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March 22, 2009

An extraordinary situation

When you can no longer write the words you want to write, play the music you want to play, wear the clothes you want to wear, learn the things you want to learn or love the people you want to love then yes the jihadis have already won. That is not only their plan; that is the entirety of their religion. To take all the small pleasures in life and replace them with slavery and rape both here and in the hereafter.

That goes double for playing the games you want to play. Take cricket, for example. Such is the new normal.

England and South Africa have emerged as the front-runners to host the second season of the Indian Premier League after the BCCI decided to shift the tournament out of India. The decision followed days of inconclusive negotiations with the Indian home ministry and various state governments over the security arrangements for the 45-day tournament which clashed with the forthcoming general elections in India.

Shashank Manohar, the BCCI president, said the tournament had been relocated "because of the extraordinary situation existing this year."

This is a shameful decision; a sickening decision. There is a difference between foregoing small pleasures in favour of a productive self-discipline and foregoing small pleasures out of cowardice or indifference. When we have decided nothing whatsoever - not even our freedom - is worth the fight we will almost be right; not about small pleasures but about ourselves. We will have proven we are not worth fighting for.

There is an exception to this rule: We may sometimes have to forego our small pleasures due to the exigencies of war. Fair enough. But by all means then let us make war.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 22, 2009 07:27 AM