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Fraught mascot

The pin was vulgar beyond words — a grinning UC Berkeley bear, bent over what is meant to be an Indian, a half-clothed, black-braided man whose blobby shape resembles a Dino nugget. This wasn’t vintage memorabilia, someone’s token from their college days back in the 60s when Stanford’s mascot was still the Indian. This shiny…

Every leaderboard has a story

May 5, 2016: “Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri takes early lead with 66 at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow.” It seemed almost unprecedented to read something of this sort. For a country where a single sport – cricket – is not just a norm but almost as preached as religion, this headline seems quite…