Should India Win The World Cup?
India has stormed into the semi-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup and are now a step closer to the coveted 'Champions' title for the third time. As most of India roots for the boys in blue, sociologist Ashis Nandy feels that winning the World Cup might just make India's macho and hyper masculine nationalism more intense. Over the last few months, there seems to have been an effort to make a pluralistic India into a homogenized Hindu state where the space for dissent has diminished, churches are regularly 'robbed', talk of religious conversion is rampant, and there's banning of many things, including beef. In case India wins the World Cup, the fear is that majoritarian nationalism will become more aggressive.
So, do you think it is a good idea for India to win the World Cup?
- Of course¤ it is. Why mix sports and politics? If the players have worked hard¤ they deserve to win.
- What¿s wrong with you? Indian team winning the World Cup is a matter of pride for the entire nation¤ minorities included. Every Indian should be proud if the team does well.
- No. Sports is often an expression of vigorous¤ in-your-face nationalism which may not be healthy for a society as diverse as ours.
- Who cares?
Poll between Mar 20, 2015 -- Mar 31, 2015
Note: This, needless to say, is not a scientific poll and reflects the opinions of only those users who have chosen to participate in it.