We have earlier written how more often than not the crusaders against caste discrimination are the ones who are actually busy being exclusive, elitist groups themselves. Recently, following the French Football team’s world cup victory, controversial journalist Rajdeep Sardesai, who has earlier shown his casteist side, took to Twitter to link French team’s victory to caste in Indian cricket.
The reason for success of French football is a bit like ours in cricket: we have ‘democratised’ the sport just as the French have built a multi-cultural football identity. But we need to do more: only 4 Dalits have played for India since 1947 and no Adivasi test champ yet!
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) July 16, 2018
Taking cue from Sardesai, Left-leaning website The Wire, which regularly indulges in willful and malicious lies, republished an edited article from Economic and Political Weekly from earlier this year which talked about lack of SC/ST representation in test cricket.
In the 86 years since India attained Test status, only 4 out of 290 players belong to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. https://t.co/bhf8dO7T6H
— The Wire (@thewire_in) July 26, 2018
Cricket Mohammad Kaif, who has been earlier trolled by Muslim fundamentalists over the Internet for performing Surya Namaskar, took to Twitter to call out The Wire’s divisive journalism.
How many prime time journalists are SC or ST or for that matter how many senior editors in your organisation are SC or ST. Sports is perhaps one field which has successfully broken barriers of caste,players play with inclusiveness but then we have such journalism to spread hatred https://t.co/ludDNpPi3x
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 29, 2018
He questioned The Wire on how many SC/ST journalists or senior editors are there in the organisation. He said sport is one field which has successfully broken barriers of caste and players play with inclusiveness. He said that such kind of journalism spreads hatred.