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  11. Lumbering Giant with a Midget’s Mentality
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  17. Mental health – What soldiers can teach us
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  19. Steering Through Turbulence
  20. ExxonMobil – Close to hitting huge oil reserves in Pakistan, bigger than Kuwait’s
  21. NAYA PAKISTAN?
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  23. Women’s Rights under Family Law
  24. Shutting the Door on Refugees
  25. Water Challenges and Opportunities
  26. In Conversation with Dr. Ghulam Rasul on Hydrology
  27. In Conversation with Shafqat kakakhel: Internal Water Management Practices
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  30. Annus Horibilis
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  35. Power Over Impulse
  36. Refugees and Migrants are People too
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  38. Gulgee – The Last of The Greats
  39. Patrik Hoffmann – Sonraj
  40. Pakistan’s Primordial Hindu Heritage
  41. Pakistan’s Migrant Tragedy
  42. PTCL – Fastest Growing Brand in Pakistan
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  48. Fitness with the Mughal
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Mon, Jun 24, 2019
  1. Dissecting Pakistan’s Problem with Discrimination
  2. Preparing Tweets As Important As Preparing Guns
  3. Using Cricket to Heighten Hate
  4. The Art of Perception Management
  5. India’s Toxic Nationalism with a Runaway Media
  6. India’s Unhinged Media
  7. Khalid Zahid: Transforming Saudi Art
  8. Now Walk the Talk, Imran
  9. Violence against Minorities
  10. Unsheltered
  11. Lumbering Giant with a Midget’s Mentality
  12. How to Encourage Terrorism
  13. Faisalabad in 2028
  14. Mental Illness & the Progress of a Nation
  15. Child Sexual Abuse
  16. Living amongst the clouds : Aalia Bux
  17. Mental health – What soldiers can teach us
  18. Many Cookies still to Crumble
  19. Steering Through Turbulence
  20. ExxonMobil – Close to hitting huge oil reserves in Pakistan, bigger than Kuwait’s
  21. NAYA PAKISTAN?
  22. Making ADR work for Women
  23. Women’s Rights under Family Law
  24. Shutting the Door on Refugees
  25. Water Challenges and Opportunities
  26. In Conversation with Dr. Ghulam Rasul on Hydrology
  27. In Conversation with Shafqat kakakhel: Internal Water Management Practices
  28. Come on Skipper !
  29. GUMM
  30. Annus Horibilis
  31. The Inhumanity of Pakistan’s Coal Industry
  32. Iran Nuclear Deal The U.S Withdrawal
  33. Method in the Madness
  34. Legal System Reforms
  35. Power Over Impulse
  36. Refugees and Migrants are People too
  37. PTCL – A Nonstop Journey Towards Excellence
  38. Gulgee – The Last of The Greats
  39. Patrik Hoffmann – Sonraj
  40. Pakistan’s Primordial Hindu Heritage
  41. Pakistan’s Migrant Tragedy
  42. PTCL – Fastest Growing Brand in Pakistan
  43. Keep Pakistan’s Wagon Hitched To The China Star
  44. Anique’s Chocolate Cake
  45. Selfless & Fearless – Lahore Qalandars
  46. NEWS PICKS
  47. Intellectual Property and Tourism
  48. Fitness with the Mughal
  49. REBEL WITH A CAUSE
  50. The Big Fat Lie – Cholesterol (Part-1)
  51. Mummy’s Recipes Roast Chicken & Veg
  52. ENGAGING HEADS HEARTS AND HANDS
  53. The Big Fat Lie – Cholesterol (Part-2)
  54. Q & A with Star of Parchi
  55. Addressing Sexual Abuse
  56. Q & A with EMAN ZAEEM & MEHR SAAD
  57. Pakistan’s Lost Children
  58. ENGLAND AND THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
  59. STICK WITH FRIENDS AND DITCH THE ENEMIES
  60. The Phenomenon that Stephen Hawking was!
  61. In Conversation with ANUSHAY ZEESHAN
  62. Q & A with owner of District 6 – Anum Rafat
  63. Ali Rehman Khan – Naturally A Star
  64. MUNIBA`S Call for Tolerance & Justice
  65. Q&A Muniba Mazari
  66. Health Quotient (Dental health)
  67. Money for nothing, bits for free
  68. FinTech
  69. TRADING THREATS OF WAR
  70. Crisis of Civilization
  71. Child Sexual Abuse
  72. Education is the only Solution
  73. Fit for Purpose
  74. BLUE CHIP TALKS TO THE CREATOR OF TEETOO AND TANIA
  75. Mini meringue recipe
  76. NEW ANIMATED TV SERIES PAKISTANI
  77. Changing the Perception of Public Transport Motorway Express
  78. AUSTENISTAN DEBUTS WITH ELEGANCE AND ENTHUSIASM
  79. PAKISTAN’S WOMEN OF 2017
  80. THE BEAUTY IN BUSINESS
  81. PERCEPTIONS ARE ALSO REALITY
  82. Blue Chip Q/A with Atiqa Odho
  83. Five major political events of 2017
  84. WHAT DOES TRUMP’S TWEET MEAN FOR CPEC AND THE REGION
  85. THE GLOBAL ECONOMY IN 2017
  86. AFGHANISTAN GOING DOWNHILL
  87. 2017 FOR PSX – THE CLIMB AND THE DECLINE
  88. What we can learn from Ghalib
  89. QUINOA SALAD WITH THAI DRESSING

