Casteist Rajdeep Sardesai strikes again: Manages to link France’s victory to caste in Indian cricket

It is amusing how the crusaders against caste discrimination and champions of inclusivity are usually the ones to point out non-existent ‘discrimination’ at play. We had earlier reported how journalist Shekhar Gupta, most known for his coup story floated a conspiracy theory questioning caste dynamics in the fodder scam verdict where Lalu was convicted but an ‘upper caste’ Jagannath Mishra was acquitted. Amusingly, when Gupta became the chairperson of the Editors Guild of India, there was no Dalit or Muslim in it.

Following his footsteps, controversial journalist Rajdeep Sardesai also put out a casteist tweet which he later deleted after a major public backlash. But the ingrained casteism raised its hood again after France won the Football World Cup last night. While many in the liberal world were hailing how many of the players in the French team were immigrants and Muslims, closer home Sardesai, not to be left behind, woke up to a topic which would interest Indian ‘intellectuals’ more. Sardesai took to Twitter to remind how out only 4 Dalit cricketers have played for India since 1947.

As seen above, Rajdeep decided to insinuate that athletes belonging to lower caste don’t get representation in sport. He further argued that he meant to say that there should be greater access to sporting facilities for all Indians.

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It is interesting he would talk about access to sporting facilities, which are many times limited owing to financial constraints, rather than caste. And Indian athletes from humble backgrounds have soared skies, despite the limitations they face. Most recently, Assam’s Hima Das, who won a gold in Finland in the IAAF World U20 Championship, used to train on a muddy football field because of the absence of a running track.

And interesting of Sardesai to specify only cricket, when so many other athletes, who once brought laurels to India, are now struggling to make their ends meet, irrespective of their case.

Coming back to Sardesai, many pointed out to him the flaw and glaring hypocrisy in his argument.

Some even reminded him how it is merit and ability which took them to the French team and not their religion or immigrant status.

Arjuna awardee and Indian national basketball team player Prashanti Singh also expressed her disbelief at Sardesai’s strange comparison.

He also got ‘coached’ by coach and former captain of Indian women basketball team.

It is interesting to see even the celebrity journalists being all ‘woke’ to casteism like the hipster millennials from South Delhi who have recently been introduced to Karl Marx. Because till a few years back, he was taking pride in the achievements of ‘upper caste’ athletes (read cricketers) without really feeling bad about the Dalits who missed out.

But that is how the ‘ecosystem’ works. As Rahul Roushan said, ‘establishment’ is not the government which comes in power for five years, but the people in media and academics that control the thoughts and build the narrative. Watch out this space as we inch closer to 2019 elections.


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