The charge of sedition slapped by the Madhya Pradesh police on 15 men for allegedly celebrating Pakistan’s victory in a cricket match suggests lessons have not been learnt from the apex court order.
Beyond sedition, the Indian captain is guilty of a much more indefensible crime: weakening the nation’s resolve to demonise Pakistan and dehumanise Pakistanis.
Kumble’s selection and departure have their roots in a sickening culture nurtured by the BCCI: it hired him in fishy circumstances and then fired him when he stood up for himself.
‘Hope all nations now come and play cricket in Pakistan’, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said at the post-match press conference.
Cricket fans have recently turned matches between the two sides into an ugly display of competitive nationalism on social media. These clashes have been spurred by on-field tensions and gratuitous political rhetoric.