Hardik Pandya

The Lynching of Hard-dick Pandya

I am amused by the kind of shit that angers us Indians.

Our issues are such a beautiful, fluffy assortment of the most random shit, it’s almost cute. The latest being Hardik Pandya getting ‘called out’ for his statements on Coffee with Karan.

Yup, that’s the zenith of our intellectual journey, folks. It’s all downhill from here. Journalists and intellectuals were dissecting the terribly important talk that Hardik Pandya delivered on the show. Which was then picked up by news sites, who lurk around cyberspace like out-of-work dementors, sniffing for outrage.

They then splashed their ugly, ad-whore sites with articles and editorials on what he should and shouldn’t have said. Let me repeat that – what Hardik Pandya shouldn’t have said on Koffee with Karan! Kan you believe that shit? 

As a journalist, it makes me feel ashamed.

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Coffee with Karan (I hate spelling it out in its retarded original spelling) is a sleazy, silly show where the host gets his friends to reveal how many times they bang whom on which days of the week. Running through the show’s invitees will give you an idea into the depth of the show – Fardeen Khan, Zayed Khan, Rakhi Sawant and Himesh bhai. The tagline of the show is Stop Making Sense, not Aman Ki Asha. 

Are we really going to intellectualise that show? That bane on television shows in particular and intelligence in general? What next? A psychoanalytic conference on Sasuraal Simar Ka? The Freudian slant in Bhabiji Ghar Pe Hain? What the fuck is going on?

I am sick of the Political Correct nature of Indian media. They play this stern, moralistic hostel warden, running around and telling people what to think. He likes women and brags about his exploits – so what? If a woman did it, she would be hailed as a sexual revolutionary. And why do we expect every cricketer to behave like Bharat Ratna Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar?

And what gives these journalists the right to judge these people? Are they all perfect in thought, word, and action? Or assuming they become massively-followed millionaire celebrities tomorrow, will they all become perfect role models?

Role model.

That’s always the word thrown around, isn’t it? Cricketers are role models.

In fact, every fucking body is a role model in our country. Actors must be role models. Parents, teachers, elders, writers, their neighbours, the milkman – every goddamn person in this country needs to be a role model. I don’t get it.

Role model for kids, apparently.

Who are these kids learning life-lessons from Coffee with Karan, pray?

If that’s where you’re looking, I’m sorry but you’re a dumb fucking kid whose life is screwed, anyway. You might as well befriend your neighbourhood chemist and start taking Valium.  How long are we going to throw this dumb, carcass of a logic that people are affected by TV, films, and books?

It is this retarded logic that has led to our films coming with cuts and disclaimers. It’s the reason why television shows in India cater to the intelligence levels of orangutans.

People can be influenced by anything. Dayanand Saraswati saw a rat eat a laddoo and decided to eradicate the caste system from the country. Sanjay Gandhi traveled to Europe and got inspired to dump half a million people on the other side of the Yamuna overnight. How the fuck does it matter who gets influenced by what??

This politically correct nature of Indian media is (like most things) a rip-off the sickening PC culture in the West. Appallingly, we in India have way more important issue, that flipping out over what an actor said.

And why the fuck should Pandya apologise for his statements?

What is this culture of bullying someone for what they said? This is not very different from what right-wing online trolls do to people like Naseeruddin Shah. It was something he said, to a pointed question, on a talk show that is meant to be sleazy. He was not in the Lok Sabha, for fuck’s sake!

Till a decade ago, our popular culture had normalised stalking and following women. A lot of us English speaking urban people have moved beyond and called that out because we had access to education, exposure and there’s no other way to say it – privilege.

That’s the thing about PC culture. It consists of enlightened people who realised something about the world, and WHAM! They want everybody to fall in line, irrespective of their upbringing and roots.

Hardik Pandya studied till Class 9. In Surat.

He then moved to Baroda as a kid, playing cricket for schools and leagues till he and his brother earned money and fame for their family through their skill. He did this till he ranked among the 11 best cricketers in the country by the age of 22.

