I want to start this post by borrowing a theme from John Grisham’s A Time To Kill and narrate a story.
Imagine a group of sportsmen who have earned trophies for our country. Imagine the large-scale celebration of the sport and the sportsmen by the people of India. Imagine social media being flooded with glorified pictures and videos of the win and happy tear-stained faces lifting the cup. Imagine the same tear-stained faces, this time in anger and frustration, being pushed, kicked, and beaten. Imagine the sport is cricket and the sportsmen are the boys from the Indian Cricket Team.
Is this even plausible?
I usually avoid posting anything related to politics or religion. Not because I am scared to voice my opinion but I think the online world is no longer a place for healthy discussion of a difference in opinion. Instead, there is a lot of hate if viewpoints don’t match, with name-calling and mud-slinging. However, the recent turn of events at the Wrestler’s Protest didn’t go down well with me and I wanted to pen my thoughts on the same and invite a healthy discussion of views.
If you are in India and have been living under a rock and do not know what the Wrestler’s Protest is all about, you can read up on the same by clicking here. We have all seen the disturbing photos and videos of these sportswomen who proudly represented India and won her accolades being manhandled. Now, immaterial of who is right or wrong, who is guilty or not, and whether the protest is politically driven or not, I think the way the protesting wrestlers were treated was deplorable.
Immaterial of being a celebrity or not, isn’t it the constitutional right of a woman to raise her voice against abuse and feel safe in doing so?
Do less popular sports and sports people deserve praise only for the day/week/month that they won the medal for India and be mistreated after?
In a cricket-obsessed country like ours where the boys in blue are revered and treated like demi-gods, is it even imaginable that they are meted out a similar treatment? Wouldn’t there be a blood bath if this happened?
Does a sportswoman deserve lesser respect than a sportsman?
When the protest was a peaceful one, why should there be a physical force to curb it?
Do the people who trained so hard to bring laurels to India, deserve the treatment they got?
Couldn’t this have been handled in a more dignified manner?
Don’t these deserve an apology for the treatment meted out to them?
Shouldn’t the leadership wake up at least now and rectify the situation?
These sportswomen were even willing to sacrifice their medals in protest of their treatment. Imagine them contesting and winning under a neutral flag and not for India. Chances are that many of us will still blindly share on social media how proud we are and comment on the ‘Indian’ who won but we won’t see the India that let her down.
Food for thought….
I welcome all healthy discussions on this topic, not just ones that match my thought process. However, I do not support hate comments or personal attacks. Those, I will be deleting and blocking.
This post is a personal take on what did not sit well with me about how the Wrestler’s Protest is being handled. It does not support and one party or try to influence the case. I have intentionally not included any pictures to highlight any one person.