सत्यं ब्रूयात्प्रियं ब्रूयान्न ब्रूयात्सत्यमप्रियम्।
प्रियं च नानृतं ब्रूयादेष धर्मः सनातनः॥

Satyam Bruyat Priyam Bruyat Na Bruyat Satyamapriyam |
Priyamcha Na anrutham Bruyat Esha Dharmah Sanatanah ||

– Manusmriti

Speak Truth, Speak Sweet, No harsh truths, No sweet lies, That is the eternal dharma!

The Sanskrit Shloka quoted from Manu-smriti (Sanskrit: ‘Laws of Manu’ or ‘The Remembered Tradition of Manu’) also called Manava-dharma-shastra (‘The Dharma Text of Manu’) is an ancient legal text among the many Dharmashastras of Hinduism.

The recent episode of Koffee with Karan hosting Hardik Pandya has sparked a nationwide controversy on ‘WHAT HE SAID’ on the show.

Well, Hardik has spoken the BITTER TRUTH, which is rather unpalatable!

Decoding key messages from the interview we chose to ignore or not deal with still:

  • Open Relationships
  • Multiple Partners
  • Casual Sex
  • Parents taking pride when the ‘Son‘ loses their virginity or has been in multiple relationships contradicting to the mind-sets of the same Indian parents of daughters
  • Objectifying women just like winning prize money or trophy of one of their games.

We did not wake up to a new world and its harsh realities post his comments, we have always been aware of the post-win cricket parties and young adults losing their minds over newfound success.

Let’s start with asking the right questions:
BCCI is demanding an explanation on the COMMENTS, in fact as an action point is reconsidering the participation of cricketers in any show which does not relate to cricket. He is being trolled and shamed for HIS COMMENTS. Hardik himself apologized for getting carried away with the nature of the show and basically blurting out the unspoken bitter truth.

So What Could Be Right Questions?

  • What leads to this behaviour and what conditions make it thrive?
  • For someone who represents India in an international sport, is there any behaviour guidelines which they must be inducted to?
  • Why is this an acceptable culture within the teams?
  • Is money being paid and spent responsibly?
  • Why do we raise our Boys like this?
  • Why are rules different for Girls & Boys?

We leave it for you to decide, #ShameThem or #TrainThem?

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Neelam Fernando
Neelam Fernando is a full-time storyteller accredited by Kathalaya, the globally recognised academy for storytelling which is affiliated with International Institute of Storytelling, Tennessee, USA. She works with differently abled children, toddlers, kids, teenagers & corporates, uses storytelling as an effective tool for learning, communication and channelling their inner energy and creativity in a systematic way. Neelam spent over 11 years working with Fortune 500’s like Accenture & Unilever ventures, as the Head of Service Delivery before she chose to Decamp to fuel her passion for storytelling