09 August, 2006

Keep it up guys!!!

“We celebrate the diversity in our Country, get strength from the cultures and races that go to make up Britain today ” – Prime Minister Tony blair said on 2nd October 2001.

For the past few days, there has been good news about the multi-ethnic and multi-races in Britain. The government is demanding most of its contractors for the Olympic 2012 works, to have equal resources from African and Asian communities.

The same has been showing up on the sports arena too. People from all culture and races are making it up in sports. If Amir Khan could bring the gold medal in boxing for UK, it is Monty Panesar, a sikh in the cricket headlines recently. Monty born to parents of Indian origin, has been making headlines with his bowling.

Yesterday in Headingley, the two 24-year-old English-born sons of Asian parents, Mahmood from Bolton and Panesar from Luton, took seven of the ten wickets . Apart from bowling at about 90mph, Mahmood showed good cricket basics says a sports magazine. Inspite of few Pakistani supporters abusing him as ‘traitor’ he did not worry but gestured to them back when he took wicket.

Be a Roman when you are in Rome. Spectators should realise this and encourage the sport and hail the performers. In fact everyone should feel proud of them. Monty Panesar is the first sikh to play for England in Cricket.

One of the book-makers have predicted a high chance for Monty Panesar to become BBC
Sports Personality of the year.

Let me wish good luck to them, and more such things to happen in future.


Chakra Sampath said...

Ethnic Diversity - this is what I like most about UK in general and London in particular. I haven't travelled that widely to make a relative note, but its a great feeling to see faces from various different parts of the world when you step out on the street.

Balaji S Rajan said...

Chakra - True. I find lots of difference in London life. As you said walking in my street gives me a feeling like I am in some northern part of India. Sometimes I feel like I have stepped into Colombo. Sometimes I feel like I have stepped into Africa and few times I doubt whether I am in some part of Europe. Every day I hear different languages in the train and now learning the art of identifying languages.

Narayanan Venkitu said...

Exactly the same reasons why I like California and specially the Bay Area ( San francisco).

Makes a huge difference IMHO


I am a great fan of Panesar. I am glad England has a good spinner now along with the superfast Harmison! and Mahmood !

Balaji S Rajan said...


A year before same time, he was not considered and hardwork has enabled him to find a place. He is also compared to Bishen Singh Bedi by none other than Shane Warne.

Suji said...

The world would become a truly beautiful place if everybody believed in the philosophy of 'Vasudev Kutumbakam'.

Balaji S Rajan said...


What is 'Vasudev Kutumbakam'?