Having once achieved fame, wealth, or both, Indian actors, businessmen and sportsmen are unwilling to risk losing it by speaking out against social injustice or the crimes of the state.
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.
Today’s hyper-nationalism is the consequence of a challenged identity riven with doubts. Sport is an important component in this project, used to demand the persecution of our threats on and off the field.
The obvious flashpoint was the DRS controversy in Bengaluru which saw both captains, Steve Smith and Virat Kohli, fail to keep up their best behaviour.
While Steve Smith got caught exploiting a grey area in the game, Virat Kohli took things further by making claims of cheating without providing evidence.
BCCI had no problem with Kohli airing his opinions – but we’re still waiting to hear from Dhoni on a scandal that personally impacted him.
A stroll through the statistics of India’s performances over history.
Anil Kumble’s strength lies in the ability to see solutions in terms of processes, to change systems and ensure they are long-lasting.
The abuse on the internet often provides politicians an excuse to bring in stringent laws that can have a chilling effect on freedom of expression
A sporting achievement is only commemorated when it can be shown to be discontinuous from the mundane. T20 cricket is yet to make that graduation.