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Why Indians love cricket

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TO OUTSIDERS, the magnitude of Indians' love for cricket is as incomprehensible as its feverish intensity. On February 4th India awarded the Bharat Ratna, its highest civilian honour, to Sachin Tendulkar, a recently retired batsman. Millions in India, a country of 1.3 billion people and only one nationally-popular game, celebrated wildly. When India's national side plays a big game, an estimated 400m watch on television. Yet cricket's take-off in India is a highly improbable development. The game is demanding to play properly, requiring space, a good turf pitch and expensive equipment—which only a relative handful of Indian cricketers have access to. Most will never strap on pads or bowl with a leather ball. So why do they so love the game?

 

Tags: sport, popular culture, culture, development, India, South Asia, globalization, empire.


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Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 17, 2014 2:56 AM

The fact that Indians love cricket is hardly surprising if you are aware of their colonial past. This article provides that background for those unaware of England's huge effect on the nation. After the conquest of India by the British quickly English language and culture were both spread and forced upon the people of India. The people have adopted these English traits and it has been said that "The last true Englishman will be an Indian".

Alec Castagno's curator insight, December 17, 2014 3:19 PM

Cricket has spread throughout India because of its history as a prestigious British sport. The spread of its popularity across India shows how important social factors can influence a population. It was adopted by the Indian elite trying to mimic the British elite, and now has spread to the majority of Indians. The involvement of a Prime Minister shows the importance cricket has in Indian society.

Kendra King's curator insight, January 22, 6:50 PM

Surpisied that is wasn't related to colinization

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Poop Stories

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"From the time we’re about 6 years old, everyone loves a good poop joke, right? But is there something more meaningful lurking beneath the bathroom banter? Take a look at some international potty humor and then follow the jokes to a deeper understanding. Every laugh on this page reflects a life and death issue: the very real sanitation problems facing India today."


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Roman M's curator insight, August 21, 2014 10:21 AM

I do not want to use public bathrooms in the first place but this makes me want to not use them more. It is frightening that three children die every minute because of poor sanitation. Also, 1.5 million children die every year because of poor sanitation. These facts are so horrific and now I am going to make sure I am sanitized.

Amanda Morgan's curator insight, November 10, 2014 4:19 PM

It is fascinating that a country so many lives are lost due to something we find simple and trivial, and really do not even think about but use on a daily basis.

Jessica Robson Postlethwaite's curator insight, November 18, 2014 7:03 PM

World toilet day!