Another couple of hours will draw an end to the 3rd edition of much controversial IPL (Indian Premier League). Amidst all the allegations, scams/fraud, there was an excellent uninterrupted coverage by our *Great Responsible Media* to unearth all possible stories behind the scenes. Special kudos to those channels who went on a step ahead to show the TRP rankings through predominant news papers. Oh yeah, how can I forget a national ‘nonsense’ paper that published full of IPL related news on the front page? They certainly deserve a special mention. The media once again did a fantastic job of sensationalizing the stuff that has any importance when it comes to the “aam junta” of India Inc.
Since the media has covered all the important aspects, let me write about the less significant stuff that took the back seat during this whole IPL saga.
Day light matches against Flood Light matches – These are the summer times when kids are studying hard to crack AIEEE or other state level entrance tests to seek admission into professional courses. Our civic bodies are highly qualified to support IPL matches by supplying power to stadia while drowning the rest of the places in sheer darkness through load shedding even in nights. Now I sure do understand the importance of power supply to flood lights at IPL stadia. Doesn’t matter if we can’t provide good security to a stadium, but providing power at any cost is a must. Can I request IPL governing body to mandate all matches to be played under sunlight? It would be very wrong to focus on matters like this since it doesn’t draw any TRP!
Mandatory fireworks irrespective of the result after every match – Again, it doesn’t matter who the winner is at a given ground, the fire works is a must. How can we forget to abuse our nature to celebrate the win? These are the channels which run programs called ‘Greenathon’ to enter the records of Limca and Guinness, but fail to highlight such simple cause for the benefit of all. I can understand their pain, probably there was no sponsor for such news campaigns to make the governing bodies accountable.
Diversion/cancellation of regular flights on various routes for smooth transfer of teams – I think this is an absolute must no matter what for our economy. We should ply flights only in those routes where the matches are scheduled. Airlines is no more a service to common citizens. Those who booked their flights, later resorted to other modes of transport to reach their destination due to such diversion or cancellation will have a long story to crib about. When these airlines run into losses because of recession, govt is always pro-active to give them a helping hand and pull them back on track. Has anyone thought about whose money the government uses under such circumstances? Again, these are sober things that doesn’t draw any attention for our great TRP driven media.
There was a brief story covering storage of liquor in a state food corporation granary instead of the rotting wheat grains when the parliament was supposed to be busy discussing right to food bill. Who cares about all these things, the opposition was too involved in disrupting the Parliament proceedings to initiate a discussion on IPL controversy. Please do understand the importance of IPL over right to food bill. Shouldn’t we all be praising ourselves for sending these parliamentarians to Lok Sabha/Rajya Sabha?
Am I missing something terribly here? Whole nation is going gaga over this IPL related news, how much importance does this have when it comes to our day to day life? Players, teams, organizers and may be even some BENAMI’s too amass a good amount at the penultimate cost of millions of unproductive hours by our ‘Aam Junta’.
If I were to put all these things in the short form like what most of us frequently do on Twitter, it would just be an #EPICFAIL … Oh wait… did I too waste 30 minutes in writing this article?