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Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom……..

Nehru’s speech is immortalized not just in our Indian textbooks but in the minds of anybody who appreciates beautiful oratory; just because it embodied the spirit of a whole nation and inspired an entire generation.

Yet one speech that struck a chord with me recently belonged to a man who too inspired his entire generation:

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer…………..

With a muslim middle name few expected him to give the bigshots a run for their money. Yet, in a stunning example of personal determination, he broke all odds of race, religion, etc and is what we see him as today – The President of the U.S.A. The week that was, most definitely belonged to him.

Yet, IMO, the week also belonged to another man, who did not exactly steal the limelight. Yet like Barack Obama, he is truly “Destiny’s Child”. Like Obama, he inspired an entire nation. He and Obama are two of the most envied leaders in the world, each in his own light. Like Obama, few in his own country would have heard of this man before 2004. When he played, he was ridiculed for his long hair and for damaging the beautiful game (I know its not cricket, but still!).. When he became captain, few envied his job; the pundits wrote him off. But today, M.S.Dhoni is the darling of a nation and his men would be willing to do anything for him.

Whether Dhoni is a truly inspirational leader or just running of Felix Felicis is disputable, yet the current state of Indian cricket owes atleast a part of it to him; after all, who would have trusted Joginder Sharma with the last over in the T20 Finals, when Misbah was on Rampage. 😀

I have always made made my disdain for Dhoni Public. IMO, he definitely had a role to play in the departure of 2 seniors who are “much-better cricketeers” than him in the true sense of the game. Dravid will probably go soon looking at the state of affairs. And Sachin is still there only because Dhoni is scared to keep his hands on him. The whole nation will erupt.

Like all throughout his life, there was irony in Ganguly’s final match too. A brilliant innings, yet 85. The 100 was so near, yet so far. And then a golden duck. I think the 2 innings were brilliant metaphors to Ganguly’s career.. Sadly his attitude problem marred all his good characteristics. A fighting spirit, determination, great captaincy and some brilliant innings. And Dhoni offering him captaincy for one last time.. WTH was he thinking. That was more of an insult than an honor. Seriously, it was like handing Ganguly leftovers. Sourav Ganguly could have been remembered for many things and in a better light yet……..

Another great cricketer hung up his boots recently. Anil Kumble, India’s #1 wicket taker. Test captain for a short while, perhaps till Dhoni was groomed. Yet, he will go down as the last of the fighters in the game. Not perhaps a “brilliant” spinner but a great adapter to the game’s needs. Who can forget him bowling with a broken jaw. And his “Only one team played in the true spirit of the game” summed up the anger of a whole nation is such a simple statement. Whatever the nation remembers him as, I dont know, but I will remember him as one of the last gentlemen in what was once known as “Gentleman’s Game”. Good bye Jumbo!!

P.S: Whether Obama’s speech will go down in history books is yet to be seen. He has a daunting task ahead of him, but something tells me, he might pull it off.


Written by Chronoz

November 11, 2008 at 12:34 pm

Posted in Council of Elders

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  1. He also said something along the lines of – “To all those Americans whose trust I am yet to earn, I may not have earned your votes yet, but I am your president as well, and I will”

    Amazing man. I was up the whole night, and I watched every minute of the poll, even though I had a freaking exam the next day. Obama FTW, like I said way earlier! 🙂

    Great post.


    November 12, 2008 at 1:30 am

  2. You are so anti-Dhoni,aren’t you?? And btw, something I recently remembered. You blame Dhoni for have dropped Dravid and Ganguly, for grooming a new team. Then blame Ganguly da, you have this whole team which was groomed by Ganguly. But at whose expense? He dropped Kumble, Srinath every now and then, Venkatesh Prasad, and above all he denied Laxman a chance in the WC 2003 squad and Kumble a spot in the team for the finals. You may claim he did well in spite of all this (except in the last case), but Dhoni has done supercedingly will in the absence of Ganguly and Dravid in ODI’s. You don’t like Dhoni and you come up with excuses for it every now and then. Its like Vikku not liking me, for no reason!!
    And Dhoni handing Ganguly captaincy was such a touching gesture, you would like to leave the team captaining it, and that’s what Dhoni did for Ganguly.. Btw, wats up with this Barrack Obama craze?? Yea, he has some real oratorical skills, and doesnt NV speeches like Shruthi(sorry, couldnt resist!!), but you don’t know if he’s really capable till he proves himself. Coz one who is the darling of the masses, one who has amazing oratorical abilities, needn’t always be the right person for the right thing!! But sure yeah, Change is here to stay!!


    November 16, 2008 at 7:47 am

  3. Obama HAD a daunting task and that was to become the president. All he has to do now is fulfill his promise. Ironically, his background and age worked for him rather than against him. Whereas, soldier of war Mccain with all his exploits and experience bit the dust. Not that I’m complaining. Obama is charismatic and relatively young. Comes up with great punch dialogues(though the credit should actually go to his “people” for coming up with that)People wanted change. Obama is that. “Change is good”. 😉 Oh and most important of all, his first name rhymes with that of a famous football player. Ballack! 😀

    Your comments about Dhoni are astonishing to say the very least. What is it that you hate about the guy? He is not my favourite either but comeon man, atleast give him his due respect. How you came up with the idea that Dhoni of all the people wanted Dada and Dravid out I’ll never know.

    “Dravid will probably go soon looking at the state of affairs. And Sachin is still there only because Dhoni is scared to keep his hands on him. The whole nation will erupt.”

    Dravid has been playing shitket for quite sometime now. The comment about Sachin was just borderline retarded. :/ He is actually playing well. Didn’t you know?

    “And Dhoni offering him captaincy for one last time.. WTH was he thinking. That was more of an insult than an honor. Seriously, it was like handing Ganguly leftovers. Sourav Ganguly could have been remembered for many things and in a better light yet”

    Oh dear sweet mary john peter allah! Outrageous is not the word. I think you and Dhoni have some poorva janma aatharam.

    @Chappli : Bad analogy. You need an imagination. There are plenty of reasons for Vikku not liking you. 😉
    I could have resisted but I chose not to. I am a baaad man. 😀

    PS: I am incredibly jobless now. Should have had practicals today but got canceled on account of heavy rain, flood, global warming, volcanic eruptions and Vijaykanth’s disturbing alcoholic bloodshot eyes.


    November 26, 2008 at 12:58 pm

  4. @Sand: The first para was so not you da. It actually sounded mature. Was that you typing or did you call your mom/dad?

    I just hate that guy…. Dunno. Maybe its simply because he’s in a place where he doesn’t deserve to be.


    November 28, 2008 at 12:58 pm

  5. What can I say? *In southern accent* I am a reaaal maaan

    Considering that under his captaincy India won the T20, won the tri series in Aus, won back the Border Gavaskar trophy and hammered England, I would say he does have some merit. Anyway you are completely biased against Dhoni so let this issue rest. End


    November 29, 2008 at 8:20 am

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