Testing time for cricket lovers too!!
We are used to seeing spectators in the sports and games events cheering some and jeering some. It is also natural human sentiment to support whomsoever one fancies among the rivals. This sentiment may manifest on the basis of an individual’s race, religion, nationality or simply admiration of sports person or player.
However, to extend this sentiment to earn sinister, unethical lucre, in order to satiate one’s greed by creating discrimination and ill-will on the basis of religion even in the field of sports and games is unfortunate and no God of any religion will approve of it.
I hope the organisers of a Mixed Martial Art event in Lahore, Pakistan, will realise their folly in demanding that an all-Hindu contingent from India be sent for the event for “better entertainment value!” By this method of selecting the Indian contingent, the event promoters hope to “create more promotion in media and people.” Bad english, but the ultimate purpose is to get maximum gate collection.
A Hindu fighting a Muslim for them seems a sure way of getting more gate collection than an Indian Muslim fighting a Pakistani Muslim!
The report in Bangalore Mirror of Tuesday, March 11, 2014 says, “The tournament called Pak Fight Club and organised by Pakfornia Promotions in collaboration with the Pakistan Government, has sent an invitation to Mumbai’s Bandra-based Mixed Martial Arts Training Academy, Xtreme Fight Federation, but with a caveat. What’s that caveat?
Send only Hindu fighters “because the Hindu names will create more promotion in media and people.” This was when the Bandra-based Academy’s boss Sheikh Shafiq Ur Rehman sent names of three boxers — two of which were Muslims. Shafiq though surprised did not change his choice of participants. As for the Pakistan’s Operation Director, Shahzaib, he made the request because it was easier for public to recognise and distinguish between names of their own fighters whic...more