Das ka Dum with Dr Bhaskar Das | MS Dhoni was a lad from a non-metro like Ranchi rising to the #1. Ditto in the Indian media too. Where players like Dainik Bhaskar rule talk of the ‘unmetro’ phenomenon. Is it for real?

17 Aug,2020

Bhaskar DasPhew, we got back after the weekend, thinking we’ll start with an easy Q&A. But then with our Wizard with Words, the easier the question, the more philosophical the answer. Which is what we love. So here’s the August 17 edition of Das ka Dum with Dr Bhaskar Das. Read on…

 

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Q. MS Dhoni was a huge game-changer in Indian cricket. A lad from a non-metro like Ranchi rising to the #1. In many ways, that’s what has happened in the Indian media too. Where players like Dainik Bhaskar rule even talk of the ‘unmetro’ phenomenon. Are we making too much of this rise beyond the metros? Is it for real?

 

A. The underlying reason, to my mind, is democratisation of talent which is obviously geography-neutral. The metro-non-metro divide is an artificial construction, specially in the context of universalisation of human aspirations and Sanskritisation in society. Consequently, one can discern the facetiousness of the imaginary divide, as mentioned by you, in view of its empirical transgression in many fields of human pursuit.

 

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