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IPL Cricket Stink…providing a link to some bluntness

Have a look at this link The author is aggressively forthright and blunt in putting across how he sees the IPL Mess and how it’s unfolding…a few may be conjectures at this stage…but quite plausible There are simply too many Strong Questions that remain unanswered or have unconvincingly been answered that has lead to this situation of Lalit Modi being Guilty until he’s able to prove his innocence ! I daresay that Lalit Mody is not the kingpin here…someone else is….the rot runs deep My recent Blogs on this IPL Controversy can be referred to below  Twitter Shashi Tharoor gets a Taste of Twitter Lalit Modi !  April 13,2010 Modicracy and Tharoorgate !…do you really expect them to be sacked!?….Tharoor may merely resign…Modi will not! April 18,2010 If the Government has any Guts and a conscience it should supersede the BCCI itself…cleanse the system in a country where Cricket is a religion….but what if the rot runs all the way up itself ! 

A lot is being revealed and exposed or uncovered about the links of bollywood celebrities,ministers,industrialists,cricketers and their kin to the IPL….either through direct or indirect stakes in the franchises or IPL associated entities,particularly those holding Media rights or through kin being employed by IPL or those entities associated with it….All are crying out loud that everything is above board…..however they fail to realise the issue of Transperancy and Corporate Governance…They should have disclosed this IPL link at the outset itself in 2008 or whenever it was created read more

Modicracy and Tharoorgate !…do you really expect them to be sacked!?….Tharoor may merely resign…Modi will not!

This is my take on the IPL Kochi Controversy

Lalit Modi and Shashi Tharoor are merely the symptoms of a larger IPL malaise of obscene monies, corruption, nepotism, blatant bias and murky shareholdings that act as fronts and misuse of Political Power and Position to corner these holdings…. the nexus is strong between Politicians, Industrialists, Mafia, Journalists, Cricket Administrators, Bureaucrats etc

Tharoor may merely resign…. Modi will not….. do not expect either to be sacked…. India may be a Democracy… and we may have the arms of Executive, Legislature and Judiciary…. Independent and Exclusive on Paper…. but seriously compromised in reality….. so when you have bodies like BCCI playing all the three roles don’t expect them to sacrifice one of their own brethren !…. The King and ICC President in Waiting, Sharad Pawar has already made strong supporting noises for Modi

As for Journalists… many are merely foot soldiers for Political and Industry Leaders… check this M V Kamath’s recent Editorial column in Friday,April 16, 2010 edition of Afternnon Despatch & Courier … he speaks of how nothing has come out of DNA’s exposure of 70 odd journalists being questioned for Corruption… an echo of similar sentiment sounded out also in a March 2010 column in Hindustan Times by Rajdeep Sardesai

Our Judiciary, despite it appearing to be compromises at times, seems to be fighting a lone battle… if it wasn’t for them, Our ‘Qutb Minar’ too would have been sold off by now !

Our Youth are getting disillusioned when having been tutored on Idealism, they face the realities of the Nexus and of Severe Compromises

There are three paths for our Youth…. join the System…. Live with this System…. raise a voice against the System and Act to change it…. Sadly in this Political Party System, if one wants to make a difference and raise a voice and act to cleanse the system they cannot get elected to State and Central Legislative Bodies and make this difference as an Independent… they need to join one of the major political parties… the same parties who fail to realise that they serve the 1.2 billion Indians and that they are there because of us and not the other way around

Mera Bharat Mahaan !

Twitter Shashi Tharoor gets a Taste of Twitter Lalit Modi !

Our Junior External Affairs Minister and UN ‘could have been’ Secretary General Mr Shashi Tharoor has been ‘twittering’ annoyingly and has been chided by his party, Congress several times…he yet holds on to his Ministership

His adverse and taunting Twitter comments on the Visa Policy Draft after 26/11 and on calling the Economy Class as ‘Cattle Class’ when commenting on the austerity measures had angered his Congress Party Leaders…many of who called for his scalp

Then he courted controversy again when staying in a 5 Star Hotel in Delhi instead of his allotted house…an MP who does not live by example !

I have followed Tharoor’s eloquent English on International Debate Forums and I must confess,I was disappointed….armchair stuff…not really a field worker and completely out of sync with the ground realities…simply had no pulse for and of the people….smirky arrogance was clearly my conclusion

Such a demeanour and behaviour can only emanate from one who’s well,I mean really well cushioned in life !….if you know what I mean !

Developing Proof of this is this new IPL controversy on the real Owners of the Kochi Franchise that was strongly supported by Tharoor and won the bids with a Rs 1500 crs + bid….Is this an Investing Mistake !?….this quantum of Monies !?…will the Franchise be able to recover it!…Is this a genuine Indication of True and Fair Franchise Values !?…It does not matter really what you think !…the ground reality is that such monies are being bid and paid !…Most are excited….few caution!…I’m one of those few !…..It’s always difficult to assess Intangibles…..and IPL’s,albeit growing, Brand Value is not an exception  

So I’m clearly bemused that we have the IPL Chairman,Lalit Modi locking cudgels with Tharoor over Twitter….In an ironic sense Tharoor is getting a taste of his own Twitter Medicine ! from Lalit Modi……Modi has revealed the Stakeholders of one the Consortium Stakeholders in the Kochi IPL Franchise…an interesting name is of Tharoor’s close woman friend,and rumoured to soon become his wife in his third marriage…another revelation is the granting of free equity to a few…Modi accuses Tharoor of pressurising him not to dwell too much on the identities of the stakeholders…There are rumours of Tharoor having a financial stake in the Kochi Franchise…..Tharoor denies this,saying he only spoke to Modi to inquire why he was delaying the signing of the Kochi Franchise Deal…there are strong reports that Modi favours Ahmedabad to be part of the IPL Franchise…but they had lost in the bid auction…..Kochi Franchise complained to the BCCI,accusing Modi of breaching a confidentiality clause and revealing stakeholders names on a public forum like Twitter read more

Happy Republic Day to all Indians all around this Lovely planet Earth

We celebrate our Republic Day today,January 26, 2009…. Proud and Privileged and Blessed to be born a Free Indian and Live and Feel and Sense and Breathe this Beautiful Country from it’s Cosmopolitan Heart, Mumbai

Spend a Quiet and Reflective Day,listening to a host of Patriotic Songs and Inspiring Speeches by Visionary Indians and contemplating what lies ahead for all of us in 2009 and beyond

As every year, also viewed ‘Live’ on TV, the Impressive Republic Day Parade in New Delhi… our PM too did the same, as he is recuperating in the Hospital after an urgent second By pass heart Surgery.

As the Day ends, stand up to ‘Attention’ as our National Anthem reverberates all around us ” Jana Gana Mana Adhi Nayak Jaya He !……..”

Yes!, you too!, Mr Shashi Tharoor… I know you mean well, but do take that right hand off your Heart as the Anthem Plays…. It Commands Decorum and Great Respect and standing at full Attention!…… Mr Tharoor, perhaps you can express your warm sentiments from your Heart when ‘Vande Mataram…. Maa Tujhe Salaam!’ is being sung…. I’ll support you wholeheartedly   

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