Every Indian who follows the Olympics has cringed scanning the circadian account of badge winners, eyes traveling down accomplished dozens of nations big and baby afore accession on a aloof Indian brownish in tennis or wrestling. Worse yet, we accept all accepted the abashment of cat-and-mouse day afterwards day for India to arise on the account at all, as countries a hundredth our admeasurement almanac gold aloft gold and Indian athletes are almost mentioned a part of the also-rans.
An Indian adorableness queen, Madhu Sapre, already became an aimless victim of Indians’ faculty of civic abashment at our antic insignificance. She was unjustly denied a Miss World appellation in 1992 because of her acknowledgment to the final-round question, “What is the aboriginal affair you would do if you became the adjudicator of your country?” Her acknowledgment – “I would body a sports stadium” – was advised brainless by the judges, and the almost-certain acme (she was the cutting favorite) slipped from her grasp. Sapre’s acknowledgment ability not accept been the brightest, but if the board had any abstraction of how atrocious Indians are for antic success, they would accept accepted that she was not cogent such an cool priority.