Thursday, August 30, 2007

Just a Thought

I grew up believing that one reason India didn't do well in sports was that we were too divided, never really gelled as a team, each man for himself kind (point of view deeply influenced by the newspapers which parroted the same thing). But if you look at it, the only times Indians have done well in sports have been team events - hockey, cricket and tennis-doubles! Compared to individual sports (which are many more in number) where we have no past/present world champion to speak of (chess/cue games aren't strictly sports in my opinion), our performance in team sports has been quite better.

Though the data points aren't too many, is it time we question the long-held assumption that we are a selfish nation?

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