My new hero is Baichung Bhutia and I don't even follow football.
To stand up for what you believe in, and state that belief in a non violent and dignified manner is the basis on which [tag]India[/tag] fought for her Independence. To see someone in today's day and age doing that warms the cockles of my heart. Especially when you read about athletes from elsewhere not being able to express their protest on [tag]Tibet[/tag] because sponsors – who have large commercial interests in [tag]China[/tag]- may not like it.
Obviously, the CPI(M) – which with every passing day sounds more like a fully owned subsidiary of the Chinese Government — has been fairly displeased with Baichung's decision
CPM — West Bengal Sports Minister Subhas Chakraborty said “Baichung shouldn’t have done this. It’s embarrassing.”
This is the same CPI(M) that didn't feel embarrassed when:
- The Indian Ambassador to [tag]Beijing [/tag] was summoned at 2 hours past midnight … as far as I know the Chinese are still a 'friendly' nation, and calling the ambassador at 2 a.m. … if nothing else … should be embarrassing. It is serious bad behavior. But, Mr. Karat is not embarassed by it… he thinks that it is par for the course…. I wonder how he would react if the Indian Government called in the Chinese Ambassador at 2 in the morning to be told about their behavior in [tag]Arunachal Pradesh[/tag]
- China occupies Indian territory in Arunachal Pradesh, depriving our fellow citizens of basic freedom and democracy (however flawed it may be). I would really be interested to know the CPI(M)'s stand on Arunachal Pradesh.
- China refuses a visa for inhabitants of Arunachal Pradesh – claiming that as Chinese citizens they don't need a visa to visit China.
- It issues a veiled threat on [tag]Nagaland[/tag] and [tag]Jammu & Kashmir[/tag] –
Those in India who want to join this chorus for an independent Tibet will be doing a great disservice to our own country. Are we going to support a free Nagaland? Or a free Jammu and Kashmir? Or those other secessionist demands?
China has been meddling in Nagaland for donkey's year's and they occupy part of Jammu and Kashmir.
- Human rights are violated – whether in India or outside it.
Our party’s stand is very clear that any country whether it was China, Russia, or India, should not disintegrate in the name of human rights and rights of ethnic minorities.
So it is ok to , murder Kashmiri's, burn down the homes of those who protest against land grabbing, mow down non violent protesters . It's ok in the name of Nationalism… And, if that is a not an embarrassing thought or policy … I'm not sure what is…
If the price of 'National Integration' or 'ideological superiority' is human rights violations or the suppression of the rights of ethnic minorities — then the nation is on its way to a breakup …. There is only so much you can do with force … how many people are you going to kill to maintain your 'Nation' your 'Empire' or your 'ideology' . Remember [tag]Nandigram[/tag]? If there is amnesia about Nandigram, then try the [tag]Dandi March[/tag].