Saturday, April 24, 2010

Thoughts on the IPL Controversy

On one level, it's easy to dismiss the whole thing as a falling out between thieves and say no more, but certain facts stand out:
  1. Not giving Modi the requested five days or so to prepare his response is very fishy. After all, the guy has busted his hump organizing a glitch-free tournament (here's a thought: with the preparations for the Commonwealth Games going as well as they are, asking him to have a look at things -- only for the logistics, not financial -- would work wonders), and denying him this time smacks of vendetta. All the more so when you regularly see the respondents of a show-cause notice given a whole month to, well, respond to allegations against them.

  2. Sashi Tharoor did nothing that his colleagues (both in the ruling party and the opposition) don't indulge in on a daily basis; he only had the misfortune to get caught. The sheer hypocrisy of other politicians in baying for his blood is disgusting. Not holding a brief for him, but one needs to be fair.

  3. If everybody claims to be in favour of transparency, why would Modi releasing the details of the ownership patterns of the teams (which, BTW, is already out in the open, so I don't know what is hidden here) "complicate matters" and should not be done in haste? Which leads me to my next point.

  4. A fundamental issue is the transparency with respect to property rights. In India, it's practically impossible to figure out who owns what. It's not like in the States, for example, where any citizen can walk into the local administration's office and find out that the corner store is owned by so and so. Try doing this in India, and you'll be paid an unwelcome visit by unsavoury characters in the middle of the night. In fact, I'm not even sure this is legally possible here.

  5. Why the fsck don't we ban all transactions originating from entities registered in places like Mauritius? It's a given that these are nothing but fronts for corrupt scumbags. I know, the stock market will lose something like 50% of its value if we do this, but screw it -- rooting out corruption is more important.

  6. To think that all this is came out in the open because of a single intemperate 140-character web post is to dwell upon the delicious strokes of fate that the universe engineers for us mortals from time to time, irrespective of whether we are clueless celebrities addicted to Twitter or one of the 200,000 followers of these celebrities looking on with awe and wonder. Almost makes me believe in the Big Bang Theory.