March 25, 2009 11:24:39 pm
The IPL debate
•The BCCIs arrogance may destroy the healthy atmosphere cricket is played in,in India (IPL (Politics),IE,March 24). Cricket cannot be given precedence over general elections. But then,there was no need to take the IPL out of the country. Indian cricket administrators have been difficult,but this time theyve exceeded their earlier stubbornness. The BCCI is not only ruining Indias image abroad but also causing the country a financial loss. The less said about their regard for the spectator,the better.
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•The hard-hitting editorial Cricket hijacked (IE,March 23) and the article We,the spectators (IE,March 24) should have served as the eye-opener for the BCCI and the Union government. When Lalit Modi made the whole issue a point of prestige,whose prestige did he have in mind? Certainly not the players,nor the spectators.
Bidyut K. Chatterjee
•This refers to the editorial Cricket hijacked. Shifting the IPL out of India is welcome. We have long been entertained by the myth that cricket is religion in South Asia. The transfer of the IPL will now help deconstruct that false notion. Indias biggest religion is democracy itself.
•Despite crickets popularity in India,it cant be allowed to interfere with the general elections. However,the organisers are to blame for the embarrassment. Everybody knew that April-May would be time for the polls. The organisers could have,with or without the Lahore attack,chosen a different timetable beforehand.
•Although the IPLs departure is a big loss for the Indian cricket fan it cant be ignored that,at the moment,its more important to hold the IPL rather than debate as to where it should be held. An IPL abroad is better than no IPL at all.
•Your editorials on the IPL saga were well-argued. Removing the IPL from India will confirm that India is unsafe for cricket,that our government and security services are no good. Also,watching Indian league T20 matches telecast from abroad isnt the same as going to ones local stadium for the action.
•The editorial Courting trouble (IE,March 24) puts the Varun Gandhi issue in perspective. Given the slow pace of justice delivery in India,its easy to get away with offences like his. Conducting a civilised campaign is more a matter of etiquette than law,given the ECs relative powerlessness. It is a matter of regret though that the BJP has chosen to stand by Gandhi.
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