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Story of Sanskrit for Beginners

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Story of Mangos and Ram

Long long ago… very long ago there lived a landlord named Ram; He owned a fertile farm with full of mango trees. Ram and his family lived in a gated community with in the farm. Ram’s farm is known for tasty mangos, which were high priced in the market. They owned this farm for generations. The pesticide, manure used in the farm is kept as a high secret. For so many years they didn’t reveled the formulae by which they produce tasty mangos. People from neighboring villages were not permitted into the farm in order to preserve the secrecy, and also Ram’s family believed that outsiders were inferior to them and would bring impurity into the farm. So they managed all the farming activity by themselves, No outsiders were recruited as farming labor. They earned good money by selling the mangos to the rich and elite of the society. Kings and Queens ate Ram’s fruits believing it’s the best.

Time has passed and the society around Ram changed rapidly, Kingdoms vanished, new powers came in. There came better jobs than cultivating and selling Mangos. The new generation in Ram’s family joined high earning jobs in the new government, they started tasting the new life style and started migrating to new places, enjoyed powerful and respected positions. Slowly all of Ram’s DNA settled up in large cities of the world. The old mango farm is no more alive as there is no body to take care. What is left is only an empty dry land where all the trees perished.

Now all of a sudden, Ram’s successors realized that their pride in mango cultivation is lost. They understood that their traditional unique fruit is dead, No more in the list of favorite fruits in the market. So they wanted to give a rebirth to their old mango farm. They planned to utilize the mango seeds stored by their ancestor’s years ago. But all of the Ram’s kin are now settled up in better places than the old farmhouse and they don’t want to leave their present life style, so they went on to gather local villagers as farming labors so that they get a good workforce to bring back their traditional farm. But the local villagers are now busy with their own farms and are not interested in working at Ram’s farm. And for the villagers it’s their dignity which stops them from accepting the new opportunity offered by Ram’s kin, as once long back Ram’s family didn’t allowed them to work in their farm and considered them as inferior breed.

As nothing can bring the villagers to work, Ram’s kin started spreading a bunch of rumors, they said the farm is the tradition and culture for everyone in the nation, as now its dead everyone has to come and help. They also said their mango is the mother for all fruits of the world, even strawberry and lemon were created from their mango’s; NASA said their mangos can help in computer research and space research. Even then no body turned up. But still Ram’s successors are dreaming in daylight that the innocent villagers will come and work hard to bring back their traditional mango farm.

Story of Sanskrit and Brahmins

In the above mentioned story; replace ‘Mangos and Ram’ with ‘Sanskrit and Brahmins’, you’ll get an interesting social-science drama… Here you go…

Long long ago… very long ago there lived a group of close circuit people named Brahmins whose language was Sanskrit. They lived in separate livelihood called Agrahars or Agraharam. Indigenous people lived outside the Agrahars speaking their own languages other than Sanskrit. Brahmins created and owned so many religious literatures written in Sanskrit, They established themselves as the superior priest clan. Sanskrit was used in all their religious ceremonies; they spread their religion among the indigenous people and also their rulers. Their literatures mentioned four classes of society one below to another (Manusmriti – ‘Laws Of Manu’). And brahmins held the religious and cultural supremacy of the 4 classes. And for generations they never shared their literatures with the other 3 classes of people, because they felt that would shake the rigidity of the four classes. In order to keep others away from the religious literature and the priest job, they blocked people from learning Sanskrit. They projected Sanskrit as god’s own language (Deva Bhasha), they isolated Sanskrit from non-brahmins as they felt that would save the purity of gods own language. Sanskrit enjoyed the status of official religious language and the language of the elite.

Time has passed and the society around Agrahars changed rapidly, Kingdoms vanished, new powers came in, the land became a colony of the British Empire. There came better jobs than being a priest. The new generation of brahmins joined high earning jobs in the new government. Brahmins became lawyers and clerks for the British Empire. Centuries passed and the land was freed from the British. A new Indian nation was born. And this time there were lot more opportunities in government jobs, politics, bureaucracy, etc. They stated tasting the new life style and started migrating to new places, enjoyed powerful and respected positions. Slowly the entire brahmin DNA settled up in large cities of the world. And their old language is no more alive as there is no body to take care. What is left is only a dry literature not read by anyone.

