Unlike India captain Virat Kohli, head coach Ravi Shastri decided to speak on the highly-debated Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Last week, Virat Kohli had refused to give his opinion on the matter, saying that he would not do so until and unless he has the complete knowledge of it. But unlike Kohli, Ravi Shastri decided to go ahead and speak his mind out on the topic.
The head coach considers that the recent amendments will see “plenty of positives coming out of it in the long run”. In an interview with CNN-News18, Shastri threw his weight behind the Citizenship Amendment Act by urging people to think like an Indian and trust that the central government must have given due diligence to the outcomes before going ahead with the bill.
“Ever since I was 18 years of age I played for India, so I think Indian. I don’t think what nationality, yeh, woh’ (this or that) because in my team also there were all sorts. Different castes, different religions,” said Ravi Shastri.
“I say guys be patient because I can see plenty of positives coming out of it in the long run. Think Indian, don’t think I am this, I am that. Think Indian and there are benefits coming your way. I am sure the government has thought about it. Now it is about the implementation. If there are still things that need to be tweaked here or there I am sure they will do it. For the benefit of India, for the benefit of Indians. I am speaking as an Indian here,” he added.
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According to the CAA, Hindu, Christian, Buddhist, Jain, Sikh and Parsi migrants who had to come to India after facing religious persecution in Muslim-majority countries of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Minorities in all the aforementioned three countries have faced persecution because of their religion for decades now.
Unsurprisingly, Ravi Shastri’s comments drew mixed reactions. But most of the Twitter users praised the coach for his clear cut views while there were some who were not impressed by it.
Here are some of the reactions:
Ravi Shastri knows that if he oppose CAA Jay Shah will be appointed as the new coach of Indian cricket team. ?✌️ https://t.co/8tgNDgo4V1
— St. Sinner (@retheeshraj10) January 9, 2020
Supporters of CAA to Ravi Shastri ? pic.twitter.com/C5wdHzmtM4
— Karn (@01Karn) January 10, 2020
Ravi Shastri supports CAA, are you guys gonna change your opinion of him ?
— Shubhangi Sharma (@ItsShubhangi) January 9, 2020
— Vin RCBian✌️ (@Vinay2192) January 9, 2020
Speak as an Indian
~ Ravi Shastri supporting CAA
Respect for Ravi Shastri !! pic.twitter.com/pbQ9uOLCle
— Trojan_Horse (@sampath0272) January 9, 2020
Ravi Shastri is drunk every moment he is awake and still, he realizes that the CAA is good for the country, what's your damned excuse, morons? https://t.co/jUz0cjqjrT
— Kashyap The Wise (@YearOfTheKraken) January 9, 2020
Ravi Shastri itni sharab peeke #CAA samaj sakta hai, toh yeh bidi peene wale kyu nahi samaj sakte !??♂️
— #Manish (@HashtagManish) January 9, 2020
This man has earned my respect. I always troll him unnecessarily. I may still not like some of his decisions as the head coach, but the way he put this topic out, is commendable.
— Sudhangshu Das (@monty19181) January 9, 2020
Ravi shastri giving i'view on CAA… uttah le re Deva.
— Biswajeet (@singh_biswajeet) January 10, 2020