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

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The euphoria for Cricket. Wikimedia Commons

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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    In India, cricket is just not a sport, it is a religion.

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India Says Pakistan’s Links with Pulwama Attack Clear For All to See

He said while there are claims to offer dialogue from Pakistan, it continues to shelter terror outfits

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"The most favoured nation status which has been granted to Pakistan stands withdrawn.", says Jaitley. Pixabay

India has rejected Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua’s claims denying her country’s links to the Pulwama terror attack, saying that JeM, which claimed responsibility for the attack on Thursday, is based in Pakistan, and the “links are clear and evident and for all to see”.

The External Affairs Ministry spokesperson on Friday termed as “preposterous” the demand for an investigation, saying there is a video of the suicide bomber declaring himself a member of the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

The spokesperson said India has not seen any constructive approach from Pakistan on bilateral relations and it has been sheltering terrorists and terror organisations such as JeM. He said Islamabad has not taken any action against such groups despite international demands.

India also demanded that Pakistan take immediate and verifiable action against terrorists and terror groups operating from territories under its control to create a conducive atmosphere in the region free of terror.

The spokesperson’s response came over Pakistan Foreign Secretary’s briefing rejecting Pakistan’s involvement in the terror attack on a paramilitary convoy in Jammu and Kashmir that killed at least 45 troopers. Janjua met envoys of P-5 countries late on Friday.

The spokesperson said JeM has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the attack was a matter of “grave concern” and it had been condemning “heightened acts of violence in the (Kashmir) Valley”. Pixabay

“The organisation and its leadership are located in Pakistan. LeT and other terror groups have welcomed the news of the attack. These groups are also based in Pakistan. Pakistan cannot claim that it is unaware of their presence and their activities.

“They have not taken any action against these groups despite international demands, especially against groups and individuals proscribed by the UN and other countries. The links to Pakistan are clear and evident for all to see. Its own Ministers have shared the same podium with UN proscribed terrorists,” the spokesperson said.

He said there was audio-visual material linking JeM to the terror attack.

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“The demand for an investigation is preposterous when there is a video of the suicide bomber declaring himself a member of the JeM. There are also other audio-visual and print material linking JeM to the terrorist attack. We have therefore no doubt that the claim is firmly established,” the spokesperson said.

He said while there are claims to offer dialogue from Pakistan, it continues to shelter terror outfits.

“We have not seen any constructive approach from Pakistan on relations with India. What we have noticed however, are claims to offer dialogue on the one hand, while sponsoring and sheltering terrorists and terrorist organisations such as JeM on the other,” the spokesperson added. (IANS)