IPL vs Maharashtra drought: Criticising T20 tournament for water crisis mere symbolism?

first_imgThe Bombay High Court today allowed the first of the 20 IPL matches scheduled to be held in Maharashtra to go on as planned but the fate of rest of the games hangs in balance.Several districts of Maharashtra are facing acute water shortage and objections have been raised over the “wastage” of water to maintain cricket grounds across the state.Petitions have been filed against hosting the Indian Premier League in Maharashtra at a time when people are finding it tough to arrange water even for their daily needs. But the big question is whether the opposition to the glitzy cricket tournament is mere symbolism or it means more than that?Big QuestionsWill 70 lakh litres of water really make a difference?Criticising IPL for water crisis mere symbolism?Should cricket alone be targeted?Should BCCI avoid hosting matches in Maharashtra?Morally right to host 20 matches in Maharashtra?IPL to be affected in drought-hit Telangana too?Why blame IPL only for the water crisis?Unnecessary controversy over non-potable water?Avoiding IPL games a solution to solve crisis?Water use during IPL really a criminal offence? Speaking to Karan Thapar on his show To The Point,  Rakesh Singh, advocate who has filed a petition in the high court against hosting IPL in the state, said that concerns over the issue were genuine. “Maharashtra at this juncture can not afford to host IPL. This is a moral as well as a legal issue,” Singh said.Dipankar Gupta, one of country’s top sociologist, also pointed out that the controversy has certain moral connotations to it.advertisement”I do believe that one has to take a serious view of this. Look at the golf courses… the amount of water they waste. I think it’s not just a moral issue but an ethical issue too. Why should we waste so much water on these (cricket) pitches to favour certain kind of sport which is not indigenous to our country,” he said.Presenting his views during the discussion, Brand Guru, Dilip Cherian, said,” I would have supported IPL if it would have been real cricket. It is actually an advanced form of entertainment. As far as cricket is concerned, IPL is a tournament essentially based on clubs.””IPL is not even real sport, its actually a game people play to amuse vast number of people,” Cherian added.P Chengal Reddy, President, Federation of Farmers’ Association, observed that it was probably for the first time that such an issue has been raised in the country.”We are raising an issue which also concerns the sensitivity of cricket lovers and Mumbaikars. This is not a question about morality but sensitivity,” Reddy said.Former Indian cricketer Saad Bin Jung was of the view that if IPL matches are banned in Maharashtra then it should be banned in other places too.”Will banning the IPL get you 70 lakh litres of water? Do we have a method in place to provide that water to the families who actually need it. No we don’t,” Jung said, adding,” the petitioner has come as a blessing in disguise for the officials and politicians who for so many years have not delivered basic water facilities. What will happen now is everyone will go hammer and tongs against the IPL and forget the main culprits.”last_img read more