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IN Sports ON 18 Aug, 2016
There is no caste in Blood. Is that so? But for Indians, even talent, Olympic medals are compared by the caste. Such an irony it was that on the one hand we had reached Mars but on the contrary, we're still talking about taboos such as caste.
Many Indians don't want to admit it, but I'll say it: segregation is still around us. Sometimes by caste, And sometimes by color. Race in the 21st-century still divides us. But this time, it starts by the region. Incredulous! But true.
While PV Sindhu was sweating hard and pushing herself beyond her limits to get India a medal at the Rio Olympics, thousands of Indians according to Google statistics starts searching for her caste identity. Yes, this is India, my friend where caste is much more important than the medal.
People in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are claiming the champion shuttler as their 'ammayi' (girl, in Telugu). But I guess she is an Indian first. Isn't it? Why we feel so proud in calling our self by our region rather than our identity that is "Indian."
We looked up the Google Trends statistics for the term "PV Sindhu caste" and results were disappointing us. Check This Out!
PV Sindhu scripts history as she becomes the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal on Friday after going down to Carolina Marin of Spain.
Google suggestions are based on what people search. Ever talent requires caste in our Motherland. Such a shame!
The interest over the past seven days for the term "PV Sindhu Caste" peaked around the time she won her semi-finals and finals.
There has been a massive search for her caste in the last 24 hours.
PV Sindhu not only loses her match with Carolina Marin but she also loses her identity of being an 'Indian'.
In August, there were at least ten times more searches for her caste compared to July.