The new Taliban regime in Afghanistan has decided to ban the telecast of IPL 2021 in their country due to the prospects of “anti-Islamic contents” being aired during the programme. The second leg of IPL started on Sunday, September 19 with an exciting clash between CSK and Mumbai Indians. Both the teams are the finest in the tournament and have multiple series victories to their credits. Mumbai Indians has secured the IPL trophy five times whereas Chennai Super Kings has done the same twice. CSK won yesterday’s game with a margin of 20 runs.
Coming back to Afghanistan, the country has been under Taliban regime for more than a month now. With raging humanitarian as well as economic crisis in Afghanistan, the Taliban regime has worsened the situation of the country. Their recent declaration about the ban on IPL telecast is a premiere example of their regime’s controlling nature.
Top cricketers of Afghanistan, like Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi are still participating in the event.
What is “anti-Islamic” in the books of Taliban:
According to a tweet sent out by M Ibrahim Momand, the IPL will not telecast in Afghanistan due to the possibility of anti-Islamic content(s) being aired. Going by the tweet, dancing cheerleaders and women with barred hair in the stands is what the regime considers to be “anti-Islamic”.
Apart from this, Taliban also considers any act or source of entertainment like TV or Music to be unacceptable by the Islamic law. Women going outside unaccompanied by a male relative is also against the Taliban ideologies. Taliban administration has forced women employees to quit their jobs as it is against their ideologies to provide job opportunities to females.
Origins of Taliban:
The ideology of Taliban is inspired by Deobandi Islam which originated in India during the British-Raj. Deoband is a small town about 100 miles north of Delhi. Darum Uloom Deoband Seminary was founded in 1866 in India. The sole purpose of the seminary was to remind the muslim youth of India of the core Islamic principals. This movement came to be known as Deobandi Islam. It later fanned out across South Asia. The members of the movement formed Muslim schools, seminaries and Madrassas particularly in Pak-Afghan border. The founer of Taliban, Mullah Mohammad Omar graduated from a Deboandi Seminary in Pakistan. However, the Deobandi Islam clerics in India have always distanced themselves from the Taliban.
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