Cricket’s Clash of Cultures: Heroes, Villains, and the Unraveling of Hindutva Dreams

Cricket Blues for the World Cup: Heroes and Villains


All sectors are reacting to the push for reform, beginning with the privileged but inattentive BCCI and its expert panel.

Recent election successes in Argentina and the Netherlands indicate that the extreme right is becoming more powerful on the international scene. The unchecked power of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former US President Donald Trump over current President Joe Biden in the polls becomes more concerning.

A poet-friend proposes dark humor as a salve for distressed spirits in reaction to the grim and unfair world we live in. For my part, I try to make sense of the tragedy around us by contrast it to earlier periods and naively believing that “this too shall pass.”

I draw similarities to the UPA management and the naive Weimar Republic, today’s social milieu and corporations with those established during Germany’s dictatorial dictatorship in the 1930s, and our current state of affairs and society as a whole. Yes, I do. Yes, I do. My least hopeful outcome is Adolf Hitler’s final defeat.

This brings me to the introduction’s major idea. I shared the nation’s hope that our cricket heroes would win a global championship. As Mudar Patheria put it, this squad, with its lovely blend of castes and creeds, has shown that they have “the ability to be good, do good, and look good”. They respect each other with equal affection and exhibit remarkable cricketing abilities as well as a great sense of cordiality and fraternity.

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My urgent desire for an Indian win grew when it was revealed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would now preside over the championship game at the remodeled Narendra Modi Stadium (previously Sardar Patel Stadium). Why? Hitler’s intention of showing Aryan supremacy at the 1936 Berlin Olympics is historically comparable to the way a sporting event was turned into a narcissistic spectacle. However, black athlete Jesse Owens disproved the discriminatory theory put forth by Fuhrer by capturing four gold medals, including a stunning triumph in the long jump.

Prior to the World Cup final, I imagined our cricket stars—who stood for the ideal of a secular India—winning the title behind a fast bowling attack led by Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, and Jasprit Bumrah. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli’s master class in batting. The Hindutva ideal of “one nation, one leader, one language, one religion” would have been severely refuted by this team’s win, which represented the variety of the nation.

We were heartbroken that the fairy-tale finale escaped us. Nevertheless, the heartbreaking events of November 19 proved to be an important defeat for the Hindutva brigade.

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