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Modi betrays his anti-Muslim bias

Ahmedabad: When other state governments are showering big gifts like land, flats, cars and huge cash awards to their cricketers who were members of Team India which won the Cricket world cup last week, Gujarat BJP government has shown its anti-Muslim mindset by giving just Rs. 1 lakh to Munaf Patel and Yusuf Pathan.

The government of Gujarat will honour the two Gujarati cricketers in India’s world cup winning team Yusuf Pathan and Munaf Patel with ‘Eklavya Award’. Yusuf is from Vadodara and Munaf is from Bharuch in central Gujarat.

According to Chief Minister Narendra Modi, it is Gujarat’s proud privilege to honour the two sons of Gujarat with ‘Eklavya Award’ - highest sports award of the state for bringing pride to the nation.

The award consists of Rs. 1 lakh, memento and certificate of honour.

Gujarat government gives Eklavya award of Rs. 1 lakh to sportspersons of the state who perform well at the national and international levels.

Munaf Patel was largely used as the first change bowler in all but one game. The Ikhar-born Patel, showed improvement with every passing game and his second spell against Pakistan stifled the arch-rivals, handing India a memorable victory.

Yusuf Pathan, after featuring in the six league games, was replaced by Suresh Raina in the knockout stages, beginning at Motera. Though Yusuf was not part of the playing XI against Sri Lanka in the final, he touched hearts by shouldering Indian maestro, Sachin Tendulkar on a spontaneous victory lap around the stadium.
 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 April 2011 on page no. 10

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