The news channels are feasting on the issue of Gautam Gambhir playing with an injured shoulder in the match against Mumbai Indians in the IPL league on May 25. Wow! Guess what these channels are asking? Club or Country! It’s funny that these questions should come from channels like Headlines Today, Times Now, CNN-IBN, NDTV and the rest.
Suddenly conspiracy theories of the injury being deliberately not declared, Shahrukh Khan should answer and BCCI gagging Gambhir are being floated on these channels.
In just my previous post (The Good Neighbour) I had asked the same question about these media channels. Putting the country first is the last priority for these news channels and they invest in themselves the moral authority to question the patriotism of a sportsman.
For a start, Gambhir was playing a very critical match against the Mumbai Indians. If I were in his place, especially as captain of the team, I would damn well take the risk and play when chances of my team reaching the finals are at stake. This wasn't a routine league match we are talking about. I would do that even if I were told about the seriousness of the injury. It is unclear if Gambhir was fully aware of the seriousness of the injury.
To infer and imply that by his act Gambhir has put club over country is the kind of nonsensical sensationalism that our media peddles. What should have been a small news item is being turned into a major scam as is the practice with the news channels.
All said and done, our communist media is the last entity that should be talking about patriotism. The day they stop hosting anti-India people like Parvez Musharraf, Hamid Gul and many such people is the day when they will regain the moral right to talk about patriotism.
Gautam Gambhir is part of the world cup winning team. He doesn’t need to prove his patriotism to anyone. Least of all the assholes in the media.