And now you expect him to become an exemplary citizen, a role model? Why the fuck, pray? Thanks to the outrage, BCCI has sent a showcause notice to him, and might ban cricketers from non-cricketing talk shows. Does that make you enlightened people happy? Does it give you dil chandan sa thandak? 

Hardik Pandya is 25 years old. He is paid to play cricket, that is what is expected from him. If we all were good enough to be in Top 11 in India in what we did, we wouldn’t have the time to outrage over such dumb shit.

Hardik Pandya isn’t paid enough to live up to your high moral standards. Nor is he morally obligated to be a role model for kids.

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Go ahead, Hardik Pandya. Win matches, party, date women, have fun. If only just to piss off these dumb, perennially angry people on Twitter!!

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24 thoughts on “The Lynching of Hard-dick Pandya

  1. Manisha

    Just because something is ‘supposed’ to be nonsense doesn’t give it the right to be offensive. He didn’t ask to be a role model, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be called out for being a jerk.

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  2. Ravi

    Exactly!
    Why aren’t people considering good things of his life?
    Not understanding what wrong he has even said. According to me he was very genuine and open. He even made a good point asking kids to study well. Nobody is talking on that. Just mentioning a few so called “Indian sensitive words” making him a bad boy.
    Well written Heart ♥!

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  3. Chittajit Mitra

    When a person enters public life then it is expected from them to act in a certain way that wouldn’t encourage any kind of negativity which exists in the society in a certain form because it acts as a catalyst. People do learn from famous people, that’s a fact & education literally has nothing to do basic sensibilities as we have seen even the so called “educated” people spew venom. Instead of punishing him & others along him, maybe it would be better to just explain to them somehow the responsibility that comes with fame.

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  4. Anonymous

    No one is asking Pandya to be a role model. But gloating over his conquests in terms of women and that too on National television is problematic. He isn’t a child. At 25 (even if he is not going to be a role model), he should know better than to think of women like that. One might argue that there are lots of others who think of women in the same manner as he does. But just because there exist bigger problems, doesn’t mean the smaller problems should be ignored. No one is asking for harsh punishment. But he should realize that the way he spoke about Black people (where he equates being Black with being creepy and predatory and hitting on women) and about women (specifically women at parties and cheerleaders) is not okay. It is attitude like this that leads to statements like ‘boys will be boys’ and ‘so what if he touched her, he did not mean anything by it’.

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  5. Ankita

    Yes. If only we could go back to the good ‘ol days. When men were free to catcall women, stare openly at young schoolgirls, follow them home. When it was acceptable to objectify girls and make lewd comments at/about ladies who dared to be in a bar. When it was ok to make sexist jokes at the office and you wouldn’t get reported to HR. C’est la vie amirite? Boys will be boys yeah? I’m so sorry. I’m sorry that we get “offended” by all this and that men are being held to higher standards now. I’m sorry we want our daughters to grow up in a better world than we did. I’m sorry that I wish we still had the likes of the Tendulkars and Dravids who understood that their fame comes with responsibility. Whether they like it or not. Unlike this dipshit. I’m so sorry that Pandya has to live in this “PC” world. It must be annoying to have to think before you speak or act. On a pretaped popular (unfortunately) show that you know will be broadcast to millions. Not being a creep is so hard ya!

    Look, I’m a fan of your blog. But I do not agree with you on this. It reads like male privilege whining. Thanks.

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  6. Pointless

    It’s sickening and amusing reading your post. Your intent was right, regarding cricketers are not necessarily role models, which is correct, as cricket is also a profession. Showboating your sexual achievements is nothing wrong, however equating women as chattel is by no means understandable, and here I am referring to the comment, “Jisko mila woh leke jao”. Now this is a huge problem, as you are being watched and followed by millions, so this chauvistic male attitude which is nonchalantly objectifying women is wrong. Yes, not everyone is a Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, but everyone can be expected to respect all genders and sex.

