Monday, September 05, 2005

IN DEFENCE OF CRICKET

“Cricket is one of the most depressing topics for Indians today”.-Smriti Irani.

Now who is this lady? She is a television actress and a politician belonging to 'the party with a difference'-BJP. For the uninitiated, she has been one the by-products of the Saas-Bahu(mother-in-law versus daughter-in-law) daily soap operas that are currently dominating the mainstream 'entertainment' channels in India.

What is the standing of this person? She was chosen by a party to contest the last Parliamentary elections because she was a woman and also because her husband belongs to a minority community. More importantly, the party wanted to cash in on her television popularity. Luckily, she was defeated heavily. Make no mistake, the Indian voter has the knack of sending actors to the highest offices in the country. Taking her role as a politician seriously, she made some comments on one of the Chief Ministers of her party. Faced with trouble, she retracted in the same fashion as any other politician or actor. Her stint so far in politics has coincided with a slide in her fortunes as an actress.

It is people like her who give cricket a bad name. I agree that the Indian team is not doing well. But that does not give anyone the right to talk derisively about cricket. People who have no liking for sports and games consider them a waste of time and money. That is typical of the Indian society.

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