Can Cricket unite South Asia?

The Indian sub continent has been much slower than almost any other region of the world to integrate. There are still major disputes, especially between India and Pakistan over Kashmir. These disputes have regularly lead to war since independence in 1947, most recently in the Kargil conflict of 1999. Relations are also regularly rocked by terrorist incidents. While the countries of South Asia may find political agreements difficult the populations are united by one thing; a love of cricket. There have sometimes been attempts to harness this shared passion to warm relations between the two main protagonists India and Pakistan. The most recent attempt came at the semi final of the world cup between Pakistan and India when the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh invited Prime Minister Youssef Raza Gilani of Pakistan. The event may end up helping to break the ice and restart negotiations between the two nations. However talks have been started before, and failed. Is there any reason to believe that Singh will manage to get a breakthrough to normal state to state relations he hopes for in the remaining three years of his term?

 

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Can Cricket unite South Asia?

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Why not, Rugby helped unify South Africa.

Sport on the face of it is not that important. However, if you look deeper it is a potentially very derisive thing and potentially a very unifying thing.

The point of a sport is to compete and beat another team, player or whatever. So spectators usually pick a side. So this segregates people into different groups but if you can get people who would normally disagree and fight to support the same team then it gives them a common interest and something to unify them and therefore create more trust etc.

Although it could go the other way and create ill feeling when one of the teams is defeated.

Can Cricket unite South Asia?

Yes because... No because...

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no it cant there never gunna get on jesus christ guys be real

Can Cricket unite South Asia?

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Don't turn a blind eye on the real issues. . .

Although I do believe that sports are a vital part of a nations collective psychological behavior, I fail to see to see how can just sports be of any use in ending 60 years of hatred and enmity. I just don't see this coming: " well played Sachin. Lets be friends forever!!". . . . I believe that only by tackling the real problems especially Kashmir can be the key to successful negotiations. And frankly I don't believe that Singh wants normal state to state relations, if he'd want them, he would not build dams on every river that flows towards Pakistan.

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