cricket has increased the people-to-people contact, the mutual good will...but in the end, it is what it is: a simple CBM.

    Something that does its work at the level of the public. It will make me, the ordinary joe sitting in Karachi, feel that we need to solve our issue with India, and it will make you, the ordinary Indian, sitting in Mumbai or wherever, think that yes, we do, because it's in the better interest of both of us.

    But for that to actually happen. Our leaders need to be brave. They need to give and take a little and think about the future.

    I personally think the whole concept of cricket diplomacy is a bit over rated, getting the feel good factor, UN awards like this, what now, all of this is good, in fact it's very good - but progres should be made after that. And I'm not sure I'm happy with how much progress of that sort that has taken place.

    By Blogger Zainub, at 15:02  

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    By Blogger Zainub, at 15:10  

  • Responding to one of the ealier posts, Guess Gangulyz method would work against Pollock..

    In fact the whole SA gp mainly Kallis and Pollock have often found it irritating when
    someone steps out an creams the ball over point by making room...something which Gangs
    used to do well in his prime..

    May the ocassion calls for someone to do just that, up the order..
    Guess they shd have Yuvi, Gambhir and Raina practise that pretty much...

    By Blogger Ginkgo, at 15:54  

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