Patriotism, as opposed to hyper-nationalism, is both a sign intelligence and of a civilised mind as evidenced by the behaviour of India & Pakistan’s top bridge players in the Bridge Federation of Asia and Middle East Championships. “India swept the event by winning all four gold medals on offer” says that PTI but the highlight of the event was the bonhomie between the Indian and Pakistani bridge players:
“Part of a 32-member Indian bridge contingent were well-known philanthropist Kiran Nadar, wife of HCL founder Shiv Nadar, and another veteran in the sport, Rajeshwar Tiwari…
With Pakistan witnessing nationwide violence following Khan’s arrest earlier this week, a few nerves in the visiting Indian team’s camp were expected but speaking to PTI, Tiwari said the organisers made sure they felt completely safe in the confines of the Pearl Continental hotel.

“They made us feel special ever since we crossed the Wagah border to enter Pakistan. The president of Pakistan Bridge Federation came to the border to welcome us.

“The competition was not of the highest standards but in terms of hospitality, this is the best experience we have had out of all the overseas tournaments we have taken part in.

“We too are known for our hospitality in India but when they come here, it will be difficult for us to match them,” Tiwari told PTI before boarding a flight from Amritsar airport…

The Indian team members visited the Lahore Fort in the walled city, explored the famous food street and dined at restaurants close to the Badshahi Mosque and the Samadhi of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

“All of our needs were taken care of. They had appointed a guest relation manager to take care of us of even the little things…”

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