In the context of the recent death and mutilation of Indian soldier's bodies in the Mendhra sector of Jammu and Kashmir, should India continue the sporting ties it has built with Pakistan over the years?
Shiv Sena's Rahul Narvekar said that India should boycott Pakistan as soon as possible in all areas, including sports. In a late night discussion with Rajdeep Sardesai on CNN-IBN, he said, "I thought that national interest was above sporting interest. I am surprised that we are having this debate."
"We want to maintain good relationships with our neighbours but not at the cost of our soldiers. Every time a Pakistani team has come, what have we got in return?" he added. According to him, India has had enough of candy floss diplomacy. He said, "Pakistan should be isolated till they mend their ways."
But Wajahat Khan, a journalist from Pakistan who is now touring India said that this knee-jerk reaction was detrimental and illiogical.
"What are you going to ban next? The salwar-kameez, masala, Urdu language or even the wind from Pakistan?" he said.
According to him, most of these issues are still in the realm of debates and what transpires between the armies of the two countries should not affect the sporting or the cultural ties between the two countries. These ties have acted as an agent of the peace process, he added.
He said, "People kill people, cricket does not kill people. Now, are you going to hold all the fans hostage to the confusion?"
First Published On : Jan 11, 2013 12:30 IST