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    July 14, 2006

    Come on Mumbai, get angry

    The location of the origin of terror, whether it is New Delhi, London, Bangalore or Mumbai, has been reinforced yet again!

    I'm just expressing a view that has already been expressed - Mumbai, please stop getting on with life. Cry! Become angry! Riot! Do something to let those in power know that they can't go off to sleep and let another terrorist attack happen, knowing well that the Mumbaikar's resilience and spirit will ensure that they don't get blamed in the end.

    Given I am also a passionate follower of cricket, I'm tempted to compare Mumbai's reactions with a fairly well known Mumbaikar, Sachin Tendulkar.

    He's copped his fair share of crappy lbw & caught behind decisions from umpires, declared run out even though he'd been knocked down for the count and been given pathetic players when he was captain (Remember Noel David & Sujit Somasundar?). Yet he's hardly said anything in anger. I've so often wanted him to do/say anything controversial, such as blast an opponent, question umpires, fight with the BCCI etc. But he has never ever done it. He gets on with his life, his batting, making runs & taking wickets for his side. While he often does show his happiness on the field, we rarely ever see him angry.

    It's probably fair to say that his autobiography will be far less colourful than that of Sourav Ganguly.

    Come on, Mumbai. Don't make the mistake one of your favourite sons keeps making. Don't put up with nonsense just because you can. No-one should!

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