the (W)right way of making errors

Well, to all those reading the stuff i write, wish you a glorious month ahead!
anybody who has been following the events of the past week or so would well be able to guess what the title refers to. to those who are still wondering (duh!), its about cricket, so the people who are cynical towards the game, for whatever reason, may skip this. to those who did get the title, if you’re also thinking its a smart one – let me confess – the title is not original. it appeared in the sports page of a leading newspaper a week or so back.
about the newspaper – i can go on and on about how such a big name in indian print media can be so biased. no amount of ranting on my part would suffice in this regard. in fact, the very name of the paper, is in my opinion a huge misnomer. i’ve even written to the editor to consider a different way of calling themselves, and even sent out a host of other not so pleasant sounding letters. they didn’t publish, obviously! and yet, quite unavoidably, i end up reading the very same paper almost everyday, simply because the other choices are in no way better.
in his strongly worded article, the writer passionately accuses wright of having ‘betrayed’ the trust of some of his colleagues and resorted to sensationalism. he claims the information stated by wright is false (so are we to believe that the information given by the writer, and the media at large is ‘true’?!?). for wright seems to have touched the sensitive issue of selection in the indian cricket team. he is supposed to have spoken about the selection process and the interference of people who may not be directly in the official selection committee. anybody who has a vague idea of the indian cricket scenario would sure know the parochial nature of the selection process and would find no reason to complain.
all this fuss because the person at the centre of the storm has written a book about his experiences as the coach of the indian cricket team. nobody stops to think the number of people who read books are small. and among those, the ones that read a book written by an new zealander, who for the current generation is nothing but obscure, who was an ex-coach of the cricket team – will probably be countable.
now, apparently, this ‘sensationalist’ coach wanted to inflame the passions of thousands of indians by writing some little known book. talk about jokes! and lets assume he really did write the book with that intention. how many people really know about it? and even among those who know about it, how many have gone and read it – and then been ‘incensed’? to put it bluntly, if we really think wright was ‘wrong’ (which i am sure he wasn’t. for he only seems to have stated his opinion), why don’t we just let this wright guy R.I.P? by making such a hue and cry about the whole issue, is it not we (the writer of the article in question, the media, even me!) who are sensationalising the whole affair?
we can learn from wright (oh no! i’m too damn smart to learn anything from anybody!). we can even disagree with him. but why belittle him? the writer, in his article, accuses wright of spreading false information and having fun while making money. doesn’t that sound like a prophecy? i’m quite sure wright didn’t expect to make a fortune by writing a book on cricket. so these guys have even, through some divine telepathic mechanism, guessed the ‘ulterior’ motives of wright. and what about all the money the media makes by churning out stuff that is in no way pertinent to the burning issuse confronting our country? who is to question this, i wonder.


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