Mashrafe Mortaza

“I am a cricketer but can I save a life? A doctor can. But no-one claps for the best doctor in the country. Create myths around them. They will save more lives. They are the stars. The labourers are the stars, they build the country. What have we built using cricket? Can we make even a brick using cricket? Does paddy grow on the cricket field? Those who make courtyards using bricks, make things at factories, grow crops in the fields – they are the stars.”
“What do we do? If I say it very bluntly – we take money, we perform. Like a singer or an actor, we do performing art. Nothing more. The Muktijoddhad [1971 Liberation warriors] didn’t face bullets to get money on winning. Who is being compared to whom? If there are any heroes in cricket, they are Rakibul Hasans or martyrs like [Abdul Halim] Jewel… Rakibul Bhai had dared to enter the cricket field with ‘Joy Bangla’ inscribed on his bat [before the 1971 Liberation]. That’s big. Even bigger was his going to the front with his father’s gun. Shohid (martyr) Jewel left cricket and joined the crack platoon [a 1971 Liberation war guerrilla formation]. That’s bravery. Dealing with fast-bowling has romanticism and duty, not bravery.”
“I say, those who cry ‘patriotism, patriotism’ around cricket, if all of them for one day did not drop banana skin on the streets or did not spit on the streets or obeyed traffic rules, the country would have changed. This huge energy was not wasted after cricket and was used to do one’s work honestly even for a day, that would be showing patriotism. I don’t understand the definition of patriotism of these people.”
— Mashrafe Mortaza

the philosopher-captain-hero of the Bangladesh team
(The quotes were picked from an article by Garga Chatterjee. Entire the article can be read through given links. Photo: Google)
1. Why cricket has been a potent vehicle for nationalism in Bangladesh
When the nation-state’s ideology is a contested one, cricket reflects the contentions.

2. Cricket hyper-nationalism: war by other means

दिखाने को दिखाना ज़रूरी है।

दिखाओ कि तुम दिखा रहे हो! उन तमाम विविध अन्दाज़ों में
जिन्हें तुम तब दिखाते हो, जब यह दिखाना होता है
कि लोग कैसे अपनी भूमिकाएँ अदा करते हैं,
दिखाने का अन्दाज़ कभी नहीं भूलना चाहिए
हर अन्दाज़ के पीछे दिखाने का अन्दाज़ मौजूद होना चाहिए
यह इस तरह होगा : यह दिखाने से पहले
कि कैसे कोई आदमी किसी को धोखा देता है या
ईर्ष्या से भर उठता है, या कोई सौदा पक्का करता है,
पहले दर्शकों की तरफ़ देखो, गोया तुम कहना चाहते हो :
‘अब ज़रा ग़ौर करें, यह आदमी किसी को धोखा
दे रहा है और इस तरह से दे रहा है,
जब वह ईष्या से भर उठता है तब ऐसा दीखता है,
और जब सौदा तय करता है तो ऐसे करता है’
इस तरह तुम्हारे दिखावे में दिखाने का अन्दाज़ आएगा,
जो भी बनाकर तैयार किया गया है उसे पेश करने का, पूरा करने का
और लगातार आगे बढ़ने का अन्दाज़
सो दिखाओ कि जो तुम दिखाते हो वह ऐसा है जिसे रोज ही दिखाते हो
और पहले भी अक़सर दिखा चुके हो, और तुम्हारा नाटक
किसी बुनकर के बुनाई करने सरीखा, किसी शिल्पकार की कृति सरीखा होगा
और जो चीज़ दिखाने से जुड़ी है, जैसे कि देखने को
ज़्यादा आसान बनाने में तुम्हारी लगातार दिलचस्पी,
हर प्रसंग केा हमेशा बेहतरीन ढंग से दिखाने की पूरी कोशिश,
उसे भी तुम्हें प्रकट करना चाहिए, तब यह सब
धोखा देना और सौदा करना और ईष्या से भर उठना
रोज़मर्रा के कार्य–व्यापार का स्वभाव लिये हुए होगा,
मसलन खाना खाने, सुबह नमस्कार करने
और अपना काम करने सरीखा (आख़िर तुम काम ही तो कर रहे हो न?)
और मंच पर
अपनी भूमिकाओं के पीछे तुम्हें ख़ुद भी उन्हें अदा करने वालों
के रूप में दिखते रहना होगा।
(दिखाने को दिखाना ज़रूरी है)

— ​बर्तोल्त ब्रेख़्त
अनु. : मंगलेश डबराल

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Jealous of those legends had charismatic personalities, made people crazy for them, men became mad and girls torn their cloths. We can simplify them saying ‘divine personalities’ but in fact, as I could analyse them, they were truly honest to themselves. They did not pretend to be what they were not, that made them fearlessly open to all. They did neither care what others may think about them nor ponder over much on what result maycome through their acts. They did what they wanted to do, they was what they wanted to be. It’s really not so easy to be true to self. We are living undar many social-cultural-political-religious and of course economic restrictions. One cannot easily break rules but if it happens, it brings changes upsidedown for thousands of years.

A normal, common man spends his life fulfilling his desires, needs, then family’s needs, completing all social rituals, following rules, in readymade structured way. Na it’s not bad, bad is when one forgets he is alive too. Some of them are  connected with surrounding environment consciously, open eyes, do vomit on their Facebook walls as philosophical-masturbation and feel released, relaxed.

Some people are Aware of what is happening around,
Knowing everything,
Happy because they are not dumb,
Sad because he can not do anything
Intellectual in own view,
But afraid to speak out, afraid to be against anyone, afraid to critics anything..

One is nobody before political giants, social monsters and religious thugs. One is afraids of crowd which is mad to kill a person just because of his look, different faith, different thoughts, different political ideologies. This crowd is crowd of brainwashed people having no self decisions taking abilities.

Legends those either came to known or remained unknown were truly free people, true to themselves, honest to be what they are, being careless of what others think or what going to be happen with them. They generally don’t live a long life. They die early, or got killed but within their short life time period they would have been lived their lives more than others.

Being true and honest to oneself is not difficult, but it requires Courage, to stay within, to remain original, to see far out, to go beyond. Courage to follow heart. They were truly spiritual people without being part of any religious organization. They were honest, free and original and so is possible for everyone who got courage and understanding to remain original.

“When my last breath has been taken, I hope that I will have lived and stood for what I believe in.”

Shraddhanshu Shekhar