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The Hindu Archives C.K. Nayudu in action in the All India vs Minor Counties match at the Lord's Cricket Ground in 1936. Says Nandy: " I have seen C.K. Nayudu playing when he was in his 50s. Believe me, nobody talked about his age. Everybody considered him a great cricketer. Cricket is a different kind of game. That is its uniqueness."

Interview with Ashis Nandy, scholar of psychoanalysis and Indian society and author of 'The Tao of Cricket: On Games of Destiny and the Destiny of Games'. By AJOY ASHIRWAD MAHAPRASHASTA


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I really do not know what Prof Nandy wants to prove by using the
'upliftment' of Shudra-s in India as an 'equalizing' example. While
his version will have us believe that 'real politics' is this
equalizing game that transcends caste, anyone who pays attention to
history will know that the Shudra-s (OBC-s) becoming powerful
politically is a direct result of them being the most powerful land-
owning caste group in India. This change in rural land ownership is
intimately related to the colonial and then post-colonial rule and the
relationship between caste and governmentality. It is a sheer and
dangerous fiction that the Shudra's political power in contemporary
India is in any sense a transcendence of caste, especially when one
knows that almost all atrocities against Dalits are perpetrated by
Shudra-s. As a commentator once said, selling ideological fantasies
(like caste as a 'non-modern' phenomenon) as 'truth' seems to be the
real forte of this esteemed academic.
from:  Brad
Posted on: Jun 12, 2013 at 20:46 IST
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