Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Bravo! Baichung!

Baichung Bhutia refuses to carry Olympic torch-India-The Times of India

Baichug Bhutia, as a Buddhist, has not compromised his ideals and has protested against the Chinese government's acts in a significant way. He has also shown up the UPA government (I don't think NDA would have done better here, just for the record) for the spineless entity it is - kowtowing to Communist China's muscle while being hurt internally by the Communists of Greater China India.

Baichung's act might lead him to the status of a political pariah - ostracized by the government for voicing his conscience. I won't be surprised if he loses his football captaincy.

However, the Dalai Lama has been in India for a long time now. And, significantly, the Chinese government did not invite any envoys from India as part of the international delegation to tour affected parts of Tibet. Hopefully, this shows that our government is standing up well to China.

But what is worse than the Chinese government's act is its shameless endorsement by Communist comrades in India who are stuck I don't know where. Internal matter, indeed! They bat more for the PRC than for India. Where are the holier-than-thou armchair human rights activists now? Their silence on the matter is indeed deafening.

Considering what the others have not done and what Baichung has actually done, the least I could do is to write this post and exclaim, "Bravo! Baichung!"

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