Quick, identify the Tendulkar on the left

Ashok Mitra in The Telegraph:

“At least one-third of the nation, one dares say, would have heard of Sachin Tendulkar. Social mores, set by the top stratum, have ordained that cricket will henceforth be the national game. The down-and-out ones, including those too who do not have the wherewithal for even an indecent meal a day, cannot but respond with some deference to choices and decisions reached in the precincts of the superstructure….

“Is it only to be expected, or is this a latent irony: not even one-tenth of one per cent of the more than a billion who constitute the people of India would presumably be able to say who Vijay Tendulkar was? Even Sachin Tendulkar, who knows, might himself not have ever been told of the existence of a Marathi playwright of the same surname as his and with roots in the same village in Maharashtra as his.

“A playwright is no match for a cricketer in the business of capturing the popular imagination…. There can be no superior suffrage than the democratic verdict.”

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10 Responses to “Quick, identify the Tendulkar on the left”

  1. N Says:

    Cricket is popular because of “Social mores set by the top stratum” nice joke. The poor play cricket because the “upper class” has decided so – the remedy – they watch plays is it? This columnist is a complete joker.

  2. srivatsa Says:

    concentrate on local affairs

    http://www.iwebie.com/raj-thackeray-has-a-point

  3. mayura Says:

    Churmuri, please spare us this weekly drivel by Ashok Mitra

  4. Anon Says:

    Whats your point? Sachin has represented the nation innumerable times and so the nation recognises him! Why are you comparing oranges and Roses..

  5. Manju Says:

    Churumuri is digging itself to new lows. Enough said.

  6. Rama Says:

    It’s not churumuri, but telegraph. Churumuri found the article amusing.

  7. kaangeya Says:

    Vijay Tendulkar is a mediocre playwright who made a name for himself parroting fashinable but nonsensical platitudes. He had nothing original or insightful to say, ever. He belongs to the dull, wasted years of the Indian arts. He was obsolete about 30 years ago. He is irrelevant today. But at least he wasn’t a clown like Mitra. Thankfully.

  8. Shishir Sathe Says:

    kaangeya: I couldnt be any Dumber !!

  9. Rama Says:

    Who was Priya Tendulkar?

  10. Shishir Sathe Says:

    Was Mr Vijay T’s daughter…

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