Now all of a sudden, the new generation brahmins realized that their pride in Sanskrit is lost. They understood that their traditional language is dead, No more in the list of spoken languages. So they wanted to give a rebirth to Sanskrit. They planned to utilize the literatures written by their ancestor’s years ago. But all of the brahmins are now settled up in better places than their old priest job and they don’t want to leave their present life style, so they went on to gather non-brahmins as new students for Sanskrit so that they get a good population to bring back their traditional language to the main stream. But today the non-brahmins are now busy with their own language and are not interested in learning a dead language like Sanskrit. And also for the non-brahmins it’s their dignity which stops them from accepting Sanskrit, as once long back brahmins didn’t allowed them to learn and considered them as inferior breed.

As nothing could bring people to learn Sanskrit, the brahmin writers and intellectuals started spreading a bunch of rumors through mass media, their propaganda was also fuelled by brahmin front organizations of Sangh Parivar (RSS, VHP, BJP and so on), They said Sanskrit is the tradition and culture for everyone in the nation, as now it’s dead everyone has to come and help. They also said their Sanskrit is the mother for all languages of the world, even C++ and Java were created from their Sanskrit; NASA said Sanskrit can help in computer research and space research. Even then no body turned up. But still brahmin powers (Sangh Parivar) are dreaming in daylight that the innocent people will come and work hard to give life to Sanskrit.

Key Lessons / Takeaway

  • Sanskrit is not the culture and tradition of whole Indian sub-continent; actually it’s only a brahmin tradition and culture.
  • Sanskrit is already dead. And it was the brahmins who let it die.
  • Sanskrit was never been a mass language of communication during any period of history, it was only practiced during religious ceremonies by brahmins. And brahmins used other languages to communicate with rest of the people.
  • Sanskrit is not the mother of all languages, only a bunch of north Indian languages like Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi etc are derived from Sanskrit.
  • And Sanskrit is not a base language (Proto-Language) like Latin, Chinese or Tamil.
  • Anyone can learn Sanskrit by interest, but should not be carried away by the myth that it is superior to all languages.
  • It’s a good idea to revive Sanskrit, But it’s the brahmins who have to make the effort. It should not be done by the government spending people’s tax money (Why should you pay somebody’s food bill).

 

Enough for this session, See you again with another stuff on Sanskrit.

 

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August 24, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Modi’s Theory

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Modi-Agenda

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April 9, 2014 at 11:47 PM

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after the ” Thane “

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Just before the New Year, Cyclone Thane ravaged the coastal Tamilnadu and Pudhucherry. This is just a news for the majority, But a monstrous catastrophe for those who witnessed it.. This short write up is to illustrate the condition of the towns and villages Thane had kissed on that early hours of Friday, 30-December-2011 and the inability of the Indian government to bring back the infrastructure on a war-foot. This content is created by the information gathered from villagers in the Cuddalore-Pudhucherry belt.

The cruel wind started at around 3AM on 30-December-2011 and ceased almost at 9:30 AM. Trees were uprooted, Electric poles thrown out by the cyclone created panic among the masses. Only concrete buildings survived, Those who lived in Tiled houses and huts lost their roofs and ran out for shelters when the rain and the wind plundered their villages. This was not the only worst thing that happened. Thane was followed by the inability of the state to bring back the life and infrastructure back to normalcy.

There is no power in the affected regions as the electric poles and cables are out of service, As there is no power there is no drinking water. The affected regions depend on bore well water pumped up by electric motors. These people are living without power and water right from the Thane day. Power can be only restored when the new electric poles are erected and cables are connected. There is no government to do this immediately. People are forced to hire trucks to bring electric poles from near by Neyveli and other places by their own money. And even after bringing in the poles there is no body from the government to erect and wire it. Why not the government deploy the paramilitary to finish up this mammoth task? Why this villagers are spending their own money to recreate the infrastructure devastated ? Government can deploy diesel generators in every village for a temporary supply of water, But they still didn’t thought about this idea it seems.

