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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Sachin. Again. *sigh*

Now Kapil Dev says so sorry, when I said Sachin is finished, I didn't mean Sachin is finished, I meant Sachin will know when he is finished and with that, can this matter be finished, please? Or some such.
And in the Times -- no, not the London one, the other one -- Siddhartha Mishra celebrates Tendulkar. Or takes a class in Math 101. Not sure which.
Donno about you, but I am getting the feeling we are taking this 'cricket is our national religion' thing even more seriously than the RSS-VHP brigade takes the real thing.
It's gotten to where you just can't say anything about the pantheon -- Tendulkar, Ganguly, Dravid, whoever -- without the Shaivites, Vaishnavites, Tendulkarites, Gangulyites et cetera taking a colossal dump on you.
Come on -- celebrating a player's sporting achievement is one thing, but to elevate the chappie to godhead and to suggest that any word that even remotely smacks of criticism (and even some words that do not) is sacrilegious is a tad much. Repress healthy criticism, and you are left with the alternative -- unhealthy adulation. You want suprabathams sung to Saint Sachin, morning noon and night?

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