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    Mandira Bedi’s inspiring journey in facing deep-rooted sexism while hosting iconic cricket shows


    As an experienced TV host, Mandira Bedi was excited to take on the high-profile role of anchoring the Cup telecasts in 2003. However, in a recent interview, she recalled facing immense challenges due to the deeply entrenched sexism in the sport.

    Bedi spoke about how the expert panelists, who were former legendary cricketers, found it difficult to adjust to a woman on the panel for the first time. Despite having ample experience hosting various shows, she would aim thoughtful questions to prompt insightful discussions but they failed to acknowledge her even making eye contact.

    Feeling utterly demoralized after every episode, Bedi would break down in tears as nobody offered any encouragement. Things came to a head after a week when the channel intervened, affirming their belief in her talents. They nudged her to lighten the stiff discussions and stand up for answering her queries clearly on-air.

    From that low point, Bedi emerged stronger with improved cooperation. In a heartwarming affirmation, the legendary Tiger Pataudi later commended her growing fame. She continued hosting many acclaimed cricket tournaments over the following years, helping reshape dynamics.

    Bedi's courage in overcoming entrenched biases serves as an inspiration. While progress remains ongoing, her story highlights how empowered individuals can help shift regressive mindsets through perseverance.

    The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.

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