Thousand of uprooted trees are on the road blocking food and medicines to reach the people. People are again forced to hire diesel generators and timber equipments at double the cost to clear the road. Where is the government here? There are some villages which lost 100% of its trees and they will not have shadow to rest in the coming summer. No news channel covered this.

All this are after a massive agricultural loss, which people have to live with it.

Who ever reads this post, Do something to pressurize the government…. if you can …..

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January 3, 2012 at 1:19 AM

Media Manufactured…

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Anna Hazare

NDTV and Times Now have already approved Anna Hazare's movement as second freedom struggle. So its Official.

Anna Hazare ” is a classic case study to understand how media can drive a nation.  The Jan Lokpal episode illustrated how television channels can blow tiny tots to a mammoth giant. The North Indian media in both English and Hindi are projecting as if the whole of India is on streets in support of Anna Hazare. In reality Anna’s hunger strike is just another protest for the majority. In South India it’s just another news. In Chennai considering the city’s population, only a handful of upper middle class are fasting with Anna fever. In Kashmir and the Northeast people have more serious things for concern than the Jan Lokpal bill. In all the Non-Hindi speaking states only the minority of the population which has access to English news channels cares about Anna’s fast, for the rest its business as usual. For ‘NDTV’ and ‘Times Now’ the English speaking Urban-Upper-Middle class means INDIA. They don’t care about any other protest by other sections. The North Indian media never gave a lime light equivalent to Anna’s fast to the peasants of Singur and Nandhigram Or the people of Kashmir Or the tribals of central India fighting against the ‘Operation Green Hunt’ Or the protest like the one against POSCO (Orissa), Vedanta (Niyamgiri hills) Or at least to the students who stood for Uniform syllabus in Tamilnadu. This cruel media can hide any true uprising of the masses and at the same time can uplift a totally middle-class movement like Anna Hazare’s. We are living in a country where the media decides what a protest is and what is not.

Irom Sharmila being dragged by police

Irom Sharmila being dragged by police for another force feed. Courtesy : http://www.humanistassociation.org

The world’s longest Hunger Strike is also going on in India. In Manipur the lady named Irom Chanu Sharmila is fasting since November-2000. She is demanding the Indian government to repeal the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).  The AFSPA is in force in seven states of North east and Jammu & Kashmir where there is no practical democracy and actually ruled by the Indian Army. With AFSPA in force the Army can attack any one without a proper social or technical justification.  Irom Sharmila was arrested several times by the government and force fed through her nostrils. The North Indian Media never turned their camera on this Iron Lady of Manipur. The great Indian middle class who are jumping behind Anna Hazare is yet to discover the Northeast. And the North Indian Media needs another Columbus to reach northeast and unearth the atrocities of Indian Army there.

Muthukumar Immolation

Muthukumar lying dead inside the premises of the Indian government building 'Shastri Bhavan' in Chennai on January 29, 2009.

Muthukumar Funeral

Muthukumar's Funeral filled with a ocean of people. (click on the picture to expand)

Another example of media blockade was on the mass protest and movement by the Tamil Diaspora during the genocide of Srilankan Tamils in 2009. K. Muthukumar, a young journalist wanted to turn the attention of the Indian people and government towards the genocide of Srilankan Tamils. He wanted to stop the war in the island through a mass upraising in India. He made a self-immolation after distributing a four page pamphlet to the public before his death. This was not even a news material for the North Indian TV channels. Muthukumars death ignited a mass protest across Tamilnadu. Students were on streets shouting against the Indian and Lankan governments, Lawyers boycotted courts. Muthukumars funeral procession was attended by tens of thousands of people; streets were flooded by people shouting slogans, banners everywhere. At the same time Sun News was projecting India-Srilanka cricket match in breaking news. And as usual the North Indian media considered this as a regional stupidity and ensured that all these were not aired.

