IPL Kerala Team & Communist Government of Kerala
IPL Kerala/Kochi team came close to be part of history. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced that IPL Kochi/Kerala team will be part of IPL-4. The IPL Kerala team, when they won the bid was whole heartedly welcomed by the cricket enthusiastic people of Kerala. The enthusiasm of the people was short lived as the team went from one controversy to another soon after it won the bid. Dr Shashi Tharoor, the mastermind behind the bid was forced to resign as Central Minister and from there it was downward spiral for the Kerala IPL team.
An IPL team for a state or a city is definitely a boost for that state and city. The cricket and entertainment extravaganza that happens in a month is the best way to market a state or city to the outside world. An IPL team for Kerala could have been an ideal thing to market Kerala tourism to the outside world. Also don’t forget the jobs it can create in developing the infrastructure required to host IPL games. Keeping all these in view so many progressive state governments took direct interest in the bidding process by encouraging investors to bring a team to their state/city.
What did the communist government of Kerala do? With no effort from them Kerala got an IPL team. From the very beginning Kerala government not only discouraged a Kerala IPL team but did everything to see that Kerala IPL team never become a reality. The day Kerala got the team, the honorable Chief Minister made a comment that IPL is not cricket. IPL may not be cricket in the pure form but as a chief minister he should have been able to see the good side of having an IPL team in Kerala. But what can we expect from a Chief Minister who still believes in socialism and expects a revolution to happen in Kerala even in 21st century?
The Chief Minister never even had the courtesy to meet the investors of the Kerala IPL team once. The opposition leader Omman Chandy met with the investors and assured them of all help if UDF comes to power in 2011. If the Chief Minister and other ministers have shown little enthusiasm, who knows, some formula could have worked out and Kerala still could have had an IPL team. But such far sighted development stuff – how can we expect from a government that still believes in an ideology that is thrown out by the entire world – communism? Aren’t they the same people who protested across Kerala when computer was introduced in the state?
Kerala’s loss of IPL team may be a gain to a state like Maharashtra or
Gujarat who rarely mix politics with development.
Only “God” can save “God’s Own Country” from the devil called Communism.