More dangerous than we think

When the Indian cricket team donned military caps in the 3rd ODI against Australia as a sign of solidarity with the 40 troopers of the Central Reserve Police Force (CPRF) killed in Pulwama, it immediately sparked controversy. Their blatant display of jingoism was immediately called out by the Pakistan Cricket Board arguing that sport should not be used for politics.

If we delve further into the Indian cricket team’s gesture, it goes far beyond ‘politicizing’ cricket. What this does is poison the mindset of the younger generation on both sides of the border, which is the most dangerous part of this conflict. I’ll explain through my personal experience.

I grew up watching cricket in 1990s and early 2000s. I would watch ESPN and Star Sports India every day after school. Through that, I developed great admiration for the way India promoted their cricket. I also remember wanting to be a cricket commentator like Harsha Bhogle, mainly because he is a non-cricketer like myself with a passion for the game. What I enjoyed most about Indian cricket was Rahul Dravid. At that time Dravid was my favourite batsmen. When India toured Pakistan in 2004, Dravid was unstoppable. Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Sami, the fastest bowlers at that time had no answer to Dravid’s impeccable technique. Now, as a cricket analyst on PTV World (English), nothing gives me greater satisfaction than analyzing Virat Kohli’s genius. His hard work, passion, and cricketing nous is incredibly unique. His commitment and dedication to his craft is inspiring for not just Indians, but everybody across the world.

“One of the reasons why young Indians and Pakistanis do not carry hatred for each other is because of our mutual appreciation for our cricketers”

When I went to University in England in 2007, I immediately bonded with the Indians I met over cricket. The way they would talk about players like Saeed Anwar, Wasim Akram, and Waqar Younis made me understand the deep appreciation they had for our cricketers too. We became and remain close friends, and it was cricket that brought us together.

I write this to show just how important sport and entertainment is to win the hearts and minds of people. Cast your mind back to Chennai 1999, when Pakistan were given a standing ovation during their lap of honour. Or in Lahore, when the crowd cheered for the Indian team after they beat Pakistan in 2004. Those were powerful moments, civilized moments. One of the reasons why young Indians and Pakistanis do not carry hatred for each other is because of our mutual appreciation for our cricketers. Unfortunately, the BCCI seems set to destroy one of the few things that connects us.

There is no doubt that the Indian team was cajoled into wearing the military caps due to the fever pitch anti-Pakistan sentiment constantly being peddled from all Indian quarters as well the heated political scenario with the upcoming elections. To use cricket as a platform to embolden this nationalist narrative reveals the toxic nature of those at the helm. The fact that the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) sought special permission from the International Cricket Council (ICC) to wear those caps shows how desperate they are to display their ‘patriotism.’ Insecure much? Rather than pandering to the unhinged nationalism that seems to have consumed the country, perhaps it would have been a better idea to wear a symbol in support of Women’s Day. The fact that the match was played on the 8th of March was the perfect opportunity for the team to do that, especially since the maltreatment of women in India has come under the scanner in recent years.

By asking their players to wear military caps and threatening not to play Pakistan in the World Cup, the BCCI is sending a terrible message. Young Indians will start believing that Pakistan is the enemy, and young Pakistanis will see how their country is perceived by Indian’s and naturally develop hatred towards them. It is a vicious cycle, which can only be broken by the next generation. However, through these toxic actions, it seems as if the Indian leadership is hellbent on making sure that the mistrust and animosity lives on.

The level of anger is not going away anytime soon. Conflicts like this will continue for now. The only way forward is when the coming generation are in positions of authority, and hopefully they will find a way to ward off irrational sentiments of past and current leaderships.

By: Ali Gauhar

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