And we have the ‘Operation Green Hunt’ hunting tribals in the states of central India like Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa, Where the government has singed numerous deals with multinational mining companies to exploit India’s natural resources Or to set up SEZ’s (Special Economic Zones). These companies want to evacuate the people living there. If they refuse to leave their land they will be killed by the Indian paramilitary forces with a popular escapism of curbing Naxalite’s.  ‘Operation Green Hunt’ is alive since 2009. For ‘NDTV’ & ‘Times Now’ this was never been a matter of concern.

POSCO Protest

Tribals in Orissa protesting against land acquisition for a steel plant by POSCO, a South Korean multinational.

Today Anna Hazare is projected 24X7 in all Hindi and English channels. What is the difference between Anna and Irom Sharmila, Anna and Muthukumar or Anna and the tribals of central India.

Irom Sharmila’s protest directly questions the concept of Indian Union. She exposes the brutality of the Indian Armed forces. It brings out the Indian occupation of Manipur.  In the interest of the Indian ruling class the media cannot give her a 24X7 status, only Anna & Co are eligible for that.

Similarly Muthukumar’s death raises a hammer on India’s foreign policy and its Geo-political interest in South Asia. Muthukumar’s death can shackle the built-up pseudo Image of Rajeev Gandhi as a peace messiah for Srilankan Tamils. And more importantly Muthukumar’s Image can be used to mobilize the masses to pressurize the Indian government to stop the war in Srilanka which was originally aimed to create new market for the Indian capitalist.  As a market friendly media ‘Times Now’ and ‘NDTV’ cannot show something which will affect the Indian investors who were ready with their cash to invest in Srilanka after wiping out the freedom struggle of the Elam people.

In the same way the tribals of central India are exposing the cruelty of the ‘New Economic Policy’ which is praised by our brilliant middle class. They are exposing how the natural resource of this nation is plundered by the multinational companies. In the interest of capitalist and imperialist this valiant struggle by the tribals has to be hidden deep inside the dark.

On contrast Anna Hazare is not fighting against the Indian Union nor the Imperialist nor the capitalist. He is just another hero against the most popular villain to the middle class called ‘Politician’, Yes… Yes in most of the Indian movies a politician means villain. Anna’s version of corruption is very narrow. Anna and his group claim that corruption is only linked with government and politicians. They hide the fact that behind every mammoth scam there is a corporate hiding behind. They don’t feel tax waiver for huge corporation is a corruption. They don’t fight the actual enemy, they are just trying to divert the anger of the educated middle class towards the government so that the corporates exposed in the scams of the recent years can escape. Let’s apply Anna’s theory to the 2G scam, only A. Raja is the culprit and the corporate that paid kick bags to reduce the price of 2G licenses is not. If Anna’s men are protesting before the house of the MP’s, they should also protest before the gates of TATA and Reliance.

If we term this with a middle class eye, Anna Hazare’s protest is very much market friendly. No wonder why it was blown out of proportion by the capitalist media.

Manipuri Women Against Indian Army

This naked protest by Manipuri women against the rapes and human rights violation by Indian Army shook the world, but not the Indian media. (Year 2004)

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August 25, 2011 at 3:18 AM

Uniform Syllabus…Why?

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Equality of mankind can never be achieved unless there is equal education.

You can really feel the need for an uniform syllabus for India if you underwent a 12 year schooling in a normal government school and then sit in the IIT entrance examination….   you can really feel heat of a deprived childhood where there are two different worlds in the same country and multiple standards and more than one syllabus.

Uniform Syllabus

The athlete in the inner track will always have an advantage than the one in the outer track in a concentric elliptical track, That’s why they are placed one behind another at the start of the race. But in India children from different economic background go to different standards of schools, but when they are out for building a career they are evaluated by a common scale which is easy for few and a over dose for the others. A poor student from a ‘State Board’ corporation school and a rich student from an ‘ICSE’  boarding school are asked to face the same test when they want to jump into the likes of IIT or IISE.

