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Cricket and patriotism: What links them in India

Oct 29, 2021 04:30 AM IST

Politics around India-Pakistan matches is not new in India. But what drives such politics?

Pakistan’s victory over India in the ongoing T20 cricket World Cup match on October 24 has kicked up a political storm in India. First there was uproar over online trolling which targeted India’s pace bowler Mohammad Shami along religious lines. Many Opposition leaders came out in Shami’s support, and several cricketers and the Board of Control for Cricket in India also spoke up for him. Meanwhile, reports of Muslims celebrating Pakistan’s victory started doing the rounds. Those who did so will be booked under sedition charges, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said in a tweet on October 28.

Not only do a majority of Indians associate supporting the cricket team with being Indian, an even bigger share agrees that “respecting India” is essential for even being considered a part of one’s religion.(REUTERS)
Not only do a majority of Indians associate supporting the cricket team with being Indian, an even bigger share agrees that “respecting India” is essential for even being considered a part of one’s religion.(REUTERS)
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    Roshan Kishore is the Data and Political Economy Editor at Hindustan Times. His weekly column for HT Premium Terms of Trade appears every Friday.

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