May 25, 2012

Indian Premier League

IPL, a metaphor for changing India

Carlyle Laurie

Ajaz Ashraf, in Pakistan's Daily Times, talks about the recent controversies in the IPL. He says that while the experts have doled out ideas for restoring the IPL to the innocent exuberance it was designed to provide, their prescriptions are bound to fail as they have ignored the profound truth about the IPL: it is a metaphor for a changing India.

The doctors of cricket persevere, worried more about the allegations of fixing games and furtive violation of rules than the peccadilloes and sexual misdemeanours of players. But their prescriptions are bound to fail for they, as also us, ignore the profound truth about the IPL: it is a metaphor for a changing India, of what it has become ever since generous shots of testosterone were administered to its society through the opening of the country’s economy. It is not about debating the efficacy of competitive economic models. It is about staring into the mirror and examining what we were and what we have become, and what we might eventually culminate in.

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