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Right time to ask this question, what with IPL hogging everyone’s mindspace, Cricket seems to be all-pervasive these days. Not that it was much different earlier. The country’s highest hopes in sports lies with cricket. It seems like a chicken and egg story…Is this cricket mania because cricket is the only sport that has been performing comparatively less inconsistently than the others ( in other words, is it the one-eyed king of the blind men’s city ? ) or is it because cricket is so much loved and hyped that the cricketers have some pressure to perform, and things get handled before it hits the rock bottom ( for whatever worth the Cricket Board and the Player’s selection committee is ) ?

You can argue both ways, and win both ways too….:-). However, not to forget the plethora of problems that the rest of the sports world faces in India ( not that cricket doesnt have its own…)

You know the list…no proper investment in terms of identifying, training, no sponsors, no focus on regional games, a Gill in hockey…the list is long and numerous.

Is anyone listening ? Is anyone accountable ( leave the Ministers out, since they are there for other interests ) ? Is the public really interested ?

Sports, atleast culturally, seems to be less of a priority in the Indian family and the society at large ( except for the euphoria over cricket )…in a sense, there is not much focus on athletics or sports being part of bringing up, I feel. Recently there were reports on the lack of proper play grounds in most of the Schools in Mumbai…well, this wasn’t a priority issue with most parents and students, and therefore didnt bother them too much so long, till a newspaper reported it. We carry forward this attitude towards sports when it comes to prioritizing our national agenda as well ( if we assume the citizens have any role in it, that is !!! )

Well, lets just hope that the new business model of IPL works out…so what, if we don’t qualify for the Olympics Hockey, I  still cheered for the women’s team in Chak De….:-)

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A very heated debate is happening on the Blogathon today on a ‘sensitive’ ( I know its cliched ) topic ( something, which I think is happening only for this one topic,…I wonder ? ).

Read Sakshi Juneja’s post and a reply to it from Asuph and a response to that from Sakshi again…..

Frankly, at the end of it, all that I could come back with was the debate on what is normative and what is not  !!! While I do understand the intent of the argument , was it so pertinent to overshadow the issue..I wonder !

Whats really being discussed is what are the challenges that our society faces in terms of accepting alternate sexuality…???

When we are talking about ‘anything that is perceived as being done differently from the group’, then it follows that there will be a resistance to change and acceptance. It will cause extreme reactions. Take the case of recent killings in the name of marriage outside caste. While these days, its become quite ‘normal’ ( I am cautious of using these terms now 😉 ) for an educated young man and woman to decide about their future together, it still has not become an accepted norm ( ah, again the tyrannt ! ) practice ( uff, feels safe )

Believe me, in an India where still govts want to play moral policing ( last I heard, they want to whip the IPL Cheerleaders ), in a country where we face double standards from men and the political machinery ( remember last year’s New year eve molestation issue..they still haven’t booked the guy), in a country which is still dealing with caste and gender issues in all walks of life, can we expect people’s alternate sexual preferences to be accepted so easily ?

I really wonder whether Indian society will ever become so mature as to view people’s preferences dispassionately ?

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