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Vijay Goel Slams Journalists For Creating Row Over This Photo Of Him Playing Cricket Blindfolded

Published on 31 January, 2017 at 2:45 pm By

Sports Minister Vijay Goel recently inaugurated the second edition of the T20 World Championship for the Blind. The entire event has been receiving support from the biggest names of Indian cricket.


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But instead of talking about the event and the manner in which it is helping the visually challenged cricketers to make a name for themselves, a section of the media took offence to this picture of Goel posted by the official Twitter account of the Press Information Bureau (PIB).

 

Yes, the minister is blindfolded and about to take a swing with the bat. This was clearly a promotional shot for the press. But some in the media said that the image “insults” the blind. Prominent critics were these two:

 

But Goel was not the one to back down in the face of criticism, especially when it was unwarranted. He pointed out that the entire blindfolded thing was the idea of the organisers of the event, who promoted it using the very strategy across platforms.

Goel took on both Barkha Dutt and Shekhar Gupta by reposting images showing Indian cricket stars promoting the event with this photo of them blindfolded:

 

And he also retweeted this video posted by Gautam Gambhir, in which the batsman is playing cricket blindfolded:

 



In fact, the Cricket Association for the Blind (CABL) themselves promoted the event with photos from the inauguration, which also featured Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot:

 

In a series of tweets, Goel slammed Dutt and Gupta:

 

He did receive some support on Twitter:

 

Goel has been in controversies in the past, too. The promotional strategy may have been wrong in the eyes of some, but blaming the minister for the same does not make sense.

Some on Twitter also slammed the officials laughing while they stand behind Goel as he is about to take the shot calling it insensitive to the blind. But if the blind are playing cricket, is everyone watching or playing with them must appear glum? Aren’t they expected to enjoy the game and cheer up the players like they do in other cricket matches?


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The big question is: Should we treat the blind like we treat any other human, boost their confidence and empower them, or should be always pity them and make them dependent on us?

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