Sachin Tendulkar's visit to the Kukke Subramanya temple in Sullia taluk of Dakshina Kannada district has generated tonnes of publicity both for the cricket diety and the real one. Pictures of Sachin and his wife Anjali, and his brothers Ajit Tendulkar and Nitin Tendulkar, doing the various poojas associated with the two-day 'sarpa samskara' to overcome the naga dosha that he reportedly has, have dominated the front pages of newspapers and the air waves.
Admittedly, cricketers are intensely superstitious. Admittedly, it is Sachin's personal decision to do the poojas. And admittedly, every individual is entitled to his or her own religious beliefs.
Still, is such superstition such a good thing in this day and age? Is it such a good thing for such a superstar to unwittingly contribute to such superstition? If the curse of somebody in his family having killed a cobra did not prevent him from scoring 25,000 international runs, why should he feel it now? Or is it all a fault of the media for giving a private pooja so much publicity? And is a scientific temper something that will always elude us despite our avowed secularism?