Monday

Once upon a time there was a sport called cricket

India is in the throes of an election that will possibly throw up a crazy alliance governement; our political leadership has been fraught with social and communal tensions and the meltdown of the economy has not helped either. Add to that the continuing suspense over whether the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament will happen or not (The IPL has now been shifted outside India). Its a B grade thriller that has captured the interest of masses who look upon this incident in India and wonder in their minds, once again, what will it take politicians to do their jobs instead of interfering in territories best left alone like sports. But the likes of Jaitley or Pawar are already well entrenched into cricket and there is no getting away from the fact where there is money (and most certainly there is lots of cash in cricket)- politicians will be scripting their Swiss account maths!

The IPL symbolizes the bright and brash, mixing India’s great sporting passion and Bollywood’s glamour, topped with lashings of money. Enter: The Politics of politicians and powerful lobbies who will jostle to topple anything as long as their currency is not being held ransom!

Cricket is only a game and entertains you for 4 hours. Many of us understand that. Didn't The IPL organizers know that there will be the Lok Sabha Elections in April, May months of 2009, as the current government is completing their 5 years term. They should have planned it accordingly. Now the organizers are putting all the blame on the central govt. The real culprits are IPL organizers and not the central govt. Who don't keep cognizance of certain basic calendar of events before planning a tournament! I mean is that dumb or is that dumb! And this pathetic story hogs the media headlines?! Do we have better things to do during an election phase?

IPL should not be considered as a sports event.. it is entertainment galore. In addition it also is a money making machine to earn a lot of cash at the expense of manhours of India. A question some leaders should be (instead) asking - can this money find better use for advancing the nation instead...

Smart folks know it is the Politics of money and self interest that has compelled the decision of taking IPL out of India. I am a huge cricket enthusiast but I frankly don't care if IPL going out of India was about security or politics. The glaring shocker for me is during an election season the IPL needn't have participated or precipitated another row within the warring political parties - because instead of debating national issues of governance our politicians are in a full blown war of words (over cricket) over matters that are not in the interest of the nations development !For crying out loud, when will we as The people hold these political parties responsible for debating issues that shld constitute election agendas?!?

Surely India deserves better!And that can happen only if we as The people seek answers from these politicians and not allow them to hijack our country's voice, over petty politics and cash! The Electorate needs to differentiate between politics and devious capitalistic looters in sports!

9 comments:

Jim said...

Whats the name of this game today? BLAME GAME ofcourse!

melinda said...

These jerks called politicians really think we are brainless idiots who cant see beyond what they feed us! I mean using public media to have press conferences to take your bytes nationally when thr are larger issues waiting to be tabled forever!

In what seems to be a sudden surge in politicisation of the Twenty20 circus, anti-incumbent political parties, through BJP’s verbal attack, and the Centre, through Chidambaram’s counter-attack, seem to have turned the cricket carnival into a poll plank.

Anon said...

A small example of how these cricket clubs and heros ride rough shod!

After a storm of protest erupted at an Open House meeting held prior to the EOGM at CCI, where members booed various executive committee speakers, demanded greater transparency, shouting for the committee to resign, saying that they would refuse to accede to IPL terms and stay out of their own clubhouse, the EOGM was cancelled.

In a club member s words "Look at the broader picture, it was not just about IPL matches. The executive committee wanted us to vote in favour of amending a by-law 145 which would give them the power to restrain us from using the clubhouse or other facilities at other times too. This is why we wanted to curb the amendment to the by-law 145." Badal Mittal, president CCI disagrees, saying, "My intention was to bring big cricket to the Brabourne, only that. This is a cricket club, it is all about cricket."

How much more evidence do we want to know the politicization of cricket happened long ago? Its only coming to light now!

Anon said...

The IPL fracas - ridiculous brouhaha over nothing! There was no need for the government to take such a stubborn stance, but at the same time, the organizers could also have shown some flexibility on dates - particularly since the upcoming General Elections were hardly the best-kept secret and everyone knew when they would be happening! The standoff has created a situation where we've actually brought ourselves down to the level of Pakistan - something that we are such experts at doing in all fields anyway! Sangeeta

ashish said...

cricket has a huge draw here, all will be forgotten soon n people will be glued to their tv sets before u know it. so who is the wiser? the public isn't most definitely! and they will never learn! the suckers!

sheila said...

Its such a shame that India cannot raise its voice or see beyond what is fed to them! When will the public get wiser?!

gita said...

IPL in the name of cricket is the biggest sham going around, and it is indeed frustrating seeing masses in this populous country go ga ga over this sham! embarrassing!

Shweta said...

My heartfelt advise to you Mee, dont waste your emotions on this. Thr are far more well desrving issues you can spend yourself on. If the people of the country do not know what is good for them then they desrve what they get

sanjiv said...

ipl in south africa, a smug lalit modi, a more smugger sharad pawar, a harrowed chidambaram with security issues during the elections, this debate is not over by a long shot