Well, we are used to hearing Bhutanese spectators, comforted by the refuge the crowd provides, often name-calling and identifying players on the field with their physical imperfections.
Players on the football field would rather be anything but bald, or dark complexioned, two stark attributes that Bhutanese cannot not refrain from bursting out with lurid remarks.
That becomes worse, as evident from the many matches of the King’s Cup that ended yesterday, when the match up is between a local team and that of another nation’s.
Fortunately, it was abated by the euphoric holler the entire Changlimithang stadium reverberated with, some of the comments some local spectators passed against players from countries within the region were racial slurs.
Comments that can be tried in the courts of law by international norms were further encouraged or contagiously picked up by those next to the person passing them.
Indeed, the spectacle the Cup provided can be viewed as a platform that united many Bhutanese in the capital city, the melting pot of people from all parts of the country, following a rather disturbing and divisive election, the embers of which still lurk.
It was about national teams playing against several other teams from countries within the region, and naturally it kindles patriotic sentiments that bring the people together, united by one goal to keep the Cup within the country.
Thanks to the international participants and from diverse cultural backgrounds that they were targets of all pent up frustrations that local spectators blurted out without giving any thought to what they actually meant.
But spiteful on our part to have called players from various parts of the region various racist names, the very people, in the form of adversaries in a match, who helped us forget differences within and roused this flag-waving moment in us.
Perhaps, it resides in many of us, especially urbanites and, gauging from posts and comments on the social networking sites, feeling secure under anonymity and various sobriquets, as we would in the crowd, make blistering personal remarks.
Posts and comments online also show how we take umbrage at the remarks other might make against us.
Although many participants at the Mountain Echoes, which concluded around the same time as the King’s Cup, eulogised the country for being a model in many ways, perhaps such compliments are overrated.
We need to resign from the material pursuits for a while and delve into the teachings of Buddhism to relearn the attributes of humility.