The last few days has seen a spate of activity by Hindu fundamentalist groups in India, all of which has been directed towards Pakistan, and most of which has been inexplicably directed towards cricket figures – none of whom bear any relation to Pakistan’s state policies. Yet the most disturbing element of the last few days has not been the activities of radicals, whose tactics have been seen before, but the shameless capitulation to these radicals by a government who is sympathetic to their cause. India should be standing up to such groups; instead it is pandering to their every demand.

In a span of few days, the promoter of Mahmud Kasuri’s book, Sudheendra Kulkarni was attacked. The offices of the BCCI were stormed when PCB chief was scheduled to arrive. Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar, in India to commentate on the ongoing India-South Africa series, were forced to leave the country amid threat, as was Aleem Dar, the Pakistani Umpire from the ICC. Shiv Sena (Shiv’s army), the main perpetrator of these acts, is sticking to its guns; threatening Pakistan and even Indian Muslims – all with impunity.

Against the activities of such terrorists – for there can be no other term used to describe religiously motivated groups who enforce their political dogmas through fear – the Indian government has been limp. The government immediately gave in to every demand of the terrorists instead of holding their ground and beefing up security. Rajiv Shukla, the chief of the IPL, sought to placate Shiv Sena by construing the visit by Shahrayar Khan as a “courtesy call”, imploring the group that such talks should not be seen as a lack of “patriotism” on part of the IPL. The leaders of the BJP are either silent or have token condemnation on their lips. In this ruckus where are the Indian cricket players – individuals who are idolised as demi-gods in both countries, and are natural ambassadors of peace and harmony. A few words from Tendulkar or Kholi can calm the troubled waters, yet their silence is the most deafening of all.

It is hard not to feel that a license of sorts has been given to Indian fundamentalists; beef has become the main electoral issue, and incidents like the lynching in Uttar Pardesh are – rather pointedly – condemned after weeks by the usually twitter-active Nerendra Modi. For the longest time Pakistan has been characterised as a dangerous place for cricket, yet a few months ago Pakistan braved all odds and dangers to host a domestic cricket series. At the moment India is the most dangerous country for cricketers, if you are a Pakistani or a Muslim player, and the Indian state is complicit in this situation.