Chappell on dot

Greg Chappell was an obvious failure as  cricket coach to the indian team. But he seems to have read Indian nature and character perfectly well.  Honestly, did he not speak the truth? His take on Indians rings true as much  for those on the cricket greens as for the rest of us off it. And it throws a harsh light  on the strategic mindset of the country, Indian govt, and of the Indian military. Chappell essentially said Indians had no fighting spirit, no sense of individual responsibility for the collective outcome, that we are too selfish and self-centered to put a larger cause above us, and that we are basically motivated by the the promise of petty, monetary, gain. And then he thrust his dagger into the Indian solar plexus. The British, he said, had beaten down the Indians so much, every last bit of initiative and self-respect had been squeezed out of them.  Hey, he is not wrong.

About Bharat Karnad

Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, he was Member of the (1st) National Security Advisory Board and the Nuclear Doctrine-drafting Group, and author, among other books of, 'Nuclear Weapons and Indian Security: The Realist Foundations of Strategy', 'India's Nuclear Policy' and most recently, 'Why India is Not a Great Power (Yet)'. Educated at the University of California (undergrad and grad), he was Visiting Scholar at Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, the Shanghai Institutes of International Studies, and Henry L. Stimson Center, Washington, DC.
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