• 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 Modis obstinacy has damaged Indias image and disappointed millions of cricket lovers across the country. Things will come to a standstill because of the elections,but life wouldnt end nor would spectator enthusiasm subside if the IPL were postponed.
Done in haste
• The decision about the IPL was taken in undue haste. Even the Union home ministers advice was ignored. This highlights the BCCIs 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 isnt in its own direct interest. Does this not display greed on the IPL establishments part?
• Its difficult to believe that the IPLs 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 countrys security capabilities. This has prompted foreign governments to issue travel advisories: India is being deemed unsafe for tourists because it cant hold its own domestic cricket league. If quick remedial measures are not taken,foreign investors may soon start looking for safer havens.
Blueprint that isnt
• 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 Indias 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.
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 didnt vote in the end and wasnt 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 mans vote really count any more?
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