November 27, 2006

A Storm in a Teacup

A storm in teacup is brewing over India's cricket coach Greg Chappell's remarks over the weekend, after some Members of the Indian Parliament criticized him and the team for its poor performance in South Africa. After a casual reading of the news reports and the instant polls on the storm, I thought I'd do a short poll of my own. It's a little bit more complicated than hitting the Y or N key to send your opinion on whether Mr. Chappell is the devil-incarnate or not, so please bear with me. Here we go —

Set 1

[A] They (MPs) are entitled to make any comment they like. That’s what they are paid to do in Parliament.

— Australian Coach of Indian Cricket Team, Greg Chappell, 2006

[B]In our position, the whole of Arunachal Pradesh [in India] is Chinese territory and Tawang is only one place in it. We are claiming whole of that (Arunachal Pradesh). That is our position.

— Chinese Ambassador to India, Sun Yuxi, 2006.

Set 2

[C]It is the Soviet Union that runs against the tide of history [... It is] the march of freedom and democracy which will leave Marxism- Leninism on the ash heap of history as it has left other tyrannies which stifle the freedom and muzzle the self-expression of the people.

— U.S. President Ronald Reagan, 1982.

[D]The ideological and social system of capitalism has also become a museum piece in one part of the world [in the Soviet Union], while in other countries it resembles a dying person who is sinking fast, like the sun setting beyond the western hills, and will soon be relegated to the museum.

India's China's Chairman Mao Tse-tung, 1940.

Of the two statements in Set 1, which one do you think is more offensive and derogatory to the Republic of India — A or B?

Of the two statements in Set 2, which one do you think is more offensive and derogatory to your ideals and values — C or D?

Now, please select your answers in the poll below:

A (Greg Chappell) and C (Ronald Reagan)

A (Greg Chappell) and D (Mao Tse-tung)

B (Sun Yuxi) and C (Ronald Reagan)

B (Sun Yuxi) and D (Mao Tse-tung)

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Thank you for taking your time to respond to this poll.

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