Former Supreme Court Judge and Former Chairman of Press Council of India Markandey Katju has written an article in Huffington Post explaining why he does not join the celebrations over India defeating Australia in the recent test series.
Do you agree with his reasons and conclusions, let us debate
Why I Will Not Celebrate India’s Test Series Win Against Australia
India won the Border-Gavaskar test series by defeating Australia in Dharamsala earlier this month, but I see no reason to celebrate.
I regard cricket as an opium of the Indian masses, among others such as politics (which has gone down to the lowest level in India), Bollywood, the media, religion, astrology, etc. Evidently one drug is not enough to keep the Indian masses in a state of intoxication, so several are required.
The Roman Emperors used to say, “If you cannot give the people bread, give them circuses.” The Indian establishment says, “If you cannot give the people bread, give them cricket, Bollywood, the media, religion, astrology, cricket.”
The real problems in India are socio-economic—massive poverty and massive unemployment, large-scale malnutrition (affecting about 50% of Indian children ), almost total absence of public healthcare and good education for the poorer section of our people (who are 75% of our 1320 million population ), lakhs of farmers’ suicides, discrimination against women, minorities and Dalits, etc.
Cricket and the other types of opium mentioned above divert the attention of our people from these real issues. They attempt to depict non-issues like winning a cricket match as being of real importance.
So the real issue before the Indian people is not how to abolish poverty, unemployment, malnutrition, etc. The real issue is whether India has beaten Australia (or better still, Pakistan) in a cricket match. Or whether Virat Kohli has scored a century.
So please do celebrate India’s victory over Australia as much as you like, but don’t expect me to join in the celebrations as I refuse to be part of this stupid pantomime. Such celebrations are an insult to the poor people in India, who constitute 75-80% of our population. Such celebrations divert the attention of the people from the real problems facing India. I refuse to insult my people.