Cricket is the single largest unifying factor for Indians not just in India but across the world. In September, the Indian diaspora that presented itself in large numbers at the ICC World Twenty 20 Championship venues like Durban and Johannesburg had a fantastic two weeks. They witnessed some of the finest moments in India's cricketing history. When you think of the debacle at the ICC Cricket World Cup six months back in the Caribbean, India 's grand victory to lift the Twenty20 Cup was indeed inspiring. Like it happened right after the historic Prudential Cricket World Cup win in 1983 in England, this victory too made an entire India and its diaspora ecstatic. Cutting across all barriers, Indians danced on the streets, sent rockets wildly into the skies, burst crackers, made merry, and debated the win endlessly. An entire Mumbai came to a standstill for nearly six hours as the triumphant young Indian team was taken from the airport in the city's north to the Wankhede Stadium in the south. Millions came to see their heroes, fallen six months ago, but now back on their feet. The biggest of them all was captain courageous M.S. Dhoni, who led from the front, and showed leadership instincts that have seldom been matched by any Indian captain. Indians celebrated in all parts of the world, particularly in the English speaking world, and traffic jams were reported from many cities across the world. If ever proof was needed that cricket unites India more than any other sport, film or politics, the jubilation was proof enough.
Along with the cricket story, we bring you a report on another sport, F1, but this time related to a business deal struck by liquor baron Vijay Mallya. Contributed by Consulting Editor Rakesh K Simha, it talks about how the $ 108 million acquisition of Spyker will provide Mallya a vehicle to promote his Kingfisher brand worldwide, besides, of course giving a huge boost to India's F1 grid.
This issue we have broken down sections on the diaspora based on language. And our segment on informing NRIs about investment opportunities has been strengthened by introduction of banking, hospitality, real estate, education sections.
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