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The Blacks were the Whites???

No, this isn’t an obscure reference to the latest fashion trend or one of the “pink is the new black” alerts from the High Life of ramp walks and designer labels. My reference is slightly less glamorous but definitely attention-grabbing.
Permit me to cite a few hypothetical headlines to illustrate my point.

“1939-London celebrates, Black Government grant Independence” or how about this
“1947,USA negotiates terms with Black colonizers”

Yes that’s right…there’s nothing wrong with your eyesight or my IQ level. I did use the term ‘Black Colonizers’. I can assure you I wasn’t sleeping through my History lessons either. All you really have to do is use your IMAGINATION. Picture the world as the Kingdom of the African race or even us, Indians for that matter. It would give a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘Black Beauty’! What if everything that’s beautiful was Black instead of White? What if the African and Indian races were THE SUPERIOR RACES? Everything would be the opposite of what we know it to be. History books would tell a different story. All that’s associated with Blacks and Browns would be the order of the day. Paganism would probably have been the revered religion-THE RELIGION. Half the world would be wearing leafy garments, sewed together by twigs, singing traditional tribal African songs prancing around a bonfire worshipping the ‘Wind God’. Christianity, considered animalistic, primitive. The White race wouldn’t have been pointing fingers at us, referring to us as ‘the-race-which-got-burnt-in -the-oven’. Instead we would be pointing fingers at them, laughing our pants off at how the Sun God forgot to bake them at all…the Raw Race! Not to mention the ‘Matrimonial Columns’ in newspapers, which would read something like this, “Wanted DARK, beautiful, qualified girl for equally DARK, tall and good-looking boy earning six-figure salary per month”. The protagonists in movies and books would have followed this norm, ‘Snow White’ might have been ‘Charcoal Black’. The World might have been obsessed with Dark skin and the Ponds seven-day challenge would have followed a slightly different tune, ‘Become Dark in just 7 days or get your money back!’ In view of this, the recent controversy involving Harbajan Singh’s ‘rude’ comment (read: monkey) might not have been such a controversy after all-it would have been a compliment of the highest order, “being called a Monkey by Mr.Singh! oh I’m so honored!”
Who knows, it might happen.

By Dipali Mathur

In the wake of controversial Sydney test DUB Sports asked its readers for the rules they would like to bend. We got some interesting suggestions. The best have been compiled for you. Is ICC Listening?

Ø Ricky Ponting (THE TRULY GENUINE CRICKETER OF THE CRICKET ERA AND WHOSE INTEGRITY SHOULD NEVER be DOUBTED) should be considered as the FOURTH UMPIRE. As per the new rules, FOURTH UMPIRE decision is final and will over ride any decisions taken by any other umpires. ON-FIELD umpires can seek the assistance of RICKY PONTING even if he is not on the field. This rule is to be made, so that every team should understand the importance of the FOURTH UMPIRE.

Ø While AUSTRALIAN TEAM is bowling, If the ball lands anywhere close to the AUSTRALIAN FIELDER(WITHIN 5 metre distance), the batsman is to be considered OUT irrelevant of whether the catch was taken cleanly or grassed. Any decision for further clarification should be seeked from the FOURTH UMPIRE. This is made to ensure that the cricket is played with SPORTIVE SPIRIT by all the teams.

Ø While BATTING, AUSTRALIAN players will wait for the ON-FIELD UMPIRE decisions only (even if the catch goes to the FIFTH SLIP as the ball might not have touched the bat). Each AUSTRALIAN batsman has to be out FOUR TIMES (Minimum) before he can return to the pavilion. In case of THE CRICKETER WITH INTEGRITY, this can be higher.

Ø UMPIRES should consider a huge bonus if an AUSTRALIAN player scores a century. Any wrong decisions can be ignored as they will be paid huge bonus and will receive timely incentives.

Aries: you might want to be in charge of everything this week. Don’t refuse to look at new approaches and let go. Avoid being possessive in personal relationships and learn to live in the present.

Taurus: you have learnt to strike a balance and are able to get people to work together. You do something you truly enjoy this week and are free to try new approaches. Energy is the key word this week.

Gemini: you work hard to achieve the very best. It’s a great time to acquire a new skill or craft. Pay extra attention to details especially in work related projects. Be careful about ignoring personal relationships.

Cancer: you know you can endure as well as maintain composure. Try to understand what others are feeling and learn to accept imperfections. You are in a position of responsibility in the work sphere.

Leo: you find opportunity everywhere and attract wealth. Encourage the accomplishments of others. Avoid mood swings and maintain your calm. You are dependable in relationships.

Virgo: You lack direction and focus. Also it might be a stage where you are unsure of which way to turn. All you need is guidance and clarity. Don’t wait for someone to rescue out of a situation but learn to help yourself.

Libra: you get caught up in change this week. There is finally a successful resolution and you manage to complete unfinished business. Expect an important message this week.

Scorpio: let your heart lead the way and don’t hesitate to express yourself. This is a time where you feel you are getting close to someone. Trust your intuition, both at work and in the personal sphere. You get rid of all the negativity this week.

Sagittarius: you stand firm against opposition and resist compromise. You might be slightly reluctant to try something new and prefer the safe path. Your nature of being inflexible and compulsive might be a hindrance in achieving your goals.

Capricorn: this week you’ll have a personal moment of glory and achieve prominence. You know you can succeed and are confident. You enjoy great health all throughout this year. Be careful about getting too attached to anyone.

Aquarius: you need to close one door to open another. Cut out what isn’t necessary. It’s a phase where change is inevitable. Put the past behind you and enjoy the present moment.

Pisces: don’t try to run away from responsibility. You control the situation without appearing to. You might feel you don’t need anyone else right now. Deceiving someone close to you might add to your problems and burden.

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