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EDITORIAL: Cricket and Lust for Lucre

Americans are blissfully unaware of cricket or the charms of that majestic game. Even now, despite the influx of people from the Caribbean and South Asia and a growing popularity of the sport among immigrants from those regions, Americans tend to contemplate the sport with benign bemusement.

Yet for those who are fond of the game, cricket is grace personified. The sight of men in spotless white (often it doesn’t stay spotless long, but that’s a different matter) in a lush green field chasing a cherry-red ball is enough to gladden the heart of any cricket aficionado — particularly the purists, who love the five-day variety, which has the majestic sweep of the novel.

But the times, they are a-changing. Modernity has taken its toll, and the game probably would inevitably have shed its original ponderous form, but something more sinister is at work as well. A bunch of avaricious hustlers, led by the Indian cricket board, are preying on the passionate zeal of the game for South Asians, and have managed to rob the game of the last iota of its beauty and grace, just to make a quick buck, laments Partha Banerjee in this month’s cover story.

Much is riding on the return to normalcy as far as the global economy goes, but economist Ashok Bardhan thinks policymakers have their work cut out. The trouble is, there are four strong forces in today’s global economy — globalization, free-market principles, democracy, and national policy independence — and they sometimes work at cross purposes. Bardhan calls it a quadrilemma.

It’s going to be like putting a square peg in a round hole. Ashok assesses the challenges policymakers will face as they try to nurse the global economy back to health. He asks, tongue-in-cheek: Can we eat our cake, have it too, and trade it in on the global markets?

Sometimes the best way to tell the truth is to tell a story. And that’s exactly what poet, folklorist and anthropologist Ved Prakash Vatuk does in a heartbreakingly poignant autobiographical tale based on his childhood.

Vatuk grew up in a village in western Uttar Pradesh near Meerut. In this touching reminiscence of his own childhood, written in the third person, he draws a vivid and affecting picture of a childhood spent in abject poverty but suffused with love and affection.

His story — we run the first of two installments in this month’s issue — offers a piercing glimpse at the bitter irony of living in a colonized nation, where his family had to suffer because some of its members — particularly his elder brother — chose to refuse to compromise on the principle of independence.


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COVER STORY
It’s Not Cricket!
From Sporting Art to Commodity

Hucksters have taken over cricketing bodies like BCCI and brought their art of zero-ethics profiteering to bear upon this once beautiful sport, writes Partha Banerjee.


ECONOMY
Downturn Quadrilemma:
Untenable Contradictions

Contradictory forces have posed policymakers with a daunting task as they grapple with a global economic crisis, writes Ashok Bardhan.


REMINISCENCE
Trip to the Fair:
Childhood Memories

Ved Prakash Vatuk writes of a childhood visit to a fair, the realization of an impossible dream due to the desperately poor circumstances of his childhood.


OTHER STORIES
EDITORIAL: Cricket and Lust for Lucre
NEWS DIARY: May
TRIBUTE: Farewell, Iqbal Bano
SUBCONTINENT: NRI Grooms Out of Favor
ACHIEVEMENT: Intel ISEF Award
THEATRE: From Dusk Until Dawn
BUSINESS: Real Estate Goes Green
SUBCONTINENT: Congress Rules
TRAVEL: Smoky Mountain National Park
AUTO REVIEW: Smart ForTwo
BOLLYWOOD: Film Review: 99
BOLLYWOOD: Guftugu
RECIPE: Kadhai Paneer
TAMIL CINEMA: Sarvam
COUTURE: Fashion for the Recessionista
CULTURE: Ramayana by Chhandam
PERFORMING ARTS: SF Ethnic Fest
COMMUNITY: News
INFOTECH INDIA: Briefs
HOROSCOPE: June



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