It’s not often that an Indian cricketer is linked with casteism, especially not at all common with somebody of the stature of ‘GOD’. Yes, Sachin Tendulkar has been accused of displaying a casteist mindset as he was seen wearing the Janue, a sacred thread that denotes someone of being from Brahmin caste.
It happened when the 47-year-old Tendulkar, who is at home in Mumbai posted a picture of himself sitting on a stool in front of a mandir and performing Aarti to Lord Ganesha. He captioned the picture in Marathi, wishing a Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to all. In that picture, Sachin was seen wearing a white Janeu over his red kurta.
Taking the issue to Twitter, one user by the name of Sankul wrote, “Sachin Tendulkar proudly flaunting his janeu, a thread worn by Brahmins to symbolize their caste supremacy. It’s 2020, how is it still normal to take pride in one’s caste? Would you ever see a German sports star wearing a Nazi symbol or an American wearing a KKK mask? Exactly!”
Sachin Tendulkar proudly flaunting his janeu, a thread worn by Brahmins to symbolize their caste supremacy. It’s 2020, how is it still normal to take pride in one’s caste? Would you ever see a German sports star wearing a Nazi symbol or an American wearing a KKK mask? Exactly! pic.twitter.com/3zsUjzeDwr
— Sankul (@s3nkul) August 23, 2020
Few other users also pointed out patriarchy in the sense that his wife Anjali was sitting on the floor while Sachin himself was sitting on a stool.
Casteism and the Indian Cricket
Off late many Indians cricketers have been accused of casteism. Recently, former middle-order batsman, Subramaniam Badrinath was also accused of casteism for showing off his Janeu and propagating the learning of Sanskrit.
Apart from him, former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh had to issue an apology for referring to Yuzvendra Chahal as Bhangi, another casteist slur in colloquial terms. Ravindra Jadeja has always been criticized for using the term “Rajput Boy”.