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!