ARVIND SWAMINATHAN writes from Panjim: The question mark over the second edition of the Indian Premier League™ because of its overlap with the Indian Political League© hides a clutch of exclamatory marks for what it reveals about “our system”.
Exclamatory mark No. 1: The doubts over IPL security flowered in the d$$$$r-stuffed head of the other Modi only after Sri Lankan cricketers were caught in the gunfire at Lahore’s gol chakkar. For a nation whose sub-standard roads are periodically strengthened with a dark red fluid gifted by countless brave and benevolent donors, who is he kidding with this state of denial?
Exclamatory mark No. 2: From the Harvard gems dropped by Union home minister P. Chidambaram, it appears as if this mighty civilisation called India has the “security apparatus” for either the IPL or the ipl at any given point in our major cities but not the IPL and the ipl at the same time—or, heaven forbid, anything else.
What does that mean? If you are a petty thief, burglar, kidnapper, murderer, psycho, paedophile, rapist, arsonist or extortionist in these places, please mark April 10 to May 24 on your PDA (Personal Digital Assistant). (Note: These dates do not apply if you are just a jerk, a pink cheddi against PDA (Public Display of Affection) in the state of Karnataka).
Exclamatory mark No. 3: Since IPL cannot be postponed because there is no other “window in the ICC® calendar”, Bishen Singh Bedi on NDTV™ actually had the gall to suggest that ipl be put off. If you don’t think that is a nice sardarji joke, the only conclusion to come to is that Sharad Pawar who as the Union agriculture minister hasn’t bothered a whit about farmer suicides doesn’t give a shit about mass murder either.
What it also tells you is that the ruling alliance that is dependent on Pawar’s NCP doesn’t have the balls of the non-cricketing kind to tell this Modi or that Modi to get off the rampaging tiger. Such risk-taking by a risk-averse regime boggles the mind when even one incident during the IPL potential carries the risk of altering the ipl script that is going UPA’s way at the moment.
But what really gets my (admittedly vegetarian) goat is the ease with which the cash-flush BCCI®—the “world’s richest cricket body”—has managed to shift the entire onus of security on the “State” at a time of grave political importance.
“IPL is on,” scream Modi and his megaphones in the television media, as if their lives depends on it. But what about our lives?
Why isn’t Chidambaram or anybody else asking the big question:
“Why should the “State” spend crores of rupees to provide the security for what is purely a private event staged in private stadiums by a conglomeration of private clubs played by private players who are the property of private owners who have their own private rules to promote their private businesses?“
Lalit Modi is on record in today’s newspapers as saying that IPL will spend 10 times more money to take care of the security of players in Season 2. That’s a signal to the foreign players who have expressed apprehension after the Bombay and Lahore attacks.
But what about the spectators?
Why doesn’t the BCCI and IPL which are expected to make hundreds of crores this year, spend 10 per cent of that on security for the paying public, instead of expecting “the system” to do so at its expense?
And, pray, what precisely is the quality of security the police provide at cricket stadiums?
Look closely at television pictures of policemen at Indian grounds.
They are in uniform all right, so that we (and they, you know who) can spot them. But most of them end up as glorified ushers, who are hyper-active for the first half-hour after the game starts, and then plain happy to get to watch the game for free.
Should they really be given this pleasure by the “State” at the cost of the public within the stadium, and outside?
Admittedly, security is a “State” subject, and the “State” is supposed to protect “We, the People” and heaven knows what a ******* good job they did under Shivaraj Patil and L.K.Advani. (Those are seven asterisks, not seven stars, mind you.)
But if Vijay Mallya, to name one IPL owner, has his own private bouncers to protect his private business and protect security to his private guests at private bars and pubs owned by him, why doesn’t he do the same, say, at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore which will host his privately owned Royal Challengers™?
And why don’t the rest—Nita Ambani in Bombay, Juhi Chawla in Calcutta, Shilpa Shetty in Jaipur, Preity Zinta in Chandigarh? If they can spend millions to protect their lovely *****, and the delicate skins of the cheer leaders (in picture), why not on ours?
Photograph: courtesy Washington Redskins
It’s a simple point.
The IPL organizers/owners should pay for Govt security.
It must be Govt security only because of uniformity in quality and co-ordination in planning. Else quality of security provided will vary/suffer.
Btw, I did not fall for that ad!
“answers” to the “question” posed (I only have more questions to the rhetorical question being posed so…)
1. What else are we being taxed for? To give security only to PM and their ilk?
2. If they didn’t and “something” happened, will we spare the government from blame because this was a “private” event?
3. Do you want us to become another Pakistan (in cricketing terms at least)?
Cong knows deep inside its heart that people will voteout such parties who cannot protect them. Or light and sound of terror does affect voting pattern.
