Archive for January 8th, 2008

Tim de Lisle has a piece in Cricinfo where he says that sledging without an obvious skin-colour dimension is often as offensive as racial sledging. I agree. However, his solution to the conundrum is to ban all sledging. Mine, as I wrote yesterday, is to allow it.

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In keeping with the flavour of our times, a case has been filed against Sania Mirza for insulting the national flag. In the words of the petitioner, Sania “forgot where her feet were” and also did not remember “the value of the tricolour in the heart of Indians”.

I do not begrudge the petitioner. In going to court he merely exercised a fundamental right, one that is rightly granted to all citizens – even those with lots of time and little sense. My beef is with the judge. Why did he accept this frivolous case?

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