Obstinacy won

Shifting the IPL abroad is tantamount to betrayal of the state,government and people.

Written by The Indian Express | Published: March 28, 2009 10:43 pm

Shifting the IPL abroad is tantamount to betrayal of the state,government and people. Was it so difficult to postpone the tournament by a few weeks? Lok Sabha elections would certainly weigh more than cricket,but an alternative could have been worked out. Lalit Modi’s obstinacy has damaged India’s image and disappointed millions of cricket lovers across the country. Things will come to a standstill because of the elections,but life wouldn’t end nor would spectator enthusiasm subside if the IPL were postponed.

— Raghu Seshadri


Done in haste

The decision about the IPL was taken in undue haste. Even the Union home minister’s advice was ignored. This highlights the BCCI’s arrogance and egotism. Moreover,its decision to take the tournament outside the country,without consulting the players,shows its apathy towards everybody and everything that isn’t in its own direct interest. Does this not display greed on the IPL establishment’s part?

— Dilbag Rai


Grave consequences

It’s difficult to believe that the IPL’s removal was “unavoidable”,as the decision was not driven by an emergency. It was a simple matter,needing just changes of dates. But this has been allowed to snowball into an issue involving national prestige,which undoubtedly questions the country’s security capabilities. This has prompted foreign governments to issue travel advisories: India is being deemed unsafe for tourists because it can’t hold its own domestic cricket league. If quick remedial measures are not taken,foreign investors may soon start looking for safer havens.

— Ved Guliani


Blueprint that isn’t

Even after 60 years of independence,we are incapable of simplifying the rules of procedure for speedy disposal of cases. It is not impossible for India’s renowned intellectuals,acclaimed scholars and social scientists to combine their efforts towards working out a meaningful blueprint for addressing this bane of Indian jurisprudence. Or,even evolve our own set of laws,to suit our needs,and bid farewell to laws inherited from the Raj.

— Byndoor Vasu


Reflections on ballot

In 1977,I was younger,fitter and better capable of voting. Back then,people were fed up with the Emergency and many of us believed that a new government would be an antidote to our ills. However,I didn’t vote in the end and wasn’t disappointed: the unfolding events were distressing. No one was interested in the welfare of ordinary people. The rich got richer,and the poor,poorer. Politics by then had firmly become an instrument of wealth and power. Now,32 years later,things have gone from bad to worse — one look at the shifting party allegiances and reformations of alliances confirms that notion. Does the poor man’s vote really count any more?

— Indrajit Shah


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