Dulal De, Doha: Qatar has it all. He’s not the only one. He means Diego Armando Maradona. Qatari music is mainly based on maritime folk poetry, song and dance. On arriving in Doha on Friday, I found out that these traditional dances are performed only on Friday afternoons. Because, Friday means holiday mood from morning. At one such dance event on the roadside of Al Waqra, I heard the rhythm of the dance, a special kind of music. Each song has a different rhythm. What the natives understood was that these were all sea music. During pearl mining in the past, each ship had a professional singer. Who were called, ‘Naham.’ And the job of these Nahams was to encourage the workers by singing these marine songs during the difficult conditions in the sea during the extraction of pearls.
Stepping into Doha on the first day, it seemed that the absence of ‘Naham’ called Maradona (Diego Maradona) will be greatly felt in this World Cup. The World Cup may officially come to a close on Sunday, but in the absence of Maradano, who has moved the world with his passion in the previous ten World Cups, the festive Qatar World Cup is sounding a mournful ‘bugle’. Above all, the colors of the World Cup (FIFA World Cup 2022) seem to have been lost. Instead there is an eternal sorrow. The people of the world will join the World Cup in Qatar with a broken heart.
[আরও পড়ুন: কাতার বিশ্বকাপের পর রোনাল্ডোর ঠিকানা কি মেজর লিগ সকার? মহাতারকার ভবিষ্যৎ নিয়ে জল্পনা তুঙ্গে]
The main problem that occurred while covering the World Cup in Brazil and Russia was to step into the country and become a student of Yogesh Mime Academy! He had to express his feelings by moving his hands and feet. At least this time there is no more problem. Qatar has only 400,000 people among its 280,000 inhabitants. Indian and Bangladeshi people are buzzing. But the number of women across the country is so low that it is surprising. Less than seven hundred thousand!
Although Qatar is a conservative country, Qatar has the highest per capita income in the world thanks to its huge oil and gas reserves. Per capita income is about one hundred and thirty thousand dollars! That’s about $20,000 more than the second-placed Luxembourg. However, the rate at which migrant workers are being campaigned around the World Cup has increased the level of protests to a serious level. FIFA President Infantino has to make a statement to stop this. He will hold a press conference with foreign journalists on Saturday before the start of the World Cup. Want to quickly stop before the ball gets rolling, the protest against these migrant workers. No more or why? A few days ago, England coach Gareth Southgate said that they cannot stop when the FIFA president tells them to stop. Where human rights are involved, they will raise questions.
As I stepped into Doha, people who were used to drinking began to look for ways to drink, at least in the comfort of their own apartment. From what we found out, if you have a permit, you can buy only one drink from a certain licensed shop back in the room. Punishment for breaking this rule in Qatar. But in the agreement made by FIFA with Qatar when receiving the permission to host the World Cup, Qatar is obliged to accept the commercial agreements of the companies with FIFA. However, the agreement issued by the Qatari royal family is imminent.
[আরও পড়ুন: দিল্লিতে মোদির আমন্ত্রণে বৈঠকে মমতা, রাজ্যের দাবিদাওয়া নিয়ে আলোচনার সম্ভাবনা]
Among these is the absence of the colorful character called Maradona. Even in the last World Cup, Maradona’s childlike exuberance from the gallery of St. Petersburg, winning the death match against Nigeria, did not escape anyone’s eyes. The World Cup will continue. And the eye of the camera will find ‘El Pibe de Oro’ in the gallery. Which means golden boy. But during the golden world cup there is no golden boy.
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