In India, cricket is more than simply a game; it’s a love that permeates the blood of millions of cricket fans nationwide. BCCI is symbolically flying the flag that represents the colonial past. And now, after so many years, people are questioning it. The BCCI logo is adapted from the Star of India insignia. Sridhar Acharyulu, the information commissioner, once claimed that the British Raj created the emblem in 1928.
India’s Colonial Association to Cricket
The British brought cricket to India during the colonial era, and the upper class took to it immediately. The Indian National Cricket Team played its first Test match in 1932 and defeated England in 1952 to claim its first Test victory. Cricket became a national fixation in India after the country’s 1947 declaration of independence.
Why is India Still Using the Logo representing the Colonial Past?
The questions are among five such queries on which the transparency panel has sought an explanation from these authorities. Why is the Indian cricket team still using a BCCI logo resembling the ‘Star of India’ honour the British gave to their favourite princes in colonial times? Why does the government not change the logo to a truly Indian symbol with either the tricolour, four lions, Ashoka’s Dharm Chakra, or any other decided by it? Did anyone notice that the BCCI is still “symbolically,” upholding this colonial past and that our team continues to fly this flag?, the information commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu ruled in response to an activist named Subhash Agrawal. These questions were among the many posed by the Central Information Commission (CIC) to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the ministries of sports and law. The BCCI logo is adapted from the Star of India insignia.
BCCI is symbolically flying the flag that represents the colonial past. And now, after so many years, people are questioning it. The Commission has also asked the authorities to explain why the government is not bringing the Board of Control for Cricket of India (BCCI) under the RTI Act despite saying so in a Lok Sabha response.
BCCI’s logo is derived from ‘Star of India’. According to Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu, BCCI’s logo was designed by the British Raj in 1928. It is 90% similar to the Star of India sign. The BCCI’s logo, according to the Commission, is a representation of the order’s star on the mantle of the British Raj. “To strengthen its control over India after the First War of Indian Independence in 1857, the British Crown established a new order of knighthood to recognise obedient Indian kings. After 1948, it was no longer such awards presented.