We are living in a country where education was once forbidden to the majority, Yep the Hindu law allowed only Bhramins to learn. If you are a non Bhramin its illegal to learn in the old system. It was the European missionaries who brought schools where every caste can step in. The colonial lords used schools as a mean to spread Christianity, but on the other side those schools allowed everybody to taste what is modern education. It made a starting point for all non Bhramins to realize that they too can learn and go to a dignified job.  Then after Independence too poverty forced many lower caste/class kids to go for work. There was a change made by leaders like Kamaraj and Periyar who were instrumental in implementing free education. Kamaraj’s policies ensured a school with in every 5 KM radius. And to attract children  from the lower income group to the schools he implemented the ‘Free Meal Scheme’ at all schools. In the middle, the 50’s saw the cruel and un-scientific Kula Kalvi Thittam (Hereditary Education Policy) by C. Rajagopalachari (Rajaji). The Dravidian movement was so powerful to trash the Kula Kalvi Thittam which was totally aimed at preserving the caste hierarchy. This state has gone through a long trail to bring education to the majority. We have to thank the efforts of all those who worked hard to reach this point where we are today. We need to take the struggle forward…, need to finish the task left out by our predecessors. The task of quality education for all, A same book for the rich and the poor, Same education for the rural and urban, An uniform syllabus for the entire nation. Today in our times every kid goes to school, but there is a standard forced on the children by the system. The system which advocates a different stranded for the Rich, the Middle class and a sub standard education for the poor. Mostly the quality of your education is directly linked to your economic class. You can go to an expensive boarding school or a normal matriculation or even to a government school with few hundreds of rupee as fee, it all depends on the affordability of your parents. These schools not only differ in their look & feel, there is a difference in the quality of education as they follow different syllabus.

It really sounds good when we say “ Equal education for the rich and poor ”  But there are few people out there who oppose it. Yeah.. Its strange but true. There are two types of people opposing the Uniform Syllabus, the first is those who are making money by selling education. Those who own the expensive private schools where the fees varies from tens of thousands to few lakhs of rupees. The second is the newly empowered upper middle class living in the metros, who believe that their children will have an added advantage by studying a syllabus meant for the minority who can afford to pay more. These people are the source for all the rumors which defame the concept of uniform syllabus. Its obvious that the private school owners will oppose the process to equalize the standard of education as it directly affects their income, but its hard to understand the second category of the upper middle class parents who think that they are the most intelligent in this world. They just want their children to achieve an extra milestone just by using their money and not by merit. They have the cruel attitude to stop the poor from learning the same as their children. What type of people they are !… In bus, train, office and every where they spread their comments to confuse the public and they’ve made an impression as if the newly framed uniform syllabus in Tamilnadu is of low standards. If the uniform syllabus is really low of standards we can refine it in the days to come, but we cannot have different syllabus for different schools. When government school/college students are facing lathi charge from Jeyalalitha’s police for supporting Uniform syllabus, there are people living in the high raised flats of Chennai (whose kids go to the expensive Matriculation or other schools meant for higher income group) opposing it. They firmly feel that their children will never be the elite if they compete in the open world where there is a uniform syllabus and an equal standard. Its nothing wrong in pulling their collars & slap them in public.

All types of comments are welcome.

Equal Education

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July 26, 2011 at 1:07 AM

Marriage Pressure

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After a morning jog, I read this news in a Tamil daily while having tea on the road side. I took the pages of the daily along with me. This is the English brief of the Tamil print.

Kavitha (female, 27) committed suicide by hanging out of the frustration and unfulfilled expectations  because she was not able to get married for a long time.

Dinathanthi News

Courtesy : Dinathanthi (Tamil Daily) dated 12-April-2011.

Download Pdf – Courtesy : Dinathanthi (Tamil Daily) dated 12-April-2011.

This news dominated my mind which resulted in this post.  We cannot trace what happened inside Kavitha’s mind before killing herself, but we can relate this to our knowledge with the present social setup we have in India. In India Marriage is considered as a mandatory certificate to mark the completeness of a females life. If someone is crossing the marriageable age and not getting the right partner, they are under a severe social pressure. The pain is more cruel to females than males. “ Still Not Married ”  is the cruel tag everyone spits on the girl when she is crossing or already crossed the nonsense “ Marriageable Age” bench-marked by our tradition.

