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Has Cricket affected India positively or Negatively?

Cricket in India is not just a sport but an undying and inseparable emotion

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By Arya Sharan 

  • India’s national identity revolves around our enthusiasm for three things, Indian Politics, the raw and aboriginal film industry Bollywood, and the sport of Cricket
  • The modern day Indian society and the colossal change which we have witnessed in the last couple of decades have largely been influenced with Cricket
  • Cricket’s spectatorship has played a big role in the proliferation of Television sets in India

After retaining 15 players among the 17 who formed the Test squad for the Caribbean tour, India looks quite prepared for the upcoming three-Test series at home against the Black Caps.  And the choice of the squad has not come into as much of a surprise as the two dropped players were: all-rounder Stuart Binny and seamer Shardul Thakur.

Ever wondered why more than half of the Indian population is analyzing that who would be the better opening pair: Dhawan and Vijay or Vijay and KL Rahul? And why some of us are still drooling over Misbah’s beautifully crafted ton at Lord’s?

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Probably, because Cricket is much more to India than just a sport.

To the much of the outside world, India’s national identity revolves around our enthusiasm for three things, Indian Politics, the raw and aboriginal film industry Bollywood, and the sport of Cricket.

Where the former two passions of Indians have created differences and consequently disturbances among the country due to the various ideologies that surround them, Cricket has always been our common idiosyncrasy. For instance, after independence, Indian Politics has broken Nation’s integrity in divisions of class, religions, castes and languages. And our film industry, although appeals to a large section of India but still fails to unify us as a whole.

The modern day Indian society and the colossal change which we have witnessed in the last couple of decades have largely been influenced with Cricket. The biggest reason for that change which has driven social and economic change to an extent and that which cannot be understood is television.  In 1990 India had some 30 million television households. Now there are around 200 million television households,”. And Cricket’s spectatorship has played a big role in the proliferation of Television sets in India.

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“Indian Cricket actually reflects our country’s own growth story during this time. Cricket is so much a part of our National fabric that as India- its economy, society, and popular culture transformed itself, so did our most-loved sport” said Rahul Dravid during his speech at Bradman Oration in Canberra.

Indians fight for almost everything but unite to support their teams against the Kangaroos or the Proteas. The enormity of Cricket goes to such extent that the news of Sachin’s retirement made not only India but the whole world stop and sigh. Not all were Sachinist but billions of eyes were moist when Sachin walked back getting caught at slip on 15th November 2014, in his last outing as a Cricketer at Wankhede, Mumbai. Even after being a South African great, De Villiers’ 100th test became a moment of celebration for Indians at Chinnaswamy stadium, Bangalore. That shows the sport of Cricket connects our nation for a common cause!

The beauty of Cricket and the enormity of India. Source: Wikimedia Commons
The beauty of Cricket and the enormity of India.
Source: Wikimedia Commons

On April 2, 2011, the Indian streets were filled with the triumphant crowds as complete strangers embraced each other and exchanged words of praise, love, and happiness. Religion, caste, and language were no bar: as the ‘Indian unanimity’ eradicated our linguistic, regional or religious differences. India won the Cricket World Cup after a long and undying wait of 28 years, and once again, being Indian was a matter of collective pride.
There is nothing indispensable about cricket’s place in the Indian imagination, receptivity, and ancient culture; its position is not protected by any magical guarantees of permanence. It  is just a cultural activity, one with a history of eventualities propping it up;  some beautiful and brutal events of the present that deny eradicating its presence from the history of the revenant India.

– Arya Sharan is studying Journalism. Twitter: @NoOffense9

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15 Amazing facts about Indian National Song: Vande Mataram

The National song of India, Vande Mataram is considered as the foundation of encouragement to the people in their struggle for freedom.

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Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay wrote the lyrics of Vande Mataram. Wikimedia Commons
Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay wrote the lyrics of Vande Mataram. Wikimedia Commons
  • Vande Mataram was originally written in 1876 and appeared in Anandamath in 1881
  • Well before the Congress’ Varanasi session on September 7, 1905, Vande Mataram was adopted as the `National Song’ and won India’s heart as its war cry of freedom
  • Poet Sarala Devi Chaudurani sang the national song in the Benares Congress Session in 1905

‘Vande Mataram’, is no less than an epic for our country and holds a special place in the heart of every Indian. The first two words of the title itself are sufficient to induce a great feeling of patriotism.

