27 February, 2021

Bindra's Bogus Patriotism

And how money-grubbing Board mandarins are ruining cricket

illustration by Sorit
Bindra's Bogus Patriotism
It's a matter of great shame that some members of the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) still remain feudal lords of the past. This realisation hit me during the recording of NDTV's We The People programme, hosted by Barkha Dutt, last week. Barkha is an immaculate presenter of a very popular programme of human interest issues ranging from natural disasters and communal riots to calamities in such places as Afghanistan and Pakistan. She's a person of substantial intellect and compassion.

I'm a great fan of Barkha because she takes on the high and the mighty and loves to call a spade a shovel if need be. She's knowledgable and articulate, but some of her guests are downright ignorant and arrogant. The programme I was part of examined Cricket vs Terror in the aftermath of the attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore.

The natural point of debate during the discussion was how safe India was to host the IPL, with its dates clashing with that of the general election, and with both the home ministry and the IPL machinery at a loss to provide...

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