ZNet columnist and professor of English at Delhi University, Badri Raina lends a poetic touch to the IPL related vicissitudes of former minister Shashi Tharoor and IPL commissioner Lalit Modi.
Would the skeletons tumbling out of the Indian Premium League (IPL) cupboard over the past few days, shaking the conscience of the cricket loving public, lead to a clean up of the cricket establishment which is reeking of malfeasance and licentiousness? Or is it going to be a flash in the pan – merely another chapter in India’s voluminous record book of sleaze and graft involving the rich, powerful and famous? It depends. Cover-up after cover-up has forced many to cynically accept such sordid affairs as our way of life. Will it be any different this time?
A blog post on minister Shashi Tharoor's involvement in the IPL and more.
Maybe all this hype about the IPL is all about a concoction that will act as opium of the people. Will it? Even a people steeped in medieval beliefs can, once the pitch is queered, behave in a mighty strange manner. Take Nepal for instance. Ashok Mitra (in his regular column, "Cutting corners", comments on the IPL, and the tragi-comedy of India's economy. It is just not merely cricket. Courtesy, The Telegraph newspaper. Photo, courtesy, M.Vedhan, Frontline.
The Students' Federation of India strongly condemns the practice of using women cheerleaders during the cricket matches of the IPL league. The spectacle of the dancing cheerleaders is nothing but a projection of women's body for male consumption and titillation. This is the height of commodification of women, which has become rampant in cinema and other forms of media in recent times. Such projection of women grossly violates the right to dignity and equality for women. That this is happening in the most commercialized form of cricket is no surprise because commercialization seeks to reduce human beings as mere commodities that can be sold or auctioned in the market.