In India there are women who really want to get married but not able to make it because of multiple reasons. The reason can be anything. It could be money because dowry is an essential component of the Indian marriage market, could be caste in a closed traditional system, could be she didn’t met the match of her expectations. The reason can be multiple but the fact to be discussed is how the society treats these women who had already crossed the conventional age of marriage. The pressure starts within the family from parents and elders who generally feel a burden imposed by the society to have an unmarried daughter. And they don’t hesitate to transfer the pressure on the already frustrated girl with their words and behavior. The words from relatives will add more fuel to the fire. Generally this situation is exploited by relatives who are waiting for a chance to criticize the entire family. In some cases this will be the leisure topic for the neighbors, they make all the blame on the family or the girl for not getting married. In the case of working women the stress comes from colleagues too. The “ Still Not Married ”  tag is often used in Indian offices to destroy the self confidence of professionally successful women. The crooked critique need not be a chauvinist male colleague, it could be another jealous female not able to digest the success of a fellow female.  And when ever the girls place is visited by the boys family, she has to dress-up like a doll and sit in front of everyone answering all sort of queries. If the visit is not positive the pain is for the girl. If more and more families come and see the girl she will be under a higher degree of mental torture. All these makes everyday life of the girl a tough one, Her self confidence goes down. Sometimes it affects the thought process and takes her to a mental depression. This is where people like Kavitha end their life. Although its not their mistake in not getting married, they feel inferior, loose their own personality and often fear to face the society. I don’t feel Kavitha killed herself, its the society which killed her with its stone age rules.

On the other side there are women who feel they themselves are not ready to marry, they may want to marry after reaching their own milestones in education or profession, or they don’t want to get married in the conventional way. The cruel society doesn’t leaves them too. It still fries them with all its backwardness.  People never mind whether the girl wants to marry or not, they simply ask stupid questions like  Still Not Married?When is your Marriage?I think all your batch mates are Married?. Even in this century the success of a professionally shining Indian girl is measured by her alienation towards the conventional marital life. The stress they face is nothing less when compared to the one Kavitha has faced. It requires lot of courage and patience to face the marriage pressure, as the  pressure comes from the loved ones in the family. Now a days women often use their profession to go on for a lengthy overseas trip just to escape from marriage pressure. At least the IT professional have this escaping tunnel, but the rest of them have to live inside the pressure cooker.

These days the marriage pressure is experienced by the Indian male as-well. Guys raised with progressive and modern thoughts don’t want to jump in to the traditional and artificial marriage market. They are subjected to same kind of pressure women are experiencing for centuries.

In a society where natural meeting of male and female is void, and dating is a bad word, thus exists a culture of artificial arranged marriages, Its has to be the individuals decision to choose the time of his/her marriage. It should not be driven by social pressure.

The next time if you meet someone single…..Please don’t ask  When is your Marriage?

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May 3, 2011 at 11:59 PM

Posted in Indian Culture

Tickets, Only for the Rich

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An angry fan in Mumbai.

An angry fan in Mumbai. But if you are rich, you can get into Wankhede stadium. In black the price of ticket went from Rs 90,000 to Rs 1,20,000 for India-Lanka finals.

Now its almost the whole of India is on a celebration…. A world cup victory which will be cherished by every Indian cricket worshipers for a long time in their memories. There are already thousands of writings on the blogs about this victory, about every match and ball by ball analysis are out there. This post is not on the same line. This is all about the fan behavior on the stands in the matches hosted in India and the money greedy attitude of BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India).

