From Kashmir & Rio

Dear Prime Minister Sir,


The voices these days from both, Kashmir and Rio reflect upon the sorry state of affairs in the country. Sorry state in Kashmir, for the brave soldiers, created by handful of antinational and self-acclaimed intellectuals. Sorry state in Rio, of our athletes, created apathetic and corrupt sports governing bodies in India.

I begin with Kashmir first.

Yesterday my entire family never had dinner, all of us were sad and teary eyed, watching the images of martyred Commandant in Kashmir. The way his 6 year daughter promised to be a police officer reflected upon the resolve and anger every India has within himself when it comes to fighting terrorism.

But, Sir, we talk about the human rights in Kashmir valley. What human rights? Human rights of terrorists who kill the Jawans? Or the human rights of Kashmiri separatists who chant anti India slogans and when our forces fire just pallet guns at them they cry foul?


Security forces protecting human rights of anti national elements

What I understand Sir, is that for every terrorist killed, captured and repelled back into Pakistan we pay much more price. We pay in form of able and promising Jawan or officer dying to kill a terrorist, a terrorist who became one because he was good for nothing. We pay in form of sleepless nights, the wives and families of forces posted in Kashmir spend. Every phone call for them comes with sinking feeling in heart. We pay in form of ruined child hood of kids when their fathers lay down their lives for us.

Mr. Prime Minister Sir, No one can condone what we lose in form of single officer. Why a capable officer be killed? Let the misery of death be inflicted on those who are terrorists or who stand up against the nation. Let the Kashmiris, and for that matter all country men, know, they belong to this country or death nothing in-between. It might sound insane Sir if seen out of context, but not when we put in one place, the men we have lost since the beginning of insurgency. Let us arm our forces in such a manner and let them strategies in such manner that none of our officers die, no matter how many of terrorist, people supporting them or supposed to be supporting them die. The army officer who fights them is for sure on our side, and his right to life cannot be second to any other human right.

Coming to Rio Sir,

None in my family other than me is a sports enthusiast, but when it came to Olympics my entire family watched almost every event where India participated. We set alarms and got up midnight to watch a few.

Sir, watching hockey, my daughter wondered why our players were so thin and opponents so healthy and athletic. Ah!! A 7 year old understands this but not the officials and mantris and of course not the likes of Shobhade.

You saw your Minister Mr Goel bringing back shame from Rio in name of trophy. You might not have missed out Raninder making ‘merry’ with his friends in Rio. You might not have missed the mantri from Haryana spending crores of tax payers’ money, when players don’t get even proper diet in this country.

Sir, we talk of make in India, we plan to make fighter jets and submarines, and can we not make medal winning sportspersons in India. We have them already, but we haven’t given enough to them.



Deepa Karmakar- Everything is possible.

I got a joke on whatsapp group, it said “pehle homework kar fir khelne jana” (first finish homework and then go to play) has ruined our medal chances in Rio. True, very true. Why should one take sports as a career? He gets nowhere. There is not enough motivation for one to become a sportsperson or a coach. Thus we see no world class coaches produced in India and that’s why we see talented players struggle.

One sports body is so rich that for the goodies it bestows upon politicians are good enough to keep them quite. Else, money from this sports body alone would have produced many medals for India.

Miseries of sports people are aplenty, some run choley bhature stalls and others stich garments in dingy places. If we have to give only this to sports people and allow mantris and their family members do what they did at Rio, let’s not send our contingent next time.


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Shiva Malekopmath
    Sep 29, 2016 @ 21:24:45

    A Wonderful Post.


  2. Beloo Mehra
    Sep 18, 2016 @ 11:30:35

    For the pathetic state of sports in India, govt has to totally get out of this business. As it is the sports ministry has no control over any of the sports organisation. Cricket rules in the country, because of money. More private sector support for athletes and athletic associations could help.

    As for Kashmir, the less said the better. The situation is decades in making, the solution is going to take decades, but most importantly it will take strong political will to do the unthinkable, without regard to the world opinion. Drastic surgery might be needed to kill the cancer called terrorism.

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  3. Alok Singhal
    Sep 01, 2016 @ 18:47:53

    Your points are well worth the effort, but in a country like India, corruption rules! What can PM do when the grant they send at the Center-level doesn’t even reach the state; even if it reaches, there are many at the state-level to gallop that right away.

    Think about how many kids die each year because of the poison schools serve to children? Not that they get grant for poison, but teachers themselves take the better part of it back home in some form.

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  4. Somali K Chakrabarti
    Aug 18, 2016 @ 16:48:59

    You’re right Make in India should be extended to making sports people too! Maybe India’s first representative to IOC will ensure that in future it is.


  5. Sharat Pathak
    Aug 18, 2016 @ 14:38:02

    Its time we deal with such people with ruthless hand.


  6. Sharat Pathak
    Aug 18, 2016 @ 14:37:18

    So we can hope medals if political slander is one of the events in Olympics.


  7. Sharat Pathak
    Aug 18, 2016 @ 14:35:35

    True , Kashmir is perhaps a cryptic one. yet we are doing much less than what we can do.

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  8. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder
    Aug 18, 2016 @ 01:14:51

    Kashmir issue, perhaps, will never be solved. Sometimes, I think, (wild personal thoughts) every government this country had in the past 70 years, had some vested interest in keeping this issue alive. Jawans will get killed, anti-India slogans will be there, and yet, when a terrorist leader like Burhan Wani is killed, some “intellectual” people condemn his killing!

    I agree with each and every point of yours regarding the Olympic. This year, Dutee Chand had to travel 36 hours in the economy class while managers and ministers savoured the comfort of executive class. What performance we can expect from them with such a step-motherly behaviour from the Government!


  9. Rajagopal
    Aug 17, 2016 @ 20:03:14

    I share your concern and frustration, Sharat. While Kashmir is an intricate issue as a result of its cumulative mishandling by successive governments over last seven decades, the sad state of sports is an outcome of rampant corruption in all sports bodies. The only visible prowess if at all is the masterly perfection with which political games are played, leaving actual sports and games to rot on the fields of apathy and vested interests…

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  10. ajaypoetry
    Aug 17, 2016 @ 20:02:28

    My country is great but system is strange. When a terrorist is killed, people mourn , hawks on Twitter cry foul, amnesty international brings broken families together. When someone martyrs while protecting country such people are silent,this afzal premium gang is the real culprit and should be dealt with firmly


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