It’s a sad day for the Subcontinent as the Cricket World Cup is now all-white even though the majority of the participating nations are not.
I wrote a few screeds after India’s defeat to England but thankfully they went unpublished.
My spidey sense told me that India conspired to keep Pakistan out of the World Cup and I felt quite betrayed by it.
This parable of the World Cup disaster reminds me of the Indian obsession with Pakistan. India is so keen to be “Western”, at any cost, that it sometimes forgets itself.
Australia, Canada & New Zealand are the “Old Dominions”, not South Asia, and I think India would do a lot better by seeing Pakistan as a friend rather than a foe.
Peace in the Subcontinent will only come about when we stop “otherising” one another. Surely one can understand why Pakistanis wanted to avoid the fate of Dalits and Muslims in India?
The jingoistic upper caste nationalism that seeks to Saffronise and purify everything in its wake has been hugely destructive (and frankly a bit nauseating; vegetarian biryani is not tasty) to the post-1857 South Asian political landscape.