As a fan I watched almost all the matches, even the matches played between the so called cricket minnow’s. I noticed a wide difference in the fan behavior between the matches played in India and the matches played at the other hosts Bangladesh and Srilanka. In the last two decades Indian galleries were known for vibrant celebrations, gang performances, rhythmic claps, Posters with mid-blowing writing, drums and pipes, sky rocking whistles and in places like Eden Gardens fireworks by fans were not a surprise after the match. But in this world cup the crowd on the Indian gallery were bit lazy, almost sitting comfortably throughout the 100 overs and voices were heard only during 4’s & 6’s or on an opposition wicket. This is not the usual Indian gallery. Next to the Caribbean, Indian stands are known for unorthodox celebrations, something very opposite to England (The Lord’s culture, where people just clap and sit straight as if they are posing for a passport photograph).

On the other side it was terrific in Lanka & Bangladesh, Matches in Colombo were full of sound. Drums and pipes, Dance and fun filled the stands, The sinhalese chorus tracks were often sung, And there were so many posters with brainy and funny messages displayed towards the TV camera and the players. Dhaka was a surprise. Bangladesh hosting the Cricket World cup for the first time, the Bangla emotions were excellent, something similar to their brothers in West Bengal. Bangladeshi fans showed more facial’s than the srilankans. Almost one out of 10 fans in Dhaka will have a Green-Red facial to showcase the support for the Bangla tigers. Bangla drums were like thunders even in Television audio.


The Lankan delight (click on the picture to expand)



The Bangla Colours (click on the picture to expand)

But the Indian fans were exhibiting a shift towards the English culture were cricket is watched with an illusion filled gentle-decency with a colonial juice. This is a strange behavior from the same galleries which produced a rhythmic beat when the great Kapil Dev runs-up with his stylish bowling action, Remember the girl with a poster saying “Zaheer I love U” in the Ind-Pak test in Bangalore. A decade back drums will be tear your eardrum when Sachin-Sourav pair make a solid start. More & More we can list. But this world cup showed a different Indian fan inside the stadium.

There is a change in the fan behavior, but its not because of the viewer’s attitude, Its all because the economic class of people who can afford to get a place in the gallery has changed. Yes the 2011 World cup’s tickets in India were much much higher than the usual ODI’s. Its not the case in Srilanka and Bangladesh. In Chennai the Highest being Rs. 24000 and the lowest being Rs. 1000 which was limited to few thousand fans. Even the middle class can occupy only 20% of the stands, rest is for the Rich and the Bollywood celebrities/Politicians. This decreased the colour and sound of the Indian stands. Its a known fact that the common man on the Indian street or an youngster from a government college/school are known for their unorthodox celebrations in cinema halls and sports galleries, but these brand of people were left out with few cheaper tickets and they can not afford to buy tickets in tens-of-thousands of rupees. All they got was lathi charge from police when they tried to get one. The stands were filled with rich Indians, Movie stars and Politicians. The major part of stands were occupied by fair, neatly clad upper-sector of the Indian society with full blow makeup and sunglasses. They were almost Semi-NRI’s who cannot resonate the pulse of the cricket viewing tradition this land had shown over the years.

The Indian Show (click on the picture to expand)

I really don’t understand how plenty of Bollywood actors get tickets for all Important matches when the true cricket fan is left outside with only option of a television remote. It seems the BCCI’s VIP quota is much higher than any sports governing body. The actual fan can watch cricket only in television, But the celebrities who just want to associate themselves with the popular sport get an easy access to the stands. This is a negative culture created by the fully commercial IPL where every Bollywood actor feels a sense of proud to be linked with cricket. What a crazy country we are living in and what a crazy attitude the Bollywood has.

Police lathi charge fans ahead of India vs England game at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. (click on the picture to expand)

Price comparison between India and Srilanka.

Price comparison between India and Srilanka. (Click on the chart to expand)

BCCI can counter argue showing the massive population of cricket fans in India, But in any civilized society money should not be the tool to control the crowd. The real fact is BCCI is autonomous and not under the sports ministry. They control what ever they do. Since the British Raj the flavor of BCCI has not changed. Today BCCI is the worlds richest sports governing body. Imagine how it would be if the money earned by BCCI is routed to the government and used for the social development or at least for uplifting other sports. Its something every sports lover should start think about. Is there an end to this? Please flood the sports ministry with questions….

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April 11, 2011 at 3:27 AM

Posted in Indian Culture, Sports