are we winners or losers?
The match yesterday was simply fantastic and seated somewhere in the Imran Khan stand, I rose along with the thousands of Pakistanis to shout and scream and celebrate the fall of the last wicket. As “aye-o, aye-o”, the anthem of the match started up again, signalling the win and triumph, hundreds of plastic bottles, empty and full, came hurling through the air, hitting unsuspecting people on the head, on the back, showering them with mirinda, pepsi and other sponsored beverages.
As the music rose higher, so did the jungle behaviour and all manner of rubbish, food, bottles, 4’s and 6’s started flying hitting people who were merely standing to catch a glimpse of the team walking off the field. A moment of victory(which we all were trying to enjoy) turned sour so easily with the rowdy ridiculous behaviour that the amused policemen just stood and observed. We turned out to see a well dressed young woman throw a full bottle of Pepsi in the air and then laugh unabashedly when it hit someone and sprayed the drink over several others. Little children followed the grown-ups, examples happily, of course and soon there was just the bad taste of the spectators to take back with us.
A few suggestions to whoever is in the place to do something about it.
1. Please position policemen who are interested in controlling more than just the random fight. Actual policemen who are interested in the fact that everyone gets to enjoy the game equally. It’s not that hard.
2. When you say no cigarettes and lighters, please then, confiscate the ones you see. Not join them in for a smoke.
3. It’s very easy to ask people to clean up the area around them. All the food companies who provided us with pizza, shawermas, drinks and the 4’s and 6’s could have well put no littering signs on them too or given trash bags to do the needful. Someone has to take ownership somewhere.
4. Bathrooms can be maintained. It is not a miracle. Just put a person there who is responsible for making sure that whoever uses it uses it like a human being.
We don’t try to improve things because we think that it’s a losing battle. We don’t want to set examples because we feel “the masses” won’t learn. We aren’t part of the solution. We are part of the problem and until we realize that, I’m afraid no matter how many times we win, I’m going to go away feeling like a loser