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The Spontaneous Indians

The Spontaneous Indians
The Spontaneous Indians
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Mukul Kesavan in the Telegraph argues that while Indian cricketers need drug-testing, Wada’s new Big Brother regime is not the only way to go and needs to be tropicalized for being contrary to the Indian instinct to extemporize leisure:

 

It’s wrong to generalize but I think the reason Indian players are holding out when every other cricket-playing country has fallen in line, has nothing to do with being perverse or arrogant. I think they’re genuinely appalled by the thought that they have to schedule their lives three months in advance. Indians don’t do schedules well: they don’t plan their holidays a year in advance, they don’t write their appointments down in a diary, they don’t think it’s wrong to default on a deadline and if the art of the last minute was an Olympic sport you’d only see Indians on the medals podium. Mithali Raj, the Indian batswoman (I’d say ‘batsperson’ if it didn’t suggest an ungendered vampire) had the most succinct take on this Indian view of the world. “During competitions, you are in one place and know your itinerary. When you are at home, you don’t know about the next three hours, forget about three months… We plan things spontaneously, be it a movie or a dinner.”

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