Author: S Anand
ISBN/UPC (if available): N/A
Cricket unites Indians. Cricket is nationalism. Cricket is religion.
We are told cricket is also secular. A leftist and a hindutvawadi equally celebrate an Indian victory. However, till recently, a cricket team comprised a majority of brahmans, sometimes 8 out of 11 players. How did a priestly class-soft, even effeminate-come to dominate a sport?
Why does such dominance not extend to hockey or football?
In Brahmans and Cricket, S Anand seeks answers to unasked questions. Beginning with a critique of Aamir Khan's 2002 blockbuster Lagaan and the politics of representation of its dalit character, Kachra, the author tangentially examines why the nation is under the thrall of cricket and cinema.
Sudhanva Deshpande and Lubna Mariam respond. A debate ensues. A must-read for those intersted in sports, politics, film, caste and identity politics.
Eating with Our fingers, Watching Hindi Cinema and Consuming Cricket: S Anand
Caste aspersions: Sudhanva Deshpande
In the Kathakar Tradition : Lubna Mariam
Unravelling Criticism: S Anand
Masala Movie Vacuum and Why Laggan Sucks