It would be a surprise for many to know that September 7, 2006, was not the centenary of Vande Mataram. On the contrary, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay wrote the lyrics of Vande Mataram well before he penned Anandamath, his novel, which described unified Bengal’s sanyasi uprising against tyrannical Muslim rule in the 1770s.

For better clarification, Vande Mataram was originally written in 1876 and appeared in Anandamath in 1881.

The National song was a part of Bankim Chandra Chatterji’s most famous novel Anand Math. Wikimedia Commons
Vande Mataram was a part of Bankim Chandra Chatterji’s most famous novel Anand Math. Wikimedia Commons

Thus, 2006 was not the 100th year of Vande Mataram, but the 129th anniversary of the `National Song”, which was first recited at the Indian National Congress session of 1896.

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Well before the Congress’ Varanasi session on September 7, 1905, Vande Mataram was adopted as the `National Song’ and won India’s heart as its war cry of freedom.

On January 24, 1950, it was brought at par with the National Anthem officially by the Constituent Assembly.

The protest against Vande Mataram because of its ‘idolatrous’ content began in the 1890s. The Congress party surrendered before Islamic opposition at its Kakinada session in 1923 not only on the Vande Mataram issue but also to all symbols and values held national.

The recent HRD ministerial diktat to compulsorily sing the song throughout the country occupied much media space and ignited a debate on India’s national song’s journey over the last 130 years.

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The song served as a source of immense strength and inspiration for freedom fighters before India gained freedom.

The Sangh Parivar, better known as the Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh (RSS) celebrated the 125th anniversary of the song in 2002. Wikimedia Commons
The Sangh Parivar, better known as the Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh (RSS) celebrated the 125th anniversary of the song in 2002. Wikimedia Commons

Take a look at some of the glorious facts related to our National song, ‘Vande Mataram’.

  1. The National song, ‘Vande Mataram’ was written by the great Bengali poet and writer, Bankim Chandra Chatterjee.
  2. On January 24, 1950, it was adopted as the National Song of India.
  3. The National song of India, Vande Mataram is considered as the foundation of encouragement to the people in their struggle for freedom. The National song of India is versed in the Sanskrit and Bengali languages, in the novel ‘Anandmath’ by Bankim Chandra Chatterji.
  4. The former President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, on January 24, 1950, came up with a declaration in the Constituent Assembly that the song Vande Mataram, which had played a significant part in the historic freedom struggle held in India, should be honoured equally with Jana Gana Mana and must give equal status to it.
  5. The National song was a part of Bankim Chandra Chatterji’s most famous novel Anand Math (1882) which is set in the events of Sannyasi rebellion.
  6. The first translation of Bankim Chandra Chatterji’s novel Anand Math, into English was done by Nares Chandra Sen-Gupta, in 1906.
  7. In the 1896 session of the Indian National Congress, it was the first political event when the National song was sung. On the same occasion, the national song of India was first sung by the Rabindranath Tagore.
  8. Poet Sarala Devi Chaudurani sang the national song in the Benares Congress Session in 1905.
  9. The Iron Man of India, Lala Lajpat Rai, published a journal called Vande Mataram from Lahore.

    Dr. Rajendra Prasad, on January 24, 1950, came up with a declaration that Vande Mataram should be honoured equally with Jana Gana Mana and must give equal status to it. Wikimedia Commons
    Dr. Rajendra Prasad, on January 24, 1950, came up with a declaration that Vande Mataram should be honoured equally with Jana Gana Mana and must give equal status to it. Wikimedia Commons
  10. Vande Mataram was recited in the first political film made by Hiralal Sen in 1905.
  11. The Sangh Parivar, better known as the Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh (RSS) celebrated the 125th anniversary of the song in 2002.
  12. Two stanzas of the original song have been officially declared as the National Song of India in 1950 after the independence of India.
  13. The song was originally written in two languages, Sanskrit and Bengali, in the novel ‘Anandmath’.
  14. It was also sung by the Dakhina Charan Sen in 1901 after five years during another Congress meeting at Calcutta.
  15. India’s first political film Hiralal Senmade, made in 1905 ends with the chant Vande Mataram.