TopYaps recently reported about celebrities coming out to help Chennai flood victims in all possible ways.
While we all appreciate their gesture and are hugely thankful to them, there are two names that have drawn our attention.
Sri Lanka’s former cricketers Muttiah Muralitharan and Kumar Sangakkara made contribution of Rs 1 crore and Rs. 65 lakh, respectively to help the affected people.
While the amount may not surprise you, it is the history that is of relevance.
Many of us are aware that the state of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka have a very disputed past. While there are political and other reasons for these differences, we at present will focus on cricket.
In the past many years, no one from Sri Lankan Cricket team has played in the state of Tamil Nadu owing to security reasons and political outcry that it might create.
Though civil war in Sri Lanka ended in May 2009, the relations between Sri Lanka and Tamils have not improved, a fact that has been highlighted in the recent past.
In 2012, Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa ordered the Sri Lankan football teams to be sent back to Sri Lanka and then suspended the stadium officials for hosting the friendly tie, as it ‘hurt’ the Tamil sentiments.
Then again in 2014, the under-15 cricket team from Sri Lanka was sent back to Colombo without being allowed to play the tournament, as that too would have created security concerns for the players and would have hurt Tamil sentiments if they played the match.
The fact is that despite all these differences, this small gesture from Muralitharan and Sangakkara only shows that when it comes to humanitarian grounds, nothing else matters.
Murali in the past has also played for Indian Premier League’s (IPL) Chennai franchise, The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) from 2008 till 2010.