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Like Something Calm And Azure

Those backfoot cover drives are worth a lot more. Azhar did much to revitalise Muslims.

Like Something Calm And Azure
Pradeep Mandhani
Like Something Calm And Azure
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Maqsood Karim of Turkman Gate, old Delhi, is a strapping, tall man who, as batsman, would proclaim the sixers he was going to smite; he’d then match words with deeds. But he has remembrances far more sombre than the matches he played in his youth. In his mind are etched dates that shaped the Muslim psyche over the last 34 years—the removal of shops of the poor in old Delhi in 1975; the demolition of flats at Turkman Gate in 1976—“with 52 bulldozers in one night”; the violence at Meerut during Ramzan in 1981, and the 1983 Nellie massacre; the assassination of Indira Gandhi in 1984 and the resultant change in leadership, “causing the opening of the gates of the Babri Masjid in 1986”. The narrative of the 1980s, from the Muslim perspective, was marked by strife and uncertainty, and beginning to be soaked with a feeling of self-pity and victimisation.

And then, Karim fondly remembers, there was Mohammed Azharuddin.

On the last day of Year 1984, a lanky young man from Hyderabad first played...

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