Lesson for the state

Ordinary citizens try to do their best while the state absents itself from giving them adequate support and making its presence known where it has no business


Sports minister Vijay Goel (centre). Photo: PTI
Sports minister Vijay Goel (centre). Photo: PTI

Abhinav Bindra bowed out of the Olympics and signed off on his career with a brave performance that came within a whisker of securing him another medal. Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna suffered heartbreak in the tennis mixed doubles semi-finals. Dipa Karmakar has pushed herself to the limit, as has the rest of India’s Olympics contingent.

Union sports minister Vijay Goel, meanwhile, has managed to earn an official rebuke from organizers who threatened to cancel his accreditation for allegedly unbecoming and aggressive behaviour.

This feels like a teachable moment—a particularly apt one at the time of India’s 70th Independence Day. Ordinary citizens trying to do their best while the state absents itself from giving them adequate support? Check. The state making its presence abundantly known where it has no business? Also check. We’ve seen this plenty of times before in every walk of life. It’s time to actually learn the lesson.

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