Madness

Two bombs went off yesterday at the Bangalore cricket stadium, minutes before the Bangalore-Mumbai IPL match. 15 were injured, several among them in a serious condition. Despite all this happening at the match venue, the match went on. A 30 minute delay was all that these bombs managed, apart from the 15 injured. The match went on, Bangalore eventually lost the cricket too while DNA, the day after, has this headline: “Cricket wins over safety”.

And if all this was not enough, rediff and timesofindia.com have reported, here and here, the discovery of another live bomb, at the Mahatama Gandhi Statue just outside the stadium.

My question to the IPL commissioner and the Police commissioner of the city would be why was the match allowed to go on, despite two bombs going on within a few meters of the stadium. With the bomb that was discovered on Sunday, it appears the match went on with a live, yet to be discovered bomb in its vicinity.

Lalit Modi is a greedy man and it is high time he is made to realize the repercussions of his deeds.

Contrary to what DNA said, I do not think that it was cricket that won yesterday but it was eventually the money.

What surprises me further is that everyone, including some of the most admired Cricket commentators involved in the event look like they have sold themselves off. While they could admire the MRF balloon all they want while discussing its virtues and influences on humanity (not to forget the karbonn kamaal catches), I think it is a disservice to cricket that these individuals have started to advocate everything, good or bad, that the IPL stands for. Well, it is the bad that hurts.

It would also be interesting to see if any of the senior cricketers, of the likes of Anil Kumble and Sachin Tendulkar, come out in the open, questioning the decision of continuing the event in a scenario such as this.

The BCCI should ask itself questions, retrospect and take ownership. Or has this madness of money which is often confused with cricket, overcome us all?

4 thoughts on “Madness

  1. There are 2 school of thoughts. One that would say that we don’t have succumb to these anti-social elements and acts of terror and stand tall to make a statement that we will continue no matter what they do to disrupt peace in India.

    But there is another angle to this whole situation, which I would agree with you(Ady). Who would have taken the responsibility if there was another bomb blast after some more time, after the match was allowed to continue. Must say , it was hurried action because of rich lors of IPL to continue with the match and save their reputation.

    So yes, salute to the people who stayed to watch their cricketing heroes in action but nothing to the police dept and IPL team who just allowed the cricket match without being sure of the safety of thousands of people. It was definitely not cricket that won yesterday but it was people grit on back drop of IPL mismanagement and false sense of security by Police dept.

  2. I would rather have the IPL stop , than to have another innocent bystander injure or die. A human life is more important than any sporting event. pride and not succumbing to anti-social events is all fine , BUT , its madness to go on with bombs exploding all around and nobody taking this seriously. when a match is cancelled ,then the organisers would take this seriously and hopefully will give more attention to security.

  3. Aren’t we overlooking the obvious problem? Lack of or breach of security measures? A flight can be grounded for hours while bomb squads and sniffer dogs search every nook and corner of the plane but the same folks (thats my assumption) can’t sweep a stadium and/or its vicinity or keep it monitored?

    Think of it this way – If they had indeed canceled the game in the wake of the bomb explosion, it’d be reinforcing and succumbing to the agenda of these anti-social elements or terrorists. Whats the message being sent? “Police/Security Agencies – You’re doing your best, we can’t/don’t expect anything more from you. This isn’t your responsibility or fault”. “Terrorists – We bow to and acknowledge your power to disrupt our lives and we’ll continue to panic and stop whatever we are doing and give you all the attention you deserve because you can cause us serious damage”. “General public – Please continue to buy tickets to these events but remember this is come-at-your-own-risk endeavor. We are not responsible for your loss of life or limb”

  4. Yup! I agree with you. The IPL lords are really greedy people. Not to mention, if other countries’ cricketers would have gotten hurt in this madness, there would have been a huge uproar.

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