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Cricket; who knew it could be so boring?. THESIS. Needs to address a relationship between cricket and politics Politics defined very broadly

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  • Needs to address a relationship between cricket and politics
  • Politics defined very broadly
  • Needs to be at least that there is a positive and negative effect on politics, and anything more than that (can’t just be “there is a relationship between cricket and politics”)
thesis that works
Thesis that works…
  • Throughout its interaction with Indian politics from 1880 to 2005, cricket has served as both a unifying force between different political groups and also has divided political groups during periods of power struggle and political differences, as well as creating strong bonds between countries.
another thesis that works
Another thesis that works…
  • When we consider the relations between cricket and politics in South Asia from 1880 to 2005, we see in these documents that cricket could be used as a tool to unite people politically. We also see that it could be used to divide and separate people politically. Finally, we see cricket able to improve people, and improve political relations through sportsmanlike behavior.
close but doesn t work
Close, but doesn’t work…
  • These documents describe various relations of cricket, politics and social influence in India. A lot of this is regarding their caste system and British integration.
understands basic meaning of documents
Understands basic meaning of documents
  • Need to address ALL docs
    • ONE may be used incorrectly
  • Need to show UNDERSTANDING of all but one document
    • Includes paraphrasing
    • Includes using correctly in a group
    • DOES NOT INCLUDE QUOTING (if all you do is quote from a document, it will not get credit for “understanding,” only addressing)
understanding all docs
Understanding all docs
  • Cricket showed that there was a common ground between the British and the Indian and Muslim populations as seen in Documents 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 10 [although 4 wouldn’t count here for understanding]… Document 4…shows a bridging of social and political gaps by showing a lower class bowler playing with higher caste people [also counts as evidence]… The game of cricket between 1880 and 2005 has also shown the very fiery and intense views of different religions in India which also affected the politics heavily as seen in documents 1, 7, 8 and 9.
document 3 7
Document 3 & 7
  • Many people just used words from the docs directly, which DOESN’T count for understanding; need to be your own words as much as possible.
  • “In document 3, Cecil Headlam says that cricket unites the ruler and the ruled.”
  • “Document 7 shows how the Quadrangular Tournament degenerated into religious rivalry.”
supports thesis with appropriate evidence
Supports Thesis with Appropriate Evidence
  • “SHOWS”
  • Something that connects the content of the document with the grouping/thesis/PROMPT (relationship between cricket and politics)
  • Bizarrely, doesn’t have to directly support the group, or even the thesis (can support a “hypothetical thesis”), but won’t count towards a group (more on that in a second
  • Your readers are TRYING to give you these points
  • Document 4 is about Hindu high caste players who let in a low caste member into their team. Because they judged the player merely on his playing abilty and spirit, rather than his caste, it shows how the people cast political differences aside for the sake of the sport and are more unified.
  • Document 10 is written by a Pakistani cricket official, talking about cricket in the countries [doesn’t count as understanding—but already had understanding from the topic sentence/grouping]. It shows how cricket unifies Indians and Pakistani through a shared love of the sport.
not quite evidence
Not quite evidence…
  • Document 10 represents how Indian culture is deep rooted in the history and emotion of cricket. It is important to consider how Doc 10 was written over a hundred years after British rule in India, and the sentiments of cricket’s roots in Indian society and the hands of foreign imperialists still remain, unmoving.
  • Document 3 written by an English cricketeersays [might get credit with “shows”] that cricket allows for people to come together for a common cause. (no analysis follows)
also not quite evidence
Also not quite evidence…
  • Document 7 shows a different opinion towards this. It said that they shouldn’t have one certain religion per team, and that playing like that could cause tension or rivalries.
  • Documents 7 and 8 discussed the quadrangular tournament, and show that there was religious division spurred along by cricket.
analyzes pov in 2 docs
Analyzes POV in 2 docs
  • High bar
  • Needs to connect background of the author with his/her stance on the issues mentioned in the document, AS THEY RELATE TO THE PROMPT
  • “BECAUSE” is a key word
  • Your readers are likely to not give you this point if you’re close (as opposed to evidence)
  • The London newspaper may have written so highly of Prince Ranjitsinhji because he is a Prince or because he is actually a talented cricket player and they want him to join more English teams.
  • Cecil Headlam may believe that cricket is a form of positive English colonization because he is English himself.
  • [Doc 8] Because Gandhi was a protector of unity, the fact that he doesn’t like this tournament shows that he doesn’t think it is unifying, instead, he thinks it is divisive.
  • [Doc 5] is written from a Muslim standpoint, however, so it is possible that since the Muslims are the minority in South Asia, they might be more hopeful for unity between Islam and Hindusim [through cricket].
not quite pov
Not quite POV…
  • As a Muslim, he would believe this because he believes his Muslim religion is superior and should be rejoiced.
    • Needs to connect to politics
  • As a Hindu, he probably just feels that everyone in India should be upset about losing to Pakistan because it is a Muslim state.
    • Doesn’t go far enough
  • Documents have to back up the groupings (doesn’t work to just list documents that don’t necessarily match up, and then go in a different direction with them)
  • Need to relate to the prompt
grouping that works
Grouping that works
  • Cricket served as a unifying force between political groups throughout the more stable periods of Indian history from the 1880s to 2005, as shown in documents 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10.
  • Other potential groups: Brings castes together, brings different nationalities together, strengthens nationalism, divides religions, brings India and England together, enforces sense of British superiority
grouping that doesn t quite work
Grouping that doesn’t quite work…
  • Documents 1, 2 and 6 describe the unfair nature of British Indian cricket matches… Document 1 is a letter from disgruntled English players whose practice field is constantly destroyed. Document 2 describes that teams are built to give Indians an unrealistic sense of hope against purposefully weaker teams. An Indian nationalist discusses the pride felt in winning matches in document 6 because even though he claims it to be “an even field,” the verbal abuses and derogatory terms yelled by the British during the games is something they wouldn’t dare yell back.
additional doc
Additional Doc
  • Highest bar
  • Has to relate to prompt
  • Has to be something you don’t have
  • Has to explain WHY this document would be useful in great detail (can’t just be because you “don’t have this perspective”)
additional document
Additional Document
  • In order to further analyze the relationship between cricket and politics in South Asia, I would need an additional document, preferably written by an Indian Parsi regarding the role of cricket. While it is obvious the rivalries between Hindus and Muslims, the role of the Parsis is relatively unknown. While the Parsis were briefly mentioned as competitors in Document 5, it would be interesting to be able to read how their religious ideals changed or stayed the same when facing cricket and imperial rule, and whether or not they felt more competitive or more unified with other religions while playing cricket.
additional document1
Additional Document
  • It would be helpful to have newspaper articles written in WWI about Indian vs. English cricket matches as well as in the WWII period so we could see how the Indians reacted during those periods of anti-British sentiment. If there were stories of aggression between them on the cricket pitch, it could show how cricket was a way for the two groups to vent their frustrations upon each other.
additional document2
Additional Document
  • An additional document written from when cricket was first introduced to India and by a political leader would be helpful to analyze whether cricket eventually created more division or unity among the Indian people by the reaction of the leader to cricket.
additional docs that don t work
Additional Docs that don’t work
  • It could also be helpful to see a graph that shows the number of people that played cricket from 1880-2005.
  • A key document that is lacking is a personal account from an Indian cricketer detailing the effect of cricket internally.
  • It would be nice to have a view of an outsider (someone who is not British or Pakistani or Indian) because they would provide an unbiased view.