PV Sindhu has managed to become the first and the second Indian to win two individual medals at the Olympics. With her immense success, it is pertinent that people on the internet start searching more about her. The search, however, might have a misguided trajectory.
On Google, “PV Sindhu caste” became one of the most searched topics about the athlete. On Sunday, Sindhu beat China’s He Bingjiao 21-13, 21-15 to win a bronze medal at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics Games. Sindhu also became only the fourth female shuttler in all of Olympic history to win medals in back-to-back Games.
She fought like a tiger and won against Bingjiao in 53 minutes. After her win, Sindhu said she was not sure if she should be happy about the bronze or be sad about the missed opportunity of another final but in the end, she felt she did really well.
Indians seem to agree with the last bit, but true to character, some of them couldn’t rein themselves in when it came to their inherent casteism. One of the most searched topics following her win, for the term ‘Pv Sindhu’ was her ‘caste.’ The term witnessed a 700% increase in searches.
On August 1st and 2nd respectively, the following is how Indians’ interest in Sindhu’s caste played out. The screengrab is for the search term “PV Sindhu caste” when the interest over time peaked.
Most of the searches for PV Sindhu’s caste came from states such as Telangana, Haryana, UP, Bihar, Delhi, and Rajasthan.