When Sportsmen Take to Crime

My Blogs, as I have said before take birth with the morning newspaper where I have been taking up issues of decaying morality, intolerance upturns – trends that need moderation from public at large for correction within society, as has been for the world to be preserved this far. So in my limited way, I coax you to dwell a bit into psyche of talent that gets glorified and suddenly finds the dark alleys, just to find wealth, for talent may or may not realize wealth and fame, the way it is expected to.

The society is never inherently bad or seeking highest returns by hook or by crook. In fact it is a lot better. The bitter truth is that it is above average intelligence, desire to excel, some mental steel to break barriers – all qualities that schools preach and aim to instill in youth for success, and to spur people on, without giving in to the burdens of their own assets, talents and those very qualities that put them over and above the rest.

After all, except for the fact that goons are usually depicted as big, heavy muscular and dumb make us laugh in certain variety of cinema, comic books and even the ‘don’ depiction of criminal leaders; the ‘dumb’ aspect, I think may be only limited to their inability to tread the ‘right path’ when at crossroads of their lives and careers.

Typically, sportsmen, talented actors, musicians, comics, even spiritual leaders and big-time politicians have found themselves at crossroads when the world seems to take too much away out of their hard work, standard beliefs for personal or family uplift.

So, today’s paper has this headline “Ex-sportsmen excel at crime”. Truly, in recent months, just in and around New Delhi, we are reading about police capturing dreaded gangsters who are found to be ex-sportsmen – anybody from dangal groomed bright young wrestlers to sharp-shooters, cricketers and even aspiring film-makers or actors!

Okay, so me and you would have faced that silent jeering that is never in-the-face in our seemingly learned society, but that ‘back-stabbing’ aspect due to which some of our peers would leave for USA at one time; this typical Indian phenomena of ‘pulling you down’ if you rise within your circles at young age. But is this phenomena only Indian? I think, in its many variations it is global; else why would self-development books and cinema always emphasize that jeering from public is your asset, just like your own desires, hard work and zeal to excel.

So, this is a natural outcome of ingraining excellence in us could be reminiscent of our own travails in youth where there will always be a time when we feel down and out and lost out to the world for all our knowledge, talents and the damned CV, which nobody actually understands after some point, where we seem to have run across the finishing line, with nobody cheering. What then?

But all this aspect of ‘people’ saying things behind the back could be just one of the reasons; the simple fact that sportsmen and talent of any kind have rarely ever been supported by society and government officials forever twist constitutional and humanistic agenda is key to frustrating youth.

Yes, sportsmen are adulated from the time they win their first medal in school, then college. There are admirers and even your whole family is smiling, egging you on to go reach those glorious heights. You are apple of the eye of your parents and few best friends might just be beginning to feel uncomfortable at those little victories, while there will be those who truly care and stand by you, just the way we see in the movie on cricketer par excellence, Mr. M. S. Dhoni.

I do revere stories, biopics and movies that demonstrate the power of resilience, oneness, the path from talent, hard work, desire to excel and reaching the pinnacle of success in some legend’s personal triumphs against a jeering world. Yet, even at that height there will be those ready to say, “man, you have had your best days and now you are done!” You can actually see the scorn on that perpetrator’s face, isn’t it? You identify with that and imagine your own scowler(s),  as the celluloid phases through its colorful frames.

For imagination, let’s say that this gangster who is caught, jailed and is now, out of jail. What might he want to see? Will it be his fellow gangsters to plot the next heist or murder for money or would it be his parents, his wife, his loved ones and who will enforce a grand change?

I somehow tend to think that he would like to see those who jeered and those whom he could only answer the way that he did then, when he was sentenced to jail. I think those would be the only people whom he thought of at times he was in the jail too. Won’t you tend to believe that if he sees society unchanged, he will not bathe in a bucketful of cow milk, nor will his disgust enthuse re-creation of old talents? What triggered us to change for better or for worse, once upon a time – can they be easily forgotten?

I think that the time of reconciliation lies in people other than those who are convicted for diminishing from their own inherent excellence to become criminals or in extreme cases, mental wrecks, to change themselves. And that ‘people’ is society at large.

Remember that scene in “Mary Kom”, the movie on India’s great female boxer from ‘north-east’ where the government official jeers obnoxiously, or that bureaucrat in “Chak de India” who condemns girls for playing international hockey; for the coach, played by SRK to spur them to glory of winning the world cup (this was not a biopic though).

But why are we making these movies and why are writers once again writing about what went past and is gone. I think it is for the same reason that many are wanting to change history text books and Indian literature because they feel that their heroes somehow became lesser – the equal and opposite reaction that stabilizes society!! Yes, the case of ‘Padmavat(i)’ is typical of what some people see in a movie and what my kinds just may not! As one award winning film-maker from Kolkatta said last night at an event “people tend to get divided when we adapt stories (like above) and getting offended has become a national pastime”.

So, to end this blog, I take continuity from my previous blog on “intolerance upturn”. Intolerance cannot be countered by intolerance and if you who read this is on path to excellence and are at crossroads, tolerate that jeering ass****, take those dips and go on with renewed vigor to where your folks were smiling with you, than to bring sadness to those who mattered most.

More glory to bloggers and TED Talks please (LOL?!!).




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