There are a few endearing sights that one can recall from the first week of the ongoing Indian Premier League. All of them are from the field of play:
- Ricky Ponting and Ishant Sharma celebrating the fall of Rahul Dravid’s wicket
- Ricky Ponting running up to Ishant Sharma to give him advise
- Rahul Dravid & Co. running on to the ground to celebrate their win over Mumbai
- Andrew Symonds smacking Shane Warne out of the ground for massive sixes
- Shane Warne smacking Andrew Symonds out of the ground for massive sixes. And winning the match
- Harbhajan Singh trying his very best to win for Mumbai
With the passage of time, the list shall grow. And there will be some that shall remain etched in our minds forever, while other shall fade away with the passage of time. One memory, though, from the field that will remain forever etched is the variety of cheerleaders seen thus far. Take a look:
So these ladies whose sole purpose is to ‘cheer’ the team on and ensure that they keep their spirits high are now being considered lascivious and potentially damaging to the ever-weakening Indian sensibility. Yes, we can handle corruption, murders, corrupt leaders, bad infrastructure, hunger, but not skimpily clad women dancing on a cricket field. If skimpily clad women dance on TV or in the movies, it’s all right. They are perhaps considered ‘out of reach’ and hence, not a danger. Whatever that may mean! But the cheerleaders are physically present there. Just a few feet away from the spectators. In flesh and blood. In too much flesh, according to most moral police.
I for one think they are not just dangerous, but potentially spies. Who knows that they aren’t here to spy on India’s nuclear programme or the way our cricketers make money? They could go back, report it to their bosses in Washington (ever thought why the Washington Redskins cheerleaders made it here?) and put a permanent stop to outsourcing (apparently, their presence indicates ‘reverse outsourcing’). Maybe even sell our nuclear secrets to Iran and North Korea.
Are you with me? Do you get what I’m saying? No? But why? It makes just as much sense as the reason for disallowing them anymore, in Mumbai at least. No?
Btw, writing in the Guardian, Randeep Ramesh has this to identify India and the cheerleaders’ plight with:
There is little doubt of the stir that the cheerleaders have caused in the country where a Muslim female tennis star, Sania Mirza, was criticised for playing in short skirts and where actor Richard Gere caused a storm of protest by publicly kissing Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty.