Great Indian Middle class?
STOP!!! Have heard enough, have had enough media attention on the 250 million people who would fall into this category!
The trend now is to try an associate oneself as much close to middle class, if unable to unearth middle class upbringings(media stereotyped!),the way they went to school in an rickshaw,how their parents tried to make both the ends meet,how a teacher who punished him now is showering praises(what is the middle class connection?) …typical stories, nothing short of being called cliches…..
Indian cricketers have joined the gang of middle class wannabes,(or wannabes from middle class). Be it a Dhoni, Harbhajan, or a Sreesanth and a lot of others, the story they try weaving and selling is similar. The media is hand in glove with them, by dishing out trash on the telly. (Was fortunate to dwell into the lives, oops MIDDLE class roots of our cricketers, courtesey CNN IBN) and print (No points for guessing who does the worst show, Malayala Manorama!! which has become a window for the Malayalees across the globe in telling what is Sreesanth’s mom making for dinner, when did she buy her new silk saree to bring in good luck to her “Gopu Mon” and how her son used to go to temples and churches as a kid).
The media keeps telling us that these guys did not have Shivaji Park to play cricket when they were young. So?? And please stop showing me the ground they practiced cricket as a kid! the neighborhood windows that gave way to their sixers……all signs of small town middle class life, sigh!!!
A sign of nation developing? Yes, I would say…
Like the movies of yesteryears where the protagonists enacted a rags to riches story, its no longer the rags to riches that sells. Its the Indian Middle class that is selling like hot cakes.Everybody wants to be part of it,somehow. Thats were the support comes from ,even though they form jus a quarter of the population….
Final question, is Dhoni going to enter politics? Seemingly possible, I would say. The way he addressed the Mumbai crowd recently, had all the ingredients of a future politician.Who knows, this ‘small town” guy could be the next to address UN on How Cricket can usher in peace or be an MLA from Jharkhand atleast…
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