Published: 20th November 2019
Slow Clap: Why Gautam Gambhir was upholding Indian culture by missing the pollution meet
Gautam Gambhir was in Indore with VVS and other players as commentators for the India Bangladesh match yet found some time to eat jalebis and support the small industry sector
Whether he is out on 97 or blamed for not clearing up Delhi's smog, one thing is certain, Gautam Gambhir will always have the first and last word (and everything in between if his statement is anything to go by). Truth is, Gautam Gambhir is as fierce a statesman as he was a batsman and as an MP he just won't miss — plus this time there's no Dhoni to distract him. Gautam might have missed the pollution meet but he was upholding the nation's pride in Indore.
Yes, he was. Not only was he there as the boys in blue sent the Bangladesh team packing faster than the NRC, but he was also promoting Indian culture and small scale industries (Jalebis) in the process. Talk about multitasking. He clarified everything when accused though but you trolls have made it a point to not listen to logic and stick to your illogical line of thought taught by your masters — pedaling your anti-Modi and anti-India narrative. Our boys at least have variety.
There's one more probability as to why he could not make it to the Parliamentary committee meeting though — he couldn't read the mail because of the smog. And AAP's to blame. This was nothing but a ploy to defame the hero. Not to Dhoni's level, but close.
And we should now take into account what Hema Maliniji said when asked why more than 20 MPs did not participate in the session on pollution. She was upfront and honest. She said most of them are not from Delhi and Bombay does not face the same problems — thus the absence. You keep asking MPs to be honest and when they do you are not ready to accept it. You can't expect everyone's narrative to be as adventurous as Modiji's can you?
Coming back to Gautam, we see that being diligent pays off. He also spoke about pollution after he came back and fulfilled his contract. He had, what he wanted to say, prepared. This shows that at no point did he chicken out. He was only honouring his vachan, which is above everything else in our culture. He was every bit an Indian to not go for the meeting. He will get a stand at the Arun Jaitley stadium — which is what we will call the Feroz Shah Kotla after its ghar wapsi.
Gautam is fighting his fight alone as he fought for the World Cup. As long as MSD doesn't stand for the Ranchi constituency on an INC ticket.
(The author is a huge fan of cricket but never had a bat while growing up and was thus never able to walk off with it in the middle of play. He also loves jalebis and the fact that Gambhir is enjoying them, and that the author's wife does not let him, has left him disgruntled. But he would love to watch a game at Arunji's stadium and sit on Gambhir's stand. And he will do anything to meet Dhoni, in his army slacks)