Positions, skills and Caste proportion : A comment
Alex from Australia writes to Atrocitynews:
I am an Australian, for some reason some of you may think that just because this article has been written by an Australian journalist that all Australians agree with his opinion. This is in reference to Uday Bhan and I am offended by your comments!!! It is true however that the majority of Australians would have no idea about how the caste system works, so here lies some of the problems. obviously there is no caste system in Australia and caste is not the same thing as class. To most Australians the notion of caste is abhorent, in that your circumstances are determined form birth and that you cant change your caste.
However I think that from an Australian perspective that the team should be selected based on talent and ability alone. I live in Lauceston the town where Ricky Ponting grew up and I can assure you that it is far from an elitist town. Glenn McGrath another player who lived out of a caravan in his early club cricket days.
According to my research the Brahman makes up around 4% of the indian population, but according to most sources makes up at least 50% of the selected players. My problem is not with the Brahman caste, but why so few of the Shudra, and partucularly the Datlits have been selected. Sure there have been a few individual cases for example Vinod Kambli, but for the most there seems to have been only one other Dalit selected being Balwanth Paloo. My question is to anyone who whishes to answer this question:
Surely the Indian team should be picked on talent and ability alone, why then have been very few Dalits selected? Is it because the don’t have the same ability as those of the Brahman and upper castes, or are there other influences that determine this.
I indeed have not written this to cause offence, rather to open up this debate. If I have offended in anyway I appologise for any offence caused.
Thanks Alex, may this open up a constructive dialoguefor fair “Indian Super 11 team of upper caste Cricket” !
Khub Manao Diwali !
Khub Khelo Cricket,
Caste India WINs always!
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