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Cricket and Communism

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This is just classic.

Chappell does not understand the nuances of democracy.

Indian Communist MP (yes, a communist banging on about democracy is a bit rich) Gurudas Dasgupta gets hot under the collar after Greg Chappell, reacting to news that his coaching role (of the Indian test team) was being discussed in parliament, said:

They are entitled to make any comment they like … that’s what they are paid to do in parliament.

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Written by Admin

December 7, 2006 at 5:34 pm

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  1. Not really fair. India is a vibrant democracy an the Indian Communist party has coexisted with that system for a long time.
    I remember reading in the past that when they won control of one State many years ago, they actually launched an all out bid for foreign investment and were quite capitalistic in practice. Though Sukrit can correct me if I’m wrong.

    When you have the Indian Congress party made up of Nehru-ites still clinging to an outmoded Fabianism they learnt at the LSE, the Indian Communists aren’t that much worse.

    Jason Soon

    December 7, 2006 at 5:55 pm

  2. Mind you, it didn’t stop Dasgupta speaking shit. Maybe some of them are more communist than others, although India always manages to find interesting ways of doing things.

    skepticlawyer

    December 7, 2006 at 6:02 pm

  3. SL, which Dasgupta are you referring to and what did he or she say? As an economist, the Dasgupta that comes immediately to mind is Partha Dasgupta. He is a very good economist and has written a lot of very intellgent stuff. He is currently the Frank Ramsey Professor of Economics at Cambridge University.

    Damien Eldridge

    December 7, 2006 at 6:40 pm

  4. Sorry SL, I just noticed that you identified the Dasgipta you are referring to in the post. I should have read the post more carefully!!!

    Damien Eldridge

    December 7, 2006 at 6:49 pm

  5. It’s some Communist Party dude, Damien, not the guy you’re thinking of. In any case I’m waiting for Sukrit to come over here and kick all our butts.

    skepticlawyer

    December 7, 2006 at 7:09 pm

  6. I guess an occassional butt-kicking is good for the soul?!!!

    Damien Eldridge

    December 7, 2006 at 7:19 pm

  7. Exactly, as England just showed at the Adelaide Oval!

    skepticlawyer

    December 7, 2006 at 7:27 pm

  8. Damien – you suggesting that Sir Partha is not a commie?

    Sinclair Davidson

    December 7, 2006 at 7:49 pm

  9. Jase, the State is West Bengal and that is a recent buit pleasant development.

    Just ask yourself would Hin doo that?

    Bring Back CL's Blog

    December 8, 2006 at 12:25 pm

  10. CLR James was a commie who wrote one of the great cricket history books “Beyond a Boundary”.

    http://www.thecore.nus.edu.sg/post/poldiscourse/james/james1.html

    Still, I prefer my account of the role of market forces in the progress of cricket from the village green to the international arena.

    http://www.the-rathouse.com/Revivalist4/cricketessay.html

    Rafe Champion

    December 8, 2006 at 2:21 pm

  11. I read Beyond a Boundary while I was living in the UK. It’s an interesting read, as much for the insight it provides into West Indian culture as anything else. The politics gets a bit turgid, but fortunately he didn’t overdo it.

    skepticlawyer

    December 8, 2006 at 2:26 pm

  12. another to write a good book on Cricket was former Jamaican PM firebrand Michael Manley.

    Wasn’t Robespierre that said how could one expect a revolution in England where the Lords played cricket with the serfs on the village green!

    Bring Back CL's Blog

    December 8, 2006 at 2:27 pm


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