The paanchvi pass answer to the above question would be “kyuki usko gussa aya”. A rhetorical question posed as “usko gussa kyu aya?” brings out a malaise that affects every individual in the modern times, both on and off the public view.
The global warming seems to have gotten into the head of Bhajji. And I am sure he has reasons for this. His lifetime opportunity to lead a team at a national level game hasn’t brought many points on the scorecard. His Mumbai Indians’ team does not seem to fare well against the others, who appear mightier. For the common folk, it might be just a game. It might even be a cause of annoyance of the Mumbaiyas. But it’s definitely a cause of discontent for Bhajji and his team at this stage. The match may not have an international standard, it might not be akin to an international test match, one day or even a T20, but given the stakes involved, it is no joke. Bhajji might be looking at his Market valuation (even players have been handsomely valuated in the recent times) depreciating, and a possibility of his shoulders lightened of the responsibility of captaincy. All Sreesanth (with his aggressive gestures) had done was to act as a spark plug.
It might have appeared unmanly to find Sreesanth weeping profusely on the field in front of the camera. But considering that he is just a 20 year old lad, it may be seen in a different light. It is not uncommon to see college freshers weeping on being ragged by a senior who is no more than 3 years older. He can so be excused for acting his age.
A captain at 27 hitting a player of 20; both are stars for SRK (remember the show with Indian and Pakistani players) and have huge fan followings. But the question remains: are these people capable enough to handle so much pressure? Making a comparison, Tendulkar is an epitome of a ‘cool guy’; he started first class cricket at 18, and has managed to keep his head at all times. To be a star may not be easy, but to sustain the stardom is even more difficult.
In their quest to achieve better TRPs (and hence revenues), production houses are going all the way to target kids. We have seen programs like chote ustaad, little champs, paanchvi pass and many more being aired on regional TV. The age of stardom has come down (and is reducing), and so has its duration. The TZP star portrayed by the media is not Aamir Khan, but Darsheel. He now gets to walk the ramps, inaugurate outlets, and feels like a star. The 12 year old has managed to be the role model for many (those who happen to realize what a role model is). He is even charging hefty sums for his appearances (making hay till the sun shines?)
As I see it, there are no guarantees any more. There are so many musical talent programs producing singers by the chunk, but does it put them into the mainstream playback singing (or make them pop stars)? So many have disappeared into obsolescence; as if they were never there! Excessive adulation can make an individual’s life surreal.
India has embraced capitalism with open arms. And undoubtedly it has given a lot of prosperity to the upper levels of the society. The have-nots still have to make do with the infinitesimal pie of the Rs 60,000 crore allotted to the farmers. Given the levels of corruption in the country, I doubt if even 5% will reach the ones it is meant for. We have a high gini index. Those without opportunities feel exploited, and it wont be long before they take on the richer lot in an unpleasant manner.
We hear of crimes, the road rage and safety concerns for the women in the capital. The commissioner has even gone to the extent of branding north Indians brash. It might be statistically true, but a generalization is not ethically or politically correct. People carry guns to protect themselves. Which country are we living in? Is it a poverty struck sub Saharan Africa where goons rule? Or the dictator ruled Iraq? Why does one have to carry guns (and shoot an individual over such trifle issues)? Because people tend to lose the power to think (which actually differentiates the tamed from the wild)? Such people are in rising numbers and this is a social disease, which can result in an epidemic if not controlled at this stage.
Whats needed now is to keep one’s cool. No amount of AC or even Navratna talc will help. It needs to come from within. The age old practice of yoga can go a long way to keep things under control. Everyone can find reasons to be unhappy. Swami Ramdev has appeared in the forefront, and has managed to get a buy in from a huge lot of people. India has a rich tradition and good practices, we should exploit these opportunities to keep cool. My personal experience has been that ‘Bhramari’ goes a long way in making you concentrate and to get rid of negativity. Even a 3-5 minute exercise is sufficient to bring about long lasting effects.
In this summer, internal heat can only have detrimental effects. Things can be accomplished by remaining cool!