|Tirupati, August 13, 2016 (Tirupatitimes.com)
“It is only very recently that elite Indians have started jogging rather than slowly walking in parks like the Lodhi gardens in New Delhi, and this very much reflects the influence of the American and British Universities their children have been attending for the last couple of decades”
The critical utterance about Indians was published in a widely read British magazine The Week in London in 2012 when England had hosted the Olympics. Using the Google search engine, one can read the full story online even today. The pride stricken and perhaps intoxicated UK media also made a sarcastic comment that the Indian society in which even middle-class people will have a servant bring them a glass of water from just a few feet away.
India’s repeated pitiable performances in the Olympics since Independence and some other political and personal weaknesses might have attracted the western media to write infamously about Indians.
The lessons we did not learn from the past as we have grown a thicker skin that works as amour against the criticism. Those who fail to learn from history are fated to repeat it. Furthermore, we have also developed a type of don’t care attitude that has thrown us at a dusky place again in 2016 Olympics. India has sent 118 sports titans to Rio Olympics. Eight days have passed since the games commenced on Aug.5. Only eight days left to get entry into the medal standings in Rio. We still stand in the queue holding kit with no medal while USA, China, Russia, Japan, and others have been running fast with kits full of medals.
High self-esteem, arrogance, intolerance, selfishness, ineptitude, laziness, lack of self-introspection, corruption and poor sport infrastructure were perceived to be the main reasons behind our debacle in the sports mega events continually.
India has a strong population of about 1250 million. However, it is suffering from lack of committed and determined leaders like Ashoka The Great and his grandfather Chandra Guptha whose period was acclaimed as “SWARNAYUGA” (The Golden Era of Great Bharath Khand) about 2400 years ago when the western countries minus Rome and Greece, were in a very pathetic state.
Why is such an ancient super power country that introduced Yoga (enormous power giver) and other ancient self-help canons including The Divine Song of Lord Sri Krishna (The Bhavad-Gita) to all 200 plus countries in the world has miserably failed to get interlocked with the Olympic rings? Why is India unable to produce ‘International Quality Athletes? Does India need a perfect, patriotic and innovative minded royal leader for its sports domain? It is high time to think of it. The Olympics humiliation has been haunting hundreds of millions of Indians for decades.
The Narendra Modi Government should take India’s “lackluster performance” in the Rio Olympics seriously and convene a high-level meeting with all heads of the states and UTs to find out some ground-breaking ways for India to compete effectively in the next Olympics. I don’t think that it will happen but a beacon of hope still hangs somewhere in the heart.
In the fable of ‘Fox and Grapes’, the fox that failed to achieve the grapes termed it as sour grapes and left with great self satisfaction. This was an old story. The modern fable is that the humiliated fox worked hard for hours practicing the techniques of all types of Olympics jumps including the triple jump, long jump, and high jump again and again and again. Besides this, in order to control the agitations and other pressures in the mind, the fox also learnt the techniques by studying several ancient texts including the Gita and Yoga. Later, one day the fox did a lofty jump and skillfully grabbed the grapes. His friends, who were watching the attempts of the fox, have commended his sincere efforts and conferred the title Reynard upon the fox. India should learn a lesson from the fable and prove their mettle.
Finally, let us hope for the best in the 2020 summer Olympics. Let us also look forward to seeing our athletes who certainly pass with flying colours with a kit full of medals in the next world’s mega sports event to be held in Tokyo, Japan.