There are two things I have a pretty low opinion of: Times of India and the Indian media’s coverage of cricket in general. Put the two together and it’s something I’d avoid like the proverbial plague. Which is why I was pleasantly suprised to see a couple of sane opinions in the View/Counter View section of the op-ed page ysterday.
Responding to the the current (very distressing) trend of viewing agression as desirable and as a positive personality trait, Amit Saxena wrote:
[There] is a difference between team intensity and aggression that stems from individual or mob fury. Indians can be unfocused as a team but can break into uncontrolled, often unwarranted, rage in other situations. We Indians do not introspect on our violent tendencies, overt or latent. Aggression is cowardice by another name. It points to a basic lack of respect for another individual. It reflects a kind of mental laziness.
Finally, someone standing up and saying that! Read the entire piece, in its correct context, here. He was representing the Counter View, but the View is interesting to read as well.