Cong is deeply worried that its inaction/inability for various reasons over time has weakened India’s defense so much, IPL’s security cannot be guaranteed.
So, Cong equated Pakistan and with India- and tried to stop IPL. When it backfired, its confused what to do.
Internationally, it has sent a chill and India’s future is at stake as its being equated growingly with royal mess like Pakistan.
Lets practise psuedo secularism, and descent onto chaos. Good governance, rule of law all can be thrown away.
The state provides security to our beloved polity that has constantly worked for the ‘uplift’ment of the poor for the past 60 odd years.
At least in this case people are entertained and outside India it would reflect/referred as the countrys’ state of affairs.
For any public event like Music Show etc cops enforce shut down by 10 PM. Will they ask the IPL to shut down by 10PM ? What about the free flowing liquor courtesy RC ? If RC wins a match crackers also light up the sky and reverberate after midnight. What will the Police Commissioner do for this blatant infringement of Karnataka Police Act and Licensing Rules ? Last time around, he insisted KSCA should obtain license. It is easy to arrest some 100 unsuspecting youngsters out to enjoy their week end. Let Mr. Bidri arrest Mr. Mallya for serving and hoarding liquor at KSCA and bursting crackers and show he has the gumption to do so !!
I think its simple enough to deduce that IPL events will remain safe.Since bollywood is already invested here they bring in the protection for their money ,themselves and events from the underworld whom we are fearing trouble from.Besides that isnt it common knowledge most of the real estate ,smuggling etc are run and controlled in Mumbai by these folks based in Karachi under the aegis of our elected government and the same money runs in Bollywood and not want it to flow into the new mega dollar tamasha-nach gana-cricket events? besides that the dons like cricket too soon enough we may even have events in places like sharjah for their own entertainment.If they want public money security must be a big NO .Otherwise going by Modi and his bollywood investors partying late night yesterday indicates IPL is on schedule.
Let the IPL have its say. Postpone the General elections. IPL with the imported girls and the money is more importent!
1. State gets paid for it – for whatever security they offer. They are not fools to go and provide this service and not get anything in return. It’s pretty much official – this process.
2. State is the only organization which has the workforce that can be deployed for such tasks. “State” does not allow private organizations to train and gather people for such purposes at least in this number (and probably for a good reason I think). “State” is the only player in the market.
Now, try going to the nearest washbasin and wash the froth gathered around the mouth.
By the way the cheerleader image was a great master stroke – exactly addresses the main point being discussed here.
And the answer to the last question – neither probably is your “****” lovely or your skin delicate. So there.
IPL is also a business like other businesses. Just as other businesses run risks both of probabilities and security, IPL must also run its risk and take care of its security. Why burden the tax payers and the security apparatus of the country? Especially, when the security forces are needed elsewhere more urgently such as the North East, North and Western borders?
I am seeing only *STARS* in this article trying to understand why we are in this abject state.
Agree with Palahalli. I dont mind my taxpaying money spent on giving security to Dhoni or other cricketers – atleast they give 100% entertainment :)
ps: the girl looks pretty cute, she has to work out like hell for a figure like that. Guess the author has a problem with pretty faces.
HA HA HA. How funny.
Why should the state provide security for anything at all? Almost everything is ‘private’, no?
Fine, give me the licence to own an AK-47 and maybe a rocket launcher. I will pay for it myself, don’t worry. I will get myself trained on the usage of these, and hey presto, I don’t need the state or the Police anymore!!! I will protect myself, and my family. Let everyone have their own. The state will be free of the burden of protecting citizens and private property.
The whole IPL security issue should be outsourced to Blackwater.
Dr. MMS can show Bush/Cheney that Washington Redskins Cheerleaders are not the only Americans that Indians love :-) !!
Who cares if some garishly dressed criketters do their dance and go home with millions? The question of IPL or ipl should not have even come up for discussion. Lalit Modi happily said that India is not Pakistan and cricket is safe here. Yet he wants the states and the centre to provide security. I think we can do without the IPL. Thank you
To hell with IPL security, why is churmuri, recycling the same old photo of redskin cheerleader with artificial boobs ;)
Churmuri we need a change we can believe in !!
And I watched in TV BJP taking advatage of this security issue! (Prakash Javadekar)
God ! How cheap !
Now that the IPL in all probability goes to England, we can all rub our hands in glee and watch the matches on the telly.
The problem with us is we cannot bear to watch when someone invents a successfull bussiness model and earns revenue from it.