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Of Pundits And Punters

No wonder the NDA is obsessed with the cow. The cow belt alone voted in the first single-party government after 1984.

Of Pundits And Punters
Of Pundits And Punters
outlookindia.com
2018-02-13T17:25:06+05:30

If you have ever wondered why Indians aren’t good at sports, you probably don’t know what sport Indians play best. It isn’t hockey or cricket or just 20 kids kicking a ball around. On seeing the latter spectacle once, a wise old king of Cochin had asked his minister, with a lot of concern, to give them all a ball each, so that the boys don’t get hurt. Kicking and grabbing and throwing are too juvenile and meaningless activities. Not worthy of a 5,000-year-old civilisation (give or take a few millennia). There is another sport fit for us, which truly belongs to a higher plane. We didn’t invent this one, but really fell for it. It’s the only sport where the entire population participates and profits. Yes, our general election. It’s the greatest spectacle in the world where everyone and everything has a role—posters, vehicles, slogan-writers, slogan-shouters, slogan-counters, and now most importantly social media warriors—a multi-billion dollar industry. Of course, most of it is in black. In this industry only fools lose, but...

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