New Delhi:While officialdom sits and discusses the nitty gritty of who wronged who in the Sydney cricket Test between India and Australia, the world over it is not just about cricket anymore. For cricket, religion as it is in India, is not bigger than national pride.
Indians all over are furious. Take the match, they say, if you want to win so badly. But you cannot trifle with our sentiments. For if sportsman spirit is missing, we would rather not play out a charade.
An overwhelming number of our surfers have suggested that there is no point in continuing with the Australia tour. The bad umpiring, the truculence, the anti-India demeanour - the behaviour of the hosts has found very little support even in their own country. And the ban on Bhajji has fuelled the fire.
If India is to continue this tour of Australia, it is imperative that the ban on Harbhajan Singh is unequivocally revoked. And umpires Steve Bucknor and Mark Benson must be removed for rank bad calls. There is no place for fence-sitters and the Board of Control for Cricket in India must act in an affirmative manner.
The sub-text is clear. So is the mood. And nowhere is it borne out better than in the thousands of letters and comments that we have received at NDTV.com from surfers. The angry words are many but the voice is one: India, come back!
In response to the Netizens' demand, NDTV.com is launching a campaign exhorting the Men in Blue to abandon the tour unless justice is done. National pride transcends all.