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  7. DontCareForIdols

    Hi Hriday! I got post banned on Facebook for 3 defending your article xD While I agree on almost all counts, I honestly wasn’t too thrilled with the flow and general aesthetic of the article. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good article. However, you could’ve added more substance to it in my opinion.

    I wanted to have an opinion piece of mine featured on The Print too but I dunno how to go about it. Please lend guidance.

    Kind regards

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  8. Mahavir

    Do understand the point you are trying to convey that every one can’t be moral and what do you expect of a talk show which basically is immoral.He has the right to say anything, but people will criticize him for his comments (freedom of criticism). I am not saying it is wrong or right, rather they will criticize him morally politically. Also I think (maybe I am wrong) that bcci does have a code of conduct and they may penalize him for the same. With the freedom of expression you got, people will critize you if you are wrong morally or politically (it would be more cause Pandya is at that level)

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  9. Charu

    I see the point of this write up. But some contradictions that I don’t know if the author noticed:
    “How long are we going to throw this dumb, carcass of a logic that people are affected by TV, films, and books?”
    And then:
    “Till a decade ago, our popular culture had normalised stalking and following women.”
    The popular culture doors include TV, film and books and it does shape and is shaped by societal standards. That’s a widely accepted academic fact.

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    1. Jagat

      I don’t see the contraction. Sure, he writes “Till a decade ago, our popular culture had normalised stalking and following women.” but he doesn’t say it formed, shaped, or influenced societal thinking.

      Or maybe I’m wrong….

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  10. Avishek

    I still don’t understand what KL Rahul is being blamed for? He literally said nothing controversial. As it is he can’t buy a run, leave him alone.

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    1. Hriday Ranjan Post author

      Good question. But why should anybody be role models in the first place? That is such a 19th century idea – one man living up to high moral standards as an example to the world, and people around him. It’s too much pressure, especially you’re a 25 year old.

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      1. Radha Sawana

        Why do you think it is a 19th century idea? Sure, you shouldn’t have 1 single maryada purushottam upholding an exemplary life for everyone – but there should be some role models, right?

        I grew up wanting a role model in the 21st. century. I first wanted to become a software engineer like Bill Gates, then a scientist like Abdul Kalam, found my leader in Aragorn, son of Arathorn and then I wanted to be a writer like J K Rowling. I look up to Elon Musk now, because, obviously. I know now that if I didn’t have someone to look up to, I wouldn’t know the possibilities that can be achieved with human intellect.

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        1. Hriday Ranjan Post author

          You’re confusing two issues here. It’s alright for you to be inspired by anybody. But tomorrow if Elon Musk does something that doesn’t align with your ideals, you can’t hold him responsible. He did not ask you to get inspired by his life. You chose to. The same is the case here. Being inspired by someone is different from Lynching someone because they need to be held responsible as a role model.

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    2. Jagat

      IMHO, the only (or at least most influential) role models are the ones we grow up with – parents, primarily. And even grandparents, in families that havent gone full-nuclear yet.

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  11. viswakanth

    When you are celebrity , people are so judgmental . Your observed from corner and angle . And you will be criticized for any action that will not please them in the name of religion , ethics, character , virtues.

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    1. Hriday Ranjan Post author

      Arey, bhai. I studied journalism, write columns for newspapers. Thoda seriously lo humein! 😀

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  12. Anonymous

    Why are people always so angry out here. He was having fun and he made us break into laughter. Real stuff.
    Nice blog/ article. Best wishes.

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    1. Mahavir

      Do understand the point you are trying to convey that every one can’t be moral and what do you expect of a talk show which basically is immoral.He has the right to say anything, but people will criticize him for his comments (freedom of criticism). I am not saying it is wrong or right, rather they will criticize him morally politically. Also I think (maybe I am wrong) that bcci does have a code of conduct and they may penalize him for the same. With the freedom of expression you got, people will critize you if you are wrong morally or politically (it would be more cause Pandya is at that level)

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