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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Apr 29, 2010 AT 23:53 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 30, 2010 02:53 IST

Mukul Kesavan has an excellent column in the Telegraph. It is neither a secret nor in dispute that given the 'complicity of everyone in Indian cricket in the IPL’s murk — from coopted immortals to sham-honorary administrators to gelded commentators — a process of reform from within is unlikely'. The problem, however, is the solution he proposes:

Instead of taking over the BCCI, the government of India should appoint a Grand Inquisitor whose sole purpose ought to be to terrorize the BCCI into purging itself and its spawn, the IPL, of evil. At worst this might result in a constructive downsizing of the IPL; at best, if the GI is properly inept, the patient might die. For right-thinking people who love cricket, this has to count as a win-win solution. 

Do we really believe that the GOI has any reason to terrorize the BCCI?

The GoI has many Grand Inquisitors at its command, from the Income Tax Department to the Enforcement Directorate, or why, the good old CBI itself. And of course there is the new tapping bug going around.

But let's not forget the Congressmen of various hues, 'nationalist' or otherwise, who also infest the BCCI. 

And, as any body who's been watching TV this week would tell you, the real catch is the numbers in Lok Sabha, particularly post the Women Reservation Bill. Consider, for example,  the machinations employed only this week to make friends out of the likes of M/s Mayawati, Shibu Soren, Mulayam, Lalu & co. So even if the intent were there, and the gifts the Shuklas of the world bring could be ignored, the sheer survival of the UPA, apart from Maharashtra politics, necessitates that the Pawarfull be left alone.

The BCCI can happily go back to being a cash cow. The only hope of a purge of course is if, after all those pithy shalokas from the Bhagwad Gita and the Zen sayings, the ex-commissioner of IPL decides to go back to being in the fidayeen mode. After all, that's what set the ball rolling.

But perhaps the Grand Inquisitors have already been at work. The possibilities are iimited: If not LKM, who else can be the Kamikaze Artist?

 

POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Apr 29, 2010 AT 23:53 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 30, 2010 02:53 IST
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3/D-67
May 01, 2010
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If the Shashi Tharoor-Sunanda-Kochi episode had not taken place,everything would have had smooth sailing like in the previous two years.So much for the efficiency of UPA government under MMS.
S.S.Nagaraj
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Apr 30, 2010
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Nothing can purge BCCI because MMS Govt will fall if the Govt "gets after the BCCI". Lalit Modi "rocked the boat" like an impish child because he was out-smarted by Shahhi Taroor in the bidding for IPL team and BCCI will put him in cold storage for a few years. There are too much of muck which will come out about- Politicians linked to BCCI, the BCCI, IPL and the RICH IPL Franchisees if Govt suceeds in the investigation. When so much goodies are available to be shared why grumble. As usual the investigation will result in a few Billions changing hand and then everything will get stuck at the SWISS BANKS who will refuse to co-operate blah blah blah and the investigation will die a natural death like all "good old investigations".
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Apr 30, 2010
05:32 PM
The fact is instead of terrorising BCCI, GOI is being terrorised by the BCCI. GOI is not such an altruistic entity that it will go after BCCI. Lalit Modi broke ranks & his snout has been cut to size. His spunk humbled. Why GOI will now go after BCCI since elephants are hare, there & everywhere in the room? And philosophically GOI has no problem if daughters & son-in-laws are taken good care of. Who said filial loyalty is such a crime? What's a ministry all about if the minister's little daughters can't keep an eye on their family investments right from inside Lalit's office or hijack half a dozen scheduled flights of the national carrier to avoid dent in their bloating investments.

Mukul Kesavan is alwyas a little knaive. The cut motions is over & done with courtesey likes of Mayabati, Lau, Mulyam, Shibu . This time there was no need to deploy even Amar Singh, poor fellow gone useless!

So pigs will fly again. Times were never so good.
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