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I just don’t know at all why does a person called John Dayal goes time to time to America and almost spits venom against our country India in the most severe manner. Well, of course, he has all the rights to do so; we live in a democratic country and we can always have differences in our opinion and even if it goes sometimes to the extent of ‘Bharat ki barbadi tak – jung rahegi jung rahegi’ we Indians are so ‘tolerant’ that we let them loose… If you are getting confused about my random selection of day to write these things, let me tell you something which is happening in the land of USA right now. We all know that the USA is a piece of land, perhaps, with the presence of racial hatred in its most dangerous manifest! People are being differentiated on the basis of being black and white and ‘colourful’. After all, what can expect from a nation where the president in fray openly talks about racial hatred…

However, this time, it’s not any cop-killing case in America. There is a player named Colin Kaepernick, who plays in the USA’s much loved NFL. This player has developed much popularity on his behalf in recent days. Colin has denied showing respect to the flag of USA and does not bother to stand up when the national anthem is playing on the ground. Rather, he prefers to ‘get down on his knee’ and register his protest. Isn’t it unique? Telling about his ‘disrespect,’ the American player has said:

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of colour.”

Not only he alone, now, many veterans of America have come in support of the NFL star Colin Kaepernick. They are asking questions if lives of ‘black people’ matter to the USA or not. This ‘kneeling’ stance of Colin is loved by some and hated and bashed by some. Of course, there will always be people who will not tolerate the disrespect against the national flag. But now, the world knows what goes in the USA. Are you getting the strings now?

I was questioning John Dayal on this ground. With what hope and ‘shame,’ he goes to USA crying for Indian foul? Doesn’t he and others who never leave an opportunity to bash our country understand this simple mathematics? The land of USA has become the land of turmoil, and it’s not a new case!

While I wait for what happens with the case of Colin Kaepernick, it’s interesting to see how the Indian intellectuals react to this.

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