Many of us in business relations with India are wondering what is the right thing to do in the midst of India suffering so much from the pandemic.
Pat Cummins has showed us what to do.
He is staying because IPL creates some joy for lockdown people – and he has made a big donation.
For business and trade the message is striking – keep in touch, build business relations and where you can, donate to support India.
Cummins has starred for the Kolkata Knight Riders so far this season.
The Australian superstar wrote on Twitter on Monday night to announce a donation in the fight against the virus, and to urge fellow cricketers to donate.
I am reproducing his entire Tweet because it is moving and inspirational:
“India is a country I’ve come to love dearly over the years and the people here are some of the warmest and kindest I’ve ever met.
“To know so many are suffering so much at this time saddens me greatly.
“There has been quite a bit of discussion over here as to whether it is appropriate for the IPL to continue while Covid-19 infection rates remain high. I’m advised that the Indian government is of the view that playing the IPL while the population is in lockdown provides a few hours of joy and respite each day at an otherwise difficult time for the country.
“As players, we are privileged to have a platform that allows us to reach millions of people that we can use for good. With that in mind, I have made a contribution to the “PM Cares Fund”, specifically to purchase oxygen supplies for India’s hospitals.
“I encourage my fellow IPL players – and anyone around else the world who has been touched by India’s passion and generosity – to contribute. I will kick it off with $50,000.
“At times like this it is easy to feel helpless. I’ve certainly felt that of late. But I hope by making this public appeal we can all channel our emotions into action that will bring light into people’s lives.
“I know my donation isn’t much in the grand scheme of things, but I hope it will make a difference to someone.”